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03/02/2014 – Market Update

Bulls are Headed towards a Red Light

Bulls are running out of time to push the market higher as the short-term time-window is about to turn bearish for the broad stock market. A sell-off would be triggered when the S&P 500 index crosses below 1850. A short-term bearish time-window is projected to last until 3/19/2014.


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Broad Market is about to Turn into Short-Term Bearish Time-Window

The LWX (Leading Wave Index) is Nu Yu’s proprietary leading indicator for US equity market. LWX>+1 indicates bullish (green); LWX< -1 indicates bearish (red); The LWX between +1 and -1 indicates neutral (yellow).

The LWX Indicator in Last Four Weeks (Actual)
Last 4 wks LWX 2-28-2014

The LWX Indicator in Next Four Weeks (Forecast)
Next 4 wks LWX 2-28-2014

The Broad Market Instability Index (BIX), measured from over 8000 U.S. stocks, closed at 6 on 2/28/2014 (up from 3 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 stock market is about to turn into a short-term bearish time-window and would stay in it until 3/19/2014 (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: peak
Date of Next Cycle Low: 3/19/2014
Broad Market Instability Index (BIX): 6, below the panic threshold (bullish)
Momentum Indicator: positive (bullish)

W5000 2-28-2014



Sector Performance Ranking with Home Construction 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 4.16% above the EMA89. Outperforming sectors are Home Construction (11.72%), Biotech (9.64%), and Internet (9.62%). Underperforming sectors are Telecommunication (-1.69%), Consumer Goods (1.70%), and Energy (2.33%).

Sector 2-28-2014



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 Elliott Wave count, in a five-year time span. There are three degrees of waves: Primary, Intermediate, and Minor waves in this weekly chart. The SPX currently is in primary wave [3], intermediate wave (4), and minor wave B.

A long-term price target for primary wave [3], projected at 1796 by using 0.618 extension of wave [1], has been reached. Primary wave [3] currently is in an extension and it could extend to the next price target at 2063 based on 1.0 extension of wave [1].

Please note that primary wave [3] indicates a long-term bullish uptrend while intermediate wave (4) presents an intermediate-term correction.

SPX Elliott Wave 2-28-2014 (Weekly)



Short-Term Picture: S&P 500 Index in A-B-C Correction

As shown in a daily chart below, the S&P 500 index had its major uptrend with powerful intermediate wave (3) composed of a 1-2-3-4-5 sub-wave impulse sequence from June 2012 to December 2013. Since the beginning of this year, the S&P 500 index has turned into an intermediate correction with intermediate wave (4). For a simple correction, it would contain an A-B-C wave corrective sequence in the minor wave degree.

This whole A-B-C correction process will possibly last about three months, i.e., wave A down in January, wave B up in February, and wave C down again in March. Although wave B breached the previous high of minor wave 5, wave C is due to begin as the short-term bearish time-window starts.

A sell-off would be triggered once prices cross below 1850. Wave C will continue the correction to the downside. 1740 will get tested first. A full range decline is projected down to 1640 because the correction ideally should end near the low of prior minor wave 4.

SPX Elliott Wave 2-28-2014 (Daily)



German DAX Index: Elliott Wave

The German DAX index recently outperforms the U.S. market, and it has a similar Elliott Wave structure to the S&P 500 index. The DAX is currently in primary wave [3], intermediate wave (4), and minor wave B. Once wave B is mature, wave C will continue the correction to the downside near 9000 which is close to the lower boundary of the intermediate uptrend channel.

DAX 2-28-2014 (Weekly)


Shanghai Composite Index: Long-Term Picture

The following weekly chart of the Shanghai Stock Exchange Composite Index shows a 5-year falling wedge pattern. After a long time sliding, it is close to a point to challenge the upper boundary of the falling wedge. Falling wedges typically build up a bullish bias as it is mature. This bullish bias can be realized only when prices break through the upper boundary of the wedge to the upside.

SSEC 2-28-2014 (Weekly)


Major Global Market Performance Ranking

The table below is the percentage change of major global stock market indexes against the 89-day exponential moving average (EMA89). Currently Canadian and German markets are outperforming. The Russian, Brizilian, Chinese and Japanese markets are under water.

Global Markets 2-28-2014



US Dollar Bearish Downward Breakout from 3-Month Ascending Triangle

The U.S. dollar broke below the lower boundary of a 3-month ascending triangle pattern. This downward breakout made the dollar bearish. A downside price target is projected at 79.20.

USD 2-28-2014



US Treasury Bond above 7-Month Trading Range

The following chart is a daily chart of the 20-year U.S. treasury bond ETF. It is forming a 7-month horizontal trading range between 101 and 107.5. It also forms a potential “W” or double bottom pattern. Recently it has moved around the upper boundary of the trading range to test the horizontal resistance. Once it stays above 107.5, it could advance to 113.

TLT 2-28-2014



Gold Bullish Breakout from 7-Month Descending Triangle Pattern

The gold index has broken above the upper boundary of the 7-month Descending Triangle pattern recently. This breakout made gold bullish with an upside price target projected at 1420. A pullback is expected to continue before 3/17/2014. This potential pullback is more like a consolidation and the 89-day exponential moving average (EMA89) should be a support. Gold is led by the Japanese yen. If the yen is firm, we may not see a significant pullback on gold. Actually, tumbling in the Nikkei index typically boosts the yen. Watch the yen closely if you care about gold.

GOLD 2-28-2014



Silver Bullish Breakout from 7-Month Descending Triangle Pattern

Similar to gold, the silver index recently has had a powerful bullish breakout from the 7-month Descending Triangle pattern. An upside price target is projected at 24.50. A pullback or a consolidation is expected to continue before 3/17/2014.

Silver 2-28-2014



Gold/Silver Mining Stocks Bullish Breakout from 7-Month Descending Triangle

Gold/silver mining stocks had a bullish breakout forming a 7-month descending triangle pattern like gold and silver did recently. Now they become bullish with an upside price target at 114 for the XAU.

XAU 2-28-2014



GDX Gold Miners ETF Bullish Breakout from 10-Month Falling Wedge

The GDX Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF had a powerful upward breakout from its 10-month falling wedge pattern. The bullish breakout of the falling wedge sets a $29 price target for GDX. A pullback or a consolidation is expected to continue before 3/17/2014.

GDX 2-28-2014


Crude Oil Forming 4-Month Ascending Broadening Triangle

Crude oil has had a bullish breakout from its 4-month trading range recently, and a “W” or double-bottom pattern is confirmed. Now it is forming another 4-month ascending broadening triangle pattern. If it can not break above the upper boundary of the triangle, a consolidation could happen between 100 and 104.

Oil 2-28-2014



DBA Agriculture ETF Bullish Breakout

The following chart shows that the PowerShares DBA Agriculture ETF has formed a 3-year falling wedge pattern. Last week, it had a sharp advance towards the upper boundary of the wedge. And it broke above the upper boundary of the wedge last week. A further advance is expected with a price target at 29.

DBA 2-28-2014



Asset Class Performance Ranking with Agriculture Leading

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

Asset 2-28-2014
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