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April tends to be a strong month for equities, and this month has certainly started off true to form. Lifetime highs are everywhere, and the SPY is sporting seven green candlestick bars in a row.

slopechart SPY

The S&P 100 ETF fund, symbol OEF, has a similar setup: a consolidation beneath that horizontal and then, bang, escape velocity. It could easily go another 1% or so before exhausting itself even briefly.

slopechart OEF

For a longer-term view, just take a look at the Dow Industrials fund, which for months has either (a) made a new lifetime high or, alternately (b) taken a short breather. There’s simply no such thing as a two-way market anymore.

slopechart DIA

I’ve got puts on the emerging markets, shown below, which seem to be treading water. A break below that horizontal would definitely get things cooking. The channel failure is still very much intact.

slopechart EEM

The small caps, likewise, have been range-bound for months. This has been in a fairly clean sinewave pattern, and it looks like it is time for another downward swoop.

slopechart IWM

I have been quite disappointed in the strength of semiconductors over the past week, which pretty much torched my diamond pattern, as I noted in a post earlier today. We are quite near lifetime highs on this beast.

slopechart SMH

Gold has had a bit of relief the past few days, but I think it is just another in a long series of pauses (ever since August 6th) to precede yet another leg down. If gold’s performance is this lackluster when the US dollar is falling to pieces, you know that more pain must be in store.

slopechart GLD

Should we take out the next horizontal in gold (breaking support), clearly the miners (including the juniors) are going to succumb to the strength of these big right triangle setups.

slopechart GDX
slopechart GDXJ

The biotech sectors, represented here by the XBI fund, is about 95% done with the formation of its H&S top. That horizontal I’ve drawn is a clean neckline which, if broken, would signal a sharp move lower.

slopechart XBI

Oil, like gold, seems ready for a hard break. Those horizontals cleanly define the range, and I am leaning toward a failure of the lower boundary, which would complete a small but squeaky-clean topping pattern.

slopechart USO

This would line up nicely with my few that a multi-month bear market in energy stocks in on the way.

slopechart XOI

Lastly, volatility has been beaten to an absolute pulp. We are lower than at any other time in the Covid era.

slopechart VIX