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Guest Post: The Market's Getting A Wedgie

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Via Charles Hugh-Smith of OfTwoMinds blog,


The "risk-on" stock market is getting a wedgie, and so is its "risk-off" counterpart, the U.S. dollar.

The U.S. stock market is getting a wedgie, and so is the U.S. dollar. That matters, as wedges tend to break up or down in a big way. Stocks are a "risk-on" trade, the dollar is a "risk-off" trade, so they are riding a see-saw with wedgies. Yes, I realize this is an unpleasant image, so let's turn to the charts.

A wedge is characterized by a compression of price into a narrowing triangle as Bulls and Bears battle over who will lead the next trend. The wedge is clearly visible on a daily chart of the S&P 500 (SPX). Note the loss of momentum in the recent uptrend as RSI, the Bollinger bands and the 20-day moving average (MA) are all trending down.

We see two wedges on this weekly chart of the U.S. dollar index (DXY, or on stockcharts.com, USD). The first wedge was traced out between May and August 2011, and it broke to the upside in early September 2011, resulting in a 10% gain in the next few months.

Now another wedge has been traced out around the key long-term line of support and resistance around 80. The direction of the break may be telegraphed by MACD, which is solidly above the neutral line and the stochastic, which is also trending higher.

Here is a daily chart look at the same wedge. Even the MACD has formed a wedge of consolidation-indecision.

Since the SPX is risk-on and the dollar is risk-off, then any move in one will likely be reflected in the other. These wedges are nearing the point of decision, so next week might be slightly more interesting than the previous three weeks.

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Fri, 04/20/2012 - 13:40 | 2361696 lemonobrien
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i just bought golds and silvers, don't like no wedges formations.

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 13:43 | 2361709 dereksatkinson
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Gold and silver have the same wedge formation but extremely negative sentiment.

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 13:47 | 2361726 CClarity
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Financials and treasuries not signaling the happiness of the broader equity indices.  Something else afoot.  I expect an ugly Monday.

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 13:57 | 2361773 lemonobrien
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yeah, but i couldn't wait. been waiting for gold to crash for 3 months. i like buying the dips.

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 14:17 | 2361877 Mugatu
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Natural gas has had extreme negative sentiment for the last 2 years but that has not helped it one bit.   

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 16:36 | 2362313 xela2200
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Everybody is getting a wedgie.

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 17:26 | 2362446 ihedgemyhedges
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Technically, the Talent Manager for BIS is getting a "cameltoe"..........

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 20:29 | 2362823 CURWAR2012
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Fri, 04/20/2012 - 20:29 | 2362824 CURWAR2012
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Fri, 04/20/2012 - 13:42 | 2361697 SheepDog-One
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OH Im sure the wedge will break wildly to the upside, why the hell shouldnt it? Hell we've got rumors of QE NEW to unleash to pop it all back over the all-time previous bubble top. Its a celebration, bitchez, etc etc.

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 15:40 | 2362148 Spastica Rex
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Until things come apart for real, I don't see how you can be wrong.

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 23:03 | 2363072 CPL
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I concur SheepDog. All we have seen for nearly 5 years is the same retaliation of fist fulls of worthless fiat.  


Long Oil, Silver and Gold.  Oil first and foremost now.


Fri, 04/20/2012 - 13:40 | 2361698 beechmtnski
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thats not a wedge, its a consolidation triangle, your RSI divergence is invalid without a new.....

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 13:40 | 2361700 dereksatkinson
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Add the HUI and gold to the list of assets doing the wedge...

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 13:40 | 2361701 punxsutawney phil
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Check out the aapl insider trading from march.  Timmy said  "YOURS" at $600

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 13:42 | 2361703 graymnzrc
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Great, I am traveling out of the country next week. The last time I traveled was last summer when the market was whipsawing 200+ every day.

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 13:41 | 2361705 _ConanTheLibert...
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Time for an edge formation.

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 13:44 | 2361712 maxw3st
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Noticed that in the EURUSD at the beginning of the week. On a weekly chart, I've been following the one the DX_F is making since the end of last Aug. Somewhere in the next 2 months we'll see a break-out.

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 13:46 | 2361719 Rich Bagg
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The fix is in fellas.  Stocks going to all-time highs.  Nominal GDP and retail sales are at all-time highs.  Corporate profits at all-time high.  Interest rates at all-time low.


Yes it's that simple.



Fri, 04/20/2012 - 13:48 | 2361733 LawsofPhysics
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in that case, so is inflation.

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 15:32 | 2362122 I should be working
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You say nominal GDP is at an all time high like it's some incredible accomplishment.  This is the worst recovery out of a recession ever, yes worse than 1932 in terms of time to get back to prior peak GDP.  What does that say about growth going forward?

It's not just where we are, it's where are we are going and how fast.  But I have to say, I'm not really that taken with loaning the government money at 3% interest on a 30 year bond.  The fed has totally screwed the entire yield curve, at this point it's stocks or cash.

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 16:04 | 2362219 astoriajoe
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astoriajoe ----->>> all time highs.

Happy 4/20 everyone:)

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 21:27 | 2362917 MeelionDollerBogus
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my oil prediction chart pretty much tells the story, combined with the oil->dow mapping of prices from high correlations.


Fri, 04/20/2012 - 13:47 | 2361728 midgetrannyporn
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OT - Boycott Windows 8! Linux is free and more secure! Ballmer is a fascist monopoly pig! UEFI secure boot is an OS anti-competitive ripoff! Don't pay the microsoft tax!

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 15:43 | 2362154 Spastica Rex
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That was really weird, but yay! and +1 for you.

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 16:09 | 2362234 Bunga Bunga
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Ubuntu with MAC OS X Theme. Free Apples!

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 13:50 | 2361742 rumblefish
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Can someone explaing this term?

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 13:56 | 2361765 Transitory Disi...
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yes, it is the opposite of risk-on

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 14:03 | 2361771 LouisDega
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It means the market is up, But its just an illusion. Do not attempt to adjust the picture on your Apple display. You are in the Outer limits

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 14:04 | 2361800 Nobody For President
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Short answer: Risk off is a move away from assets percieved as 'risky' to assets percieved as less risky. Usual meaning is a broad movement away from stocks and into bonds (but there are also many other financial posibilities involving puts and calls and option plays, etc.).

I suspect English is not your first language - for general financial definitions, try here:


although 'risk on' is not defined.

Or ask here on ZH - someone will usually pitch in if they know you are sincere, and not just messing with us.



Fri, 04/20/2012 - 14:15 | 2361863 midgetrannyporn
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It takes the risk off the billionaires and puts it on the taxpayers.

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 13:50 | 2361745 carbonmutant
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Wedges typically resolve themselves in the direction of the trend...

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 14:07 | 2361819 SheepDog-One
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So then down?

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 15:10 | 2362045 carbonmutant
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That's what it's looking like this afternoon...

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 16:42 | 2362330 xela2200
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Well put. But not while on a correction.

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 13:52 | 2361749 Buzzworthy
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Technical chart analysis defined - an obsolete art invalidated by the market distorting influence of central banks.

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 13:52 | 2361758 carbonmutant
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Algos still trade in channels...

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 14:09 | 2361826 Buzzworthy
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True ... and in thousands of multiples faster than any of us can type in a password, sometimes driving the price of a target stock well below technical support lines and 50 DMAs.

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 13:53 | 2361753 hedgeless_horseman
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Looking like BAC has plenty of support....around $5

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 17:05 | 2362385 duncecap rack
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BAC and MBIA both got hit today on news that they are meeting in court next month. I am some glad I held onto my April BAC puts to the last minute.

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 13:56 | 2361768 Everybodys All ...
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Bang the futures higher in the morning on nothing fundamental. Sell the hype to the sheep all day long. Same story different day.

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 13:57 | 2361769 dbTX
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Not to worry. Turn the charts upsidedown and everything looks great.

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 13:56 | 2361772 caerus
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close to possible h&s confirmation in aapl, pcln, others

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 13:57 | 2361774 Silversem
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I am long  junior gold and silver mining shares and i am thinking about taking a position in USD with cfd's once it breaks out of the wedge.

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 13:57 | 2361775 eddiebe
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So are you saying that the dow and the dollar will go up or down? Wow.

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 14:03 | 2361803 Cruel Aid
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Going up or down in the same direction would be the Wow.

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 16:25 | 2362283 scatterbrains
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or down and up in different directions leading no where would be pretty cool too.

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 14:00 | 2361786 sabra1
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nothing worse than receiving an atomic wedgie when you've got a bad case of bleeding hemorrhoids! 

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 14:02 | 2361792 ZippyBananaPants
Fri, 04/20/2012 - 14:10 | 2361833 DavidC
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Just a thought, but with Facebook IPO coming along in May, will the banks et al let the market fall before then? They'll want to suck as many 'muppets' as they can in to it.


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