Wake up and smell the bull trap

August 10, 2016 01:35 PM

We are currently experiencing a “Kondratiev Winter” stage in this stock market which is at its’ tipping point. This is where nominal to incremental highs on the SPX can be exceeded by 2%, but by no more than 4%. I am observing a market failure right here and now. This is a bull trap.

Last Friday's rally in the SPX big price move on low volume resulted in no trend change to the larger bearish patterns. It does not change the bearish pattern, but it probably does mean that the current rally will last for at least a few more days. There are multiple times in which rallies are reversed during the early part of the following week after a strong jobs report.

Both investors and traders continue to throw money at stocks every time that there is any hint of manufactured good news. The majority of stocks on the NYSE are still in downtrends. Last Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released their bogus jobs report claiming that 255,000 new jobs were created.

This strong number caused gold to drop sharply, which momentum traders could have profited handsomely if they knew about the rouge price spikes taking place in gold just hours before the move.

The labor participation rate rose a mere 0.2% to 62.8%, which is at a 40-year low. This means that potentially over 90 million Americans are still not working. 

After adding only 11,000 jobs in May of 2016, the Bureau of Labor Statistics would have the public believe that the U.S. has now added over 550,000 jobs, in the 60-day period since. I find these numbers still hard to believe. There is no actual evidence of this having occurred:

It is all just a statistical adjustment as well as the seasonal adjustment factor as mentioned by Zero Hedge.         

Over the past 120 years within in a seven-year bull market, it is during the fall season of the seventh year when the next major decline commences. The SPX is putting in its final top. It will become a well-defined top that usually cannot exceed a 2% to 4% throw over.

We are currently witnessing an extremely aged and overvalued bull market. The SPX Index, despite the exuberance of “record highs,” is just 2% above its May 2015 peak. The SPX has pushed it to its most extreme overvalued, overbought and over bullish syndrome in an environment where momentum is slowly rolling over.  Whether one is bullish or bearish, one needs to recognize that any current extremes are unparalleled.


Statistically speaking, the single most probable outcome is actually a small gain, which we have experienced and which is then followed by abrupt and severe losses that can have the potential of wiping out weeks or even months of upside progress with an unexpected and rapid decline.  

I will have to wait for the market sentiment to shift toward risk-aversion, before participating in any long-term bearish exchange-traded funds trades. Within an increased global, systematic world, both investors and traders are making risky and unparalleled bets these days. 

I can visualize the financial meltdown. Many financial entities will have lower profits since low interest rates persist. Historically, low yields squeeze the net interest income of banks and make liabilities harder to meet for insurance companies. I would cut their EPS forecasts by 5%-7%. The fall in Treasury yields explains most of the cut. Their strong headwind is headed our way.

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Founder of AlgoTrades Systems., internationally recognized market technical analyst and trader. Chris is also the founder of TheGoldAndOilGuy.com, a financial education and investment newsletter service. He is responsible for market research and trade alerts for of its newsletter publication.