I warned last weekend about the craziness. It continues. This time, I’m referring to the market; never mind what’s happening outside in the unreal world …
I’ve put in about 60 hours this week on the market and analysis — the most ever, I think. That’s an indicator of how incredibly difficult this market is. There were fake-outs all week long … mostly a result of a zigzag down from last week.
Zigzags are like politicians — they promise one thing but can deliver something quite different.
Last weekend, I predicted the drop. We got that … sort of. But the wave down was too short, and it “looked like” a five, but was actually a zigzag. The problem with zigzags is that they can either generate another zigzag to follow (in this case, to the downside), or they can completely retrace. You have no way of knowing which will be the case. On Friday of this past week, it became obvious that we were going to do the latter.
This past week has been brutal in two respects:
- The e-mini futures market has been almost impossible to accurately predict due to the gaps in all the US indices, some extraordinary patterns in futures themselves, and wave structures that are simply ambiguous (like the zigzag)
- Currencies and the US Dollar index, all of which have been oscillating up and down
The other issue, of course is the market manipulation. The Fed has been trying to keep the market up. You can see this in some of the extraordinary bullish wave lengths this past week. The wave up this week in ES has been one for the EW history books — double extended waves as part of a fifth wave (which are traditionally very weak waves) in a correction.
A fifth wave of that level of bullishness as part of a correction tells you something extraordinary is going on. I attribute it to the actions of the Federal Reserve is attempting to prop up the market, along with the propaganda around this virus (no, the economy is NOT going to bounce back to its old self!).
In truth, nothing much has really changed from last week. It’s the fake-outs just about every day this week that have been the challenge.
Hopefully, we’re going to get back to a more predictable market once we see this next turn across just about everything (perhaps not gold quite yet).
In any event, I stepped back on Friday and decided to review the bigger picture so that we all know where both the Nasdaq and NYSE are going longer-term. It’s really important to keep the larger picture in the back of your mind so that the shorter timeframe has the support of the larger trend.
So … here’s a relatively short video that just deals with that issue …
Big Picture Video
All the Same Market.
I’ve been mentioning for months now that the entire market is moving as one entity, the “all the same market” scenario, a phrase that Robert Prechter coined many years ago, when he projected the upcoming crash.
We’re in the midst of deleveraging the enormous debt around the world. Central banks are losing the control they had and we’re slowly sinking into deflation world-wide, with Europe in the lead.
The US dollar is fully in charge of both the equities and currencies markets. They’re all moving in tandem, as I’ve been saying since September of 2017. Over the past three years, their movements have been moving closer and closer together and one, and now they’re in lock-step, with the major turns happening at about the same time.
it’s challenging because often times currency pairs are waiting for equities to turn, and other times, it’s the opposite. The other frustrating thing is that in between the major turns, there are no major trades; they’re all, for the most part day-trades. That’s certainly the case in corrections, where you very often have several possible targets for the end of the correction.
We’re now very close to a turn in the US indices, currency pairs, and oil. Gold looks like it’s still on hold a little longer. Elliott wave does not have a reliable timing aspect, but it looks like we should see a top in the early part of the coming week.
Know the Past. See the Future
Elliott Wave Basics
Here is a page dedicated to a relatively basic description of the Elliott Wave Principle. You’ll also find a link to the book by Bob Prechter and A. J. Frost.
US Market Snapshot (based on end-of-week wave structure)
This chart is posted to provide a prediction of future market direction. DO NOT trade based upon the information presented here (certainly NOT from a daily chart).
Above is the daily chart of ES (click to enlarge, as with any of my charts).
This has been a week of extraordinary fake-outs, particularly in e-mini futures. We've ended up the week at about the same place we were a week ago Friday.
We have a double zigzag pattern down from the 3400 top area in an ABC corrective pattern. I'm expecting one more pattern down to a new low in this fourth wave. While I haven't labelled the most recent correction up to the 62% retrace level from the red A wave low, it's an ABC pattern, with the C wave consisting of five waves.
I'm expecting a slight new high in ES after a week in which we saw a zigzag down from the current high of the ABC correction at 2965. Zigzags are an issue at a time where we're expecting a set of zigzags down to complete the balance of the large fourth wave down from the 3400 area.
That's because zigzags are corrective waves. You can have up to three in a row, each following the other after a small correction, or you can have just one that completely retraces. The wave down this week from May 30th was the latter. As a result, we're headed back up to the 2965 start. Once we get there, I'm expecting ... finally ... a turn down leading to the large drop we've been expecting, to new lows.
As I stated last week: There's a lot of manipulation going on (the Federal Reserve is doing whatever it can to prop up the market with more debt — a very stupid idea, and you and I will pay for it in the end.
For the short term, it's created a huge retrace that has lasted about a month and a half, while the waves down from the 3400 top lasted only a month.
Summary: We appear to be in a "combination" fourth wave down from the 3400 area. After the first set of zigzags down, we retraced 62% of the distance from the top. That led to a turn down, but apparently in a fourth wave, which seems to be leading to a complete retrace back up.
Once we top, another set of zigzags down seems to be the most probable outcome for the journey to a new low, but it's early to be sure of the pattern.
Look for a new low below 2100: There are several possible measured objectives below that point. The timeframe has moved to early June, perhaps, for a final low.
Once we've completed the fourth wave down, we'll have a long climb to a final slight new high in a fifth wave of this 500 year cycle top.
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