This shortened holiday week has been full of crazy price rotation, political intrigue, surprise news events and, we are certain, full of headaches for some traders. Still, we managed to pull out four consistently profitable trades for our members by sticking to our proven trading systems and deploying effective position sizing techniques. Not a bad week for us at all.
Today, we are writing this research post to highlight that price is still not “out of the woods” in terms of price structure and/or price rotation. Yes, there was quite a bit of external news that drove prices higher on Thursday and Friday (BREXIT, Earnings, and China decreasing the lending rates as well as decreasing bank asset levels in an effort to prompt more lending). These news items continue to drive price action and rotation. The VIX has settled at 15.00 as of Friday – the lowest level seen since early August 2019. Our opinion is that this is just a brief pause before more chaos hits the markets.
The BREXIT news was straight out of a suspense novel. At the very last minute, a coalition of political interests changed direction in an effort to stop the NO-DEAL BREXIT that seemed to be almost a sure thing. We don’t have any more information than what is printed in the news publications, but we believe the NO-DEAL BREXIT will happen this year.
Earnings were mixed with some interesting surprises. Jobs data came in relatively strong on Friday with higher earnings and higher working hours, yet job creation levels fell a bit from expected levels.
China seems to be relaxing its bank restrictions in an effort to jump-start their local economy. We read that current debt levels are 300% of GDP in China (and that only accounts for debt that is stated in official economic data). If one were to include the shadow banking system and corporate debt/bonds, we believe it could be as high as $425% of GDP or higher.
Then we have multiple countries in crisis (risk of bankruptcy) where the IMF is likely to try to develop some type of “bailout” solution. The most recent is Argentina. Additionally, the IMF has introduced new Cryptocurrency regulations that may stifle some emerging market ICO and existing Crypto operations as the IMF attempt to get a handle on these unregulated threats to traditional currency policies.
And we are just scratching the surface so far… What next – right?
Well, here is a Weekly ES chart highlighting the Fibonacci price structure that appears to be, very much, in need of establishing fresh new highs in order to confirm this continued bullish trend. Right now, very similar to what happened in 2018, we are nearing an October date, near all-time highs, with fresh signs of weakness appearing throughout the global economy. Trade issues continue, people are talking about recessions and Gold and Silver have started an incredible upside move. Will the US stock market continue to rally from this point or rollover into a price correction?
It all depends on what happens over the next 2+ weeks and if the “capital shift” that we have continued to suggest is driving capital in the US stock market hasn’t broken rank yet. If foreign capital is continuing to pour into the US stock market for safety, then we may very well see another attempt at new all-time highs. If the recent weakness has spooked some investors out of the markets as Gold and Silver have caught their attention, then this capital shift may be much more muted at this time – meaning price volatility is much more of a concern.
SP500 Stock Index – Weekly Chart
The ES price will attempt to either move to new all-time highs or roll lower and take out the 2728 level. We believe the key to this future direction lies in which news items play out over the next 2+ weeks and if the price is able to return back to a “true price exploration” mode (without the news events).
Weekly Transportation Sector Index Chart
This weekly TRAN, Transportation Index, highlights a broader picture of why our researchers are still concerned about a market correction. The fact that the price peaks have continued to move lower as a series of lower high price peaks is very concerning.
This is indicative of a downward price trend or a trend that is consolidating lower. The strength of support near 9695 is the only real strength we see in this TRAN chart in terms of “support for an upside move”. The TRAN chart price must break this downward series of lower price peaks in order for the US markets to really enter a new bullish price trend. Until that happens, we continue to stay worried that the foundation of the US markets may be crumbling below our feet while the party rages on in the US major indexes.
Our August 19th prediction of a breakdown event has obviously been invalidated by this recent upside price move. Depending on which way price breaks out of pattern will either validate or invalidate our expected forecast. As of right now, it looks like our August 19th prediction has been invalidated and we were wrong thinking it would break down. With that said, we had three winning trades we closed out last week for solid profits and a new high water-mark for our trading portfolio.
Although, until the US stock market rotates higher to establish new all-time highs, we are not out of the woods yet. This recent upside price move has not completely invalidated the chance of a breakdown because we have not already validated “new price highs” which are required in Fibonacci price theory. Right now, we are in the midst of volatile price rotation and we are loving every minute of it.
This is the type of price action that is perfect for skilled technical traders. Trade setups continue to pour into our systems. As we stated near the top of this article, we had a series of great trades this week resulting in nearly +15% total profits for our members. If you are a skilled technical trader, then this is the market for you to really shine.
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