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Last analysis expected Thursday’s session to begin with a very small amount of downwards movement to a short term target at 1,690 before price turned and moved overall upwards for the day.

We did not get any downwards movement to begin the session, but the overall upwards trend for the day was correct.

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S&P 500 daily 2013

At 1,740 intermediate wave (C) would reach equality with intermediate wave (A). At 1,739 minor wave 5 would reach 0.618 the length of minor wave 3.

If price rises through this first target the next target will be used. At 1,849 minor wave 5 would reach equality with minor wave 3.

When minute waves iii and iv within minor wave 5 are complete I will add to the target calculation at minute wave degree, so at that stage it may change.

Minor wave 1 lasted a Fibonacci 21 days, minor wave 2 lasted a Fibonacci 8 days, minor wave 3 has no Fibonacci duration at 98 days, and minor wave 4 lasted 22 days, just one day longer than a Fibonacci 21.

Minor wave 5 may not exhibit a Fibonacci time relationship. The next possibility may be the 29th of October (give or take two days either side of this date) where minor wave 5 would have lasted a Fibonacci 89 days. This is a date to look out for, but cannot be relied upon because Fibonacci time relationships do not occur often enough to be reliable.

Keep drawing the wider parallel channels from the monthly chart and copy them over to the daily chart.

S&P 500 hourly 2013

Minuette wave (iv) is very likely to be over; with a green candlestick now on the daily chart for Thursday’s session, and minuette wave (iv) lasting twice as long as minuette wave (ii), it should be over here.

Thursday’s session saw very choppy overlapping movement which may be a first and second wave correction.

At 1,756 minuette wave (v) would reach 0.618 the length of minuette wave (iii). Minute wave iii would have no Fibonacci ratio with minute wave i. This target fits only with the second target on the daily chart.

We do not have a clear channel breach of the downwards sloping channel containing minuette wave (iv). When this channel is clearly breached with clear upwards movement I would have more confidence that minuette wave (v) is underway. While we do not have a clear breach the invalidation point must remain at 1,641.18. Minuette wave (iv) may not move into minuette wave (i) price territory.

Alternate Daily Wave Count.

S&P 500 daily alternate 2013

There are two structural possibilities for minor wave 5. The main wave count looks at the most likely structure of an impulse. This alternate will consider the less likely possibility of an ending diagonal.

The ending diagonal may be contracting. All the subwaves must subdivide into zigzags, and the fourth wave must overlap back into first wave price territory.

Minute wave i may be recently completed. Downwards movement may be the start of minute wave ii.

Second waves within diagonals are commonly between 0.66 to 0.81 the length of the first wave. This gives us a target zone between 1,618 and 1,593. I would expect downwards movement to find support at the lower edge of the blue parallel channel (or slightly above this line).

Minute wave ii may not move beyond the start of minute wave i. This wave count is invalidated with movement below 1,560.33.