INTERMEDIATE-TERM: 10 DAY MAD COW CYCLE WAS OVER, THE NEXT WEEK IS CRITICAL
OK, the mad cow is back, but before opening a bottle of champagne, please take a quick look at the chart below. Three points:
- Mad cow usually “mad” for 10 trading days. And our current mad cow so far has “mad-ed” for 10 trading days.
- After the first 10 trading days, 20% chances the mad cow keeps mad, 20% chances the market consolidates and 60% chances the market pullbacks.
- So far, the current mad cow is the weakest one.
So the conclusion is, a mad cow doesn’t guarantee a big rise the next week. Bulls need show more muscles, therefore the next week is very critical.
The bottom line, according to the chart 6.4.A SPY Bottom Shape, I still think the market cannot simply stand on one foot, so eventually the Feb 5th lows will be tested. However, because according to II Survey, there’re too many people expecting a correction, so according to the past pattern (see red lines), the market may rally big once more before any meaningful pullback. So far, the past 10 mad cow days complies well with the past pattern. Now the question is whether we’ll see a new high? I have no idea. So again, the next week is important.
What if the market simply consolidates the next week? Well, according to the chart 1.0.7 SPX Cycle Watch (Daily), we’ll see the market real direction at the beginning of the March because there’re lots of cycles due at that time. Seasonality wise, usually an important bottom/top is formed in March. Plus 1.0.8 SPX Cycle Watch (Moon Phases), the next full moon is on Feb 28, so most likely the 1st day of March could be a turning point.
2.0.0 Volatility Index (Daily), could be a Double Top, which means mad mad cow ahead. I know some will argue because there’re no actual supply and demand so VIX chart pattern is meaningless. Well, I don’t think that way, VIX indirectly reflects the real supply and demand so the chart pattern should apply to VIX too.
SHORT-TERM: COULD SEE BULLISH MONDAY BUT MIGHT NOT BE A BIG RALLY
As mentioned in the Friday’s After Bell Quick Summary, the next Monday is generally very very bullish (see 6.4.6 Weekday Seasonality Watch). Here’s an interesting chart, 6.4.2b Extreme TICK Readings Watch, because TICK closed above 1,000 the last Friday, so counting the dashed green lines, it looks most likely we won’t see a big rally on the next Monday. Well, I don’t mean a red Monday, I just mean the coming Monday may not rise big.
1.0.3 S&P 500 SPDRs (SPY 30 min), bearish Rising Wedge plus lots of negative divergence, especially, the breadth (black bars) below, apparently becoming weaker and weaker, so if we don’t see the breadth improving the next week, then sooner or later we’ll see a pullback.
3.1.0 PowerShares DB US Dollar Index Bullish Fund (UUP Daily), black bar, so dollar could pullback, but I don’t think the pullback, if any, could go very far because the ChiOsc above is too low, this by the way, is not good for the stock market. 0.0.2 SPY Short-term Trading Signals, 1.3.0 Russell 2000 iShares (IWM Daily), take a look if interested, both ChiOsc are too high which again are not good for the stock market.
3.4.2 Financials Select Sector SPDR (XLF Daily), the Bullish Percent Index below is interesting, for record only, I have no idea what it implies. 5.1.6 Technology Select Sector SPDR (XLK Daily), the Bullish Percent Index below has the same problem. Feels not very bull friendly though.
So to summarize, technically, bears are not over yet, so again as mentioned in the intermediate-term session, bulls need show more muscle to prove indeed the mad cow is back.
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According to the entry rule, 4 stocks found Thursday were not confirmed. Since the intermediate-term direction is not clear, so no stock screeners from now on until the dust settles.