Sunday, March 17, 2013

IPM Model Update

Latest IPM Model update has been emailed to subscribers.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Market Thoughts - Rally Near Top

This post is in reply to the comments received on the blog over the past few days:

Market has been rising as expected over the last few weeks. DJIA has rose for 8 straight days. This not only shows the strength of this rally, but also highlights the fact that there were so many doubters of this rally when it started. 

However, we are now approaching a point where market is nearing a near term top. In fact yesterday, for the first time in 3 weeks, no one on the Fast Money half time report mentioned a correction. This can be a small contraion signal (Fast Money = Small Signals b/c fast traders). 

In Elliott Wave terms we are in process of forming minor wave 4 (chart will be posted over the weekend). This could result in another decline tomorrow. But once this decline is complete, we could rally for another 2-4 days. Along with EW count, there are few other reasons to support this assertion:

1- We have not received a Sell signal from our indicators
2- IPM Model is calling for a bottm at the next trun date, which would require market to top soon
3- Today's decline has again brought out a good number of bears, who are calling the top. I have made this kind of mistake in the past. Market rarely rewards traders who are early to the topping part in a Bull market.
4- Fed Meets next week

In any case, once we make a new high and possibly a new all time high in SP500 later this week or early next week, we will see a sharper decline. Which will again bring out the Bears.

This market has proven to me why Bull markets keep on rising: Even at new All Time Highs, people and analysts keep on calling for correction!! 

Although I am busy with some stuff till Friday, keep the conversation going and I will try to give my 2 cents.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

New Highs & New Wall of Worry

Most U.S. Markets have reached all-time highs, except for SP500, which will most likely surpass its highs in the near future. Although this is a monumental achievement for the U.S. markets as they overcame losses of the Great Recession, the response from market participants and investors has been lackluster. News coverage has been anemic, sentiment surveys are not euphoric and there is no trust in the market among blog writers. This kind of behavior not only highlights the strong wall of worry that is in place in the financial markets, it also suggests that we will be seeing higher highs in the U.S. indices in the coming weeks.

There are two things about markets that always fascinate me: 
  1. Markets do what is least expected by the majority. 
  2. No matter what one says about fundamentals being bad, markets are always right because price pays not the opinion.
Keeping these two important points in mind, through experience I have realized that there is no one good method of analyzing the markets. In some cases, one indicator will suggest that the market is about to peak out, but others will be painting a contrary picture. We can see a similar situation right now: Some sentiment indicators are euphoric but others are pessimistic. For example, when market reaches all-time new highs there is euphoria among the public, people talk about it at offices and small investors start piling in.

Previously there used to be celebrations on the NYSE trading floor when DJIA reached new all-time highs, but this year there were no celebrations. In 2000 and 2007 there were news vans outside of the NY Stock Exchange, but this time there were no news coverage from global media (as per Art Cashin). Previously, financial news media was calling for further gains and time to get back into the market after new highs, this time media is suggesting a more cautious and how to protect yourself. And finally, individual investors are now more pessimistic about the market than they were 500 point lower in DJIA.

Some reasons behind this abnormal behavior include:
  1. Bad experience in the last 12 years with new market highs
  2. Political uncertainty, upcoming budget issues and sequestration cuts
  3. European problems
Although these are grave concerns, so far they have not kept the market from making a new all-time high. In fact, one can call them distractions until they really start mattering. In short, there is significant amount of pessimism in the market, which can help propel the market even higher. Some of the fundamental catalysts that can help in rising stock prices are:
  1. FED's bank stress test results - March 7
  2. ECB and BOE meeting – March 7
  3. Jobs Report on Friday - March 8
  4. FED FOMC meeting - March 20
Although fundamental events can hint towards potential market moving announcements, they cannot tell us whether the reaction will be positive or negative to the announcement. In this regard, the market's Elliott Wave structure shows the path of market's near term move. According to E/W structure, U.S. markets are in wave-5 of 3rd wave rise. This wave can last for another 1-2 weeks and could top near FED meeting. Detailed timing information has been e-mailed to subscribers via IPM Model update. As a result, the assumption is that fundamental news will result in positive market action. 

IPM Model picked the November bottom, December bottom, January top and February bottom. Next IPM Model update will be sent to subscribers on 3/15/2013. 

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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Sequestration & Near Term Structure

Long Term Structure (last post): Elliott Wave Case of a New Rally

Based on experience in markets, it is obvious that market tries to confuse the masses before showing its true hand. One such situation is happening right now. As Sequestration took effect, market is at a crossroads in terms of its near term Elliott Wave structure. Although we have already shown that according to the long term wave count markets have completed Wave 4 and are on the verge of Wave 5 rally, near term structure is being interpreted differently by different commentators.

Bullish interpretation suggests that after bottoming on February 26, 2013 market has rallied in a classic 5-wave manner. After a 5-wave rally, market typically undergoes a deeper retracement. This correction normally takes on 3-wave shape and last for few days. As per the bullish interpretation, Friday's Sequestration induced decline was the correction that should have followed initail 5-wave rise, and now we should start moving higher. SP500 structure is clearly labeled on the following chart.


SP500 - Up
This scenario flows very well with the Sequestration deadline drama. As lawmakers failed to avoid Sequestration, markets experienced a sharp decline. Talking heads on TV and Internet started vehemently talking about the negative impacts of Sequestration on the economy. I assume that this has created enough negative sentiment to push investors out of the market just in time for a sharp rally to possible all time high in some indices. Potential rally exhaustion time frame has been sent to subscribers through the bi-weekly IPM Model update. 

Understand, Survive and Thrive, predicted that Sequestration will take effect at the end of January's IPM Model update sent to subscribers. However, if some one thinks that we stating that Sequestration will be good for the economy, he is wrong. Because we do not belive that is the case. On the contrary, Sequestration along with New Year tax increases will be devastating for the economy!! But does it mean that stock market will go down right away? I do not think so because Sequestration's impact will not be felt immediately. Instead they will be felt over few months. This opens the possibility of near term market rally, followed by sharper decline during Summer.

Bearish Elliott Wave interpretation suggests that the recent rise was a part of larger 2nd wave, with 2nd wave being sub-divided into A,B,C. This count is shown on SP500 chart below. Although this count is valid for some markets, it is not valid for DJIA. 

SP500 - Down

A lot of Elliott Wave practitioners are proposing this count to suggest that we are about to fall off a cliff due to fundamental reasons defined above. Since they have thousands of followers, it is highly likely that their interpretation will be wrong. Recent deterioration of optimistic sentiment, obvious sequestration scare, internal market strength, and IPM Model turn date, supports the fact that market should rally further. 

As I have mentioned previously, the Elliott Wave market structure evolves over time and one does not know the real structure until it is fully completed. Even then it can morph into something else. Therefore, we need to incorporate other proprietary methods like Market Matrix, IPM Model and Trading Algorithm to decipher the true market structure. Latest IPM Model update was e-mailed to subscribers on March 2, 2013 (yesterday).  

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Friday, March 1, 2013

Elliott Wave Case of a New Rally

February has been quite a month. UST IPM Model suggested that investors should exit the market on or around Jan 28, 2013. Since then market has gone net sideways. Some markets have significantly declined, while others managed to crawl up in the first 2 weeks of February before declining sharply.

As Joseph correctly said in one of his comments a few weeks ago, “no matter what you say, we are in a correction.” As we know that corrections are overlapping and can take any of the 11 possible Elliott Wave shapes, it is difficult to predict the exact shape of a correction. But all markets had one thing in common, they had overlapping and choppy charts. This kind of behavior is a classic description of Wave 4 in Elliott Wave terms because Wave 2s are typically sharp and deep.

Although UST subscribers knew about the potential bottom date in February, it is an appropriate time to reevaluate the market structure to see where we are and where the markets are headed. This structural analysis has kept us on the right side of trade since March 2012. In January 2013, it was stated in IPM Model update that we need a series of 4 and 5 waves to complete this rally and that is what we have got.

The first chart below shows DJIA and its wave structure since Nov 2012 bottom. DJIA rose in a clear impulsive manner from Nov 2012 low to January 2013 high. At that point we needed a 4th wave. It appears like DJIA traced out an expanding triangle pattern in February. Triangles typically take place during 4th waves  and represent consolidation before continuation in the prior direction. This chart clearly shows the rally potential of DJIA as we approach the IPM Model bottom date.

2nd chart shows the market performance from IPM Model top to IPM Model bottom. As one can clearly see, market has undergone one month of correction, and is now ready to break out of this range.

Thrird chart below shows SP500 pattern since Nov 2012 bottom. It shows a similar picture as DJIA, except for the fact that in SP500 we do not have a triangle. Instead we have a clear 3 wave decline from February top to February bottom. In January IPM Model update, it was mentioned that due to internal strength of the rally that we have witnessed since November, it is likely that market could continue higher till mid-February before declining to complete 4th wave (sent to subscribers).

This wave structure (impulsive rise, followed by a 3-wave decline) is in harmony with the new Bull market thesis presented to UST subscribers in early December 2012. In the next update, we will discuss the near term market structure and associated market signals which are suggesting that markets has already bottomed.

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