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Remember the maps at the mall … that showed the layout and where you were?

Well, here we are:

In candlestick lingo, Thursday was a ‘hanging man‘ set-up.

Friday was confirmation with a lower open, lower close, and penetration of the prior day’s low.

Error Correction:

A prior update made somewhat of an error when it said ‘Of all the major indices, biotech on a percentage basis, is the downside leader.’

Sort of.

The Index Table below is updated to include gold (GLD) and the senior miners, GDX.

In fact, GDX is leading the downside.

From a trading standpoint, GDX has been ignored because it’s such a crowded market. Nonetheless, for different reasons than biotech (i.e. deflation), strictly speaking, it’s the downside leader.

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Elliott Wave: American Tower

Paul Harrell likes to start his videos with:

‘The next twenty minutes are going be long and boring. You might want to skip to the end to see the conclusion.

His rabid and loyal fans then proceed to hang on every word of his self professed ‘boring anecdote’ until the very end.

Not saying this site’s in the same league as Harrell’s.

Just saying, the following is going to be a tedious discussion of American Tower (AMT) and how it just might be ready to start an Elliott Wave III, down.

Market Extremes:

Its been no secret. The markets are at price levels and valuations never before seen.

In this site’s opinion, going long anything, is insane.

There could be a break, upset, world event, container ship run aground (oh, wait…), cyber attack, volcanic eruption (oh, wait …), major earthquake, nationwide weather freeze (oh, wait…) food supply disruption (oh, wait…) bond bear raid (oh, wait…) currency devaluation, or any myriad of disconnects that would instantly change the dynamic.

Change the dynamic in such a way as to make low-risk long exit, or short positioning impossible.

This site has documented several times where major brokers have already gone off-line as a result of markets fluctuating to the upside.

What happens when it turns down? Good luck getting out.

Looking for the (short) entry:

Its been an on again, off again, and back on again affair with shorting real estate, IYR. Anecdotal evidence such as Jerimiah Babe’s updates from his area, show the market’s been vaporized and is not coming back.

We’ve shown from a Point & Figure chart perspective, IYR has built significant price action congestion.

In Wyckoff terms, congestion equals potential.

The IYR index has built enough congestion that if/when the reversal comes, price action has potential to decline below the 2009, lows.

American Tower (AMT) Symmetry:

Now, for the analysis of AMT.

We’re going to start with the daily chart which has an interesting pattern of equal distance moves (or waves):

This equal move structure gives a hint that something’s up. The market’s moving in an orderly fashion. But what order?

To add more intrigue, we’ll go to the weekly chart. We see each retrace of the two initial waves, was Fibonacci 62%.

The last retrace (up to Friday’s close) is essentially 100%.

Looking up Elliott Wave “equal waves” turns up this presentation. It helps some but does not cover the current situation. The take away from the video is that equal waves do occur.

Looking at the daily close chart of AMT gives us this:

The Wave 1, down is placed at the low extreme. Price action then corrects to pivot (magenta oval) at the Fibonacci 38.2% retrace level.

It’s a near perfect retrace.

The reason to think AMT just finished a complex correction that terminated at “z” which is also “2”, is the structure of the fifteen-minute chart below.

The first chart is unmarked except where price action changes character:

Then we put in the Fib projection tool at that location; the inflection point, to get the following:

Incredibly, the top of Friday’s price action is also a Fibonacci target (423.6%) projection.

Getting back to the daily chart and labeling it using the above information gives us this:

Removing all but the labels is more clear:

There could be other ways to label the structure. It may become (very) apparent at the next open whether this interpretation is correct.

However, coupled with yesterday’s analysis of IYR, and its technical condition (at the extreme), we get the sense we’re close to some type of price action hesitation or outright reversal.

Summary:

We’re short this sector via DRV (not advice not a recommendation).

Price action appears to be at extremes and is meeting Fibonacci and support-resistance levels simultaneously.

Not related but an interesting coincidence (maybe): Van Metre’s update on Friday night:

“Is This a Sign Real Estate Prices Have Peaked?”

The futures markets just opened … S&P down 7-points. Let’s see what happens next.

Stay Tuned

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S&P, Down in Pre-Market

The last update on the SPY said this:

“The SPY shows a nascent reversal. Price could come back to test resistance (black line) or continue to decline from here.”

That’s what it did. Price came back to test.

It’s early in the pre-market and SPY is showing a slightly lower open; currently down -1.29 points, or about -0.32%.

Thrust energy on the test was low. There’s potential for continued down action from here.

Recall that last week’s price bar was a reversal. A new weekly low would help confirm there’s more (sustained) downside ahead.

The ‘project’ is already short real estate via DRV (not advice, not a recommendation). If it follows suit, downward action in IYR can be expected.

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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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S&P 500: Downside Target

If the analysis is correct and the S&P’s completing a terminating wedge, then we have a downside target.

The measured move is around 330 – 333. Reaching that level would put the SPY down about 16% from all-time highs.

If that happens, expect the usual suspects (the financial press) to say, ‘well, a bear market is 20% or more … so we’re good’.

Let’s see how that works out.

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Changing Hands: Bonds

The financial press is rolling out the usual suspects; bonds yields are going stratospheric and hyperinflation’s just around the corner.

A more likely view, one that’s actually based on reality, the price action itself, bonds just changed hands; from weak to strong.

Those selling or going short bonds (weak hands) at this juncture are potentially left holding the bag in a big way.

Taking a trip back in time to Livermore’s day (Reminiscences), he stated time and again, the large speculators could not enter or exit their positions at will.

They needed to have some kind of ‘event’ with heavy volume so that it would mask their moves.

It looks like we just had such an event.

The weekly chart of TLT, shows two major volume spikes. One where bonds reversed lower and now … a potential reversal to the upside.

We’re dealing with probabilities and over two-hundred years of market activity (since the Buttonwood tree).

Huge volume spikes have significance. They typically signal a pivot or the start of one.

Using that reasoning, we may have seen confirmation of rotation not only in bonds but the markets themselves; The S&P, Dow, Nasdaq are pivoting lower, with bonds and the dollar reversing higher.

Summary:

The futures market opens in a few hours. It’s typically a light-volume affair for bonds.

At times, Steven Van Meter presents in his updates how bonds have been typically slammed lower in the overnight.

That type of action has been going on for months. We’ll be looking to see if there’s a change of character.

Stay Tuned

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Real Estate … Implosion?

Watching J.B.’s (Jerimiah Babe’s) Los Angeles walkabouts, proves commercial real estate’s already imploded.

The instant the linked video starts, we see the root of the problem.

Neo-feudalism.

Of course, it’s all part of the plan but that’s a topic for another time.

What’s shown in J.B.’s video(s) is that one after another, commercial properties are boarded up and fenced off.

One might think it’s only progressive utopia California that’s having a rough time; taking a look at comments to his videos shows otherwise.

Just one example taken from the video link:

“Even if the U.S. lifted all lockdown restrictions 100% TODAY, I still think for many companies, its too late.”

The economy is not coming back … not in our lifetimes anyway.

No matter what happens, re-building will take many decades. Even so, the destruction has to be completed first.

We’re nowhere near downside end (economy, markets or otherwise).

On Thursday you would’ve thought from the news, we just collapsed by 50% or more. In fact, the S&P (SPY) was only down -2.41%.

Think about what happens we get the hit … that does not come back.

As early as May 12th of last year, this site began to note the similarities of the markets to August of 1987. In retrospect, that post (and the ones that followed) seemed a little premature.

It’s a different story now.

Markets even more extended; bond rates higher.

Throughout the years, going back to the early 1900’s, the professionals always preferred down markets. Profits (and fortunes) can be made much faster and with more reliability.

Fear is much easier to gage (on the charts) than greed.

With that in mind, we can look at real estate with a clear head and assess the opportunities.

It turns out, not only has IYR got itself into a terminating wedge, it’s doing so at Fibonacci time frames.

During the past six-weeks, my firm (link here) has been positioning in and out, and back in, several times using short fund DRV (not advice not a recommendation).

Just yesterday, before IYR broke decisively lower, that DRV position was increased to its maximum level thus far.

Obviously, a new high in IYR is not anticipated. The reason for selecting real estate as a strategic short (unlike the LABD swing trade) is for the downside potential.

Inverse leveraged funds work best during a sustained, directional move. It remains to be seen if DRV was a good selection; not only for a trade vehicle, but for the anticipated collapse in real estate.

Stay Tuned

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Biotech Short, Revisited

So, the biotech short via LABD got stopped out last session.

Even though price action by its own behavior early in that session said to exit (at the highs), the position was maintained for the sake of argument.

The original stop was set at LABD 18.35, which was the 4-Hour low, noted yesterday.

Late in the session that stop was hit.

The overall sector (IBB) remains in a reversal with both daily and weekly MACD momentum indicators pointing lower.

In fact, Weekly MACD has a double bearish divergence in the histogram with MACD lines about to cross to the downside.

Putting all that together, expectation for inverse fund LABD is to head higher after yesterday’s counter-trend move.

Once stopped out (at LABD 18.33), LABD was re-established at a lower price (not advice, not a recommendation).

That entry price is on the weekly chart below:

We’ve switched to a weekly chart to show there are two other times in the past year, where LABD had three weekly up bars in a row.

Those reversals had narrow ranges and thus were quickly negated. This time it looks different.

The current bar is not complete but with the overall market (S& 500) at extremes and ratcheting lower, probabilities are high LABD will close higher for the week.

As for setting the stop on the new position, we’ll let the market decide.

Counter-trend action in the early session is usually over by 11:00 a.m. EST.

We’ll look at LABD at that time. Till then, hard (emergency) stop is located at the weekly LABD low of 15.96

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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Finally, Inflation Shows Up

Its been nearly twelve years exactly since the market bottom of March 9th, 2009.

At that time gold tracking fund GLD, was trading around 90.

Today, it’s at 167, a gain of about 85%.

Gold futures for April ’21, closed this past Friday at 1,777.4

Either way, it’s a far cry from the $10,000/oz. that has been bandied about for what seems like forever.

Prices for energy and food are rising because of reasons not discussed in the financial media.

That media is certainly not going to educate the public.

In turn, that public has shown there’re certainly not going to educate themselves. If they were awake, news channel ratings (in the link) would be at zero.

Unfortunately, this time around, the game’s up.

The ongoing collapse will decimate those who refuse to wake up and will probably take some of those who are, with them.

Which brings us to the so called inflation, at hand.

What can be said? We can call it lies, misinformation, propaganda but none of those really get to the root.

Input prices are rising not from inflation, but from supply constriction and disruption.

For example, the corporate (big-Ag) food supply chain as reported on many times, is intentionally being destroyed. The result of course, prices go higher.

We’re also in a quiet sun-cycle period that only serves to help with (cold) weather extremes. The only discussion from the media concerning the weather is that’s it’s getting warmer, right? Opposite of reality.

So we’re taking that ‘opposite of reality’ as a contrary indicator.

Whatever inflation we’ve got after nearly twelve years, is probably at or near a peak … ready to head lower.

That includes the market as well. The likely outcome:

Market down, bonds up.

The daily close of long bond TLT, has it in a support zone. One attempt has already been made to position long via TMF (not advice, not a recommendation) as detailed in this report.

Once again this past Friday, another TMF entry.

Both bonds and the markets (i.e. S&P 500) are at opposite extremes. The risk of loss in bonds may have reached its nadir.

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