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How Low Can You Go?

by The MoleOctober 10, 2010

This is going to be a very brief weekly update for two reasons. One – I’m extremely slammed this weekend as I have another looming deliverable for tomorrow morning. Two – there is really not much to be added to last week’s long term review – all those charts look pretty much identical. There is a lot of noise as of late related to the high frequency signing (HFS) scandal that’s slowly gaining traction in the MSM. Last I heard a class action lawsuit was filed against Countrywide, California’s attorney general called for a halt on all current foreclosure proceedings, Bank of America issued a moratorium on all foreclosures, MERS is on a PR mission to preemnt some heat lurking behind the corner, etc. – the list is long. And the pundits are livid – on both ends of the spectrum.

So I can understand that some the bears (well, the few who are left) are salivating at the possibility of equities finally taking a tumble to the downside. It’s a common mistake. You know – correlating major news with moves in the stock market. How can this shitstorm of negative headlines not put a dent in the market’s ability to melt even higher?

Here’s your answer: Let’s not be stupid, shall we?

Just ask yourself – how long has all that and more been leaking out now? I mean Wall Street has been embroiled in one mind boggling scandal after the other for over a year now. Corruption is rampant, enforcement is lax at best or non-existent at worst, and if one bothers to look beyond the MSM headlines there’s plenty of opportunity to ruin your mood over how yet another bankster got away with some shady game costing us taxpayers a bundle in the end. In short – risk has been socialized and guess what –  you’re the one paying the tab.

Will there be a final reckoning and are we going to see handcuffs and orange jumpsuits for Halloween? Of course not!

Listen my dear steel rats – if you have been frequenting this blog for more than a week then I hope that by now you have learned one thing once and for all:

The top dogs always get away with it – they always have and they always will.

There is no final justice.

The banks are running our nation.

Game over.

Until we see blood in the streets none of that will change. If we’re lucky we’ll see a few scapegoats being sacrificed, just in time to appease the masses before the mid term elections. But trust me when I tell you this – the boyz are not sweating. Think about it this way: what’s the worst that happened two years ago? If you and I plan some heist at our local bank and get caught with welding torches in our hands we’d be sweating bullets and probably look at some quality time with bubba for the next decade or two. But just imagine if the cops would just snicker and before letting you go tell you to ‘just not let it happen again’? What’s the incentive for staying on the straight path and working for a living? Exactly right – none! We’d be back at the drawing board the very next day planning our next sting. After all – the benefits greatly outweigh the risks of playing the game.

In short: Until hell freezes over there is no downside risk for the pervs running our financial system. And although some intrepid voices like Alan Grayson are trying to rail the masses, reality is that 99% of the public out there does not have a clue and is more focused on American Idle reruns.

So, abandon all hope for ultimate justice and thus a resulting downside correction in equities based on any news you come across. Focus on your charts – the few that make sense these days. Of course that does not mean that the market won’t tank – but as I pointed out last week – most likely it won’t happen when you expect it.

Besides there’s only one chart that really matters right now, which is the DXY. And the one question in all our minds of course is this:

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I remember seeing a Euro chart suggesting a turn around at the 81.8% fib mark on another blog about two weeks ago. I commented that fib retracements only mean ‘opportunities’ not turning points, especially in currencies and commodities. As usual I was being dismissed – a compounding reason why I have all but given up participating on other trading blogs.

Unfortunately I was proven right – again. I would actually have enjoyed being wrong on this one but if you know anything about trading FX is that it’s never a good idea to step below a falling sword (or in front of a speeding train). Philosophical musings aside – how low can this thing go? Frankly, I don’t know and that is in fact the big lesson I want to ingrain into your rodent brains:

Wait for it!

That’s right – let it come down and paint a floor and once we see a pattern that suggests a bottom may be in we can start thinking about a turn in equities. Nothing bearish happens until the Dollar finds its floor and starts painting green candles – period.

Some of you may remember that I projected a turn date for around October 5th, possibly leading into the 10th – which is today (Sunday). So I am willing to accommodate another day or two of delay but unless equities show some major weakness in a hurry it probably suggests that this turn date is a no-go and that we’ll see nothing but sideways tape or more upside until at least early January. After all – traditionally November going into December usually bestows traders with a ‘Santa Rally’ and with midterm elections looming I don’t think anything but a fast slide will gain any traction.

How that fits into the Dollar I’m not sure. Maybe ole’ bucky will decide to slowly paint a floor and then gyrate around until next year. Or it will ramp and the Fed will continue to stem any major declines by throwing more coin into POMO auctions.

So the orange line down represents the bear’s ‘last stand’. We are now near the 78.6% fib line and a push beyond that will greatly increase the chance that the longs will be able to push the SPX beyond the April 26 high of 1219.80. If that happens I will have to relabel the entire wave count as it means that we are still in Primary {2}. And yes, it could get very ugly for the bears – again, whoever is left.

That is actually the only reservation I have at this point. Who is really left shorting the market here? I mean – even long time blogger Jeff Kohler proclaimed the death of the retail trader the other day and I can’t help but to agree with him. So if it’s not the retail traders yet again buying the top of the tape then who exactly is taking the other side of the trade? Never forget that the market is a zero sum game – for every winner there must be a loser. So, is it Fed money only? I’m as paranoid as the next market megalomaniac but that sounds a bit far fetched even to me.

Be this as it may Soylent Green may take us much higher in a hurry, overbought conditions notwithstanding. Before that happens a little fake out drop to that diagonal on the chart above is probably good medicine.

And if we drop for real? Well trust me – we’ll know it when it happens. As it should be fast, hard, and merciless, just like my dating routine. There will be no mistaken the type of correction that should have happened a long time ago. And unless something ‘dramatic’ happens in equities the path of least resistance continues to be to the upside. Thanks Jesse – for teaching us that.




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The Mole
Mole created Evil Speculator amidst the chaos of the financial crisis in early August of 2008. His vision for Evil Speculator is a refuge of reason, hands-on trading knowledge, and inspiration for traders of all ages and stripes. You can follow him and his nefarious schemes at various social media waterholes below.