Fake Breakout

It’s possible yesterday’s real estate breakout was false.

This update includes three charts; two are on the weekly time-frame and one, is a 30-minute chart.

Yesterday, IYR barely nudged the resistance zone and attempted to hold. Late in the session, price action eroded a bit into the close.

We’re in a terminating wedge.

This type of action is counter-trend. Price bars overlap and are struggling against the main trend which remains down.

The 30-minute chart (above) has more detail.

Barely able to hold the highs, price action is at the boundary. Like yesterday’s update on XOP, we have IYR in a similar position:

At the edge of the lake.

Pre-market action is highly unusual (because of the wide spreads) in the IYR inverse funds SRS and DRV. However, that’s what we have now.

Pre-market in DRV points to a higher open (lower for IYR).

Anecdotal evidence from Jerimia Babe, shows us nobody’s home; a wide swath of vacant rea estate. It’s reasonable to say, this situation is repeated in various degrees nationwide.

We’re still short the sector (via DRV); admittedly it could have been better. Not advice, not a recommendation.

From a strategic standpoint (for the firm), it’s an initial position and so not too concerned about the draw-down.

At this point, two outcomes are possible with one more probable.

First, IYR price action may continue on higher (less probable) and if so, we’ll have to exit DRV.

Second, and based on pre-market action, IYR will open below yesterday’s highs, then a potential upward test, followed by downward action.

That may all happen today or over a number of days.

Lastly, based on news and internet scuttlebutt, no time will be wasted on destroying what’s left of the economy and remaining vestiges of the middle class.

The final nail could include a swift, unrelenting market collapse that includes seizure of IRA accounts (at minimum). A topic researched long ago with more detail in the link above.

Stay Tuned

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Ancient Art: Point & Figure

You don’t hear about Pont & Figure anymore. P&F looks old, stodgy and boring; but that’s exactly how one should approach the markets to be consistently profitable.

Paraphrasing Dr. Elder from ‘Come Into My Trading Room‘, he says:

‘Trading is an old man’s game; you need to have a good, long memory.’

Well, the author of these updates is certainly old … well into his sixties and with a long memory; The crash of ’87, debt wipeout of ’98, tech bubble crash of 2000, the 2008 meltdown and now, today.

Those advanced years tempers one’s desire to constantly jump in and out on the swings. Not to say that might need to be the method at the time; but like Van Metre’s approach, the big money’s in the big move.

The jobs data released yesterday basically tells us ‘The economy ain’t coming back’ … possibly ever, in our lifetimes.

We’re at an order of magnitude greater than 1929; it was thirty years before that market returned to its prior levels.

Which brings us back to real estate and IYR. The P&F chart shows us, if there’s a breakout to the downside, initial projection of the move is to support around 69 – 73.

Keep in mind that if (or as) price action passes down through the low 80’s, it then builds up another area of congestion projecting even lower. The initial breakdown would only be the start of downside potential.

With that in mind, the firm is in position (not advice, not a recommendation) using DRV as the trade vehicle. Stop level is in the vicinity of yesterday’s DRV low @ 10.38.

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Real Estate: Subdividing Lower

Lower highs, lower lows, real estate (IYR) is subdividing.

The weekly close (above) has upward thrusts getting shorter, stalling out, then reversing.

Note the massive volume; up over 234%, from the week prior.

Drilling down to the daily, price action rose slightly (last Friday) to close just under the axis line.

We’re still below the 23.6%, retrace as reported here.

Volume evaporated on the session; declining 60% from the day prior and indicating not much interest to the up-side.

This is the danger point where the risk is least. If price action continues higher from here, it’s possible IYR may attempt a new high.

Price action declining (more probable), indicates the pivot’s in place.

Right now, bonds are stretched; ready to reverse along with the dollar.

Those two markets may put the kibosh (big time) on risk assets if they short squeeze.

Recall that IYR did not follow the rest to new highs. For months, it’s been languishing, building congestion.

Stay Tuned.

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Real Estate Dead

As markets power higher, real estate topped last November; its been dead ever since.

IYR is telling us something. That something may be it’s about to be one of, if not the leader to the downside.

The last report said IYR is breaking down. This morning’s action was an upward test, then reversal.

Testing at Fibonacci 23.6%, (shown above) then reversing indicates severe weakness.

Inverse fund DRV (3X inverse IYR) is moving back into its prior trading range (11.00 – 11.50) after pushing lower in the early session.

Today could be the day. The day were real estate (IYR) begins a dynamic drop to much lower levels.

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All But One

Of the nine market indices listed below, only one has a bearish weekly MACD cross-over:  Biotech

IYM:  Basic Materials

IBB:  Biotech

DIA:  Dow 30

IYT:  Dow transports

QQQ:  NASDAQ 100

IYR:  Real Estate

IWM:  Russell 2000

SOXX:  Semiconductors

SPY:  S&P 500

Yesterday, the indices were are at all time highs except for real estate (IYR), biotech (IBB), and Russell 2000 (IWM). 

Looking at IYR and IWM, we can see, although they are below the high, there’s still a persistent up-trend.

Even with today’s on-going reversal (three-hours before close), only biotech has posted a bearish, weekly MACD cross-over.

Of course, it won’t be known until after the fact why biotech is unique.  A hint at what might be the reason, is here (if it’s still available).

A gallery of the weekly index charts, listed above (as of 9/2/20) can be found here.

The focus of this firm, since June 3rd, exactly three months ago, has been biotech and its impending reversal.

A significant short position has been established over those three months via BIS, the 2X, inverse fund. Current Stop: 32.18

So, just what is ‘significant’?  How big is that?

To be transparent, without giving specifics, avoiding the usual internet keyboard warrior, and/or hater, the position is as follows:

We’re short what amounts to a full year’s wage for the typical American worker.  Fair enough?

When the position is closed out, results will be posted on the company site, located here.

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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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Bonds Critical

The 10-year bond has reversed.  Rates are moving higher.

Fotosearch_k0005935-borderIf the chart pattern (below) is in effect, if price action moves according to the breakout forecast, real estate … along with lumber prices, as well as the entire economy could experience a series of dramatic ‘air pockets’ all-the-way-down.

Of course, all of this is because of a little ‘speck’ floating around in the air.

Rates are at the wedge trend-line and instead of a breakout upward (as expected), could reverse back lower.  Anything can happen.  The next week is likely to be very interesting.

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