Upwards movement for Friday was expected. The green candlestick for Friday’s session fits the Elliott wave count perfectly.
I had again expected the small fourth wave correction to be over more quickly than it was, and for Thursday’s session to produce a green candlestick. The fourth wave continued and moved lower to complete a small red doji.
Another small red doji indicates this small fourth wave correction was not over, which was expected to continue at least for the first part of Wednesday’s session.
The wave count remains the same.
Summary: In the short term I expect a little sideways movement to complete a small fourth wave correction, and then price should continue up to the first target at 2,025. Once there we should see either a second wave correction or more likely the next fourth wave for minute iv, which may last a couple of weeks.
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The aqua blue trend lines are critical. Draw the first trend line from the low of 1,158.66 on 25th November, 2011, to the next swing low at 1,266.74 on 4th June, 2012. Create a parallel copy and place it on the low at 1,560.33 on 24th June, 2013. While price remains above the lower of these two aqua blue trend lines we must assume the trend remains upwards. This is the main reason for the bullish wave count being my main wave count.
Bullish Wave Count.
There are a couple of things about this wave count of which I am confident. I see minor wave 3 within intermediate wave (1) as over at 1,729.86 (19th September, 2013). It has the strongest upwards momentum and is just 0.76 longer than 2.618 the length of minor wave 1. At 455 days duration this is a remarkably close Fibonacci ratio. The subdivisions within it are perfect. If this is correct then minor wave 4 ends at 1,646.47 and this is where minor wave 5 begins.
Because there is already a very close Fibonacci ratio between minor waves 1 and 3 I would not actually expect to see a Fibonacci ratio between minor wave 5 to either of 1 or 3. This means that the target for intermediate wave (1) to end would best be calculated at minute wave degree, within minor wave 5. I will not be able to do that until minute wave iv has ended.
Minor wave 5 is unfolding as an impulse. If minor wave 5 has passed its middle then I would expect to see more divergence between price and MACD develop over coming weeks.
Along the way up towards the completion of intermediate wave (1) I would expect one more correction complete for minute wave iv.
Within minuette wave (v) no second wave correction may move beyond the start of its first wave below 1,904.78.
Within minute wave iii there is no adequate Fibonacci ratio between minuette waves (iii) and (i). This makes it more likely that minuette wave (v) would exhibit a Fibonacci ratio to either of minuette waves (i) or (iii). At 2,025 minuette wave (v) would reach equality in length with minuette wave (i). As this is the most common relationship between first and fifth waves this should be the first expectation.
If price keeps rising through the first target, or it gets there and the structure is incomplete, then I will move the expectation to the next target.
At 2,069 minute wave iii would reach 1.618 the length of minute wave i. At 2,082 minuette wave (v) would reach equality in length with minuette wave (iii). This gives a 13 point target zone which can be narrowed when it can be calculated at a third wave degree towards the end of the movement.
I have drawn a parallel channel about minute wave iii using Elliott’s first technique: draw the first trend line from the highs of minuette waves (i) to (iii), then place a parallel copy on the low of minuette wave (ii). Minuette wave (iv) slightly breaches the lower edge of this channel, and fits within the channel. Minuette wave (v) may end about the upper edge of this channel.
The large maroon – – – channel is copied over from the weekly chart. It is drawn in exactly the same way on bull and bear wave counts. For the bull wave count this channel is termed a base channel about primary waves 1 and 2. A lower degree second wave should not breach the lower edge of a base channel drawn about a first and second wave one or more degrees higher. The lower maroon – – – trend line differentiates the bull and bear wave counts at cycle degree and monthly chart level.
Main Hourly Wave Count.
Subminuette wave iv may be unfolding as a triangle. I expect to see a little more sideways movement tomorrow to begin the session.
Subminuette wave ii was a zigzag and relatively shallow at 44% of subminuette wave i. Subminuette wave iv is showing alternation in depth by being extremely shallow, and alternation in structure as a triangle.
I would expect subminuette wave iv to complete tomorrow. I would expect a green candlestick for tomorrow’s session as subminuette wave v upwards unfolds towards the target at 2,025.
Subminuette wave iv may not move into subminuette wave i price territory below 1,944.90.
This degree of labeling would see minuette wave (v) in its entirety close to an end with the target at 2,025.
Alternate Hourly Wave Count.
This hourly alternate chart is identical to the main hourly wave count except here the degree of labeling is moved down one degree.
This alternate labeling fits the second target better, and expects that minuette wave (v) will be extended reaching equality (about) with the extended minuette wave (iii).
Both degrees of labeling are valid. I will expect that the main hourly wave count and the lower target has a slightly higher probability than this alternate, simply because it expects the most common ratio between minuette waves (v) and (i).
Bearish Alternate Wave Count
This bearish alternate wave count expects that the correction is not over. The flat correction which ended at 666.79 was only cycle wave a (or w) of a larger super cycle second wave correction.
The structure and subdivisions within primary wave C for the bear wave count are the same as for intermediate wave (1) for the bull wave count. Thus the short to mid term outlook is identical.
The differentiation between the bull and bear wave count is the maroon – – – channel. The bull wave count should see price remain above the lower maroon – – – trend line. The bear wave count requires a clear breach of this trend line. If this trend line is breached by a full weekly candlestick below it and not touching it then this bear wave count would be my main wave count and I would then calculate downwards targets.
We should always assume the trend remains the same until proven otherwise; the trend is your friend. While price remains above the lower maroon – – – trend line I will assume that the S&P 500 remains within a bull market.
This analysis is published about 07:54 p.m. EST.
I had expected a small red doji for Tuesday’s session. We have something quite close to that, a small green gravestone doji.
The wave count was invalidated with a new high above 100.72.
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The bigger picture sees AAPL still within a third wave at primary degree, within a third wave at cycle degree, within a third wave at super cycle degree.
Within primary wave 3 I would expect to see some alternation between intermediate waves (2) and (4), and I would also expect to see them somewhat in proportion to each other so that the wave count has the right look. However, the recent invalidation shows me that AAPL does not have typical looking Elliott wave structures.
I have drawn a channel about primary wave 3 using Elliott’s first technique: draw the first trend line from the ends of intermediate waves (1) to (3), then place a parallel copy on the end of intermediate wave (2). I would expect intermediate wave (4) to find support at the lower edge of that channel.
I expect that AAPL is still within a correction for intermediate wave (4) which is unfolding as a flat or triangle. Intermediate wave (4) may find support, and may end, at the lower edge of the Elliott channel drawn here.
Intermediate wave (3) is just 2.88 longer than 4.236 the length of intermediate wave (1).
Intermediate wave (2) is a zigzag, with no Fibonacci ratio between minor waves A and C within it. Minor wave C is clearly longer than minor wave A.
If intermediate wave (4) unfolds as a flat, triangle or combination it will show nice structural alternation with intermediate wave (2).
Intermediate wave (2) was a deep 82% correction. At this stage intermediate wave (4) is showing alternation in depth of correction by being very shallow, and should continue to be. The lowest I would expect it to go may be the 0.382 Fibonacci ratio of intermediate wave (3) at 43.48, but because of its shallowness it looks like it may not reach that low.
Intermediate wave (4) may not move into intermediate wave (1) price territory below 28.99.
The reason for the invalidation of the last wave count for AAPL was my analysis of the prior downwards wave labeled minor wave A as a five wave impulse. That downwards movement looks so much like a five, it fits so well as a five, but it clearly is not. A new high above its start invalidated the idea that movement was a five wave impulse.
I do not have confidence in this wave count and I will not have confidence in it until the lower edge of the pink channel is clearly breached.
This wave count expects that intermediate wave (4) will continue as a regular or expanded flat correction. Minor wave B could most certainly move higher before minor wave C starts.
When we know where minor wave B has ended then we will know what type of correction intermediate wave (4) may be (an expanded or regular flat), and I can calculate a target for minor wave C downwards. I am not prepared to do that until I have trend channel confirmation that minor wave B has ended.
If intermediate wave (4) is to be a flat correction then minor wave C may move at least slightly below the end of minor wave A at 55.01 to avoid a truncation.
If intermediate wave (4) is to be a triangle or combination then the next downwards wave may not make a new low below 55.01.
The upwards trend resumed for Monday as expected. The first target has a good probability.
Price moved lower during Friday’s session to complete a very small red candlestick. This was one of the two fourth wave corrections I was expecting, which turned a few days earlier than expected.
The main Elliott wave count is confirmed and the alternate was invalidated with a new high. The target remains the same.
Price moved higher fitting yesterday’s alternate wave count better, but not quite enough for confirmation.
When looking at the daily charts for the “right look” and trend lines, I decided to swap over the main and alternate Elliott wave counts.
Yesterday’s hourly Elliott wave analysis expected a little more upwards movement in the short term to 1,981. Price did move higher to reach just above the target to 1.982.57.