Bulls on Defense
BULLS FUMBLE - First-Down - BEARS
The near 20% decline from peak to trough in the October 2007 - January 2008 period, marked a potentially devastating turnover for Bulls. After throwing a near interception back in August, Bulls held steady, recovered, then fumbled critically at the October '07 highs.
Bears handily took possession thereafter, and have scored an undeniable first-down with the lows hit in January. Despite the aid of statist intervention along with surety of more where that came from, the Bullish contingent finds itself in the very rare and awkward position of playing defense.
Not without a fight
Though Bears may have scored a first-down, they are not very far along in advancing their ultimate campaign. It is likely they are still at their own 10-yard line - with a gargantuan 90-yard battle to win for a touch-down bottom to victory. Not only do Bulls still maintain mountains of steroidal-muscle and influence over the grid-iron at large, but they also have a formidable army of fans and officials working overtime to skew favor back to their collective multi-generational interests. On the other hand, it will be interesting to see the resultant outcome of official's attempts to reflate what has yet to be adequately deflated.
As the above page extraction from Elliott Wave Technology's Interim Monthly Forecast clearly reflects, the time for pro-active traders and investors to have gotten defensive was in the summer and fall of 2007. Going forward, participants may get second chance to get defensive at higher levels, or it may also turn out such that the bullish contingent somehow prevails - prompting us to lift our currently defensive posture.
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Short-Term Trading Environment: Week ending 15-Feb.
Ironically, the faster markets traverse amid their expanded daily ranges, the slower the larger degree wave counts take to unfold. As the stakes get higher, the premiums and risk to participate in these moves rises accordingly - and so do the rewards.
Re-Capping last week's trading points:
Following the mayhem and hi-jinks incited by the crisis intervention and emergency rate-cuts some three weeks ago, markets have settled down - albeit in a much larger, more volatile version of its former self.
Sparing the blow-by-blow details of the previous two weeks, our non-discretionary short-term trading discipline has captured over 500 points in the Dow in the week past, recovering most all of the losses experienced earlier in the month.
THE BROAD MARKET UPDATE
We are going to begin this broad market outlook from the value perspective of Gold - one of the last remaining stable benchmarks of equal weight and measure. The chart below translates the value of the Dow Jones Industrial Average when measured against the Gold value.
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