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Last analysis expected upwards movement for Friday’s session. Price did move slightly higher for the session, but most movement was sideways.

It is more likely now that the fourth wave correction is over and the fifth wave may have begun at the end of Friday’s session. The wave count and targets remain the same.

It is time to review the big picture on monthly charts.

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Main Monthly Wave Count.

S&P 500 monthly 2013

This main wave count sees the S&P 500 in a large expanded flat correction at super cycle degree. Within the correction cycle wave b upwards is nearing completion. The maximum common length of cycle wave b in relation to cycle wave a is 138%. This would be achieved at 1,858. If price moves above this point this would be my alternate wave count and I would switch to using the next chart below as my main monthly wave count.

Expanded flat corrections are very common.

The structure unfolding upwards subdivides nicely as a double zigzag which is a common structure. Within the double zigzag subwaves primary W and X are complete. The second zigzag in the double primary wave Y is nearly complete.

Movement below 1,474.51 would invalidate the alternate monthly chart below and provide confidence in this wave count. Further movement below 1,074.77 would eliminate any further alternate which could see new highs. At that stage we would be confident the market should keep going lower, and would be extremely likely to move below 666.79.

Expanded flat corrections normally have C waves which move substantially beyond the end of the A wave. We would expect cycle wave c to move substantially below 666.76.

Alternate Monthly Wave Count.

S&P 500 monthly 2013

Alternatively, it is just possible that we may be in a new bull market to last several years. At this stage this wave count does not fit with social mood though as it is too optimistic. However, the structure fits and with a recent increase in momentum seen via MACD on the monthly chart it may be that we are entering the middle of a third wave upwards. There is now no divergence between price trending higher and MACD as it too now trends higher.

Although a series of overlapping first and second waves at the start of an impulse is very common, this wave count so far has an odd look. The proportion of minor wave 2 to intermediate wave (2) does not look right. Also, if the diagonal labeled here minute wave i is a leading diagonal in a first wave position then it would most likely have been followed by a very deep second wave correction, but minute wave ii is only a 32.8% correction of minute wave i.

At 1,655 minor wave 3 would reach 1.618 the length of minor wave 1. Within minor wave 3 minute wave iv may not move into minute wave i price territory. This wave count is invalidated with movement below 1,474.51.

Daily Wave Count – Main.

S&P 500 daily 2013

This trend is not over and price should continue to move higher for maybe about another few weeks. I have adjusted the wave count within minor wave 5 to have a better fit and look on the daily chart. It is extremely common (we should expect it) to see subdivisions of minute degree third waves on the daily chart. The recent fourth wave correction may have been minute degree and not minor degree. We still have another fourth wave correction to come.

Draw a channel about intermediate wave (C) here on the daily chart. Draw the first trend line from the start of intermediate wave (C) to the low of minute wave ii within minor wave 3. Place a parallel copy to contain all this upwards movement. So far this channel shows very closely where price is finding support and resistance and should continue to do so.

The wave count within minor wave 3 fits with MACD as an indicator of momentum. The strongest piece of upwards movement within intermediate wave (C) corresponds to the middle of a third wave.

Within intermediate wave (C) minor wave 4 is over and minor wave 5 is underway. Because there is no Fibonacci ratio between minor waves 1 and 3 I would expect to see a ratio for minor wave 5.

Minor wave 5 has passed equality with minor wave 1 and is extending. At 1,667 (which now looks unlikely) minor wave 5 would reach 0.618 the length of minor wave 3. If price keeps rising through this first target, or if when it gets there the structure is incomplete, then the next target is at 1,708 where minor wave 5 would reach 2.618 the length of minor wave 1. Again, if price continues higher through this target the next possible end would be at 1,748 where minor wave 5 would reach equality in length with minor wave 3.

It would be somewhat unlikely that minor wave 5 would be longer than the extended minor wave 3.

Within minor wave 5 no second wave correction may move beyond the start of its first wave. This wave count is invalidated with movement below 1,536.03.

S&P 500 hourly 2013

I have moved the labeling of minute wave iii. I expect this third wave is not over and will be longer than minute wave i, which is most likely.

Within minute wave iii so far minuette wave (iii) is just 0.89 points short of 2.618 the length of minuette wave (i).

There are no adequate Fibonacci ratios within minuette wave (iii).

Sideways movement for Friday may have been a continuation of minuette wave (iv) as a double combination: flat – X – zigzag. On the five minute chart the upwards wave labeled subminuette wave x within minuette wave (iv) subdivides into a three and is unlikely to be a first wave upwards.

Keep drawing this channel on the hourly chart. Draw the first trend line from the start of minor wave 5 to the low of minuette wave (ii). Place a parallel copy upon the high of minute wave i. Expect price to find support and resistance at these trend lines.

At 1,675 minuette wave (v) would reach equality in length with minuette wave (iii). However, there is already an excellent Fibonacci ratio between minuette waves (i) and (iii) so we may not see a Fibonacci ratio between minuette wave (v) and either of (i) or (iii). For this reason I favour the lower end of the target zone.

At 1,669 minute wave iii would reach 1.618 the length of minute wave i.

The following correction for minute wave iv may not move back into minute wave i price territory. This wave count is invalidated at minute wave degree with movement below 1,592.64.