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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

January almost finished - no real change

So the market maintains its rally since New Year, and now in wait mode;

1. Fed
2. China - Trade

Market sentiment (use CNBC!)
Kramer declared bear market over
Bulls are back, supported by view that Fed will not raise or only raise once

but...  even cyclical bear markets last 12-18 months - so far 3 months

Obviously markets don't go straight down, and classic bear market rallies suck in shorts and bulls to believe that the BULL is back..

Charts don't lie
A lot of damage done technically in the autumn fall..

Look at the DOW charts for various time frames

Dow monthly

No real change but updated view with recent price action
still see that the rally has not recovered the broken trend line (rally from 2016)
the 61.8 % retrace of the 2016 rally coincides with the 38.2 % retrace of the 2008 rally , which coincides with the up trend line from 2008
TOO many coincidences?
IF the market trades towards these "coincidences" looking at DOW around 19k -20k

The weekly and daily are self explanatory.
Bumping against the down trend.
Weekly RSI show clearly the "wait mode"

DOW weekly 

DOW daily

Friday, January 18, 2019

CNBC says it's "SAFE" to buy the market

Jim Cramer declared that the bear market finished on Christmas Eve - criterion?  That the market was down about 20 %.

Yesterday they said that it was now safe to "BUY" the market after this 12 % rally from the recent lows;

However if this was just the beginning of a bear market (which tend to last anywhere between 12-24 months) - we have only seen it for 3 months (so far) - what does it say about the rally - strong as it seems - is this a sign the BULL is back?

Well the last significant bear move was 2008.

Dow chart from 2008
1. can see the initial fall from the topping pattern was about 18% (2018 - 20%)
2. Rally from that first low was 12% (2019 -12%)

3.  Market then fell 18% and made a lower low - 
4 Market rallied 9 % (weaker)
5 Finally 27 % fall 
6 small rally 
7 final fall and capitulation

Target areas reached - what next?

So the DOW has reached the target area posted on 28/12/2018 .  The chart of the DOW on that date is shown below:

DOW today :

So  reached and surpassed the target 24280 (ish) -
Wedges typically have a throw over so could trade up to around 24600
Options expiration may be affecting this move up

So what next?
a few scenarios
1 a pullback from here and rally resumes
2 rally carries on to 24600 to form a throw over and then a sharp drop.

Remember in bear markets -  rallies like this will give investors reason to believe the bull market is back;
Bear markets on average last 10-15 months

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Still waiting for resolution

Bulls are cheering and the talking heads have declared the bear market has ended.  read Jim Cramer article here.

Has it?

Well admittedly the rally has lasted about 12 days...

does that mean a BULL market has started?

look at some charts

DOW daily

So far down trend is still intact
clear classic rising wedge  (usually bearish) shows - more often than not there is a throw over (a rally above the upper boundary) which is quickly retraced

Nasdaq daily

bearish wedge
short term trend is up
but down trend still intact
could target 6750-6800

would need a break above 6880-6900 and follow through to start trend change

DAX and FTSE similar

DAX key upside level 11520
FTSE 7131  - Brexit vote  may have an effect

Thursday, January 10, 2019

No change - except Euro break out

No real change
Market rally has continued now 4 days long
still no break of the  downtrend (October - December)

if this is correction of that down trend and the trend is STILL down - could be close to finishing this move up - and next leg down

Small short probes on strength

No news on Trump trade deal - well actual definitive news - however the "positive" spin has contributed to the rally  - and markets are discounting mechanisms so a "Trade deal " news would more than likely boost prices but likelihood is a "pop n drop"  - keep cool!

Euro breaking out targeting 1.18 - 1.20
this is saucer formation
already broken out

DOW 4  hour chart

Looks like CLASSIC bearish wedge
Resistance at 24300
Could overshoot on a "trade deal"
A break down of the wedge - new lows ahead - 20k? possible 18500

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Finally - a rally - but is it a trend change?

Finally Friday's action looks like seller stepped back and markets had a decent rally.  Is this a change of trend?  Or just a correction?

Last post looked at the monthly charts, now zooming in to look at the weekly charts.

First the headline index  Dow Jones Industrial
Remember the downtrend on the monthly shows it in perspective - the odds favour a deeper correction.

1.  Bear market rallies are usually very strong rallies
2. The chart shows the down trend within a channel - prices reached the lower boundary - so the market was ripe for a reversal
3.  The action (so far) is still contained within that channel
5. There is still room to the upside to reach the top of the channel.
6 if this is just a short term bear market rally then I would expect prices to turn down again NEAR the top channel
7 A significant break above that channel and we may visit 24236 (see previous post)

May have been premature in discarding the 24236 target
Stopped out of all short positions on Friday - for profits
flat and watching 
expect rally to continue to at least top of channel and possible larger correction in which case 24236 on the cards

What about the other markets? 
DAX weekly

Similar channel
DAX has been showing relative strength vs US markets - has come close to the 10220 target (10275 low)
shaded areas show potential Fibonacci targets for a correction of down trend
Elliott wave - could be starting a wave 4 (up/sideways )  4's can be very difficult to trade - lots of whipsaw

FTSE weekly

Also in a channel
last post highlighted that it was reaching obvious trend line support

Nasdaq 100 weekly

Also in a down trend - but nearer to breaking out
if it does targets next trend line 6750 ish
a turn back down here likely sees new lows


Markets still in down trends but all rallied near bottom of the channels
May be a sign of short term trend change  to up (6-7 days)
Anything larger may mean bigger upward move
Be nimble and don't get married to short side
Volatility will still be present

Thursday, January 3, 2019

2019 !

So a new year begins

looking at 2 long term charts - the DOW (headline index ) and the DAX (Germany - Europe's largest economy)


!. This shows the decline at the end of 2018 and puts it into perspective related to the 2 rallies; from 2016 (Trump rally) and the 2008 rally.
2.  The rally on 2/1/19 failed to reach the 24200 target
3.  at the moment it looks like it can test the long term up trend (blue line) and there is horizontal support (look left)

will look at shorter time frames over the next dew days
Market view can change - but it seems that unless we get a trade deal out of Trump and China (and this may end up being a few days of euphoria before reality sets in ) then likelihood is DOW can head to 20k and possibly 18500

DAX monthly

Break of the up trend since 2011
Up trend from 2009  - trend line support 9100 and rising
LONG term trend line support 5900 and rising
horizontal support 10050 and 8066
Head and shoulders target minimum 10220

So 2 major markets seem to be in sync
 A trade deal with Trump (USA) and China would more than likely have a sharp rally so be wary - if short -
HOWEVER - in TA NEWS doesn't matter and if the primary trend is now down - this will re-assert itself

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