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Category Archives: VIX

VIX Daily Chart Update.

 

This VIX responds to this as it is made up of options on the SP500. It is the main reason why the VIX contains such wild moves. Impulse waves are a rare luxury in the VIX, so if you don’t understand the wild patterns involved, we can’t get close to see a reversal in stocks.

The VIX bear market also ended in early 2018, after which the VIX exploded as my potential “A” wave in Intermediate degree.  We do have a vertical spike, from which we can get a correction or the end of a larger trend. The high of $28 has been reached and the next few weeks will tell, as I think the $50 price level still needs to get retraced. Ultimately the VIX should exceed the $90 price level, but not on this trip. The VIX pointing straight up is a buy signal for stocks, but it could also be a very short buy signal. When we hit the Primary degree top of the VIX, this is when we can take some long positions for the impending “B” wave counter rally still to come. One more move above 50 may do it, but only time will help confirm that.

Falling wedges create some kick-ass reversals, and the VIX is a prime example of that. The US dollar has a large falling wedge as well, as both will produce new long-term trends.

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VIX Futures A Correction or a Bear Market!

 

The world of commodities are connected with zigzags which are just diagonal waves, than can overlap. The VIX is some of the worst diagonal wave structures you will see, with siver getting my second vote.  I look for the rough outline first. This has the potential to be a corrective zigzag. It would be nice that next week the VIX will still close that gap below us, after which fear could strike the markets on an even bigger scale.  SP500 options make up the VIX, so we can see the extreme violent swings options can produce.

Spikes to the downside can happen in a flash, and usally at the end of a run, so you got to be fast to catch any bottom in the VIX.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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VIX Daily Chart: VIX Bear Trap Review!

The amount of time the VIX has been correcting just about puts it into an Intermediate degree position. It’s still a VIX bear trap any which way you want to look at it, as it is only a matter of time before the fear gauge starts to crank up again. The Death Cross finished about a month ago but the Golden Cross will still happen. The commercials are net long while those hedge funds or speculators are betting with net short positions. One group is always wrong and it sure isn’t the commercials. Combine that with a wedge and you have a deadly chance of the VIX exploding to new record highs by the end of this year.

Fear is going to come back regardless, after which the commercials will be turn net short again. Deflation is the main threat as we come of the most inflated asset world in history.  Another quick flash to the downside can still happen, so we have to be aware of that.

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VIX Daily Chart: All Gaps Closed!

I think this VIX has been in a long choppy decline, and just recently closed the two open gaps. Maybe we’ll get another low, but not a record new low. That January bottom should hold if the bull market in the VIX is going to perform for us.  The next ride up in the VIX should be bigger and better, but sold out if it makes a very vertical move.  Commercials are net long the VIX as the speculators are betting on the VIX short side.

They both can’t be right, and most always it is the speculators or the trend chasers that are in trouble. Any long positions in stocks would also crumble due to the long positions of  the VIX commercials.  Since all stops are closed, then we can look for  and find fresh gaps a bit easier

 

 

 

 

 

 

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VIX Intraday Calm After The Storm?

In the last few days the markets suffered a bear attack send the VIX to new intraday record highs. Two of my unfilled gaps were  filled in a hurry, but we have two big open gaps below present prices. All the markets need now is a little effort by the attacking bulls and this VIX could drop like a rock filling the two gaps below.  Any gap has a 90% chance of getting filled, with the only question remaining is, “when”. Sometimes a gap will remain open for years (like gasoline futures) but eventually they will get filled.

There was nothing impulsive with this VIX run as these are typical diagonal wave structures. We are also one day away from a full moon, which can at times be very bullish for stocks. Maybe some calm will return before the next fear storm hits. Both gaps could get filled first, before another leg up in the fear gauge may happen.  The bottom gap would also be a great support area as VIX reversals can be pretty violent.  The vertcal move that the VIX did make should always be respected, as it is impossible for the masses to keep fear levels permanently elevated.

Diagonal wave structures dominate the entire VIX life cycle, just like they dominated and still dominate  the entire  Submillennium degree wave 3 still running today.

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VIX Intraday Crash Update

So far the VIX has crashed and we can make the argument that the VIX has gone lower than $12.29. That would make the late May rally another bear market rally.  3 wave zigzag crashes are pretty normal in diagonal waves, and this decline could fall even further.  If a newer low becomes true then the May and June pattern cecomes just another wave 3-4-5.  The big open gap is now closed, but there will be no rest for the VIX bears as 2 more gaps are now open above present prices. These gaps will get filled, as all gaps have a 90% chance of getting filled.

It may take all of June for these gaps to get filled, and it could be another violent move once the VIX bears realize they are in a VIX bear trap! A VIX “bear trap” means a stock market “bull trap”.

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June, 1, 2018 VIX Intraday Crash Update

We are getting close to a VIX bear trap as the big gap is just about closed off.  Wall Street calls the VIX the fear index and as the VIX crashes investors become oblivious to the trade wars that have started to erupt in 2018. All the bad news in the world doesn’t seem to phase the bullish investor at this time. Of course that can change in a blink of an eye as we now have 2 open gaps above present prices. These two gaps will get filled so, I’m confident in saying fear is going to come back into the markets for June.

At $13.40 the big gap will be closed after which it can develop a base and then soar again.  Stopping well short of a new record low would be ideal.

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VIX Gyrations Update!

As much as I would like to see the VIX soar, I cannot ignore the gap that is still open directly below present VIX prices. This gap should still get closed off and even travel closer to the $10 price level. The VIX should not crash to new record lows, if what we have is a potential VIX, 3 wave correction.  Some traders were very well positioned to take advantage of the February spike with call options.  A trader named ’50 Cent’ made a huge bet and others did as well.  I’m sure that many others will see another VIX bullish set-up as this cycle keeps repeating itself.   Once the VIX starts another leg up, another spike to the upside can happen. It’s pretty hard to control our emotions to do the opposite of what the crowd is doing, but you have to remember that the ‘crowd’ can never benefit from the very same crowd.

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VIX Daily Chart Review:

The VIX is one place that trend lines and wedges can be useful. When I talk about a potential bear trap in the VIX, then you have to invert that thinking when looking at the general markets.  As we can see there are many spikes to the upside and also many spikes to the downside. Our recent large spike to the downside made the pattern look great as a correction.  I’ve seen these spikes before where the VIX wanders down the entire spike and matches the end of the spike, or even goes a bit lower.  In this case, $10 could get hit again, which inversely means that stocks can still see some upside for s few more days.

So far another falling wedge can be drawn, which also means that the VIX could be setting up for another surprise bullish move.

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VIX Intraday Plunge Review

During the night the VIX executed a $5 swan dive, but it didn’t hit the water, but bounced off a trampoline and blasted right back up.  These things do happen with regularity, but it did not show up in line type settings.  For the fun of it, I call these computer algorithms gone wild! The speed they drop and return back up is just to fast for a super mouse clicker to generate. It seems that investors are so accustomed to low volatility, that they freak out when volatility shows up!  From my perspective volatility in an asset class is a sign of a trend change in progress. In the case of the VIX it could be a bear trap as the VIX bearish phase could completed.

This could be a wave 2 low as not the daily charts look like a decent correction.  Get ready to adjust your sails, as the wind is going to change direction soon.

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VIX Daily Chart: Falling Wedges Are Bear Traps!

 

 

 

I have been using different descriptions for basically the same pattern. They call them “Falling Wedges” and they produce powerful bullish reversals. From an Elliott Wave perspective, they are also called Bear Traps.

The bottom of the VIX wedge took about 6 months to build up before it exploded and has now been settling down in the last month or so. I had to switch this VIX chart to line type which took out many of the erroneous spikes and cut or peak price to $37.

I think there is a very good probability that the VIX may be in a wave 1-2 pattern, but the VIX may still need to fall to $13 or below. I have a little 5 wave sequence that soared, but now has just about been completely retraced. If the VIX drops below $15 then that single set of 5 waves didn’t go anywhere!

The reason those Subminuette degree 5 waves didn’t go anywhere is because it belongs to an expanded pattern which is sure starting to look like a zigzag correction so far.  Zigzags do cut short but I treat them like running zigzags, not as a truncation.

Many are using the VIX to explain how bullish for stocks the falling VIX really is!  Sure, that would be true if the VIX topped out at a $100 or so and has just started to fall, but we are looking at a potential huge double bottom. At $9 we also will have a huge Head & Shoulder pattern, which is also very bullish.

Since the 2008 peak in the VIX,  we can see a huge falling wedge that has a 23 year long bottom. Even on the weekly scale we can see falling wedges.  It’s not just one wedge, we have multiple wedges. Once I look over the VIX COT reports after Friday, I will know more which way the traders are leaning. Short term the VIX is still bearish, but I sure wouldn’t trust it to keep being bearish for very long.

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VIX Intraday Update: Calm Before The Storm?

When the VIX is declining,  the excited bullish stock herd start to calm down, from the mini panic spike in late January 2018.  Before the big spike, VIX players were in a trap with a small inverted Megahone pattern also showing.  Inverted Megaphones are more open ended with the open end facing to our left on the charts and with the cone pointing east. A normal Megaphone would always have the wide mouth facing east (right side) and the cone would be pointing west. (Left side)

We still could see some dipping in the next few days, but no new record lows should happen.  The VIX has wild and choppy wave patterns, but this is the real world when it comes to diagonal wave counting.  Complaining about volatility will get us nowhere, and all I can say is, “Buckle Up”, as this roller coaster ride will start to get going again.

The COT report that comes out every Friday will give us a better idea who is still net long or short the VIX.

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VIX: Another Leg Up?

So far it looks like the VIX wants to keep the bullish run alive, and I’m sure not the one to try and convince the VIX  into going the opposite direction.  We have a small gap above present prices, but we also have a bigger gap still open below, at the bottom trend line.  In the long term the peak $50 price level must get retraced if this VIX bullish run is to continue. Since the January bottom, the VIX has created higher lows which is encouraging that the VIX may have some running room left yet.

A small H&S pattern has been created, but this can be a very bullish sign as the VIX could be getting ready for another upside breakout.  Besides the VIX retracing the $50 price level, it should also break the $90 price level in the next few years. Vertical fear levels cannot be maintained over the long term as investors would fall dead from all the stress fear creates!

The entire VIX pattern is diagonal related so it’s next to impossible to pick out a good looking 5 wave impulse, except for very small ones.

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VIX Intraday Crash Update!

The VIX rocket move perfectly reflects the fear that was present in the SP500 and the fear gage is starting to dissipate for now. Of course, if the bigger bearish scenario is alive, then the VIX should find a bottom, followed by another leg up.  This leg up could produce another complete set of 5 waves up, but not before a good correction has taken place.  This may not happen until the VIX settles at the previous bottom of the 4th wave position.  Just below that is a big gap that is still open, so this open gap has a good chance of also getting filled with this trip down. Just under $15 would close the gap which can repel the VIX to soar again.

Higher lows also have to dominate as well to help confirm that the VIX is still in a bull market.

 

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VIX Futures Intraday Bullish Phase Update

Just before the end of February the VIX bottomed and now has to proceed back to its bullish phase. I think the entire VIX correction is a flat, as I count 3-3-5. Change this same pattern to a Primary degree flat, and we can use it for the DJIA Cycle degree correction.

Many VIX spikes that show in bar type charts, do not show up when switching to line type charts. This throws any wave count into constant disarray. We can see how explosive the VIX can be and I’m sure many new players have joined the VIX bull market.

Eventually all the contrarian indicators will pile up against this VIX bull market, so those VIX investors find themselves in a bull trap! VIX bulls will get slashed by the bears if they think they can “invest” in the VIX.

Our last price peak was about $50, so any bullish phase should surpass this price level by a large margin.

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The VIX Crash Daily Chart Update

The VIX spiked up to 50 after which it turned south with a vengeance.  It was an ugly correction and if I’m right,  then another leg up in the VIX will happen. We can see that the VIX  developed a “wedge”  which every technical analyst is taught to recognize, yet they never saw this explosive VIX rally coming.  Everybody on this planet was betting against volatility, but in doing so the VIX bears painted themselves into a bear trap.

Yes the commercial traders ended up becoming net short the VIX, but that can all change dramatically in a very short period of time.

One thing we can always depend on and that is investors can easily get into a trap, and recognizing this fact before it reverses is very important. The VIX is a world full of diagonal wave structures so don’t expect some perfectly formed impulse waves to develop. It isn’t going to happen,  no matter how much we wish any pray for it to happen.

In late 2008 the VIX had already peaked out at 90, yet the bears persisted in forecasting lower lows in stocks.

Insiders were buying stocks in late 2008 already, so the VIX bull market was doomed at that time. Will this happen again?, of course it will, nothing will stop it. When the public and the VIX are in general agreement, then the VIX will see a dramatic reversal. This will not be easy to catch as the VIX may have to score 100+ before a big reversal becomes a reality.

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VIX Explosion Update

The VIX has demonstrated what it can do after it is boxed into a corner or a wedge like condition. To the majority this was a surprise move that they never saw coming, but there are the few that did see it coming. The commercial traders sure saw it coming as they were net long for sometime already. Of course the non-commercial speculators were extremely bearish towards the VIX. How can you lose on a sure trade betting against volatility?

It’s easy if you owned a bunch of XIV shares and don’t know how to read charts. Of course, someone will always get blamed for, “taking down the house”.  In my experience, it’s always the speculators that get into traps. The speculators, trend chasers, or managed money people, is always the group, being quoted in the financial news. When they are quoted,  they are just about always in a trap as well.

The XIV will disappear as it sounds like they will stop trading in XIV by Februray, 20, 2018.

Last Friday they posted the COT report in the VIX. We can see a massive change by the commercials to a point where they are now in a net short position by about 45,000 contracts. Of course the speculators panicked and did the exact opposite.  In other words, they are chasing the VIX bull market. Eventually the speculators will get into a bigger VIX bull trap and the markets will force another reversal.

There is a good chance wave 2 in Minor degree has finished with waves 3-4-5 still to complete. After these 5 waves up in Minor degree have completed, then we should see a massive VIX crash that will shock the majority again.

The VIX peaked at $50 and eventually the VIX should cross the $90 price level. The VIX may not do it on this trip, but by the time this bear market is finishing I’m sure the VIX will far exceed $90

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XIV, Death Of An Elliott Wave Count!

 

Once I switched this chart to a daily type setting,  the big long spike had opened up into a massive gap. This ETN is history folks, as they plan to stop trading it on February, 20th, 2018. It will disappear into the dustbins of history and take this wave count with it.  You can add a Cycle degree wave 3 to this peak, but you will never ever see Cycle degree wave 4.  The gravitational pull was so great that not even light could escape from it.  Just like centers of universes have black holes, this ETN is also imploding into a black hole.

Credit Suisse ends obscure volatility security after an 80% plunge

 

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The Explosive VIX Review

The VIX had one of its biggest one day price jumps in its entire history, which the majority was betting on that it would never happen.

The dumb money or (managed money) were already in a massive bear trap, while the commercials had built up huge long positions.

Those investors that think they are investing will always get fried as you don’t invest in anything that is extremely leveraged and a futures contract that is all about volatility in the first place.   When you are playing with fire, you can’t expect to not get burnt, but these emotional traders will blame others first for their mistakes.  Being complacent in a violent and volatile world is the biggest mistake we can make.

The commercial reports don’t come out until Friday, but we should see the commercials closing off their long positions, but could also be building up their net short VIX positions.  This doesn’t happen overnight, but can be a long  process.

The VIX spiked to the $50 price level, but the $90 price level is the number to beat as that is the 2008 peak in the VIX.

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Crash OF XIV Inverse Stock Split Coming Up?

XIV trader: ‘I’ve lost $4 million, 3 years of work and other people’s money’ – MarketWatch

I read the story above about the huge losses this XIV trader suffered. I’m sure he was not the only one as XIV crashed dramatically this week. This XIV ETN followed the bull market up as complacency dominated the stock market again. I don’t have any sympathy for those that think they are investing in double leveraged products, without thinking how much of a bull trap they were in, in the first place.

Smart money would already have been short, long before this topped out. This XIV crashed all the way down to $6.15 and I don’t think it’s finished by a long shot.  Since it is very close to that magic $5 price level, any inverse stock split is highly likely. Usually we would be looking at a 4:1 inverse split which would price this ETN at about $24.

A simple tight stop loss would have protected most of your gains. Investing for the long term means nothing if we can’t see a potential crash setup, where all gains can get wiped out. The real VIX spiked up just like this ETN spiked down. I’m sure there were tons of stop loss orders crammed under the peak, so it takes very little to roll over and trigger these sell orders.

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DJIA Intraday Counter Rally Update!

 


Now that the initial shock of, “The Big Dip” is starting to sink in, a counter rally seems to be in progress. I will work this as a potential wave 2 in Minor degree.   There is a December bull market resistance area which could surprise us and give any bullish run some stiff resistance.  Wednesdays can always be  a good day for turnings, and so far the decline has been taking a break.

This potential wave 2 rally could take the rest of the week to play out, but the odds are that the bigger bearish trend will continue.  Some are calling it the biggest one day point drop in history.  Some of the analysts are also calling Mondays move a “Blue Monday”, which is just a name change from what they used to call,  “Black Monday”, or any other day of the week.

Many talking heads, are looking for a simple 10% correction after which the bull market will carry on heading north.

The stock market crash so far is just a little bee sting and does nothing to solve underlying fundamental issues. Many experts don’t see any change in the fundamentals, so this bull market should be right back. Good luck with that thinking as fundamentals do not change prices, but price shifts change fundamentals. By forecasting a future price move, we know that the fundamentals will change as well.

 

This is the VIX, which made the biggest one day jump in its entire history  as the VIX bears all got trapped again. It’s the VIX that gives a direct visual of the fear injected back into the markets. The VIX peaked out at  the $50 price level, which ended up being just 40 points away from the fear level of the 2008 stock market crash.   Eventually that $90 VIX price level should get exceeded by a wide margin.

The VIX should decline again if we are at a potential wave 1 in Minor degree. Any wave 2 decline with the VIX may not last that long, as fear levels like this cannot be maintained indefinitely.

 

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VIX Impending Correction.

The VIX sliced through the top trend line before it reversed. This trend line sure seems to give any VIX bullish phase some pause, but eventually the VIX would have to clear 5 of the biggest spikes, by a wide margin.  The VIX could dip down to the $11 price range before it bottoms and soars again.

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VIX Intraday Update: Another Leg Up?

Since early January 2018 the VIX has created a bottom after which the VIX charged up.  There is a high probability that the VIX correction is over, and it should add on another leg up. I will stay with the diagonal wave count as that is the main pattern of the VIX as well. The commercial traders are still net long by a long shot, and if the VIX continues north than this ratio should start to change as well. That won’t happen overnight, but we are assured of some violent moves in both directions.

We do have 2 open gaps below present prices, but they may not get closed on this trip. Even though the SP500 is still breaking new records,  fear is creeping back into the markets.  Right now the $14 price level could give us some stiff resistance, but if the bigger run is in the cards, then that $14 price level well get retraced by a wide margin. The $17 and $21 price levels, should be next to get hit if this run has any legs at all.

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Quick Look At The VIX

Today the stock markets took a big hit, and the VIX soared. The VIX is in a vertical position right now, which usually precedes a correction or a reversal. Once we check the top trend line on the daily VIX chart, we can see that the VIX is pointing to the $14-$15 price range where strong resistance can come from.

We also have two open gaps well below todays VIX prices. It doesn’t necessarily mean that these two gaps, have to get filled on the next trip down, but there is a good chance that the $10.20 gap could get filled.  Any short small correction could happen, then this bullish phase will develop another leg up.

The commercials have had net long positions for a long time while those speculators have been betting on much lower VIX lows.  I’m sure you will read other analysts that report the trader’s positions, but they always tell you what the speculators are doing. The commercials were on the right side while the speculators got themselves into a bear trap! Following a group of traders that consistently trap themselves is not exactly my idea of the smart thing to do.

When the commercials become net short again, then I can see a big reversal with the VIX.

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VIX Intraday Crash Update

The VIX crashed pretty good at the start of 2018. We are also at a 2 month long base,  just below that $9 price level. A record high for stocks and record lows for the VIX does not bode well for 2018. Analysts will twist the VIX results to justify the continuation of the bull market, giving even more incentive to stay long in these stock markets. Many question how much higher this market can go, but in reality they should be spending their time in figuring out how low these markets will eventually go.

The contrarians can scream off the top of a mountain that this stock market is expensive, but we know that the majority have never been listening in the first place.

At this recent VIX bottom the charts look like the algorithms are back at it again as the patterns are very tight and near vertical up and down.

The Mini SP500 soared to new record highs this morning as well, topping the 2728 price level. Another VIX bear trap and stock bull traps seem to be setting up at this time.

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December, 31, 2017 Year End VIX Update

A year end look at the VIX can give us some insight as to what is going to happen in the next 3-4 years. The VIX peak on your top left matches what I have is the Intermediate degree wave 4 top. What followed this VIX top was a long drawn out decline, with many counter rallies, that all ended with  vertical spikes. A person would be hard pressed to find any clean set of impulse waves during this decline,  except for very small degree level sequences.

What it boils down to is that anything with the VIX are all diagonal wave structures. Our “Little Blue Book” only shows what they call an “ending diagonal”. The fact is, these so called, “Ending Diagonal 5th Waves”,  can and do extend dramatically, far beyond what they ever show us in the EWP book. In the book they also show us pretty idealized charts, all subdividing into nice even wave structures. The simple truth is that you will “Never” find these pretty wave structures, because nothing in the markets is ever even.

What the VIX really shows us is a declining market with a potential wedge like pattern. For the last 3-4  months the VIX is setting up a massive base just below the $9 price level.  The two previous upward spikes came to a screeching halt, at the top trend line, before heading south again.  This base is now the lowest since the last major low in December of 1993, 24 years ago.

With the bottom base line being flat, the VIX bears are getting squeezed into a box. These boxes or uneven triangles can produce wild upward thrusts, that shock  us when they do happen. We will get a surprise if we choose to ignore these VIX bear trap situations.

The first peak we have to beat is the $21 price level, and then the $30 price level. Technically speaking, the VIX should exceed or retrace this entire VIX bear market, so hang onto your hats folks, as the VIX winds are going to start blowing to the northeast, sending stock markets southeast.

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December, 13, 2017: VIX Intraday Crash Review

In early December the VIX spiked and then reversed and crashed. Vertical moves like this can never be maintained as they are also the fastest moves we can have.  $14.60 seems to be the price to beat and if my zigzag decline is correct,  then this $14.60 price level will get retraced.  We have an open gap just dead ahead so that could provide some resistance again, but at the same time could supply support, for a much stronger VIX move. 

The markets are at euphoric bubble highs with the VIX at record lows.  The VIX is where the real fear is shown with charts, and at this time investors show no real fear, just yet.   The fear will come back into the markets as bullish record highs always traps the majority. Thinking that good times are still to come,  always means  the end of a bull market, not the beginning of one.  

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The VIX Intraday Spike Review

With this bar type setting the VIX produced a sharp spike to the downside. I like to see this happen towards the end of a long decline, but this spike was computer generated as it corresponded with Black Friday as well.  The spike back up, still has a small gap in it which should still get closed off.

This spike does “not” show up when I switch to a line type of a chart. Technically speaking the VIX would still have to drop to the $9.00 price level before all the gaps are closed off.

There are a few gaps still open well above todays prices so these open gaps work like a magnet, drawing prices to them.

That $8.60 bottom represents a huge VIX bear trap, which is the opposite to the SP500 bull trap!

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Mini SP500 New World Record High!

Any bearish wave count I had, didn’t last very long. From the November bottom and  then followed by a 4th wave crash, created an overlapping pattern that technically would not be an impulse. In this case I will use it for a short period of time and see if a few more wild moves, turns this last run to new highs, into a diagonal wave.  The Nasdaq broke the diagonal pattern and produced a nice impulse so far. 

Old record highs have been left in the dust on most of the key indices that I follow, but we have to keep an open mind that we could be topping at another wave 3 peak. At these intraday levels, the markets are moving violently in both directions. To keep the bears piss off, this market could wobble around like this for a long, or even last out the entire year!  

After every record high, the markets will at least produce another correction, but we have to wait and see how deep any correction will go. 

Markets love even numbers so the 2600 price level would fit the bill perfectly.  What is not so obvious is that 2584 is an even Fibonacci number and if we count backwards, a 61% decline from 2584 will get us the next even Fibonacci  number of 1597. (1600) Even that number barely comes close to the previous 4th wave of one lesser degree, so a Cycle degree correction would have to fall much deeper. Any 987 (1000) price level would certainly fulfil part of the Cycle degree retracement requirement, as it would also retrace to 2011 market lows.  

The VIX has also crashed, and is getting very close to closing off the lowest price gap. The VIX doesn’t have to close this gap, it just would be nice to see it closed off before the VIX cranks up again.

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VIX Intraday Gap Review.

The VIX cash contract has been heading down again, with a certain urgency to it.   Once we have a good look we can see that there are a few gaps that can throw a monkey wrench into the bullish and bearish scenarios of the VIX.   The first gap down at the bottom is still open, while we also have two gaps still open above present prices. Which set of open gaps is going to get closed off first? 

We can see a huge single spike to the upside, which can remain as the spike to beat, but it may get matched with an equally long spike to the downside.  I would love to see the opening gap in November get closed off, before the then next rally of fear,  starts to take off again.  Even if it doesn’t get closed off  we could get a H&S type setup as well. 

We also have a big open gap at the $23 price level so long term, any bullish run with the VIX, means a bearish run in stocks. 

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