2018 has been a year of extremes. The year started with stocks becoming extremely over-bought, and ended with stocks getting extremely over-sold.
In fact, 2018 hosted the worst December performance since 1931.
The December 23 Profit Radar Report stated that:
“We are likely in an environment where pessimism can become even more extreme, but those extremes can cause violent 1 – 5 day spikes. In terms of seasonality, a Santa Clause Rally (last 5 days of 2018, and first 2 days of 2019), occurs 73.5% of the time (since 1970). The odds of a multi-day rally – within a longer down trend – are elevated.”
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Over the next two days, the S&P 500 dropped to 2,347 (the lowest level since May 2017), and thereafter jolted 5% higher, in a single day.
How does this rally (up to 174 points in 3 days) fit into the larger picture?
The DJIA already reached its ideal down side target (21,700, which is where wave 3 or c equals 1.618 x wave 1 or a).
The S&P 500 has not yet reached its ideal down side target (2,269, which is where wave 3 or c equals 1.618 x wave 1 or a). However, the S&P bounced from 2,349, where wave 3 or c equals 1.382 x wave 1 or a).
In other words, we are dealing with a measure of conflict:
- The DJIA already reached it’s down side target, the S&P 500 did not.
- Sentiment at the December 26 low was extremely compressed, which allows for a larger bounce.
How do we resolve the conflict?
The December 30 Profit Radar Report published the chart below, which illustrates the ideal outcome, along with the following commentary:
“The S&P 500 has not reached the 161.8% Fibonacci projection level (2,269), which as a common down side target for waves 3. Unless the S&P closes above Friday’s high (2,520), we assume that we’ll see new lows.”
The above path is still in harmony with the outlook published in the October 28, 2018 Profit Radar Report, which projected (yellow lines, chart below) a rally from 2,600 to 2,850 (in October/November) followed by a drop to about 2,400 thereafter.
Obviously there has been much flux and volatility, and trading this market comes with a fair amount of risk.
But, where there’s risk, there is usually opportunity, and if the S&P follows our path, hits our down side target while over-sold and with bullish divergences, we will want to buy.
Continued updates are available via the Profit Radar Report.
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