Breaking the ellipse

Markets are trying the upside since the start of a new lunar Green period last week, but so far the move seems to lack conviction.
After several strong lunar Green periods ( see our Performance page, which is now easier to read), we could be in for a weak one. The coming week will make it more clear.

Let’s have a look at the S&P 500 index (click for larger image):

S&P 500

As we mentioned last week, we could be forming a double top here, which wouldn’t bode well for the second half of the month. If the market fails to get above 1475 this week, then I would take some profits and/or buy some protection for my portfolio.

The reason why this resistance level may be hard to crack can be seen in a longer term chart (click for larger image):

S&P weekly

Since the 2009 lows, the market action in the S&P 500 index has been capped by a large ellipse, with multiple touches. As long as the market doesn’t break decisively out of this pattern, we have to consider it valid. This means that the 1470 level could continue to form major resistance for the next year or so.
Meanwhile my Earl indicator (blue line) is just turning down, giving a sell signal. The slower Earl2 is barely holding above zero, also suggesting weakness. This means we probably need a downswing before we can try the upside again (likely in early 2013).


As chart of the week we take a look at the EUR vs GBP (click for larger image):


This is a long term weekly chart. The Euro has been weakening against the Pound since early 2009.
My slow Earl2 indicator has recently turned up from its oversold levels. This suggests that a bottom is in place or very near.
Euro can be bought vs GBP, with an initial target of 0.85

Good luck, Danny

By Dan

Author of LunaticTrader and Reversal Levels method. Stock market forecasts based on proprietary indicators, seasonal patterns and moon cycles.

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