However, the Transports refuse to do so
Today the Industrials closed at 21144.18 that is above their March 1st closing highs of 21115.55. And thus confirming the S&P 500 breakout of May 10th.
However, the Transports are lagging behind, and hence they are not confirming.
What should be our reading?
As per the “Rhea/Classical” Dow Theory, the conclusion is clear. If we assume the existence of a secondary reaction (as per Schannep’s interpretation of the classical Dow Theory), then nothing has happened as the Transports have not confirmed. Thus, the secondary (bearish) reaction against the primary bull market has not been extinguished yet, and hence, the violation of the 4/13/2017 closing lows (Transports) and 4/19/2017 closing lows (Industrials) would entail a primary bear market signal.
An alternative legitimate interpretation of the “Rhea/classical” Dow Theory is that no secondary reaction has been signaled yet, as the last primary bull market swing has not been retraced on a confirmed basis by more than 1/3 by both the Industrials and the Transports. The entrails and chart of this interpretation are to be found here.
According to this interpretation, given the absence of a secondary reaction, higher highs not confirmed by the Transports merely mean that the longer the non-confirmation persist, the more likely a setback (which may be of just secondary proportions, that is a humble secondary reaction, is likely to set in). Since we don’t have secondary reaction lows (as there isn’t any), the violation of the 4/13/2017 closing lows (Transports) and 4/19/2017 closing lows (Industrials) would not entail a primary bear market signal. A decline extending those lows would merely imply a retracement of more than 1/3 of the primary bull market swing which would constitute a secondary reaction. Thus, as per this alternative interpretation of the classical Dow Theory, we are miles away from a primary bear market setup. We just have a primary bull market swing, which would become suspect, in case non confirmation persists.
Please mind that I am agnostic as to which interpretation of the Rhea/classical Dow Theory is better. “Better” is not a good word when it comes to analyzing markets. Personally, I live and die by Schannep’s Dow Theory, which is even better than Schannep’s interpretation of the Classical Dow Theory, which may be better than the Classical Dow Theory (please mind the nuances).
Here you have an updated chart. The orange rectangles display the secondary reaction as per Schannep’s interpretation of the Classical Dow Theory. The blue rectangle display the +3% rally underwent by the Transports which set up stocks for a primary bear market signal. As you can see, the Industrials (top chart) have broken up the blue horizontal line (bull market highs of March 1st) on an unconfirmed basis, whereas the Transports violated the red horizontal line (secondary reaction closing lows) without confirmation either. Thus “tie”. One bullish reading versus one bearish reading.
|As per the "Classical" Dow Theory as interpreted by Schannep nothing has happened. Just a secondary reaction.|
As per Schannep’s Dow Theory, to be in the “clear”, we need that the three indices break up their primary bull market closing highs of March 1st, 2017. Only when this happens, we can “reset” our secondary reaction “counter”, and thus consider the secondary reaction as finished, and count a new primary bull market swing. Therefore, the secondary trend is bearish (secondary reaction against the primary bull market). The secondary reaction was signaled on April 13th, as explained here. Please mind that I lend more credence to Schannep's Dow Theory than to the Classical Dow Theory (in spite of its being very good too). Why Schannep's Dow Theory is superior to the Classical (no matter the way one interprets it), here.
Here you have an updated chart.
|To declare the ongoing seconary reaction als dead, the Transports must break up the March 1st highs|
GOLD AND SILVER
The primary trend turned bullish on April 12th, 2017 as explained here
The secondary trend is bearish, as explained in depth here.
Given the recent rally off the secondary reaction closing lows, I feel the setup for a primary bear market signal has been completed. Here you have a chart. The orange rectangles display the secondary (bearish) reaction against the primary bull market, whereas the blue rectangles display the rally off the secondary reaction closing lows which have setup SLV and GLD for a primary bear market signal. Please mind, that setup does not necessarily imply the bear signal. Either the primary bull market highs get jointly broken up in which case the primary bull market would be confirmed, or the jointly violate the secondary reaction lows, which would imply a primary bear market signal.
Here you have an updated chart
|Silver and Gold at crossroads: Either new bear market or primary bull market reconfirmed|
GOLD AND SILVER MINERS EFTs
The secondary trend is bullish as explained here
As was explained here, SIL and GDX have set up for a primary bull market signal.
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