The Chart du Jour

Value Line Wave Count Ominous

February 17, 2000

We have seen many a dramatic move transpire in and around the President's Holiday weekend, not the least of which was the 1983 decline in gold from $515 per ounce to $390 in a mere four days.

We have previously stated that we see some support basis the DJIA at 10,093. We have stated as well that the DJTA weekly chart has five waves down and may be getting overdone. But then the Nasdaq 100 hasn't even begun a descent yet, something that rather than being glorious, we actually find quite worrisome.

Somewhere in the middle, the old Value Line Index (which we typically do not look at) is sporting perhaps the most ominous looking wave count of all. Unable to ever even regain its July 1998 high, the Value Line Index on a monthly basis previously left a clean 5 waves down in a potential I or A wave. It then sketched out a non-impulsive a-b-c II or B wave. On a more minuette basis, we recently did another i-ii-iii-iv-v decline, followed by a small a-b-c bounce. To anyone who knows anything about Elliott waves, this certainly leaves the possibility for a 3 of C or 3 of III wave collapse directly in front of us.

Now we do not want to be alarmist, and we have previously suggested that the DJIA should find a likely bottom above its previous 4th. wave low at 9997. This is still our more high-probability view. But basis the Value Line alone, we would be on the watch for an equity acceleration to the downside over the next few days into next week. The mutual fund boys are so low in cash and so long the same small handful of stocks, that just a small nudge of public redemptions instead of bottom-picking (as has been the norm of course), could potentially wreak havoc at this time. It is never a high-probability tactic to call for a "crash," but we certainly see an increased risk of one in the Feb 21-28 time window. Holding above 9997 on the DJIA will be the key to telling the difference between a short term low and a more dangerous situation.

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