The fog clears in the Dow Jones charts

On Friday, I outlined my case for an immediate turn-down in the Dow (among many other stock indexes) based on my reading of the Elliott wave pattern and my use of the Fibonacci levels to pinpoint two very accurate reversals at the 78% level.

Today, I want to follow up on this story, because it highlights several important principles for traders, and will reinforce the lessons that the new members of the Trade for Profit Academy are learning.

This was the chart I left you with on Friday:

Dow Jones 1 Jan 2015-9 Jan 2015

Dow Jones spread betting chart

And this is how trading developed that day:

Dow Jones spread betting chartThis is what I wrote on Friday: “That places the larger Elliott wave labels in a very interesting light. The wave 2 rally is not a clear A-B-C, which would have been ideal. Rather, it is a series of several over-lapping small waves.” 

But the fog cleared as Friday’s trading developed. What appeared as a succession of small over-lapping waves later that day turned out to be something much more defined – and potentially very profitable. As trading developed throughout the day, the market spiked higher following the ‘bullish’ US jobs report issued at 1.30pm UK time.

But then, the market started retreating leaving a stand-out formation – a complete five-wave motive pattern. And when the market broke below the wave 2–wave 4 line, that was a clear sell signal. If you had that chart in front of you at 3pm and if you know my methods, you could not have failed to spot the opportunity.

Incidentally, media reports yesterday were universally bullish on that jobs number, but a funny thing happened on the way to new US growth-inspired stock highs. What was not mentioned in the hoopla was the steady drop in worker participation rate and the unusual drop in average hourly earnings. So what happened to the idea that wages/salaries are now on the rise and set to exceed the consumer price index? So much for a booming economy.

As you know, I never tire of pointing out the unwise policy of taking media commentary seriously. It is entertainment, pure and simple (or rather, it can be used as a contrary indicator). The reversal following the knee-jerk spike higher was very likely a classic buyer exhaustion event.

Of course, I then needed confirmation that the market wanted to move lower to conform with my Elliott wave labels and my bearish expectation. Naturally, if the market moved higher instead, I was ready to abandon my bearish scenario.

But crucially, the market’s move during the remainder of Friday was to hold terrific confirmation to back up my prognosis.

I will show this in the five-minute chart for added clarity of the waves:

Dow Jones spread betting chartRemember, when you are looking to identify short-term waves, the 15-minute, ten-minute or even the five-minute chart can be used to pinpoint accurate targets – and we have a beauty here.

The move down is a classic five down – with long and strong wave 3 – and the rally is a textbook corrective A-B-C with the C wave terminating at the precise hit on the Fibonacci 50% level.

It really doesn’t get much better than this. The C wave high was an excellent place for a short trade at low risk. This whole pattern is a classic reversal signal.

The move down into the weak close has broken the small lower tramline and this sets up the probability that we have a small-scale wave 1 and 2 in place and have entered the wave 3 down.

Now let’s combine this chart with the hourly chart and put all of this together:

Dow Jones spread betting chart

The move down off the 26 December high is in five motive waves and the relief rally is also in five waves with wave 5 terminating at the Fibonacci 78% level.

That sets up the larger-scale wave 1 down and wave 2 up. And on Friday, the move down off the wave 2 high is in five waves down to wave, the relief rally of wave 2 is an A-B-C with the C wave terminating at the Fibonacci 50% level.

If correct, we should be in two wave 3s – and we know what the implications are. Wave three of three is one of the most powerful patterns in the book and also one of my favourites to trade.

Of course, any trade could go wrong and you should always use stop-loss orders.

The lesson here: getting to grips with the basic ideas of Elliott wave theory can put you in the driver’s seat – and that is what members of my Trade for Profit Academy are now busy doing.