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Stealth ‘Bull Market’ In Stocks Still In Progress!

Elliott’s theory is based on the Dow theory in that stock prices move in waves. Because of the “fractal” nature of markets, I have broken them down so that you can trade a daily complete wave count. Fractals are mathematical structures, which on an ever-smaller scale infinitely repeat themselves. Elliott discovered stock-trading patterns were structured in the same way.

This week will be very interesting in the markets. You need to understand what the markets are telling you. The markets are at anextreme”. I trade the most profitable waves, which are impulsive waves 1,3 and 5. It takes time to develop these great trades, but it is worth the wait as you observe the profits rolling in. Do not get caught up on the wrong side of the trade. Timing the waves correctly is a critical factor for creating these profitable 1trades.

The Corrective Waves are not as easy to identify as the Impulse Waves because the Corrective Waves have more variations as compared to the Impulse Waves. Corrective Waves of any trading pattern are broadly termed as the “ABC Corrections”. Corrective Waves are always the three wave patterns that unfold in the direction opposite of the larger trend.

“ABC Corrections” is the broad name given to the Corrective Waves. The corrective patterns formed by the Corrective Waves are against the direction of the trend. Wave 1 is corrected by the Wave 2 and Wave 3 is corrected by the Wave 4. After wave 5, the wave pattern finishes and the entire move which will be corrected. This correction will occur a multiple wave move. ABC” numbered waves are also the Corrective Waves.

Based on research that I have just completed, when the January and February months are both bullish, the equity markets moved much higher for the rest of the year! (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/still-room-for-stock-bulls-to-run-as-historic-breakouts-take-shape-analysts-say-2017-02-23/email).

The SPY Fund Flow represents the weekly flows in and out. This is a ‘Contrary Indicator’. When it becomes extremely pessimistic, I then look for a reversal to the upside. When fund flows are very high, I become concerned about a correction as expectations may have become too optimistic.

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The total put/call ratio is the volume of puts divided by the volume of calls traded on individual equities on the Chicago Board Options Exchange, on any given day.  Generally speaking, heavy volume in put contracts shows large-scale fear by options traders, while heavy call volume is usually a reflection of increased investor optimism in regards to rising prices.  When there is heavy put buying and low call buying, the put/call ratio will be high. When an extreme is reached, this becomes a bullish contrarian indicator and we should expect higher market prices ahead of us. When option traders are optimistic and there is low put volume in relation to call volume, then the put/call ratio will be low and we may be nearing a market high.  The interpretation of this indicator is the same as the equity put/call ratio itself – high readings show fear and are generally bullish for the market. Low readings, show excessive optimism as the market typically declines after they are seen.

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The GLD Fund Flow Weekly Indicator represents the daily flows into and out of GLD: (http://www.wikinvest.com/wikinvest/api.php?action=viewNews&aid=8343471&page=Stock%3ASPDR_Gold_Trust_%28GLD%29&comments=0&format=html).

Contrary Indicators are measuring the fund flows. When it becomes extremely pessimistic, then I begin to look for a possible reversal to the upside. When fund flows are very high, then I become concerned about a correction as expectations have become too optimistic. Why gold is great again: (https://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2017/02/25/president-trump-replace-the-dollar-with-gold-as-the-global-currency-to-make-america-great-again/#23cdf01f4d54)

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The Commitment of Traders (COT) Indicator gives you the overall picture of what is happening behind the scenes. It tells you who is buying and who is selling!  This information is an important key for your trading success!

The commercial traders are considered the “Smart Money”. The chart below displays, as of February 21st, 2017, that the commercial traders have taken new long positions.  This matches up perfectly with my long-term Elliot Wave forecast of 2550, in the SPX.

 

Red Bars: The Commercial Traders
(i.e.: Farmers, Hedgers, Producers, and Factories)

Blue Bars: The Large Speculators
(i.e.: Banks and Large Financial Money Managers)

Green Bars: The Small Speculators
(i.e.: You and me)

Yellow Line: The overall open interest in the market.

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The next setup for going long on Natural Gas.

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The U.S. dollar: Waiting for trend confirmation.

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Learn how to build wealth during 2017!

Every week, there are new actionable trade ideas. Avoid what I refer to as “Herd Mentality” which will put you on the losing side of the trades more often than not.

Our most recent trade was UGAZ:( http://etfdb.com/etf/UGAZ/) on February 21st, 2017. We sold half of this position to lock in a quick 10+% profit in two days. Previous trades generated a 112% profit within 25 days (NUGT), and 7.7% profit (ERX) within 24 hours.

 

Stock Market bulls will continue their historic breakouts!

The Trump Administration’s promises of tax cuts and regulatory easing is the catalyst for the markets’ recent strong advance. Mr. David Dodd’s timeless classic saying: “The market in the short term is a voting machine, but in the long run it is a weighing machine”. This is the second most bullish market, after an election, since President Kennedy took office.

The Research Investment Committee commented “Monetary, fiscal and regulatory policies could be key drivers in 2017, but the timing of those actions could cause volatility”.  New regulatory action will favor many stocks in the financial and energy sectors. Repatriation will occur under President Trump’s new corporate tax plans. The U.S. currently operates under a tax system in which the domestic earnings of U.S. corporations are taxed at the federal U.S. corporate rate (35%) and any overseas earnings that are repatriated are taxed at this rate less a credit for foreign taxes paid on those same earnings. Foreign earnings have been parked offshore, allowing corporations to avoid the taxes associated with bringing them back to the U.S. These U.S. Companies would be granted an eight-year period to pay their tax liability. President Trump’s plan calls for a one -time deemed repatriation of overseas corporate profits at a 10% tax rate.

 

Conclusion:

In short, the US stock market is back in full blown bull market with truck reenergizing things. While I feel a short-term correction is due any day, it is just that, a short-term pullback followed by higher prices into June/July.

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Chris Vermeulen

 

 

VIX Cycles set to explode in March/April 2017 – Part 2

Previously, I authored a “Part 1” of this article regarding my analysis of the VIX cycles.  I sincerely hope my readers enjoyed the analysis and I hope it opened up a few questions regarding the potential moves in the US and global markets.  Today, we will delve deeper into the concept of the VIX cycle patterns that I’ve identified and use common technical analysis concepts to attempt to identify price target levels as well as support and resistance that may become important in the immediate future.

 

For those of you that missed “VIX Cycles set to explode in March/April 2017 – Part 1”, please click on this link to review my earlier analysis.  When you are ready, the rest of this article continues my analysis.

 

As we had been discussing in “Part 1”, my hypothesis that a 5 month VIX cycle pattern exists and has been driving market volatility since 2015 appears to be substantiated by historical chart evidence.  The other interesting facet of this 5 month pattern is that it appears to be quickening in relation to recent activity.  I stated earlier that I believe this pattern to be a 18~22 week cycle event, but more recent VIX chart activity shows the current range may be more like 16~20 weeks.  My understanding of cycles and patterns is that within extreme, potentially violently, volatile periods, price cycles may become more frequent and velocity may become more volatile.  An example of this can be found in my long-term US major market cycle analysis below.

 

This image maps a major market cycle rotation process that has been in place for over 60 years.  This image starts in the late 1970s and maps TOP and BOTTOM cycling events and well as potential early and late stage cycle ranges.  When the GREEN and YELLOW levels, near the top, move above the 80% range, this starts the “Topping cycle event”.  When both of these levels fall below the 80% range, this ends the “Topping cycle event”.  The opposite is true for the BLUE and RED levels.  When both of them fall below the 20% level, this starts a “Bottoming cycle event”.  When they both leave the 20% level, this ends the “Bottoming cycle event”.  Actual price tops and bottoms can, and often do, occur within these event ranges.

 

US Cycle Chart

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Price and event cycles have been in place for centuries and correlate with other traditional forms of technical analysis easily.  For example, Elliot Wave, Fibonacci, Price Channeling and Price Patterns all relate to cycles very well.  Within this article, I’m using Price Patterns as well as Fibonacci to attempt to project and identify key target, support and resistance levels based on my understanding of the proposed VIX cycles.

 

Recent price expansion from the lows at $868.47, January 2016, prompted a rally to $1194.60, on April 25, 2016.  This range, $326.13, represents an expansion cycle and a Fibonacci range that we can use to determine Fibonacci cycle frequency – which may help us determine future price objectives.  After this peak, price dropped 25% of this range (a common Fibonacci level that is correlated to a real Fib value of 0.272) equaling $81.53.  Because of this narrow retracement, we should expect a potential future price move equaling 1.272%, 1.618% or 1.768% of the existing range.  XOI rallied to $1259.56 on December 12, 2016 – equating the expected 1.272% price expansion we projected and setting up for a 0.768% total range retracement.

 

Let’s take a look at one example – OIL (XOI)

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Last week followers, subscribers and I got long 3x long energy fund – ERX.

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In 24 hours we locked in a 7.7% partial profit, and are now sitting with 10+% gain on the balance. This special setup I call the Momentum Reversal Method (MRM) continues to be in play and we could experience another 20-35% gain from here.

 

What does all this technical stuff mean? After this bounce we should expect XOI to fall back to near $976.00 before attempting any further price moves.  All of this type of Fibonacci work is conducted by understanding how Fibonacci price relationships correlate to time/price/cycle frequency functions.  Many of the best analysts of the past had detailed understandings of how these correlations work and how price would react based on larger and longer term time/price/cycle events.

 

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VIX Cycles Set to Explode in March/April 2017 – Part 1

My recent analysis of the markets has shown what I believe to be an explosion in market volatility set to starting happening between February 21, 2017 and March 30, 2017.  The historical VIX cycles have been running about 18~22 week intervals for expansion and extreme volatility levels.  The period August 2015 to January 2016 represented roughly 5 months.  The period between January 2016 to June 2016 represented roughly 5 months.  The period between June 2016 to Early November 2016 represented roughly 5 months (just a little short of 5 months in reality).

 

The period between November 2016 to the next volatility expansion phase, if this cycle continues, should be March/April 2107 at a target date range.

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How will this relate to the US major markets?  I currently believe the recent “melt-up” will stay in place until we have some catalyst that will change the direction of the markets.  In other words, the path of least resistance in the US major markets is upward right now – at least till something changes that direction/sentiment. The VIX cycles may be related to some catalyst event or external foreign market event that could change the major market directions – nut only time will tell.

 

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Currently, on the below DIA chart, I can state that my estimates for upside resistance is 210~212 based on historical price action.  The reason I believe these levels will become upside target objectives is based on my understanding of price rotation, expansion and contraction as well as Fibonacci ratios.  The actual number that I believe will be resistance is 211.63 and I believe this level will be reached in March 2017 or early April 2017.

 

DIA_Weekly

 

Once this critical resistance level is reached in the DIA, then all bets are off in terms of the price retracement/rotation that may occur.  Given historical price rotation as examples, I would estimate that the DIA could retrace a minimum of 6~8% ($13 to $17).  A moderate price rotation would equate to a move of 10%~13.5% ($21 to $28).  Beyond these expected levels of support, all bets are off in terms of downside potential.  The closest major downside support levels are $178.25, $170.30 and $154.35 – these levels represent a greater than 15% total price retracement and would put us dangerously close to “Bear Market Territory”.

 

Of course, if the VIX cycles persist as I suspect, a massive increase in volatility will drive other markets into further trending or price rotation as well.  The tech heavy NASDAQ (QQQ) has been mirroring the DIA and my projected top level is 128.15.  Currently, the QQQ is at $126.54 – only $1.65 (or 1.33%) away from my expected peak level.  After these peaks have been reached, I expect the major market to take pause and attempt to resume trending as we move closer to the volatility cycle period I suspect is driving the VIX (March/April 2017).  It is because of this that I’m issuing this warning to my members to be cautious of extended risk or exposed positions as we near the end of February 2017.  I believe the old term, “Beware the ides of March”, may be a harsh reality this year.

 

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As I continue my extended analysis of the US major markets and commodity markets in relation to these VIX cycles, I will post “Part 2” of this article within a day or so.  I wanted to get this out to all my members and associates so they were brought aware of the fact that the markets are beginning a phase of volatility expansion that should not end till near April 1st, 2017.

 

In short, what does all this mean? Well, it means now is not the time to be adding new long equity position for long-term growth. Going forward, its going to be all about active trading and focusing on my Momentum Reversal Method (MRM) and trading just the hot stocks and sectors for quick oversized gains.

 

On Feb 8th, myself and subscribers closed out our NUGT trade for a 112% profit that we entered December 16th.

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This week we got long ERX at $33, and sold half the position 24 hours later for another quick 7.7% profit and there is still a lot of room for bigger gains there.

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So, if you are looking for a simple and highly accurate pulse on the market along with timely swing trades I urge you to join my newsletter at www.ActiveTradingPartners.com – STAY TUNED FOR PART II…

 

Chris Vermeulen

New Highs For 2017? Yes, But When Do I Enter?

When the SPX breaks out above its’ current resistance level, it will be the next leg up in this bull market. We are currently in a consolidation period. The SPX seems to be resting for now!  The “Bollinger Bands Squeeze” is now taking hold and will result in a powerful move in either direction once broken.  I do have a new BULLISH trigger for members to enter into during this amazing “melt up” that will only be shared with my ‘elite members’.   I can assure you that you will want to be invested in this next BULLISH leg of the SPX!

 

The Next Move UP!

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‘Bollinger Bands’ are one of my most preferred tools of technical indicators:

The “Squeeze”,(http://www.investopedia.com/articles/technical/04/030304.asp?lgl=bt1tn-baseline-below-textnote)  occurs during low levels of volatility as the ‘Bollinger Bands’ narrow. These periods of low volatility are followed by periods of high volatility. Therefore, a volatility contraction of the bands can foreshadow a significant advance or decline.  This is one of my best kept secrets of technical analysis, until now!

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Financial markets are now awaiting what the new Trump Administration has in store. These markets do not like “uncertainty”. So far, President-elect Trump has announced a direction of deregulation and lowering the tax bracket for corporations and repatriation of all corporate money (http://www.investopedia.com/terms/r/repatriation.asp) that is held overseas in foreign bank accounts.

The ‘ISI Research Study’ revealed that the “U.S. S&P 500 companies now have $1.9 trillion parked outside the country”.  Most likely, said funds will be applied so as to continue the stock buyback program thereby pushing the SPX to new levels that are ridiculously overpriced. Hot money ‘continues to be supporting the rise in equity markets. I share some of these hot money sectors and stock on my StockCharts.com public list!

 

Trump’s Victory Speech on November 9th, 2016:

“We are going to fix our inner cities and rebuild our highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, schools, hospitals. We’re going to rebuild our infrastructure, which will become, by the way, second to none. And we will put millions of our people to work as we rebuild it. We will also finally take care of our great veterans”.

 

Chart of the SPX “melt-up’:

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Are there too many happy investors?

The U.S. stock markets have been on a run since the U.S. Presidential election last November 9th, 2016.

U.S. stocks continue to see signs of “optimistic extremes”. The risk of buying on emotional decisions is still currently high.

There is no interest in shorting. The number of shares sold short, in hopes of buying them back at a lower price, has collapsed. The SPY fund (https://us.spdrs.com/en/product/fund.seam?ticker=SPY), short interest is the lowest since the summer of 2007.  Individual stocks are also showing a lack of short sales which, in turn, removes a pool of potential buying interest. A “de-trended” version of the short interest ratio has dropped to a level that has led to negative returns for stocks which will happen, but likely not for many month yet. The market is likely to grinding higher before a big correction takes place.

A new high presented itself on a day that the jobs report missed expectations. On January 6th, 2017, the jobs report came in less than what economists’ expectations were.  However, the SPX powered to a new high of 2276.06.  This may seem like good news, but during prior times that this occurred, stocks usually pulled back over the following weeks.

Stocks have drifted higher even after optimism reached an extreme. ‘Dumb Money Confidence’ exceeded 80% but the SPX has added on more gains without any kind of pullback. This type of buying pressure, after an extreme optimism sentiment, has previously occurred only a handful of times. It has usually led to losses as the late buyers became “exhausted”.

 

Investor confidence is so High they see no need to hedge their positions:

The Equity Hedging Index has declined to its’ lowest level in nearly two years, showing a lack of interest in the various ways that investors use to protect themselves from possible market declines.

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This chart is a contrary indicator. The higher the Equity Hedging Index, the more likely it is that stocks will rally going forward.  The lower the Equity Hedging Index, the less likely that stocks will rally.

 

 

                                                                                                              Conclusion:

Hopefully, Trump’s business experience will translate well into his new position. It is certainly my hope that he is as successful as possible. Even during the campaign Trump spoke about how stocks were in a giant ‘bubble’.  This euphoria that we have felt, since his election victory, has made that ‘bubble’ even larger. Throughout U.S. history, every ‘giant financial bubble’ has always ended very badly, and this time around will not be an exception. Trump may get the blame for it when it bursts, but the truth is that the conditions for the coming crisis have been building for a very, very long time.

I expect the stock market to stall out mid way this year in June/July at which point things could turn south. If you want to follow me live at StockTwits.com

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U.S. Bonds Bounce?

The Commercial Hedgers are considered the smart money. The Speculators are considered the dumb money.

The rise in yields corresponds with the decline in Treasury prices.  A bounce is ahead of us in 2017.

Commercial traders have built up their most bullish position since February of 2013.

Commercial traders are now long 50% more long than they are short. This is the most bullish COT Ratio reading since July of 2011.

The speculative side of this trade have built up their most concentrated short position since February of 2013 and their largest net short position since March of 2012. The speculators are usually wrong. They set their recent COT Ratio high two weeks before the market topped out. The concentration of their short position should give pause to new short sellers.

The technical picture suggests a bounce is due.

 

BOND RISK LEVELS

Latest Value(s):

  • Last Reading: 2.0 December 27th, 2016

Extreme Values:

  • Excessive Optimism: 8.0
  • Excessive Pessimism: 2.0

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BOND OPTIX WEEKLY

Latest Value(s):

  • Last Reading: 33.0 December 23rd,, 2016

Extreme Values:

  • Excessive Optimism: 70.0
  • Excessive Pessimism: 40.0

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The Treasury prices are oversold on the March 30-year Treasury Bond futures.

The evidence is displayed with the buyers of US Treasury Bonds. I side with the commercial traders. The dramatic imbalance in positions between the commercial and speculative traders suggests a bounce higher is imminent.

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My Elliot Wave Of Bonds – TLT:

Elliott Wave 2 Theory

Elliott Wave (2) is the first correction against the new trend

Elliott Wave (2) corrects wave (1), but can never extend beyond the starting point of wave one. Typically, the news is still bad. As prices retest the prior low, bearish sentiment quickly builds, and “the crowd” haughtily reminds all that the bear market is still deeply ensconced. Still, some positive signs appear for those who are looking: volume should be lower during wave two

Elliott Wave 3 Theory

Elliott Wave (3) is usually the strongest and longest wave

Elliott Wave (3) is usually the largest and most powerful wave in a trend. The news is now positive and fundamental analysts start to raise earnings estimates. Prices rise quickly, corrections are short-lived and shallow. Anyone looking to “get in on a pullback” will likely miss the boat. Trading the Wave (3) is usually the most profitable.  This will be a muti-year rally!

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In Conclusion:

The new year of 2017 will not be a good one for global economies.  There will be a big slowdown throughout the global economies. The equity markets, as well, will be extremely negative in 2017.  The next yearly closing should be at a low level. The low of 2016,1800 in SPX, may be breached. The analysis is trying to say yes!  Be prepared to exit your long stock positions at the midpoint of 2017 and enter “safe havens”. See my gold forecast – Click Here

Bonds should start to rise and hold up through 2017. But will only rally in a big way once there is a major global event/crisis or the later stages of a bear market in US equities. Either way, likely not going to happen till late 2017 or beyond.

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AAPL Looks Ready Bounce & the Next Best Trade Ideas

AAPL shares have been in free fall mode all October spooking investors with a $120 drop from the all-time high in September. As well all know, though it’s hard to follow without a proven trading strategy to keep us focused but the key is that you must buy when others are selling and then sell when everyone is buying.

Apple shares really have helped in holding the overall stock market up in the past but recently it has been a big drag on the broad market. Taking a look at the chart below you can see my analysis and thoughts of this giant.

The red horizontal line shows the key level where high volume traded in the past. For the market to reset (flush out investors/traders) it must shake as many longs out before it can start rising again. By the price breaking below that level which also happens to be a Century Number $600, most of the stops were placed down around this level. The volume spike of 40,000,000 shares clearly shows it triggered stops once that $600 level was broken. We want stops run because it give more power to the next rally/bounce.

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NASDAQ Index:

The NASDAQ has formed a similar chart pattern and is heavily weighted with AAPL shares. Trading NQ futures, QQQ, QLD or the XLK exchange traded fund as a much more affordable way to play a bounce/rally in the coming weeks.

NDX - QQQ Shares Bottoming

 

Russell 2000 Index:

I really like the Russell 2000 index because small cap stocks can rally hard and fast outperforming the large caps like AAPL, SP500, NASDAQ and DOW. This index is looking ripe for a bounce in the coming days which could trigger the next major rally to new highs. You can plan this index through TF futures contract, IWM, TNA, UWM exchange traded funds.

IWM - TNA Funds Bottoming

 

Trading Conclusion:

While this setup looks very promising because the election is almost over and the Santa Clause rally is just around the corner. Know that some of the biggest drops in the market happens during times when the market is running the stops. It is a natural tendency to take big positions which things look great, but that is not how you do it… Take calculated position sizes knowing indexes could fall another 2-3% before putting in a real washout bottom.

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Chris Vermeulen