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Slope initially began as a blog, so this is where most of the website’s content resides. Here we have tens of thousands of posts dating back over a decade. These are listed in reverse chronological order. Click on any category icon below to see posts tagged with that particular subject, or click on a word in the category cloud on the right side of the screen for more specific choices.

All Tim, All the Time

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I was pleased – and surprised – to stop by my mailbox today and find it crammed with envelopes ordering signed copies of my book. All of the envelopes had little notes inside – – some post-its, some sheets of paper, and some formal greeting cards.



One comment struck me, saying that they really liked Slope better when it was just me writing it.

I've heard this from more than one person, and I feel a little weird about the sentiment. On the one hand, I'm flattered, but on the other, I am grateful for the guest content Slope gets, and I think some of the best material comes from guests. So I doubt I'll ever make it a Tim-only blog again.

However, keep in mind that there is a way to set the blog so that it only shows my posts, and that is by clicking the link as represented below. If you do this, a cookie will be set for your browser so that only posts submitted by me are displayed. Just understand posts will be a lot less frequent, since I'm only doing a portion of the writing.


I also wanted to remind folks of a little tip in the new comment system – – if you want to automatically link to a graph of a company, as well as a lot of fundamental information – – just type $ followed by the ticker symbol (example: $GOOG). Thanks, and good night!

The Weight of the Evidence

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These days, it seems that the market goes one of two ways;

(1) If we get factual, hard data about how crummy the economy is, equities (briefly) go down;

(2) If we get pie-in-the-sky bromides from politicians about how everything's gonna be just fine, and don't worry your fuzzy little heads about it, the market explodes higher

I am hoping this Friday morning's jobs report helps splash some more cold water on things. The charts are still absolutely primed for a big fall. To wit:


The June SPX High (by Springheel Jack)

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I switched my primary intermediate term scenario to bullish a couple of
weeks ago, and I've seen nothing to change my mind since. That doesn't
mean I'm a long term bull of course. Current economic policies seem
certain to end very badly sooner or later, but that doesn't mean that
they will end badly in 2010.

Tim Knight posted a wonderful image last year that sums up how I feel about the current market:


There are quite a number of indicators and trends that led to my
changing my view. The ending of the USD rally, the breach of declining
resistance on SPX and many others. Here's one interesting indicator
telling us that a major bottom has been made. It is EEM, the emerging
markets ETF, and kemal_1 once suggested that I should watch it as a lead
indicator of market direction. It isn't much use for calling tops, but
it called the bottom last year with a very clear positive divergence
from SPX, very like the divergence in June as you can see on the chart:

100803 EEM SPX Daily Divergences and Count

Within that intermediate scenario I've been giving the market direction over the next few days a lot of thought. My friend Pug
is calling for a strong break up from here, and there are a number of
patterns to suggest that he may be right. Here's one of the main ones,
which is the extremely ugly IHS on SPX:


Now I don't like to take the other side of Pug's trades, as that (ahem)
tends to be expensive, but I have an alternate scenario that hangs
together very well logically and technically, and until we get a break
of the June high with confidence, I will be using this as my primary
scenario. I'm not seeing a slight break of the June high as significant,
as unless we see a very major break downwards, my intermediate scenario
will remain bullish.

I'm planning a post this weekend to explain my view of the next year or
two in more detail, and to flesh out the theoretical underpinnings for
my expectation that the market will continue to rally for at least
another year, and to a target well over 1300. I may be wrong of course,
but I have solid reasons for my view so try to suspend your disbelief in
the interim even if you have a strong short-term bearish bias.

My alternate short term scenario ties in strongly with USD and
commodities, but on the SPX side I am expecting a strong bounce off the
June high to make the right shoulder on a much better looking IHS


This ties in with my view on USD, which has been in a steep swan dive
for the last eight weeks. I have a broken wedge target of 76 on USD but
I'm expecting to see at least one serious retracement on the way there,
and I think that we are close to starting that retracement. During that
retracement I am expecting SPX to trend down or sideways, which
obviously fits well with the scenario above. Here's the falling wedge on
USD with support in the 80.15 area if we reach it today, which I think
we may:


EURUSD is in a mirror image rising wedge of course, and I've explained
on the chart how a retracement might develop into a longer term
broadening ascending wedge to get EURUSD to the broken wedge target of
1.46 to 1.50. EURUSD usually forms wedges for large moves up or down, so
I'm not considering the possible alternate rising channel seriously at
the moment.

Bulkowski doesn't
rate rising or falling wedges highly as patterns, and from my
experience they are unreliable mainly because they have a tendency to
evolve into either channels or broadening wedges. That makes them harder
to trade, but with that proviso in mind, makes them much more reliable,
but with a wider range of possible targets.

Here's the EURUSD daily chart to show what I think is likely to happen on EURUSD over the next two or three weeks:


I posted a copper chart in a post ten days ago
showing an IHS on copper with a target at 337, Copper futures reached
339.25 yesterday and have since pulled back to 335. Oil is in a possible
rising channel or bearish gartley pattern with a likely reversal area
for either in the 82.5 to 83 area, and we have almost reached that now:


In summary, USD, EURUSD, GBPUSD, Oil, Copper and others have all now
either reached, or are close to, likely reversal areas, and ES/SPX is
just below the very significant resistance area at the June high. If we
are going to see a reversal lasting two or three weeks, then this is the
most likely area to see that happen and that is what I am expecting to
see start within a day or two unless the June high on SPX is breached
with real confidence.

If we see a breach with confidence of the June high, or we see ES close a
day more than a couple of points above the June high, then my alternate
IHS scenario is probably off the table, and the next likely reversal
area will be in the 1150 – 1160 SPX area.

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