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Jun 25, 2012, 12:34
Posted byJohn C Burford
Last Wednesday’s MoneyWeek Trader on the Dow could not have been more timely.
Starting from the 19 June 12,900 high, the market has moved down by 300 pips in only four trading days.
But if you saw that article on Wednesday, you’ll recall that I had two clear options: the first was a further rally extension towards the 13,000 area, and the second was a big move down.
I based these projections on a combination of my use of the Elliott wave principle and Fibonacci retracements.
This was the chart on Wednesday:
(Click on the chart for a larger version)
I had my clear five waves up to my suggested C wave top. This rested around the Fibonacci 62% retrace of the entire May decline. That gave me a strong case for my bearish view, as a complete five waves up implies a downside reversal ahead.
Following the much-anticipated US Fed announcement last Wednesday, the market thought about it for a day.
Then it decided it didn’t like what Ben had said, and promptly sold off heavily, moving through my sell-stop levels.
Here’s the updated chart as of this morning:
From the Wednesday top, the market moved down in wave 1, then bounced, but not to a new high in wave 2, and fell heavily on Thursday. This decline has all the hallmarks of a third wave, being ‘long and strong’.
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You can see how the market stalled at the Fibonacci 62% retrace of the rally with a small bounce on Friday. That’s to be expected at this important Fibonacci level.
But if we are in a genuine third wave, rallies should be brief before new lows are plumbed.
That’s one of the great benefits of using Elliott wave principles. It gives you a definite roadmap ahead based on your suggested wave count.
I have projected a heavy decline based on what third waves look like. But if the market suddenly reverses and rallies strongly, then I know my wave labels are wrong, and I will probably abandon my trade.
Remember: Hope is no basis on which to trade these markets.
In fact, Bob Prechter of Elliott Wave International has a handy phrase for bear markets: While bull markets climb a 'wall of worry', bear markets slide down a 'slope of hope'.
Last week, the hope was that the Fed would come in with more quantitative easing (QE) to prop up stock markets – after all, that has been their declared intent on previous QE operations. It was a classic case of 'Buy the rumour, sell the news'.
OK, on the chart I have marked with a grey bar the area where short trades could have been made.
These sell orders could have been placed beforehand, of course, and orders would have been filled on Thursday.
As a low-stress way of trading, if you can identify a price on the chart where you would like to enter, as here, then setting a ‘stop order’ in advance makes a lot of sense. It avoids the time-consuming need to constantly monitor markets, waiting for that opportunity (which may never come!)
It allows you to plan your trade. And when you are filled, you can then go in and set your protective stops and then manage your trade in the usual way. Refer to your spread betting company’s dealing guide for the different types of order.
So now, with the bearish action late last week, the Dow, gold, and the EUR/USD are moving down in synch.
Remember, this is what we should expect, since it is liquidity that is driving asset markets.
My next target for the Dow is the 11 June low at the 12,400 area, but if my Elliott wave labels are correct, I have my sights on the 4 June low at 12,000.
At some stage, I will be looking for tramlines on this down-move. But since we are in its early phase, there is nothing there for me just yet. I will publish my tramline analysis as and when.
But if you can identify tramlines, then let me know!
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(25 June 2012, 04:53PM)
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I have managed to draw in some good lines. Start with the high of the 17/06 and draw a downward line to the high of the 21/06 then Create parallels very clear in 30min chart and markets are touching like text book. Currently short from the 22/06 high at 12660 and reached first target at 12480. Next target 12350 and will step back to re evaluate.
(25 June 2012, 05:15PM)
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We know how you like tramlines John so you must have noticed the wonderful big set running from the March low in 2009. If your target is reached at 12000 it would not be very far off the tramline support at 11500 (as of today). If we are starting to see some seriouse downside in the Dow and (especially) if it coincided with a rise in the Gold price it just might be the start of a big move in the Dow/Gold ratio which I commented on.
(25 June 2012, 07:20PM)
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1 hr chart line from top at 2300hrs on 17/6goes through low at 2000hrs on21/6. Take copy up to high @1800 hrs on 19/6 through three bars @ 2000 hrs on 22/6.. Shows clear direction and poss resistance levels.They also confirm lines I drew on 5 min chart looking for short term likely direction changes today.
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