Nearing the end of October, traders are usually a bit more cautious about the markets than at other times of the year. History has proven that October can be a month full of surprises. It appears in 2019 is no different. Right now, the markets are still range bound and appear to be waiting for some news or other information to push the markets outside of the defined range.
We still have at least one more trading week to go in October, yet the US markets just don’t want to move away from this 25,000 to 27,000 range for the Dow Industrials. In fact, since early 2019, we have traded within a fairly moderate price range of about 3200 points on the YM – a rotational range of about 11% in total size. Historically, this is a rather large sideways trading range for the YM – nearly 3x the normal volatility prior to 2015.
Daily YM Chart
This Daily YM chart highlights the trading range that has setup over the past 5+ months with the YELLOW LEVELS. Price continues to tighten into a more narrow range as we progress towards the end of 2019. Our researchers believe a moderate price breakdown will occur near the apex of this move which will act as a “price reversion event” and allow the markets to rally into 2020 and beyond. We are using our proprietary price modeling tools to attempt to identify any signs that can help us validate this research. Until we have some type of validation of the move, we can only wait as the risks associated with taking trades at this time are much higher than normal.
The SP500 cycle analysis I did last week provides some solid forward-looking direction as well.
TRAN – Transportation Index
The TRAN (Transportation Index) is also confirming our analysis of a sideways price range with very little opportunity at the moment for a high-risk trade. The TRAN gapped higher on October 21 which may set up a massive top pattern formation, possibly a Three River Evening Star pattern of a massive Engulfing Bearish pattern. We’ve highlighted the resistance range in RED on this chart and the support range in GREEN. Caution is the name of the game right now. Let the markets tell us what is going to happen next.
The weekly chart of the TRAN
This Weekly chart of the TRAN shows a clearer picture of the sideways price range that is setting up and how close we are to the APEX of the Flag/Pennant formation. Again, we know the markets are going to break clear of this Flag/Pennant formation, but the direction of the breakout will likely depend on future news events that we can’t predict. Any global failure or crisis may push the markets lower. Any global victory or success may push the markets higher. Right now, we believe the risk factors are very high and we are suggesting that traders need to be extremely cautious throughout the end of the year.
There are still massive opportunities in sector ETFs and commodity ETFs for traders that want to find quick/short-term trades. Gold and Silver are setting up major momentum bottoms. Natural Gas continues to set up a massive momentum bottom and Technology continues to set up a major topping type of pattern. The shift in capital away from risk will surely drive some really big trends over the next few weeks and months. A clear picture of what to expect looking forward up to 45 days I still rely on my market trend charts to know when I should be buying or selling positions. Skilled technical traders will be able to find incredible opportunities if they are patient and don’t “blow up” their accounts chasing risky rotation.
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