Live: Tuesday, June 19, 2018

10:10 a.m. New York time

SPY has opened with a downward gap as the 4th wave down of the Submicro degree continues, Elliott wave analysis shows. The 3rd wave peaked on June 13 at 279.48. As of this writing SPY is trading at $274.40, which is 1.8% below that peak.

The market talk-talk is blaming the accelerating U.S.-China trade war for the decline. In the broader context of the chart, it’s a very small response, and one consistent with the pre-existing trend. So, “Balderdash!”, I say.

The low significance of the fall is buttressed by the  Fisher Transform, which is unchanged: Downtrending on the daily chart and uptrending on the weekly chart.

The chart covers 20 days with 30-minute bars.


My shares position on ARKG continues to tick-tock along a rising 5th wave of the Primary degree. It has fulfilled all of the requirements for that wave and so could reverse into a correction without doing damage to the analysis. It could also continue to rise for some time. The daily and weekly Fishers remain uptrending.

The chart covers a 5-year span with one-week bars. The beginning of the bear market, on Jan. 26, is marked with a red line.


In either case, at this point I see no need for a trade today

By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, June 19, 2018

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Live: Monday, June 18, 2018

10:20 a.m. New York time

The Fisher Transform on the SPY daily chart has switched to a downtrend signal. The weekly-bar chart continues to signal uptrending.

Elliott wave analysis of the chart shows SPY in a 4th wave down at the Submicro degree, to be followed by a 5th wave up that in a normal formation would complete the 2nd wave upward correction in the Subminuette degree, to be followed by the start of the 3rds wave down in the Minuette degree, which is the wave I plan to ride.

So, no trades today, most likely. But I’m keeping a close eye on the chart.

In this market stocks and their derivatives tend to be closely correlated, with very few stocks and funds bucking the trend. In an effort to find alternatives to trade, I did some chart work on GLD — gold bullion — and FXE — the Euro/Dollar fund.

I found the GLD chart to lack clarity at this stage and I have set it aside. FXE has been in a B wave to the downside within a higher-degree 4th have since May 14 and might be worth playing on the C-wave reversal upward. I’m keeping watch.

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

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Live: Saturday, June 17, 2018

12:10 p.m. New York time

Having entered ARKG on Friday as my first story play in years, I spent the weekend looking into the fund’s parent company, ARK Invest, and found its approach to be be fascinating. I’ve updated my ARKG analysis with a half-hour interview with the company’s CEO, Catherine Woods.


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

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The Week Ahead: Real estate etc.

Two real-estate reports will be published during the week: Housing starts, a forward looking study, on Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. New York time, and existing home sales, on Wednesday at 10 a.m.

Also out during the week, the Purchasing Managers index composite flash report, on Friday at 9:45 a.m.

In Fedworld, Chairman Jerome Powell will take part in a panel discussion at the European Central Bank Forum on Central Banking in Linhó Sintra, Portugal, on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. New York time (2:30 p.m. local). The event will be streamed live here.

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Shares: ARKG

ARKG Genomic Revolution Multi-Sector ETF (ARKG)

Update 7/10/2018: I have exited ARKG for a small profit. My fundamental reason for buying ARKG — growth of the genetics sector — remains valid. However, we have been in a bear market since Jan. 26, and ARKG has moved into a down wave. I took my chips off the table — temporarily — in order to let that wave do its work without impacting me, and I shall jump back in once that wave is complete.

Shares produced a net rise of 3.1% over my 25-day holding period, for a +46% annual rate.

The ARKG chart below, covering one year with daily bars, shows that at the Minor degree the stock is in an uptrend and has begun a counter-trend correction at the Minute and Minuette degrees.

The 4th wave is generally a sideways movement, and often a complex one. That means a shallow correction but one that will take some time to complete. It will be followed by a 5th wave rise to new highs.

My plan is follow the Minute wave and trade the reversal to the upside of the Minor wave.


Update 6/17/2018: After buying into ARKG I have spent the weekend learning more about the fund’s creator and manager, ARK Investment Management LLC. Among my finds was this half-hour interview with ARK’s CEO, Catherine D. Woods, in which she discusses the company’s disruptive technologies themes. Interesting ideas.

I have entered a long shares position on ARKG, one of the few exchange-traded funds with an uptrending Fisher Transform and a visual trend on the annual chart to match.

I have structured it as a longer-term trade, a traditional buy-and-hold. The chart doesn’t follow the normal movements of the broad market, and in this bear market, I judge that outliers give the best prospects.

I screened for it in the simplest possible way: Listing all of the available exchange-traded funds, the huge majority of which are downtrending, and looking at those few with an uptrending Fisher. After that, it was just a matter of skimming through the charts.

The fund has no Zacks rank but is considered to be high risk. It pays no dividend and has no options. Morningstar gives it a 3-star rating.

The entry price was $30.22.

Atypically for me, ARKG is a story trade. I’m fascinated by genomics and all the useful information that can be harvested from a genetic test. Like millions of others, I’ve been tested by 23andMe (Wikipedia article), and have learned more about myself, my limits and gifts, my likely health challenges and I age, than my parents could have ever hoped to know.

Running my testing results through Promethease, I linked my results to the broad scientific literature tracked by SNPedia (Wikipedia article) for an even deeper knowledge of myself.

After much reading, I’m convinced that this tech is the Next Big Thing, and I want to go along for the ride. Plus, ARKG is classified as a Health Care ETF. I judge that we are in the last stage of the expansion that began in October 2009, a stage in which Health is a sector that does well.

ARKG is newly uptrending on the monthly Fisher Transform, and I shall use a switch to downtrending on that indicator as a signal to pull out temporarily.

By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, June 15, 2018

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Live: Friday, June 15, 2018

2:35 p.m. New York time

I have entered a shares position on ARKG.

11:30 a.m. New York time

The rising 3rd wave of the Submicro degree (3 {-3}) on the SPY chart has ended, peaking on June 13 at $279.48. The reversal happened with an opening gap, and such gaps generally are a shout-out that a significant reversal has begun.

Further underlining the significance of the reversal, the Fisher Transform

The Elliotchart covers 90 days with 30-minute bars.


Elliott wave analysis shows that the next step will be a 4th wave to the downside, and then a final push upward that will complete the C wave of the 4th wave upward correction up to the Subminuette degree (4 {-1+}), and indeed will mark the end of the 4th wave correction at the Minuette degree (4) that began on April 2.

Once that Subminuette 5th wave (5 {-3}) is complete, then I shall re-establish my bear options positions on SPY.

By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, June 15, 2018

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Live: Tuesday, June 12, 2018

11:25 a.m. New York time

I exited my options positions on SPY yesterday, and today I’m looking at strategies for re-entering. First and foremost, Elliott wave analysis of the chart, which covers 30 days with 30-minute bars.


As the look-ahead in the upper right shows, SPY is in a 3rd wave at the Submicro {-3} degree within a series of C waves at high degrees. That means thee is some work to be done, and re-entry won’t happen quickly.

The next move at the Submicro is a 4th wave correction to the downside, followed by a 5th wave up to the peak, completing the C waves up to the Subminuette{-1} degree, and possibly completing the 4th wave rising correction  in the Minuette degree, although as 4th waves have a tendency to do, it could well extend into a more complex pattern.

I’m not interesting in re-entering with a bear play until I see what happens after the completion of the higher degree C waves. If it extends I shall try to play the Subminuette. If the correction is over, then I shall hop aboard the Minuette degree 5th wave to the downside.

As always, the signals to sit up and take notice will come from the Fisher Transform. The daily chart is presently uptrending, as it has been since June 1, and the monthly chart is downtrending, as it has been since January. My practice is to trade in the direction of the monthly chart, while the daily chart, when it aligns with the monthly, tells me to reassess the Elliott wave analysis to determine if it is a favorable place to re-enter.

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

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