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Stock-Markets / Financial Crash Oct 19, 2016 - 03:26 PM GMT

By: Anthony_Cherniawski

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Good Morning!

Could a flash crash happen in the next two days? The answer is yes. The Cycles Model implies that today may be the focal point for the two-week delayed Master Cycle low.

However, as you can see, only Waves 1 and 2 are complete. I am not sure that Waves 3, 4 and 5 can be finished in a day, so Thursday afternoon may be the ideal time…for a flash crash low. Here are the reasons.


First, The last Master Cycle low was on September 12 (272 days), exactly 14 days beyond the expected MC low due on August 29. Today is day 272 of the current Master cycle. We are opening the 14th day beyond the normal due date at 258 days.

Second, the current Cycle starting at the 2169.60 high is now 46 market hours long. Its next cyclical interval is 60 hours (8.6 days), which puts the next Cyclical low near Thursday’s close. There is a chance that the decline may stop at 56 hours, suggesting an alternate time at or shortly after noon on Thursday.

Third, this suggests a “limit down” of 7% (1989.27) may be possible, which may temporarily close the market. The second daily circuit breaker is at 13%. This puts a potential target at 1861.00 from yesterday’s close. As a reference point, the 2010 flash crash decline was “officially” 8.6 percent on May 6. The 2015 flash crash was “officially” 5.2% on the day of August 24. The 7% circuit breaker trigger is at 1989.27,very close to the Brexit low. The 13% circuit breaker level is at 1861.45, very near the 1867.01 August 24, 2015 low. Note that a break of the Cycle Bottom at 1909.37 would be likely to establish a new Cyclical decline.

Fourth, today is options and futures expiration for VIX. Commercial traders are heavily long the VIX, while retail investors and speculators are short the VIX.

Fifth, the NDX will have 56 hours of decline at the same time as the SPX 60 hours.

TNX has bounced this morning, but it doesn’t appear that it can go much higher. The decline may match the decline in SPX. The Cycles Model supports the idea of a decline, possibly to the 2-hour Cycle Bottom at 15.18.

Regards,

Tony

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