Sorry!! The article you are trying to read is not available now.
Thank you very much;
you're only a step away from
downloading your reports.

SPX, VIX, INDU: Dow Reaches a Turn Window, VIX Suggests Complacency Is High


The short-term pattern finally suggests the market may be ready to move higher, but there continue to be signals that suggest intermediate-term caution.

MINYANVILLE ORIGINAL When I first glanced at Monday's charts, I thought I would have nothing to add to the prior update -- however, upon closer inspection, there are a number of interesting things to share. I'm going to keep the commentary brief and focus on the charts today.

The first chart of interest is the VIX:VXV ratio, which I've mentioned on several occasions in the past. This ratio measures the Volatility Index (^VIX) compared to the 3-month Volatility Index (^VXV). In the past, this has worked well as an indicator that VIX is bottoming -- and usually when volatility finds a bottom, it means that equities are finding some type of top.

Note this ratio is currently showing its second lowest reading of all-time -- the lowest reading was in March of 2012, as noted. This suggests that there's again a very high level of complacency among investors.

Click to enlarge

The next chart shows two time-cycles which the Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDU) has been responding to since the 2009 bottom; I stumbled upon these cycles quite by accident earlier this year. Note the cycle shown in blue has reached its turn window; and most prior windows have marked decent turns -- including the 2011 top and October bottom. The red cycle window last opened near the 2012 top, and won't reach another window until November.

Click to enlarge

The next chart is a 3-minute chart of the S&P 500 (SPX) and shows that the sideways move of the past week-plus may have finally reached completion. The move is still very messy, but the primary count suggests that the correction is complete and the market should move higher over the short-term. Trade beneath 1395 would invalidate that short-term outlook.

Click to enlarge

The 30-minute chart still remains essentially unchanged since August 3, but adds perspective to the 3-minute chart above, and outlines some signals to watch. I'd still like to see the market take a stab at higher prices here; though significant breakouts would negate the bear case for the moment.

Click to enlarge

Finally, a simple chart of the US dollar. On September 3, 2011, I turned long-term bullish on the dollar, but recently, on July 26, I switched from bullish to neutral. I'm still neutral, and in watch-and-wait mode here -- so the chart outlines what I'm watching at the moment. Interesting that the dollar may be completing a bullish falling wedge concurrent with SPX completing a bearish rising wedge.

The challenge remains that this pattern may not be a wedge, but a wind up to a stronger continuation move -- so it bears careful watching in both USD and SPX.

Click to enlarge

In conclusion, unless nothing bearish works here, there continues to be additional evidence that an intermediate top may be under construction. Over the past week or so, I've outlined a number of signals which, on most past occasions, have been precursors to bearish markets. In addition to the signals mentioned today, two other recent signals include the ratio of Nasdaq total volume to NYSE total volume (now historically very high); and the concurrent new 50-day highs in TNX and SPX.

Of course, the last time the market generated this many top signals was late-January 2012, and it ended up marching right through them. Nothing works with 100% accuracy, and these signals are based on the fact that they've performed well on the majority of past occasions; so it would be foolish to simply ignore them. Of course, as I've said before: price is the final authority. So while it appears higher prices are probable over the short-term, for the moment, I remain cautiously intermediate-term bearish. Trade safe.

Follow the markets all day every day with a FREE 14 day trial to Buzz & Banter. Over 30 professional traders share their ideas in real-time. Learn more.
< Previous
  • 1
Next >
No positions in stocks mentioned.
The information on this website solely reflects the analysis of or opinion about the performance of securities and financial markets by the writers whose articles appear on the site. The views expressed by the writers are not necessarily the views of Minyanville Media, Inc. or members of its management. Nothing contained on the website is intended to constitute a recommendation or advice addressed to an individual investor or category of investors to purchase, sell or hold any security, or to take any action with respect to the prospective movement of the securities markets or to solicit the purchase or sale of any security. Any investment decisions must be made by the reader either individually or in consultation with his or her investment professional. Minyanville writers and staff may trade or hold positions in securities that are discussed in articles appearing on the website. Writers of articles are required to disclose whether they have a position in any stock or fund discussed in an article, but are not permitted to disclose the size or direction of the position. Nothing on this website is intended to solicit business of any kind for a writer's business or fund. Minyanville management and staff as well as contributing writers will not respond to emails or other communications requesting investment advice.

Copyright 2011 Minyanville Media, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Featured Videos