November 18, 2020
Lots of bullish bravado in the social sphere
When the markets ran stops on Monday 11/9/ all the Short-Term charts hit an extreme in volatility modeling, a rule#1. This suggests that the market will not make much progress from that point. Rather it will move into a trading range or a pivotal reversal in the other direction.
The pattern for the small caps – the Russell – is 1-1-1, a panic buying extreme on all three-time frames. Hence
November 10, 2020
The Long Term Readings of the Panic Buying at the Top in August has not been resolved. That peak has produced a wide trading range leaving the bulls rabid and the bears frustrated.
The monthly highs posted from August to date produced a 7 1/2% trading range. TEM’s rule #1 is accurate 99% of the time producing a change of trend (COT).
November 7, 2020
Last week’s rally cleared the decks, producing online forecasts of another 50% advance for OTC
Last week’s rally cleared out CT’s hedge ETFs (short) across the board. The S-T cycles made a low around Holloween and the I-T trends crossed over a bullish combination. For whatever reason the media is spinning, the post-election rally crushed the volatility index, at least in the short term, and holding the higher March/April 2020 levels. But what it did not do is take out the ATH posted on 9/2/20 and the secondary high posted on 10/12/20 held thus keeping the bearish outlook in place, in the face of the bulls reaching for new highs on the weekly bar.
November 6, 2020
Here is a long term buy rule that streamed across my Twitter feed last night.
When the $SPX punches in 4 straight gains of at least 1%, it is a signal of a major low. According to the content provider, this has happened only three (3) prior times since 1938 on 10/11/1982: on 10/14/1974 and 6/1/1970. He says, “All three occurred soon after major stock market LOWS.”
What is missing in this pattern – this rare setup – it has only happened after a bear market, each occurrence is preceding a decline exceeding 28%. Whereas the current low only marked a mild correction, thus far, of 8.5%. It’s just not the percent decline that lacked context for the “risk-on” signal by content providers. Rather the three lows used for this rule generated panic extreme readings on TEM our volatility model, including the panic index. Comparing that to the recent low that did not hit a washout extreme.
Contrary Thinker views the 10/30/20 low as a high-risk low, where we prefer washouts lows that provide low-risk entry. The big difference in these types of low is the panic extremes are clear via the models where the emotional background for the majority of traders is “gut-wrenching” making it difficult for the majority to buy, to go “risk on.” This market is still the bull market in fear; and vulnerable.
The market has an engrained myopic view mixed in with a long term bullish bias, not seeing the forest from the trees.
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November 3, 2020
Bonds Long Term Bearish
The long term top has finished its period of distribution with a secondary peak at (2) in EWT terms. The I-T tidal forces are pulling prices lower – forcing rates higher – for most of the higher grade bonds.
October 28, 2020
How soon they forget Contrary Thinker’s headlines.
Today 9/3/2020, the markets are flashing “DANGER,” and no one is paying attention, NO ONE.
Today 9/10/20, the majority continue to find a rationalization for more bull market.
Yet a full month later, the boogie-man-month of September is done and dusted, hence an all-clear for the bull market. Contrary Thinker sees the next range day lower that exceeds 4% without an intervening new high etching in stone that the market is in a long term bear market. The Summaries below support that expectation and the Chart Gallery to follow.
As a general observation of all the primary markets, they all peaked on panic buying in August – based on the TE Model. Such action, as previously observed, is easy to stop and will be flipped at least back to the point where the highly emotional buying began. However, given the age of the uptrends, the flip, the reversal should take prices very much below that point.
October 26, 2020
The bear market is expected to confirm this week via long bar decline days
World Stock Averages both U.S. and European markets experienced a down week. The Asian markets were mixed with the Hang Seng and Shanghai Composite making secondary highs, pivoting to make new two-week lows in the same period, a bearish configuration.
The ATH posted on 9/2/20 and the secondary high posted on 10/12/20 held thus keeping the bearish outlook in place. In the report on the 19th, I pointed to the grey column on the right of the Change of Trend (COT) calendar because it highlighted the time frames when an acceleration of the trend is prone and long bar days become more likely. The expectation is to see 4% lower range days or greater in the Dow/S&P and 6% down range-days or greater in the Nasdaq is probable.
The majority of market content providers in the Tweeterphere for the last three weeks touted an advance to decline surge of some formulation, when in fact there was none, full stop and there was no massive confirmation of new highs by the major averages. Funny, from the peak that Contrary Thinker predicted in late January 2018 the Dow made new highs but the Dow Transports did not, an old fashion Dow Theory sell signals. Today the bulls can’t focus on anything else but – even with it being three years later – the Dow Transports making new highs. The problem is the Dow Industrials have not confirmed, which is another old fashion Dow Theory sell signal.
The price-based background is being dominated by the Long Term panic buying that occurred at the peak in all of the markets from bonds to gold to stocks. After a TE rule #1 – a panic event – is followed by a choppy market. It is a “V” or inverted “V” change of trend (COT) bottom or top 99% of the time ( see Four Rules).
October 19, 2020
As an observer of the markets and the economy, I know there are no absolutes, but every good idea has its time. Back 40 years ago neo-liberal economic theory was right for its time and was accompanied by a rising tide of socio-cultural optimism. Today that era has come to an end and it can now be truly called “voodoo economics” and will be corrected over the next 40 years.
What goes hand and hand with that Macro change is the market in the time window to revisit and finish correcting the problems and issues left unresolved in the first quarter downturn. Remember the “shortest bear market in history?”
When the market made its low on March 23,