Raw sugar trading at 3-1/2 year lows and traders are panicking. Technically driven selling and stop loss orders have been driving this soft commodity lower and lower since peaking in 2011 at a 30-year high. Can Elliott Wave analysis help the particpants in this important market? Sure. Take a look at this article that I contributed to Forbes yesterday.
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.
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.
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.
As 2013 bows out and we welcome another New Year, I present you with some of the interesting stuff we looked at in the Exclusive Club in recent months. You might recall that I have already published some trades that went wrong. There is honesty, transparency and fair play in everything that we do. These charts below are just samples, by the way. In the real trades, I have shared as many as 36 charts in a recently closed NIFTY trade. We had our minor setbacks interspersed with trades that performed really well. If one uses Elliott Waves effectively, there are terrific rewards to be had. I usually tend to err on the side of caution, but those who got in at the levels I recommended for many asset classes and stuck with the original stops have had a fantastic run. Trading is all about taking a series of risks where the winning trades give you a very big cushion to handle the losing trades. Let us all look forward to a rewarding 2014, and I wish each and every one of you the very best of luck.
*Crompton Greaves (28 Nov 2013)*
“We are probably going to find some resistance between 129.40 and 130.80 and come off to between 117.80 and 121. The target is around 138.00. So we will look to buy the next dip.”
*Nike ( 8 October 2013)*
“Now this is what I am planning to do. Buy some near 70.50 and be willing to add at 69.00. Stops at 68.45, or risking $1.30. The minimum target is a retest of the recent highs above $75 so we will get a risk-reward trade off of at least 4 to 1.”
*Crude Oil ( 25 Nov 2013)*
“The idea was to buy at 91.60 and the low was 91.77 from where it went all the way to above $100.”
*Launch of consulting service*
In addition to this free blog that aims to teach you how to use Elliott Waves, what many have come to know as the ‘living book’ that supplements ‘Five Waves to Financial Freedom’, I have been running the wavetimes.net website where members receive some of my low-risk trading ideas. However, there have been numerous requests for help with stocks and commodities that I don’t include in that website. I am delighted to say that these traders can now spend a full hour talking to me where we can go over up to two specific trades of their choice in detail. Check out this link: www.wavetimes.net/consulting
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.