SOXX, Downside Reversal

The Elliott Wave, Connection

A couple of things first.

Number One:

This site does not use Elliott Wave as a primary analysis tool.

However, to be aware of the technique, will at times provide an additional edge … like now.

Number Two:

Once again, gold and the mining sector have become unbearable to watch.

The amount of hysteria, hype and bloviation serves to make this market all about ego. Ego is a four-letter word for the professional speculator/trader.

We’re leaving it alone for now and moving on to the market at hand: Semiconductors (SOXX).

Semiconductors, SOXX

On a Monthly basis, the chart below is the entire trading history for the sector:

The next chart zooms into the area(s) of interest.

This market, the semis, had its most powerful thrust lower in January, for the entire history of the sector.

The following chart is where it gets interesting.

Elliott Wave labeling as shown. If correct, Wave 3, down has just started (not advice, not a recommendation).


My former mentor, the late David Weis, who once worked for Prechter, said the approach is a “cookie cutter” (his words) attempt to force the markets into a pre-defined construct.

With that caveat in hand and the understanding the ‘wave’ could fall apart at any time, let’s see what it would project if price action followed the current labeling and structure.

The daily chart shows a Fibonacci projection based on the Elliott Wave labels:

The projections are in percentiles of the first wave distance.

Elliott Wave rules are that ‘Wave 3’ can’t be the shortest wave. If the structure holds, that means Wave 3 (if that’s what we’re in) would go below the 100%, level and potentially to 161.8%, level.

To Trade, or Not To Trade:

This structure was spotted late yesterday … after abandoning the gold sector. There had already been the pre-requisite hype about CPI numbers and such giving the ‘excuse’ for markets to rise.

That meant risk of a short position (yesterday, early today) was low: not advice not a recommendation.

The chart below of leveraged inverse fund SOXS, shows entry points for what is now: SOXS-22-01


Taking a cue from the late Dr. Martin Zweig, on his words during this broadcast, he was very hesitant to use the word ‘crash’.

So, this update is hesitant as well.

However, if the forecasted move of SOXX, to the Fibonacci projected 161.8% level (or more) is realized, it’s a decline over – 37%, from current levels.

It would be significant … crash or not.

Stay Tuned

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High Yield, The Canary

The canary in the coal mine could be High Yield, HYG

Since early last year, this site has been discussing growing parallels of the current market environment to that of August 1987.

Just recently, ZeroHedge began to pick up on the idea as well.

What’s becoming very obvious when looking at 1987, we’re in something much larger; possibly an order of magnitude (or two) larger.

Here’s the latest from Jeramiah Babe. Important time-stamps below:

2:15, Crypto (try it when the power goes out)

3:00, Inflation

3:30, Agricultural prices

3:40, Lumber prices

4:10, Middle Class destruction

5:00, Last longer than Great Depression

7:30, Dramatic shift (never to be the same)

10:00, “We’re in 2021 now. Anything is possible

A quick review of longer term momentum indicators on the major indices (or ETFs), below:

Technology based indices all have significant downside momentum.

The financial press may have pawned this off as ‘rotation’. Of course, that remains to be seen.

Our view, high yield tells us something much larger than a sector rotation’s occurring.

It’s possible, the most debt (interest rate) sensitive indices are reversing first which could be a sustained, long term reversal.

The HYG weekly chart pattern is similar to the prior reversal (magenta ovals). This time however, MACD has spent over nine-months in a divergence and has crossed to the downside.

There could be a new high … low probability but it could happen (after all, it’s at support). If it does, weekly MACD may post an even larger divergence.

In response to the HYG reversal, we’re watching (and are short) the biotech sector, IBB (not advice, not a recommendation)

Of the three noted above with negative momentum, IBB is the weakest. Last Friday’s action has tentatively confirmed the resistance areas and trading channel reviewed in this update.

Friday’s IBB lower action was nearly imperceptible but it was there. Major reversals can happen this way … a little at first.

Wyckoff said it in 1910, ‘It’s as if the weight of a feather can determine the next direction’.

We’ll see if there’s follow-through to the downside on Monday.

Stay Tuned

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Real Estate … Implosion?

Watching J.B.’s (Jerimiah Babe’s) Los Angeles walkabouts, proves commercial real estate’s already imploded.

The instant the linked video starts, we see the root of the problem.


Of course, it’s all part of the plan but that’s a topic for another time.

What’s shown in J.B.’s video(s) is that one after another, commercial properties are boarded up and fenced off.

One might think it’s only progressive utopia California that’s having a rough time; taking a look at comments to his videos shows otherwise.

Just one example taken from the video link:

“Even if the U.S. lifted all lockdown restrictions 100% TODAY, I still think for many companies, its too late.”

The economy is not coming back … not in our lifetimes anyway.

No matter what happens, re-building will take many decades. Even so, the destruction has to be completed first.

We’re nowhere near downside end (economy, markets or otherwise).

On Thursday you would’ve thought from the news, we just collapsed by 50% or more. In fact, the S&P (SPY) was only down -2.41%.

Think about what happens we get the hit … that does not come back.

As early as May 12th of last year, this site began to note the similarities of the markets to August of 1987. In retrospect, that post (and the ones that followed) seemed a little premature.

It’s a different story now.

Markets even more extended; bond rates higher.

Throughout the years, going back to the early 1900’s, the professionals always preferred down markets. Profits (and fortunes) can be made much faster and with more reliability.

Fear is much easier to gage (on the charts) than greed.

With that in mind, we can look at real estate with a clear head and assess the opportunities.

It turns out, not only has IYR got itself into a terminating wedge, it’s doing so at Fibonacci time frames.

During the past six-weeks, my firm (link here) has been positioning in and out, and back in, several times using short fund DRV (not advice not a recommendation).

Just yesterday, before IYR broke decisively lower, that DRV position was increased to its maximum level thus far.

Obviously, a new high in IYR is not anticipated. The reason for selecting real estate as a strategic short (unlike the LABD swing trade) is for the downside potential.

Inverse leveraged funds work best during a sustained, directional move. It remains to be seen if DRV was a good selection; not only for a trade vehicle, but for the anticipated collapse in real estate.

Stay Tuned

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Shades of 1987

Wasn’t it August of 1987 when the markets were stretched to extremes?

Then bonds headed lower … with rates going higher?

We know what happened after that.

Back then, the market peaked, retraced and then tried to make a new high which failed.

It was the failed move that set things into motion.

Then it was fast and volatile in the days leading up to Monday, October 19th. Markets do not repeat exactly but they do alternate.

So maybe it’s not August now, but February, March or April?

Getting back to October 1987. The late Dr. Martin Zweig discussed the possibility of a Monday crash during Louis Rukeyser’s Wall Street Week: Time Stamp 6:50 – 9:00.

While his assessment was important, perhaps more important was the rosy market forecast by the sell-side (retail) analyst (time stamp 8:37, link above).

That response to Zweig didn’t age well did it?

Three days later at the open, the market vaporized

Is truth more important than fairy tales? This site is about presenting objective analysis along with potential outcomes.

It’s likely we’re an order of magnitude greater than ’87. There’s no argument markets are stretched to obscene levels.

Now, we have interest rates rising sharply.

Will the result be the same? In the markets, anything can happen. However, if enough time has passed to forget (or be ignorant) about the past, it’s possible that it’s time to repeat.

Stay Tuned

Note:  Posts on this site are for education purposes only.  They provide one firm’s insight on the markets.  Not investment advice.  See additional disclaimer here.

October 1987, Is That You?

Price action has an eerie similarity to August 1987 and the months following.

To those old enough … recall how prices just seemed to press higher and higher during the summer months?  Stretched, they were.

Then came a break with a move lower.  After a while, a few weeks or so, it seemed as if the market was going to make another attempt.

The second attempt did not seem as energetic.  Prices continued on though … until they stalled and headed lower.

Just like now?

Continuing on with 1987, price action drifted on down; seemingly with out much fanfare until one day … a Friday there was a huge drop.

That was Friday, October 16, 1987.  We all know the action that followed on Monday.

Getting back to the markets at hand:

The last bond update showed a potential bullish set-up. 

There’s nothing that says bonds can’t start higher now.  In fact, it’s been two up days in a row for TLT.

If TLT penetrates the 160.98, level to the up-side, it’s a classical analysis (not a recommendation, not advice) buy signal on the weekly time-frame.

As of this post (7:01 p.m. EST), the S&P futures are already down -22 points, or about -.65%.  Correspondingly, bonds are higher.       

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Hulking Shell

That’s what the average investor’s portfolio could be a scant two months from now if the analysis is correct.


That is; markets are stretched to obscene levels, bonds breaking down, rates rising; the nearest corollary is August, 1987.

From a timing standpoint, it could be important.  That August was a Fibonacci 34 (-1) years ago.  Well within the margin of error.

Yesterday’s trade set-up (not a recommendation) was timed perfectly.

Today, that trade (if entered) would be up by about 2.8% at current levels.  The stop now gets moved to 15.54, today’s low.  Of course, this is for illustration purposes only.

For a bond trade, 2.8% is significant for a single day.  It looks like much higher rates are ahead.

Meanwhile, biotech (IBB) has given yet another sell, sell-short signal.  IBB briefly penetrated yesterday’s high of 133.39, and is reversing.

If price action continues lower, it’s a bull trap; a false breakout.

We’re actively short the sector via BIS (not a recommendation).


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Bonds: Back To Breakout

shutterstock_1713590722The bond market is key.

If interest rates breakout from this point, we’ve got a set-up that mimics August 1987, on steroids.

The chart below shows ten-year interest (rates up, bonds down) is back at the trend-line.

It’s before the open and pre-market (as of this post) also has the ten-year (and the TLT) trading lower.

Two well known and liquid inverse funds for bonds are TBT (2X-inverse) and TMV (3X-inverse).

A price action insert of TBT, is shown on the TNX chart.

There’s a potential for today’s price action to make a new daily high.

If so, a possible trade (not a recommendation) would be an entry at the last session high, 15.74, with the stop at the last session low, 15.50.

If such a position could be opened, the risk therefore is 0.24-pts, barring any catastrophic adverse move.



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Shorting The Bond Market

Who goes first?  Do bonds break to the downside, rates up, market reverses lower into a potential crash; a-la October 1987?

Or, does the market (S&P 500) peak and reverse with a flight to safety (bonds) that mitigates or negates a sharp rise in rates.

Fotosearch_k6354877Maybe it’s stocks and bonds going lower together.  No safe havens.  Is it possible?

Early this session, the ten-year rate (inverse of bonds), is hovering just below the trend-line shown in the last post.

The bond bull market has lasted forty years.  Since 1980.  Obviously, at some point, it’s over.

With long bonds (10-yr, 20-yr) hovering near a breakout to lower levels, all it would take is some kind of ‘event’ to tip the scales.

Remember that Prechter  (no matter what you think of him) said years ago, the market leads the news … not the other way around.  It’s a complete mind-shift to understand that market position, price action, actually set the conditions for news events.

The market does not ‘react’ to the news, it ‘creates’ the news itself.  So, the bond market may be about to create an event.

With that in mind, inverse fund TBT attempts to give exposure to twice the downside of the 20-year bond.

In a nutshell, if the long bond moves lower, TBT moves higher at approximately twice the percentage amount.

The chart of TBT is below and it looks very similar to the $TNX chart in the prior update.  Looking closely, one can see the downward bias errors.  With each move lower in the $TNX, the TBT moves lower still.

It’s common with all inverse funds.

2020-08-17_9-07-32-TBT-Daily-3-bar-notesEffectively trading TBT requires a sustained down move in the corresponding market (to mitigate the down-bias).  The latest example shows bonds ready to break lower with rates ($TNX) moving higher.

TBT could be in a position for trade entry (not advice).

Additionally, if bonds break decisively lower, they have potential to stop dead what’s left of the economy:  Housing market, lumber market, building construction, and on.

Remember ‘the speck‘.  It’s all about the speck floating through the air.

On a separate topic and as a courtesy (not financial advice), the short position in biotech via BIS, was closed early this session as price action hit the pre-determined 8.15, stop.

Gain on the overall short position was about 5%.


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September, 1929

The stock market peaked on September 3rd, 1929, the Tuesday after the Labor Day weekend.

Labor Day for 2020, is Monday, September 7th

The bond market has posted a double top and reversed.  Rates are moving up.

Now, the stock market is stretched, extended and rates are rising; similar to August 1987.

Antique-Ticker-borderThe problem is, it’s similar by an order of magnitude or more.

Remember in the most recent downturn, there were trading halts, brokerage server blow-ups and customer accounts going completely off-line.

In that situation, if someone is long and expecting to beat the herd on the way out, good luck.

The firm sponsoring these updates and analysis stopped trading the (equity) long side of the market years ago; recognizing at any moment, the entire system could break-down with any open positions effectively locked.

If there’s another large break with orders, positions, accounts ‘trapped’, for hours or possibly days; who wants to be on the long side of the market?