Stan Weinstein's Stage Analysis

Rewardz

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Has SILVER put in a MAJOR STAGE 3 TOP????

Isatrader thanks for the great post on Gold. I'm starting to think a major top may be in for precious metals across the board (I'm now short silver)

3 Charts I'd like to share which suggest Silver may be putting in a major top or perhaps going into a bearish time.

Chart #1 shows that a flat 150 Moving average for past 12 months and Silver breaking under the 150 (30wk) recently as relative strength declines & breaks down. Also if you review the volume for the past 12-18 months, High RED (Selloff) Volume has dominated the price bars, suggesting DISTRIBUTION. Is this the start of Stage 4???

Chart #2 Shows Silver has recently broken out of a major wedge pattern to the downside.

Chart #3 Shows the relative performance of Silver vs Gold. In precious metals bull runs, silver tends to "outperform" gold. Recently this has shifted and silver has broken trendline and is now grossly underperforming Gold and leading to the downside on the selloff in precious metals.

All 3 charts look ultra bearish for Silver. Unless silver can regain its 150 MA (30week) I'm a BEAR!

Happy Trading. Thanks all and Thank you Stan Weinstein for sharing your methods with the world!!!!
 

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isatrader

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Silver (SI) Stage Analysis

Hi Rewardz, good post on Silver. Attached is my Stage Analysis of it using the more complete data from the Silver (SI) continuous futures contract. As like Gold, Silver is traded more like a currency and trades 24 hours a day, whereas the SLV only covers the US market times. So I personally think it's important to look at the complete data.

I've highlighted in different colour sections on the chart of how I see the stages. Although similar to Gold, Silver had a much more parabolic move, and after the blow off top towards 50, it formed a Stage 3 during May to September 2011. I see it as breaking down into Stage 4 in September 2011 and it then attempted to move into Stage 1 in February 2012, but failed under the declining trend line and continued in it's Stage 4 decline. It sold off back towards the lows of 2011, where it met and held the rising four year uptrend line in the summer and broke out above the one year old downtrend line and the 30 week WMA in August to move into Stage 1 finally. It then advanced towards the top of the major range that had been forming over the last year and put in a lower high. This weeks breakdown below the Stage 1 range low from November puts Silver back into Stage 4A imo. However, it is still above the four year trendline and within the major range - which you could argue is a Stage 1 range, as unlike Gold whose range has formed beginning with a rising 30 week SMA. Silvers range formed below a declining 30 week SMA which then flattened out and began to rise. But, whether a major Stage 3 or Stage 1 range doesn't matter per se, as all that matters is which way it breaks out, as if that is down below the range lows then it will be in Stage 4 proper again.

The short term swing target from the recent range only projects a target down towards 26, which like Golds target is at the bottom of the range, and so will be a major point of support. So I guess my view from the analysis is that it's in a short term Stage 4A decline, but within a bigger Stage 1 / 3 range still, and so I personally wouldn't go all in yet and call a major breakdown, as the lows of the range have been tested twice in the last year and held. But it could be a good short term traders pick.

Incidentally, Silver was one of my first Stage Analysis's in the thread in post #5 here: http://www.trade2win.com/boards/technical-analysis/134944-stan-weinsteins-stage-analysis.html#post1675734, where I highlighted the stop placement from the book and Stage 3 range forming.
 

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isatrader

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Attached is the updated major charts for your own Stage Analysis and the relative performance table ranked using the 200 day Mansfield RS. The German DAX continues to be the outperformer of the group and broke out to a new high this week.

I've also updated the market breadth thread with the moving average breadth charts, advance decline line charts, put call ratio etc, so that we can look at the current weight of evidence. Here's the link: http://www.trade2win.com/boards/technical-analysis/147476-market-breadth-21.html#post2040162

 

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Rewardz

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Re: Silver (SI) Stage Analysis

IsaTrder....Thanks for you silver analysis. Great work.

I went ahead and took a look at a more historical perspective of silver and yes, by golly the trendline you reference goes all the way back to 2008!

I did not realzie this until now. I will revise my target on my short to that trendline and then review what happens at that point.

That is the beauty and power of this type of group support/sharing.

This trendline has been touched mutiple times the past 5 years.

Thanks a MILLION! Happy Trading & Happy Holidays.

I'll share my chart (purple line is the 30 week)
 

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isatrader

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US Industry Sectors Relative Performance

It was a interesting week for the sectors, with the three sectors with the largest amount of stocks in the S&P 500 (Financials, Industrials and Consumer Discretionary) making a new high, but then closing back below them in the lower portion of their weeks range.

Consumer Staples (XLP) closed back below it's 30 week MA after making a lower high the previous week to form it's Stage 3 range. Health Care (XLV) also made a lower high, but it hasn't closed back below it's 30 week MA or trend line yet - but the Stage 3 range is clear now.

So although the S&P 500 itself has pushed higher over the last month, from the sector charts it's still a quite negative picture. With seven sectors in Stage 3 and two sectors - Utilities (XLU) and Technology (XLK) in Stage 4 imo.

Attached is the US Industry Sectors weekly and Daily charts and below is the relative performance table.

 

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isatrader

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I hope everyone that reads the thread had a nice Christmas day.

Attached is the weekly and daily charts of some the Euro major pairs for stage analysis. And as sector analysis is a key component of the stage analysis method, I thought it would useful to look at it's major peer charts to create a sector view of sorts. So attached are the charts for the EUR/AUD, EUR/GBP, EUR/JPY, and EUR/USD.

I see the EUR/AUD as is in Stage 1B currently with improving weekly relative performance, but significant near term resistance. EUR/GBP is making a Stage 2A breakout attempt. It's relative performance is also improving and the 30 week MA is turning up. EURJPY is the strongest of the group and is already in Stage 2 since November. It has strong relative performance, but it's currently testing it's March 2012 highs. Finally EUR/USD is also attempting to make a fledgling Stage 2A breakout, but it's doing it in some near term resistance from early this year and so is struggling a bit. Relative performance versus the S&P 500 is close to crossing the zero line and the 30 week MA is moving higher.

Of the four charts we have a Stage 1B, 2A, 2A & 2, and so the "sector" for the Euro looks to be late in the basing phase / early in the advancing stage, with improving relative strength, but with near term resistance to contend with. So although things are improving, some them may fall back into Stage 1 if the resistance is too much to overcome in the near term. But it does mean that using Weinstein's method that you can start dipping your toes back in the Euro as it's not in Stage 4 anymore, which it was for the majority of the last year.

Attached are the charts up until Christmas Days close.
 

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Rewardz

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IsaTrader. I dont trade currencies but wow. I was looking at your Euro/USD weekly chart. There is a CRYSTAL CLEAR.....HEAD & SHOULDERS BOTTOM on the weekly chart. Makes me want to jump in on this forex move.

Let me add my own chart of the forex & FXE etf. Target on this H/S bottom would be Euro/USD $1.40

The Euro bounced off its 150 day (30 week) MA recently and its starting to rise. Relative Strength has BROKEN OUT! Very good confirmation on this pattern.....If I dont open a forex account I may just play via FXE etf.

Happy Trading!!!
 

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isatrader

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Attached are the major charts and the relative performance table. I've added in the VIX and the overall NYSE charts to the mix. The VIX has gone immediately to the top spot on the RS table as it broke out strongly into Stage 2A this week.

I highlighted some areas on the S&P 500 chart that shows the comparative period last year for the 30 week MA momentum and distance from the 30 week MA. It doesn't mean the same will happen again, but is certainly a warning sign to be aware of. As well as the Nasdaq 100 making a Stage 4 continuation move below it's 200 day MA, which has dropped it back to the bottom of the chart. The Nasdaq 100 is a leading indicator imo as it has more speculative money in it, and so the fact that it's at the bottom of RS table again is not a good sign.

I've also updated the market breadth thread so that we can gauge the weight of evidence: http://www.trade2win.com/boards/technical-analysis/147476-market-breadth-22.html#post2042562

 

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Rewardz

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A very interesting WEDGE formation is coming to a point for COPPER.

Copper is currently above its 150 MA and bounced recently The 150 is starting to rise.

One drawback is there has been no breakout in relative strength for copper yet (see 3 year chart)

However, there is a multi-year wedge pattern coming to a point. Copper is about to make a big move one way or another.

Deflation or Stagflation????

When these wedge patterns break one way or another they can launch some very big & fast moves......

Stay tuned!!!
 

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goodtyneguy

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Deflation or stagflation?

Exciting times, at the risk of being labelled a heretic in chartist circles, it all hinges on the outcome of the fiscal cliff talks imho.
 

lplate

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I hope you don't mind me saying, but GTG, this isn't really the thread to discuss macro and Rwz nor chart patterns such as wedges or h&s . Well observed, but in Weinstein terms isatrader has shown copper to be going sideways http://www.trade2win.com/boards/attachments/technical-analysis/152364d1356788379-stan-weinsteins-stage-analysis-hg_weekly_28_12_12.png and this isn't of much interest yet until 4.00 is broken.
Likewise, as isatrader's charts show, EURUSD is of interest, with the breakout line just below 1.32 as he has drawn it, but the main reservation is the early resistance up to 1.35 (but OK if you like day-trading).
http://www.trade2win.com/boards/attachments/technical-analysis/152170d1356521834-stan-weinsteins-stage-analysis-eurusd_weekly_25_12_12.png
 

Rewardz

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IPLATE. thanks for your post. However Head & Shoulders Bottoms are a HUGE part of Stans methods.

Please reference pages 116-123 of Stans Book. They are VERY relevant in applying Stan's methods.

I will share his image of a head and shoulders bottom as well as a quote.

"The first one is the head-and-shoulder bottom formation. This
is the most powerful and reliable of all bottom formations." - Stan Weinstein pg. 116.

"Back in Chapter 4,1 showed you the importance of spotting head-andshoulder
bottom formations, since they lead to incredibly profitable
upside advances. The converse is also true. Head-and-shoulder top
formations (especially when they come after a dynamic advance) are
among the most profitable short-selling signals. While they don't occur
with great frequency, they do form more often than head-andshoulder
bottom patterns, and they do appear often enough to be a
source of great gain. In fact, when you start to see a bevy of these
formations occurring, it's a signal that a major market top is moving
into place." - Stan Weinstein pg. 241

As for "wedges" they essential consist of two trendlines which are another of Stans core techniques. Not a wedge specifically, however a break of the trendline is what Stan looks for. Obviously a "wedge" consists of 2 trendlines intersecting each other, and there is a 100% probability that it breaks one way or another. I simply used the overlay of 2 trendlines to a chart of Stans work with relative strength and the 150 Moving average. In the case of copper I realize the "break" of a trendline has not occurred yet, however rest assured one is coming, one of the two trendlines must be violated within the next 30-60 trading days.

Happy Trading!
 

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Rewardz

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Crude Oil (WTI) has made an impressive breakout above its 30 week MA which has now flattened out.

Relative Strength has broken out of a 9-month drown-trend since March.

A breakout in relative strength is one of Stan's core teachings when searching for winners.

Crude Oil appears to be moving into late stage 1 or early stage 2.

Happy Trading

disclosure: Long crude futures (CL - April)
 

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isatrader

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It is good to see some discussion going on, as that was why I created the thread after all - to get people discussing how they use Weinstein's method. As was a long time of me talking to myself, so is nice to see.

With regards to what's been mentioned, on the Euro I posted a chart on the 20th Dec here: http://www.trade2win.com/boards/technical-analysis/134944-stan-weinsteins-stage-analysis-90.html#post2038720 noting the Stage 2A breakout had been made, but said that I only considered it a C- breakout personally as it wasn't fulfilling the all of the methods main requirements, due to the near term resistance to 1.35 and the declining volume, which were highlighted on the chart. In the follow up on Boxing day showed that the breakout had been weak and that it was struggling with the near term resistance, but that the group of euro charts as a whole were late in the basing phase / early in the advancing stage, with improving relative strength, but with near term resistance to contend with. The EURUSD is not the strongest of the group of Euro charts I showed, and so I agree with lplate in that until it breaks above the near term resistance zone that it's in up to the 1.35 level you should be cautious. Especially with forex, as it's much more technically traded than stocks, and so support and resistance levels have even more importance imo. That's why I try to go for longer term moves on FX personally using a monthly chart of which currently the EURJPY monthly chart stands out imo, as it's just closed above the 30 month MA for the first time since 2008. Short term it's reached resistance, so I'll be waiting for a decent pullback and pivot for a possible entry.

Copper next and trendlines. I'd say that trendlines are subjective, and you could put lines all over the place quite easily, but what you are looking for is a "significant" trendline. And I think Weinstein's rule was that in order to be significant, it needs to have 3 strong touch points and have moved away a decent distance following the test. So in Coppers case I personally think the 2009 low isn't as relevant anymore, which is why I've chosen the 2010, 2011 and 2012 closing weekly lows for my main trendline, which is much shallower and it now has 5 touch points and so I believe it is a more significant level to watch. In the technically speaking interview, he said to use the intraday lows for drawing the trendline, but that the 30 week MA was more important. And so I differ slightly from the method in that respect in that I use the weekly closes, but it's just a personal preference.

Crude Oil - is another one trading up into some strong near term resistance up to around the 94 level. I make it Stage 1, and the break up from recent lows has been on decreasing volume. So not a Weinstein candidate yet imo, however the improving relative strength is a positive, but it's only just moved one spot off the bottom of the relative performance table after many many months in the bottom spot.
 
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