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An excellent example of the “all-one-market” phenomena

It has come to be known as the “risk-on/risk-off” or “all-one-market” phenomena in global markets. It is a situation where seemingly unrelated markets have taken on an historically high correlation. Individual markets seem to be the proxy for all other markets.

I have witnessed periods in the past when unusually strong correlations existed for months and months. But, I have never experienced the level of correlation we have lived with as traders since 2008. There are a lot of theories out there to explain this phenomena. Most of them touch on the global flow of capital, speculative herd instincts, liquidity, the search for “safe havens,” and the like. I will leave the precise and correct explanation to those much smarter than myself.

Any way, I have come across near identical chart patterns in three seemingly unrelated markets (although I am sure I will hear a scenario from many of you as to why these markets are not unrelated).

The charts shown below are Crude Oil, S&Ps and the EURUSD. Note that the first two are daily graphs, while EURUSD is an intra-day chart. Seeing the same pattern in different time frames has become known as the “fractal” concept. But, nevertheless, the price behavior of the three markets has been nearly identical during their respective corrective rallies.


Will the outcomes be the same? Will one of the three be the leading indicator? It will be interesting to see. I can say this — the pattern is either very bearish or quite bullish. Talk about hedging my bet? What we see at the present time qualifies as a possible bearish rising wedge of a possible horn or sloping bottom.

My guess is that all three patterns will morph into something different. Big help am I!

Markets: $CL_F, $OIL, $SPY, $ES_F, $EURUSD, $G6E_F

Mama said there would be days like this

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When the flag ($SPY) stops flying

The flag interpretation in the U.S. stock indexes is beginning to unravel.

I have been loudly “waving the flag” for another leg down in the U.S. stock. Well, I am beginning to doubt this interpretation based on a well burried sentence in the Edwards and Magee book. I thank reader Andrew for our dialogue about this matter.

A discussion of flags in Technical Analysis of Stock Trends, Chapter 17 (Measuring Implicatons in Chart Patterns) points out that if the flag continues for more than three weeks, the flag interpretation is probably not correct.

We are now in the fifth week of the flag. The Dec. S&P futures punched through the bottom of the flag today and appears to have little follow through.  A close above Friday’s close would put the flag interpretation 70% in doubt, in my opinion. Of course, this flag may prove to be an outlier and still work. But, it needs to work today or tomorrow at the latest.

Does a failure of the flag mean the stock market has bottomed? NO!!!! What it means is that the flag will morph into a larger pattern. The dominant trend in stocks is down. Periods of confusion normally are resolved in the direction of the dominant trend.

Markets: $SPY $ES_F

Silver is a cross dresser!

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Trading as a strategic operation

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Stock market remains in very bearish mode

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The History of Unfilled Gaps in the U.S. Stock Indexes

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CFTC COT Data — Commercials Huge Buyers of Stock Index Futures

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My outlook for the U.S. stock market remains unchanged

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The purpose of the markets is to redistribute wealth from the many to the few

Yes, yes, I know what you are going to say … about how the markets allow corporations to raise capital in order to expand … yadda, yadda, yadda!

But, while this is a function of the markets, it is not the purpose. The purpose is to make a very few people very wealthy at the expense of the many. If the markets fail to fulfill this purpose, then the markets will cease to exist.

The wealth distribution takes place over very extended periods of time (decades, even generations). But, we see this concept operating over shorter time periods. Like the present, for example.

I believe the U.S. stock market has topped. I believe that the bear market we are entering will make a few people very wealthy at the expense of the many. The process is like the tide, coming in one wave at a time.

Some of the questions I ask myself often about any given market include:

  • How is this market going to best pick people’s pockets?
  • How will the market go about accomplishing this pocket picking?
  • How will the market impose the maximum penalty and pain on the maximum number of market participants (traders)?
  • What price action needs to take place to make the greatest number of market participants the most complacent? 

Sometimes I guess wrongly on these questions, sometimes rightly.

The decline (“collapse” is a better description) in August forced many people out of the stock market — in fact, everyone who bought stock in the first seven months of 2011 (based on the indexes) lost money. I am sure tremendous liquidation occurred at or near the August low. The volume tells us this. The decline also turned a lot of traders bearish at the worst possible time. Perhaps you are one of those unfortunate traders who got short the week of August 8. I would have never advised you to take such an action, even though I was and am bearish. Timing is as important as direction. A good trades needs both things to occur.

So, the market forced long liquidation and trapped shorts in the same breath. Now the market is “running in the shorts.” The market is also giving confidence to those people who either bought for the bounce or stayed long during the early August “correction.”

The market’s current rally may even cause some people who blew out at the botton to buy back in now. Ugh! Those who shorted in the hole will get blown out. In the next act, those who buy stock in the days ahead, believing the worst is behind us, will end up with the fish hook in their mouths.

I remain short Sept. S&P futures. While I do not like losing unrealized profits, I will not take a loss on my trade. Take a look at the weekly and daily charts and ask yourself this question — which seems to be more powerful, the H&S top above the market or the dinky little double-type bottom under the market? In fact, the weekly graph does not even display a bottom.

The market is retesting the top. The retest is trying my nerves. But in the end I think the market is simply forming a bear flag. It will take a close above the August 2 high for me to change my tune. Could it happen? Of course, the market can do anything it wants to do.

I am looking for a spot to increase my short leverage. A hard retest of the top followed by a one-day reversal would be awesome. This may not happen, but if it does I will be ready. What ever happens, you can be assured of one thing — the markets are about redistributing wealth from the many to the few.

Markets: $ES_F, $SPY, $NQ_F, $QQQ