Is it wise to forecast financial markets based on what central bankers say?
Look no further than a chart of long-term stock market prices for the answer: No major trend change ever followed any of those announcements.
Even so, the financial media spends obscene amounts of time analyzing every utterance of central bankers, especially during the past few years of global economic distress.
Elliott Wave International takes a different approach:
The positive seasonals at the end of July, beginning of August are now dissipating...Equally important, a whole host of inter-market divergences are occurring.
The Fed made their announcement today, the ECB's governing council meets tomorrow and the U.S. unemployment statistics are posted on Friday. These seem to be the main focus of the financial media. On the other hand, our focus is on the markets and in particular, the wave structure.
The Financial Forecast Short Term Update, August 1
That issue of the Short Term Update shows charts of the Dow's and S&P 500's wave structure, and it provides insightful commentary about a high-confidence near-term forecast.
The quote above mentions "a whole host of inter-market divergences." The chart below from the Aug. 1 Short Term Update reveals one of them:
The publication adds:
Each successive up leg within the push from early June has occurred with slightly lesser upside momentum...This chart, which we published Monday (July 30), shows the percentage of S&P stocks above their 10-day moving average. By this measure, the most recent rise from July 24 has been the weakest so far.
Please note that this analysis makes no mention of comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke or European Central Bank President Mario Draghi.
The U.S. stock market rally that began in March 2009 is now more than three years old. Yet many experts forecast that the trend will continue higher.
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