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These Index Charts Will Calm You Down

I put together this video that will calm you down, because knowing where are within the stock market cycles, and the economy makes all the difference.

This is the worst time to be starting a business that’s for sure. I have talked about this is past videos and events I attended that bear markets are fantastic opportunities if you can retain your capital until late in the bear market cycle. If you can do this, you will find countless opportunities to invest money. From buying businesses, franchises, real estate, equipment, and stocks at a considerable discount that would make today’s prices look ridiculous (which they are).

Take a quick watch of this video because it shows you what I expect to happen over the next 3-6 months, and beyond and it goes against what everyone else is thinking.

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As a technical analysis and trader since 1997, I have been through a few bull/bear market cycles. I believe I have a good pulse on the market and timing key turning points for short-term swing traders.

Visit my ETF Wealth Building Newsletter and if you like what I offer, and ride my coattails as I navigate these financial markets and build wealth while others lose nearly everything they own during the next financial crisis.

Chris Vermeulen
www.TheTechnicalTraders.com

Four Key Questions To This Crisis Everyone is Asking

Recently, I was asked to participate in a live radio talk with Arnold Gay and Yasmin Wonkers at Money 89.3 Asia First and was sent the following questions to prepare for the show.  I thought this would be a great way to share my thoughts and expectations related to the Covid-19 virus, global economics and what the Central Banks are doing to combat this virus economic event.

The reality is that the bottom in the markets won’t set up until fear subsides and the unknowns related to this virus event are behind us.  Until then, the global markets will attempt to seek out the true valuation levels based on this fear and the unknowns.  This means true valuation could be much further away from current price levels as the virus event is still very fluid in nature.

I’ve included a few of our custom index charts to highlight exactly where the markets are currently situated and have attempted to explain my thinking related to these charts.  Please continue reading.

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CUSTOM SMART CASH INDEX WEEKLY CHART

This first chart is our Custom Smart Cash Index Weekly Chart.  We had been expecting a breakdown in the US stock market last August/September 2019 (near the origination point of the line on the RSI pane) as our Super-Cycle system indicated a major breakdown was likely near the end of 2019 and into early 2020.

As the US Fed started pumping credit into the Repo market and the US/China trade deal settled over many months, a zombie-like price rally pushed prices higher through December 2019 and into early 2020.  We alerted our members that this was likely a blow-off rally and to prepare for greater risks.

You can see how dramatic the change in trend actually is on this chart.  We have broken the upward sloping price channel and moved all the way to the lower range of the GREEN downward sloping price channel.  This is HUGE.  Near these levels, we believe the US stock market will attempt to find support while continuing to rotate and setup additional “waterfall downside price events”.  These custom indexes help us to understand the “hidden side” of the market price action.

Chart by TradingView

WEEKLY CUSTOM US STOCK MARKET INDEX

This next Weekly chart is the Custom US Stock Market Index and we want you to pay very close attention to the fact that the recent lows have come all the way down to reach the upper range of the 2016 trading range.  Once the 2018 lows were breached, we knew the markets were setting up for a deeper downside price move.

We do believe this current level is likely to prompt some type of “Dead Cat Bounce” or moderate support though.  The entire range of 2016 (low, midpoint and high) are very much in play right now as these represent the current support levels for the US stock market.  We do believe some moderate support will be found near these levels – yet we have to wait for the price to confirm this bottom setup.

Chart by TradingView

WEEKLY CUSTOM VOLATILITY INDEX

This is our Weekly Custom Volatility Index and the extremely low price level on this chart suggests the US stock market may attempt to try to find moderate support soon.  We have not seen levels this low since 2009.  If the markets continue to push lower, this Custom Index will continue to stay below 6.0 as the price continues to decline.  Yet, we believe this extremely low price level may set up a bit of support near recent lows (within the 2016 range) and may set up a sideways FLAG formation before the next downside price leg.

Chart by TradingView

Please continue reading the questions (below) and answers/thoughts to those questions (below the questions).  We certainly hope this information helps you to understand and prepare for the next 6 to 12+ months as we believe the volatility and unknowns will persist for at least another 4 to 6+ months. But keep in mind the market dynamics change on a daily and weekly basis and if you want to safely navigate them and have a profitable year follow my analysis and ETF trades here

QUESTIONS:

1. Rates at zero, massive injections and coordinated central bank action… why isn’t the market convinced the situation is under control?

2. What are investors looking for now – A peak in coronavirus infection rates? A sense that a proper healthcare response is in place and won’t be overwhelmed?

3. The main issue seems to be that this is not a slowdown, but the sudden closure of economic activity, do you see massive fiscal support coming, including bailouts for sectors like airlines?

4. Do you get a sense that the White House finally gets it, and is now moving to reassure markets and ordinary Americans?

ANSWERS/THOUGHTS:

The markets are not reacting to what the global central banks are doing right now and probably won’t react positively until two things happen: fear of the unknown subsides across the globe and the total scope of the global economic destruction is assessed (think of this as TRUE PRICE VALUATION).  Right now, we are in the midst of a self-actuating supply and demand-side economic contraction that will result in a renewed valuation level as markets digest the ongoing efforts to contain/stop this virus.  Where is the bottom, I have an idea of where the bottom might setup – but the price will be what dictates if that becomes true.

If 2018 lows fail to hold as a support level, then we are very likely going to attempt to reach the 2016 trading range and I believe the midpoint and low price range of 2016 are excellent support levels for the market. I show the SP500, Nasdaq and Dow Jones index analysis and prediction in this video below.

What we are looking for in terms of closure of this event (or at least a pathway out of it) is some type of established containment of the event, the spread of the infections and the ability for governments and economies to begin to advance forward again.  As long as we are stuck in reverse and do not have any real control of the forward objective (meaning consumers, corporations and governments are reacting to this event), then we will have no opportunity to properly estimate forward expectations and advancement in local and global economies – and that is the real problem.

The White House and most governments get it and are not missing any data with regards to this virus event.  I truly believe that once this virus event ends and the general population gets back to “business as normal”, the world’s economy will, fairly quickly, return to some form of normal – with advancing expectations, new technology and continued global economic and banking functions.  Until that happens, which is the effective containment and control of this virus event, then no amount of money or speech writing is going to change anything.

Far too many people are acting emotionally and afraid right now.  The facts are simple; until we get a proper handle on this virus event, there will continue to be extended threats to our economy, people, families and almost every aspect of our infrastructure, banking, society and more.  Once the virus event is mostly contained and settled, then we can get back to business cleaning up this mess and finding our way forward.

I’m not worried too much, my research team and I advised our clients to move into bonds and cash before the drop in equities and have been warning our members of a “zombie-rally) for the past 5+ months which took place as expected.  We called for a “volatile 2020 with a very strong potential for a breakdown in global markets” near August 2019.  This is playing out almost exactly like we expected (except we had no idea a virus event would be the cause).

I firmly believe the global leaders and dozens of technology firms will have a vaccine and new medical advancements to address the Covid-19 virus.  I believe this event will be mostly behind us in about 90+ days.  What happens at that point is still unknown, but I believe we will be able to see a pathway forward and I believe all nations will work together to strengthen our future.

In closing, I urge everyone to try to relax a bit and understand this is a broad (global) market event with a bunch of unknowns.  It is not like the Fed can just throw money at this problem and make it go away.  This is going to be a process where multiple nations and various industries and groups of people will have to work together to reduce and eliminate this threat.  Because of that, there are no real clear answers right now – other than to be prepared for a few months of quarantine to be safe.

As a technical analysis and trader since 1997, I have been through a few bull/bear market cycles. I believe I have a good pulse on the market and timing key turning points for short-term swing traders.

Visit my ETF Wealth Building Newsletter and if you like what I offer, and ride my coattails as I navigate these financial markets and build wealth while others lose nearly everything they own during the next financial crisis.

Chris Vermeulen
www.TheTechnicalTraders.com

Is This A Bear Market When Stocks Crash 20% and Bonds Spike 30%

It is another blood bath in the markets with everything down, including TLT (bonds) and gold. Safe havens falling with stocks is not a good sign as people are not comfortable owning anything, even the safe havens, and this to me is a very bearish sign.

Now, with that said, this is one day one of this type of price action and one day does not constitute a new trend or change the game, but if we start seeing more of this happen, we could be on the verge of the bear market we have all been expecting to show it ugly face.

The SP500 (SPY) is down 19.5% from the all-time high we saw just three weeks ago, and the general bias for most people is once the market is down 20% that is a new bear market. I can’t entirely agree with that general rule. Still, a lot of damage is happening to the charts. If price lingers down here or trades sideways for a few months I will see it as a new bear market consolidation before it heads lower, and we start what could be very deep market selloff and test 2100 on the SP500 index (SPY $210) for the next leg down looking forward several months.

20% STOCK MARKET CORRECTION ARE NOT BEARISH

Just because the markets have a deep correction of 20% does not mean its game over for stocks. Just take a look at the chart below on what happened the last time the market corrected 20%. As you can see, they were the biggest and best investor opportunities over the past 12 years. Today, my friend called and said they heard on the news that we are now officially in a bear market, and what should he do?

20% CORRECTIONS CAN TURN INTO A BEAR MARKET – BE READY

The SP500 fell 20% in 2001 and again from the 2007 high its lows, then bounce 10% – 14 over the next few months before rolling over to start its first bear market leg. I feel something similar will happen this time, which would put us a few months before the price should test these lows again and breakdown to give us optimal time to reposition our long term portfolio.

Once we do start a bear market, you will notice price moves very differently from what we have experienced over the past 12 years. How you trade now likely will be a struggle to make money. If you try to trade bonds, they are relatively tricky because of how they move during a bear market. The stock market can fall for a year, and bonds are still trading at or below the price they were when the bear market started. This different price action is what happened in 2001-2002, and again in 2008.

BONDS GO BALLISTIC

Bonds also take on the price action similar to how the VIX trades with violent price spikes only to fade back down again quickly, and this generally happens near the end of a bear market, or extreme selloff like we are in now. Heck bonds (TLT) jumped 30% just in the past few weeks, we caught it, but most traders missed this move. You need to understanding market sentiment and how to trade bear market type price action because that is how the market is moving this week, and trading/chart patterns become more sentiment-driven than logical trading setups and trades become counterintuitive.

I also traded GDXJ for a 9.5% gain and closed that position at open for the high tick with my followers, and we didn’t follow my proven trading rules for price targets, trailing stops, and reading the market sentiment we could be down over 30% today which I know many traders are simply because they lack control of their trading (no defined rules, fall in love with positions). I’ll be doing a detailed gold and gold miners article so stay tuned!

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CONCLUDING THOUGHTS:

I share this analysis, not to scare you, but let you know where we stand. The stock market is treading on thin ice, and if/when it breaks down, a new bear market will have started. Remember, we are still in a bull market, but the coronavirus is stopping businesses, which means earnings will be poor, and that is why stocks are falling. Investors know stocks are worth less money if they make less money; it is that simple.

The type of market condition I think we have entered could be here for a while, a year or three, and it’s going to be a traders market, which means you must have a trading strategy, plan your trades, and trade your plan. It’s amazing how simple a few trading rules are written down on paper can save you thousands of dollars a year from locking in gains, or cutting losses. I have this mini trading strategy mastery course if you want to take control of your trades and override your emotional issues. It’s easy to hold winners until they turn into losers, taking to large of a position, or maybe you have masted the art of buying high and selling low repeatedly? Yikes! It happens to most traders, and it can easily be overcome with a logical game plan I cover in the crash course, pun intended 🙂

Someone yesterday I spoke with said that in the USA alone already had 10,000 people die just from common influenza, yet here we are freaking out over 17 dead in the USA. Sure, its bad news, but the common sicknesses for older citizens makes coronavirus seems a little blown out of proportion. There are conspiracy theories out there and this could be bioweapon which is scary and I am no expert in this field but my sources are not concerned with the Conornavirus. I want to think a cure gets found soon, and if so, the markets will rebound with a vengeance, and we can relax.

In short, if you have lost money with your trading account this year, holding some big losing trades that were big winners just a couple of weeks ago, I think it’s worth joining my trading newsletter so you can stay on top of the markets. I take the loud, emotional, and complex market and deliver simple common sense commentary and a couple of winning trades each month.

My trading is nothing extreme or crazy exciting because I’m not an adrenaline trading junky. I only want to grow my entire portfolio 2-4% a month with a couple of conservative ETF trades and make a 22%-48% return on my capital without the stress of being caught up in this type of market and feeling like I always need to be in a trade.

Happy Trading!

Chris Vermeulen
Chief Market Strategist
www.TheTechnicalTraders.com

Why You May Want to Avoid Buying Options This Week

If you do not understand implied volatility and you are buying put or call options or some combination, you have been warned!

The market continues to move very fast, has large swings, and one would think that makes it an excellent time to buy options for huge gains, right? Our Research Team believes that large Volatility swings will be here for a while. Once you understand the significant role Volatility plays in Option Pricing, you may want to avoid this investment construct for some time to come.

The VIX is at an extreme level and has only been over 50 only seven times in the past 25 years based on a daily closing price. It evident the last two trading sessions the investment sentiment has been bearish and option puts make money if price declines, which has been the popular trade of choice until now.

What many options traders do not understand, however, is that the price of options is configured using implied volatility.

The more volatility, the more expensive the options become to factor in the wild swings the underlying security may experience. This is reflected in the price the option trades off to factor in the fear and trepidation.

This can be seen in the substantial premium on top of the intrinsic pricing from the strike price.

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For example, bank stocks are usually considered very conservative when implied volatility is under 20. This results in options being priced accordingly.

However, in the last few trading sessions, volatility has jumped, reaching 62 at one point this week already, which is more than 3x what you would want when simply buying options. This is a VERY HIGH RISK and a difficult time to buy options. Unfortunately, this is what most options traders do, they BUY options, and while it may work in most market conditions, this is most likely NOT the time you want to do so until such time Volatility and VIX begin to subside and we do not see that in the near future.

Let me try to explain in the most basic laymen terms because I know 95% of options trades don’t really get this, and it boggles my mind. As you know, or should know, buying options is one of the riskiest and hardest ways to profit from the market, in my opinion (and statistics continue to prove this out as MOST option buyers LOSE money). I traded options years ago and do very little options trading now, though they are still a great way to make money with certain trade setups and in certain market conditions.

OPTIONS RISK #1: TIME DECAY/THETA

In short, trying to time the market with an index, stock, sector, commodity, or currency is hard enough, but when you buy options, you make things a whole lot harder for yourself. Not only do you need to time this almost perfectly so that the underlying asset has time to move, but you need to time it with precision because now the time is your enemy (Theta).

Every day the option contract you bought is going to lose value because you lose time, and there are fewer days left for your asset to move in the direction to make up for the large premium embedded in the option price. Each day this time premium begins to erode. The closer you get to the time expiration, the faster the time premium decays.

OPTIONS RISK #2: IMPLIED VOLATILITY

This is the main issue I want to share and the reason for writing this article for you.

If options are valued in relation to implied volatility (which they are), then when the volatility is above 50 (62 as of Monday, March 9) and the option is worth $1,00.

Here is the issue, even if the price of your asset stays the same, but the fear in the market fades away as it always does from this extreme level, your option value will decline dramatically. I’m just using numbers out of thin air for the example so you can grasp the issues easily.

If implied volatility drops from 62 down to 35, the option contract value will go down with the volatility as well. The $1.00 contract priced with huge volatility could now be worth $0.85 overnight.

If you traded a short-term option contract, then you will also have time decay, and your option would drop even more to say $0.82.

Remember this is the type of price action you will experience and the VIX falling (and fear subsiding) and even if your asset price just stays the same you have the potential for a significant loss and is the reason why buying options during extreme high volatility is not the trade that should be taken.

OPTIONS TRADING TIP

If implied volatility is over 25 then 
it is usually better to be a seller of options, 
if it’s under 25, then its often better to be a buyer.

So what does a trader do? 

We encourage investors to use probabilities to work in your favor!

You could put on debit spreads: This way, some of the volatility is reduced as you sell a put or call, so the volatility premium is now in your favor, and time decay is mitigated.

OR

Sell it to those people that are so sure of this big move!

We have already identified that we are in a period where the VIX in an area very rarely seen. But since the VIX can stay here for a while, a more logical option move may be to sell calls going out into the future. Due to contango, it will retrace back down as the contango effect will begin to change as trader sentiment improves, and fear is reduced.

Credit spreads have so many advantages over simply buying calls and puts

  • Defined risk – Can only lose the difference of your strikes less the premium received.
  • If the trade starts to go against, you have backup options to manage risk.
  • Roll the trade to a future date giving your trade time to work out.
  • Sell another option spread opposite of your existing trade (if a put spread on place a credit call spread, this creates an iron condor) now giving you a larger cushion for the trade to work as you received more premium.
  • Buyback the offending strike at a loss and let the profitable strike run if you feel it has legs.
  • Buy a put to defend your spread further out in time as theta decay does not get affected as quickly.
  • Use a stop loss of 2x or 3x premium received etc.
  • or take possession of the stock
  • Income – selling out of the money credit spreads can be an effective way of generating a passive revenue stream

RISK REWARD is most important, and it is critical to get into the right trade at the right time. Remember that theta-neutral trades and buying options are when implied volatility is low. Selling options, when implied volatility is high, is your best option.

  • This is where we are right now.

I hope this helps shed some light on the basics of why buying options during high volatility is an uphill battle, no matter how good your timing is to predict the movement of the underlying asset you are trading.

In the near future, my team and I will make our options trades available to follow. As you know, timing the market is our specialty. Knowing what time frame an asset will rally or breakdown, and how far its first move will give us a distinct advantage to pinpoint the ideal option contracts to consider buying or selling for maximum short-term gains.

Happy Trading!

Chris Vermeulen
 www.TheTechnicalTraders.com 

SPY Breaks Below Fibonacci Bearish Trigger Level

Our research team wanted to share this chart with our friends and followers.  This dramatic breakdown in price over the past 4+ days has resulted in a very clear bearish trigger which was confirmed by our Adaptive Fibonacci Price Modeling system.  We believe this downside move will target the $251 level on the SPY over the next few weeks and months.

SOME RECENT HEADLINE ARTICLES WORTH READING:

On January 23, 2020, we issued a warning that the Put/Call ratio was warning of a potential Flash Crash

On January 24, 2020, we issued a research post related to the Wuhan Wipeout the markets

On January 26, 2020, we issued this research post about the start of a Black Swan event

On January 29, 2020, we issued this research post about a potential WaterFall selloff

Clearly, we were well ahead of this correction and issued multiple warnings to our friends and followers. This week we locked in 9.48% on GDXJ at the open on Monday, and today we are writing to suggest that $251 on the SPY is real support (see the magenta/purple area/line on this chart) and pay attention to the real risks at play in the markets.

This would suggest that the major markets will wipe out about 25% of the valuations in the major averages (ES, NQ, and YM), before finding any real support.  Obviously, there is a level near $208 that appears in RED on this chart.  If $251 fails to hold as support, then we immediately start to look at that $208 level for ultimate support.

This is the time when you want skilled researchers and traders backing you up and sourcing real solid trade opportunities for you.  We’ve been warning about this move for many months, suggesting that 2020 was going to be an incredible year for skilled traders and warning that a large downside price rotation was likely after August 2019.

In fact, one of our researchers predicted this move back in February/March 2019.  Visit www.TheTechnicalTraders.com to learn how we can help you stay ahead of these massive trends and find real opportunities in the markets.

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Is The Technology Sector Setting Up For A Crash? Part I

One thing that continues to amaze our research team is the total scale and scope of the Capital Shift which is taking place across the globe.  For almost 5+ years, foreign investors have been piling into the US stock market chasing the stronger US dollar and continued advancement of US share prices.  It is almost like there is no other place on the planet that will allow investors to pool capital into such a variety of strong assets while protecting against foreign capital risks.  Yet the one big question remains – when will a price reversion event hit the US stock market?

So many researchers, even our team of researchers, believe we have found the keys to unlocking when the price reversion event will take place.  Time-honored technical analysis techniques have set up very clear triggers that were negated by higher prices and continued upside trending.  What is certain at this point is that the Capital Shift is going to continue until it stops – at some point in the future.

Our research team decided to take a look at the FANG index and the individual symbols that make up that sector to see where the real strength and weakness exist.  Our goal was to attempt to understand how and when a potential price reversion event may take place and how this event may be correlated to the global contraction event related to the Coronavirus spreading across the planed while paralyzing certain economies.  Could the Coronavirus event be the catalyst that sets off a breakdown in the technology sector?

There are three components we want to start our focus on in this, Part I, of this research article.  First, the very real possibility that we are “rallying to a peak” at some point in the near future.  Second, the Custom Volatility Index highlighting continued overbought price action and the very real potential for a breakdown in price from these inflated levels.  Lastly, the FANG index itself suggesting we are very near to upper price boundaries after capital has poured back into the US markets in early 2020.

These three components suggest a market that is full of over-enthusiastic optimism and capital that has poured into the US stock market chasing gains that were clearly expected as 2019 came to a close.  Yet, in early 2020, a new risk suddenly became known, the Coronavirus, and this risk has already begun to devastate China’s economy and economic activity.  What happens if this sudden collapse in economic activity spreads over the next 30+ days and how will it change future expectations in the US stock markets?

CUSTOM TECHNOLOGY INDEX WEEKLY CHART

This Custom Technology Index Weekly chart highlights what we clearly believe is the “rally to the peak” type of price action related to the continued Capital Shift taking place in the global markets.  The breakout to the upside in November 2019 prompted a concentrated pooling of capital into the US markets.  After the end of the year, when institutional investors started engaging in the markets again, it was rumored that more than multiple-billions reentered the markets in early January 2020.  It is obvious when you look at this chart.

By the second week of the new year, capital continued to pour into the technology sector – pushing it higher by nearly 15% in less than 45 days.  That is an amazing rally to start off 2020 and could possibly be the “rally to the peak” process we’ve been hinting about.

CUSTOM VOLATILITY INDEX WEEKLY CHART

This Custom Volatility Index Weekly Chart is something we use to determine how overbought or oversold the US stock market is in relation to historical VIX weighted price ranges.  When this index is above the GREEN middle range, the US stock market is reaching into extremely bullish trending and overbought territory.  When this index is below the GREEN middle range, the US stock market is reaching extreme bearish trending and oversold territory.  The GREEN middle range is a neutral zone for trading.

Obviously, as VIX spikes and price levels collapse, we can see this Custom Volatility Index falling to levels below 6.0.  As price trends higher with moderately low VIX levels, we continue to see this Custom Volatility Index hover above 12~14.  The downside rotation in the US stock market (the -600 pt Dow day) pushed this Custom Volatility Index from near 22 to 14 – a big reversion event on this chart.  Now, the current level is back above 18 and pushing higher – the rally to the peak is setting up.

FANG WEEKLY CHART

Lastly, this FANG Weekly chart highlights the concentration of capital that has pushed the technology sector, and particularly the FANG stocks, much higher in 2020.  The reality of the situation is that until forward expectations, guidance or global economic functions change, this rally will likely continue for some time.  Our concern is that global market expectations could change very quickly in relative terms because of global economic functions and contractions related to the Corona Virus.

We recently authored an article suggesting that the entire Belt Road sector could become a risk factor if China is pushed into a very deep economic crisis.  China’s banking sector recently underwent a stress test where China’s economy dipped below expected GDP levels.  Nearly 15% of China’s banks will become insolvent if GDP drops below 5.5%.  Nearly 50% of China’s banks will become insolvent if GDP drops below 4.5%.  What happens if China’s GDP drops to 0.5% for a 4 to a 6-month span of time and the Chinese economy sputters in recovery after this Coronavirus event settles?

What happens to the Belt Road Initiative and the projects/relationships China has with those nations if, all a sudden, China enters a “Credit Crisis” in excess of $5 to $6 trillion US dollars.  Bloomberg recently reported that China Home Sales plunged 90% in the first week of February.  You don’t have to be a genius to understand the risks associated with that type of plunge in a key economic growth component.

If our research team is correct, this “rally to the peak” will continue in the US for as long as risk factors stay mildly calm for the US.  Once risk levels elevate across to a point where the US investors and economy may become threatened, then traders will likely begin to bail out of overvalued sectors, like Technology, and into safe-haven investments.  It is critical that skilled traders be prepared for this move because when it happened, it may happen very quickly and violently.

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Chris Vermeulen
www.TheTechnicalTraders.com

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Range-Bound Into The End Of 2019?

Two of our favorite charts for following the US markets are suggesting the markets are range bound headed into the end of 2019.  The news may continue to push the price higher as the overall bias has continued to be to the upside.  Yet, our Fibonacci predictive modeling system is suggesting the current price trend has begun a “scouting party” type of move which may end in a moderate price correction fairly quickly.

IWM RUSSELL 2K STOCK INDEX CHART

Our Adaptive Fibonacci price modeling system is capable of learning from past price activity and attempts to present key price data and trigger levels that are important for future trending.  The GREEN and RED horizontal lines on the right edge of this chart shows where the TRIGGER LEVELS are for the Fibonacci system.  The bullish trigger level (GREEN) is 2.5% above the current price levels.  The bearish trigger level (RED) is nearly 16% below the current price level.  This suggests that price would have to target either of these levels to establish a new price trend, or continue rotating within these levels to setup new minor peaks and valleys in the price – thus creating revised TRIGGER LEVELS. Get my updates by joining my free trend signals email list.

What we find interesting is the current “scouting party” type of rally that is taking place on the right edge of this chart.  This upside price move is above historical resistance (the CYAN LINE) and appears to be an attempt to test the support levels above the $160.50 level.

If the price is successful in establishing support above this level, a new bullish trend may begin.  If not, the price will rotate lower and potentially begin a new bearish price trend.  Remember, the downside Bearish Trigger level is 16% below the current price – so that the downside move could be quite dramatic.

TRANSPORTATION INDEX WEEKLY CHART

This TRAN Weekly chart highlights a similar range-bound price setup where the bullish and bearish Fibonacci TRIGGER LEVELS are well above/below the current price.  The upside Bullish Trigger Level is 4.15% above the current TRAN price level – thus price would have to rally at least 4.5% higher to qualify as a breach of this Bullish Trigger Level and qualify as a potential new bullish trend.  The Bearish Trigger Level is near 18.4% below the current price level – thus the price would have to fall 18.5% from current levels to breach this Bearish Trigger Level and to qualify as a new Bearish Trend.

Where does this leave us headed into the end of 2019?  Our researchers believe the Santa Rally that most traders expect maybe more like a lump of coal in 2019.  We don’t expect any big breakout rally to happen over the next 35+ days and we don’t expect a massive 40% price correction either.  Our Fibonacci price modeling system is suggesting that any rotation within this 20% price range would be considered “absolutely normal” given the ranges that have been set up over the past 2+ years.

Last week we share these charts on the VIX that paint a clear picture of what is likely to unfold in the next week. This current week is one of the strongest months of the year so

Therefore, the downside price move of 6 to 12% would be completely normal.  And the upside move of 2~3% from current levels would be completely normal.  Any price rotation within the GREEN/RED Fibonacci triggers levels would be considered “normal price rotation” given the established price ranges, peaks and valleys.

We’ve been saying for months, 2019 and 2020 are certainly going to be interesting years for traders.  We believe any price rotation or breakout could lead to a wide range of price rotation that may shock skilled technical traders.  At this point, a 22%+ “normal” price range has setup in the markets.  Prices could rotate within this range and “not really go anywhere” in technical terms.

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Indexes Struggle and TRAN Chart suggests a possible top

Nearing the end of October, traders are usually a bit more cautious about the markets than at other times of the year.  History has proven that October can be a month full of surprises.  It appears in 2019 is no different.  Right now, the markets are still range bound and appear to be waiting for some news or other information to push the markets outside of the defined range.

We still have at least one more trading week to go in October, yet the US markets just don’t want to move away from this 25,000 to 27,000 range for the Dow Industrials.  In fact, since early 2019, we have traded within a fairly moderate price range of about 3200 points on the YM – a rotational range of about 11% in total size.  Historically, this is a rather large sideways trading range for the YM – nearly 3x the normal volatility prior to 2015.

DAILY YM CHART

This Daily YM chart highlights the trading range that has setup over the past 5+ months with the YELLOW LEVELS.  Price continues to tighten into a more narrow range as we progress towards the end of 2019.  Our researchers believe a moderate price breakdown will occur near the apex of this move which will act as a “price reversion event” and allow the markets to rally into 2020 and beyond.  We are using our proprietary price modeling tools to attempt to identify any signs that can help us validate this research.  Until we have some type of validation of the move, we can only wait as the risks associated with taking trades at this time are much higher than normal.

The SP500 cycle analysis I did last week provides some solid forward-looking direction as well.

TRAN – TRANSPORTATION INDEX

The TRAN (Transportation Index) is also confirming our analysis of a sideways price range with very little opportunity at the moment for a high-risk trade.  The TRAN gapped higher on October 21 which may set up a massive top pattern formation, possibly a Three River Evening Star pattern of a massive Engulfing Bearish pattern.  We’ve highlighted the resistance range in RED on this chart and the support range in GREEN.  Caution is the name of the game right now.  Let the markets tell us what is going to happen next.

THE WEEKLY CHART OF THE TRAN

This Weekly chart of the TRAN shows a clearer picture of the sideways price range that is setting up and how close we are to the APEX of the Flag/Pennant formation.  Again, we know the markets are going to break clear of this Flag/Pennant formation, but the direction of the breakout will likely depend on future news events that we can’t predict.  Any global failure or crisis may push the markets lower.  Any global victory or success may push the markets higher.  Right now, we believe the risk factors are very high and we are suggesting that traders need to be extremely cautious throughout the end of the year.

CONCLUDING THOUGHTS:

There are still massive opportunities in sector ETFs and commodity ETFs for traders that want to find quick/short-term trades.  Gold and Silver are setting up major momentum bottoms.  Natural Gas continues to set up a massive momentum bottom and Technology continues to set up a major topping type of pattern.  The shift in capital away from risk will surely drive some really big trends over the next few weeks and months.  A clear picture of what to expect looking forward up to 45 days I still rely on my market trend charts to know when I should be buying or selling positions. Skilled technical traders will be able to find incredible opportunities if they are patient and don’t “blow up” their accounts chasing risky rotation.

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The Russell and Transportation Tell A Completely Different Story

We’ve been writing about the broader US stock market for many months – highlighting the Pennant/Flag formations that have continued to set up since early 2018.  Sometimes, the keys to really understanding what is transpiring behind the scenes in the US markets is to pay attention to various market segments and to consider applying some “outside the box” thinking. Before you continue, be sure to opt-in to our free market trend signals newsletter.

Our research team would like to fall back into price analysis using the Russell 2000 and the Transportation Index as “additional measures” that mirror the US major stock market in terms of price, volatility and future price targets.  The interesting facet of this type of analysis is that we can study any symbols we want and apply the different techniques, patterns and insight we learn to the total scope of the broader US stock market.  Thus, we can attempt to identify how and when certain price actions may become more intense or volatile while comparing how our predictive modeling systems and other tools share unique outcomes.

The Russell 2000 and the Transportation Index should be on every skilled traders radar – along with the three major US stock market symbols (ES: S&P500, YM: Dow Jones, and NQ: NASDAQ).

Additionally, all traders should follow the US Dollar, Gold, Silver, Oil, VIX and a handful of other key market sectors.  The old saying is “it is not a stock market – it is a market of stocks” is very true.

After the two day selloff, many traders still have questions about what lies ahead for the US markets.  We’re reading some reports of a “collapse taking place in the US stock market” and others, like our research team, believe this move in the markets is related more closely to a “move away from risk and a capital shift into safety”.  So which is it?  A collapse in the making or a sideways shift of capital into various safe-havens?  Let’s look at the charts.

WEEKLY RUSSELL 2000 (IWM) CHART

This Weekly Russell 2000 (IWM) chart highlights the rotation that has been in place throughout much of 2019.  The MAGENTA support level near 144.25 has proven to be intermediate support through multiple downside price cycles.  Ultimate Support resides at 125.00.  The current downside price move is still above the intermediate support level, although that could be breached over the next few trading days if price weakness resumes.  Therefore, until the 144.25 level is breached, we would presume that price may attempt to find support or form an intermediate basing pattern near recent lows.  Our ADL predictive modeling system suggests the YM (Dow Jones) may have already bottomed.  Thus, any continued weakness in the US stock market may result in a “wash-out” price low point near Ultimate Support.

TRANSPORTATION AVERAGE (IYT) WEEKLY CHART

This Transportation Average (IYT) Weekly chart shares a similar price setup as the Russell chart.  Again, we can see the recent downturn in price has only really moved back towards intermediate support near 174.25 and has yet to really attempt to breach into “new low price” territory.  Because of this, we can assume the downside moves in the ES, NQ, and YM which did result in “new low” price formations can’t be completely confirmed until the IWM and IYT also break into “new low” price formations.  Ultimately, the MAGENTA support levels are key to understanding if this is a “collapse” or a “shift in capital” as we suggest.

CUSTOM WEEKLY MARKET VOLATILITY INDEX

One of our favorite tools for understanding market price volatility and potential is our Custom Volatility Index.  This Weekly Custom Volatility Index chart highlights the current downside price rotation in historically rational terms.  Much like the two charts above, this chart shows the current price levels are still well above the previous two base/bottoming price levels – thus, we have little confirmation of a breakdown or collapse in prices (yet).  If the price of our Custom Volatility Index were to move lower and close below 8.00 on an END OF WEEK basis, then we would see a new “closing price” low that would immediately send up warning flags of a possible price collapse in the US stock markets.

Ultimately, without this type of price move happening, we are well within the standard deviation ranges of normal price rotation and strongly believe this rotation to be a shift in capital away from risk and towards value, safety, and Blue Chips.  Think of it like this, traders and investors are shifting their investments away from what has been “high flying” and moving their capital into more traditional blue chip/dividend-paying assets.

CONCLUDING THOUGHTS:

Of course, time will tell if our analysis and predictions are correct or not.  We urge you to also read our recent ADL predictions research post suggesting the ES and NQ will see broader price rotation and volatility than the YM in this recent post here.

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US Indexes Continue To Rally Within A Defined Range

This week ended with the S&P, Dow Industrials and Nasdaq stalling near recent highs.  From a technical perspective, both Thursday and Friday setup small range price bars (Doji candles or small Spinning Top type bars) after the upside price move on Wednesday.  These are indicative of price consolidation and indecision.

The news events that initiated this rally, nearly a week ago, continue to drive sentiment in the markets.  Yet the news from the ECB that new stimulus efforts would begin with $20 Billion Euros monthly invested in assets until they decide it is not required any longer suggests the EU is desperate to support extended growth and some renewed inflation.  This move by the EU pushed banks and the finance sector higher while the US stock market stalled near the end of the week.

At these lofty levels, almost all of our indicators and predictive modeling systems are suggesting the US stock markets are well within an overbought mode.  Of course, the markets can continue in this mode for extended periods of time as central banks and external efforts to support the asset/stock market continues, at some point investors/traders will recognize the imbalance in price/demand/supply as a fear of a price contraction.

We are very cautious that the market is setting up a lofty peak at this time.  It is important for traders and investors to understand the global situations that are setting up in the markets.  With precious metals moving higher, it is important to understand that FEAR and GREED are very active in the markets right now.  The continued capital shift that has been taking place where foreign investors are shifting assets into US and more mature economies trying to avoid risks and currency risks is still very active.  Yet the lofty prices in certain segments of the US stock markets means that this capital shift may take place where investment capital is shifted away from more risky US assets (high multiple speculative stocks) and into something that may appear to be undervalued and capable of growth.

The shifting focus of the global markets, the EU and the continued need for stimulus at this time is somewhat concerning.  Our view is to watch how the global markets play out and to maintain a cautious investment strategy.  We shifted into an extremely cautious mode back in February/March as the US market completed the October/December 2018 breakdown and precious metals started a move higher.  We continue to operate within this extremely cautious investment mode because we believe the foundation of the global markets are currently shifting and we don’t believe the stability of the markets is the same as it was after the February 2017 market collapse.

What do we believe is the result of this shift in our thinking?  This is very simple.  We are entering into the final 13+ months of the US presidential election cycle, the trade wars between the US and China continue to drag on with is muting economic activity, the EU continues to battle to find some growth/inflation while Great Britain attempts to work out a BREXIT deal as soon as possible.  Meanwhile, we continue to try to find opportunities in the markets with these extreme issues still pending.  We don’t believe any real clarity will happen until we near October/November 2020. Be sure to opt-in to our Free Trade Ideas Newsletter to get more updates.

This ES Weekly chart highlights the range-bound price rotation that currently dominates the US stock market.  Overall, the US stock market and the economy are much stronger than any other economy on the planet.  The risk factor is related to the fact that the capital shift which has been pushing asset prices higher as more and more capital flows in the US stock market may have reached a point of correction (headed into the US presidential election cycle).  As long as price stays within this range, we believe continued extreme volatility will continue.  Our Fibonacci system suggests price must close above 3178 to qualify as a new bullish trend and/or close below 2577 to confirm a new bearish trend.

This Transportation Index weekly chart shows a similar setup.  Although the Fibonacci price trigger levels are vastly different.  Price would have to climb above 11,475 to qualify for as a new bullish trend whereas it would only have to fall below 10,371 to qualify as a new bearish trend.  Given the past rotation levels, it is much more probable that price may rotate into a bearish trend before attempting to reach anywhere near the bullish price trigger level.

Our Custom volatility index suggests price has rallied last week well into the upper “weakness zone”.  This move suggests the upside price move may already be well into the overbought levels (again) and may begin to stall.  Traders need to be cautious near these level.  We continue to suggest that skilled technical traders should look to pull some profits from these lofty levels to protect cash/profits.  Any extreme volatility and/or a bigger price rotation could be disastrous for unprepared traders.

We are excited to see what happens early next week.  News will be a big factor – as it always is in this world.  Pay attention to how the markets open early this week and keep your eyes open for any crisis events (wars, bombings or other geopolitical news).  And get ready for some really big volatility to hit the global markets.

This is the time for skilled technical traders to really shine as these bigger moves roll on.

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