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Monday, May 30, 2011

Weekend wrap- it's over when it's over.

If you thought a week ago that the back and forth ride should be over, you certainly got disappointed. Just another round-trip week. We may have a better chance of breaking that pattern this coming week, but will see. Simply it's over when it's over. Same goes for this entire bull.
SPX bounced from the gap and trendline support and rode just up to the resistance of the down-sloping channel.
Landmarks for the direction of the next move appear clear: 1312 down and 1330 up.
Russell 2000 actually pierced the trendline resistance intraday on Friday before pulling back. It did manage to close just above 50 DMA which was kind of fulcrum for the swings recently.
Just to repeat my previous thesis, R2K is already likely in the topping process even if it chooses to go up for another month or so.
Poor US dollar did top for this bounce in quite ugly fashion and amongst bearish euro news. Likely to get even poorer soon (bounces included).
That leaves us with oil and other commodities. Keeping in mind that Summer is generally a bad period for this pack, this year it may be relatively nice, considering the dollar development and the fact that the correction (or the bear raid) has already happened.
One more market to cover: Shanghai composite index. I have been keeping few charts of it in my list and just added few updated comments. I still expect it to recover and rally strongly for several months. That's purely based on the look of the charts- simply missing one more leg up. It got however to the point that the rally option is now/soon or never.

In summary, the market resisted quite nicely the distribution that's going on from all the "sell in May and go away" types and should have some progress over the next few weeks. However, if it chooses to continue to correct now, we should get into a very nice patch after the mid-Summer.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Weekend wrap- commodities bear raid ending.

Well, it feels like another round-trip week, but it was actually down-up-down ride, with end result of doji weekly candles on many charts. After not very decisive decline on Monday, I put support levels on charts that worked well, and whole action of the past week was just bouncing between the support and resistance.
SPX honored its support at 1320 and appears to be drawing a falling wedge. In case it breaks down next support at 1295 should hold.
Russell 2000 also dipped to its support at 815 and bounced.
R2K truly appears to be in topping mode- even if this pattern resolves (as I expect) to the upside. It may take some time before distribution complete- tentatively in July.
US dollar is trying its best to continue to rally but I suspect  it is done for now and may start dropping from the start of the next week. The question is what will happen in July/August when more weakness may hit equities, but will deal with that when the time comes.
That gets us to the oil, gold and other commodities.
Oil did indeed held up 95 despite 4 attempts of pushing it lower.
Which brings us to what really happened to commodities over the past 3 weeks. My take is that it was as obvious bear raid as they get, brought by very obvious silver topping that gave the pretext for the pack of bears to get on the ride across the commodities. Now it appears that the second part of the run is failing, and I would expect a strong reaction to the failed raid now.
Gold seems to be leading the way.
Commodities fate is related to the Chinese stock market and I encourage you to look at few charts of SSEC  that I have in my list.

In summary, the major event appears to be failing bear raid in commodities, and hopefully some more juice in equities that I expect to show itself up next week.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Weekend wrap.

The week turned out to be a round trip, capped by the weak finish. Gold printed a weekly doji candle and oil gained a tiny bit despite some rise in the dollar. The chart for the SPX is as interesting as they get, with several technical patterns in play.
There is an inverted H&S consolidation with a breakout and now the neckline being retested- a bullish pattern. There is also a support from the blue trendline. On the other hand there appears to be a deja vu of the pattern seen in February/March as encircled, suggesting that quite a bit of selling may still be in cards short term, with support around 1295. In support of this resolution is the non-impulsive pattern of the wave from March lows, and best fitting count  would be an ABC correction as marked. Back to the positives again: the uncertainty should be resolved rather quickly when the index breaks either blue or the red trendline. Anyway, SPX did not arrive yet to its top for this bull and more rally will eventually follow.
Russell 2000 is hanging on the support and could drop easily by 50 points if that's the direction of the move. If that happens we may be seeing actual top in making for this index. Just to be clear, bounces and retest would happen but just to complete the distribution process.
 US dollar had another decent week, pushing into resistance zone but target of around 62 still stands, and commodities should start picking up soon.
Oil held 95 and may have completed its correction, with the caveat that a final drop to the 200 DMA, currently around 90 may be a risk.
Silver printed weekly long-legged indecision doji candle and is simply writing its own story, that will be a legend for future generations. Near term a transition into a trading range as noted in the last weekly update is likely, with the caveat that early drop next week may push it down to lower level supports around 27 and 24.
In summary, after the indecision last week we may get some direction next week and that should be apparent early on. R2K is at risk for having topped out but I do not believe that top for the SPX yet arrived and commodities and gold should start rallying soon.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Weekend wrap.

Stock market suffered relatively modest selloff and commodities a true panic this week. All with a bounce of the dollar from a very oversold position and a minor support. This appears to me like a nice reset of the recent froth.
SPX remains in an uptrend with good support both from the trendline and support zone that covers 1320-1340.
The bottom spotter gave a fair (could be better) signal on Thursday.
Russell 2000 also still looks good, finding support at the trendline but any further drop could be a problem.
US dollar bounced after several bottoming candlesticks and commodities selloff already underway. It did not even get to the 50 days MA which is currently around 75.5 and that's highest I would expect it to go.

I will spend more time on commodities in this update, since that's where the action was this week.
I have been watching a potential rising wedge in Oil, expecting it to complete in June-July in time for the Summer correction, but last week made it clear that it was not a wedge but a flat, as you can see below.
This correction in oil corresponds to one in Oil Services, where it is more pronounced and clearly a continuation (or rather completion) of the process that started in early March.
My take is that we have seen the correction in energy expected for the Summer months already and the "Summer low" is in.
 I will mention Airlines here, since they trade contra-cyclical to oil and are in a bear market until proven otherwise. My suggestion is: do not get suck in.

Silver did not heed my good wishes and did what silver does well- sold off violently, landing at the support which should hold.
For its own sake silver should consolidate for a while between 48 and 36, and if he listens to me he would have a good chance for new highs later on. Duration of that consolidation is uncertain and could be weeks, months or even years. In the meantime, such consolidation if traded properly should be more profitable that an uncontrolled run.
Natural gas is getting on my nerves, but that's hopefully for the last time.
In summary, we just had an interesting but healthy week- if my take on it  is correct.