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08/30/2020 – Market Update

 

Stock Market at New Record High

 

The stock market advanced higher and the S&P 500 index made a new record high last week. Technology, Internet and Precious metals sectors ranked as the top three sectors with mostly strong technical strengths. Gold still maintained staying in a multi-month uptrend channel after its recent pullback. The US 30-year treasury bond became bearish as the price broke below its 6-month ascending triangle last week. The US dollar also is bearish in a descending broadening wedge pattern. The broad stock market is projected to be in a short-term neutral time-window until 9/1/2020, 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 12 on Friday 8/28/2020 (unchanged from 12 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 slightly negative. 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 9/1/2020, followed by a bearish time-window right after.

 

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 High: 9/1/2020
Broad Market Instability Index (BIX): 12, below the panic threshold (bullish)
Momentum Indicator: slightly negative (neutral)

 

 
Sector Performance Ranking with Technology 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 Technology, Internet, and Precious Metals. Underperforming sectors are Oil Equipment, Energy, and Utilities.

 

 

 
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 still in upward intermediate wave (a) of the (a)(b)(c) three-wave sequence.

 

The S&P 500 index on daily chart formed a 3-month rising wedge pattern. The price broke above the upper boundary of the wedge last week. It is bullish with an upside price target projected at 3700.

 


 
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 still in upward intermediate wave (a).

 


 
India Bombay Index in 4-Month Rising Wedge Pattern


 

The India Bombay Stock Exchange 30 Sensex index is forming a 4-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 2-month horizontal trading range between 3200 and 3450. It is neutral before the price breaks out from the range.

 

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 consolidation.

 


 
US Treasury Bond Broke below 6-Month Ascending Triangle Pattern


 

The 30-year U.S. treasury bond index formed a 6-month ascending triangle pattern. The price broke below the lower boundary of the triangle last week. It is bearish with a downside price target projected at 172.

 


 
US Dollar Forming 5-Week Descending Broadening Wedge Pattern


 

The U.S. dollar index is forming a 5-week descending broadening wedge pattern. It is bearish before the price breaks above the upper boundary of the wedge.

 


 
Gold Forming 6-Month Uptrend Channel Pattern


 

The gold index is forming a 6-month uptrend channel pattern. It is bullish as long as the price stays above the lower boundary of the channel.

 

 
Silver Forming 4-week Symmetrical Triangle Pattern


 

The silver index is forming a 4-week symmetrical triangle pattern. It is neutral before the price breaks out from the triangle.

 

 
Crude Oil Forming 3.5-Month Rising Wedge Pattern


 

The crude oil index is forming a 3.5-month rising wedge pattern. It is neutral before the price break out from the wedge.

 


 
Asset Class Performance Ranking with Equity 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 equity is outperforming and oil is underperforming.

 

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