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Is This The Correction?

02/02/11 07:52:06 AM
by Koos van der Merwe

We knew that a correction was in the offing. The question was when.

Security:   DWIXT, SPX
Position:   Sell

We knew a correction was due for the world stock markets. Would anyone have believed a few weeks ago that the correction would be triggered by the Internet? Someone did, as shown by the Dow Average Transportation Index, which started falling a week before the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) and the S&P indexes.

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Figure 1 is a daily chart showing the Standard & Poor's 500 and the Dow Jones Transportation Index (DJTA). Note how in the past the DJTA gave buy and sell signals that tied in closely with the S&P 500. However, on January 18, the DJTA gave a sell signal when it broke down through its short-term trendline. The short-term Elliott wave count shows that a wave 5 has been completed, and that the DJTA has fallen in an ABC correction. However, the correction is not complete because it should fall to the fourth wave of lesser degree -- that is, somewhere between 4650 and 4925.

This ABC correction is not reflected in the DJIA at the moment, suggesting that the ABC correction could well be an abc correction in a A-wave down. Time will tell. Remember, an Elliott wave count is simply a signpost on a road, with another signpost a little way down the road. Reading those signposts as they appear, and changing one's viewpoint, is important.

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Figure 2 shows the DJTA gave an early warning sell signal at X by breaking below the short-term Vervoort trailing stop. The DJTA then found support on the Vervoort trailing stop (3%) before falling through it and giving a sell signal on January 28. The ergodic oscillator and the stochastic RSI cycle oscillator are both suggesting buy signals, as is the vote line. The vote line, however, immediately triggered a stop signal, as the index fell on January 28. This fall was accompanied by volume greater than average, which does signal weakness.

Uncertainty always feeds doubt. What happens over the week ahead is very important, as to the depth of the fall and the time before the market starts recovering.

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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