Alexander Elder reviews the current Market

By kind permission of, the website of the recognized trader, Alexander Elder, I reproduce for you, literally, its article "Books and Trades #252: Current market, Thanksgiving Special" of November 21st, about the actual behavior of the market and his outlook for the next months.

November 21, 2018

Dear Trader,

I haven’t written to you in a while, but felt compelled to do it today, in view of the current market situation.

There is a definite sound and smell of panic. Go to any news website, and their waves of fear hit you in the face. Don’t you think that if those writers knew how to trade, they would be making money instead of spreading emotional waves. Here’s what I recognize in the current markets:

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Bull markets are defined by the pattern of higher highs and higher lows

This pattern is intact on this weekly chart of the S&P as well as the Dow (not shown).

The bottoms of severe corrections are usually retested on lower volume.

The latest decline was just such a correction. The Nasdaq (not shown) had actually nicked its October low before recoiling and rallying. This is very similar to what happened in February 2016, when only the Dow among major indexes had nicked its previous low.

The second bottom of a correction is almost always confirmed by multiple divergences.

The inset in the center of the chart shows a bullish divergence of the New High – New Low Index. The dark inset on the right shows the weakening of the Fear Index.

This bull market is definitely getting older (aren’t we all) and more ragged. At some point it will top out, creating great shorting opportunities, but that time is very unlikely to be now.

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Best wishes,

A Elder

November 28, 2018 (Update)

Dear Trader,

Here’s the weekly chart of the S&P I sent you last week, followed by today’s daily chart (drawn around 2pm).

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The headline of my post in SpikeTrade on Monday was “Had the corrective move been completed?” I presented evidence for both sides, answered affirmatively, and shared my long purchases. The ensuing rally went into high gear today, crossing above the value zone, gathering steam.

Don’t you wish you were receiving daily SpikeTrade posts.

The reasons for this reminder: a) in tonight’s webinar we’ll focus on stock selection and b) our Thanksgiving special will end on Frida

I will aim to write to you again before the end of the year,

Best wishes,

A Elder