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10/06/2013 – Market Update

We Are in Volatile October

The risk level of financial markets is increasing with spending time of Washington’s budget standoff. The broad stock market is likely to remain volatile this week, and it should be in the short-term bearish time-window until 10/11/2013.


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Broad Market in Short-Term Bearish Time-Window

The LWX Indicator in Last Four Weeks (Actual)
Last 4 wks LWX 10-4-2013

The LWX Indicator in Next Four Weeks (Forecast)
Next 4 wks LWX 10-4-2013

The Broad Market Instability Index (BIX), measured from over 8000 U.S. stocks, closed at 10 on 10/4/2013 (up from 9 the previous week) which is below the panic threshold level of 42 and indicates a bullish market. Based on the forecast of the Leading-Wave Index (LWX), the broad market should be in a short-term bearish time-window until 10/11/2013 (see the second table above). The daily chart below has the Wilshire 5000 index with both the BIX and the Momentum indicators. The current market status is summarized as follows:

Short-Term Cycle: downward
Date of Next Cycle Low: 10/11/2013
Broad Market Instability Index (BIX): 10, below the panic threshold (bullish)
Momentum Indicator: negative (bearish)

W5000 10-4-2013



Short-Term Picture: S&P 500 Index Forming a 5-Month Rising Wedge Pattern

The S&P 500 index is forming a 5-month rising wedge pattern. If it breaks below the lower boundary of the wedge, a downside price target would be 1620.

SPX  10-4-2013



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 (4), and minor wave C.

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 corrective wave, i.e., intermediate wave (4), before the price target of 1770.

Since early August, the S&P 500 index has been in a correction with intermediate wave (4) which should consist of short-term minor waves A-B-C. As shown in the second chart below, wave B has terminated above the starting level of wave A. This move could be a setup for a Expanded Flat Elliott Wave pattern, and it suggests that current wave C could go more substantially below the ending level of wave A. In other words, the current downwave could send the SPX more substantially below August low. 1620 is just a conservative downside target.

SPX Elliott Wave 10-4-2013 (Weekly)

SPX Elliott Wave 10-4-2013 (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, and the US market vs. the world market.

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 10-4-2013

Each week I talk about one pair of markets in the table above. This week let’s have a look at the euro vs. the U.S. dollar.

Euro vs. U.S. Dollar: The chart below is a weekly chart for the ratio of the euro to the U.S. dollar in last seven years. The ratio has been in a symmetrical triangle pattern for six years. The central line of the triangle is at 1.7. Currently the ratio swings up towards 1.70 to make the euro stronger than the US dollar.

Euro vs US Dollar 10-4-2013



Gold Forming 12-Month Descending Broadening Wedge Pattern

The gold index is forming an 12-month Descending Broadening Wedge pattern on the daily chart. Late August price touched the upper boundary of the wedge and began falling again. Gold should be neutral before it breaks above the upper boundary of the wedge.

GOLD 10-4-2013



Long-Term Picture: Silver in a 2.5-Year Falling Wedge Pattern

The silver index has formed a 2.5-year falling wedge pattern. Silver will remain bearish with range-bounded swings before a breakout from the wedge.

Silver 10-4-2013 (Weekly)



Gold/Silver Mining Stocks Forming 6-Month Horizontal Trading Range

Gold/silver mining stocks are still bearish. The 6-month inverted roof (or Complex Head-and-Shoulders Bottom) pattern is changing to a 6-month horizontal trading range.

XAU HUI 10-4-2013


Crude Oil Bounced off Downside Price Target

Following the bearish breakdown from the 3-week symmetrical triangle pattern, crude oil touched the downside price target and bounced off 101.

Oil 10-4-2013



US Dollar Forming 3-Month Falling Wedge

The U.S. dollar is forming a 3-month falling wedge. It will remain bearish with range-bounded swings before a breakout from the wedge.

USD 10-4-2013



US Treasury Bond Forming a Bump-and-Run Reversal Bottom Pattern

The 30-year U.S. treasury bond is forming a Bump-and-Run Reversal Bottom Pattern. It has been in the bearish bump phase since June. Last month prices reached the second parallel line with two times of the lead-in channel height. Recently prices have crossed above the second parallel line (buy line). This crossing could be a bullish reversal sign for the treasury bond.

USB 10-4-2013



Asset Class Performance Ranking with Equity Leading

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

Asset 10-4-2013



Sector Performance Ranking with Internet 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 2.60% above the EMA89. Outperforming sectors are Internet (9.33%), Biotech (8.26%), and Oil Equipment (5.14%). Underperforming sectors are Precious Metals (-5.86%), Home Construction (-4.90%), and Real Estate (-2.91%).

Sector 10-4-2013



BRIC Stock Market Performance Ranking with the Russian Market Leading

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 Russian market is leading.

BRIC 10-4-2013
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