Weekend Report

Weekend Report

Provided by the OEW Group

August 31 2019

SPX opened the week higher and rallied to finish Monday at 2878, up from last weeks close at 2847.  Tuesday had a large gap up at the open, but quickly sold off into the early afternoon before a rally into the close at 2869.  Wednesday gapped down and tested below Monday’s range, to make the low of the week at 2853 within the first 30 minutes of trade.  From there, the market quickly reversed, rallying for the rest of the day to close higher on Wednesday, followed by gaps up both Thursday and Friday, to make the high of the week at 2940 within the first hour of Friday trade.  SPX then pulled back and consolidated for the rest of the day to finish the week at 2926.  The best week since the first of June!

For the week, SPX/DOW gained 2.79%/3.02% while NDX/NAZ gained 3.03%/2.72%.

On the economic front, Durable Goods, Personal Income and Spending, PCE and core PCE were all positive.  Consumer Confidence and Sentiment both declined, however Consumer Sentiment is still bullish at 54.8 as we read it.  GDP (2nd estimate) is +2.0% but was revised down slightly from the previous estimate.

The ECRI growth indicator declined and is now testing the higher low for the year.


LONG TERM: Uptrend may be weakening


In the US, the long-term count remains unchanged with the Super Cycle SC2 low in March 2009.  The Primary wave I high occurred in May 2015 and Primary wave II low in February 2016.  Primary wave III has been underway ever since and the Major wave 1 high of Primary wave III occurred in October 2018.  As mentioned last week, we’ve opened up the possibility for an alternate outcome, which suggests that Major wave 2 may be extending with a possible retest of the lows established in December 2018.  This more bearish view is posted on our DOW charts, which can be found in the public chart list via the link provided at the end of this report.  This week price recovered to close above the long term EMA’s, which suggests the market may be firming up and supports our primary count that Intermediate wave i of Major wave 3 is underway from the Major wave 2 low in December 2018 and is subdividing into Minor and Minute waves, as shown on the SPX chart.  We will continue to focus our attention on this more bullish view until it becomes invalidated by future price action.

MEDIUM TERM: Downtrend may be firming up


SPX started the week positive and continued to make a strong rally throughout the week with only one retest to a higher low at 2853 on Wednesday morning.  It peeked Friday morning at 2940 to get the high of the week, but again ran into resistance only to fall back and consolidate just below our 2929 pivot, the same level it’s been battling to break out of all month.  Similar price action to last week, however this time SPX was able to close in favorable territory, above both the medium and long term EMA’s.  Although this typically suggests the downtrend has bottomed, we’re cautious until price can break out of the trading range.  Consequently we’ve updated the medium term count such that Micro wave b is still underway and has now subdivided into three waves so far, 2939-2835-2940.  Micro wave c is pending, with the next target for potential Minute wave ii extension down to 2815.  Alternatively, a break above 2950 would suggest Minute wave ii bottom may be in.

Medium term, RSI is rising through the neutral zone and MACD has turned positive with a bullish cross.



For the third week in a row, SPX was unable to impulse higher off of the previous week’s low, and again stalled out in the same region, with an intraday high of 2940 at the open on Friday, before closing the week at 2926.  This was the strongest weekly rally since coming off the Minor wave 2 low in early June.  As mentioned, we still remain cautious until SPX can break out of the trading range and begin to show impulsive structure.  There’s lots of short term counts to consider under this kind of price action.  Some in our group have suggested a leading diagonal from 2822.  Others have suggested a contracting triangle that may have ended at 2835.  Some may see a possibility that an impulsive 1-2 sequence is underway from our original Minute wave ii low reported previously at 2826.  However, until the rally proves itself, we’re taking the most conservative view which suggests Micro wave b may have extended.  Using our short term techniques, we can count seven waves up from Micro wave a low at 2826, and have labeled that sequence as a double three pattern, Nano wave a 2931-2900-2939, Nano wave b 2835 and Nano wave c 2899-2853-2940.  If the small pullback on Friday can hold and extend higher, then that would be the first chance for an impulsive rally since the downtrend began.  Until then, we’re anticipating another retest of the low and possibly lower to complete Minute wave ii.  Our next target below is 2815 which is taken as 0.618x Micro wave a.

Short term support is at the 2884 and 2858 pivots.  Resistance is at 2929 and 2957 pivots.  Short term RSI ended the week with a negative divergence.


Asian markets (using AAXJ as a proxy) gained 2.37%.

European markets (using FEZ as a proxy) gained 2.32%.

The DJ World index gained 1.83%, and the NYSE gained 2.58%.


Bonds are in an uptrend and gained 0.04%

Crude oil is in a downtrend and gained 1.72%

Gold is in an uptrend and lost 0.53%

GBTC is in a downtrend and lost 7.74%.

The USD is in an uptrend and gained 1.36%.

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


Have a good week!

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487 Responses to Weekend Report

  1. Investor’s Intelligence Sentiment for week ending Sept. 3rd:

    Bulls 44.9%
    Bears 18.7%

    Correction Camp: 36.4%


  2. cj32 says:

    Cr. to CBZ, see expanded Tweet.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. kvilia says:

    Thanks, Christine.
    I was on vacation for 10 days, my eyes started hurting immediately after opening comments page. These keyboard warriors are true bath sailors 🙂
    Looking forward to the weekend report.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. M Wags says:

    We have some pretty significant cycles (2) coming into play in early October, and one in mid-December according to James Flanagan at Gann Financial.


  5. Mary773 says:

    On a line chart SPX is into resistance. We’ll see if the index retests the breakout of the recent range. If SPX has indeed entered its impulsive phase this resistance level should soon yield.


  6. raymond e kalenda says:

    Ya know. Yes, time is an indicator. Yet the risk still is that
    we are not as close to the end of this Bull, as I might think.
    Now, note I said the 2009 low was 10 years ago. That alone,
    should be a warning flag. But,m as warning flags go, this one too.
    Might be early. I am not invested long or short. So that should say
    a lot about my long term outlook confidence level….Bud


  7. raymond e kalenda says:

    From Bud Fox: SPX is still advancing after the major 2009 low. That said.
    It is my humble view, the SPX advance, is closing in, on a major price top.
    The major 2009 low, , was about 10 Years ago…Need I say, anymore?
    Comments welcome…..Bud


    • valunvstr says:

      Yes, you need say more. An arbitrary length of time is not a reason for a major market top. Recessions used to be every four years for much of the 20th century. And they used to be deeper. Then the country pivoted toward a wider margin more asset light economy with less cyclical its (of course the financial crisis was the exception to the rul given the leverage that individuals had in real estate and the global financial leverage to synthetic made up instruments). All of a sudden since 1982 you had a recession eight years later in 1990 (sp500 was basically flat). Then 11 years later on 2001 and of course that was due to 9/11. Then 7 years later in 2008. I know you are not talking economic cycles but it is meant to illustrate that arbitrary time periods are silly. One would have said “it’s been five years since the last recession and they usually only last 4 years). Now the average is more like every 9 years and without 9/11 who knows how long that would have gone. You look at a chart of the market in the early 1900’s and 1800’s and there was no such thing as a trend for more than two seconds. Australia went 18 years without a recession. If one is to comment on cycles, comment on why you believe it will end other than “because it’s been 10 years”.

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    • micky says:

      Thanks Raymond e Fox Kalenda Bud.


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