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In the last BullBear Market Report we took an in depth look at the very long term index charts and considered the possibility that a secular market shift could be approaching. This examination was prompted by the parabolic action in the major US market indices, Dow Jones 30 and S&P 500, from November 2016 through January 2018. During that parabolic run, upper trendline resistance was continually broken while lower trendlines increased their angles of ascent following each minor pullback. On the Dow monthly and quarterly charts, the major long term trend channels going back to the 1932 or 1949 market price lows were either breached to the upside or nearly approached from below, depending on the charting of the channel. Investor expectations ran hot in anticipation of the tax reform bill and even hotter after it was enacted. The Dow ran nearly 50% higher and SPX leapt almost 40% in that time and was followed, as parabolic runs always are, with a dramatic collapse in February of this year. Since all of this occurred in the context of a very long term Elliott Wave (V) count (the fifth wave of a move considered to be its final), it seemed appropriate to crack open the discussion on the potential for an eventual (though not immediate) epic bear market turn.
Price and technical action since that time has continued to beg the question, and a current consideration of the technical evidence would, on balance, lead to the conclusion that the current bull market is in its latter stages. Given that the setup is for an either long term bear market (correcting the bull market that began in 2011) or very long term bear market (correcting the entire secular period from 1949), it's more likely that the topping process has only just begun and that the bull wave has yet to fully complete. Having said that, the probability is that upside will be relatively limited and that any further rallies will be subjected to selling distribution on an ongoing basis. The charts tend to suggest that bull market conditions may drag out another 10-24 months before shifting into a bear market.
Supporting these conclusions are significant developments in other areas of the financial markets and the domestic and global economies, including:
This report includes charting and analysis of the following:
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