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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Silver: No Squeeze In Sight

There are so many reasons why the silver squeeze is over; not the least of which is the constant bombardment of the supposed event in the financial press.

If the mainstream financial press is covering the topic (any topic) whatever the event, it’s over, irrelevant or an intentional miss-direction.

The little guy’s not going to put the big guys into a bind.

The big guys (the controlling interests) will just change the rules of the game as is being done with SLV.

Let’s move on.

Potential action in SLV is above. We’ve got hits on the right side of the chart indicating a potential trend has formed.

There’s already precedent for a trend change with the massive volume spike on February 1st.

Inverse fund ZSL (not advice, not a recommendation) is showing the same trend potential but in the opposite direction … up.

As always, anything can happen. For example, an earthquake (seismic activity picking up world-wide) could wipe out production at some major mine and affect the price.

The chart above, shows the current potential. A trend may have been formed. If SLV price posts a new daily low (below 24.93), we have additional confirmation.

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Silver Short Squeeze, Over

Massive volume in SLV, points to significant reversal.

Not since the week of May 13th, 2011 has there been higher volume.

The week prior in 2011, was the highest volume ever, for SLV at 1.1-Bilion shares.

Those two weeks culminated in a crash over -31% and were just after SLV reached its all-time high.

Total down-draft for the three weeks combined (the top and two weeks following) was nearly -34%.

Will it be any different now?

Probably not.

At this point, it’s important to re-state, this site is following principals and techniques set down by three market masters of the early 1900s; Livermore, Wyckoff and Loeb.

Markets do not change. Using the techniques outlined by those early masters are still applicable today.

Arguably, the father of technical analysis was Wyckoff.

The terms “accumulation, distribution, support and resistance” originated from him.

His technical publications had the largest subscriber base in the States at the time; larger than all other publications combined.

At one point he got so successful, his buy or sell recommendations were beginning to move the markets all on their own. The year was 1918.

Instead of stroking his ego on how ‘his recommendations’ were affecting the markets, he saw it as a disservice to his clients.

In May of 1919, he discontinued his newsletter publication ‘The Trend Letter’. It had become so popular, it was impossible to provide recommendations without those same tips moving the market.

What a contrast to today.

Those attempting garner forces (the little guy) to move the markets, such as silver, will find out soon enough who’s in control … and it’s not them.

It’s unlikely silver is going higher any time soon. There could be some upward spasms as the crowded trade exhausts itself; it’s likely we’ve seen the SLV highs for quite some time.

Stay Tuned

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Silver on an Island

The silver hype couldn’t even last for a single day.

Price opened gap-higher on Monday and then steadily eroded to close lower; posting a reversal bar on massive volume.

The next day, yesterday, the trap is shut. Island gap reversal.

Way back in Livermore’s time, in his (fictionalized) biography, he says the big players can’t get in and out whenever they want.

Their positions are so large, entering and exiting would cause huge moves in the market. They need to have an “event” with massive volume so as to hide their actions (entering or exiting).

The pre-market update on Monday proposed the whole kabuki theater with GME, then SLV could have just been a ruse for big players to establish massive SLV (or futures) short positions; or just plain exit out entirely.

That idea doesn’t sound so far fetched now.

We’ll have to see if it’s true at the next commitment of trader’s report.

Either way, it’s not really important to dive into the minutiae. We can just look at the chart.

As Prechter likes to call it, massive volume signifies a “changing of hands”. Most likely from strong to weak (i.e. from professional to retail).

The significance probably invisible to the public, this may be the inflection point.

Now that SLV’s at a potential long term pivot, we could be at the cusp of a deflation impulse.

Commodities (like oil) along with real estate, one of the most illiquid of all markets, get crushed in a downturn.

Stay Tuned

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SLV Up 10%, Can it Hold?

The short answer is, probably not.

Is anyone looking at the technical condition? No, it’s all about ‘putting it to the man’.

In all of Wyckoff’s writings, he never once proposed the idea of taking the large controlling entities for a ride.

He was totally immersed in figuring out what those entities were trying to accomplish; then getting on the right side of the trade.

For all we know, the whole hedge fund blow-up, kabuki theater could have just been a sacrificial lamb (an inside job) targeting silver for a massive short opportunity.

How’s that for strategic thinking.

Right now, in the pre-market, SLV is right at new recovery highs.

The real question should be, ‘how long can the hype last?’

Can it finish the week at new highs and post a bearish divergence on the weekly MACD?

Price action itself will decide. What we do have, is risk being removed on the short side.

Inverse fund ZSL is down a stiff -21%. If there is a short, that’s the one to watch (not advice, not a recommendation).

It’s important to note, GLD is nowhere near a +10% move. It’s a non-confirmation on silver.

Separately, the overall markets are trading higher but appear to be under their prior session (daily) highs … indicating a short position in those markets is still viable.

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Gold & Silver, Retrace Levels

If GLD and SLV maintain their pre-market, 181.40 for GLD and 23.15 for SLV, they will both open at 38% retrace levels.

They each have attempted to reach these areas two times in October and were rejected.

The last update stated that Junior Mining Index, GDXJ has its own Fibonacci level (38% retrace), in the vicinity of 56.80.

Pre-market activity for GDXJ is around 56.38 … very close.

In Wyckoff terms, yesterday’s trading activity for GDXJ was a Sign of Supply.  The index opened lower then tested (higher) and subsequently moved lower throughout the day into the close.

This firm’s trading action (not a recommendation, not advice) will be to monitor the first two hours of trading (GDXJ) to see if we tap the 38% retrace level and subsequently get hourly reversal bars … or some other indication of reversal.

We’re already short with a combined price of 10.93, in JDST. 

Currently, JDST is pre-market trading at 10.40, which equates to just over a 5% loss on the open position. 

Certainly that’s not desirable but then again, if this is all the market can hit us with, we’re willing to wait it out … although not for too long.

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Trending: Biotech

Today’s action may be in a trading channel.

It’s a Fibonacci eight days from the low of September 4th, to the top on the 16th.

That time correlation, along with the channel hits, help to provide validity to the set-up.

Our short position in the sector has not changed appreciably.  There was a slight backing off yesterday, by reducing the size about one-percent.

However, during today’s action as IBB was making intraday highs (BIS making lows), the short position was increased, via BIS.

In any event, we have a hard stop at the day’s high, IBB 134.85, which is approximately 31.46, on BIS:  Not financial advice, not a recommendation.

As of this post, 7:00 p.m., EST, the S&P 500 futures are trading down about -0.50%, giving the inference that downside action will continue at the next session.

Silver futures have dropped another 4.5% – 5%. Price action’s heading straight down.  Nearest chart support for the SIZ20 (December) contract is around 20.00.

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Silver Freak-Out

It’s all starting to sound like the global warming scam. 

‘It’s only ten years before all the ice caps will be melted’.  Problem is, it’s only been ten years for at least 40-years!

Note:  For a total evisceration of the AGW narrative (or hoax), Tony Heller has done an excellent job.

Which brings us to silver and the boogeyman of ‘hyperinflation’s just around the corner’.  It could be the latest false narrative that’s not panning out.

At some point, the dollar will go to zero.  That’s well understood by anyone with a modest amount of financial knowledge.

It’s what happens before that; that’s what’s important.

Even J. Bravo, is starting to think it may not be a slam dunk to dollar zero.  He had a guest on a while back that got howls of disapproval with his deflation (first) assessment.

Not saying the premise is right.  Just saying when there’s that much of a consensus (hyperinflation), it has a nasty habit of not coming to fruition.

As always, anything can happen.  We could get hit with a solar flare or a massive volcanic eruption throwing everything out of balance.

Matter of fact, both of those are highly likely right along with a near earth miss, asteroid passing within 13,000 miles … tomorrow.

In the meantime, we’ll focus on typical market behavior.

The last update stated:  “Barring any additional upside, the expectation is for price action to retrace and test the wide, high volume chart areas.”

Fast forward to now.  There was just one more blip higher before silver began its correction in earnest.  This is normal and expected market behavior. 

The chart shows there’s potential to go all the way back to support levels at the 17-area.

However, it’s also possible we’ve seen a top and silver’s headed to new lows (time stamp 3:10); That’s completely opposite the consensus and potentially a more likely result.

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Silver Top?

The silver bulls may have been sufficiently trapped.  If so, they’re subject to a beating via reversal.

2017-02-10_6-36-21-borderThe markets aren’t friendly and silver’s one of those that never takes prisoners.

As mentioned in an earlier post, even trading genius Ed Seykota (of Market Wizards fame), early in his career, was impaled mercilessly by silver spikes.

As always, anything can happen and some new demand come in to lift SLV higher.

However, when you look at the typical form of a silver topping pattern, it looks like we’re there.

If there’s a caveat, the chart pattern insert is on a weekly basis and the current chart is daily.

Markets are fractal.  Patterns can (and do) repeat at all time-frames.

Barring any additional upside, the expectation is for price action to retrace and test the wide, high volume chart areas.

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Corn Flattened

Ten percent of the U.S corn crop was instantly wiped out last week during what’s described as an inland hurricane.

The video here goes into more detail about correlating events.

iStock-1019396932To limit the food supply even further, driving prices higher under the guise of inflation, the ‘speck’ (time stamp 6:00) has invaded 100% of tested agriculture workers in California.

The corn ETF mentioned at Time Stamp, 4:16, in the linked video is shown below:  CORN is the ticker symbol.

The ‘drecheo’ breakout is clear.  Currently, CORN price action has retraced slightly and is testing support levels.

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In separate markets, biotech (IBB) has posted another sell, sell-short signal with this session’s new daily low (not financial advice).

Silver is reversing as expected.

Whether or not this is just the beginning of a long down move to form new lows (for SLV), is unknown.  Of course, such a position or thought is, completely opposite the consensus view.

 

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