I've been posting for the past month about the similarities between this topping pattern and those of 2000 and 2007. [see Deja Vu, Channel Surfing, You've Got a Fan, etc.]
Here are the charts I've developed that show just how similar they are, and what I think they tell us about the next month or so.
In 2007, the market tagged the lower bound of its channel, then rose in a rising wedge to Point A, which happened to be the intersection of:
(1) the midline of the entire pattern
(2) the support trend line from Mar '03
(3) a trend line off the most recent highs
(4) a fan line from the next most recent high
That's a whole lotta intersecting going on. It fell back to B, which marked the same trend line that paused the market on its way to A, then rebounded. It stopped at C, also along the same trend line mentioned above (4).
At this point, the market falls sharply back to the bottom of the channel, hangs around and backtests for a few days before dropping nearly 200 points in 5 days. It immediately tries (in vain) to recover and backtest the channel bottom, spending months before finally giving up and heading south for good.
Now, let's look at the current market.
Pay particular attention to the intersection of all those trend lines at Point A. They're all there: the long term support from March '09, the medium term support from Nov '10, the trend line from the recent highs, the fan line from the next most recent high, the midline of the channel.
While there's no guarantee the rest of the pattern will play out as it did in 2007, I think it's highly likely. My charting program isn't precise enough to pinpoint an exact top, but I'm thinking anywhere from 1320 to 1330 -- which just so happens to match the harmonics indicators.
It's worth noting that if the pattern unfolds as I expect, we'll have formed a massive H&S pattern dating back to last December. While a little lopsided, it would indicate a drop to 1130 or so. There are numerous, other harmonic patterns that would come into play, but those can be dealt with in future posts.
BTW, if the entire move down from 1370 to 1258 were counted as [i], this corrective wave would be [ii]. I favor that count over [iv] since, as I understand it, a rise beyond 1311 would violate EW rules of [i] and [iv] overlapping. I'm no EW expert, but I believe the 2007 count unfolded similarly.
I'm looking for a very sharp move up -- possibly even by Friday. VIX should plunge to 15 or less as investors incorrectly assume that the bull is back. Optimism should be at a fever pitch and bears thoroughly demoralized before we commence wave [iii] of P, which should see prices below 1100 by year end.