The Week Ahead: GDP, housing, manufacturing, trade

Traders will get a first look at 1st quarter gross domestic product, including the GDP deflator, a measure of prices said to be the preferred metric of money regulators, on Friday at 8:30 a.m. New York time.

A handful of other major reports during the week spans the economy:

  • Housing: Existing home sales on Monday and new home sales on Tuesday, each at 10 a.m., along with a report that breaks out regional variations, the Case-Shiller home price index for 20 metropolitan areas, out Tuesday at 9 a.m.
  • Manufacturing: Durable goods orders on Thursday at 8:30 a.m. and the Purchasing Managers index composite flash report.
  • Exports vs. imports: international trade in goods on Thursday at 8:30 a.m.

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Live: Friday, April 20, 2018

4/20 – 3:15 p.m. New York time

With less than an hour to go before the closing bell, SPY and the S&P 500 have traced out a net decline for the day. My count shown in the chart, below, stands.

I placed no trades today. Look for The Week Ahead to be posted on Saturday.

4/20 – 10:40 a.m. New York time

The S&P 500 and its exchange-traded fund SPY are continuing the decline that began on April 18. My bear positions, whose entry analyses are here and here, are benefitting from the decline.

However, the Elliott wave count shows that after the present Submicro 4th wave to the downside is complete, a 5th wave will push upward, exceeding $271.30 on the SPY chart by an unpredictable distance. My positions expire May 18, which is 28 days from today, and so my best strategy will be to exit during the 4th wave of the Submicro degree and roll my positions forward to a later expiration.

I intend to use the daily chart Fisher Transform as my exit signal. It moved to downtrending on April 19 after a two-week-long uptrending signal. A return to uptrending will tell me to get out of the positions immediately.

I have updated the 15-day, 10-minute-bars chart this morning to show the current Elliott wave count.


By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, April 20, 2018

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Live: Thursday, April 19, 2018

4/19 – 3:20 p.m. New York time

The SPY metrics are largely unchanged from the market open, and I have placed no trades today, neither entering nor exiting positions.

4/19 – 10:45 a.m. New York time

The S&P 500 declined in early trading this morning, and more notably, the daily chart Fisher Transform signaled a downtrend for the first time since April 3. Volume continued to fall through Wednesday’s trading, and the advance-decline ratio continued to decline for a second consecutive day.

All of which indicate a waning enthusiasm for the blue chips, which is a good sign for my bear positions in SPY, the fund that tracks the index. The entry analyses are here and here,

In Elliott wave terms, the decline can be interpreted as the beginning of a 4th wave correction of within the Micro-level C wave that began April 6. But it could also be seen as a continuation of the 3rd wave within C. Time will tell.

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Live: Wednesday, April 18, 2018

4/18 – 3:05 p.m. New York time

With less than an hour before the closing bell the SPY remains little changed from this morning. I placed no trades today.

4/18 – 10:40 a.m. New York time

The S&P 500 and its largest exchange traded fund SPY has paused this morning, with the advance/decline ratio declining below its level of the last two trading days and implied volatility ticking up a bit. I continue to be in wait-and-see mode and anticipate no trades today. The entry analysis of my SPY positions can be found here and here,

By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, April 18, 2018

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Live: Tuesday, April 17, 2018

4/17 – 3:15 p.m. New York time

As the closing bell approaches there has no been no change in this morning’s analysis of SPY. I shall end the day without any trades, neither in nor out.

4/17 – 11:45 a.m. New York time

The underlying symbol of my bear positions, SPY, continues to rise as anticipated in my Elliott wave analysis on Monday.

My positions, whose analyses are here and here, expire in 29 days, and practically speaking I would want to roll out in 22 days. The present rise, using the Fisher transform as a marker, has been going on for 13 days. The level i’m looking at on the chart has movements that last a couple of weeks, on average.

Moreover, volume has been declining as the price rises, a suggestion of flagging interest. Contrarily, the Advance/Decline ratio has shown rising breadth — more risers as a percentage of all stocks — suggesting that the rise is a broad movement within the markets.

At this point I’m inclined to wait a bit and see what happens.

By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, April 17, 2018

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Live: Monday, April 16, 2018

4/16 – 3:10 p.m. New York time

I placed no trades today, opening no new positions and taking no action on my SPY positions, whose analyses are here and here. The positions expire May 18, so there is time, in Elliott wav terms, for Submicro waves 3, 4 and 5 to complete their work.

This morning’s gap to the upside, which carried the price above the presumed end of the Submicro 3rd wave on April 13,  changed my preferred Elliott wave analysis of the SPY chart. The Micro-level C wave remains in progress, with the Submicro 3rd wave continuing to work its way higher.

The quandary is this. the 4th wave , if it follows the common pattern, will be a sideways movement, which may lock my positions into unprofitability until wave 5 is complete. That makes a good case for taking the loss on the positions on Tuesday and re-entering when the Minuette-level 3rd wave to the downside begins.

The chart is for SPY, with a bit more than an hour to go in today’s trading.


4/16 – 11:40 a.m. New York time

No trades in sight today unless there’s a dramatic intra-day move on SPY. My goal today will be to continue my Elliott wave analysis of low level movements to gain a better understanding of where my SPY positions stand.

By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, April 3, 2018

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The Week Ahead: Retail, industry, housing and the Beige Book


The economic reporting week shines a statistical spotlight on three broad functions of the economy.

On Monday, consumption, with the retail sales report, published at 8:30 a.m. New York time.

On Tuesday, the light moves upstream, to manufacturing, in the  industrial production report, out at 9:15 a.m.

And also on Tuesday, a report highlights the real-estate sector, with the  housing starts report, out at 8:30 a.m.

It will also be an active week for the Federal Reserve and its glitterati. The Beige Book, a narrative summary of conditions in each of the Fed’s regions, will be published on Wednesday at 2 p.m.

That event will be bracketed by appearances by Fed Vice Chairman Randal K. Quarles before Congress, on Tuesday at 10 a.m. before the House Financial Services Committee and Thursday at 9:30 a.m. before the Senate Banking Committee. He will be reporting on the supervision and regulation of financial companies by the Fed.

Fed Gov. Lael Brainard will speak on regulatory reform to the Global Finance Forum in Washington, D.C. on Thursday at 8 a.m.

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Live: Friday, April 13, 2018

4/13 – 4 p.m. New York time

As we approach the closing bell, my assessment of the market relies entirely on my Elliott wave count of the small levels of SPY chart, working from Minuette down to Submicro.

By my count, on April 1 we competed wave 5 of the Mubmicro level within the C wave at the Micro level, which in turn wraps up the 2nd wave at the Subminuette level. This is all taking place within a 3rd wave  of the bearish Minuette 3rd wave that began on March 13.

In terms of strategy, I would have done best to get out at the Minuette 3rd wave top, but that didn’t happen. The present 3rd wave down at the Subminuette level will give me some respite and in turn provide an opportunity to exit at a profit.

Below, a 20-minute chart of SPY covering March 29 to April 13, annotated with my Elliott wave analysis.

The Subminuette level in Elliott has the number or letter within a circle, but that is not possible on my platform, so I have used square brackets.


4/13 – 3:15 p.m. New York time

SPY has declined during the day, remaining within the upper reaches of its present sideways channel. I placed no trades.

4/13 – 11:55 a.m. New York time

SPY continues the sideways course established from the March 23 low. I shall continue to hold my options positions, which expire in mid-May. Entry analysis of my positions may be found here and here.

The bear market that began  Jan. 26 has turned my trading on its head, as I moved from rapid-fire earnings plays to a slower paced trade in index funds.

A Bloomberg News article published today suggests that I’m not alone: “The Stock Market Is Getting What It Abhors“, by Jaren Dillian.

By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, April 13, 2018

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Live: Thursday, April 12, 2018

4/12 – 3:20 p.m. New York time

I made no trades today.

4/12 – 11:25 a.m. New York time

Same song, different day. SPY continues a near-term sideways pattern, which I count as an upward correction within an ongoing downtrend.

Expiration of my options in the positions is more than a month away, so there’s time for the correction to complete its work and the downward movement to resume.

I hav two positions in SPY, whose entry analyses are  here and here. I have been concentrating my efforts on broad indexes since the bear market began on Jan. 26 and have no entries into new positons in sight today.

By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, April 12, 2018

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Live: Wednesday, April 11, 2018

4/11 – 2:50 p.m. New York time

SPY has barely moved during the day, as the markets approach their final hour of trading. I exited no positions today and entered none.

4/11 – 11:20 a.m. New York time

In the first hour of trading SPY has remained within the sideways range that began in late March. I shall continue to hold my positions (entry analyses here and here).

By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, April 11, 2018

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