SOXX: Textbook Top?

11:48 a.m., EST

By The Book?

SOXX chart: Like something from a book on trading

Price action’s struggling at new highs. MACD’s posting a bearish divergence. Can it get any better for the shorts?

(not advice, not a recommendation)

At least one thing missing (as of this post) is a new daily low. If we get that, it helps provide confirmation of a SOXX, top.

The S&P (SPY ) and the Dow (DIA), have both posted new daily lows as has the Russell 2000 (IWM).

We can also throw in Basic Materials DJUSBM (IYM), making a new daily low.

Recall in a previous update, empirical observation over the years; market tops tend to occur before, during, or just after a holiday week.

Looks like we may be there.

Stay Tuned

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Downside Leaders: Gold, Biotech

11:39 a.m., EST

Biotech SPBIO, Down Over 21%

Miners GDX, Down Over 25%

As of about 10:50 a.m., EST, this is where we are from a sector standpoint.

The major indices are masking the potential the next leg down, has already started.

Yesterday’s update posted the link for ‘Holiday Turns’.

It’s a list of empirical observation that market tops (reversals) tend to occur during holiday weeks.

The weekly chart of biotech SPBIO (which has been inverted), shows a Fibonacci 21-weeks, from the all time high (low on the chart) to this week’s pivot:

Not only is SPBIO adhering to Fibonacci time prints on the weekly, it’s doing it on the daily as well.

It was a Fibonacci 34 days to complete the 38%, retrace.

It was a Fibonacci 5 days to complete the most recent reversal and test; culminating early this session.

As stated many times, the bottom may fall out of biotech.

Someone or something in the criminal cabal is going to let loose; fully exposing the real intent of the entire operation.

Recall Prechter’s admonition; ‘price leads the news’

If SPBIO reverses at week 21, with a decisive move lower, it may not be long before news precipitates out into the mainstream.

We’re now two-hours into the trading day.

It’s typical for SPBIO, to begin its erosion (discussed here). Let’s see if it can retrace the sharp down move from the early session.

Stay Tuned

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SOXX: Signs of a Top

10:56 a.m., EST

Semiconductor SOXX, at Danger Point

‘Spring-to-Up thrust’ is a common price action phenomenon.

Credit goes to the late David Weis for noting this behavior in one of his daily market updates from years past.

Now, we see it in action with SOXX.

As with airlines, semiconductors are highly susceptible to economic changes. Both operate on thin margins and have high capital costs.

Airlines (at least UAL and AA) have never recovered to new all-time highs. Maybe the semis went higher because of all the contract tracing that’s being projected.

However, noted in yesterday’s update, there’s a chance there won’t be much to ‘trace’; we’ll find out very soon.

SOXX is at the danger point; risk of a short position (not advice not a recommendation) is at minimum.

As an extra reminder, we’ll add a frequently discussed theme for market tops: ‘Holiday Turns

Emperical data shows that markets tend to reverse before, during, or just after a holiday week.

This week could be one of those.

Stay Tuned

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The 2021 Top

Empirical data shows market tops tend to occur before, during, or just after a holiday week.

Probably the most famous market top, was September 3rd, 1929.

That top was the Tuesday following the Labor Day weekend.

Now, we have another potential Tuesday top; February 16th. The Tuesday following the President’s Day Weekend.

While shiny object distractions abound; Game Stop (GME) hearings, Silver (SLV) squeeze, Bond (TLT) rout and more, the market may have quietly and without fanfare, put in the highs for the year.

Judging from the internet and YouTube chatter, everyone’s expecting some type of immediate crash.

Well, since everyone’s expecting it, it’s not likely to happen. Or more accurately, not the way anyone expects.

The last meltdown about a year ago was pretty much a straight-down affair. If we’ve seen the highs, what happened last time won’t happen this time.

That leaves at least two options:

  1. Gap down 15% – 30% or more, overnight.
  2. Slow, grinding decline, hardly noticeable until one day …

The chart of SPY below shows a possible Head & Shoulders, top formation. It’s still very early in the chart as even the head of the pattern’s not yet complete.

Nonetheless, it’s important to be ahead of the game and anticipate the next moves of the market.

Note the volume’s tapering off as we get into a possible head formation. If there’s to be a Right Shoulder, a textbook case will have volume fall away even more.

It’s about a half-hour to go before the open. SPY is trading down -0.65% to -0.80%, while TLT is unchanged.

If TLT makes a new daily high above 144.32, it’s a good sign we may have seen the bottom of that market.

Stay Tuned

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Before The Open

In the pre-market (8:52 a.m. EST) action continues to grind higher.  Both the Dow and S&P have posted new highs thus negating the Holiday Turns scenario … but not by much.

Important to note is each market continues to post on the underside of a long-term trend-line.  The Dow chart (DIA) is farther down this post.

Also added to the chart is the dashed trend-line underneath the recent price action.  A wedge is being formed; typically last stop before reversal.

In other markets, looks like Biotech may continue higher but along with the others, action appears labored.

The short position could be stopped out at the open. 

This area of price action is where cost of being wrong is least.  We’re at The Danger Point.

Update: 9:04 a.m. EST: Both AMGN and MRNA have now posted lower in pre-market.

Stopped out does not mean there’s no opportunity.  The bearish MACD divergence is still there.

If IBB continues higher, the original ‘150’ target is back in play.

The market extremes are still there:  Bonds and the Dollar are short the most in history.  Stretched all around.

It’s not unreasonable to expect several attempts to position short.

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Was That The Top?

“If the market (S&P, Dow, NASDAQ) opens lower tomorrow, Friday and continues decisively lower, we might add Tuesday, November 24th, 2020, as another empirical data-point for Holiday Turns.”

The quote above was from last Thursday’s update.

Well, it looks like the market waited one additional day to make its turn.  For the Dow 30, last Tuesday the 24th, was indeed a high.

We’ll see how far this one goes.  It’s a high but whether or not it’s THE high is not known.

Given the market conditions being reported on this site, long positions look tenuous indeed (not advice, not a recommendation).

The ever helpful, knowledgeable financial media says ‘it’s the best month since 1987’.  No elaboration on that one is necessary.

The takeaway is, understanding that market pivots tend to occur during a holiday week … when no one is looking.

In other markets, gold (GLD) continues lower and is attempting to take the miners (GDX) down as well; currently oscillating near unchanged.

Biotech pushes into its breakout but at this juncture (11:53 a.m. EST), it looks weak and may not have energy to get to a new all time high.

It should be obvious the manipulators are hard at it … attempting to get the sector (IBB) to move high enough for gains on the long side, then turn around and establish low risk short positions.

Wyckoff noted that under such conditions (exit longs, enter shorts), daily volume will be two-to-three times greater than typical.

Chart of DIA is below … showing reversal since last Tuedsay, the 24th.

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Empirical Evidence

Market tops and reversals tend to occur just before, during, or just after a holiday week.

Will this market be any different?

Empirical data collected over the years (linked here) shows a tendency of the markets to reverse during holidays.

The most famous reversal was September 3rd, 1929.  That was the day after the Labor Day Weekend.

Yesterday, the Dow 30, made a new all time high. Looking at the chart (expandable version here), it’s in a very narrow range and hitting the underside of a long-term trend line.

This is a low risk area. A DXD (2X inverse fund) push past 13.22, could be considered an entry signal; stop at DXD 12.96 (not advice, not a recommendation).

There’s bound to be a lot of chop if and when this market reverses; the firm is leaving this one alone … for now.

Reversal chop was clearly seen on the GDX.  It banged around for months before getting into position for a decisive move lower.

Trading inverse funds (for best profit) requires a steady, sustained directional move. 

Those moves typically do not appear right at a reversal transition.

If this is it … if this week is the high and reversal for the S&P, Dow and NASDAQ, then it’s likely the market will chop and set up conditions before a sustained move lower.

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