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Technical Analysis Of The Markets

Expert Market Analyst & Founder of Market Turning Points
June 21, 2020

Current Position of the Market

SPX: Long-term trend – Having rallied well past a .618 retracement of the decline into March 2020, it is time to consider the possibility that the retracement was only an interruption of the bull market which originated in 2009.

Intermediate trend – Down into mid-July

Analysis of the short-term trend is done daily 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

Decline Resumes

Important Cycles

Did the 4.5-year cycle bottom in March instead of waiting for its ideal low point in July?  This is a possibility according to a Hurst analyst.  Perhaps we should not be too eager to call for an early low in the 4.5-year cycle.  Of course, the 40-wk cycle is also due in mid-July, and it’s not exactly a wimp!  Before that, a 36-day cycle is due to bottom.  All the above are posted on the daily chart.     

Point And Figure Overview of SPX

Intermediate projection:  Loose projection for mid-July:  2586.

Market Analysis (Charts courtesy of QChart)

SPX-TRAN weekly charts 

I have replaced IWM with TRN.  The latter gives us a slight edge over IWM in predicting the end of a move by topping or bottoming ahead of SPX.  This is demonstrated on the charts below when TRAN alerted us to a turn in the market direction both at the February top and March low.  At times, there is no obvious warning on the weekly chart, but it is clear on the daily chart, as is the case at the current high. It is also clear that long-term relative weakness is retained by TRAN.

SPX daily chart

The rally which started a week ago, lasted only two days before a three-day consolidation started. On Friday, there was a move back to the top of the range which made a fractional new high, but prices began to retrace immediately, and the index ended the day near its low. 

This looks as if heavy selling was met at the top of the range and it should be a prelude to additional selling over the near-term, especially since the futures sold off sharply after the close.  In other words, a secondary high has been made since 3233 and the cycles shown on the chart are beginning to pull prices lower into the intermediate low which is expected in the middle of July. 

That being said, we will still need final confirmation from the oscillators which were already two thirds in a selling mode but needed the CCI to go negative in order to complete a sell signal.  If Friday’s action was analyzed correctly, this should happen after Monday’s session.

SPX hourly chart

The Green heavy trend line starts at the March low and represents the extent of the move from that level, until a reversal was made at 3233.  After breaking the trend line prices found support on the 200-hr MA and rebounded.  The trend line was re-tested with some minor congestion occurring around it before a little pull-back.  On Friday, a final attempt was made to get back above it, and when that failed, more selling started immediately which took the index to a slightly lower correction low, with prices bouncing in the final hour but ending with a closing low for the entire consolidation which now has the appearance of a top that is ready to give way to the next leg of the correction which started from 3233.

On Thursday, a sell signal was generated by the oscillators, and Friday’s action was the final attempt at holding off the next selling wave which, judging by the action of the futures after the close, is now underway. 

UUP (dollar ETF) daily

UUP found support at a former holding level and has rallied from a near-term oversold condition.  Unless its 3-mo cycle has made an early low, it should resume its downtrend, perhaps after retesting the resistance at the green parallel line directly above. 

GDX (Gold miners ETF) daily

GDX may be ready to pull back into a short-term cycle which ranges from 6 to 8 trading days, and eventually conclude its correction at about 30.

PAAS (Pan American Silver Corp.) daily 

Like GDX, PAAS is also correcting and should continue its downtrend until it reaches a .382 retracement of its current uptrend at 22.95.  That coincides with a good support level.

BNO (U.S. Brent oil fund) daily

BNO has bounced to retest its resistance level but has not surpassed it.  It is likely that the resistance will hold, especially if the market continues to correct.


SPX appears to have concluded a secondary high on Friday.  If so, this would be the start of the next downtrend phase from the 3233 high, with the entire correction not likely to find an intermediate low until mid-July. 


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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.


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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