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US Increases Trade Tariffs Against China – Markets, Gold, and Silver

Today, the US increased tariffs on $200B of Chinese goods as the US/China trade deal breaks down.  China has vowed to retaliate for the move.  The past week has seen the global markets shocked by two items: Iran sanctions and US/China trade breakdown.  The markets had been expecting a US/China trade deal to be reached and optimism was quite high – hence the rally in the Chinese stock market and the rally in the US stock market.  What next?

Well, we believe this news, as well as future news that will likely hit the markets over the next 3+ months, will continue to prompt the Shake-Out we have been warning about.  Depending on how severe these news events are, the rotation in the markets could be quite severe as well.

Our recent analysis suggests that recent lows in the US stock market may be near-term support and that the US stock market may attempt to form a bottom near these lows.  Our research shows the Transportation Index is leading this move.  We believe the ORANGE Moving Average level, as well as the RED and GREY Fibonacci projection points, will act as a temporary price floor this week and next.  The YM could move lower by 100 to 200 points today, retesting these low levels, before recovering near the end of the day.

 

Gold is showing signs of a potential upside price leg in the early stages, just as we had been suggesting.  Our April 21~24 momentum base call from months ago appears to be incredibly accurate.  At this point, we are just waiting for the upside price swing to begin.  When it starts, the momentum behind this upside move will increase as it will catch the attention of many gold traders and solidify the “fear” aspect of this move.

 

Silver is still lagging behind Gold – as usual.  We continue to believe the real opportunity for a great trade lies in Silver.  The potential for a $22 o ~$28 upside price swing on a market breakdown or fear play is still very solid.  Headed into the 2020 US election cycle and with all the uncertainty in the global markets, we believe this is the “sleeper trade” of the next 16+ months.  When Gold begins to breakout to the upside, Silver should follow about 20 days later.

 

These new US trade tariffs puts pressure on China to come to the table and develop and honest deal.  This is not the old way of slow negotiations with no real consequences.  For China, the lack of access to the US market could be devastating in both the short and long run.  Skilled traders should not be overly optimistic throughout this weekend.  Protect your longs and prepare for more news over the next few weeks.  This is the type of market that will make or break many traders.

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US/China Trade Issues Create SHOCKWAVE Around The Globe

Unless you were following our research, see below, and were already aware of the many warning signs we’ve been posting in our continued efforts to help traders and to help educate skilled investors, you were probably caught completely off guard by the news of near trade tariffs last Sunday, May 5th.  Let’s face it, the short position in the VIX was an indication that institutional and retail investors had gone “all in” on this rally and had failed to even consider anything disrupting the narrow range price rally that had been in place over the past 45+ days.  Well, all of that changed on Sunday night and many traders woke up Monday morning to the INDU down nearly -500 points.

The most incredible facet of this rotation was that the markets had already discounted the trade tariff news and began to rally almost immediately after the opening bell on Monday.  Sure, we are not out of the woods at this time with the potential for continued price volatility and price rotation, but the fact that the US stock market was capable of rallying back from a very deep opening price shows just how resilient the US stock market and the economy really are.  The issue this time, we feel, will be felt in the global market and in foreign currency rates. We’ll get into that more as we continue.

In case you missed our most recent research posts, we suggest you take a few minutes to review the following posts to bring you up to speed with our analysis/research.  Reviewing these posts may help you to better understand the rest of this article and our expectations for the next 60 to 90 days.

 

March 31, 2019: Proprietary Cycles Predict July Turning Point for Stock Market
https://www.thetechnicaltraders.com/proprietary-cycles-predict-july-turning-point-for-stock-market/

 

April 10, 2019: Intra-Day Fibonacci Modeling Shows Volatility Is About To Spike
https://www.thetechnicaltraders.com/intra-day-fibonacci-modeling-shows-volatility-is-about-to-spike/

 

April 17, 2019: US Stock Markets Setting Up For Increased Volatility
https://www.thetechnicaltraders.com/us-stock-markets-setting-up-for-increased-volatility/

 

April 22, 2019: Prepare For Unknown Price Action As New Highs Are Reached
https://www.thetechnicaltraders.com/prepare-for-unknown-price-action-as-new-highs-are-reached/

 

April 28, 2019: Markets Are Setting Up a SHAKE-OUT – Be Prepared
https://www.thetechnicaltraders.com/markets-are-setting-up-a-shake-out-be-prepared/

 

Now that we’ve covered a bit of our past research, allow me to attempt to summarize things a bit.

_ First, we continue to expect new high prices to be established over the next 30+ days.  Yes, volatility will be larger than it was 30 days ago, but we believe the “Shake-out” is just starting and we believe the US stock market will continue to push higher – at least for the next 3+ weeks.

_ Second, we are very cautious of the July/August 2019 Cycle Predictions, see above.  We believe these cycles could be a warning of a major price trend change that prompts some type of “dynamic shift” in the global markets.  Right now, it appears a “Shake-out” in China/Asia may be in play.  But we believe a bigger “Shake-out” may be brewing somewhere else in the world.

_ Lastly, we believe any top formation in the US Stock market will result in a Pennant/Flag formation, rotational top formation, that will give traders ample time to reposition their trades and reduce risks.

Just a few days ago, we posted this research to help traders understand just how close the markets are to topping and what to expect – see below.  We continue to believe this “Shake-out” is more about disrupting low volatility expectations and less about a major market top in the US stock market

 

April 30: How Close Are The Markets From Topping?
https://www.thetechnicaltraders.com/how-close-are-the-markets-from-topping/

 

The Chinese stock markets will likely continue to drop as new expectations are suddenly realized and trade issues, especially IP and future IP partnerships, become a major contention moving forward.  Every step China takes, right now, is very fragile in terms of US expectations and the ability to show the world China is willing to become a responsible player in the technology field.  If China fails to realize this, the world will clearly see that China’s intention is to take as much as they can from global technology leaders while stuffing their pockets full of foreign cash – it will not end well.

The Shockwave that has just started to unfold across the global stock market/financial world is that trade, economic expectations, and currency valuations will continue to “revalue” to address these ongoing concerns until some formal resolution works itself into place.  In the meantime, any new issues that become present could further complicate these “revaluation” efforts.  The concert just started, folks.  We have a long way to go before this is all over with.

This Weekly YM chart showing our proprietary Fibonacci price modeling system is suggesting we have a “long way to go” before we could consider any downside price rotation a major risk.  The recent price highs in this YM chart have prompted a Bearish Fibonacci Trigger Price near the December 2018 lows (see the RED line near the $21,450 level).  You might be asking, “why so low?”.  This “learning modeling system” attempts to learn from price and attempts to identify where key price levels are that MUST be reached for a confirmed trend change.  As price has continued to rotate within a very wide range over the past 7+ months, the Fibonacci modeling system is suggesting that price could fall all the way back to near the December lows WITHOUT triggering a new “long term” bearish price trend.

In other words, the current price range that would constitute “normal price volatility” is anywhere between $21,450 and $26,950.  When we said to expect increased volatility, we really meant it.  This is a $5,500 range in the YM that could become a “normal volatility zone”.

 

The NQ Weekly chart, on the other hand, is providing us a much clearer Bearish Fibonacci Trigger level, near $7,393.  Once the price is able to close below this level, then we would consider the NQ entering a new Bearish trend as long as price stays below the $7,393 level.  If it was to rally back above this level, then the trigger is negated as long as it stays above the trigger level.

Pay very close attention to the YELLOW price channels that originate back in early 2018.  Those levels are likely to play a very important role in going forward as price attempts to establish new price ranges/channels throughout this expected price rotation and volatility.

 

Lastly, we’ve been warning that the Financial Sector could come under some intense pressures over the next 5 to 16+ months as all of this “Shockwave” plays out.  The reason we believe the Financial sector is vulnerable to this crazy volatility is that the exposure to multiple levels of capital risk could complicate the long-term earnings capabilities of this sector.  Almost all of these firms are involved in Personal, Corporate/Business, Real Estate, Trade, Global financing, Currency, and Bond related business ventures.  These firms are not remotely immune to any “Shockwave” – they are located right in the Bullseye/Target zone.

We believe the XLF may come under increased pressure over the next 3~6+ weeks as the Shockwave event continues to unfold.  We believe issues with Personal/Consumer credit will be the first sign of a Shockwave event and further pressures from Corporate/Business/Global/Currencies would likely be the second shoe to drop over the next 8+ months.  We believe a rotation in the XLF to near $25 is very likely over the next 3~6 months and that this move could be the result of extended risk factors originating from the “Shockwave event” we’ve been suggesting is currently unfolding.

Skilled traders should be watching technology stocks, the NASDAQ, the INDU, the Financial Sector and commodity prices over the next 4+ months for any signs that the Shockwave event is increasing in amplitude.  Additionally, pay very close attention to how currencies are moving and where the US Dollar is moving in relation to other currencies.  Gold and Silver should also be on your radar over the next few months as well.  Lastly, prepare for the major cycle event in July/August 2019.

The past four tradings sessions with volatility has kept us busy check out our most recent index trades on the SP500

 

Our advice continues to be to look for opportunities as the volatility increases and continue to expect an upside price bias in the US stock market – at least until we have any strong evidence that price trend has changed.  Don’t buy into the doom-sayers just yet.  In our opinion, this US upside price move is not over yet.

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Chris Vermeulen
www.TheTechnicalTraders.com

 

Financials Setting Up An Island Top Formation

As we continue to scan the charts for setups and trigger to alert our followers, we’ve come across a setup that may be more ominous than what it appears.  Recently we’ve posted articles about how the SPY and the NQ have pushed into new all-time high price territory and how Gold is setting up for a momentum base that should launch precious metals to near highs.  We’ve also discussed how we believe the current upside price bias in the US stock markets should last another 10~35+ days before new price weakness sets up – possibly pushing prices lower in late May or early June 2019.

Our research team has been scanning the charts looking for anything that could give us an edge to the potential setup for this price weakness in the future.  We believe the Transportation Index and the Financials could be keys to understanding how far the upside rally can continue and when a price peak may begin to warn of a potential price top or rollover.

An Island Top is a pattern that sets up with an upside price gap followed by sideways price action above that gap.  In theory, this type of setup should promote the gap to be filled with downside price action before any further upside price move can continue.  Although, gaps to the upside are fairly common in strong uptrends.  Given the strength of the earnings data released early this week and the expectations that we have for some continued upside price bias over the next 10~35+ days, we are watching these Island Top formation in the Financials for any signs of weakness to alert our followers.

This Daily FAS chart highlights the GAP as well as the Resistance levels that are currently acting as a ceiling.  A breakout above the resistance level would indicate that we have more room to run higher.  Any failed breakout to the upside, where price briefly rallies above the resistance level, then falls back below it, would be a pretty strong indication of a rotational peak.  The Financials could fall 10% from current levels and still be within the range of the March/April lows.  It would take a much bigger move to qualify as a breakdown bearish trend.

 

This Daily XLF chart highlights a similar pattern to the FAS chart.  The key element of the XLF chart is that the Resistance level provides more key fundamental price peaks than the FAS chart.  On this XLF chart, we can see that the current Resistance level aligns perfectly with the Nov/Dec 2018 highs.  We can also see a short GREEN Fibonacci trigger level line in early March 2019 above the Resistance level.  That Fibonacci trigger level is still valid and any move above that level would constitute a new bullish price trend trigger.

Any failure to break the Resistance level would qualify as a price rotation to fill the GAP and potentially set up a move back to near $25 looking to find new support.  Overall, the Financials are poised for a move – up or down.  Our research suggests the US stock market is not done rising, thus we are concerned that certain sectors may begin to show signs of weakness as the broader market continues to rise.

 

Our research team believes a critical peak formation is likely near the end of May or in early June 2019.  It is because of this belief that we are warning traders to play the next 15~25+ days very cautiously.  Watch the Financials, the Transportation Index, the US Dollar, and Precious Metals.  We believe any early signs of weakness will be found within these symbols.

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Transportation Sector Is Testing Resistance

The DOW Transportation Index continues to test resistance near $10,050 as earnings drive the NQ well past historical all-time highs.  Our interest in the Transportation Index is because it acts as a fundamental indicator for the US and global economies in terms of future transportation/shipping expectations.  When the Transportation Index rises, it is a good sign that business and consumers have faith in the future economy and the continued demand for goods to be supplied to retailers and distribution centers.

The fact that the TRAN is back to near December 2018 highs means we have reached an expected economic expansion level that equals that level just before Christmas 2018.  A continued rally would push expectations even higher going into the Summer months.  With earnings hitting the market hard today driving a strong rally in almost all the major US stock indexes, we are surprised that the TRAN did not move a bit higher on the news.

Should the resistance level near $11,050 continue to operate as a ceiling for the TRAN, we’ll know soon enough as price should begin to move back below $11,000 and possibly attempt to retest $10,800.  A key Fibonacci trigger level currently rests near $10,800 that would indicate a potential for a new bearish trend if this level is broken.

This Weekly TRAN chart, below, highlights just how important the current resistance level really is.  This $11,050 level actually plays a key role in the 2018 price rotation and is the key resistance level for the December 2018 rotation peak.

As we’ve continually suggested, Fibonacci price theory suggests that price must always attempt to establish new price highs or new price lows.  If this new price high, above the $11,050 fails, then price should attempt to rotate lower and attempt to break the $10,000 low level created in early April 2019.

We suggest traders take a very cautious long-biased stance in the markets right now.  Weakness could come out of the shadows fairly quickly as earnings hit.  The Iran Oil news hit the markets quickly on Monday.  We could wake up to some dire earnings news this week that could send the markets lower and push some of these resistance levels into a topping formation.

Additionally, as you look at this Weekly chart, pay attention to the fact that we could be setting up a Right Shoulder of a Head-n-Shoulders pattern if new all-time highs are not reached.  There are many ways to attempt to read this chart and the TRAN should lead the markets if a price move does breakout.

Our research says we should continue to see an upward price bias for at least another 10~35+ days before any real sign of weakness shows up.  We are still urging traders to take a very cautious approach to their trading until we see the TRAN break to new highs.  We feel it is wise to trade this area very cautiously over the next 30+ days.

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