This article, just out from ZeroHedge, says ‘consumers’ are in a revolt.
No more high prices.
Buying plans for the major items, housing, auto, appliances has declined dramatically.
One chart, linked here, shows consumer complaints about high prices are the most since the data started … 1961.
The reality is the retail consumer has come to the end of the rope.
To loosely quote Von Mises; ‘If you don’t voluntarily get your spending under control … the market will do it for you.’
To quote another financial source, Steven Van Metre; he has discussed for months, that high prices will be rejected. The economy will contract and bond prices will rise.
Bonds have indeed gone up in anticipation of contraction; or forecasting an outright collapse.
Throw into the mix that we’re going to have some kind of ‘fatality event’ this coming winter; for sure, there won’t be much demand for high priced items … just from the contraction of the population itself.
Which brings us to biotech (SPBIO).
SPBIO (LABD) Analysis:
The unmarked chart of inverse fund LABD is first (just to give perspective):
Next we’ll show that LABD has or is testing support and at the same time, confirming a trendline:
Biotech is the downside leader … sometimes tag-teaming with gold but for the most part it’s biotech.
It’s no secret I have positioned my firm short this sector in a big way since April of this year (not advice, not a recommendation).
That position has been adjusted over the months but has been steadily increased since the intermediate low on June 28th.
Since that low, the position has been increased six times (including yesterday) and may also be done so today.
Once again, we’re heading into the weekend. The S&P (SPY) has just printed ‘out-side-down’.
Anyone still want to hold long the market?
Note: Posts on this site are for education purposes only. They provide one firm’s insight on the markets. Not investment advice. See additional disclaimer here.
‘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.
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.
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.