Volatility Reports 7/6/20 Short Term Indices
July 6, 2020
July 6, 2020
The background based on price is coiled up like a spring. A trend-following or breakout (down) signal will get carryover. Charts with breakout points will be posted with the opening of the day session.
Last week I pointed out that our volatility model – a leading indicator, never lagging – for both the intermediate and short term signaled a trending move was on the horizon. that the bulls have a chance for the 1929 or 1987 melt-up that they are looking for.
For s-t and day traders’ money is money, trade either direction, it does not matter if my outlook suggests deflation for the long term followed by hyperinflation in the recovery effort. I saw a connection of mine post a brief headed ” the low is in for the year,” which tells me nothing. Granted I did not read the brief, but the headline should be captured in the writer’s content. In other words, the low could be in for the year and there could still gibe back 20 to 25% from here, and not make new lows until 2021. The sell-off does not need to be like the last three we have witnessed. It could be more like the 1973-74 slow Chinese water torture, low volatility, and dull bear market.
The big take away here and breaking old school thinking out of their box it’s how you get there that is key and to be clear about risk and opportunity.
Contrary thinker’s featured chart is the S&P futures going back 23 years with our Tidal Wave model. As a system, it can be refined into a day trader with the TEM as a filter. From a forecast point of view, it provides a basis for the outlook. Since the near-perfect sell signal after the February island reversal, the buy signal was early setting the cycle system into inversion, that is buy mean to have a short bias and sell means to long bias.
A few things stand out in the above chart. for one is the island reversals at the February top and the June secondary or lower peak. Neither one has had their gap closed, a bearish tendency. Both reversals were failures to hold long term and intermediate-term support zones. As mentioned TEM is a new signal for trend-ability.
While the headlines since the 8% down day have been one-sided bullish and every random count I take in social media has the bears at 3 to 5%, the market has made little headway. Here is the Globex three hours before the open, and only the Nasdaq futures are in virgin territory.
The NQ is in the S-T resistance zone and a move below 10,451 would be a sign of weakness. Support for July is at 10,334.00. The other majors have run into S-T resistance and fallen back thus far. More on that after the open.
As intimated above, the mentality of small-time investors, measured by the put/call ratio provides an indication that the bottom of the pyramid is buying, providing liquidity for smart money to pad off into, to take profits. Smart money needs a broad base of small buyers to be well entrenched in their buy one day dips strategies so they do no collapse the market.
Given the speed of two of the last three declines since early 2018, bibs are being pulled and the market hits the panic stage quickly. However, from a market mapping point of view, there are only one of two places the bear market can be stationed, and this is a bear market rally in the big caps and an irregular top – Gartley’s butterfly formation – in the Nasdaq, with the new highs.
Referring to the above 1973-74 parallel, the current rally would take four to five months off the March 23, 2020 low before a dull and slow bear market took hold making new lows in 2021. That time mapping brings the market into a July or August peak. The let’s get it over quickly scenario puts the market at the (2) point on the chart. Given the snap back to normal mania and the tension in the background measured by TEM, collapse is very possible here.
Here is the textbook example of an irregular top. Keynotes about the topping process are the nominal new high made by the (b) wave. This new high is not confirmed by market internals like the A/D line, which is the case. The new highs are being led by a handful of marque stocks, not robust advance. The limit of the advance is typically 1.236 times the length of the (a) wave; and the subsequent decline takes prices back to the beginning of the major (5) wave advance.
Running those rations on the real chart should put a cap around 10,542. My I-T resistance zone has its outside resistance at 10,549 for July. The (C) wave sell-off would target 6,000, the low from 2019, and about equal to the overshot on the high side.
Lastly, referring to MarketMap 2020, there is a change of trend expected early this week. If it is an inversion the market should change from side-ways to down. If prices continue to move higher, the next orthodox time frame for a COT is the week of July 20.
Great and Many Thanks,
Jack F. Cahn, CMT
A Thinking Man’s Trader Since 1989,
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