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Bull Or Bear Update

08/02/10 10:15:04 AM
by Koos van der Merwe

On June 28, I wrote an article stating that I believed that the Dow Jones Industrial Average was completing a Wave II correction. How accurate was I in my forecast?

Security:   DWIX
Position:   Accumulate

In that article, I wrote how surprised I was at how quickly what I felt was a Wave II correction fell. This should not have surprised me. Bear corrections always occur twice as fast as a bull market rises. This is standard Elliott wave technique. A wave 2 correction also falls to the fourth wave of lesser degree. This is a standard Wave 2 rule. So let us look at the first chart.

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Figure 1 shows how the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) reached a high of 11,320.52 in April 2010 and then corrected in an abcxabc pattern to find Wave A of Wave II, rose in a Wave B of Wave II and then fell without any correction in a Wave C of Wave II, finding its bottom at 9636, the lower level of the fourth wave of lesser degree. This is disturbing, because a Wave C should trace a five-wave correction, or a three-wave abc correction. It is unusual to have a direct correction as shown on the chart.

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This leads me to believe the pattern can be a pattern shown in Figure 2, where Wave ii corrected lower that the low of Wave C. Unusual, but it is a pattern I have seen before, especially when bears overreact. With many investors staying clear of the market, scared of a double-dip recession, this is a very strong possibility and confirms the thought that the recovery over the coming years will be a slow and cautious one as seen in Figure 3, a monthly chart of the DJIA showing how the index traded in a sideways pattern from 1974 to 1982, a period of eight years, before taking off.

FIGURE 3: DJIA, 1974 TO 1982
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Many can argue that over this period, the DJIA increased from 572 to 1015, a rise of 77%. Nice, if you were bullish at 572. Not so nice if being overly cautious as investors are today, you bought at or close to the 1015 level, as most investors probably did. For investors to buy at 572, they have to be brave and feel justified in their fear when they see the DJIA fall to 767, with bears waving flags of joy.

I can only say that we should follow the example of John Templeton and use any correction to buy 100 shares of those stocks you would like to own and hold for the long term. Yes, the DJIA is in a bull market, but it will be slow and painful. Far too much doom and gloom out there.

Koos van der Merwe

Has been a technical analyst since 1969, and has worked as a futures and options trader with First Financial Futures in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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