By my work, that completes the cyclical stocks bull market peak.
The solar maximum is looking likely to have run from Dec 2013 through to April 2014 (smoothed peak ~Dec, monthly peak ~February, daily peak ~April). The real inflation-adjusted Dow peak stands at 31 Dec, along with the Nikkei, at the new moon. Various cross-asset measures also inverted at that turn-of-the-year, which has been historically potent, as the inverted geomagnetism peak. The Nasdaq and Russell 2000 peaks were at the turn of Feb-Mar, also at the new moon. The nominal SP500 and Dow peaked-to-date at the full moon of two days ago, making for an inversion.
If the solar maximum, inverted geomagnetism peak, and lunar phase extremeties rule the markets, then all four indices are now likely in bear markets, and whilst we won’t know that for sure for some time, we will know soon enough if those peaks are taken out.
It is the cross-referencing of the timing measures (solar max, geomag, lunar phase, DeMark) with the technical and fundamental indicators (valuations, sentiment, equity allocations, leverage, divergences, cross-asset performance, bull market measures, demographics) that makes this so compelling. The technical/fundamental indicators suggest the top timing should be now (Dec-May), the timing measures in turn suggest the indicators ought to be flashing red in that window, and they are. Indicators on red began to accumulate towards the end of 2013 and the last few recently fell into place: a decline in margin debt, a waning in the monthly sunspot count, a snapping of the parabolics (biotech, internet), DeMark exhaustion.
For these reasons, it is unlikely that the markets can extend longer or higher, and whilst I cannot rule out higher prices, the attempted break-out by the large caps of several days ago was an important test that looks to have failed. I still remain confident that waterfall declines will erupt, as the historic leverage is unwound, but the question is when. I was too early in their prediction as the solar maximum extended beyond solar scientists’ expectations. Assuming the solar cycle continues to wane from here, then I have two possibilities in mind. The one is those sharp falls erupt imminently, once technical price supports are broken. The other is they erupt around Sep/Oct at the inverted geomagnetism seasonal low, which has hosted most of the major historic waterfall declines. I am specifically talking about 3-4 weeks of panic selling, differentiating that from a more measured bear trend.