Daily Stock Market Update & Forecast, April 11th, 2017 – Elliott Wave Edition

ELLIOTT WAVE UPDATE:

Since many people have asked, I will attempt to give you my interpretation of Elliott Wave and how it is playing out in the market. First, I must admit. I don’t claim to be an EW expert, but I hope my “standard” interpretation is of help.

Let’s take a look at the most likely recent count on the S&P.

Explanation:

Long-Term: It appears the S&P is quickly approaching the termination point of its (5) wave up off of 2009 bottom. If true,we should see a massive sell-off later this year.

Short-Term: It appears the S&P might have completed its intermediary wave 3. If so, the market is now correcting in an intermediary wave 4. Once wave 4 is completed, the market will  push higher, perhaps to a new all time high in wave 5 of (5). If true, the above count should terminate the bull market.
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Weekly Stock Market Update & Forecast – April 7th, 2017

State of the Market Address:

  • The Dow remains below 21,000.
  • Shiller's Adjusted S&P P/E ratio is now at 28.93 Arguably the second highest level in history (if we adjust for 2000 distortions) and right behind 1929 top at 29.55.
  • Weekly RSI at 68.39 Remains at overbought levels. Daily RSI is at 47.90 - neutral.
  • Prior years corrections terminated at around 200 day moving average. Located at around 17,350 today (on weekly).
  • Weekly stochastics at 64.43. Approaching neutral levels. Daily at 43 - neutral.
  • NYSE McClellan Oscillator is at +14. Neutral, but has worked off severely oversold conditions. The market might be ready for another leg down.
  • VIX/VXX remain near their historic lows. Commercial VIX long interest was slightly lower this week, but remains at near record levels. Now at 95K contracts net long. 
  • Last week's CTO Reports suggest that commercials (smart money) are shifting their positioning to net short.  In fact, short interest jumped dramatically as compared to last week. For instance, the Dow is 5.5X, the S&P is at 2X, Russell 2000 is at 2.5X and the Nasdaq is at 7X short. That is a significant short position against the market.

In summary: For the time being the market remains in a clear bull trend. Yet, a number of longer-term indicators suggest the market might experience a substantial correction ahead. The market remains at extreme valuation levels and severely overbought on both daily and weekly charts. Plus, the "smart money" is positioning for some sort of a sell-off.

ELLIOTT WAVE UPDATE:

Since many people have asked, I will attempt to give you my interpretation of Elliott Wave and how it is playing out in the market. First, I must admit. I don’t claim to be an EW expert, but I hope my “standard” interpretation is of help.

Let’s take a look at the most likely recent count on the S&P.

Explanation:

Long-Term: It appears the S&P is quickly approaching the termination point of its (5) wave up off of 2009 bottom. If true,we should see a massive sell-off later this year.

Short-Term: It appears the S&P might have completed its intermediary wave 3. If so, the market is now correcting in an intermediary wave 4. Once wave 4 is completed, the market will  push higher, perhaps to a new all time high in wave 5 of (5). If true, the above count should terminate the bull market.
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Congress Declares War On Russia

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Since about this time last year I have maintained that Ukraine will turn into a major flare up between the West and Russia. Plus, bar none, I continue to believe the situation in Ukraine is the most important development since the World War 2. It will ultimately lead to an actual war between the superpowers.

On Friday, the US Congress took a major step closer towards making this war a reality. I have said it before and I will say it again. Russia will NEVER let Ukraine fall under NATO or EU. That would be major loss for Putin and the end of his presidency. With the US agreeing to arm Ukraine, Russia might have no other choice but to invade. I wonder if that is exactly what NATO and the US want. Either way, don't be surprised if this powder keg explodes very soon and impacts our financial markets in a major negative way.

If you are interested in the subject matter, as you should be, here is your reading homework for today.

In other words, things continue to develop just as predicted in my recently published book, The Nuclear World War 3 Is Coming Soon: Shocking TIME Formula Reveals Exactly When How & Why.

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How To Make A Killing in 2014

BloombergWrites: Subprime Loans Are Boosting Car Sales

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A woman came into Alan Helfman’s showroom in Houston in October looking to buy a car for her daily commute. Even though her credit score was below 500, in the bottom eighth percentile, she drove away with a new Dodge Dart. A year ago, “I would’ve told her don’t even bother coming in,” says Helfman, who owns River Oaks Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, where sales rose about 20 percent this year. “But she had a good job, so I told her to bring a phone bill, a light bill, your last couple of paycheck stubs, and bring me some down payment.”

The New York Times Writes: New Boom in Subprime Loans, for Smaller Businesses

A small, little-known company from Missouri borrows hundreds of millions of dollars from two of the biggest names in Wall Street finance. The loans are rated subprime. What’s more, they carry few of the standard protections seen in ordinary debt, making them particularly risky bets.But investors clamor to buy pieces of the loans, one of which pays annual interest of at least 8.75 percent. Demand is so strong, some buyers have to settle for less than they wanted.

A scene from the years leading up to the financial crisis in 2008? No, last month.

It's scary how predictable human animal is from the psychological perspective. In fact, contrary to a popular believe human psychology IS the primary driver behind the stock market volatility.

Just two quick observations. First, as the articles above indicate the subprime is back in a big way. In 2003-2007 it was the real estate market, where anyone who could (and even those who couldn't) fog a mirror could get a massive real estate loan. Today you can see the same situation in car loans and loans for small businesses. Thank god the amounts are smaller. Second, the speculative bubble and the frenzy building in the stock market. Everyone is falling over each other predicting the Dow 20,000 or up +40% in 2014. Of course, exactly at the wrong time.

Where were these people at 2009 bottom? Did any of them predict the DOW going up over +150% between 2009 and today? Of course they didn't. They were too busy screaming that the world is about to end and we are on the verge of another great depression. Now, with credit easily flowing again, we are committing the same mistakes. Those who can take a step outside the box should now be able to see how easy it is to profit from such insanity.

As I have said so many times before, the bear market will start in 2014. Get ready to short overvalued garbage and make a killing.  

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How To Make A Killing in 2014

Warning: If You Listen To Financial Media…You Will Lose Money

CNBC Writes: Dow could rise 10 percent or more in 2014: Siegel

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Wharton School professor Jeremy Siegel told CNBC on Monday that the Dow Jones Industrial Average (Dow Jones Global Indexes: .DJI) could rise 10 percent or more in 2014.

That may not be on par with this year's roaring return but is still historically robust, he said, considering that 2013 has been an "extraordinary year" for stock gains.

"I think they are going to kick the [budget] can down the road a whole year," Siegel said. "So that'll be off our plate and that will be a very, very positive factor [for] first-quarter 2014."

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This post is to quickly remind you of two very important facts.

1. Most financial media is worthless. Half the time they don't even know what they are talking about.  They continuously recycle worthless stories that have no impact on financial markets or individual stocks. As I have said many times before, news do not drive stock prices. I want you to be aware of that.

2. Never listen to teachers when it comes to real world applications. Most of them have the theory down, but that's it. They do not have what it takes to be on Wall Street. If Mr. Siegel knew anything about the markets he would be managing money and making millions of dollars each year. Instead he teaches. Those who can...do and those who can't....teach.

Anyway, what kind of garbage is this.....only 10%?  Why not 50% or 100%. Might as well just say that. As a matter of fact, any number will do.  The point I am trying to make and the secret I am sharing is this.....

If you listen financial media and/or take advice from those who do not directly participate in the financial markets, your money and you shall soon be separated.  

Okay, I am done bitching for today. 

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Warning: If You Listen To Financial Media...You Will Lose Money

What You Ought To Know About Massive University Education Bubble

Bloomberg Writes: Google’s Boss and a Princeton Professor Agree: College Is a Dinosaur

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Colleges and universities are indecisive, slow-moving, and vulnerable to losing their best teachers to the Internet.

That’s the shared view of Google (GOOG) Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and Anne-Marie Slaughter, a former Department of State official and until this month a tenured professor at Princeton University. They explored the problems of higher education on Friday in a one-on-one conversation sponsored by the New America Foundation, where Schmidt serves as chairman and Slaughter is the new president.

Colleges have the luxury of thorough, democratic deliberation of issues because “they never actually do anything,” Schmidt said during the event. He cited Princeton, where he graduated in 1976 and once served as trustee, which spent six years deliberating over whether to change its academic calendar—and in the end did nothing. “Don’t get me started on that,” Slaughter laughed.

Slaughter agreed that traditional colleges and universities, with their high fixed costs, are at risk. “They’re going to lose their top talent,” she said. “We can become global teachers. The best people can become free agents.”

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It is unbelievable how much College Education costs today. The cost of education has gone up by  7-8% per year over the last decade. Some colleges increased their tuition 50-100%  during the same time. Basically the costs of educations has skyrocketed.   

Is there a reason for that? Not particularly. Schools are just getting way too greedy. On top of it all there is $1.2 Trillion of student debt out there. That is a truly staggering amount .  The worst part about this whole "college scam" is the fact that we are ending up with a generation of college graduates who are so deep in debt that it will literally take them decades to get back on their feet.  That in return puts a significant drag on the US Economy as major purchases such as cars and homes would have to be postponed.   

I will have a complete breakdown of this enormous problem in my future posts, but for now I do hope new technologies discussed in the article above blow this "College Monopoly" sky high.  It is a must for our future economic growth. We must find a way to provide affordable education to the masses. That would be a win-win for everyone.   

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The difference between Bernanke and a Cocaine Dealer

It was well past midnight, but everyone was still partying.  Although the booze and drugs were running low, the party was still in full swing.  The entire school was there. Real estate alphas, derivative betas, the car club and who could forget about the speculator zetas.  As sunrise approached everyone was starting to get tired. Some people were even talking about calling it a night and going home.

That was until a good lad Ben Bernanke kicked in the door and yelled  "I got it, let's party".  As he opened his duffle bag and emptied the contents on the couch, everyone in the house went wild. There it was. Two kilos of pure Columbian coke. More than enough for everyone.  The party was back on.

As the clock hit 9 am, the house was surprisingly silent.  When the campus police opened the door there were bodies everywhere. Some were laying there motionless and not breathing, some were simply passed out, some were twitching while others sat silently staring at the wall.  As the medical examiner took the bodies out, it was not till much later that the cause of the tragedy was revealed.  For most, there was simply too much coke that night. 

If you are wondering, that is exactly what happened in the stock market today. 

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The Secret Behind Timed Value

What is TIMED VALUE ?

tunnelTimed Value is an investment approach that I have developed over the last 15 years.  Please, allow me to first break it down for you into two investment approaches and then bring it back together for a more comprehensive understanding.

 

Value Investing.

If you have been in an investment field for any period of time you know what value investing is and I won't spend too much time going over it here.

Basically, Value Investing is investing in undervalued companies that for whatever reason are selling at a significant discount to their intrinsic value or what  they should be worth. There could be a million and one reasons why that happens, but markets do swing up and down, improperly and significantly undervaluing great businesses at times. 

By investing in such businesses you automatically reduce your risk due to a margin of safety.  It's not a sure fire way to prevent losses, but undervalued companies tend to depreciate less if you have made a wrong decision and appreciate more when your fundamental research is proven to be correct.

As you probably know Value Investing has been famously used by a super investor Warren Buffett to amass his $40-60 Billion wealth.  I too firmly believe that value investing is one of the best ways to minimize risk while setting yourself up for a larger gain should the stock recover.  At the same time, value investing has a number of shortcomings.

The biggest problem with value investing is TIMING.  Yes, you might have found a very cheap or very expensive (short side) stock, but you have no idea WHEN this stock will move in your direction. Yes the stock might be cheap, but it can remain cheap and not move anywhere for many years  -OR - worst, move in the opposite direction even though you are 100% confident that your fundamental analysis is correct.     

Let me give you an example. As early as 2006, I have predicted the economic collapse of 2007-2008 and the catalyst behind it. I have made a determination that the market will decline significantly and that it would be best to be on the short side. I have identified the worst of the Sub-prime lenders (companies like LEND) and shorted them.  Yet, these companies kept going up for the next 18 months.  When my fundamental thesis was finally proven, these companies collapsed and filed for bankruptcy within 2 weeks. 

The lesson of the story is...... while your fundamental analysis might be right on the money and you have minimized risk by creating a margin of safety, still you don't know WHEN it will happen.  In might be 10 years from today.  In the meantime, you have investors calling you and bitching why hasn't their portfolio performed well.

Which brings us to the TIMED part of the equation.

I believe it is instrumental to know WHEN something is going to happen. When will that stock start moving in the direction that your fundamental analysis indicates.

If you believe that timing is impossible to predict, you would be WRONG.   And no, it has nothing to do with the technical analysis.

Before we go any further we must define a CRITICALLY IMPORTANT concept.

WHAT IS TIME?

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I know it is a deep question. There are libraries full of philosophy and physics books that define time in a million different ways.

For our purpose, we have to ask a question. Is the time linear or is it cyclical?

The stock market chart identifies time as linear (from past to present to future), yet if you begin to actually study what time is you will very soon come to a conclusion that time is anything but linear.  Nature is not linear. Everything in nature is cyclical. It might look linear to an untrained eye, but once you look under the hood, the situation is completely different.

For example, you are born, you grow up, you live, you grow old, you die. The cycle is now complete.

Same thing is with time. Time does not flow at a constant rate nor does it flow in one direction. Time vibrates and cycles at its own speed and rate of vibration.

Before I get in too deep let me restate it from a much simpler perspective as it applies to the stock market or individual stocks.

Because time is cyclical (not linear) and has its own rate of vibration as it applies to the stock market or individual stocks, that rate of vibration can be determined and as such be used to precisely identify WHEN any given stock or the overall market will move in any given direction.

Yes, you have heard it right, my mathematical work clearly indicates that the stock market can be predicted and timed to within daily resolution. Due to this, out sized returns can be achieved.   Just as a note, this has nothing to do with technical analysis as my work moves well beyond TA. 

So, what is TIMED VALUE? It is exactly what you think it is. It is investing in undervalued companies (minimizing risk) while precisely identifying the time of WHEN that move will occur. Once again, identifying the exact timing of the event is not only possible, but a reality. I have proven that fact to my entire satisfaction.

As such, when you implement TIMED VALUE you have accomplished both the reduction of risk and maximization of profit (low risk and high return). What more can you ask for as an investor?

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What Everybody Is Ought To Know About Obamacare

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Reuters writes:  Obamacare, tepid U.S. growth fuel part-time hiring

(Reuters) - U.S. businesses are hiring at a robust rate. The only problem is that three out of four of the nearly 1 million hires this year are part-time and many of the jobs are low-paid.

Faltering economic growth at home and abroad and concern that President Barack Obama's signature health care law will drive up business costs are behind the wariness about taking on full-time staff, executives at staffing and payroll firms say.

Employers say part-timers offer them flexibility. If the economy picks up, they can quickly offer full-time work. If orders dry up, they know costs are under control. It also helps them to curb costs they might face under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Yep, exactly. Companies must be crazy to start hiring full time workers in this environment. The only time it would make sense if the economy is surging higher and unemployment is low. Neither one is the case, nor will it be any time soon.

This can all become a less-than-virtuous cycle as new employees, who are mainly in lower wage businesses such as retail and food services, do not have the disposable income to drive demand for goods and services.

Some economists, however, say the surge in reliance on part-time workers will fade as the economy strengthens and businesses gain more certainty over how they will be impacted by Obamacare.

Keep dreaming. The only place this economy is going is down the toilet. You cannot define the law of physics and mathematics forever.  

Executives at several staffing firms told Reuters that the law, which requires employers with 50 or more full-time workers to provide healthcare coverage or incur penalties, was a frequently cited factor in requests for part-time workers. A decision to delay the mandate until 2015 has not made much of a difference in hiring decisions, they added.

"Us and other people are hiring part-time because we don't know what the costs are going to be to hire full-time," said Steven Raz, founder of Cornerstone Search Group, a staffing firm in Parsippany, New Jersey. "We are being cautious."

Everyone knows the costs of hiring full-time right now. That cost is "Too Expensive"

Raz said his company started seeing a rise in part-time positions in late 2012 and the trend gathered steam early this year. He estimates his firm has seen an increase of between 10 percent and 15 percent compared with last year.

Other staffing firms have also noted a shift.

"They have put some of the full-time positions on hold and are hiring part-time employees so they won't have to pay out the benefits," said Client Staffing Solutions' Darin Hovendick. "There is so much uncertainty. It's really tough to design a budget when you don't know the final cost involved

Rest of the article here:

The bottom line is this. This Obamacare law is idiotic.  Any law that adds costs and uncertainty to any company in a bear market or downshifting economy is simply stupid. The output is very clear.... 

  • Companies will hire very few  full time workers.
  • Companies will start firing full time workers and replacing them with part time workers.  So, even if you have a stable full time job now (in the private sector), count your lucky stars if you still have one 5-10 years from now.

Simple as that. America is about to become a nation of part timers. Thank you  President Obama.