Biotech Mid-Session, Update

One Last Low, For LABD

Yet another low for inverse LABD.

Is this trade set-up still viable and/or worth the pursuit?

Short answer (at this point) is yes, and yes.

We’re going to look at the tape (the chart) and let it tell us what’s happening from a Wyckoff analysis perspective.

Since we’ve just past mid-session (12:37 p.m. EST), we’ll use the 4-Hour chart.

Biotech SPBIO, Leveraged Inverse LABD: 4-Hour

The unmarked chart above, looks like a mess.

Volatility everywhere in the past four sessions; including the Fed announcement on June 15th.

The marked-up chart below shows two distinct 4-Hour reversal bars.

Each of those bars were subsequently penetrated to the downside thus negating any entry signals.

However, it’s the next chart that draws from the secrets of Wyckoff analysis.

That is, “Shortening of the thrust”.

Discussed by David Weis in his training video, when thrusts become shorter, probabilities favor we’re nearing the end of the move.

As shown below, net downward thrusts on the chart have narrowed significantly.

Note that each downward thrust has successively less energy as shown on divergence of Force Index.

The next chart zooms-in.

Positioning

Based on the above, as much as price action gives the appearance of moving lower for LABD (higher for SPBIO), the energy to do so, appears to be spent.

Obviously, the accounts being managed have gone through a draw-down over the past trading sessions.

One account was stopped out @ 44.58 and then re-positioned at 44.01. The other account was allowed to draw down (not advice, not a recommendation).

The LABD-22-04, trade remains intact.

Summary

If the trend remains down for SPBIO, it’s highly unlikely the index will make new daily highs beyond this session.

If it does, then we can consider the trade set-up invalid.

A reasonable stop location at this point for inverse LABD, would be near or below the lows for the day (thus far), currently @ 42.37 (not advice, not a recommendation).

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Gold is Down … What ?

Supposed ‘Safe-Haven’, Goes South

With this morning’s turmoil, gold “should” be higher, right?

Before we even get started, everyone needs to know or be reminded, the word “should” is a ruse; it’s a trap.

Just like there’s no crying in baseball, there’s no “should” in the markets.

Instead, we replace that word with any of the following: Expectation, probability, empirical, set-up, and not the least of which is, ‘price action’.

Case In Point

Gold is down hard but it should be higher.

Coming from that perspective, then leaves you scratching your head, attempting to figure out ‘why’ gold has not moved higher.

With that, off we go on a never-ending rabbit trail having full encouragement of the financial press; making sure you never find the answer.

On the flip side, coming from a Wyckoff perspective, we look at gold (GLD) and ask the following:

What is the market saying about itself?

That brings us to Friday’s action and the chart of gold (GLD), below.

Gold (GLD), Daily

Long-time users of this site may instantly recognize the set-up.

To help make it more clear, we’ll go down to the hourly chart and mark it up.

Gold (GLD) Hourly

There we have it.

The repeating pattern of “Spring-to-Up-Thrust.

Let’s go back to the daily and put in the same notations.

Gold (GLD), Daily

Following on with this morning’s action we have this.

Price action has already posted a new daily low; adding confirmation, the trend remains down.

The fact there was heavy volume this past Friday, sets the hook even deeper into the bulls.

This action, up-thrust plus volume, may result in yet another sustained pivot to the downside.

Summary

It took me twenty-years of diligent search to eventually find the answers to market behavior.

That answer came in 2007, in the form of Wyckoff analysis and the late David Weis, with his video, linked here.

I was fortunate to be mentored by him before he became somewhat of a star … having a waiting list a mile long.

After that, was the constant study of his daily market updates for more nuggets of wisdom.

In a nutshell:

Gold (GLD) reversed today, because price action got itself into an up-thrust condition after launching from a spring set-up.

That’s it.

There’s no CNBC, no Fed, no Fast Money, no Russians, no Hyper-Inflation; just the market, itself.

Stay Tuned

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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.

Stay Tuned

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Real Estate … By The Numbers

Day By Day Look, At Potential Reversal

Using a method presented by the late David Weis in his training video (still available, linked here), we’re going to look at specific days on the daily chart of IYR, shown below.

In brief, the method looks at price action (and volume) on specific days, then formulates an assessment using Wyckoff analysis, on next move probability.

Real Estate, IYR, Daily

This is how it looks with no markup. Force Index, shown in the lower panel.

We’re going to address each numbered bar of the price action shown.

No. 1

Price action penetrates resistance (blue line) on moderate volume and posts a sharp upward spike on Force Index.

Such action can be labeled as a breakout or up-thrust (potential reversal) position.

No. 2

After hovering and then testing the breakout resistance/support level, price action attempts to pull away and move higher … but it’s unable to close higher and volume contracts.

Force Index as a result, posts a significantly lower peak than three trading sessions, prior.

This is the first sign of trouble to the upside.

No. 3

Three sessions later, IYR attempts to move higher again.

This time it’s able to close higher but volume contracts again and posts a lower Force Index.

This is the second sign of trouble to the upside.

No. 4

Five sessions later after IYR comes back down to resistance/support there’s another attempt to move higher.

This time, the range has narrowed while volume increases and subsequently posts yet another lower peak on Force Index.

Narrow, labored upside action with increasing volume suggests the market’s under distribution.

Summary

The day before price action bar No 4., this post was created to indicate real estate IYR, may be in position for downside reversal.

On the day labeled No. 4, a short position was opened via leveraged inverse fund DRV as DRV-22-01, with current stop at last Thursday’s DRV low of 32.64 (not advice, not a recommendation).

Heading Into Monday

The futures market is now about one hour into the Sunday night session.

The S&P is trading down 15 – 16 points or about – 0.36%.

Let’s see if that negative bias carries over to the Monday open.

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Bonds Down … Real Estate, Next ?

Visions of 2008 ?

The Head & Shoulders pattern on the weekly chart of IYR, could mean reversal ahead.

Price action’s been attempting to move higher over the past twelve trading days.

‘Attempting’, because it’s not making any significant net progress.

Essentially, we’ve got what’s called ‘evidence of a struggle’ where the bulls may be exhausting themselves.

The last update on bonds (TLT), said they’re at the danger point where an upside reversal was possible.

That update also said:

“At this juncture, there’s either a reversal and much higher levels or down, with rates higher; in turn, leading to the subsequent collapse of real-estate, a-la 2007 – 2008.

Since then, bonds are lower, rates higher. Housing affordability has collapsed.

Real Estate, IYR, Weekly

At this point it’s a clear H&S, pattern.

The daily chart shows IYR, oscillating around an axis, support/resistance line; struggling to move higher (in up-thrust condition) with no real progress.

As with bonds in the April 3rd, update, we’re at the danger point with IYR.

A decisive move below the axis (blue) line would indicate the bulls may be exhausted.

Because price action’s been in this range for over two weeks, lends support to the possibility any breakdown (or breakout higher), may be a sustained, directional move.

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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).

Warning:

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

Summary:

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.

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Newmont: Textbook Test

Is It Too Perfect ?

NEM: Daily Close

‘If on the next retrace, volume contracts ….’

That’s the training given by the late David Wies years ago concerning springs and up-thrusts.

His inference, if the volume contracts on the pull-back, the set-up has been tested; resumption of the reversal (up or down) is now expected to continue in earnest.

More analysis to follow but that’s where Newmont looks to be at this juncture.

Both gold (GLD), Newmont (NEM), and the miners (GDX), are at the danger point.

At this juncture, price action distance to trade failure or continued sucess is quite small (not advice, not a recommendation).

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Gold Miners … Going Short

The Battle From The Trenches

To date, there’ve been 232 transactions in the firm’s main trading account.

Each one has its own story.

The big one for now, is shorting the gold miners GDX, via DUST (not advice, not a recommendation).

We’re going to pull out the ‘card catalog’ on that one and take a brief look.

As a reminder, this post identified the breakout target for gold (GLD), months before it actually happened.

Also, in a prior post, it was discovered the miners had 3:1 downside response to recent down moves in gold.

Therefore, at this point in time, using leveraged inverse fund DUST, at -2X, the miners, gives an estimated, 6:1, market exposure.

Short entries were opened (shown below) once the gold market and miners broke to the upside.

Hysteria First

Those who’ve been here a while, already know part of the short set-up, was the necessary hysteria needed to get nearly everyone on the wrong (bullish) side.

Senior Miners, GDX

Just for reference, the daily chart of GDX, is below.

The arrow is the last known transmission of the gold bulls.

Early in the morning it was (6:30 a.m.).

I suppose it must have been from behind enemy lines, with one of the gold updates warning us about archrival, Russia.

As we can see from the price collapse, the Russians must have found our gold bulls. 🙂

Meanwhile, Back At DUST

The daily chart of leveraged inverse DUST, shows trade entry locations to date (not advice, not a recommendation).

The hourly chart below, gives a closer look.

The next chart is a zoom-in of the entries.

Positioning in this market for now, is essentially complete.

At this point, it’s time to monitor and track for any potential trend reversal or trendline break.

Early Or Late

Years ago, sometime around late 2007, or early 2008, Robert Prechter Jr., said concerning his trades, he tends to be a little bit early.

That implicitly means he might suffer through adverse action including loss-exit, if action goes counter enough.

There’s no perfect entry. Early or late, take your pick.

Fixing Entry Errors

As can be seen on the hourly chart, every trade entry was on a red (declining price) bar.

The risk is, price action will just keep on going red.

The benefit is a big one; I’m not chasing the market.

If I’m chasing, it means I’m not on my game or I never had a game or worse, a coward that can’t pull the trigger on a trade without more ‘confirmation’.

David Weis covers in his video, how to properly get aboard a market that’s already underway.

After the initial entries, DUST banged around the bottom (GDX at the top) for eight trading days.

In retrospect and looking at the chart, the adverse action was not much lower but it did not feel like it at the time.

Because of the months of planning, there was an inference the size of this reversal would be significant.

So far, it is.

In the process of reversing, price action itself has fixed trade entries made a little too early.

Summary

Future updates will show potential trend and/or channel action as well as Fibonacci time correlation.

At this point, the DUST trade is well underway.

A reasonable stop area would be in the vicinity of DUST 19.37 (not advice not a recommendation).

Stay Tuned

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Gold … ‘Gut-Check’

To See If You Can Hang On

Gold’s upside test has failed.

Now, it gets interesting.

Over the past four trading days, the gold market got slow and boring.

On top of that, we had Thanksgiving; providing more opportunity to be asleep at the wheel.

As Dr. Elder has said, when the market gets slow, traders start ‘squinting’ at their screens and imagine set-ups that aren’t there.

They forget (in this case) we’re in the middle of a potentially significant, long-lasting downside reversal.

All of this provides the conditions we saw at today’s open. A swift upside ‘gut check’ as David Weis used to call it.

It terrifies the weak hands

They either close out shorts, go long, or both; confused as to the real direction of the market.

How do I know? I’ve done it myself

Such a move, is typically what happens just before a market gets underway in earnest.

Gold (GLD) and the Miners (GDX)

We’re looking at the daily GDX, inverse fund DUST.

The chart below zooms-in on the trend contact points.

There’s a caveat to more GLD and GDX downside.

While gold has made a new weekly low, the miners, GDX, have not.

That leaves the possibility for some kind of upside action; although at this point, it’s low probability.

Stay Tuned

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Inflation, Off The Chart ?

Or … Massive Supply Restriction

Use the miss-information and propaganda to your advantage.

The following items are just a partial list of recent inflation, so-called ‘news’.

$3,000 Gold Imminent

Gold & Dollar Soar, CPI Surge

Consumer Prices Soaring …

Gold & Crypto Surge

Transitory” Debate Is Over

That last one … is that like “The science is settled”?

To be fair, there is some truth in the articles. Prices are indeed rising. All types of costs are going up like food, gasoline and on.

Supply Restriction:

Here’s a strange bit of information from an unlikely source.

It turns out that copper (mining) supplies are being restricted in Minnesota. Go to time stamp 2:52, at this link and listen to the next 30-seconds.

Sure, it’s a data point of one but then again, what about all the talk of shutting down sources of oil production?

On it goes. This is supply restriction, not inflation.

It depends on what the definition of ‘inflation’ is.

Here we have one of the usual suspects parroting the now-accepted (but likely incorrect) definition of inflation. Go to time stamp 1:23.

I’m sticking with Robert Prechter Jr.’s definition of inflation and that is: Expansion of credit that causes increased spending that in turn causes demand to rise and then prices rise in turn.

Do we have expansion of credit now … or the destruction (or, soon to be) of credit? That’s called deflation.

Dollar … Still Not Dead

The dollar of course, is the wild-card.

Everybody’s expecting a collapse but darned if that’s just not happening. Actually, the opposite is taking place.

Now, all of a sudden it’s a “Contrarian Trade”. You can’t make this stuff up.

We’re coming up on the one-year anniversary of this post.

It postulated there was potential for a significant, medium-to-long term reversal in the dollar.

Getting The Picture

In a way, the dollar post and subsequent ZeroHedge one-year-later recognition of the obvious, define what this site’s all about.

As stated in the ‘About’ section, not every analysis works out. To borrow a quote from David Weis, ‘Sometimes I’m 100% wrong’.

Presented here are analysis, actions, course changes, attempting to maneuver through the largest economic and population collapse in world history.

The main focus is not to increase followership … although that is happening.

As the follower numbers increase, it’s a good sign that more are becoming aware of how manipulated and controlled is the entire narrative.

One way to separate from the effect of the falsehoods, is to become proficient at reading price action. As David Weis used to say, ‘What’s the market saying about itself?’

Which brings us to the current juncture. Gold

Gold, At A Crossroads ?

The current assessment of gold (i.e. bearish or reversal potential) is similar to the dollar from a year ago.

Different from the dollar, are the momentum (MACD, etc.) indicators … which are currently pointing higher.

In the dollar, there was a bullish weekly MACD divergence helping us along.

Not so with gold (GLD).

What we do have, and what the linked list above provides, is a look into a type of mass hysteria.

The ‘pegging the meter‘ article that came out late Friday caused only a blip higher in GLD and GDX.

If we’re at max persistent inflation already, is there any more upside left?

Stay Tuned

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