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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Live: Tuesday, April 10, 2018

4/10 – 3:15 p.m. New York time

SPY remains below the high of April 5, continuing its sideways movement. I have exited no positions and entered none.

4/10 – 11:50 a.m. New York time

SPY remains bound within a range, today’s high so far staying below the April 4 peak within the present sideways move. Like yesterday, it’s a wait-and-see day.

Facebook Inc.’s CEO Mark Zuckerburg testifies before Congress today about the company’s handling of user data security. FB is has the 4th largest market capitalization among the S&P 500 companies, so if his hearing produces any OMG! moments, the index on which SPY is based might get a short-term bump.

The entry analysis for my positions on SPY are here and here.

By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, April 10, 2018

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Live: Monday, April 9, 2018

4/9 – 3:25 p.m. New York time

With less than an hour to go before the closing bell, SPY has stayed within the prior trading day’s range. Basically nothing has changed on the chart, and I have taken no action on my positions in the ETF, which tracks the S&P 500.

4/9 – 10:10 a.m. New York time

The S&P 500, which underlies my positions in the exchanged-traded fund SPY (analyses here and here). In Elliott wave terms, the index continues to work through what appears to be a 2nd wave correction to the upside within a downward 3rd wave at the Minuette level, my preferred level for trading.

At this point there’s no need to exit the positions and I have no new positions in sight.

By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, April 9, 2018

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The Week Ahead: Prices and minutes

With the latest employment situation report out of the way, the economic reporting machinery has descended into lethargy. There’s not much happening in Econworld during the week, although I’m quite certain traders will find excitement elsewhere to keep the markets churning. President Trump? China? We’re counting on you.

The producer price index (final demand) will be published on Tuesday  and the consumer price index on Wednesday, each at 8:30 a.m.

The Federal Open Market Committee will release minutes of its March 21 meeting, in which it voted, without dissent, to raise the federal funds index by a quarter point to a 1.5% to 1.75% range. There might be surprises. I’m betting not.

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