nasdaq apr 13 2018

Just to complete the parade of indices, here is the Nasdaq. We have a picture here of two vector equal downward legs in a row with an intervening a-b-c . One could be wrong but the conclusion of least resistance is that this is a running flat, 5-3-5, running because it is slightly upward sloping. This alone gives us cause to be very careful in wholeheartedly embracing the bear scenario at this point in time. This is particular so because the moves in the Nasdaq are pretty large and not just marginal increments. Each down leg constitutes roughly 12% so there is still a long way before a new high will be reached, if at all. The bounce from the second low looks to be corrective for now, arguing the opposite!

As usual time will tell.

An example of this structure can be found in RDS.B Royal Dutch to mention just one. This one is downward sloping. MS is another;

rds.b april 13 2018

Nasdaq again

nasdaq jan 22 2017

Just 12 days ago we had a chart of the Nasdaq showing , essentially, the same picture except that a little time has been added without much action. So far this is a near perfect setup for a very sharp drop all though the Fed will provide the usual resistance.

This, as mentioned earlier, is a wedge. It is either a “diagonal” 3-3-3-3-3 or a straightforward 5th wave, 5-3-5-3-5. Diagonals are usually followed by a rather violent reversal all the way back to the base. This is not necessarily the case with normal 5th waves, but there also, the target is the 4th wave of previous degree, so the same level. There is still a little potential to the upside but it is limited if wave 3 is not to become the shortest!

Untill yesterday I have watched the circus of the US presidential elections with mixed feelings, mostly amazement. Yesterday’s short speech at the offices of the CIA went beyond what is acceptable even at the low standards of a New Yorker with too much chutzpah.  Clearly this fellow suffers from some form of narcissistic personality disorder which, combined with other circumstances, may lead to the universal understanding and recognition that he is simple unsuited for the task. That could become a tipping point for the markets.


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Here we have the Nasdaq Composite Index in a three year and one year timeframe. In the first chart we see a very clear a-b-c corrective move which we assume is a wave 4. That is then followed, obviously, by a wave 5. Even though it does not necessarily matter, wave 5 looks a lot like a wedge in both charts. If that is indeed the case we are almost guaranteed a return to the base of the wedge, regardless of where the ultimate high might be. That is a loss of about 25%, well worth avoiding.

The big picture looks like this;

Nasdaq jan 10 2017 l

We are not the least bit confident whether or not we are looking at a big B wave from the 2003, or simple a 5th wave from 2009. It does not matter all that much. Suffice it to say that we are reaching the top of this channel which we started in 1987 but probable in realty would have started earlier, perhaps even in 1975  when Xerox and Polaroid etc made their lows. This would flatten the channel considerable so we would be closer to the top than this chart shows. Similarly we have already exceeded the upper boundary of the (pink) channel starting in 2009.

    Wave B or 5 is now getting close in size to the third wave. Most often the 5th wave is smaller than the third except, perhaps, for commodities but Nasdaq is not about commodities.

     Typically markets peak around the time of inauguration, this is even the case when the president elect is a relatively normal person. Then during the first year the markets go down. Should the myth of Trump as the saviour of the US economy, as he seems to be regarded by some, prove to be wrong then they could go down a lot.