Despite all its volatility, the Dow sticks to the script

The current action in the Dow Jones is providing some excellent examples of how to use tramline, Elliott, and Fibonacci methods to negotiate the market's twists and turns.

What a difference a day makes!

When I wrote yesterday morning, the Dow had rallied to my new fourth tramline and was eating into overhead resistance.

Here is the chart from yesterday:

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Because of this overhead resistance (where many traders had finally plucked up the courage to get short!), I expected a pull-back from my fourth tramline and this is what occurred:


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The market did indeed fall back to my third tramline at 10,800.

The market is sticking firmly within the tramlines

This was an important Fibonacci level the 61.8% retrace of the wave up from the 10,450 low to the late Tuesday's 11,300 high.

That was a super place to go long (for very short-term traders).

A good rally off the 10,800 level took the market to just shy of the fourth tramline, and then it fell back right back to my third tramline again.

This second test was again successful, and currently the market is once again testing my fourth tramline.

This second test has a positive momentum divergence (marked by green arrows). This fact gives a clue that the test will likely be successful.

And notice how the market reversed pretty much right on my third tramline. With such a volatile market, this is extraordinary, is it not?

Remember, I drew my tramlines many hours before these events. It is as if the market knows' the importance of these lines.

Now, these swings are anywhere between 200 and 500 pips - and all in a few hours. This market is definitely not for widows and orphans!

The moment of truth approaches

OK, so where are we now? The rally off the 10,450 low has an A-B-C pattern.


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I have drawn the first A-B-C in red.

Normally, I would look to short the market (it is in a downtrend, after all) near the wave C high, and that would have worked out for a short-term trade, taking profits on the dip to the third tramline for a nice 500 pip profit.

But after such a collapse off the 12,800 July high, this A-B-C pattern looks to be just noise on the daily chart, and if my 10,450 low is a significant low, I need to see more upside development over a longer time-scale.

That is why I favour the view that this first A-B-C pattern may well be part of a larger one.

I have tentatively marked my larger A-B-C in yellow.

To confirm, the market must move above the red A wave at the 11,300 level.

Of course, this potential larger A-B-C pattern may well become part of an even larger corrective pattern. I will let the market decide, as ever.

But as I write, the market is trading at 10,960 - and right at the fourth tramline. This is the moment of truth!

Where next?

By the time you read this, the market will have decided what to do from here.

If my tramline holds, the market will move back down.

But if it does move up from here, we must keep an eye on the longer-term tramline set:


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The longer-term tramline trio is the set with the shallower slope. If the market can punch above the 11,000 level, the next target is the T1 tramline at the 11,200 area.

Meanwhile, short trades taken this morning at the fourth tramline at the 10,950 area will be protected by a stop using my 3% rule.

The target is sub-10,800.

If the market drops by 80 pips off the high this morning, I will move my stops to break-even, following my break even rule.

Incidentally, I am keeping a sharp eye on gold and hope to write on it very soon.

I have been focusing on the Dow as it has provided a wealth of living examples of how to use tramline, Elliott, and Fibonacci methods to negotiate the twists and turns of these very tricky markets.

I hope you are enjoying the ride!

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John is is a British-born lapsed PhD physicist, who previously worked for Nasa on the Mars exploration team. He is a former commodity trading advisor with the US Commodities Futures Trading Commission, and worked in a boutique futures house in California in the 1980s.


He was a partner in one of the first futures newsletter advisory services, based in Washington DC, specialising in pork bellies and currencies. John is primarily a chart-reading trader, having cut his trading teeth in the days before PCs.


As well as his work in the financial world, he has launched, run and sold several 'real' businesses producing 'real' products.