The Parade Grows Larger and Larger
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 starting to deleverage the enormous debt around the world. Central banks long ago lost control (they never really had control, just influence). They have tools, like “TARP,” for example, but treasuries dictate interest rates (the Federal Reserve just follows along). They’ve been attempting to fight deflation now for years, but it’s slowly taking hold.
We have an inflationary bubble which is about to break and you’re going to have a front row seat.
Above is a quarterly log chart of the DOW, showing the five waves up from 1932. This is the fifth wave of a three-wave impulsive sequence that began about 500 years ago.
What’s interesting to an Elliott-waver is that wave (3) is exactly 2.618 X the length of wave (1) and wave (5) is again about that same length. The “unnatural” B wave tacked on the top end has been inflicted by both the governments and central banks in collusion. But the history-making bubble is just about at an end.
Elliott wave analysts know that when you have a correction, it always reverts back to the area of the previous fourth wave of one lesser degree. That level was in 1974 when the DOW as at $570.00. I’ll let you mull that one over …
We’ve inflated away the value of our currency to the point that it’s worth four cents of what it was a hundred years ago, a few years earlier than the start of the above chart.
Much of the rise in this market is due to inflation. If you expect more inflation (and waves to the upside), you’ll have to wait for a very large correction in order to do so, because this wave count is all but done. It even has a B wave extension, which is a first time in history event. But even it’s at a full count.
I expect this market to turn over before Christmas. The crash may be early in the year, but the top is almost at hand.
The Dollar Leads the Way
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 2016. For a short while, currencies were moving contra to the US market, but gradually all the assets classes have started “drinking the cool aid” and aligning themselves so that they’ll all top at the same time … internationally.
If you do not look at the overall market and the asset classes that matter (oil, gold, USD currencies, and the US equities —as well as international indices), you will have no real idea where we are. For assets do not just crash midway through their wave structures. They all finish up five waves together and then turn down in a very predictable, organized manner. Worldwide sentiment becomes more negative than positive and the trend changes.
Even intraday now, I’m seeing almost all the assets I cover moving as one … in a parade to the top – eventually. But, unlike a parade, the market doesn’t move in a straight line.
The market does the most predictable thing in the most unpredictable manner.
About three weeks ago now, my blog title on the free blog was “Turn of the Century.” Well, haha, I was just a little early. That turn is still about to happen. At the time, I said I didn’t know exactly how it would happen, but I knew just about everything would turn at the same time. Eventually, we’re all going to complete the final 5th wave together.
It looks now like the top of the B wave will have just about everything lined up. USD currencies, the US indices, oil, gold, and the US dollar itself should all turn at the same time.
Update on NDX
We’re closer to the top than many think. The impulsive structure of the NDX suggests that, once we trace out what might be a more complex fourth wave, we’ll have one more wave up to a new high. After that, it’s a multi-year bear market ahead …
Above is the two hour chart of NDX (Nasdaq 100).
There are several ways to label this final set of waves up to the top of wave 3. I believe we’re in the fifth wave of the third wave with a top coming with a new high. That would lead to a larger fourth wave down, which will parallel the movement of ES/SPX as they complete a C wave of their fourth waves.
The larger fourth wave should come down to the previous fourth wave somewhere around the 6942 area. It cannot drop into the area of wave (1) or it would negate the impulsive wave and possibly lead to an ending diagonal.
These waves are the final two before the top of the 500 year rally. The fourth wave will likely come down “hard” as many of the FANG stocks are also set up for a turn to the downside. They’re all setting up for a turn at the same time, by the looks of it.
In any case, after the final 5th wave up in NDX is complete, we’ll turn down into the bear market I’ve been talking about here for the past three years!
The Australian Dollar—An Update
Above is the daily chart of AUDUSD. Last weekend, I showed the AUDUSD chart and called for a turn. This week, we got the turn and have now finished an impulsive first wave up and a second wave down to the 62% level from the turn. Much more upside is to come.
For details, you can go back to last week’s blog post.
Elliott Wave Basics
There are two types of Elliott wave patterns:
- Motive (or impulsive waves) which are “trend” waves.
- Corrective waves, which are “counter trend” waves.
Motive waves contain five distinct waves that move the market forward in a trend. Counter trend waves are in 3 waves and simply correct the trend.
All these patterns move at what we call multiple degrees of trend (in other words, the market is fractal, meaning there are smaller series of waves that move in the same patterns within the larger patterns). The keys to analyzing Elliott waves is being able to recognize the patterns and the “degree” of trend (or countertrend) that you’re working within.
Impulsive (motive) waves move in very distinct and reliable patterns of five waves. Subwaves of motive waves measure out to specific lengths (fibonacci ratios) very accurately. Motive waves are the easiest waves to trade. You find them in a trending market.
Waves 1, 3, and 5 of a motive wave pattern each contain 5 impulsive subwaves. Waves 2 and 4 are countertrend waves and move in 3 waves.
Countertrend waves move in 3 waves and always retrace to their start eventually. Counrtertrend (corrective waves) are typically in patterns — for example, a triangle, flat, or zigzag. Waves within those patterns can be difficult to predict, but the patterns themselves are very predictable.
Fibonacci ratios run all through the market. They determine the lengths of waves and provide entry and exit points. These measurements are really accurate in trending markets, but more difficult to identify in corrective markets (we’ve been in a corrective market in all the asset classes I cover since 2009).
To use Elliott wave analysis accurately, you must be able to recognize the difference between a trend wave (motive) and a countertrend wave (corrective). There’s very much more to proper Elliott wave analysis, but this gives you the basics.
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The Market This Week
Here's the latest daily chart of ES (emini futures)
Above is the daily chart of ES (click to enlarge, as with any of my charts).
No change from last week. We're still waiting for the fifth of the fifth wave to a minimal new high before a turn down in the long-awaited C wave of a flat pattern.
My preference is for this unfolding fourth wave pattern is that of a expanded flat. However, technically, it could also be a running flat. At the present time, the B wave (that's the ABC wave up from about 2532) is longer than the A wave (marked as the 4th wave down from January 29, 2018). A regular flat registers as an expanded flat when the B wave is over 105% of the length of the A wave—ie, the B wave would need to reach above 2889, which is has done.
That means that the ES/SPX has multiple possibilities as to a target on the downside. Accuracy (in determining the most probable target) is going to depend upon both counting and measuring the waves to the downside. It's impossible to pick a downside target at this point in the process.
If we select all of wave 4 (on the chart—down from January 29) as the "A wave," then we're looking at an expanded flat. In that case, this outcome is the most probable:
- the C wave of a flat is typically 100 - 165% of the length of the A wave (so the target would be from 2532 - approx. 2360) - preliminary targets
There are other options:
- a running flat would trace out a C wave that is NOT longer than the A wave (in other words, it would not go to a new low). I regard this option as very low probability because it's extremely rare (I've only ever seen one of them). However, if NDX is tracing out a final impulsive pattern, its fourth wave should not be very deep, which may also restrict the length of the C wave in the SP500.
Volume: Volume has ticked up with Wall Street back at their desks after the summer break. However, it hasn't changed much in terms of market direction. This market is so weak, we'll likely need that volume to make it up to our target.
Summary: We're waiting for a top in a B wave, which will result in a C wave to a new low. My preference is that this structure represents an expanded flat, but there are other options. Once the c wave (down) is complete, expect a final fifth wave to a new high. That fifth wave up to a new high will be the end of the 500 year bull market.
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