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PostSubject: Stock Market Cycle Turning Points   Sun Jul 01, 2007 11:29 pm

Stock Market Cycle Turning Points Analysis 1st July 2007 / Stock-Markets / Cycles Analysis
Jul 01, 2007 - 04:17 PM

By: Andre_Gratian

Stock-Markets

Current Position of the Market.

SPX: Long-Term Trend - The 12-year cycle is still in its up-phase but, as we approach its mid-point some of its dominant components are topping and could lead to a severe correction over the next few months.

SPX: Intermediate Trend - Intermediate cycles are causing a consolidation/correction in the uptrend which could last a few more weeks.


Over the past month, large cap indices have established a consolidation pattern consisting -- so far -- of a double top and a double bottom. For the SPX, this represents about a 55 point range whose low was successfully tested last week in conjunction with the bottoming of a short-term cycle. This caused a rebound into Friday where it met, once again with selling about half way through its range. The Russell 2000 pattern is slightly weaker with a series of descending tops, and the Nasdaq slightly
stronger.

Intermediate term cycles which are due to make their lows over the next few weeks are responsible for temporarily arresting the uptrend. They are not expected to bring about much weakness, but by the time they bottom, the trading range of the SPX should be broken to the downside.

One sector which is pressuring the market is the banking sector. The subprime mortgage fiasco which is unfolding is creating a negative chart pattern for this index, and one could even argue that it established a long-term top in February. I say unfolding, because some believe that it will get much worse and, according to John Mauldin, may reach losses of $250 billion. But, with the Fed
assuring us that this weakness will not spread to the rest of the economy, and the belief that if it does, the Fed will come to the rescue, the market does not seem to be overly concerned at this time. Part of the reason is that the psychological climate is not ripe for investors to worry about this or any other problem. It could be different by year end and going into next year, as longer term cycles roll
over.

The influence of the BKX is primarily on the SPX, and this is one of the reasons why the Nasdaq is stronger technically. The latter is being helped by a recent rash of excellent earnings reports by tech stocks. On Friday, the NDX came very close to its former high, and although it has slowed its rise during this consolidation, it is still making a pattern of higher highs and higher lows.

Last week, I mentioned that crude oil was on the rise again and that the Point & Figure chart suggested that the continuous contract could see $75 before long. Last week it rose to $71 and still looks higher. But while its rise in price had a psychological impact when it first reached $80 a year ago, little seems to be made of it this time around -- and probably for the same reason as that given
above.

Whatís Ahead?

Momentum:
We'll continue to examine the same SPX chart (courtesy of StockCharts) in order to give a continuity to our analysis.

I have drawn some channels to identify the various trends. The up-trending red channel was broken when the index began its consolidation. The broader blue channel may represent the current trend. If this is so, the index will eventually find the bottom trend line or go slightly beyond by the time it makes its low.

The MACD (at the bottom) has gone from a very overbought condition to slightly negative. At this time, it does not look quite ready to turn back up. The other momentum indicator at the top is the RSI. You can see that it has stabilized at a neutral reading. I would expect it to become more oversold before the consolidation ends.

The first decline was arrested by the 50 DMA , but the index is now trading below it. This is causing the MA to slow its rise and potentially begin to roll over. The 200 DMA is still far below and not threatened in any way.

The overall chart pattern suggests that more consolidation is needed, which is consistent with the current cycle outlook.



Cycles
A short-term cycle which made its low on 6/27 caused the short-term decline into that time frame. It was also the cause of the rebound which took place over the next two days. Friday's action was more erratic and volatile than normal because of the end-of-quarter activity, but it looks as if the rally came to an end for the SPX at 1517 in the first hour of trading on Friday.

This is what a subsequent decline of 23 points for the rest of the day suggests. I suppose that you could blame it on volatility, but it looks a little excessive. Since the 2.5-week cycle is due to make its low right around 7/4, it could be the cause of the retracement and it could also bottom early. The first few days of July are historically bullish.

Two more short-term cycles, the 6-week and 20-day, are scheduled to bottom early the following week so near-term, there are more reasons for the market to go down than up.

The 20-week cycle should ideally keep the market under pressure until about the 4th week in July. This cycle on its own does not always produce much of an impact. But this also represents the 80- wk cycle low, and it will be further reinforced by the bottoming of the 4.5-yr cycle. The only question is whether the 4.5-yr will make its low exactly at the same time or a little later. Some see a low in
mid-August. We'll just have to let the market tell us.

If all these cycles arrive at the prescribed time, it would be difficult for the market to muster any kind of an uptrend before the end of July, at the earliest. But remember that what comes down also goes up, afterwards! This is when it will get interesting because even longer cycles will be in a position to turn down by then, and they may not exert enough influence on the market to keep it from making a new high.

Projections
From the last newsletter:
From the lows made last week, we can establish confirming counts and Fibonacci projections both to 1538 and to 1560. 1538 was reached on Friday and stopped the advance. We'll see next week if it's only temporary or longer lasting.

The 1538 projection did establish the peak of the rally from 6/08. The Morning Comment this past Thursday stated the following:

Yesterday's close was right at a resistance point and this may cause a pause in the rally. The market may also want to wait for the Fed decision which is due later on today. Over the next few days, the SPX should continue to trend higher. Another pause at 1510-11 is likely, and then 1516-17. After that level is reached, we'll reassess the short-term trend to see if it is beginning to form a topping pattern which will mark the end of the rally.

The Fed decision, which was received favorably by the market, took the SPX a little past 1511 and the next day it reached the second projection at 1517. As discussed above, this looks like an important enough reversal to put a short-term top in place. The only thing that bothers me is that the advance/decline managed to remain in its short-term uptrend. It could mean additional distribution
will be needed before the SPX can head lower.

Concerning projections for the intermediate-term low, I have nothing solid at this point. 1464 seems reasonable if we can make a decisive penetration of the 1488 level. The first attempt was stopped at 1485 on 6/27. It if is challenged again in the next two weeks, it should be penetrated this time.

Breadth
This is where the relative strength of the Nasdaq to the SPX shows up very clearly. While the NYSE summation index is plunging, the Nasdaq index has gone into a sideways pattern. The reason for this dichotomy was discussed above. With the cycles that lie ahead, it will be interesting to see how this disparity resolves itself.

Market leaders & Sentiment
Remember this chart which I posted last time? This is the updated version:


On Friday, its reading reached 197, which prompted me to issue this update:

----- Original Message -----
From: Andre Gratian
Sent: Friday, June 29, 2007 10:43 AM
Update
Be very cautious here! The ISEE (put/call indicator) that I mentioned in a former report is flashing its most negative signal in MONTHS. It may be a little early, but this does not look good for the market here. With this signal, it's entirely possible that we may have seen the high of the rally this morning. I have not followed it closely enough to know if there is a lead time to this indicator and how much, but I don't think it's that much.
Andre

At the time, the SPX was trading at 1514. Less than 2 hours later it made a low or 1494 (a good example of the advantage of receiving intra-day updates in this volatile market environment). By the close on Friday, the index had come down to 161. Nevertheless, this is still a relatively high reading and suggests that more selling probably lies ahead.

Summary
Written in the last newsletter: All signs are pointing to an imminent intermediate market top which should bring about a decline of 5 to 8 weeks. This top could come as early as next week. Looks like it came right on time! Longer term cycles suggest that the low is still at least 4 to 6 weeks away.

I must point out, however, that some Elliott Wave technicians believe that the low may already have been made and that the SPX may be ready to move to new highs right away.

By Andre Gratian
MarketTurningPoints.com

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By Elaine Morgillo
July 01, 2007 8:40 AM

The last thing most investors want to see is a stock market decline. Iím not trying to warn you that I see definite signs of an imminent collapse, but history tells us that corrections are inevitable.
Some inexperienced investors, who enjoyed an unprecedented and nearly uninterrupted upward ride from the late 1980s through early 2000, believed that stock prices would rise forever. The dramatic bear market that began in March 2000 and continued through early 2003 taught them a painful and expensive lesson ó what goes up sometimes comes crashing down.
Although no one has yet been able to accurately predict the timing, extent or duration of a market decline, your reaction when it happens can have a dramatic effect on your investment success.
Itís nearly impossible to know while youíre experiencing a decline whether itís merely a short-term blip or the beginning of a more serious correction. Market declines have occurred with relative frequency throughout history.
A study of the performance of the unmanaged Dow Jones Industrial Average conducted by Capital Research and Management Co. in 2006 determined that since 1900, ďroutineĒ declines of 5 percent or more have happened on average around three times a year, lasting an average of 47 days. Moderate declines of 10 percent or more have occurred an average of once a year, lasting an average of 114 days.
The average bear market, defined as a decline of 20 percent or more, has historically happened about once every 3Ĺ years and lasted an average of nearly a year. Itís been more than seven years since the beginning of the last bear market.
Studies have shown that despite multiple declines, long-term market performance has remained positive. Unfortunately, however, investor performance has seriously lagged the performance of the market indexes.
Why? Because most individual investors let emotions get in the way of rational behavior. They lack patience and fortitude, which leads them to sell at the wrong time. They also have difficulty knowing when to get back into the market.
What can we learn from past market declines? Except for the 1929 market crash, stock market declines have been relatively short-lived, although it certainly doesnít feel that way when youíre experiencing one.
Recovery from the 1987 crash took only 23 months. The 1990 correction was wiped out in only eight months, and it took about five years to recover from the 2000-2002 market.
But those statistics are true only for investors who didnít sell at the bottom. Those who waited on the sidelines while the market began to climb again suffered much longer.
If youíre in accumulation mode, dollar cost averaging can take some of the guesswork out of the investment process. You invest the same amount at regular intervals, buying more shares when the market is down and fewer when it is high.
Dollar cost averaging does not protect you against a loss or assure you of making a profit, but it is a way to reduce the risk of investing all of your money at potentially the highest point in a market cycle. This strategy also requires discipline: as long as you have chosen an appropriate asset mix, you should commit to continuing your regular schedule regardless of whatís happening with the market.
Although diversification is important for all investors, those who donít have the ability to add to their investments must be especially careful to manage their risks. And if you need to start withdrawing from your investments, you should strive to avoid having to sell assets while theyíre down.
Maintain a sufficient balance in cash reserves, short-term bonds or other asset classes that have a history of low volatility so youíll have the ability to leave your more aggressive investments alone until they recover.
But donít take this information as advice to passively watch your investments drop. Use prudence and common sense in choosing, monitoring and rebalancing both your asset allocation and your specific investments. All investing must be considered in the context of your individual goals, risk tolerance and time horizon.
Elaine Morgillo is a Certified Financial Planner and president of Morgillo Financial Management Inc. She has offices in York, Maine, and North Andover, Mass., and can be reached at emorgillo@morgillofinancial.com.
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