Russell … Rolling Over

Bearish Wedge Poised To Break Down

The Russell 2000 (IWM as proxy) has been congesting sideways for about five months.

While the overall markets, S&P, Dow, SOXX, IYR and the QQQs, have been moving on to new highs … the Russell has stagnated.

Taking a cue from Steven Van Metre’s reports on ‘who goes first’ in a downturn, it’s the small caps.

At this juncture, it looks like the Russell’s ready.

The six month daily chart of IWM below, shows choppy action.

Pulling back somewhat and labeling the bearish wedge, puts it into perspective (second chart):

Pulling out and labeling the wedge:

One item of note (not shown) at the top of the wedge, where price action pivoted lower (August 6th), is a Fibonacci 62%, retrace level.

So, we have a bearish wedge retracing 62% … along with non-confirmation of the overall highs; S&P, Dow, SOXX, etc.

Major reversals take a long time to form. However, once they get underway, it’s like a juggernaut to the bottom.

Harkening back to the oil (USO) bear market of 2014, nearly all (if not all) the YouTuber’s at the time, completely missed the bearish set-up.

What they did instead, once the downdraft started, was pump out update after update about ‘catching the bottom and setting up for the new bull market in oil’.

It never happened.

Oil continued lower for a year and a half before getting into a sideways range.

The big money’s in the big move. Monitoring the Russell provides confirmation a significant reversal’s in the works (not advice, not a recommendation).

As with biotech (SPBIO), already in a bear market, the IWM could break lower while the overall markets continue to thin-out and even make new highs.

Recall, we’re getting close to an up-coming holiday: Labor Day

The 1929, high was on the Tuesday just after Labor Day weekend.

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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.

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Order to Chaos … and Back

10:49 a.m., EST

Biotech Gap Lower, Expected

Fibonacci Day 8

Last Stop Before Chaos?

This morning’s gap lower in SPBIO (LABD higher) was fully expected.

Expected as well, is the retrace in progress as of this post.

Today, is Fibonacci Day 8 from the LABD, pivot low of June 28th.

Biotech (SPBIO) has posted a fantastic time sequence on the daily as well as the weekly.

The gap-lower open in the S&P (more so for SOXX) has everyone sharpening their pencils; wondering, if ‘this is it?’.

It could be.

However, with attention now focused on potential downside, the clean Fibonacci sequences are likely to morph into chaotic movement.

The time for low-risk short positioning (not advice, not a recommendation) in this sector may be coming to an end.

Looking at inverse LABD, and using the Fibonacci retrace tool, it’s likely price action will retrace to at least the 38%, level.

At this point, it’s already close:

The inverse biotech LABD, 15-minute chart (above) shows we’re near the 38%, level.

After today, the expectation is for price action to become SPBIO downside chaotic … long enough to frustrate the late-comers to the sector.

After that, and however long that is, price action may once again become orderly.

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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.

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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.

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Print High & Close

The table lists well known index ETF’s; along with most recent highs and current (Friday) close:

All the usual suspects are there:

S&P 500, SPY, The Dow 30, DIA, Nasdaq, QQQ, and on.

What’s also listed is how far each index (ETF) is from its most recent all time high or ‘recovery’ high (in percentage terms).

Obviously, one of these is completely out of bed: Biotech, IBB

We’ll be discussing the technical condition of biotech tomorrow. For now, the updated ‘project’ chart’s included below:

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S&P 500, Danger Point

Early in the pre-market, SPY is trading unchanged.

Looking at the daily SPY close, we’ve got a tentative breakout just above resistance (black line).

Lower right of the chart shows upward thrust energy has declined significantly … right along with volume.

Yesterday’s update showed longer term momentum (monthly, weekly) for the S&P was pointed up. Continued price action drifting higher is possible.

However, if there’s a reversal in the making, this is a good place to start.

The buyers (volume) have backed off at this level; leaving the SPY hanging just above breakout resistance.

The SOXX, QQQ, and IBB are well off their highs and may be leading the way lower. Our focus remains on shorting biotech IBB, which is the weakest of the three (not advice, not a recommendation)

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Off With Their Heads

Head & Shoulders patterns are showing up in several markets.

First, there’s biotech IBB … and now the SOXX.

The SOXX is higher in pre-market around +2.5% , +2.70%, near 385.25.

Conversely, inverse SOXS is down -9% to -10% near the 14.00 -area.

Today could be the day where risk is minimized to position short via inverse SOXS (not advice, not a recommendation).

If SOXX remains below yesterday’s high of 397.71, it has set itself up to break the neckline. Once that’s completed, we’d then have a measured move lower to around 320.

If short via SOXS, the stop would theoretically be yesterday’s low of 13.21.

We all know however, inverse funds and especially the 3X versions, have significant negative erosion.

If during the regular session, SOXX price action persists throughout the day near yesterday’s high (397.71), inverse SOXS will continue to erode below its own prior daily low.

A different view is the Right Shoulder has not been completed. We’ll know that if SOXX makes a new daily high.

It’s a myriad of scenarios and the professional understands there’re an infinite number of outcomes. However, at times, risk is reduced enough to take a position on a probable direction.

At this juncture and given the above conditions, the most probable direction is down.

One last caveat.

SOXX has broken below well established support. That puts it in Wyckoff spring position. The market will automatically attempt to rally as we see in the pre-market.

Based on the conditions described, we’re expecting that spring attempt (to new all time highs) to fail.

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Hanging by a Thread

Semiconductor SOXX, is hanging by a thread.

Did SOXX just break away during the past week or is there going to be an attempt to close the gap?

When a market closes down for the week and near its lows, there’s usually follow-through action at the next open.

SOXX may never get the chance to fill the gap.

If we look at inverse fund SOXS, it’s showing a potential trend-line. Maintaining that line will double the price (at Friday’s close) sometime in early March.

The chart below also shows the firm’s entry point; not advice, not a recommendation.

In a way, semiconductors are similar to aviation; margins are razor thin.

When there’s an economic down-turn, both get hit especially hard.

At this juncture, I have positioned my firm short in both real estate (via DRV) as well as short the semi-industry (via SOXS). Not advice, not a recommendation.

The SOXS position finished in the green by the close. DRV is showing a loss but closing that gap quickly.

Separately, and in a report planned for tomorrow, we’ll cover the food supply. The ongoing (planned) shortage is proving correct, the approach it’s ‘corn first, then silver and gold’.

If Van Metre’s GDX forecast is on target (declining to 17, or even 14), gold bugs may find themselves liquidating their positions; just so they have enough money to pay for hyper-inflated food.

In effect, gold will be irrelevant; a very possible (short-term) event.

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All Markets Down

Pre-market action has all major indexes trading lower; SPY, DIA, QQQ, SOXX and IWM; all down.

Real estate, IYR has no real pre-market volume (20-shares) so its open is unknown. However, inverse fund DRV, does have volume (3,700 shares) and its action is up about 4%.

The daily close chart of IYR (above), has price action contacting an established axis line.

That was yesterday. Over the past two-weeks, as price ratcheted higher volume has declined (circled area enlarged).

That decline indicates lack of commitment at these levels.

Yesterday’s close also put IYR firmly in up-thrust position (ready for reversal).

Over the past week, short positions were opened using DRV (not advice, not a recommendation)

Average price of the short equates to DRV @ 9.92; not far from current pre-market trading.

If IYR posts a new daily low (below 86.62), it’s another data point the anticipated reversal may be at hand.

The rising action has changed the P&F forecast reported a few days back. Updates will be forthcoming.

If this is the start of a sustained reversal, the plan is to build the short position as price action dictates.

The downside of the entire market (S&P, Dow, etc.) is immense. Commercial real estate is especially vulnerable. Price action itself tells us that.

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