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2019-08-31
TRANSPORTATION INDEX POINTS TO STOCK MARKETS WEAKNESS


The recent news that the US and China will restart trade talks resulted in a fairly large upside price rotation as this “good news” suggests that some resolution to the trade issues may be in the works soon. Yet we want to warn traders that the US will likely want to see progress and action regarding any trade resolution before tariffs are reduced and eventually removed.  We can’t imagine that the US would take any promises stated by China as any real progress towards balancing trade or normalizing relations.  We believe the process of resolving the US/Chinese trade dispute could still be many months away from any real opportunities for traders and the global markets.

The other issue on the table this week and in the immediate near future is the “no-deal” BREXIT.  News that the Queen assisted Boris Johnson by shuttling Parliament in the UK to help facilitate a “no-deal” BREXIT could send shock-waves throughout the global markets over the next 30 to 60+ days.  Even though the US and UK appear to have settled on some strong trade resolutions to help calm the waters, the fallout in the EU as well as the reverberations that may be felt throughout the world over the next 12+ months. Before we get into the details, be sure to opt-in to our Free Market Forecast and Trade Ideas Newsletter

 

WEEKLY TRANSPORTATION INDEX

Overall, we are relying on some of our favorite alternate charts to help us understand what the markets are really showing us in terms of price action and direction.  One of our favorites, the Transportation Index, has recently crossed below the Bearish Fibonacci Trigger Level (early Aug 2019) and continues to trail below 10,400. 

A double-bottom setup has formed near the 9695 level that appears to be a fairly strong level of support.  If this level is broken in the future, our Fibonacci price modeling system is suggesting downside price targets below 8500 (below the lows in December 2018).  This would suggest that any real downside risk could extend the US indexes below the December 2018 lows on a breakdown move.

SP500 DAILY INDEX CHART

]As we try to translate the Transportation Index analysis into the ES chart, the very first thing we focus on is the tight, sideways price range that continues to “coil” before a breakout/breakdown move.  The low set up in early August 2019 (near 2775.75) is still the most recent critical low in price formation.  The other recent low present a very interesting setup – a potential Double-bottom setup near 2817.75, yet we also see a recent “new low” setup from the dip in price on August 26 (with a low of 2810.25).  This new low follows the Fibonacci price theory rules to support a bearish/downside price trend setup that should continue to dominate the markets until we see any type of “new highs”.  Therefore, the analysis of the TRAN chart and the current setup in the ES continues to suggest a breakdown move is likely.