Road Map for the NASDQ 100 – December 3, 2018 …

I updated the roadmap for the S&P 500 Index/futures this morning and here now is my map for the NASDQ 100 futures …

My last update was on November 21st (click here for that post).  Here is the roadmap and time window from that posting.

NASDQ 100 Index Futures Contract (NQ_F) – 240 Minute Chart #6 (November 21st)

If you read that earlier post, you will note that the three prior smaller corrective bounces in this move lower all came in at the 1.382x time window.  That prior symmetry is why I think the 1.382x window will work again this time.  That implies that the timing window for the bigger B wave corrective bounce is for early in the morning of December 10th. Note from this morning’s post that the timing window for the ES futures contract is tomorrow morning, so having the Q’s hang around until next Monday would imply lots of chop for the next several days.

The more important item to keep track of is the actual bounce and where resistance is found … here is the current chart for the Q’s.

NASDQ 100 Index Futures Contract (NQ_F) – 240 Minute Chart #1

You can see that the prior corrective bounces in terms of resistance, failed right in the low 50%’s … so I am looking for both symmetry in the time window (1.382x) and price (around low 50%’s).  I have noted a possible sooner timing window on the chart above because of how the S&P 500 chart looks to be finding a sooner timing top (tomorrow morning).  Timing windows are usually pretty close for the S&P and NASDQ 100 so I have to keep aware of that fact.

NASDQ 100 Index Futures Contract (NQ_F) – 240 Minute Chart #2


So we are close in terms of price of where I expect resistance to hold for the Q’s … now we just have to confirm a move lower before really being convinced that my wave count is right.

If my wave count is correct, then I am looking for final C-wave support around the 6100 level and for that support window to come in around the end of the year/beginning of 2019.

NASDQ 100 Index Futures Contract (NQ_F) – 240 Minute Chart #3

If I look at the bigger broadening price pattern, I see a possiblity of price going all the way down to the lower support line.  That seems like a long way to go, but I am keeping an open mind, if in fact we do head lower to a bigger C-wave support target.

Cheers … Leaf_West



S&P 500 Road Map – December 3, 2018 …

Let there be light …. the Donald seems to have delivered once again with China, and the market is gapping higher coming out of this weekend’s dinner date with the Chinese President.  Time to take a look at the markets to see where we are versus our road map …

Here is a wave count chart for the S&P 500 Index from my November 21st posting (click here for that post).

S&P 500 Index – 195 Minute Chart #2 (November 21st)

You can see from the above chart that I am expecting the market to find resistance right above the a-pivot high (2815.15)  Since the market has not opened and therefore, the S&P Index does not yet show us the indicated move, I will use the ES mini futures contract as a substitute for the S&P 500 cash index.

S&P 500 Index Futures Contract (ES_F) – 240 Minute Chart #1

The a-wave pivot high is 2818.00 on the ES futures contract … the high so far overnight is 2814.00.  I am showing my timing windows on the above chart as well.

You can see that the minor-a wave high (purple) for bigger B (red) came right in at the 1.382x timing window … the minor-b wave low (purple) for bigger B (red) came in right at the 2.0x timing window.  It appears that we are pushing right into my expected resistance level for the end of bigger wave-B (red) here at the 2.382x extension window which is scheduled for tomorrow in the overnight trading session (2am – 6am).

So the proof in the pudding will be shown the next couple of days … let’s look at the wave structure of the last move here into what I think will be resistance.

S&P 500 Index Futures Contract (ES_F) – 240 Minute Chart #2

You can see from the above chart that the minor-c-wave into the B-wave high is making what looks like a normal 3-wave pattern.  It looks like we are near the end of the minor 3rd wave which will also mean that the B-wave is complete.

S&P 500 Index Futures Contract (ES_F) – 240 Minute Chart #3

If we do find resistance and start to move lower, I think that would be proof that we are going down to complete the bigger ABC structure.  My minimum C-wave target is the 1.272x extension target which is around 2510 on the ES futures contract.

Bottom Line – most traders will be thinking that this move of the last week or so is the start of the Xmas rally and that we are headed higher to make new all-time highs.  I obviously don’t believe that we are ready to do that, and we are, in fact, about to start the biggest, most viscous part of a corrective wave (the c-leg).  I want to watch closely here over the next day or so to get confirmation that the B-wave is indeed complete and we are beginning the next leg lower.

Cheers … Leaf_West

Road Map for the NASDQ 100 …

I have been mainly trading the NASDQ 100 futures during this corrective price action, and therefore, I like to keep a close eye on the price structure and timing windows.  Here is my current read …

NASDQ 100 Index Futures Contract (NQ_F) – 240 Minute Chart #1

Unlike the S&P 500, the NADQ 100 Index made a bigger first wave lower.  I can count 3 minor waves lower into yesterday’s low, and therefore I think we have begun the B-wave bounce in the current corrective price structure.

NASDQ 100 Index Futures Contract (NQ_F) – 240 Minute Chart #2

Where will the NQ’s bounce to?  I think we are likely to make it back to the SLOT resistance zone and I have drawn the resistance level here at 7155 – that is my rough target currently.

NASDQ 100 Index Futures Contract (NQ_F) – 240 Minute Chart #3

If we turn lower at 7155, then the 1.272x extension target for Wave C will be around 6259.

Let’s look at deriving a timing window for Wave B and Wave C … we can do that by looking for prior turns in the waves completed so far.

NASDQ 100 Index Futures Contract (NQ_F) – 240 Minute Chart #4

The first leg lower (small wave-a), the small wave-b corrective bounce ended right at the 1.382x timing window. and the small wave-c ended right near the 2.382x timing window.  Let’s draw the next wave to see where those windows ended up …

NASDQ 100 Index Futures Contract (NQ_F) – 240 Minute Chart #5

Using the next bigger wave lower down (small wave-a) to draw our timing targets, the small wave-b corrective bounce ended right near that same 1.382x timing window we saw in the prior wave analysis. and the small wave-c ended right at the 1.786x timing window.

Using these previous windows,  let’s draw the big corrective wave pattern to see where our timing windows could end up …

NASDQ 100 Index Futures Contract (NQ_F) – 240 Minute Chart #6

So, wave symmetry makes me think that the bigger wave-B timing window should be right around that 1.382x extension target … that puts the B-Wave high in right around the December 10th in the 6am – 10am time slot.

Wave-C’s time window is not quite as sure thing as the B-wave based on the prior c-waves coming in at 1.786x and 2.382x.  If we look at these time slots as a bigger window, we look for a bottom for Wave-C between Dec 30th and Jan 29th.  That is a big window, and since we know that Wave C’s typically complete in 3-wave patterns, we should be able to get a good sense of the completion window when we start getting closer to what looks like a completed 3-wave structure.  Bottom line is that we are likely to end this corrective pattern in early 2019.

Cheers … Leaf_West

Next Move for the SPX is Higher …

When I look at the Price Structure of the current corrective pattern in the S&P 500 Index, I think that we are still in the midst of making a bigger ABC.  If that is correct, I think that the median line will act as support here and we will bounce higher to complete the B-wave of the corrective pattern … that will set up a pretty ugly early December for the bull-tards.

S&P 500 Index (SPX) – 195 Minute Chart #1

The median line looks like it held to the exact penny at yesterday’s low … so are we ready to bounce higher?

S&P 500 Index (SPX) – 195 Minute Chart #2

If we are going to bounce off of the median support line, seasonality will definitely help.  The bounce higher will be the minor C-wave of the bigger corrective B-wave, and those are typically 3-wave structures.  The final move to complete the bigger ABC corrective price pattern will be vicious … that should also be a bigger 3-wave structure/down-leg.

S&P 500 Index ETF (SPY) – 195 Minute Chart #1

For traders of the SPY, price should bounce to at least high enough to take out the A-pivot high of the B-corrective wave structure.  That is $281.22 or about 6.5% higher than yesterday’s close … that type of move should suck in lots of year-end rally’ers and that is exactly what needs to happen to set-up the final C-wave to support.

S&P 500 Index ETF (SPY) – 195 Minute Chart #2

The final C-Wave should find support around $250.50.

S&P 500 Index (SPX) – 195 Minute Chart #3

The final C-Wave for the SPX should find support around 2510.

Bottom Line … Enjoy the bounce here traders, and be on the look-out for resistance in the SLOT.  If my read is correct, the bounce in price will fail there and turn lower for the final C-wave move into support.

Cheers … Leaf_West



Market Update …

So all experienced traders know that Mother Market never makes it easy … the current market is I’m sure no different.  So if that is the case again here, then traders should keep an open mind when looking at the likely path going forward.  Here are some of the possible paths for the market going forward …

S&P 500 Index Futures Contract (ES_F) – 240 Minute Chart #1 

I believe that the above scenario is what most market participants are hoping for, and that is why I think that it is the least likely to be the road ahead.  Most traders are bulls and are therefore hoping that the late October low is the low, and that we are making an inverted heads & shoulders reversal pattern after finishing with the entire corrective price action off of the recent all-time highs.  Does this scenario make sense … I think that the price action down into the October low looked too strong to be completed with one simple ABC price structure.  Of course I could be wrong, especially when you consider the seasonality coming into play here the next two months.  Bottom line, is that we have to be aware of this possiblity, but I am leaning in another direction for the market.

S&P 500 Index Futures Contract (ES_F) – 240 Minute Chart #2

Some traders are holding out for a final flush that retests the actual October low … is that what we are going to see?  If too many traders are waiting for that, then it would make perfect sense to see Mother Market, fake traders out and NOT give us a final high-volume flush.  It’s obviously possible, but with the seasonality we are coming up against, I could see the market not completing the larger, more obvious ABC price structure.

S&P 500 Index Futures Contract (ES_F) – 240 Minute Chart #3

This is the scenario I think makes most sense when I look at all the evidence right now … I think the market’s internals are not such that we are going to push down to make a new low and complete the bigger ABC pattern (i.e., scenario #2) right now.  I think it makes more sense to see a seasonal rally now for the next couple of weeks … that will get the market set better for a final reversal down into a bigger C-wave move into support.  Imagine how many traders jump on the “end of the year/Christmas rally”, hoping to catch-up to the overall index’s YTD 2018 return.

I won’t bother showing all of the market internals that have me thinking this way currently, as the market has to prove out what it intends to do the next several days.  More important to traders is just the reminder to keep an open mind and be willing to accept whichever path the market eventually decides to take.

Here is a possible level for market to find resistance in a Scenario #3 pathway …

S&P 500 Index Futures Contract (ES_F) – 240 Minute Chart #4

S&P 500 Index Futures Contract (ES_F) – 60 Minute Chart

The move down into last week’s low looks to me to be a complete 3-wave structure.  The flush down into today’s low was probably enough to leave lots of traders behind if we are indeed going to bounce higher into resistance from these levels.  Speaking of today’s flush, let’s take a c;oser look at it.

S&P 500 Index Futures Contract (ES_F) – 15 Minute Chart

I can see a possible complete 3-wave structure here, but I can also see how we might need one more minor low below today’s low to finalize the fake-out.

Bottom-Line … be prepared for anything.  To me it looks like we could bounce here into a bigger B-wave high, before correcting one final move lower into a bigger C-wave support zone.  Lots of pain if that is indeed what happens.

Cheers … Leaf_West

GDX Update …

I wrote about a possible 2019 swing trade that I was looking at/starting on November 12th (click here to read that blog post).  Long story shorter, I am playing for a big move higher in Gold Miner stocks in early-2019.  I go through my thoughts in that earlier blog post, but one of the things that I was waiting for for additional confirmation was the completion of an ABC corrective move and a break of the downward sloping broadening price pattern.

I was buying GDX and HGU.TO in my stock accounts the past several days and yesterday I added WPM.TO on the flush after their somewhat disappointing earnings report.  My audio alert went off this morning warning me of a first break higher out of the downward broadening price pattern.  Here is the chart …

Gold Miner ETF (GDX) – 195 Minute Chart

A gap higher out of this type of broadening price pattern will almost always need to see some type of consolidation that would confirm acceptance by the market of that price move higher.  I suspect that we spend at least 3-5 more days chopping around to see if price is really ready to begin moving higher.  I am hoping that 2019 will actually work out nicely for gold/silver and the miners.

Cheers … Leaf_West

Market Update …

Here is where I think we are on our way down to a bigger C-wave support for the S&P 500 and NASDQ 100 Indexes (both markets are forming a similar ABC corrective pattern) …

NASDQ 100 Index Futures Contract (NQ) – 60 Minutes Chart #1

I think that we have completed the first leg of the final C-wave of the ABC corrective price structure.  It looks like we completed a smaller 3-wave lower in the A-purple wave count in that bigger red-C wave.  Now we should be looking for a bounce into resistance which should have a minor abc-wave count.  Then we should have a final flush down into the bigger C-wave support.  That last leg down typically carves out a minor 3-wave structure – it is also typically ruthless and moves very quickly.

Where could the bounce to B terminate?

NASDQ 100 Index Futures Contract (NQ) – 60 Minutes Chart #2

It looks like we completed the purple A-wave with today’s price action … that lines up with my wave count of AAPL as well, so I think odds are we bounce from here until next week.  A nice timing window exists at 1pm-2pm on Monday, November 19th.  The last move down should be fun, and get everyone bearish into year-end, just when they should be looking to trade long out of bigger support.

Cheers … Leaf_West

AAPL is at Support …

Lots of hand-wringing over the decline in AAPL … poor fools don’t realize it is at support of the A-leg in the ABC corrective move.

AAPL – 65 Minute Chart #1

The Wave 2 for AAPL stopped right at the 1.618x extension target, and we have just pushed down into the 1.272x – 1.618x extension target zone for Wave 3.

AAPL – 65 Minute Chart #2

Price is painting its first dark blue extreme trend strength warning candle … that tells me that historically, price is getting extended here.  Price momentum is actually making a higher low here on this latest push into support.  Is the move near completion on the smaller time frame charts?

AAPL – 15 Minute Chart

I think we are making a low here in AAPL … next move should be a bounce into resistance followed by a final move into a bigger Wave-C support zone.

AAPL – 195 Minute Chart

Where will AAPL find resistance?

AAPL – 65 Minute Chart #2

The above chart shows the POC supply of resistance for the whole move lower off the previous high.

AAPL – 65 Minute Chart #3

The above chart shows the POC supply for the last leg lower after the earnings release on Nov 1st.

Best of luck everyone …

Cheers … Leaf_West

US$ Update ….

I wrote a blog post about the US$ yesterday morning (click here for that post).  The price action in the DXY US$ Index today makes it look like a possible high was made yesterday to complete the B-wave I have drawn on my weekly chart … here is that chart from yesterday’s blog post.

US Trade Dollar Index – Weekly Chart (as posted on November 12, 2018)

Here is the price action from today …

US Trade Dollar Index – 240 Minute Chart

US Trade Dollar Index – 60 Minute Chart

The 240-min chart shows that the ATR support is still in place, and I like to see that taken out before I begin to think that any daily chart is turning lower … that ATR support is at $97.03 vs the current price of $97.16.

Could crude oil have made a pukefest low today right on the heels of the US$ making an important top??  Yesterday, I thought crude would find support around the lower support line of the broadening price pattern chart.  Here is that chart updated for today’s pukefest …

Crude Oil Futures Contract (CL) – 240 Minute Chart

Normally, the 3rd wave of a price structure will terminate around the 1.272x extension drawn off of the 2nd wave … if the third wave gets extended it would normally stop at the 1.618x extension target.  Every once in a while, you get some real good capitulation like we did today probably in crude.

Anyways, the US$ top would be an important event for crude and other US$-based commodities.

Cheers … Leaf_West