There are significant signals in the current market that a crash or meltdown scenario could unfold sometime in the next 1-2 weeks. Crashes are rare events and nearly impossible to predict, but many elements that could combine to produce a financial market calamity appear to be present at this time.
The video below reviews the current technical condition of the major world stock markets. In it I examine each index in terms of the relationship between price and the uptrends from March 2009 and August/September 2010, the April 2010 top and March 2011 low, the 20, 50 and 200 Exponential Moving Averages and areas of significant horizontal support/resistance.
Here's a direct link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGVv2ODBQ-E
Every major stock market in the world is either hovering just above or directly upon or has already broken a critical area of technical support. Ordinarily this might represent a major buying opportunity. But the current market setup may be anything but ordinary. In fact it may be quite extraordinary.
By moving dramatically ahead of the markets and leading price lower, the market's underlying technicals tend to indicate that a sharp break to the downside is imminent. Many indicators have led the market lower and now price will likely play catch up to the underlying technical condition of the market. Here is just one of many examples:
In spite of a very modest 7.5% decline over 6 weeks of trading (1.25% per week), Percent of Stocks Above the 20, 50 and 200 EMA have declined to precipitous lows usually associated with huge selloffs. This is a prime example of the technicals leading the market lower.
Here's a closer view of NYSE Percent of Stocks Above the 200 EMA:
Only 55% of NYSE stocks are trading above their 200 EMA after a minor 7.5% correction. Even though market price has yet to take out the March low, the indicator has plummeted below its March low and is not far from its August 2010 low. It's moving averages have crossed into bear market mode. So on a long term basis nearly half of the stocks traded on the NYSE are trapped under long term resistance in a market that is showing historically weak buying pressure and significant and rising selling pressure.
Many analysts are calling this a signal of an oversold market. I think they are wrong. An oversold condition requires some capitulation selling and some fear and we have not seen that. Remember, crashes and capitulations generally come from oversold conditions. An oversold condition is also only a buy signal under bull market conditions and there are many reasons to believe that we are no longer in a bull phase.
There is very little fear in this market. VIX has barely budged:
Near market bottoms when fear is strong, traders switch to the use of ETFs instead of individual equities in order to insure that there will be adequate liquidity to exit the market in a hurry if things should turn ugly. This is represented in the SPY Liquidity Premium indicator:
This technical evidence tells me that the selling HAS NOT EVEN STARTED YET. And it is likely to get started soon. There is MUCH more technical evidence that supports what I am saying here which has been published in a full report for BullBear Traders members.
When you have a situation where price needs to play catch up to the underlying technicals and market participants are not fearful and are still buying the dip, you have the recipe for a selling panic of some kind.
Today's weak bounce is probably just another selling opportunity. Early action in Asia, US futures and the Dollar suggest that the correction may be over already:
Volume on today's rally was POOR.
Summation Index actually FELL today:
Also, Dollar rallied into the close and Euro and Aussie gave up almost all their gains. This has continued in the Asian session and Dollar is once again near 75.00. Looks like iii of C down may have begun in Euro. I am short more EuroDollar.
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