After a brief, three-month reaction rally, the S&P 500 Index (and much of the rest of the US stock market) may be on the verge of continuing their channel corrections. This should not come as a surprise if you regularly read these updates. I have been talking about this for almost a year now and have been showing the patterns in the charts.

Speaking of charts, the one below from last month has been updated through the end of August. You will notice the temporary “low” in June just happened to coincide with the bottom of the declining trend channel and the August temporary “high” coincided with the top of the declining trend channel.


PRIMARY TREND: RISING (but correcting)

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Wouldn’t you agree that this isn’t rocket science? Last month I said, “Price continues to remain under the Blue Line, and the “gap,” or space between the Blue Line and Purple Line is significant…In 1969 (as one example), the price rally in October stalled around the Blue Line with the Purple Line below. The eventual outcome was a continued price decline. In other words, applying these same patterns to today’s market does not negate the potential for new price lows somewhere ahead – at least not yet.”

Please refer to the area in the chart below within the red box. So far, the “gap” referenced last month proved trustworthy to help avoid buying into the summer counter-trend rally.


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I believe it is best to continue remaining cautious and hedged for the time being, while waiting and hoping for 27,400 in the Dow Jones Industrial Average (Dow) sometime in the months ahead. What I am about to say is not a prediction – rather, as I stated, a hope. Remember – the name of this game is “Buy Low, Sell (or Hedge) High.”

Corrections come in different shapes and sizes. So far, the channel correction I wrote about in my Special Report way back in January of this year has similarly played out to that effect. However, another possibility I am monitoring right now can be seen in the Dow below. I find it interesting that the first wave down (labeled Wave A) from January into June was almost exactly 20%. Then, the counter-trend rally (labeled Wave B) was almost exactly 15%. (Notice these are very round and precise numbers). So, if we have begun the third and final corrective wave (Wave C) I would expect it to be equal to Wave A (-20%). In other words, IF this happens over the coming months, this correction should complete somewhere around 27,400.



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This is what I am hoping for. Yes, I am hoping the market continues to go lower. Because if it does, then for those of us who have taken ample precautions to become defensive near the top of the stock market may be provided with the opportunity to remove protective hedges and buy stocks on “sale” at much lower prices. And who doesn’t like buying things when they go on sale?



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Returning to the S&P, it finished the month of August 5.40% below the Blue Line, compared to 1.40% below the Blue Line at the end of July.

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