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Stock Market Minor Cycle Correcting

Stock-Markets / Stock Market 2021 Nov 16, 2021 - 05:02 PM GMT

By: Andre_Gratian


Current Position of the Market

SPX Long-term trend:  The long-term trend continues unimpeded but could be challenged in early 2022. 

SPX Intermediate trend:  An intermediate correction has ended and given way to another intermediate uptrend which could continue into early 2022.

Analysis of the short-term trend is done daily with the help of hourly charts. They are important adjuncts to the analysis of daily and weekly charts which determine longer market trends.

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Minor Cycle Correcting

Cycles:  Looking ahead!

7-yr cycle – Last lows: 2009-2016.  Next low:  ~2023

Market Analysis (Charts, courtesy of StockCharts)

SPX daily chart

A couple of weeks ago some deceleration was beginning to take place in the index due to some technical and cyclical factors, and this was being reflected in the indicators as we approached the FOMC meeting suggesting that the market might react negatively to its report.  Instead of correcting immediately, the index liked what it heard from the Fed and from the jobs report which followed a few days later, and it tacked on close to another 100 points before starting to pull back.   Only then was it able to start the anticipated correction, shaving off about 90 points in the early part of last week before finding support and rallying into Friday’s close. 

The decline which began at 4718 is likely to be a correction brought about by the current short-term cycle due to make its low on about 11/22.  The rally which started from 4630 on Wednesday is probably a countertrend move which had an estimated projection to ~4685.  This was achieved on Friday, but it could push a little higher.

The October low marked the beginning of another intermediate uptrend which is currently only experiencing an interim correction. Should SPX follow the proposed scenario, it will continue this pullback for another five or six more trading days into the next short-term Hurst cycle low; after which the market would be expected to continue its uptrend -- probably into early 2022 before the current intermediate trend comes to an end. 

The correction into October created a base which is capable of higher projections than those already achieved.  At a minimum, the index should be able to reach 4790 (and probably higher) before coming to the end of the intermediate trend.

  • DJIA daily
  • I have again posted the McClellan indicator underneath the daily DOW chart.  Earlier this month, this breadth indicator gave a clear warning that the market was nearing a short-term top and, even with the strong push that followed the FOMC report, it only achieved a very limited recovery.  With the current retracement, it has already made a slightly new low, enhancing its negative divergence with the DOW and projecting more weakness ahead.
  • The DOW itself is showing more weakness than either SPX or NDX in the current countertrend rally.
  • SPX hourly chart
  • The hourly SPX chart substantiated the warning issued by the daily chart indicators with negative divergence appearing in its own indicators.  This signaled that, at a minimum, a consolidation lay ahead; but by Tuesday’s close it became apparent that we had probably already struck the high point of the current short-term cycle.
  • The index is now making a corrective a-b-c pattern with the first phase ending at 4630.  From that level, the countertrend rally may have ended the second phase on Friday although, as stated earlier, we could see a little more before rolling over into the third phase of the short-term correction.  Initial selling found support at the first price congestion level indicated by the upper dotted line.  The next phase stands a good chance of progressing down to the second dotted line, at least, before ending.  We’ll know better when we have confirmed the countertrend high and started down again. 
  • USD dollar daily
  • The dollar extended its move outside of the channel and above the lower resistance level. It should continue to move to the next resistance level and to its ~96 target before putting an end to the rally which started at 90.
  • GDX gold miners - daily
  • GDX overcame its first resistance level and extended its rally in spite of the dollar strength.  But that, combined with another band of resistance, could cause it to pause for a few days.
  • PAAS – daily
  • The pattern made by PAAS continues to duplicate that of GDX.  Consequently, PAAS should also find temporary resistance at the next dashed trend line.  If the dollar reverses its trend and starts to correct, it should help both charts to extend their current uptrends.
  • BNO Brent oil fund - daily
  • BNO retested its high and pulled back, indicating that some additional consolidation/correction lies ahead. 
  • It is likely that SPX made a short-term high at 4718 and that it will continue to correct into the current cycle low due ~11/22.


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