UPDATE: 12:05 PM
The market seems to be in full OPEX mode, with every attempt at a breakout — up or down — quickly aborted. At this moment, it’s pushing toward the downside, which is a good reason to revisit the harmonic picture.
A bullish Butterfly pattern (in red) that began Nov 1 finishes at 1198.52 (the 1.272). While, a smaller bullish Crab pattern (in purple) that began Nov 9 finishes at its 1.618 at 1201.71.
There is also horizontal support around 1200, not to mention obvious round number support. While yesterday’s 1209 low might be close enough to consider these patterns completed, I would normally look for a more precise tag before playing the rebound. Given that this is OPEX Friday, and MM’s are under water after yesterday’s plunge, I won’t be surprised if we see a ramp job kick in if we get any closer to 1200.
If they play out, initial (.618) targets for a rebound would be 1246 and 1242 respectively. Common extension targets for the Butterfly would include the 1.272 at 1298 and the 1.618 at 1325. Higher targets for the crab would include the 1.272 at 1284 and the 1.618 at 1307 — the same value as the 78.6 Fibonacci retracement of the 1370 to 1074 plunge.
Also note that current prices would make a very good Point B (about .382) for a much larger harmonic pattern with Point X at 1074 and A at 1292. A leg up to 1242-1246 would make for a nice Point C.
ORIGINAL POST: 4:30 AM
Ages ago, on November 9, I expressed my frustration at being unable to more definitively discern the market’s next move. From that post:
My favorite two scenarios are that: (1) wave 2 is over and we’re on our way down; or, (2) Tuesday’s high at 1278 (and a .786 Fib level off 1292) is a Point B that’s part of a larger Butterfly pattern. The downturn I’m expecting Wednesday will lead to a higher low (Point C) between 1215-1238 that reverses for a final rise to 1307-1313 around December 5 (day 150 from the analog.)
I went on to
cover my ass explain:
The key is where Point C lands. It could go as low as A, but shouldn’t be any lower (with rare exception.) In fact, 1215 is my defacto line in the sand to determine whether we have one last leg up or not.
(if you answered yes to two or more, you too might have a future in blogging.)
But, then there’s the fact that we couldn’t push convincingly through 1215 yesterday. I know, we hit 1209 intraday, but we closed at 1216. Coincidence? Maybe, but it’s also possible that the triangle I’ve been harping about was one of the 46% that break downward, establishing a decent Point B in a larger A-B-C leg that’s heading for 1307-1313 on December 5.
For now, I’m going to consider that “line in the sand” as bothered, but not broken. At the very least, we’re due for a bounce off of 1215. Whether it’s an OPEX-infused backtest or a larger leg up is still up in the air, in my opinion.
We have positive divergence on the short-term charts; VIX is forming a falling wedge; and, surprisingly (not), a new rumor about some marvelous financial engineering that will save the Euro, once and for all (it won’t.)
And, finally, my gratuitous attempt to blind you with science… The 2008 v 2011 analog I’ve been reporting on since last May says wave 2 isn’t over until day 150 — about 10 sessions from now.
All I’m saying, folks, is this is belt and suspender territory. I’m short as can be, but I bought a nice little insurance policy yesterday that leaves me effectively straddling the market in the short run. I may leave some profits on the table, but just in case Friday isn’t the big downdraft so many others are predicting, I’ll sleep better going into the weekend.
Good luck to all.