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04/20/2014 – Market Update

SPX in Topping and XAU in Head-and-Shoulders

The broad stock market is still in a sideways correction. The S&P 500 index is forming a 2-month broadening triangle (megaphone) pattern with increasingly widening price swings that potentially make a topping formation. Higher highs and lower lows let both bulls and bears face a challenge. The broad stock market is projected to be in a short-term bullish time-window until 5/2/2014. Gold/silver mining stocks have developed a short-term bearish head-and-shoulders pattern, and a possible breakdown could send them back to the previous lows.


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Broad Market is Turning into a Short-Term Bullish 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 4-17-2014

The LWX Indicator in Next Four Weeks (Forecast)
Next 4 wks LWX 4-17-2014

The Broad Market Instability Index (BIX), measured from over 8000 U.S. stocks, closed at 7 on 4/17/2014 (down from 92 the previous week) which is below the panic threshold level of 42 and indicates a bullish market. The Wilshire 5000 index crossed above its 89-day moving average. Based on the forecast of the Leading-Wave Index (LWX), the broad stock market is turning into a short-term bullish time-window and would stay bullish until 5/2/2014 (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: upward
Date of Next Cycle High: 5/2/2014
Broad Market Instability Index (BIX): 7, below the panic threshold (bullish)
Momentum Indicator: positive (bullish)

W5000 4-17-2014



Sector Performance Ranking with Energy 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 1.52% above the EMA89. Outperforming sectors are Energy (6.62%), Oil Equipment (6.27%), and Utilities (5.67%). Underperforming sectors are Biotech (-5.29%), Internet (-3.77%), and Home Construction (-2.80%).

Sector 4-17-2014



S&P 500 Index in a Complex Correction

As shown in a daily chart below, since the beginning of this year, the S&P 500 index has been in a correction with intermediate corrective wave (4) following a fifth-wave extension (Ending Diagonal) developed in late 2013. During the first three months of this year, wave (4) developed an A-B-C corrective pattern with expanded wave A and wave B, then triangle-trapped wave C.

The upward wave, which pushed the S&P 500 index up to a new record high early this month, is characterized as Elliott wave X, a wave linking two corrective patterns. Right after wave X, another new A-B-C corrective pattern should be developed. Intermediate wave (4) with a complex correction could last about five to six months.

Currently the S&P 500 index is in wave B of the new A-B-C corrective pattern. Also it is forming a 2-month broadening triangle (megaphone) pattern with increasingly widening price-swings having higher highs and lower lows. Current wave B is upward, and it’s upside target is projected at the upper boundary of the triangle, that could be another new high of the S&P 500 index.

More information about Elliott Wave Complex Corrections can be found here.

SPX Elliott Wave 4-17-2014 (Daily)



German DAX Index: Elliott Wave

The German DAX index has had a very high correlation with the S&P 500 index for last 20 years. Currently it has a similar Elliott Wave structure to the S&P 500 index, and it is in primary wave [3], intermediate wave (4), and minor wave B.

Currently it is forming a horizontal trading range between 9000 and 9750. Wave C was truncated at the lower boundary of the trading range, and wave X was truncated at the upper boundary of the trading range. Now the DAX ended wave A and just started wave B.

DAX 4-17-2014 (Weekly)



India Bombay Stock Exchange Index in 8-Month Rising Wedge

The following daily chart shows that the India Bombay Stock Exchange 30 Sensex Index is forming a 8-month rising wedge pattern. The performance of the Bombay index has been ranked on the top among the major global stock markets for last seven weeks. Currently the index is near the upper boundary of the wedge.

BSE 4-17-2014 (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 should be close to a point to challenge the upper boundary of the falling wedge possibly in this year. Falling wedges typically build up a bullish bias as it becomes mature. This bullish bias can be realized only when prices break through the upper boundary of the wedge to the upside.

Also the Shanghai index has formed another 14-month descending triangle pattern inside the falling wedge. It provides us another technical gauge to measure moves of the index. The index has defended the level of 2000 very well. Currently prices are close to the upper boundary of the triangle again. A long-awaited bullish breakout from both the descending triangle and the falling wedge could be near. Once prices penetrate the upper boundaries, the Shanghai index could advance explosively.

SSEC 4-17-2014 (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 Indian market is outperforming. The Russian market is underperforming.

Global Markets 4-17-2014



US Dollar Forming 5-Month Trading Range

The U.S. dollar is forming a 5-month trading range between 79.3 and 81.5. Now it may test the lower boundary of the trading range.

USD 4-17-2014



US Treasury Bond Broke Forming 3-Month Ascending Broadening Wedge

The following chart is a daily chart of the 30-year U.S. treasury bond. It is forming a 3-month ascending broadening wedge pattern. Prices are still range-bounded between two boundaries of the wedge.

USB 4-17-2014



Gold Forming 4-Month Ascending Broadening Wedge Pattern

The gold index is forming a 4-month ascending broadening wedge pattern. It is going to test the lower boundary of the wedge. A downward breakout target is projected at the previous low around 1190.

GOLD 4-17-2014



Silver Continues in 3-Year Falling Wedge Pattern

The silver index has formed a 3-year falling wedge pattern. After a long time sliding, it should be close to a point to challenge the upper boundary of the falling wedge. Once it breaks above the the upper boundary of the wedge, silver could become bullish in the intermediate-term. It should be neutral before a breakout from the wedge.

Also silver formed a 8-month descending triangle pattern inside the falling wedge. It provides us another technical gauge to check moves of silver. Currently it is pulling back from the upper boundary of the triangle. It may look for a support around 19 near the horizontal boundary of the wedge.

Silver 4-17-2014



Gold/Silver Mining Stocks Forming 4-Month Head-and-Shoulders Pattern

Gold/silver mining stocks are forming a 4-month head-and-shoulders pattern. Prices are going to test the neckline at 90. A downward breakout target is projected at the previous low around 80.

XAU 4-17-2014



GDX Gold Miners ETF Forming 4-Month Head-and-Shoulders Pattern

The GDX Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF is forming a 4-month head-and-shoulders pattern. Prices are going to test the neckline at 23.5. A downward breakout target is projected at 21.

GDX 4-17-2014



Crude Oil Forming 6-Week Ascending Broadening Wedge

Crude oil is forming a 6-week ascending broadening wedge pattern. Currently it is near the upper boundary of the wedge. No price target is projected before a breakout from the wedge.

Oil 4-17-2014



DBA Agriculture ETF in 7-Week Horizontal Trading Range

The following chart shows that the PowerShares DBA Agriculture ETF has formed a 7-week horizontal trading range between 27.75 and 28.75. Now it is going to test the upper boundary of the range. No price target is projected before a breakout from the trading range.

DBA 4-17-2014



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 US dollar is underperforming.

Asset 4-17-2014
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