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Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Tomorrow, we should know which way the world is headed.
That's when the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) is going to answer some important questions.
What will the Fed do about its quantitative easing program? Will it taper back on the $85 billion-per-month money pump, starting this month? Will it wait until March? Will it extend quantitative easing forever?
The decision is likely to spur some volatility in the U.S. stock market. Traders are nervously awaiting the outcome.
Meanwhile, foreign investors aren't sticking around to find out.
Earlier this month, we looked at the precarious condition of the S&P 500. The chart shows the index breaking down from a bearish rising-wedge pattern. It projects a move at least as low as 1,750 and possibly all the way down to 1,650.
As it turns out, the world looks just as bad.
Stock markets around the world have been selling off lately. Seven of the eight major European markets are now in confirmed downtrends (meaning a pattern of lower highs and lower lows). Hong Kong, India, and South Korea markets have turned lower as well.
Here's a chart of the Dow Jones World Index (the "DJW")...
The DJW broke down from the rising-wedge pattern in early December – at about the same time the S&P 500 broke its pattern. Since then, the DJW has come back up to test the former support line of the wedge as resistance. And it has fallen back down to make a lower low and break below the first red support line on the chart.
That action brings the next support line at about 291 into play. Failing to hold that level should lead to a test of the bottom support line of the wedge at 280. That's more than 7% below Monday's closing price.
Only a move back above the late-November high and into the wedge will negate the pattern in the short term. For now, the world looks bad.
We should know for sure which way the world is headed after the FOMC wraps up its meeting tomorrow.
Best regards and good trading,
Jeff has been warning readers of a stock-market reversal for the past few months. You'll find his most recent reasons to be bearish below:
Show This Chart to Your Bullish Friends
"Given the look of this chart, stocks have more downside."
"The stock market tends to form important tops right about the same time margin debt peaks..." And in October, total margin debt climbed to a new all-time record.
What the Easiest Investment System Ever Says Today
"The best time to buy stocks is when there's a panic... when investors are suffering the most pain. The best time to sell is when investors are grinning ear-to-ear because of the huge gains in their stock portfolios."