Archive for March 11th, 2012

Dow @ 20,000

Proportion is mathematical. This is why Elliott beautifully illustrates the proportional structure on markets. In this update we question some Elliott assumptions and highlight some observations on Dow Jones Industrial and the overall market structure.

Fig. 1: This is a classic five wave structure from 1789 to 1990. The 1990 highs seemed like a top, but markets continued to extend more than a decade after the respective high well into 2000.

Fig. 2: Elliott Wave structures give 2000 top a high importance. This importance rests on the super cycle fourth wave low at 1982. If that low is assumed to be in 1975 and not in 1982, the count would change. This would suggest that the all time top is still not in place and markets could extend higher above 2000 all time highs.

Fig. 3: This is the five wave structure from 1932 lows.

Fig. 4: This is the five wave structure from 1975 lows. As one can see the time taken by the second wave is marginally smaller than the time taken by the IV cycle wave (3300 days). The difference appears large on a visual chart with an arithmetic scale, but on a log scale both price and time suggests that the Dec 1974 and Aug 1982 price structure (1 and 2 cycle wave) can be compared with the Jan 2000 and March 2009 structure (III and IV cycle wave).

Fig. 5:  All the above cases suggest that if we extend the channel high of the supercycle count (Fig. 3) the DOW structure can see an extension till 20,000. Terminal waves are very tricky and this is not any terminal wave. This is a terminal wave of all available history of markets. Two decades of error in a history of pattern watching and Elliot counting from Dark Ages in 1330 should be acceptable.

Till 12,000 and 11,000 supports  stand firm on DOW, this preferred stands firm for us.


Mukul Pal, is a Chartered Market Technician, MBA Finance and a member of the reputed Market Technicians Association (MTA). He has more than a decade of Capital Market experience dealing with derivatives and global assets. He has worked for Bombay Stock  Exchange, multinational Banks and brokerage houses in leading research positions before starting on his own in 2005. He is the President of the MTA Central and Eastern European Chapter.