Mar 102014
 

Today’s FT carries an interesting report filed by Miles Johnson, their Hedge Fund Correspondent. This report says that Seth Klarman, one of the most respected investors, has raised the alarm over a looming asset price bubble, and specifically mentions Tesla Motors , (TSLA:NSQ). He has warned of the potential for a brutal correction across financial markets. See this link: Seth Klarman warns of asset price bubble

So I decided to check out the charts for Tesla Motors to see if Elliott Waves could offer us additional clues that might help us play along with the view professed by Mr Klarman.

Take a look at the first chart below. It clearly shows that we are in the fifth wave of a move that stated back in Q3 of 2010. According to the Elliott Wave Principle, it is normal for one of the three impulse waves within a five wave sequence to be extended, i.e. for it to move a greater distance than the other two impulse waves. The chart below shows that the first and third waves were roughly equal is measure (i.e. they were of ‘normal’ proportions). This also ties in with another feature of Elliott’s observations that often enough, two impulse waves tend to be equal in dimensions. You will also observe the principle of alternation in the two corrective waves seen, whereby when wave 2 was shallow, we got a wave 4 that was deep.

The next chart shows how to anticipate a possible end point for wave 5. Because we are expecting wave 5 to be extended, one possible terminal point is at a place where wave 5 would have traveled a distance equal to that from point 0 to point 3. This comes at $295.

 

We will now zoom in to the fifth wave and see if the sub waves of the fifth wave can give us additional information. As you probably know, every impulse wave is composed of its own set of five sub waves. We can immediately see that sub wave (3) was extended to reach about 300% of sub wave (1). Wave (2) was 50% of wave (1) and wave (4) has already corrected to a 23.6% measure of wave (3). All these Fibonacci Ratios are common measures used by Elliott Wave Analysts to add confidence to their reading of the waves.

 

The final chart below uses the technique I have described in my book “Five Waves to Financial Freedom” where we measure the distance form point (0) to point (3) and compute a 38.2% and a 50% measure. These measures, when added to the bottom of wave (4) will give us potential targets for wave (5). Interestingly, if we add a 38.2% measure to wave (4) at 235, the target comes just below $295 which we already saw earlier. And should wave (4) come down some more to reach a 38.2% correction of wave (3) – that is reach $217, then we will get wave (5) to land at 291 if we add a 50% measure of (0) to (3).

Because of these confluences, we should go with the belief that there is a high probability for Tesla Motors to complete its extended fifth wave just below $295 and commence a very sharp decline that can take it all the way down to $137. This is the level where the extended fifth wave had its sub wave (2) end. There are numerous illustrations of this phenomenon explained in this blog as well as in my book so much so that I have often informed readers that fifth wave extensions can make us rich! Good luck and happy hunting.

Feb 112014
 

I had prepared the following article for publication in Seeking Alpha on Sunday, but I decided to share it here with you folks directly. Meanwhile Chevron Corp is already moving nicely.

Chevron Corporation is an integrated energy company with operations in countries located around the world. The company produces and transports crude oil and natural gas. Chevron also refines, markets, and distributes fuels as well as is involved in chemical operations, mining operations, power generation and energy services.

Let me be honest about one thing upfront. I don’t have a Dividend Growth Portfolio at the time of writing this article. I have been involved with the financial markets for over 30 years, and have always been in the thick of action in a variety of markets. But I neglected building a DGP. Yes, it is a serious lapse! But it is never too late to start. The goal is to reach an yield to cost of 10% within 10 years. Perhaps, Elliott Wave Analysis would help me reach that goal in a shorter time frame!

The stock had a closing price of $112.05 on Friday, 7th February 2014. If I were to buy this on Monday at $112, my own yield will be 3.59% which looks good. My Bloomberg screen shows that the 5-year Net Growth rate for dividends is 9.04% and the 3 year and 1 year dividend growth rates are respectively 11.15% and 11.11%. The P/E for the stock is 10.09. As many fundamental analysts have done adequate research on Chevron Corp and awarded it high marks, all I wanted to know before I placed my buy order was whether Elliott Wave Analysis offered me some additional clues. Is it time to add Chevron Corp to my brand new Dividend Growth Portfolio?
Let me give you a quick summary about Elliott Wave Principle. The theory was put forward by Ralph Nelson Elliott in the 1930s and has stood the test of time. Elliott discovered that all market moves in the direction of the main trend developed in a five wave pattern. Two of these five waves served to correct the first and third waves. But once the fifth wave completed, the next correction served to correct not only the fifth wave, but also the entire sequence for five waves. Hence that correction is usually bigger and lasts longer than the two minor corrections seen on the way up.
With that introduction, let us take a look at the first chart below. You can see that starting from the significant low posted in the early 1980s, Chevron Corp has a clear five wave move to its recent top. The third wave traveled a distance of 161.8% of the first wave, a classic measure for third wave moves. Some of you might recognize this ratio as a Fibonacci number. You will also notice that wave 4 and wave 2 were alternating in length and complexity. This too is as per Elliott Wave Principle.

Chevron Corp is in wave 5

Chevron Corp is in wave 5

I then zoomed in to view the fifth wave to see if that had its own five minor waves. And sure enough, I could make out a clear five wave pattern there too.

Elliott Wave Analysis of Chevron Corp

Elliott Wave Analysis of Chevron Corp

So does this mean we will now experience a decline that will be longer than wave 4 seen during the great recession of 2008? If that happens, won’t the price go down to around $79?
This is where one more important guideline from the Wave Principle will help us decide. According to the theory, we should expect at least one of the three impulse waves to extend, i.e. travel an unusually long distance. From the above two charts, it is evident that both waves 1 and 3 were of ‘normal’ proportions. Hence, it is likely that wave 5 will be extended. That means what we have seen in the second chart above is not the end of wave 5, but probably only the first sub-wave within an extended fifth wave. Seen from that angle, it would be very tempting for the investor who seeks dividend income to get a full exposure of his/her maximum position size that the portfolio would allow. It is true that we could still get a dip under $100, but that dip should be used to add some more exposure to CVX. I am going to buy my first lot on Monday, before the stock goes Ex-Dividend.

Jan 072014
 

Twitter (NYSE: TWTR) has made some fantastic gains since its IPO in November. What is the outlook for Twitter? Has Elliott Waves been effective in trading this stock? Answers for these questions are found in my latest post in Forbes. Check it out.

Jan 062014
 

A few weeks ago, when Facebook shares were trading around $48, I had posted an article on Forbes saying we will see Facebook at $58.73. There was an immediate challenge of picking a short term low for the fourth wave, with one possible level being 47.40. But this was supposed to be a complex correction and it allowed further mild weakness before we went higher. And sure enough, after dipping to a low of $43.55, Facebook went roaring back to a high of $58.58. How high can this go, and what is the prognosis after we complete this up move?

Elliott Wave Analysis of Facebook

Elliott Wave analysis, as explained in my book ‘Five Waves to Financial Freedom’ is very effective to determine one’s trading and investing tactics. We know that the fifth wave can be equal to the first wave, and if you look at the first chart below, you can see why we got a quick sell off from near 58.60. The reason was many professional traders who know about the power of Elliott Waves would have sold near there. But there is also the underlying human emotion that giverns mass psychology. The general public is not so easily put off, as they still see buying opportunity at every dip. This is what culminates into a fifth wave.

Facebook Wave 5 equals wave 1

Facebook Wave 5 equals wave 1

 

Target for Facebook Fifth Wave

There are two other ways of anticipating the target for fifth wave. We can compute a 38.2% or 61.8% measure of the distance from the start of wave 1 to the end of wave 3. Occasionally, we can also see it finish at the 50% measure of this distance. the measure so computed is added to the bottom of the fourth wave to get the potential target for the fifth wave, and doing this as shown in the chart of Facebook below gives us the potential turning points. But first, take a look at the subwaves of the fifth wave in the higher degree. You can see that the 3rd wave had extended to reach 300% of the first wave.

Subwaves of Facebook

Subwaves of Facebook

 

Where will Facebook finish its fifth wave and outlook for the stock

Typically, when a third wave extends, there is a higher chance for wave 5 to reach the 61.8% target. However, as always, it never pays for an investor to wait till the very last cent!  So, I would suggest exiting all longs from near 59, and to start turning cautiously short, selling a larger amount as we get above the $62 mark. Because we will now be correcting not just the fifth wave, but also the entire five wave movement that started from below $18, you should expect the correction to be quite significant. At the very least, I expect the correction to last over 3 months, and the price to decline by at least 15%. Having this kind of expectation is possible only with the deft use of Elliott Wave Principle. You too can profit by mastering this theory and start taking low-risk trades. Good luck.

Lookout for a correction of 15% or more from around $60

Lookout for a correction of 15% or more from around $60

Dec 012013
 

After posting a significant low on 23 August 2013 at 100.15, BHEL uptrend has gathered steam and has closed above the weekly trend line resistance. Furthermore, it has closed ABOVE two recent tops. I had discussed the bullish possibilities for this stock in Elliott Wave Analysis of BHEL that was posted on 12th September in Wavetimes. Although the stock didn’t quite make it down to the preferred buy level, the directional clue given by Elliott Waves has proved correct. Let us now take a quick look at what key levels lie in the immediate vicinity.

The chart you see below has some tentative Elliott Wave counts posted on it. It is important for you to understand that at this stage it is too early to confirm what will happen in the big picture. One thing, though, is clear. The 3rd wave did not bear the personality that is normally associated with it. So there is still a chance that this will turn out to be a double zigzag. But we need not worry about it just now. Given the current momentum, we shouldn’t be surprised to see a visit to 166 plus levels where there are some Fibonacci confluence levels. A gradual move to that level will mean it is time to take profits there. On the other hand, if it explodes higher, the stock can end up compensating the slow performance in wave 3 by having a very strong 3rd wave within an extended 5th. I am mentioning all this because trading the market using Elliott Waves is different from posting a chart with the waves neatly shown after the move is over. We need to be aware of various possibilities, and have a clear cut strategy carved out in advance. In the meanwhile, I would like to consider buying a small amount on any dip to near 152.70 with a stop below 152. That is a small risk to capture a move to 166 and beyond. While we are trying to limit our risk here, the uptrend in BHEL will be called into question only if we trade below 144.65, which is the top of wave 1 inside the current 5th wave.

BHEL uptrend