Formidable article concerning the secular condition of the market
Zero Hedge nailed again by posting an article featured by Ed Easterling of Crestmont Research via dshort.com .
The article makes clear that current valuations are far from those seen at the start of secular bull markets. Furthermore, the authors conclusively show that the “hangover” from the preceding secular bull market (and its corresponding extreme valuations) is far from healed.
Thus, according to Ed Easterling, it is very likely that we are still in the midst of a secular bear market and that the ordeal will last some more years.
It goes without saying that spotting in real time the end of the secular bear market, and the start of the next secular bull market is not an easy feat, as secular bear markets, unlike cyclical bull and bear markets which are determined by market patterns, rely mainly on valuation and valuations are slippery, as I explained here when talking about Richard Russell of the Dow Theory Letters.
However, having read Ed Easterling’s books “Probable Outcomes” and “Unexpected Returns”, I can only say that he knows his trade, and, hence, we should adapt our expectations when trading cyclical bull markets to the performances likely to be seen when there is a secular bear market (which implies headwind, and a lower, albeit positive performance).
The SPY, the Industrials and the Transports closed down.
The secondary trend is bearish (secondary reaction against the primary bull market) for the reasons explained here.
Today’s volume was lower than Fridays’s, which is bullish, as lower prices were not joined by expanding volume. I still see the overall pattern of volume as neutral, as I explained here.
Gold and Silver
SLV and GLD closed up. For the reasons I explained here, I feel the primary trend remains bearish. Here I analyzed the primary bear market signal given on December 20, 2012. The primary trend was reconfirmed bearish, as explained here. The secondary trend is bullish (secondary reaction against the primary bearish trend), as explained here.
Here, I explained that GLD and SLV set up for a primary bull market signal. However, a setup is not the same as the “real thing," namely the primary bull market; thus, many “setups” do not materialize and until the secondary reaction closing highs are jointly broken up, no primary bull market will be signaled.
SIL and GDX closed up. SIL and GDX, unlike GLD and SLV, are in a primary bull market under the Dow Theory, as explained here and here.
The secondary trend is bearish, which is tantamount to saying that there is an ongoing secondary reaction against the primary bullish trend, for the reasons given here.
Here you have the figures for the SPY, GDX and SIL which represents the only markets with suggested open long positions.
|DOW THEORY PRIMARY TREND MONITOR SPY|
|Bull market started||06/24/2013||157.06|
|Bull market signaled||07/18/2013||168.87|
|Current stop level: Secondary reaction low||163.33|
|Unrlzd gain %||Tot advance since start bull mkt||Max Pot Loss %|
|DOW THEORY PRIMARY TREND MONITOR ETF SIL|
|Bull market started||06/26/2013||10.59|
|Bull market signaled||08/14/2013||15.36|
|Current stop level: Primary bear mkt low||06/26/2013||10.59|
|Unrealized gain %||Tot advance since start bull mkt||Max Pot Loss %|
|DOW THEORY PRIMARY TREND MONITOR ETF GDX|
|Bull market started||06/26/2013||22.22|
|Bull market signaled||08/14/2013||28.7|
|Current stop level: Primary bear mkt low||06/26/2013||22.22|
|Unrealized gain %||Tot advance since start bull mkt||Max Pot Loss %
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