Biotech … The Breakdown

Wedge Break Has Been Tested

It’s been a while since we’ve talked about the chief cook and bottle washer in this whole financial collapse scenario.

However, biotech has not been forgotten.

There are two indices (ETFs) being tracked: IBB and SPBIO.

Both entered bear market territory long ago. SPBIO topped out, way back in February 2021; IBB topped later, in August the same year.

Leveraged inverse funds are LABD, and BIS, respectively. LABD is 3X inverse with BIS a 2X inverse.

The Long Term

One thing unique to David Wies, was to look at the long term: Monthly, Quarterly and Yearly charts.

Doing so, puts one in a strategic mindset … not easily swayed by the latest prattle from media sources.

If we look at biotech, IBB, on a quarterly basis we have the following chart.

Biotech IBB, Quarterly

The mark-up of this chart is where it gets interesting.

A terminating wedge that’s been over seven years in the making has just broken to the downside.

Not only that, when we get closer-in (on the weekly), we can see the wedge break has been tested and now today, appears to be reversing to the downside (shown on daily).

Biotech IBB, Weekly

With zoom

The daily shows a Fibonacci retrace to 38%; then today, a downside reversal.

You can see where this is going.

Based on the above analysis a short position in IBB, has been opened via BIS (not advice, not a recommendation).

The trade is BIS-22-01, with an (initial) entry @ 28.5173

Summary

The news on specific biotech companies is already out if one knows where to look.

Stated time and again on this site, we’re just in the beginning stages of the repercussions.

It even looks like they’ve moved on from the initial scam and are cooking up a new one.

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Could Real Estate Rally?

How Is That Possible?

It’s possible, because price action is always the final arbiter.

Before the rest of the report, some housekeeping.

Real Estate IYR, has broken the down trend lines previously discussed.

A discretionary (not stop related) exit was performed on all positions at approximately DRV 46.45.

Trade DRV-22-02, is officially closed.

If the market turns around and looks like IYR is about to resume its downtrend, the DRV position could be re-established (not advice, not a recommendation).

As it stands, profit on the entire DRV-22-02, was in the vicinity of +19.2%.

That’s not too bad, considering the rest of the population is losing their shirts as reported here.

There were 25 DRV, transactions during the trade.

Where to Now?

Real estate can resume the downtrend, or it can test the underside of support, now resistance (shown below).

Under ‘normal’ market conditions, a test is typical behavior.

However, we’re in a financial collapse so anything is possible.

Real Estate IYR, Weekly

The chart above paints a familiar picture.

The overall trend is down. However, that does not mean price can’t go higher.

In fact, as we all know, the sharpest rallies occur in the middle of bear markets.

Whether we get one now, is unknown. Typical market behavior is to come back to the resistance area (black axis line) for a test.

Summary

From personal standpoint, I’ll take the near 20% gain (not advice, not a recommendation) and stand on the sidelines for a more definitive set-up.

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Weekly, Wrap-Up

The Usual Suspects

No. 1

Carvana Fires 2,500 Employees

We didn’t see that one coming. Or, did we?

Just a quick review of this report posted over six-months ago:

“If your biggest claim to fame is that you ‘invented’ a vending machine … you’ve got real problems.”

“As the economy (if you can call it that) falls off the cliff, one of these two (CMX, CVNA), is not likely to survive.”

Well, looks like we have the answer on that one.

From the date of the report above to last Friday’s close, CVNA, is down -87.8%.

Measured from all-time highs, CVNA, is down -91.1%.

As CVNA, swirls down the drain of ‘disruption’, looks like it was only a blip in the land of ‘status quo’.

No. 2

The ProLogis ‘Connection’

Is this a re-print of a prior report?

No, the update below, is essentially a confirmation of the analysis in that (above) report.

Turns out that Amazon (link here) is in negotiations with chief cook and warehouse bottle-washer, ProLogis (here) about terminating massive amounts of lease space.

The entire affair, is an irrefutable confirmation of the Wyckoff analysis method.

That is, ‘the market itself defines it’s next likely course’.

Those on the inside always know something; that ‘something’ (i.e., their actions) shows up on the tape.

After the initial ‘ProLogis Connection’, a follow-up was posted that identified the largest down-thrust energy in ProLogis history.

From that report was this quote:

“We’re using PLD, as the proxy for the real estate (IYR) sector as it’s the largest cap equity.”

“That’s true for now … but maybe not for long.”

How quickly things change.

ProLogis is now the number two in the IYR market cap and very close to being third.

No. 3

Wealth Confiscation Coming Soon

The first two bullets perceived events before they happened, so let’s make it three-in-a-row.

This one’s pretty much a no-brainer.

During the last meltdown in 2007 – 2009, IRA retirement accounts came within a hairs-width of being confiscated.

This time around, could be for sure.

The following’s a section of a report written years ago.

It’s even more relevant now.

Begin Report

4/7/19

Government To Confiscate IRAs?  It’s Easy

There has been enough time for the American working (and saving) public to take the lessons of the 2007- 2009 meltdown and act accordingly.

One of those lessons would have been to realize, just how close they came to having their IRAs confiscated.

Personally, I’m surprised that any of the following links below are still active.  Well, who’s looking at this stuff anyway?  Certainly, not the general public:

Dems Target

Fact Check

Congress considering

Government to Confiscate (no longer active)

Confiscation of Private Retirement

Even in the Wall St. Journal:  Targeting your 401K

After reading several of these reports in 2009 and later, it did not take long for me to set the plan in motion to cash out … completely.  I took the 10% penalty, while it’s still 10% and liquidated my accounts.

The rest of the population?  Not so much.

I think it was Prechter who laid out just how easy it is for the government to seize IRA accounts.  It’s basically a two step process.

Step 1.  The market drops 50% to 70%.  Remember, the drop from 2007 to the bottom in 2009 was 58%.

Step 2.  Declare a state of emergency (executive order) for the working population and move in to “save” the IRA accounts from more devastation.  The result would involve a stiff withdrawal penalty (say 50%) and to “protect” the accounts from further losses, IRAs can only invest in U.S. Treasuries or Bonds.

It’s that easy. 

As stated previously, wealth does not necessarily mean gold and silver.  That too can (and has been in the past) be confiscated.

In fact, I and my firm are already operating as if the next crisis is in full swing and asset confiscation is the norm.  That way, we don’t have to come up to speed quickly in what may be an extreme stress situation. 

End Report

One could propose that (IRA) legislation is already written.

Just like the CARES Act was already written and submitted to committee in January of 2019, nine months before there was any kind of outbreak.

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Gold … After The Reversal

Changing of Hands’

It’s a significant, if not major event, when one market participant (collectively) hands off the trading vehicle to another.

In a decline, that usually means the ‘average investor’, the least disciplined, least knowledgeable, gives up and hands off to the professionals; the ‘strong hands’.

In a blow-off top, the reverse is true.

The professionals lead the ignorant along with whatever narrative is necessary so that enough volume is created to successfully exit positions.

The changing of hands for gold and gold miners, was identified on this site, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here, starting over two-and-a-half months ago.

The analysis was consistent throughout; we are not in a long-term, sustainable, bull market. That stance applied most specifically to gold miners GDX, and GDXJ.

For that assessment to change, price action itself would have to change character; not the lagging momentum indicators, moving averages, price oscillators and so on that are themselves, defined by price action.

So, let’s take a look at what gold (GLD) is saying about itself.

Gold (GLD), Weekly Chart

First, the un-marked chart.

Next, we see a medium to long term trendline that’s been decisively broken and tested.

Getting closer-in, we can see the oscillation about the line, the break and subsequent test (with reversal).

What’s Next?

Well, that brings us to Harry Dent.

Love him or hate him. Here he is, offering up a perspective that’s not going to be popular.

How can gold (GLD) decline from here?

Let’s take a look.

If the wedge above is in-effect, if it’s the dominant factor at this point, then a break depending on location would take GLD down to about 130-ish.

If that happens, it will be a big event … down to approximately $1,300/oz.

However, it’s what may come next, that will be totally unexpected.

It’s interesting, the wedge in blue has a measured move target right to the bottom of the larger wedge in magenta.

To get below $900/oz, will be a very different place.

With that in mind, this site has presented time and again, we’re in an unprecedented world-event.

‘Normal’ is not coming back … ever.

Awake, or Not

Jerimiah Babe, in one of his latest videos hints there’s a strange vibe to what’s happening: Time stamp 5:20,

‘There’s something going on here …’

The Fed may actually be telling us the truth … just not in the way we expect.

You have to be awake to read between the lines.

Inflation may indeed be ‘transitory’ as they say because consumer demand is going to evaporate.

Evaporate not because the consumer can’t afford it, but because there are, or will be, no consumers.

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Real Estate … ‘Train Wreck, Ahead’

Channel Confirmation

Does it really matter if IYR’s channel is at -99%, or -93.5%?

The sector’s going down fast; that’s the important part.

Unless there’s some kind of decisive, high-volume break to the upside, we’ve got IYR in a confirmed trading channel, declining at approximately – 93.5%, on an annualized basis.

The morning gap open in IYR, was higher as expected; sated in the pre-market report.

However, instead of reaching the 100%, ‘a-b-c’ target, where wave ‘a’ would be equal to wave ‘c’ (a common occurrence), the gap higher only reached a 61.8% target: indicating significant weakness.

The daily chart, has the situation as of 11:30 a.m., EST

Real Estate IYR, Daily

One thing that’s not happened yet … there is no new daily low for IYR.

It has not posted below yesterday’s low of 93.70.

That’s about the only factor that remains as potential upside for the sector.

If yesterday’s low is penetrated, then it weights probability significantly to the downside (not advice, not a recommendation).

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Saved By the Bell

Closer Look At Real Estate

No sooner than yesterday’s report was released, IYR price action broke upward through its down trendline.

However, the action remained weak with successive attempts to move higher being thwarted.

The sector closed down for the day.

That’s the way of the markets … set ups materialize, come to fruition or fade away.

It’s 20-minutes, before the open; IYR shows higher action.

Based on the bid/ask spreads, we can see on the hourly chart below, action may be about to complete an ‘a-b-c’ corrective move.

Real Estate, IYR Hourly Chart

The area of interest is identified by the magenta circle.

The second chart shows that action with the Fibonacci projection.

Closer-in with Fibonacci ‘a-b-c’ projection

Recall, the rule of alternation says, ‘last time is not this time’.

Price action from yesterday’s session was choppy and overlapping. Today looks to open sharp gap-higher and thus, fulfills the ‘alternation’.

Summary

Obviously, it’s what happens after the open, that’s important.

A swift retrace/reversal and posting an hourly down bar would point probabilities to continued downside for the day.

If we get upward buoyancy instead, we may be in for a protracted upward test.

The hard-stop for the current DRV-22-02, position is unchanged at DRV 45.64 (not advice, not a recommendation).

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Real Estate … Critical Mass

Struggling to Break Out of Wipeout

It’s still early in the session and it looks like real estate’s in serious trouble.

A change of events putting IYR declining at – 99%, annualized.

Several charts of real estate IYR, are presented below; not the least of which is the location of the first ‘DRV’ (3X inverse, IYR), entry.

Strategy, Tactics and Focus are the three tenets laid out by Livermore, Wyckoff and Loeb respectively.

Strategy: The real estate sector is ‘finished’ for this bubble go-round. Look for significant medium to long term trading (position) opportunities.

Tactics: Use Wyckoff analysis to identify the exact location where risk is least; The Danger Point

Focus: Significant trading opportunities are rare. When one is found, it must be used to its fullest extent.

This site presents the method above, in real-time.

The first chart of IYR shows the location of the initial DRV entry (not advice, not a recommendation).

Real Estate IYR, Daily

Positioning short this sector has been fully documented here and here.

As a result of yesterday’s action, also anticipated and documented here, the sector may have pivoted into a sharper trend; a trend declining at – 99%, annualized.

Is that a hyperbolic statement? Not if it happens.

As this post is being created, we’re going to look at the hourly chart of IYR (below) and show that price action is struggling to stay away from that -99%, trendline.

IYR: Hourly Chart

We’re at the top of the hour (11:00 a.m., EST) and the hourly candle may have just confirmed the new trend.

Summary

As said many times on this site, when or if, a major break occurs, there will be no getting in or out (not advice, not a recommendation).

At this juncture, now fifteen minutes past the top of the hour, price action is still struggling.

If it continues lower, does not break the trendline and prints below last week’s low of 92.89, it’s a serious event; more confirmation of the new down-trend.

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It’s a Minefield !

Intentional Distraction ?

Is the objective to create as many news stories (fake or not), along with incessant and contradicting market analysis with the objective: Shut down and distract even the most disciplined trading professional?

The market’s going up, it’s going to crash, it’s in a short squeeze, Goldman ‘says’, then ‘says not’ and on it goes.

If memory serves, the propaganda during the 2007 – 2008 meltdown, wasn’t nearly this bad. Of course, that was before the Smith-Mundt act was repealed … but I, digress.

There are even a few unfortunate dolts that don’t’ even know anything’s happening at all.

Take a look at Dan’s (i-Allegedly) latest video here.

He talks about the number of people contacting him to say ‘it’s not that bad’, or ‘real estate’s going much higher’, or ‘whatever’ as Dan likes to say.

He does present from the (ethical) sales professionals a recognition, real estate’s ‘finished’ for this go-round.

Even while we get reports like this one, where sentiment is so bad, a rally is imminent, the trading objective must be to remain focused on the data … price bars and volume.

That’s what we’re going to do as outlined below.

Real Estate IYR, Daily Chart

The un-marked chart.

Now, let’s get to the ‘force’ behind the rebound of the past four trading days.

The tiny blip circled, was all there was for upward energy from yesterday’s move.

Price action inched up just over 1%.

Looking at the situation from a trading channel standpoint, we see yesterday’s action got just outside the well-established trend lines.

So, we have a little ‘blip’ outside the trendline on minimal volume and force.

The news story linked above (repeated here) says a ‘short squeeze’ is imminent … at least for the tech stocks.

What about the rest of the market? Is real estate going to breakout as well?

That actual (IYR) data says, anything can happen; however, with such anemic upside performance, the expectation is for IYR, to resume its downward trend.

Positioning

It’s about forty-minutes before the open and we already have DRV, pre-market activity.

Because the (bid/ask) spreads are so wide in both IYR inverse funds SRS, and DRV, pre-market activity is rare.

Nonetheless, 3X inverse DRV, is trading higher at +0.79 points or +1.71%, indicating that IYR will have a lower open.

That means, the DRV low of yesterday (DRV 45.64) would make a good stop location for any positioning (not advice, not a recommendation).

Summary

Wyckoff analysis is independent of the news or the financials. He discovered as early as 1902, that prices are moving from a ‘force of their own’ having nothing to do with fundamentals.

The action itself will point to the next likely outcome.

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Before The Open

Real Estate To Gap Higher?

It that’s the case, the first hour of trading will be the most important.

There are times, it’s rare, when a Head & Shoulders pattern will be violated, negated.

The most famous of those, was way back in 2002, when a clear H&S pattern showed the S&P was set for a major decline.

It didn’t happen. Price action ‘miraculously’ reversed; then went into another bubble in 2007 – 2008.

Years later, it was revealed it was the Fed (or those benefitting from them) that halted the H&S collapse and manipulated the market higher.

How much better for all of us, would it have been if the S&P had washed out in 2002.

Well, here we are with real estate IYR, in a similar position.

Real Estate IYR, Daily Chart

The chart has Fibonacci retrace included as well as the pre-market bid/ask spreads (noted by the orange arrows).

At this time (forty minutes before the open) IYR, shows gap-open higher; potentially into the 23.6%, retrace.

The First Hour

To maintain the short position via DRV (not advice, not a recommendation), I’m looking for a near immediate reversal of the gap-higher open (if it happens) … ideally, posting an hourly reversal bar.

Opening action like that (or similar) would indicate prices can’t be sustained at elevated levels and we’re likely to continue lower to the measured move from the last post.

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Real Estate … Test & Reverse

Probabilities Are High, For Lower Action

Real estate’s in the … well, it’s in the outhouse; we’ll leave it at that.

Today was the day where IYR had the opportunity to build on any momentum gained over the last two trading sessions (Thursday, Friday).

Today, the index posted a new daily high within about fifteen minutes after the open.

Then, it spent the rest of the day trying to move higher.

Additional new highs weren’t happening; about a half-hour before the close, price action began to fall away.

That’s where we are now.

IYR Daily Close

The next chart makes the situation more clear.

There’s a Head & Shoulders top, a neckline, break of the neckline, test and reverse.

The fundamental pressures continue to build.

Interest rates remain elevated but even if they come down, it’s already in the works; buyers don’t qualify, layoffs are starting in earnest and it’s all unraveling … very, very fast.

This very same scenario has been played out in history; over and over, bubble after bubble.

We’re now in a multi-year, to multi-decade decline (if it ever recovers).

Measured Move

The chart above shows a measured move target in the area of 83.5, for IYR, providing that price action continues its decline.

The chart in the prior post, had a Fibonacci projection to the 80.5 area. So, the targets are similar.

Actually, this is what we want.

If we can use different analysis methods to come up with essentially the same target, it increases the probability of meeting that target (not advice, not a recommendation).

Positioning

The DRV position remains active; DRV-22-02.

If IYR posts a new daily high at tomorrow’s session, it points probabilities to either a protracted choppy test, or a rebound to higher levels; if either of those scenarios take place, the position will likely be exited.

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