Market Thoughts and Analysis: Calling Temporary Top ... Take 4
Okay. Raise your hand if you are tired of binv trying to call a top on this leg of the rally. My hand is up too. I get tired of myself sometimes. But the market keeps throwing curveballs and like a sucker I keep swinging away. However, I am trying to provide analysis of the charts and patterns as they unfold. If not entirely useful to you, hopefully they provide some amount of entertainment value :)
I talked about the big picture at the beginning of my post last time. I used terms like Primary Wave 2 being simply a bullish correction in an overall larger bear market. And thought I would share my chart that goes with it. I have shared this before, but here it is again.
Here is the text that accompanies it, from my last post.
The bigger picture: We are still in Primary Wave 2 (bullish corrective wave up in a larger secular bear market) which is a triple zigzag (by my preferred count). We a finishing the final A-B-C of this triple zigzag, having completed the A wave. The next move will be a B wave down for the next 3-4 weeks that will be a correction to this powerful A wave we just experienced. Becuase it was so powerful and pushed through a lot of resistance layers which will now be support, I don't think this B wave will be a crash. It would be uncharacteristic and the SPX will find a lot of support around 930-950.
The next move after this correction will be the final C leg up to finish Primary 2. I think it will move to at least the 38.2% retracement line of P1 (~1015 on the SPX). I think there is a range of values it will want to hit depending on how the rally progresses, I think ~1000 - ~1100 and 1050 is my "average" target. That should finish up this overall bullish correction.
How might this play out fundamentally?
This A wave took place during Q2 earnings season and even though earnings were *NOT THAT GOOD*, and by and large, they were better than analysts expectations. Enough reason for a continuation of the rally. However what was ignored was that the top line (revenues) for most reports were down or flat. Very few slam dunk winners in revenue growth. However earnings were still guided fairly optimistically. Wave C will run up on the expectation of better earnings (which as I just mentioned were guided higher). I think Wave C / P2 terminates during the next earning season (OCtober-ish). When earnings come in as expected (maybe with some negative surprises) reaction will be tepid. As we get further through earnings, revenue reporting will be lackluster and revenue guidance will not be good. I think this will be the "news catalyst" (even though us in the TA world have a skeptical notion on the news affecting price) to signal the end of this bull run.
That is complete conjecture / speculation on my part, but it is a scenario that is worth pondering. Just look back this quarter at the lackluster revenue reports. It should get you thinking.
Just as a timeline with my calls and trades, so we can see the progression
- July 09: stated were in large Wave B of P2 of my old preferred count. Still short since June 22. Trading the right shoulder / broken neckline sceanrio.
- July 15: S&P rallys hard of support. Head and shoulders pattern is almost broken, but I call it as broken. My preferred count is broken and I adopted new preferred count (the triple zigzag). I cover my shorts on July 16, as I said in comment #14 of my July 15 post. (For a loss) :(. But my count was broken and I am trading my count, so I covered. I said that the rally was going to continue for several days. I took a lot of flak for this call (see comments #29 and #33 of my July 15 post), but it has turned out to be right.
- July 20: Rally continues. I said we were getting close to the top but that there was still upside. Still 100% cash.
- July 23: Called the top around 10 am. This was based on the first chart below, which in retrospect is not right and I have revised. But it is close to right, so I am still comfortable with my call. I think there is a little more upside tomorrow (S&P 985 as my max target). If the rally continues into Monday or exceeds 985, then my call is wrong. I established a short postion today (10%) around the same time as my call. Also I made some Caps picks at the same time so that I put my Caps points where my mouth is.
- July 28: We the top was not in when I called it. I believe the top was made today. However the SPX did not break 985, so my call last Thursday was partly right.
*However* early is still wrong, so I will call my Thursday prediction wrong. Just being honest for those keeping score :)
- July 30 (today): Still wrong .... sigh. Beautiful weather we are having. How 'bout them Mets?. Oh, BTW I think we have a top ... again. It happened today ... or maybe will happen tomorrow morning at the latest, I mean it!.... .... anybody want a peanut? :)
Here is a list of most of my short term market update posts (this current series):
- Market Thoughts and Analysis: Ready for A "Crash"? ... Not Yet Jul 28, 09 - LINK
- Market Thoughts and Analysis: Calling Temporary Top Jul 23, 09 - LINK
- Market Thoughts and Analysis: The Next Moves Jul 20, 09 - LINK
- Market Thoughts and Analysis: ..... Wow. Jul 15, 09 - LINK
- Market Thoughts and Analysis: Summer Doldrums or
Hurricane Season? Jul 09, 09 - LINK
Here is a list of most of my in-depth market analysis posts:
- This Rally was Pure Weapons Grade Balognium Jun 22, 09 - LINK
- Thoughts on the US Dollar, Analysis of the USDX Long Term, Follow
up on the Gold Blog Jun 17, 09 - LINK
- Market Thoughts and Analysis: The Gold Blog. Gold/Silver/GSMs (and a
little Oil for good measure) Jun 15, 09 - LINK
- More Thoughts and Analysis: Timeframes - Bearish, to
Bullish ... to Bearish May 17, 09 - LINK
- Still Bearish: FA and TA on S&P500, Observations on the Economy May 10, 09 - LINK
- Technical Investing Themes: MacroTrends, USDX, Oil,
Gold, S&P500, etc. Mar 27, 09 - LINK
- Is Natural Gas Potentially Bottoming? Mar 23, 09 - LINK
- Update on Oil, Gold and the USDX Mar 19, 09 - LINK
- Short Term Oil Jan 7, 09 - LINK
Here is a list of very good commentary posts that discuss inflation / deflation / monetary policy / macroeconomics, etc.
- Steve Saville: Market Value, Money and Credit - Good layman's description of TMS and its importance
- Quantitative Easing Explained - Just a good funny article on QE
- Steve Saville: Why We are Gold Bulls - A good inflationary summary
- Steve Saville: Money Confusion and Inflation/Deflation - Good discussion as to what constitutes money and why some monetary discussions are invalid
- Zeal: Big Inflation Coming 2 - Good discussion of inflation and deflation.
- Mises: TMS - Good Definition of True Money Supply (TMS).
- Saville: Inflations New Upward Trend - Misuse of the Velocity of Money concept
- John Mauldin: The Endgame - Very good deflation arguments.
Purpose and Background
Okay, I am going to dispense with the normal rant. Just leaving this link for those who have not read it before. Regarding my analyis and Elliot Wave counts specifically: Read this RANT.
Many of us EW Technicians have what we call a “preferred count”. This means the count and analysis that is the most likely to happen, in our opinion. We may have several different counts that are viable based on the unfolding price action (because ultimately any pattern is incomplete until it is in the past). But we select one that is most likely, the “preferred” one. And per the observation made above, any good analyst knows that even the best guess is still a guess. So even the analyst who makes the count does not put an absolute 100% likelihood of occurrence on it..
Yes indeed, this is binv's Tin Foil Hat Area! Actually many people don't agree with my fundamental analysis, especially regarding inflation / deflation. And even less agree with my TA, especially my Elliot Wave Counts. So if you find yourself actually agreeing with what I write, then might I suggest wearing a Tin Foil Hat? I will gladly sell you one for just $19.95! (plus shipping and handling of course) .... :) (just kidding). On to the analysis!
No update necessary as nothing has changed. This is pure greed buying (prices are getting higher becuase prices are high) in Q2 earnings season becuase earnings didn't stink up the joint as bad as expected. However, read my speculation spiel at the top of the post. Everybody was ga-ga for (fairly unimpressive) earnings, but largely ignored pretty bad revenues. I think this will come to bite us in 3 months.
.... continued in the Comments section ....