Technical Analysis Of The Markets

November 25, 2019

Current Position of the Market

SPX: Long-term trend – There are no clear signs that the bull market is over.

Intermediate trend –  Most likely building an intermediate top.

Analysis of the short-term trend is done on a daily basis with the help of hourly charts.  It is an important adjunct to the analysis of daily and weekly charts which discusses the course of longer market trends

Topping Behavior

Market Overview

For the past three weeks SPX has been grinding higher, seemingly glued to the exterior of the lower line of the blue channel which started at the 2346 low.  That channel line has served as a strong resistance line and, sooner or later, prices are going to fall away from it, potentially indicating the beginning of a correction.  This process may have started last week, and we’ll be able to see it more clearly on the daily chart. 

On the daily chart, we are also beginning to see that a congestion pattern is starting to form, i.e. that the index has started to trade in a narrow price range which could denote either accumulation or distribution.  In this case, many indications point to the latter, suggesting that the next move will be to the downside.  Congestion shows up best on a Point & Figure chart and, when complete, we can estimate the extent of the next move. This would most likely be the initial phase of a more extended correction.  Only a steady improvement in the relative strength of IWM vs. SPX would suggest otherwise.

Market Analysis (All charts are courtesy of QChart)

SPX daily chart

Last week, I pointed out that all the blue bullish channels shown on the chart signaled the end of their uptrend in exactly the same manner.  First, the price starts to pull away from the top channel line and moves into the lower half of the channel; soon after, the index moves out of the lower channel line, starting a price decline.  After the dashed middle line has been broken, there may be a retest of the high, or a slightly new high before the decline begins.  In the indicators, negative divergence appears in the CCI, the two lower oscillators become negative, and finally the top oscillator goes negative as the decline begins in earnest.  Most of this sequence has already occurred.  We could still have a retest of the high followed by a move out of the channel entirely; therefore a little more patience is required.   

With regard to cycles, the 80-day cycle turned out to be a dud, only producing a 36-point decline; or it may simply have inverted, producing a high instead of a low.  Spending time trying to figure out which would serve no purpose.  Instead, our attention should be on when the next reliable cycle due to make its low in early December, toward the end of the first week will start putting pressure on prices. 

We’ll now move on to the hourly chart where we will see that a retest of the high is a definite possibility.

SPX hourly chart 

Since we are looking for a reversal to take place, let’s focus our analysis on the top portion of the blue channel.  We can see that since the beginning of the month deceleration has occurred which has taken the price move away from the top channel line, and three days ago price crossed into the lower half of the channel (but not by much) and since then has crawled back up, causing the three oscillators to move into the green.  If we are going to retest the high, now is our best chance to do it.   If instead, we roll over from here and trade below 3090, we could go and challenge the bottom channel line right away.  If the 80-day cycle just made its low, it would make sense for the deceleration phase of the channel to extend upward a little longer, and perhaps even register a slightly new high.

A brief move higher would extend the congestion phase which is already beginning to look important on the P&F chart, especially if we think of it as starting at the 3065 level instead of just considering the action of the past three days. 

UUP (dollar ETF) daily

On Friday, UUP extended its short-term uptrend.  In the course of the day there were some positive comments about the phase one trade talks which were probably responsible for its move (as well as that of the DJIA).  More time is needed to see if UUP is heading for a new high, or if it is getting ready to start a more protracted correction.

GDX (Gold miners ETF) weekly

After a good bounce from a slightly new low, GDX has lost its upside momentum and looks ready to retest that low.  A new low cannot be ignored since the index has not yet retraced a full 50% of its previous uptrend.  On the other hand, if it is able to trade above its 50-dma, this would be a bullish sign calling for a move to about 29.50 or higher. 

BNO (U.S. Brent oil fund) daily

BNO is moving along with the market.  Also, although not exactly, it tends to observe the 50-dma.  It has remained above it since its last low and will probably continue to do so until the market rolls over. 

Summary

We appear to be moving closer and closer to a reversal, but there may still be room for a little more distribution to take place before we end the uptrend from 2856.

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The above comments about the financial markets are based purely on what I consider to be sound technical analysis principles. They represent my own opinion and are not meant to be construed as trading or investment advice, but are offered as an analytical point of view which might be of interest to those who follow stock market cycles and technical analysis.

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Andre Gratian

When Andre Gratian was a stock broker years ago, a friend introduced him to technical analysis of the market. Consequently, it is not an exaggeration to say that Andre fell in love with this approach! Ever since then, it has become an increasingly important part of his professional life. Gratian has studied the works of Wyckoff, Edwards & Magee, Edward J. Dewey (cycles) and many others. However, one of my most profitable undertaking has probably been to study Point & Figure charting, which he finds invaluable in analyzing stocks and indices. If he were restricted to one methodology, this is the one that he would choose. This well-rounded background has given him what he feels to be a special insight into the stock market, facilitating the recognition of meaningful patterns and the ‘turning points’ in all trends, whether they be short or long term.  Andre feels very comfortable discussing the stock market and passing on meaningful information to others. His subscribers include individuals and money managers throughout the world. Moreover, his Newsletters are currently published on several financial sites, here and abroad.

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