Correction Extends: Gold Breaking out?

London (June 3)  Last week, I discussed simple criteria to determine if the market had shifted to an intermediate trend, and concluded that only IWM fitted the bill at that time!  This week, all four indexes have now crossed and closed below their 50-wk MAs.  Thus, the evidence is pointing more and more to the strong probability that we have started an intermediate downtrend which has farther to go, and which is increasingly likely to be the C-wave of a corrective move.  We can also make a couple more assumptions:  based on the distribution pattern which formed above 2800, we can surmise that there is enough of a count to extend this correction beyond the December low.The second assumption has been made before!  When the corrective pattern which started in September 2018 is complete, the bull market which started in 2009 should make a new all-time high, but this will be its last hurrah.  Although it would be possible by using Fibonacci calculations to arrive at a fairly accurate “ball park” estimate of what that final high will be, it is best to wait until the entire correction has concluded so that the Fibonacci number can be verified with a Point & figure count.

It is not yet clear if Gold has started a major up-move, or if it is simply preparing for one.  This will be discussed in detail when we analyze GDX.

SPX extended its downtrend by another 60 points this past week, closing near its low of the week on Friday at 2752 (the low was 2751.01).  I had estimated that this move could reach at least 2740 before completing this short-term phase but, since there are lower counts, how far we go will be dictated by a 45-day cycle which is nearly ready to reverse.

Friday’s price action showed some reluctance to move lower aggressively, and this resulted in some minor positive divergence developing in the hourly as well as the daily chart.  The price pattern that we are making suggests that the decline is ready to take a breather and it would fit in with our expectation that a cycle is bottoming.

Also worth noting, IWM made a new low along with SPX in the opening hour;but while SPX managed to trade slightly lower by the end of the day, IWM remained higher until the close, and even showed a little buying interest in the last half-hour.  The short-term relative strength on the part of IWM is deemed bullish for the market.

Whether we start up right away on Monday, or drop a little lower first, the market action suggests that we are very close to a short-term reversal.

The SPX trend started as a fairly shallow purple channel, but upon completion of the first down phase to 2801, the ensuing rally failed to make it to the top of that channel before turning down.  In fact, the rally stopped when it reached the extension of the blue trend line which is actually the lower channel line of the primary channel from 2346.  The first time that this blue trend line was broken, prices continued lower until they found support on the bottom line of the secondary green channel which was illustrated and discussed two weeks ago.  This provided the kiss-back rally to the blue channel line.

The reversal from the kiss-back point is the start of the second down phase of the larger correction and this has created a new, steeper red channel.  Prices have already traded below the lower channel line of the original purple channel and they should ideally continue to the bottom of the new red channel before the next rally.  However, as pointed out earlier, it is possible that the bottoming 45-d cycle which is creating some minor positive divergence in the oscillators will delay further downside action for a few days.  In fact if, before going lower, we get enough of a rally to take SPX outside of the red trend line, it will mess up what was thought to be a developing impulsive structure and may cause the EWT analysts to revise their analysis.   But let’s see what the next few days of trading bring.  In spite of the obvious near-term deceleration taking place, we could still see a final, quick move down to about 2715-2725 before the cycle turns up, which would be ideal.

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