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VIX Spike & US Indices – Bears Territory

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The Market is reacting to fundamental events and multiple question marks seem to be appearing, as the trade war sentiment escalates. Moreover, it seems that earnings reports could surprise after all, with some global leaders in the tech field struggling to keep up with the expectations.

Risk-off period seems to show persistence, as the YEN is showing possible signs of strength.

With the USD being the strongest currency of them all, July was a month full of uncertainty and fear when it comes to precious metals. EUR & GBP also got hit hard by the bearish wave caused by the stronger greenback.

At these current stages, the Market seems to be inclining towards a possible correction, or even a “flash event”.

Due to the unclear paths and the wild swings, market participants and traders seem to be leaning more towards stocks and indices at these times.

As previously mentioned in the “Trade War Sentiment – Volatility Spike – Technical Analysis” article, the VIX (CBOE Volatility Index) did rise from the expected levels. The green versus fear sentiment was explained and followed-up with the previously posted “Markets Vulnerable – Reversal Patterns – Bearish Sentiment – Divergences” video.

With volatility showing considerable signs of a come-back, the US Indices are possibly entering dangerous grounds and bearish territory.

A sharp rise in volatility represents the reaction of sellers who take over, once the greed period is finalized and complacency sentiment runs out of steam. With the fear effect established, panic takes over investors’ emotions and buy/sell decisions. This of course results in major sell-offs in stocks and indices, such as the one witnessed in early Feb 2018 when Dow Jones and SNP500 lost 3450 and 350 points respectively.

Since the big decline in February, US30 and SPX500 have been showing multiple swings, but mostly looking as if they are struggling to perform, resulting in a sideways type of rise.

The US Indices structures are pointing towards the possibility that the current position could represent the final stages of a corrective pattern. If this would turn out to be true, then another major sell-off would be needed to finalize the larger degree correction, so that the bull market could indeed continue to higher grounds.

While the Nasdaq 100 was creating new all-time-highs, the SNP500 was barely able to create lower-highs, not to mention that the US30 has been showing lower-lows. This typically extends the theory and points out towards a possible divergence between the US Indices.

Technical Analysis – Elliott Wave

The technical analysis below represents an Elliott Wave bearish outlook for the US Indices, under the presumption that an aggressive bearish swing could occur.

VIX – 2H Chart

The VIX spike which occurred in early Feb 2018 has been labeled as Intermediate Degree (A) (orange), and the decline which followed labeled as a corrective Intermediate (B) (orange).

If the labels would turn out to be correct, then this could lead towards another spike in volatility and the Intermediate (C) (orange).

Intermediate (C) (orange) could cause a historical drop in US Indices if it would commence.

VIX – 2H-Chart

Dow Jones – 4H Chart

US30 overall structure paints a picture in which the Feb 2018 fall could represent Intermediate Degree (A) (red), and with the sideways corrective pattern labeled as Intermediate (B) (red). 

Intermediate (B) (red) structure has been labeled as a Contracting Triangle, with the ABCDE (turquoise) sub-waves unfolding with complex swings.

Should the analysis be correct, then US30 could start a bearish leg, which could translate into Intermediate (C) (red).

Dow Jones – 4H-Chart

Standards & Poor’s – 4H Chart 

SPX500 structure has been labeled as a Flat Correction, under a complex Double Three.

Intermediate (A) (red) reflects the Feb 2018 drastic fall and the 1st leg of the larger degree corrective pattern.

Intermediate (B) (red) unfolded as a sideways move, towards the up-side, with multiple legs reflecting possible corrective features.

If the Elliott Wave count would turn out to be true, then SPX500 could get rejected from the Feb 2018 bearish breach levels and could in fact deliver a massive sell-off in Intermediate (C) (red).


Nasdaq 100 – 4H Chart 

NAS100 shows a different structure than its fellow indices, with the corrective pattern extending with a complex structure towards the up-side, thus creating new all-time-highs. 

Due to this divergence between the US Indices, it seems like NAS100 could in fact be the one in focus and the possible trigger, if a major sell-off would even start.

Nasdaq-100– 4H-Chart

Summary & Techniques

The colored boxes represent Points of Interest and Vibration Levels, based on Waves measurements and Fibonacci calculations.

  • Red – Bearish Breach
  • Orange – Strategic Levels & Vibration Zone
  • Blue – Extension & Points of Interest

Many pips ahead!

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