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So bitcoin hits my long term target

Posted by Danny on August 14, 2017

Normally I write about bitcoin once a year, but since my last post in May the cryptos have become a very fast market and now my long term price target of $4246 is being reached. So, I will give a quick update and some new price targets.
But first I want to take a look at stock markets where some interesting things are happening too. Here is the current Nasdaq chart:

^COMP (Daily) 10_27_2015 - 8_11_2017

Nasdaq has reached 6400 and S&P 500 has stagnated just below 2500, which was the base scenario I mentioned a month ago. Markets had a quick dip last week. Nothing unusual, the S&P was down 1.4% for the week, but people have become so accustomed to low volatility that this was enough to get some traders panicked already. What are those traders going to do if the markets are down more than 2 or 3% in a week (or day)? We will find out some day.
Long term trend lines in Nasdaq and S&P and are being tested but not broken yet. As long as that is the case we better assume that the bull run is ongoing. We are more likely than not to get a rebound rally here. We are starting a new lunar green period and the Earl indicator is in bottom territory (but not turning up yet). Whether that rebound will be weak or strong I don’t know. A sustained drop below 6200 would not look good and then the chances for a rebound rally would dwindle quickly.
Keep an eye on August 23rd, when our LT wave will peak for August. If that paints any kind of high (rebound high, double top or even all time high) then we could very well see a new downturn in the ensuing days.

So, what about those bitcoins? In February 2014 I posted price targets based on my reversal levels calculations. Bitcoin was trading above $600 back then, but my bottom target of $180 was nicely reached by early 2015 and then bitcoin started climbing again. I reiterated my long term buy signal in October 2015, when you could still buy bitcoin at $280. Of course we had to wait longer to get to my top targets of $2457 and $4246, but here we are with bitcoin knocking on $4200 over the weekend. So, does this mean the move is now over?
I really don’t know here, because the $4000 level is a very critical juncture in the long term chart:

bit

Some people are warning about parabolic moves and bubbles already, but that’s because they are looking at a linear scaled chart. Moves of this magnitude can only be judged on a semi-log scale chart. What we see here is a sustained (but very high) rate of change, with the move confined to a rather narrow channel since 2015. The same rate of change it also held throughout 2012 before going parabolic in 2013. A sustained breakout above $4000 that quickly heads for $5000+ would start a parabolic move like in 2013. And then it can go above $10k. A failure to do so would probably give us a peak near my $4246 target and be followed by a significant decline when traders notice that the steep rally has ended.
Both scenarios have 50/50 chance at the moment, so if you hold bitcoin from a much lower cost base then I would sell some and hold the rest at zero cost base. A tulip mania type move is possible here and then bitcoin could reach $10k or $20k before a big panic.

Meanwhile my method shows two new price targets: $6430 could become relevant as a next top target or as a resistance zone on the way to even higher levels. And there is a bottom target at $1470. This would come into play if we get a big drop. Bear in mind, not all my targets and forecasts will work out. I am probably due for some bad calls on bitcoin.

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Ready for 2500

Posted by Danny on July 11, 2017

In my last post I recommended caution and wanted to see how the market gets through the lunar red period. Muddling through without further damage to the longer term uptrend would set us up for another rally in July-August.
That seems to be what we have got and if the market holds up a few more days then another rally will become the base scenario. Here is the current S&P 500 chart:

^SP500 (Daily) 10_5_2015 - 7_10_2017

The 2400 support level has held up well so far. It was tested twice but didn’t break. My Earl indicator (blue line) has bottomed out, which sets the stage for another rally. But the slower Earl2 (orange line) is still headed lower just below the zero line. The MoM indicator is also turning up from the yellow neutral zone.
After an extended bull move it is not unusual for the Earl2 to negate the final rally of the move and just stay flat near the zero line. That could be exactly what we are seeing here. Another rally would probably take this index up to just below 2500 (blue circle) in August and the Earl2 might completely negate that move. If that comes to pass we will have a bearish setup that could be very dangerous for the remainder of the year.
But first things first. The setup favors another rally and we will be starting a new lunar green period. The LT wave will also improve after the middle of the week. If we get the rally I would look for 2500 in August and possibly a major peak. If the rally fails quickly and the S&P drops below 2400 then we will know a bigger decline has already started.

I also want to show you a pattern that is showing up in the S&P since the early 2016 correction lows. The first rally off those lows peaked in August (negating the two day Brexit drops as an aberration) and was followed by a 3 month sideways.
Then the markets rallied 4 months, followed by 6 weeks of sideways action. And then the market rallied another 2 months, now followed by 3 weeks of sideways action (so far).
So, the rallies have been getting shorter and weaker and the sideways patterns that follow them have become shorter as well. The moves seem to halve in length with each iteration. If this self-similar pattern continues for another round then we should now start a 1 month rally with a peak somewhere in mid August. Here is a more close-up chart:

spx

A move well above 2500 or a drop below 2400 would tell us something else is going on. So I wouldn’t bet the bank on this, just keeping my eyes open.

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Get ready for the August eclipse

Posted by Danny on June 14, 2017

Despite some air pockets the US stock indexes keep looking up. The recent lunar red period produced a 35 point loss for the Nasdaq and we have started a new green period. There will be total solar eclipse over the USA in August and it will probably get plenty media attention. So, we will have a good look later on in this article but first I want to share the current S&P chart:

^SP500 (Daily) 8_31_2015 - 6_13_2017

This market stays in a nice channel since the early 2016 corrections. S&P 500 is currently in the middle of the range and trying to decide whether it wants to visit the upper or lower boundary next.
The Earl indicator (blue line) has turned down, but this has only produced a sideways pause so far. The slower Earl2 (orange line) is climbing again after some hesitation. This suggests a continuing rally until we see Earl2 top out again.

Bullish participation had been weak in recent months but is now improving:

spx

369 S&P stocks in bullish mode is the highest since early March. In healthy market advances the number of bullish stocks typically climbs above 400 (80%), like it did in February and December. If the number of bullish stocks falls back below 300 (60%) then the rally will be on hold. But as long as that doesn’t happen we better assume higher highs coming up. I keep monitoring this stat and you can find it in my weekly outlook posts on reversallevels.com every Sunday.

So what’s up with that eclipse? Well, on August 21st there will be a total solar eclipse crossing the US from coast to coast:

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(source: https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/solar/2017-august-21)

Before you stash away extra sugar, water and canned tuna and sell all your stocks, remember that this has happened before and you would not be able to pinpoint those events on a long term chart of the markets unless you knew the dates. The most recent occasions were 26 February 1979 and 8 June 1918. Nothing unusual happened.

Historically, stocks markets actually perform slightly better than average in the weeks around a solar eclipse. See my old article: Eclipses and the stock market. So, if come August the market is still setting new records then some commentators may start pointing to this eclipse as the reason for a crash. Sure, there may be a market decline in September or October, but that doesn’t mean it would have anything to do with this eclipse.
I would rather watch this chart from 1987, exactly 30 years ago. Markets climbed in the first months of the year, then paused March to May and climbed to new highs in June to peak out in late August. The price action so far this year happens to be identical:

spx1987

If we reach a major peak in August then I would expect it to come with significant bearish divergences and new investors’ enthusiasm pushing out doomsayers.

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LT wave for June

Posted by Danny on June 2, 2017

Markets continue to record new highs and the S&P 500 seems to have broken the resistance near the 2400 level. I didn’t see too many “sell in May” tweets, probably because that strategy failed last year, but that doesn’t tell us anything for this year. I would just ride this rally as long as it lasts, which is what we are doing with our reversal levels strategy.
How long? Well, the bullish scenario I updated last December is still on track: Dow 32000 revisited. It is feasible for the S&P 500 to reach 2500-600 by summer and then a final autumn surge could follow suit.
At the same time I want to keep an eye on the 88 year crash cycle I explored in this post from 2013: The long term crash cycle. This pointed to 2017 as the next candidate for a mania and crash. We will find out soon.

Let’s have a look at the Nasdaq before giving the LT wave chart for June:

^COMP (Daily) 8_18_2015 - 6_1_2017

Indicators are pointing up again after the brief pullback in mid May. We keep seeing a pattern of higher highs and higher lows. It is hard to fight a market like this. Short sellers keep getting punished and once they give up completely we may get the kind of final surge that pulls in the last bulls. Keep your eyes open and your ears closed.

Our LT wave had a decent month in May, here is the wave for June:

ltwaveJun2017

Expected strength until the 9th saw the S&P reach 2400 for the first time. The weaker period until the 23rd produced a significant dip followed by a strong final week.
For June the wave projects continued strength until the 5th and then a weaker period until the 20th. The final week is expected to be strong again, a pattern we have been seeing for several months.

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The bitcoin boom

Posted by Danny on May 9, 2017

Stocks keep trading with a positive bias and major indexes are reaching new all time highs. Our LT wave for May suggests some weakness is up next. We will find out soon. Here is the current S&P chart:

^SP500 (Daily) 7_28_2015 - 5_8_2017

The S&P exceeded its March 1 high yesterday, but it didn’t manage to stay above the 2400 resistance level. It may push through in the coming days, but if that doesn’t happen it will start to look like a failed breakout and that would probably trigger some selling.
The Earl indicator (blue line) has turned down, but the slower Earl2 (orange line) is still headed higher. This can go either way. A continued rally would probably target 2500 where it would test the upper boundary of the blue trend channel. A pullback could give us a revisit of 2300 for a test of the lower boundary.
I am short term neutral until we get more clarity.

Bitcoin is getting a lot of buzz recently as it keeps climbing to new record highs. I try to do a post about bitcoin once a year, so this a good opportunity for an update. I have been quite lucky with my calls on the crypto currencies. I went bearish on bitcoin in December 2013, just weeks before it peaked above $1000. In my second article I called for bitcoins to drop as low as $180, which came true a year later. And in my most recent post in October 2015 I gave a long term buy signal for bitcoin and also tipped ethereum. Ethereum has indeed grown into a strong contender in this space. You could pick up ETH for less than $1 when I wrote my piece and it traded just below $100 in the recent weeks. That’s a nice 100-fold increase in less than 2 years.
So, what’s next for bitcoin? Here is a long term chart:

bitcoin

Bitcoin has been climbing in a nice trend channel since 2015. BTC trades above $1700 as of today, so it looks like it’s going to test the upper boundary of the channel. A breakout above $1900 is possible and would start a blow-off phase like in 2013. But that remains to be seen.
On the downside, the $1000-1200 zone is major support that must be held. A drop below that zone would tell us that newer crypto currencies (possibly ethereum) are taking over, just like Google took over from Yahoo at some point. I still think that most altcoins will go to zero once a crypto currency becomes the clear winner in terms of linking real value and services within its coin.
The next upside targets for bitcoin remain at $2457 and $4246.

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LT wave for May

Posted by Danny on May 1, 2017

The Nasdaq has climbed to new record highs while the S&P 500 keeps sitting just below its March 1 highs. The Nasdaq gained 243 points in the recent lunar green period, making it the best green period since October. Let’s take a look at the current Nasdaq chart:

^COMP (Daily) 9_22_2015 - 4_28_2017

The sideways pause that started in March has clearly ended, allowing this index to break out above 6000. The Earl2 (orange line) has made a nice bottom and all 3 indicators are pointing up at the moment. That’s a bullish setup, but the faster Earl (blue line) and the MoM have reached fairly high levels already. I think we can get higher highs in the coming days, which would allow the S&P 500 to break above 2400. But with a new lunar red period getting started I think it will be followed by a bit of a pullback.

The LT wave had another good month in April. Here is the wave for May:

ltwaveMay2017

Projected strength in the first week of April only resulted in a sideways and was followed by a pullback in the expected weak period. The final week was stronger again, nicely in line with LT wave. Not bad.
For May we see a very similar pattern. A positive bias appears to continue until around the 9th and then we get a weaker period until the 23rd. The final week of the month is stronger again. The highest LT wave value will come on the 18th, in the midst of the weaker period. The lowest LT wave values come around 13-15, which contains a weekend. Another low value comes on the 21st, which is a Sunday. When markets are closed on the expected weak days then the weakness may or may not show up on the subsequent Monday. This could make this month more difficult to read.

For new readers, please remember that LT wave is experimental and after two very good months it is probably time for a miss. Always stay skeptical and do not drop skepticism because a method or indicator has had a few good months…

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LT wave for April

Posted by Danny on April 3, 2017

Markets had a good week and the Nasdaq is close to new all time highs already. The S&P 500 has been a bit weaker. The recent lunar green period has ended with a 14 point gain for Nasdaq. Not a big gain, but the lunar cycle seems to be getting back to its normal rhythm after a long period of “divergences”. Let’s have a look at the S&P 500 chart before discussing the LT wave for April:

^SP500 (Daily) 7_24_2015 - 3_31_2017

The market tested important support levels and veered back up. That’s a positive and it has printed bottoms in my Earl and MoM indicators, but the slower Earl2 (orange line) is still headed lower. A pattern of lower highs and lower lows appears on the chart and that’s something we haven’t seen for a while. The thing to watch in the current upswing is whether it can challenge the March 1 highs or not. A clear push above 2400 would tell us the bull run is ongoing.

The LT wave had an almost perfect month in March and here is how it continues for April:

ltwaveApr2017

The up and down swings corresponded very nicely to the expected weaker and stronger periods in March and if the LT wave keeps performing well then the current period of strength can continue until the 10th or 11th. Then there is projected weakness until the 23rd, followed by a more positive final week.
There will be a major high value in the wave on the 8th, but that’s a weekend day so any related highs would probably come on the Friday before or the Monday after. If that is the case then it will be interesting to see if the market can reach new records. A failure to do so would indicate that the path of least resistance is shifting down.
The lowest LT wave values for the month come on 22nd and 23rd, which are also weekend days. If the market falls below the March lows around that time it would also tell us that a more serious correction is underway.
For new readers, please remember that the LT wave is experimental and a good month doesn’t mean the next month will be good too. So, don’t bet the farm on it.

Good luck.

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SKEW is high again

Posted by Danny on March 20, 2017

Stocks have been pulling back a bit in recent weeks, but so far it seems to be the “short and shallow” variant as described in my most recent post. The Nasdaq has easily held above 5800 and is already pushing back towards its recent highs. This means the scenario for a further 5% surge before summer stays firmly on the table and is gaining traction. Let’s have a look at the current S&P 500 chart:

^SP500 (Daily) 6_17_2015 - 3_17_2017

The trend line since the November lows is being tested but holds up well. The Earl (blue line) has bottomed out and is headed higher, this is short term bullish. The slower Earl2 (orange line) has a bearish divergence in place and that is a medium term warning sign. The MoM indicator is back in the neutral zone and can go either way. The bearish divergence in the Earl2 indicates a serious risk for a significant pullback, but it would get invalidated if the Earl2 turns back up near the neutral line. That would probably happen if the S&P 500 climbs above the March 1 highs. So, what will it be? This is the kind of situations where keeping an eye on investors’ mood is most important.

Right now lots of technical traders probably see a strong potential for a sharp pullback if the blue trend line gives way. And that’s why the CBOE SKEW index reached a new all time high last Friday. This means traders are overpaying for “crash insurance”. But, as I pointed out in this article a few years ago, major crashes are typically preceded by a period of relatively low SKEW readings. When there is widespread confidence and feel-good about the economy then people don’t buy crash insurance puts. Then SKEW becomes low and complacence high. But that’s not what we see at the moment. Here is a chart showing the recent years evolution of SKEW index:

SKEW

The early 2015 highs were accompanied by relatively lower SKEW values for months and that’s when we got some significant drops later that year. Then SKEW reached new record highs in the days before the Brexit referendum, as investors were buying crash insurance again, but most of that crash insurance became worthless as the market surged to new highs in the ensuing weeks. More often than not overpriced cash insurance does not pay off. But bears keep trying and now we have record high SKEW again. Will their crash bets pay off this time? If history is a guide then the answer is: probably not.
And in that case we can expect something like this:

spw

On a breakout above the March 1 highs the market will probably head for the upper boundary of its trend channel (blue) since the early 2016 lows. That boundary is currently in the 2500-600 area, so that would be my initial target for such a move.

This bullish case would go on the back burner if the S&P 500 makes a close below 2350. Such a failure could come this week, because our LT wave for March suggests weakness until the 29th. If no downside action is seen and the bullish scenario can survive this weaker period then we are probably headed for a mad April. Be ready.

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LT wave for February

Posted by Danny on February 1, 2017

Markets climbed to new all time highs last week and the Dow finally got above the 20k level for the first time. But stocks appear to be pulling back from those new highs and that means we have to consider scenario two I described in my recent Dow 20k post. A sharper pullback could be in the making here.
Let’s start with the current Nasdaq chart:

comp-daily-6_8_2015-1_31_2017

The Nasdaq has outperformed the S&P 500 in recent months and is climbing within a narrowing wedge. That is always a dangerous setup, with or without Dow 20k, and is prone to a sudden drop once the high rate of change cannot be kept up.
The bearish divergence remains in my Earl indicator (blue line), while the slower Earl2 (orange line) has marked time by going sideways. This is typical for a market that has stretched itself out and up as far as possible, and that in itself is as dangerous as climbing inside a wedge.
The Nasdaq gained 41 points in the recent lunar green period and we are now starting a new red period. The setup suggests that we will finally get some downside action in a red period. A drop below 5550 would confirm this scenario.

I would remain cautious at this point and take some profits or at least keep stops very close to the market. A further climb is not impossible with this setup, but the odds are not good and the risk/reward ratio stinks.

To finish we have the LT wave chart for February:

ltwavefeb2017

The wave did a poor job in January, climbing higher when the wave suggested weakness and merely drifting sideways during what was supposed to be the stronger period. I have not seen this kind of “inversion” in the LT wave chart before, so I don’t know what it means (if anything).
The second peak on the 28th came close to the highs of the month and maybe that marks the return of normal cycles. If so, then market weakness should continue until the 8th and be followed by a brief period of strength until the 15th. The remainder of February is also weak, except for the last couple of days.
As always, this LT wave is experimental so don’t bet the farm on it.

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Indecision continues

Posted by Danny on January 23, 2017

Not much has changed since we looked at the S&P 500 a few weeks ago. The market continues to chop around in a narrow sideways range and the Dow still hasn’t made it above the 20k barrier:

sp500-daily-5_19_2015-1_20_2017

The bearish divergence in my Earl indicator continues to be in place and the slower Earl2 continues to go down. The good news is that the overbought situation is being resolved by sideways price action so far, but that doesn’t guarantee it will stay that way. With all indicators pointing down such a sideways could end with a sudden pronounced downturn.

The LT wave for January points to price weakness after the 21st, so there is good reason to stay cautious here. This kind of sideways movement with low volatility tends to make some investors feel safe. But when a market moves like this there is actually a growing risk for a sudden sharp move once the market decides which way it wants to go next.

I expect this market indecision to be resolved sooner rather than later and currently the base scenario is for a move down to come first. In that case a retest of the 2180 area would become the initial target.
A burst out above the obvious overhead resistance levels near 2300 would tell us that this base scenario is wrong.

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