Is the Dow due a bounce?

With the Dow in a downward trend over the last few days, the market is due a bounce - but how high will it go? John C Burford looks to the charts for a clue.

I thought I'd write a short follow-up to yesterday's post, when the market was attempting to challenge chart support in the 11,700 region.


Yesterday's trading saw a major development - the market broke decisively down through this support and is currently heading for my other major target the Fibonacci 50% retrace at the 11,350 area.

But first, I believe we shall see a decent bounce. Why do I say that?

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Well, not only are we working our way down through support provided by the congestion zone from mid-October, but we seem to have completed a minor Elliott wave five-wave pattern:


(Click on the chart for a larger version)

From the 13 November high, I can count five waves down all contained within a nice pair of tramlines. The final fifth wave landed right on my lower tramline and overshot the Fibonacci 38% level into the bargain.

And the fifth wave created an oversold momentum reading (highlighted by the blue box).

The appearance of this completed five wave pattern means that the larger trend is now down.

But by now, we all must know what comes after a completed five wave pattern a corrective upward relief rally, usually in an A-B-C format.

So I am expecting a decent rally from here.

How high will the Dow bounce?

How far up is it likely to reach? Typically, when a significant support zone has been breached, we see a pull-back at least to this area (marked by the purple bar).

This upcoming rally may or may not take it over the upper tramline. But if I see a clear A-B-C pattern, I shall be ready to short the market again as close to the C wave top as possible.

Naturally, short-term traders would have been looking to cover their short trades near the fifth wave low and then look to re-establish on the rally.

Tomorrow I shall cover gold, which appears to be following my script nicely and is giving an object lesson in trading using Elliott waves and Fibonacci retracements.

If you're a new reader, or need a reminder about some of the methods I refer to in my trades, then do have a look at my introductory videos:

Advanced trading with Elliott waves

An introduction to Elliott wave theory

Trading with 'momentum'

The essentials of tramline trading

Advanced tramline trading

Trading with Fibonacci levels

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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.