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04/01/2018 – Market Update

 

Stocks Hold above a Key Support

 

The general stock market still hold above the lower boundary of its 27-month long-term uptrend channel after it had a volatile movement last week. The S&P 500 index is forming a short-term descending triangle pattern with a lower horizontal boundary at the level of 2590 for a support. Crude oil lost upward momentum and pulled back from the upper resistance at 66.5. The 30-Year US treasury bond became short-term bullish as it broke upward from its 2-month horizontal trading range last week. The US dollar and gold are still in their short-term horizontal trading ranges waiting for breakouts either upward or downward. The broad stock market is projected to be in a short-term bullish time-window until 4/23/2018.

 
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Broad Market Tuning in Short-Term Bullish Time-Window


 

The Broad Market Instability Index (BIX), measured from over 8000 U.S. stocks, closed at 24 on Thursday 3/29/2018 (down from 95 the previous week) which is below the panic threshold level of 42 and indicates a bullish market. The Wilshire 5000 index is below the 89-day exponential moving average, and the momentum is slightly negative. Based on the forecast of LWX, the broad stock market is projected to be in a short-term bullish time-window until 4/23/2018. (see the second table below).

 

The LWX Indicator in Last Four Weeks (Actual)

 

The LWX Indicator in Next Four Weeks (Forecast)

 

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: trough
Date of Next Cycle High: 4/23/2018
Broad Market Instability Index (BIX): 24, below the panic threshold (bullish)
Momentum Indicator: slightly negative (neutral)

 


 
Sector Performance Ranking with Semiconductors 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 1.59% below the EMA89. Outperforming sectors are Semiconductors (1.75%), Technology (-0.3%), and Consumer Services (-0.54%). Underperforming sectors are Biotech (-5.32%), Internet (-5.18%), and Oil Equipment (-5.00%).
 

 

 
S&P 500 Index in Primary Upward Wave 5


 

The SPX is in primer impulse wave [5] which is the last upward wave of a multi-year primer [1][2][3][4][5] five-wave sequence started from 2009. The current primer upward wave [5] is in progress to develop an intermediate (1)(2)(3)(4)(5) five-wave sequence.

Now it is in intermediate corrective wave (4) with a sub-wave abc sequence. The weekly chart below shows that a long-term picture of the SPX formed a 27-month bullish uptrend channel. The price is testing the lower boundary of the channel, and it is critical now to check if the market is able to hold this long-term uptrend.

 

Intermediate corrective wave (4) is in a sub-wave abc sequence. Now downward sub-wave c is ending. In the following daily chart of the SPX, the middle-term correction is forming a 2-month descending triangle pattern. Once it gets support at the horizontal boundary, the price should move up towards the upper boundary of the triangle.

 


 
German DAX Index: Elliott Wave


 

In the following weekly chart, the German DAX index is in primer impulse wave [5] of a multi-year primer [1][2][3][4][5] five-wave sequence. Upward primer wave [5] is in progress to develop an intermediate (1)(2)(3)(4)(5) five-wave sequence. Currently it is in the late part of intermediate corrective wave (4).

 


 
India Bombay Index Forming 2.5-Month Falling Wedge Pattern


 

The India Bombay Stock Exchange 30 Sensex index is forming a 2.5 month falling wedge pattern. It would become bullish once the price breaks above the upper boundary of the wedge.

 


 
Shanghai Composite Index: Intermediate-Term Pictures


 

The Shanghai Stock Exchange Composite index is forming a 1.5-year ascending broadening right-angle pattern. The broadening aspect of this pattern suggests increasing price volatility with uncertain price movement. The horizontal boundary of the triangle is a major support line to be tested.

 


 
US Treasury Bond Broke above 2-Month Horizontal Trading Range


 

The 30-year U.S. treasury bond index broke above the upper boundary of its 2-month horizontal trading range last week. Based on this bullish breakout, the upside price target is projected at 147.8.

 


 
US Dollar Forming 2.5-Month Horizontal Trading Range


 

The U.S. dollar index is forming a 2.5-month horizontal trading range between 88.5 and 90.5. It is neutral before the price breaches one of the boundaries of the trading range.

 


 
Gold Forming 3-month Horizontal Trading Range


 

The gold index is forming a 3-month horizontal trading range between 1315 and 1365. It is neutral before the price breaches one of the boundaries of the trading range.

 

 
Silver Forming 9-Month Symmetrical Triangle Pattern


 

The silver index is forming an 9-month symmetrical triangle pattern. It is neutral before the price breaks out from the triangle.

 

 
Crude Oil Forming 10-Week Ascending Triangle pattern


 

The crude oil index is forming a 10-week ascending triangle pattern. It is neutral before the price breaks out from the triangle. The price may test the lower boundary of the triangle one more time.

 


 
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 copper is underperforming.
 
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