Bears To Seize Control ?

World Chaos, Continues

The long-time reasoning behind this site’s ‘short only‘ trading plan, is becoming abundantly clear.

For years, there have been no ‘long’ trades on anything except leveraged inverse funds.

The premise? A ‘disconnect’ can happen at any time.

At this point, we’re getting to see those potential disconnects in real-time on a near continuous basis.

The past week bled-off the massive put leveraging; thus, setting the market up for (potential) downside reversal.

Getting Back To ‘Normal’

Those who bought the dip in Pavlovian fashion, may be thinking at some point, we’ll get back to ‘normal’.

News Flash:

What’s happening now, Is The Normal.

This is how it’s going to be on a go-forward basis.

Conflict, shortages, supply chaos, weather weaponry, nuclear saber rattling, bank runs are now, all normal.

With that, let’s look at last week’s markets and the set-up for the week ahead.

The SOXX, Rebounds

The last update discussed being short the semiconductors via inverse fund SOXS (not advice, not a recommendation).

The stop was hit, and that position (SOXS-22-02) has been closed out with a gain of about 6.2%.

Note how in the daily chart below, price action came right up to the stop level shown previously, then penetrated that level ever so slightly.

The ‘market’ knows where you are.

Being (stopped) out lets one look for a better opportunity.

Biotech (SPBIO), The Next Set-Up:

Turns out that biotech, SPBIO, may be at a low-risk juncture for a short via leveraged inverse fund LABD (not advice, not a recommendation).

Yesterday’s post highlighted some of the reasons for a biotech reversal.

The analysis below, builds on that reversal potential.

The weekly chart of SPBIO, has a channel and Fibonacci time correlation(s).

The next chart zooms-in on a possible target for a move lower.

Leveraged Inverse, LABD

Another reason to think SPBIO, is ready to continue downward, can be seen on the 4-Hour chart of LABD.

The prior report had daily range narrowing.

Getting closer into the action, we see the 4-Hour range narrowing as well.

In addition, down-thrust energy (Force Index) for Friday’s move appears to be exhausted.

Positioning

Early or late? If you’re trading professionally, that decision must be made ahead of time.

Some traders like to wait for ‘confirmation’ of a move and there’s nothing wrong with that.

For this author however, waiting for confirmation means I’m late. I’m behind the curve and ‘chasing’ the market.

With that said, LABD was entered towards the end of the session on Friday at 41.05 (not advice, not a recommendation).

We’ll find out soon enough, if Monday’s open will be in-the-green.

Summary:

Even as this post is being created, world news continues to pour in … this time, from North Korea.

Anything can happen in the coming week. The markets could somehow ‘shake-off’ all of the news and move higher.

However, probability suggests market continuation to the downside.

At this juncture, we’re about six hours before the Sunday futures open.

Stay Tuned

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Biotech … Ready To Reverse

Highly leveraged (3X Inverse of SPBIO), LABD, looks ready for upside reversal.

The next chart shows trendline contacts.

Volume increased on Friday while the trading range narrowed significantly.

The next chart’s a little busy but zooms in on the volume and the daily range in question.

The overall markets have rebounded during the past two trading days.

Inverse funds have declined correspondingly.

Interestingly, LABD seems to have maintained its upward bias (down for SPBIO) better than other inverse funds like SDS, DXD, SOXS, QID and TZA.

Summary:

For downside action, one wants to look for the weakest sector.

Look for a new daily LABD high on Monday, (new low for SPBIO).

This is a typical entry signal with stops at the last session’s low; currently LABD, 40.08 (not advice not a recommendation).

Stay Tuned

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Bleeding Down The Options

Two Ways To Make ‘Put’s Worthless

The first way is of course, a rally to the upside.

That’s what market traders are expecting based on massive (retail) put option buying; the largest on record.

The other way, not talked about as much, is the boring way.

That is, the slow grind of time.

The massive positioning with puts can be ground down to nothing as well by the market going sideways or down but not down fast enough.

The semiconductor index the SOXX, has already pushed lower in a massive energy thrust (details here and here).

The instabilities from this action need to be worked off.

Prior analysis shows the most likely outcome, if yesterday’s highs are not breached, is a sustained move to the downside.

Let’s take a look at what the SOXX, is saying about itself.

SOXX, Daily Chart

We’re about ninety minutes after the open, with the following chart.

Marking up the chart, is a potential stop location for an open short position SOXS-22-02 (not advice, not a recommendation).

If SOXX penetrates that level to the upside, the market is either reversing higher or heading higher for more testing.

Either way, it’s not (for my firm) the place to be short.

The next chart shows a possible trading channel.

Price action can hug the right side of this channel and decline slowly enough to effectively neutralize the massive put positioning as linked above.

That scenario is not generally discussed. It’s not exciting and it does not get ‘clicks’.

Summary:

Today’s action will be important. A new daily high will close out the SOXS-22-02, short (not advice, not a recommendation).

A slight new low or and inside day, keeps the trade alive and results in one more day of put options bleed.

Everyone seems to be expecting a crash or a short-squeeze.

What’s not expected, the most frustrating for both sides … is neither.

Stay Tuned

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Intel … Off the Cliff

Four-Year Top

Kick-Off … To The Downside

A massive four-year top, along with the latest ‘road-map‘, has this one going down; most likely, for good.

While other chip makers, have gone to near stratospheric levels such as Nvidia, with its 23,960% gain from 2009, lows, Intel has languished.

The rest of the markets, S&P, Dow, QQQs, have pushed on higher while INTC, has spent the last four years, in a trading range.

A sideways market is a bear market.

Intel never recovered its luster after the Dot-Com mania of the 2000s. Price action spent eight years heading sideways-to-down before bottoming out in early 2009.

After that, it’s been a long struggle to current levels.

Now, the markets have reversed and the economy’s collapsing. We’ve likely seen market highs that won’t be repeated in the lifetimes of anyone reading.

Friday’s announcement may be the kick-off for sustained price action to the downside.

INTC, Chart Analysis

The daily chart shows at least one breakaway gap and possibly two.

The next chart is on the weekly timeframe and identifies the long, multi-year, topping pattern.

When looking at these patterns, be reminded about the scale of what’s happening.

This wedge is massive … at least four years in the making.

Note: Price action finished the day right at the lower support. There could be a rebound on Tuesday (market’s closed Monday) or we could just keep going lower.

The SOXX Connection

Intel’s fifth in market cap of the SOXX, with Taiwan Semiconductor (TSM) at the top of the list.

Even the leader TSM, may not be immune to trouble.

Here are Fab locations for Taiwan Semi, located just off the coast of mainland China … nothing bad going to happen there, right?

And then, there’s this:

The SOXX, Drops

The SOXX, has been analyzed using Elliott Wave and Wyckoff.

Each method indicated potential for reversal.

In the case of the ‘wave’ analysis, if it proves correct, we’re possibly in for a sustained ride lower.

The daily chart of SOXX, shows each analysis point where a reversal lower was projected.

It’s clear from the chart and documented links, both methods nailed it … to the day.

Elliott was earliest and caught the exact point of inflection.

Wyckoff caught the test of the up-thrust.

Here’s the important part:

Wyckoff is a practical, bread and butter method. It looks at what the market’s saying about itself … is price action showing pressure to the upside or down?

Elliott Wave looks at where the market could be or is going.

If we’re really in an Elliott Wave Three down, it’s likely to be a decline like no other.

There are other indicators not market related, giving us hints, a massive collapse is ahead.

A Decline of ‘Biblical’ Proportions

Warning:

The following contains scriptural references.

Those who are in ‘it’s all a myth and fairy tales’ crowd, feel free to scroll to the ‘Summary‘.

For the rest of us, the secular world calls it ‘systems collapse’. The spiritual world calls it ‘judgement’.

Stated many times on this site, ‘the church’ is corrupt. Here’s just the latest salvo proving that point.

Along with the corruption, we now have the strong delusions prophesied over 2,000 years ago.

In reference to a Stew Peters broadcast, linked here, on the numerous media lies, is this comment (emphasis added):

“The only people to blame for this Stew are the ones who put on the mask, who distanced, who took the shot, who harassed other people and who advocated for my freedoms being taken away. Without doing five minutes of research.”

It’s not too much of a stretch to say, those who voluntarily injected themselves were (or are) in a place of delusion.

“And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:”

Also said many times, ‘The Speck’ as we call it, is a hoax. It’s a lie. It does not exist.

However, the injections are no lie … but the reasons for those injections are false.

Can this (spiritual assessment) really connect with what’s happening in the markets? How does it relate to actual price action?

Obviously, it can’t and shouldn’t be said that any specific price movement has been prophesied.

However, we can use the scriptural references to point us to the probability of events; the big picture, the situation at hand, the signs of the times.

The probability that we’re at some kind of major inflection point of Biblical proportions, seems exceedingly high.

Summary

Both Elliott Wave and Wyckoff Analysis, support the probability of lower prices ahead for the SOXX.

Because Intel (INTC) has been a laggard in the sector for years, suggests it may be one of the downside leaders.

As if to confirm the assessment we’re past the pivot, that generational highs have been reached, we have this just out, on ZeroHedge.

At the very bottom of the article, is a quote.

No, they’re not quoting from the King James Bible of 1611; they’re quoting from Shakespeare’s Richard III, of 1594.

Stay Tuned

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SOXX, Ready To Drop

All The Good News Is Out

Liquidity Risk?

It’s been long enough; most have forgotten the ‘Flash Crash‘ of 2010.

That crash happened in May of that year.

May of this year, would make it 12-years and interestingly, a Fibonacci 144, months.

Normalcy Bias:

As Nissam Taleb said in his book, ‘The Black Swan’, every day is like every other day on the farm, for Mr. Turkey … that is, until Thanksgiving Day.

Let’s take a look at the historical chart of Semiconductor ETF SOXX, and see the effect of a Flash Crash.

Easy to spot … prices did recover by the end of the day.

What about the next time?

This report just out on ZeroHedge, shows liquidity is drying up in the bond market. Actually, liquidity has been drying up ever since Dodd-Frank of 2010.

All of this is working (to increase risk) in the background.

Let’s take a look at another unprecedented event … the downthrust and apparent recovery in the semiconductor index, SOXX.

SOXX, ETF, Daily Chart

First up, is the unmarked chart of the index.

Next, we’ll show the recovery higher is on diminishing volume.

There’s no real commitment to the higher prices …. they are just drifting upward.

We’ve already shown the Elliott Wave assessment of the current structure. Now, let’s look at it from a Wyckoff standpoint; Up-Thrust and Test.

Price action posted an Up-Thrust, declined and now has come back for an apparent test.

Confirmation Bias

At this juncture, both Elliott Wave and Wyckoff Analysis present a price action structure that’s set for downside reversal.

In a way, we’re at the danger point for both methods.

Summary

From a personal and corporate standpoint, going long in this market and all markets for that matter, was abandoned long ago (not advice, not a recommendation).

To borrow a phrase from Dan at i-Allegedly, he repeats over and over in his videos, ‘We’ve had warning, after warning’.

So, we have.

The SOXX, is telling us, it’s ready to resume action to the downside. After-hours, already has the index trading lower.

Stay Tuned

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p.s. The insight of 2010 Flash Crash, anniversary of Fibonacci 144 months in May of this year, is exclusive to this site.

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.

Stay Tuned

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Basic Materials, Building Blocks

Infrastructure … Not Going To Happen

The infrastructure bill, right along with any kind of sustainable ‘recovery’ is just not in the charts.

Sure, the bill passed into ‘law’, if you can call it that; however, law and action are two different things.

We’ll get into more fundamentals behind why it’s not happening in tomorrow’s Random Notes … to be released later in the day.

One hint on why we’re not getting a major U.S. wide building program, there won’t be the manpower or supplies available … each for their own reasons.

That brings us to the chart of the sector.

DJUSBM

The weekly chart shows how it looks going all the way back to early 2008.

If you did not immediately pick up on the right side’s message, it’s highlighted below … a massive bearish MACD divergence.

The divergence proposes that upside momentum for the sector is all but spent.

Let’s take a look at previous downside action and the current possibility.

Anybody that’s awake will not argue the current situation’s worse than 2007 – 2008.

If that’s the case, and if the market’s still alive at the bottom, DJUSBM could get as low, or lower than 2008 – 2009, levels.

A decline over 80%, is not uncommon for a bear/depression market. The Dow Jones 30, from top-to-bottom, during the Great Depression was around – 84%.

Inverse Fund, SMN

SMN is -2X inverse the DJSUBM.

However, this fund is not like inverse ETFs; SDS, DXD, SOXS, QID, DUST, and so on.

Basic Materials is not ‘popular’. At least, not yet.

That means the fund is illiquid with larger spreads (bid/ask). In addition, it takes a good few minutes after each open for those spreads to calm down and narrow up.

It’s not for the inexperienced.

Summary:

As we’ll get into tomorrow, ‘normal’, is gone.

There’s not going to be ‘normal’ (a personal opinion) in the lifetimes of anyone reading these updates.

That doesn’t mean there are no opportunities.

Basic Materials, DJUSBM, is about to, or already has (potentially) started its downside reversal.

Stay Tuned

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SOXX: Testing The Top

12:03 p.m., EST

Underside Test of Resistance

The last update on SOXX, noted one thing missing was a new daily low confirming the reversal. About 15-minutes after that post, SOXX printed a new daily low.

Now, we’re in an underside test of the breakdown.

The daily close chart (above) shows price action coming back to the underside. This is how the market squeezes out risk of a short position (not advice, not a recommendation).

Yesterday’s update had a link to ZeroHedge about how the market ‘has to’ move higher this week; the ‘selling’ is finished.

A healthy way to view this type of information is to be aware of the source.

If it’s a major retail brokerage or trading firm, their own (internal) market stance is likely to be completely opposite their financial press release.

Let’s see what happens next.

We’re not looking to short the SOXX but it’s still an educational exercise to monitor the sector.

Stay Tuned

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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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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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