I wrote recently about the 40-week cycle trough that I am expecting to form soon. At that time I expected the trough to occur either early June 2015, or mid-July 2015, with the latter my preferred option. The market tantalizingly formed a trough in early June, but in my opinion that was most probably a 40-day cycle trough, and the 40-week cycle trough still lies ahead of us, as shown in this chart:
One of the pieces of information that we can glean from an FLD is that a trough of the cycle upon which the FLD is based is likely to form at about the time of a peak in the FLD. This chart shows how that indicates a similar time for the trough:
Notice how this week’s dramatic drop (an example of fundamental interaction in my opinion, as discussed in this week’s Hurst Trading Room podcast) found support at roughly the level of that FLD. This is a support that I don’t expect to hold, as discussed in this post.
Price has been “tracking along” the FLD this week, but I expect it to peel away to the downside, and then to remain below the 40-week FLD all the way down to the next 18-month cycle trough which I expect in early 2016.
William Randall pointed out in his post earlier this week that the 18-month cycle trough might not have formed in October 2014 (and there is some discussion around this in the comments to that post, so make sure you read all of the comments as well). If that is the case then of course the trough I am discussing here would not be a 40-week cycle trough. Fortunately it doesn’t matter very much because of what I like to call the “robustness” of using cyclic analysis. Because the cycles form an harmonic nominal model, we don’t have to correctly identify the magnitude of the trough in October 2014 to know that approximately 40 weeks later another trough will form.
If the October 2014 trough is of lesser magnitude than 18-month then the trough I am expecting to form in July will probably be of higher magnitude. The important thing in my opinion is that we expect a trough to form, and therefore price to move down into the trough, and then to bounce out of it.
We can always look back after the trough has formed and resolve the issue of the trough magnitude … although sometimes one has to wait a long time before being absolutely certain of the magnitude of a trough, as William mentions in the comments to the above-mentioned post.