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Volume and Breakouts – Is it Necessary? | 11th August, 2017

This chart was published two days ago. At that time, it was warned that the possible upwards breakout of the 8th of August lacked support from volume and may turn out to be false:

S&P500 Daily 2017
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That was proven correct. The strong downwards movement from the S&P comes on a day with an increase in volume. This is a classic downwards breakout.

When a downwards breakout has support from volume, that adds confidence in it. Downwards breakouts do not require support from volume; the market may fall of its own weight. Price can fall due to an absence of buyers as easily as it can from an increase in activity of sellers. But when volume supports downwards movement, it may be more sustainable, at least for the short term.

This downwards breakout was predicted by strongest volume during the consolidation being a downwards day.

This volume analysis technique looks at the presence or absence of support from volume on the breakout after a consolidation period to tells us how reliable the breakout may be.

Published @ 12:17 a.m. EST on 12th August, 2017.

Volume and Breakouts – Is it Necessary? | 9th August, 2017

After a consolidation price will break out. The presence or absence of support from volume on the breakout tells us how reliable the breakout may be.

Gold Daily 2017
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Pennant patterns are one of the most reliable continuation patterns. But in an upwards trend the breakout should have support from volume.

For price to keep rising it requires increased activity of buyers. Upwards breakouts that do not have support from volume are suspicious.

This upwards breakout comes on a day with slightly higher volume, but the balance of volume for the session is downwards. Stronger volume during the session supported downwards movement, not upwards.

The breakout is suspicious and may turn out to be false.

While volume is important for upwards breakouts, it is not so important for downwards breakouts. The market may fall of its own weight.

Published @ 04:47 p.m. EST.

Non Farm Payroll – What Direction for the S&P500? | 3rd August, 2017

A simple classic technical analysis pattern may answer the question of what direction to expect tomorrow from the S&P500 upon release of Non Farm Payroll data. This release is expected to move markets strongly:.

Gold Daily 2017
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Pennants are reliable continuation patterns. The pattern is supported if volume declines as the pattern forms. Pennants normally appear about halfway within a trend.

The measured rule takes the flag pole which precedes the pattern and adds that length to the expected breakout of the pattern.

If this pattern is correct, then tomorrow may see an upwards breakout to new all time highs for the S&P500.

Published @ 06:28 a.m. EST.

3 Simple Trend Line Rules | 27th July, 2017

Trend lines used for support and resistance may have varying degrees of technical significance. Here are three simple rules to use to determine how much significance a trend line has and how much attention to pay to a breach.

Gold Daily 2017
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The stronger the line, the more important the breach.

Thus a line which is close to horizontal, very often tested, and very long held would be the most significant.

A line which is steep, only tested a very few times, and not long held offers very little technical significance.

On the monthly S&P500 chart, the green line has more technical significance than each of the yellow lines. The green line has a more shallow slope and is much longer held, although it has only been tested three times.

This analysis is published @ 05:08 a.m. EST.

Trading Room – 27th March, 2017

Today’s Trading Room looks at Copper, US Oil and FTSE.

To learn what the Trading Room is about see first Trading Room analysis here.

Trading Room will focus on classic technical analysis. Elliott wave analysis will be for support and for targets / invalidation points.

Copper (Spot)

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

Copper Chart Daily 2017
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Copper has made a series of lower lows and lower highs (the definition of downwards movement) since the 13th of February. This downwards movement is choppy and overlapping though.

The very short term suggests volume may provide support for a little more upwards movement. If the trend is down, then price should not make a new high above 2.700.

Long lower wicks on the last three daily candlesticks also looks bullish for the short term.

On Balance Volume gives a bearish signal on the 23rd of March, which should be given reasonable weight.

With low ADX and ATR, there is plenty of room for a new trend to develop.

ELLIOTT WAVE ANALYSIS

Copper Chart Daily 2017
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The lower edge of the gold channel did provide support; price bounced up from there. The upper edge should provide resistance.

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US Oil (WTI Crude – Spot)

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

US Oil Chart Daily 2017
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The trend is not yet extreme. There is room still for it to continue. When Oil trends strongly, ADX can remain above 35 and above both directional lines for several days before the trend ends.

There is some concern today that the next movement down is not yet underway. The correction which price moved into on the 15th of March may still be underway. Slight divergence at the last low between Stochastics and price, and RSI and price, looks slightly bullish. The long lower wick on the candlestick for the 22nd of March looks bullish.

ELLIOTT WAVE ANALYSIS

US Oil Chart Daily 2017
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If the Elliott wave count is correct, then the correction should be over. If it were to continue, then it would be grossly disproportionate to subminuette wave ii.

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FTSE

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

FTSE Chart Daily 2017
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Assume the trend remains the same until proven otherwise. The trend is up at this stage, so corrections present an opportunity to join the trend.

FTSE Chart Daily 2017
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While the longer term trend looks clear, the shorter term trend is not so clear. This can often be the case at the end of corrections within a larger trend.

Divergence with price and RSI, and Stochastics, indicates weakness at highs. This indicates caution for long positions. There is a level of risk here that is not small.

ELLIOTT WAVE ANALYSIS

FTSE Chart Monthly 2017
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The normal range for cycle wave b is from 1 to 1.38 the length of cycle wave a. The structure of cycle wave b is close to completion. If cycle wave b reaches twice the length of cycle wave a, the wave count should be discarded based upon an extremely low probability. That point is above 10,624.

FTSE Chart Weekly 2017
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The weekly chart shows all of intermediate waves (A)-(B)-(C). The structure is an incomplete zigzag. The daily chart below shows all of minor wave 5 within intermediate wave (C).

FTSE Chart Daily 2017
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Minor wave 5 is unfolding as an impulse and its structure is incomplete. Within minor wave 5, minute wave v may be extending. There is no Fibonacci ratio between minute waves i and iii, so it is more likely that minute wave v will exhibit a Fibonacci ratio to either of minute waves i or iii.

Within the middle of the third wave, micro wave 2 may not move beyond the start of micro wave 1 below 7,263.62. However, the probability of this wave count would substantially reduce if the green channel is breached before this price point is passed.

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TRADING ROOM SUMMARY TABLES

OPEN POSITIONS

Trading Room Open Positions 2017
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CLOSED POSITIONS

Trading Room Closed Positions March 2017
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DISCLAIMER

As always, it is essential that anyone using this analysis for trading advice manages risk carefully. Follow my two Golden Rules:

1. Always use a stop.

2. Never invest more than 1-5% of equity on any one trade.

Trading is about probabilities, not certainties. Failure to follow my two Golden Rules of trading indicates failure to manage risk.

Accept that this analysis may be wrong. It is impossible for any analyst to predict with certainty what a market will do next.

This analysis is published @ 01:25 a.m. EST.

Trading Room – 28th February, 2017

Today’s Trading Room looks at Copper, USD Index and DAX.

To learn what the Trading Room is about see first Trading Room analysis here.

Trading Room will focus on classic technical analysis. Elliott wave analysis will be for support and for targets / invalidation points.

Copper

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

Copper Chart Daily 2017
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This analysis is overall neutral, neither bullish nor bearish. ADX is now declining after reaching extreme. Divergence with price and RSI (red lines) is bearish. Either a larger consolidation or a trend change is a reasonable expectation at this time, but no trend change has yet been indicated.

Volume is so far inconclusive. Sometimes at the beginning of a bear move volume can be light as the market falls of its own weight. However, light and declining volume does not support the fall in price so far.

TREND LINE ANALYSIS

Copper Chart Weekly 2017
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The long term green line was perfectly touched just three weeks ago. This may provide strong resistance. The lilac line has now been breached (this is seen more clearly on the chart below). However, this lilac line is too steep for reasonable technical significance. That is the risk at this time with this analysis.

ELLIOTT WAVE ANALYSIS

Copper Chart Daily 2017
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The lilac line has been breached and price has now turned up to find resistance there. If the green line holds, then this lilac line should too.

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USD Index

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

USD Index Chart Daily 2017
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This market so far is moving upwards as has been expected. I am publishing this chart again today because at this time it may be offering a good opportunity to join a trend in the relatively early stages.

ADX is below 15, so no trend is yet indicated. ATR is still declining. These two indicators together signal caution about a potential upwards trend.

RSI is neutral. MACD and Bollinger Bands are bullish.

I particularly want to draw attention to the long lower wicks of the last three daily candlesticks. These are bullish.

ELLIOTT WAVE ANALYSIS

USD Index Chart Daily 2017
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This chart is the same as the last published daily Elliott wave chart for USD Index with the exception of the short term support line which is slightly redrawn. Notice the long lower wicks on the last three daily candlesticks and how they all sit neatly on the trend line.

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DAX

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

DAX Chart Daily 2017
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Analysis of DAX is presented in response to a reader’s request and not because it offers a good opportunity at this time.

Some larger sideways consolidation or a deeper pullback here is a reasonable conclusion after ADX reached extreme and RSI exhibited double bearish divergence over a reasonable period of time. At this time, it looks like DAX is in a consolidation with an upwards bias. The risk here is a deeper pullback may develop.

VOLUME ANALYSIS

DAX Chart Daily 2017
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StockCharts do not offer volume data for international indices. This is FXCM volume data.

Watch On Balance Volume closely over coming days. If it breaks out of the current range, that may precede the next direction for price.

Strongest volume of recent days is for downwards days. This is bearish.

ELLIOTT WAVE ANALYSIS

QUARTERLY CHART

DAX Chart Quarterly 2017
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A Super Cycle fifth wave may be completing. Super Cycle (IV) may have been a large contracting triangle, or it may have been a more brief zigzag (alternate weekly chart below).

MONTHLY CHART

DAX Chart Monthly 2017
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The triangle fits, but it is not supported by MACD hovering about zero. This is not a requirement but does add confidence when it occurs.

WEEKLY CHART

DAX Chart Weekly 2017
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The weekly chart shows all of Super Cycle wave (V) to date. Primary wave 4 may not move into primary wave 1 price territory below 10,488.

DAILY CHART

DAX Chart Daily 2017
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A correction for intermediate wave (4) may not move into intermediate wave (1) price territory below 10,807. Intermediate wave (3) may be over. This is supported by classic technical analysis. A deeper pullback may occur here, maybe to the 0.236 Fibonacci ratio about 11,527. That would see intermediate wave (4) end within the price territory of the fourth wave of one lesser degree.

It is my conclusion at this time that DAX does not offer a good trading opportunity. The upwards trend looks stretched at this time, so a pullback may occur. If it does, then at its end it may offer an opportunity to join the upwards trend.

ALTERNATE MONTHLY CHART

DAX Chart Weekly 2017
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The conclusion for the short term may be the same even if the triangle is wrong. Cycle wave IV may have been a quicker zigzag. Cycle wave V may still be within the final fifth wave up. The daily chart would be the same for this idea.

DISCLAIMER

As always, it is essential that anyone using this analysis for trading advice manages risk carefully. Follow my two Golden Rules:

1. Always use a stop.

2. Never invest more than 1-5% of equity on any one trade.

Trading is about probabilities, not certainties. Failure to follow my two Golden Rules of trading indicates failure to manage risk.

Accept that this analysis may be wrong. It is impossible for any analyst to predict with certainty what a market will do next.

This analysis is published @ 01:12 a.m. EST on 1st March, 2017.