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06/17/2013 – Market Update

June 17, 2013 4 comments

Positive Reversal and Ninth Wave

The momentum indicator suggests that the broad stock market could have a positive reversal from its one-month-long pull back. It provides an opportunity for the S&P 500 index to potentially break out to a new high with the last impulse minute wave in the extension of minor wave 3. The broad stock market should be in a short-term bullish time-window until 7/3/2013. We continue monitoring the “Bump and Run Reversal Top” for the S&P 500 index and the “Bump and Run Reversal Bottom” for gold/silver mining stocks.


Table of Contents


Momentum Indicator Suggests a Potential Positive Reversal

The LWX Indicator in Last Four Weeks (Actual)
Last 4 wks LWX 6-14-2013

The LWX Indicator in Next Four Weeks (Forecast)
Next 4 wks LWX 6-14-2013

The Broad Market Instability Index (BIX), measured from over 8000 U.S. stocks, closed at 10 on Friday (down from 16 the previous week) which is below the panic threshold level of 43 and indicates a bullish market. Based on the forecast of the Leading-Wave Index (LWX), the short-term neutral time-window should end on 6/17/2013, and the broad market would be in a short-term bullish time-window until 7/3/2013 (see the second table above). The daily chart below has the Wilshire 5000 index with both the BIX and the Coppock Curve momentum indicators. The momentum indicator suggests a Positive Reversal based on a lower low in the momentum indicator and a higher low in the price highlighted by green lines. This positive reversal could potentially push the Wilshire 5000 to breakout to a new high around 18344. The current market status is summarized as follows:

Short-Term Cycle: upward
Date of Next Cycle High: 7/3/2013
Broad Market Instability Index (BIX): 10, below the panic threshold (bullish)
Momentum Indicator: positive reversal (bullish)

W5000 6-14-2013



Intermediate-Term Picture: S&P 500 Index May Form a “Bump and Run Reversal Top” Pattern

The S&P 500 index is in a possible intermediate-term “Bump and Run Reversal Top” pattern. A Bump-and-Run pattern typically occurs when excessive speculation drives prices up steeply. According to Thomas Bulkowski, this pattern consists of three major phases: 1) Lead-in phase, 2) Bump phase, and 3) Run phase.

From mid-November to mid-April, the SPX was in a uptrend channel for about 5 months. This uptrend channel serves as a “Lead-in” phase in which prices move in an orderly manner and the range of waves defines the lead-in height. In late April, the SPX started to advance into the “Bump” phase with fast rising prices following a sharp bump trendline having an angle large than 45 degrees.

Although prices typically could reach a bump high with at least twice the lead-in height, the price target projected at the 2nd Parallel Line is negated once prices cross below the Bump Trendline (green line). If prices cross back above the first parallel line to form another bump, the Bump Trendline would become a resistance line.

SPX Bump 6-14-2013



Long-Term Picture: Elliott Wave Count on S&P 500 Index

The following chart is a weekly chart of the S&P 500 index, with my Elliott Wave count, in a four-year time span. The stock market crash of 2008 had a massive washout and reset the market in early March 2009 as “ground zero” for the beginning of wave count.

There are three degrees of waves: Primary, Intermediate, and Minor waves in this weekly chart. It shows that the SPX currently is in primary wave [3], intermediate wave (3), and the beginning of minor wave 3. Superposition of the third waves in multiple degrees typically carries a strong bull market.

A long-term price target for primary wave [3] is projected at 1770 by using 0.618 extension of wave [1]. However, there would be a couple of corrective waves, i.e., minor wave 4 and intermediate wave (4), before the price target of 1770.

SPX Elliott Wave 6-14-2013 (Weekly)



Short-Term Picture: Elliott Wave Count on S&P 500 Index

The following daily chart of the S&P 500 index shows minor wave 3 has been in a well-defined bullish uptrend channel for over six months. Inside wave 3, it should have finished sub-waves of minute waves [i], [ii], [iii], [iv], [v], [vi], [vii] and [viii].

This strong bull market has made minor wave 3 have a special extended wave formation: an extension structure with possible nine waves rather than conventional five waves. It means that wave 3 may have waves [vi], [vii], [viii] and [ix] after wave [v]. Currently it is in wave [ix] which could be the last impulse wave of the extension.

SPX Elliott Wave 6-14-2013 (Daily)



Market Ratio and Competitive Strength

The market ratio is very helpful to compare strengths between two markets. The table below tracks weekly performances for several pairs of markets, i.e., the euro vs. the US dollar, the Greek market vs. the Chinese market, the long-term rate vs. the short-term rate, the S&P 500 index vs. gold, small caps vs. large caps, the US market vs. the world market, and Apple vs. BlackBerry.

For each pair of markets listed in the table, the market ratio is calculated by dividing one market by another. Then the competitive strength is further evaluated from a percentage change of the ratio against its 89-day exponential moving average. The results divide the markets into two groups: outperforming markets and underperforming markets, for this week as follows:

Market Ratios 6-14-2013

This year each week I will talk about one pair of markets in the table above. This week let’s check the U.S. stock market vs. the international stock market again.

U.S. Stock Market vs. International Stock Market: The chart below is a daily chart in seven-month time span for the ratio of the Wilshire 5000 Index to the Dow Jones World Stock Index. The previous downtrend of the ratio ended in late December. The ratio has been in an advance since then. It indicates that the U.S. stock market has been outperformed the international stock market so far this year. One week ago the ratio broke above the upper boundary of the 5-month uptrend channel. It could be a setup for a “Bump and Run Reversal Top”, and now it should be in the “Bump” phase and above the Bump Trendline.

W5000 vs World 6-14-2013



Gold in a 9-Week Horizontal Trading Range

The daily chart shows that the gold index is forming a 9-week horizontal trading range between 1340 and 1480. Prices should be in sideways before a breakout from the trading range.

GOLD 6-14-2013



Long-Term Picture: Silver Still Has Room to Fall

The following chart is a monthly chart for silver in 12 years. Recently silver has broken to the downside from its 2-year Descending Triangle pattern. By using Bulkowski’s measure rule on descending triangles, the long-term downside price target is projected at 15 for silver.

Silver 6-14-2013 (Monthly)



Gold/Silver Mining Stocks in “Bump and Run Reversal Bottom” Pattern

Gold/silver mining stocks are in a possible “Bump and Run Reversal Bottom” pattern, i.e., the exact opposite of the SPX’s “Bump and Run Reversal Top” pattern discussed above. The 6-month downtrend channel serves as a “Lead-in” phase in which prices move in an orderly manner and the range of price waves defines the lead-in height. In last two months, prices fell into the “Bump” phase with fast declining prices following a sharp downtrend-line slope with an angle large than 45 degrees.

Although prices typically could reach a bump low with at least twice the lead-in height, the price target projected at the 2nd Parallel Line is negated once prices cross above the Bump Trendline (red line). Testing the lead-in trendline should be expected. If prices break above the lead-in trend line, the bullish “Run (up)” phase could start.

XAU 6-14-2013

HUI 6-14-2013



Crude Oil Forming 11-Month Trading Range

Crude oil is forming an 11-month horizontal trading range between 86 and 98. It is going to test the upper boundary of the trading range. Crude oil could become bullish once prices break above the upper boundary of the range.

Oil 6-14-2013



US Dollar Broke Below 3-Month Ascending Broadening Triangle Pattern

The U.S. dollar broke below the horizontal boundary of the 3-month Ascending Broadening Triangle pattern. This pattern typically does not give too much downside potential. The downside price target could projected only at 80.50. Now prices are almost near this shallow target.

USD 6-14-2013



US Treasury Bond Formed 12-Month Bearish Downtrend Channel

The 30-year U.S. treasury daily chart has formed a 12-month bearish downtrend channel. Now it is near the lower boundary of the channel, and prices could rebound.

USB 6-14-2013



Asset Class Performance Ranking with Crude Oil Leading

The following table is the percentage change of each asset class (in ETFs) against the 89-day exponential moving average (EMA89). Currently crude oil is outperforming, and gold is underperforming.

Asset 6-14-2013



Sector Performance Ranking with Bank Sector Leading

The following table is the percentage change of sectors and major market indexes against the 89-day exponential moving average (EMA89). The Wilshire 5000 index, as an average or a benchmark of the total market, is 2.80% above the EMA89. Outperforming sectors are Banks (4.90%), Semiconductors (4.88%), and Healthcare (4.32%). Underperforming sectors are Precious Metals (-12.18), Real Estate (-2.91%), and Home Construction (-1.32%). The Russell 2000 Small-cap is outperforming and the NASDAQ 100 is underperforming.

Sector 6-14-2013



BRIC Stock Market Performance Ranking with the Brazilian Market Lagging

The table below is the percentage change of the BRIC stock market indexes against the 89-day exponential moving average (EMA89), also in comparison to the US market. Currently the Brazilian market is lagging.

BRIC 6-14-2013