The Path Down – 14 March 2014 2


Last week I discussed when we might expect a peak, and drew the conclusion that it was coming soon. It came slightly sooner than I expected as this week the US markets failed to get above last Friday’s high. Those few days have turned the current cycle shape more bearish than the symmetry I presented last week suggested, and that implies that we are in for a bearish few weeks. There are two short-term options which I would like to discuss here.

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The first option is presented in this chart:

Assuming shorter cycles

This is the analysis I have been presenting recently which assumes that the cycles are currently running short, and has the 40-day cycle trough at the low on 3 March 2014. When price crossed below the 20-day FLD on Wednesday the peak was confirmed (as discussed here), and according to this analysis that was an F-category interaction between price and the FLD, implying that we are going to see a fairly strong move down (with only minor bounces) into the 80-day cycle trough expected at the beginning of April.

The other option is this:

Expecting a bounce out or the 40-day cycle trough

This analysis shows that it is possible that price is now moving down into the 40-day cycle trough, after which it will bounce back up above the 20-day FLD (that purple line), and form a second peak before heading down towards the 80-day cycle trough which is expected a week later according to this analysis.

Personally I prefer the first option because the analysis looks better to me, but the second option is still possible. Ironically if the second option does play out then the later peak will create a more bullish shape to the cycle, implying a faster and harder move down to balance the cycle shape, assuming of course that the symmetry within the cycle shapes persists.

Speaking of symmetry there is a worrying symmetry developing in the DJIA:

A worrying symmetry

Why do I find this worrying? Because if the symmetry holds, the peak that we saw last Friday could well turn out to be a peak of a much longer cycle. The 20-week cycle, or even longer. And that is very bearish, implying that the market has swung into a bearish mode that could last a year or two. Of course at some point all symmetry in the market breaks up, but it is nevertheless cause for some concern.

Have a good week and profitable trading!


About David Hickson

I have been trading for over 20 years, but only had any success after discovering Hurst's cyclic principles. Unable to find any software to speed up the analysis process I created Sentient Trader software, which now pretty much does all the analysis for me. I am a film maker and a TV director, but nowadays I mostly provide consultation services to professional traders and fund managers, helping them to integrate Hurst analysis into their trading. I'm South African and live with my family in Italy.


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2 thoughts on “The Path Down – 14 March 2014

  • José

    Hello David

    I’m afraid we are on the verge of a strong move down, where long cycles are involved. I think that the probability of a straddle trough is very high.

    I would be favoring your first scenario, in which a short 40 day cycle has passed!

    PS congratulations for the site, it is superb