The Trading Deck at MarketWatch (A Wall Street Journal Publication) has just published my Elliott Wave article on using Elliott Waves to invest in Mid Caps
Elliott Wave analysis can be applied to any number of securities, be an individual stock or index or commodity, or just about anything that is traded in a liquid market. Today, we will take a look at the Elliott Wave analysis of Arabtec Holding Co. This us a popular stock that trades in the Dubai financial markets. In case you haven’t heard, Arabtec Holding Co. (ARTC) headed for its biggest three-day rout since March 2013 as some investors speculated Aabar Investments PJSC, its second-largest investor, is cutting its stake in the Dubai builder. To tell you the truth, I hadn’t heard the news either until AFTER I prepared the charts and mailed them to a friend who runs a large trading desk in Dubai.
The first chart below shows a couple of interesting things. For example, we have a failed 5th wave within the larger first wave. That was followed by a deep correction that went past the 50% retracement level.
We then got a fantastic rally was an extended third wave, which went to the 361.8% projection level of wave 1.
After an extended third wave, it is usual for wave 4 to come down to the 23.6% retracement level. This is what happened with Arabtec
We can anticipate the end of wave 5 by establishing relationship with wave 1. With Arabtec, it was 123.6% of wave 1.
Arabtec probably has a little more ground to the downside, so we have to look at the near term charts to figure that out. I am sure you are now capable of doing that exercise. Go ahead, and give it a shot.
Alliant Energy Corporation (NYSE: LNT) has been part of David Van Knapp’s Dividend Growth Portfolio since 2010. In his article in Seeking Alpha, David celebrates the 6th birthday of his portfolio and showcases the stocks that go into that portfolio. The first stock in the list of 18 stocks is Alliant Energy Corporation.
As most of you know, I look at stocks from an Elliott Wave perspective first, and so decided to do a detailed study of Alliant Energy Corporation. Elliott Wave analysis is a method that many professional investors embrace because it gives them several clues about where in the market’s progression we currently are. Briefly, Elliott Wave Analysis says that all impulse waves are made of 5 waves, and once a five wave movement is completed we should expect a correction.
Alliant Energy Corporation’s Elliott Wave charts reveal that we are in the fifth major wave higher, and within that fifth wave, we could potentially be in the fifth sub-wave. Usually, investors should start planning on a strategy to exit their holdings during this fifth-of-the-fifth wave. However, with Alliant Energy Corp the story is slightly different. The first and third waves that we have seen so far were both of normal proportions. Besides, the two corrections in wave 2 and wave 4 positions were both relatively brief. This leads one to anticipate an extended wave 5. So, we might as well be patient and wait for a move to around 60.50 before we take a fresh look at this stock. What follows are a set of 11 Elliott Wave charts of Alliant Energy. Study them carefully to see how the market seems to dance to the magic wand of Elliott Waves. Good luck. (I suggest you right click on each image and open in a new tab)
Date: 3 July 2014 Elliott Wave update for Alliant Energy Corporation
On 1st July, Alliant Energy Corp reached a high of 60.89 and today, just 2 days later, it is down at 58.25. WHat new clues are available? Take a look at this chart.
In this post, I am going to present you with Elliott Wave analysis of Wockhardt Ltd. One of the members of my exclusive club had approached me for a consultation back in January 2014. It was the 14th of January, to be precise, and the stock was trading at Rs 413.65. The member sent me the following brief note:
“I consider myself as long term investor. I hope your advice/analysis will help in some of my long term investment decisions. By long term I mean I could hold for more than a year, if required.
Could you please look into the following stock for me: (I understand this will cost me 2 credits)
Market – India – NSE
Company – Wockhardt limited
Symbol – WOCKPHARMA
Exposure – None at this time.
Comment: This stock has comedown from around Rs. 2000 and currently trading at 420. It saw a low of 350 about 3 weeks back. Did it start its uptrend? Since the company is in pharma industry, it is subjected to lot of FDA regulations. I think FDA’s adverse observations made the stock to drop in recent times.”
I looked at the chart, and could make out that it was going to be a challenge to come up with a sound analysis. I prepared a set of 10 charts and will share with you some of them here. Please note that this is not a marketing message. The idea is to allow readers to see the value of Elliott Wave analysis, and how someone with experience with Elliott Waves could come up with a sound strategy. I recommend that you open the charts in different tabs.
As can be seen from the above, I have finally come to the conclusion that a major correction is now over, and the rally that started off from that low is the first wave of a new cycle. Now comes the more interesting part, the one about where to buy.
So we have identified a low-risk entry point. However, there were other considerations like risk-management and what size to expose. Yet, an initial entry point has been identified.
This member went long a decent position size at an average rate of 430. He probably purchased some on the way up after the dip, a smart investor I must say. He understood the size of the upcoming recovery, and wasn’t penny wise when it was the right time to take a risk. A majority of traders do the opposite. They take big risks when they should be cautious, and take small risks when everything points to a favorable move! Anyway, this is what happened. I am sharing with you just the plain chart without any notations. We got a dip down to below the 400 mark twice in the days that followed and the stock is up by nearly 70%.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There have been a few requests for publishing a record of the trades that the members of the Exclusive Club shared. The following is the complete list of the trades closed in January 2014. As you can see, I am very selective about the trades. The aim is to become rich slowly! WaveTimes is used by members as a supplement to their normal investment and trading activity. And because we are willing to be patient, we are successful most of the time. In January 2014 it was a 100% success rate.
Here is the link: http://tinyurl.com/WTJan2014
You would have heard about the disappointing news from Apple. Wonder what Elliott Waves tell us about the extent of possible downmove? Take a look at the chart below. In after hours trading on Monday, the stock was already around $506. There is some mild support around 503, but think the correction of the sell off will probably come from around 497. Later on, though, we will see the decline continue to around 485. You may wonder why I have chosen to label the just completed rally as a C wave and not a 3rd wave. As you probably know (especially if you are a member of the exclusive club), our goal is to make money from the markets using Elliott Waves. Hence, I am flexible with the wave counts. However, take a look at wave B. If that was wave 2, it is a deep correction. So wave 4 should be a shallow correction, finishing near 503 and rallying again. This could still happen, but I doubt it. Too many people have been hurt by this surprise, and in any case, the broader market is looking decidedly cagey. Will investors pile on to snap up Apple stocks at 503? They will do so only if they think this latest earnings report is a one-off bad number. But many people will begin to suspect that the future is more uncertain than what they imagined last week! And that is only going to pressure the stock in the near term.
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.