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08/16/2020 – Market Update

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Stock Market Drifted Higher

 

The stock market continued drifting higher last week. Precious metals, Home Construction and Semiconductors sectors ranked as the top three sectors with mostly strong technical strengths. Gold pulled back shapely last week but it is still in a 5-month uptrend channel. After a 2-month decline, the US dollar is stabilized in a 3-week horizontal trading range. The US 30-year treasury bond is trapped in a triangle pattern and is waiting for breakout. The broad stock market is projected to be in a short-term neutral time-window until 8/19/2020, followed by a bearish time-window right after.

 
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Broad Market in Short-Term Neutral Time-Window


 

The Broad Market Instability Index (BIX), measured from over 8000 U.S. stocks, closed at 6 on Friday 8/14/2020 (down from 8 the previous week) which is below the panic threshold level of 42 and indicates a bullish market. The Wilshire 5000 index is above the 89-day exponential moving average, and the momentum is positive. Based on the forecast of the Leading Wave Index (LWX), the broad stock market is projected to be in a short-term neutral time-window until 8/19/2020.

 

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: peak
Date of Next Cycle Low: 9/8/2020
Broad Market Instability Index (BIX): 6, below the panic threshold (bullish)
Momentum Indicator: positive (bullish)

 

 
Sector Performance Ranking with Precious Metals 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 Precious Metals, Home Construction, and Semiconductors. Underperforming sectors are Oil Equipment, Energy, and Real Estate.

 

 

 
S&P 500 Index in Primary Upward Wave X


 

As shown in the weekly chart below, since October of 2018, the SPX has been in a primary corrective wave [W][X][Y] sequence. Primary flat wave [W] ended late March, and primary upward wave [X] has started. Primary upward wave [X] is going to have intermediate (a)(b)(c) three-wave sequence. Currently it is in downward intermediate wave (b) of the (a)(b)(c) three-wave sequence. Upward intermediate wave (c) will be the next.

 

The S&P 500 index on daily chart formed a 3-month rising wedge pattern. It is bullish as long as the price stays above the lower boundary of the wedge.

 


 
German DAX Index: Elliott Wave


 

In the following weekly chart, since early March the German DAX index has been in primary upward wave [X] which will have an intermediate (a)(b)(c) three-wave sequence. Currently it is in downward intermediate wave (b). Upward intermediate wave (c) will be the next.

 


 
India Bombay Index in 3-Month Rising Wedge Pattern


 

The India Bombay Stock Exchange 30 Sensex index is forming a 3-month rising wedge pattern. It is bullish as long as the price stays above the lower boundary of the wedge.

 


 
Shanghai Composite Index: Intermediate-Term Pictures


 

The Shanghai Stock Exchange Composite index is forming a 6-week descending triangle pattern. It is neutral before the price breaks out from the triangle.

 

In the following weekly chart, the Shanghai Stock Exchange Composite index formed a 1.5-year symmetrical triangle pattern. The price has broken above the upper boundary of the triangle with an upside price target projected at 3425. This price target has been reached. Now it is in a retracement.

 


 
US Treasury Bond in 5-Month Ascending Triangle Pattern


 

The 30-year U.S. treasury bond index is forming a 5-month ascending triangle pattern. It is neutral before the price breaks out from the triangle.

 


 
US Dollar Forming 3-Week Horizontal Trading Range Pattern


 

The U.S. dollar index is forming a 3-week horizontal trading range. It is neutral before the price breaks out from the range.

 


 
Gold Forming 5-Month Uptrend Channel Pattern


 

The gold index is forming a 5-month uptrend channel pattern. It is bullish as long as the price stays above the lower boundary of the channel.

 

 
Silver Forming 5-week Ascending Broadening Wedge Pattern


 

The silver index is forming a 5-week ascending broadening wedge pattern. It is bullish as long as the price stays above the lower boundary of the wedge.

 

 
Crude Oil Forming 3-Month Rising Wedge Pattern


 

The crude oil index is forming a 3-month rising wedge pattern. It is neutral before the price break out from the wedge.

 


 
Asset Class Performance Ranking with Gold 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 gold is outperforming and oil is underperforming.