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12/16/2018 – Market Update

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Volatile Markets Ahead of Fed Meeting

 

The broad stock market finished lower last week as the S&P 500 index broke below the lower boundary of a 2-month trading range. The market became very volatile and readings of our Broad Market Instability Index surged up far above the panic threshold level. The SPX is likely to test April lows with the Fed meeting in focus this coming week. The broad stock market is projected to be in a short-term bearish time-window until 12/24/2018.

 
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Broad Market in Short-Term Bearish Time-Window


 

The Broad Market Instability Index (BIX), measured from over 8000 U.S. stocks, closed at 288 on Friday 12/14/2018 (up from 95 the previous week) which is above the panic threshold level of 42 and indicates a bearish market. The Wilshire 5000 index is below the 89-day exponential moving average, and the momentum is negative. Based on the forecast of the Leading Wave Index (LWX), the broad stock market is projected to be in a short-term bearish time-window until 12/24/2018 (see the second table below).

 

The Leading Wave Index (LWX) Indicator in Last Four Weeks (Actual)

 

The Leading Wave Index (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: downward
Date of Next Cycle Low: 12/24/2018
Broad Market Instability Index (BIX): 288, above the panic threshold (bearish)
Momentum Indicator: negative (bearish)

 


 
Sector Performance Ranking with Utilities Sector Leading


 

The following table ranks sectors by using the StockCharts Technical Rank (SCTR) based on six key indicators which cover long-term, medium-term and short-term timeframes. Outperforming sectors are Utilities, Real Estate, and Healthcare. Underperforming sectors are Oil Equipment, Home Construction, and Energy.
 

 

 
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). This intermediate corrective wave extends the correction started from the early this year, and it has a ABC sub-wave sequence. The downward move started from October is sub-wave C which is the last wave of intermediate corrective wave (4). There is a bearish sign that downward sub-wave C has broken below the lower boundary of a 3-year uptrend channel.

 

The S&P 500 index on daily chart below formed a 2-month trading range between 2630 and 2815 with a choppy a-b-c-d-e wave sequence of intermediate corrective wave (4). It was bearish as the price broke below the lower boundary of the range last week. April lows are likely to be tested for support.

 


 
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. Now it is in intermediate corrective wave (4) which has a ABC sub-wave sequence. Now it is still in Downward sub-wave C.

 


 
India Bombay Index Forming 6-Week Ascending Broadening Triangle Pattern


 

The India Bombay Stock Exchange 30 Sensex index is forming a 6-week ascending broadening triangle pattern. It is neutral before the price breaks out from the pattern.

 


 
Shanghai Composite Index: Intermediate-Term Pictures


 

The Shanghai Stock Exchange Composite index is forming a 2.5-month symmetrical triangle pattern. It is neutral before the price breaks out from the pattern.

 

In the following weekly chart, the Shanghai Stock Exchange Composite index formed a 3.5-year descending triangle pattern. The price breached the lower boundary of the triangle. It is bearish with a downside price target projected at 2000 as long as the price is below the lower boundary of the triangle.

 


 
US Treasury Bond Forming 10-month Descending Broadening Wedge Pattern


 

The 30-year U.S. treasury bond index is forming a 10-month descending broadening wedge pattern. The price advanced sharply last week. The upper boundary of the wedge is a resistance to be tested. It is neutral before the price breaks out from the pattern.

 


 
US Dollar Forming 6-Week Ascending Triangle Pattern


 

The U.S. dollar index is forming a 6-week ascending triangle pattern. It is neutral before the price breaks out from the pattern.

 


 
Gold Broke above 4.5-Month Trading Range


 

The gold index formed a 4.5-month horizontal trading range between 1185 and 1240. The price broke above the upper boundary of the range. It is bullish with an upside price target projected at 1285.

 

 
Silver Forming 4-Month Descending Broadening Wedge


 

The silver index is forming a 4-month descending broadening wedge pattern. It is bearish as long as the price is below the horizontal boundary of the wedge.

 

 
Crude Oil Forming 3-Week Symmetrical Triangle Pattern


 

The crude oil index is forming a 3-week symmetrical triangle pattern. It is neutral before the price breaks out from the pattern.

 


 
Asset Class Performance Ranking with US Dollar Leading


 

The following table ranks asset class by using the StockCharts Technical Rank (SCTR) based on six key indicators which cover long-term, medium-term and short-term timeframes. Currently the US Dollar is outperforming and Crude Oil is underperforming.
 
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