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05/04/2014 – Market Update

Watch for Seasonal Weakening of Stocks

Combining possible multiple A-B-C corrective patterns, the intermediate-term of the S&P 500 index continues in a complex correction. This coming week the market will find whether or not wave B is able to drive prices up to the upper boundary of the 2-month broadening triangle for making new highs of the S&P 500 index. Downward wave C would start anytime soon once upward wave B ends. Now we are in May, and seasonal weakening of the stock market is coming. The broad stock market is projected to be in a short-term bearish time-window until 5/22/2014.


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Broad Market is Turning into a 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 5-2-2014

The LWX Indicator in Next Four Weeks (Forecast)
Next 4 wks LWX 5-2-2014

The Broad Market Instability Index (BIX), measured from over 8000 U.S. stocks, closed at 26 on 5/2/2014 (up from 21 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 would be in a short-term bearish time-window until 5/22/2014 (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: 5/22/2014
Broad Market Instability Index (BIX): 26, below the panic threshold (bullish)
Momentum Indicator: positive (bullish)

W5000 5-2-2014



Sector Performance Ranking with Oil Equipment 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 1.80% above the EMA89. Outperforming sectors are Oil Equipment (6.10%), Energy (6.03%), and Utilities (4.64%). Underperforming sectors are Internet (-5.38%), Biotech (-1.96%), and Banks (-1.05%).

Sector 5-2-2014



S&P 500 Index in a Complex Correction

As shown in a daily chart below, the S&P 500 index has been in intermediate corrective wave (4) since the beginning of this year. This corrective wave expands into a complex correction combining possible multiple A-B-C corrective patterns, and it could last about five to six months. More information about Elliott Wave Complex Corrections can be found here.

Currently the S&P 500 index is in a 2-month broadening triangle (megaphone) pattern with increasingly widening price-swings. The horizontal center line of the triangle is at the level of 1860. Now the index is in the middle between the center line and the upper boundary of the triangle. If wave B of the new A-B-C corrective pattern fails to reach the upper boundary of the broadening triangle for making a new high of the S&P 500 index, a partial rising can be formed and it will imply an immediate downward breakout at the lower boundary of the triangle with wave C.

SPX Elliott Wave 5-2-2014 (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.

Intermediate corrective wave (4) is in a formation of a horizontal trading range between 9000 and 9750 combining possible multiple A-B-C corrective patterns. Prior 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 is in wave B of the new A-B-C pattern after wave X.

DAX 5-2-2014 (Weekly)



India Bombay Stock Exchange Index in 9-Month Rising Wedge

The following daily chart shows that the India Bombay Stock Exchange 30 Sensex Index is forming a 9-month rising wedge pattern. After it advanced over two months, the index pulled back from the upper boundary of the wedge. It is neutral inside the wedge.

BSE 5-2-2014 (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 for last 14-months. Now it is testing that level again.

SSEC 5-2-2014 (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 Brazilian market is outperforming. The Russian market is underperforming.

Global Markets 5-2-2014



US Dollar Forming 6-Month Trading Range

The U.S. dollar is forming a 6-month trading range between 79.3 and 81.5. Now prices are near the lower boundary of the trading range again. It is neutral inside the trading range.

USD 5-2-2014



US Treasury Bond Bullish Breakout from 3-Month Ascending Broadening Wedge

The following chart is a daily chart of the 30-year U.S. treasury bond. It formed a 3-month ascending broadening wedge pattern, and prices had a bullish breakout from the wedge last week. An upside price target is projected at 136.5 based on the bullish breakout from the broadening wedge.

USB 5-2-2014



Gold Forming 7-Week Descending Triangle Pattern

The gold index is forming a 7-week descending triangle pattern. Now it is very near an apex of the triangle. The next move of gold depends on the direction of a breakout from the triangle. It is neutral before a breakout from the triangle.

GOLD 5-2-2014



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 triangle.

Silver 5-2-2014



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

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

XAU 5-2-2014



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. A downward breakout target is projected at 21.

GDX 5-2-2014



Crude Oil Forming 3-Month Ascending Triangle Pattern

Crude oil is forming a 3-month ascending triangle pattern. Currently it is near the lower boundary of the triangle. No price target is projected before a breakout.

Oil 5-2-2014



DBA Agriculture ETF Forming 2-Month Uptrend Channel

The following chart shows that the PowerShares DBA Agriculture ETF is forming a 2-month uptrend channel. The ETF now is pulling back from the upper boundary of the channel. The lower boundary of the channel should be a support.

DBA 5-2-2014



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 5-2-2014
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