Weekend Update

Posted on March 23, 2019 by the OEW group in honor of Anthony Caldaro

The SPX, NAS, and NDX reached higher levels this week while the Dow remained under the recent recovery highs.  The SPX rose to 2852 on Tuesday but then fell to 2812 before the FOMC decision on Wednesday.  The Fed announcement caused an afternoon rally to 2842, but price declined again into the close.  Price gapped lower on Thursday’s open with the SPX falling to 2817, but buyers stepped in quickly and the SPX rallied to the weekly high of 2860.  The SPX gapped down on Friday, fell to 2802, recovered in the afternoon, but sold off to 2801 into the close.  Quite a volatile day and week!

For the week, the SPX/Dow lost 1.1% and the NAS/NDX lost 0.3%.

On the economic front, we saw an uptick in the Philadelphia Fed Index, Leading Indicators, and existing home sales.  Factory orders and the NAHB Housing Market Index were unchanged.  The FOMC held rates steady and announced the end of the Fed’s balance sheet reduction in September.

Next week’s report will highlight housing starts, building permits, pending home sales, new home sales, consumer confidence, personal income, personal spending, Core PCE Price Index, Q4 GDP estimate, and the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index.  The ECRI WLI update has not been published this week.

LONG TERM: Uptrend

The foreign indices we track were mixed this week with considerable weakness in Europe and Brazil.  The Indian Nifty 50 up 0.3%, the German DAX down 2.8%, the French CAC 40 down 2.5%, the Brazilian BVSP down 5.5%, the Japanese Nikkei 225 up 0.8%, the Hang Seng Stock Exchange up 0.3%, and the South Korean KOSPI up 0.4%.


In the US, the long-term count remains unchanged. Super cycle SC2 low March 2009. Primary I high May 2015, and Primary II low February 2016. Major wave 1 high October 2018, Major wave 2 low December 2018. Intermediate wave i of Major 3 is now underway.

MEDIUM TERM: Uptrend, likely near-term weakness

We continue to track the three highest probability wave counts as discussed in last weekend’s report.  The divergence between Dow and other major indices continues, so we favor our conservative outlook of a complex Minor 2 correction underway as shown on the Dow chart.   Choppy price action suggests a corrective rally off early March lows and weakness into the close supports this view.  Should the Dow reverse course and rally to new recovery highs, this wave count may be eliminated.  Minor wave labeling remains tentative until further price action is developed.


The daily SPX chart shows the near-term bullish wave count with Minor 1 and Minor 2 complete at 2817 and 2722, respectively with Minor 3 underway.  Early price action off the 2722 low was strong but has since become choppy.  Strength in NAS and NDX has been supporting this wave count as well.  Sharp reversal on Friday was largest pullback of the rally so far and sufficient to qualify another wave, suggesting Minor 3 may be subdividing.




For SPX, we can count three small waves up to this week’s high, 2852>2812>2860.  This suggests either a corrective B wave rally, which supports our primary view of an ongoing Minor 2 correction, or an irregular subdivision for Minor 3 as noted on the SPX daily chart.  Last week’s count showing Micro 3 of Minute v was eliminated due to overlap of Micro 1 and has diminished the possibility of a Minor 1 extension.  Until SPX clears 2876 and/or the Dow reaches new recovery highs, trend weakness remains on the table.

We will continue to track all of these probable wave counts, and again suggest patience while the markets remove the uncertainty through additional price action.  We believe this uncertainty will be resolved in the coming days or weeks.

Short term support is at the 2798, 2780, and 2731 pivots and 2722 low.  Resistance is at the 2835, 2858, and 2929 pivots.  The momentum ended the week neutral with a positive divergence on the 60 minute SPX chart.

We’re in process of updating charts in the Public Chart List with current OEW status and hope to have that completed in the near future.


Asian markets were up approx. 0.5%.

European markets were down 2.5+%.

The DJ World index lost 0.6%, and the NYSE lost 1.4%.


Bonds yields are in a downtrend with the 10 year treasury falling 5%.

Crude remains in an uptrend and gained 0.9%.

Gold is in a downtrend but gained 0.7%.

Bitcoin is in an uptrend and gained 1.6%.

The USD is in an uptrend and was flat.

CHARTS: https://stockcharts.com/public/1269446/tenpp


Best wishes to all

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566 Responses to Weekend Update

  1. I just read the Jan 16 update and I would like to say that Tony would be proud of Christine and the OEW group for the job they are doing in carrying on the blog. They have learned their lessons from Tony very well, indeed. I must admit, though, that it was painful for me to read because of the sadness of knowing that Tony was not at the keyboard any more. I felt a sense of an empty space in my heart, even though I I never met Tony or had a personal friendship with him. A great soul has moved on to the next step of his journey through the universe.


  2. Hi,thanks Christine and OEW group

    daily divergence



    resistance 3250

    D&W divergence,congestion/rectangle
    not easy to count,as always



  3. Dow Jones Transportation Index has already been referred to at the beginning of this thread, as a leading index. Correct. $Trans topped in this cycle Sept. 14, 2018, about 1 week before the SPX500. Dow Transports closed yesterday @ 1052, on somewhat of a significant support level.
    So bulls certainly need to see the transports move up from here.

    Looking back to the 2000 top, Transports led the way again, topping many months before the SPX500. That episode certainly didn’t end well for the bulls.

    In sum, I’d say the $transports are in a precarious position and need to move up this coming week. If they don’t, bullish investors will need to rethink their strategies.



  4. capi25 says:

    Sorry for this stupid question ..
    If someone want to answer it ..
    ie ..can this down move be bigger than minor 2 of 2722.-2816 = 106pts. ??
    And what’s about the time lenght
    Thank you


    • riderbobo says:

      I believe the previous decline was 94.61 points. This move down can be greater. I am no expert, but I believe what you would be looking for is any overlap with the February 8th low of minute iv at 2681.83.


    • capi25 says:

      sorry 86 pts


  5. elmer510 says:

    Thank you all for a another, good weekly report.


  6. Thank you, Christine and the OEW group.


  7. chrisk44342 says:

    Thank you OEW group and thank you Tony


  8. oarmas74 says:

    This upcoming Friday (3/27) not only marks the end of the trading quarter and month, but it’s also the day where this up trend equals the 9/20 – 12/24/18 down trend in terms of 65 trading days. What this means is that the market persistence is still probably negative, as we will probably not exceed the 9/20/18 high (spy = 293.94). Yesterday’s close leaves the market 5% off the top.


  9. joemal97 says:

    Thank you for the excellent report.


  10. jobjas says:

    DJTA leading ?


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