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Yesterday’s analysis expected downwards movement for Wednesday’s session. This is not what has happened. Although price remains below the invalidation point on the hourly chart the base channel has been breached. I have a new alternate wave count for you today.

Summary: I still expect a third wave down to begin, which should make new lows below 1,814.36. This should unfold next week.

This analysis is published about 06:30 p.m. EST. Click on charts to enlarge.

Bullish Wave Count.

The aqua blue trend lines are critical for all wave counts. 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.

S&P 500 daily 2013

This bullish wave count expects a new bull market began at 666.79 for a cycle wave V. Within cycle wave V primary waves 1 and 2 are complete. Within primary wave 3 intermediate wave (1) is complete at 1,850.84.

Intermediate wave (2) is unlikely to be over at the low of minor wave A for three main reasons:

1. It would be a remarkably brief correction for intermediate degree, lasting only 14 days.

2. Intermediate wave (2) would have not breached the channel containing intermediate wave (1) (dark blue trend channel) which would be very unusual.

3. The last upwards wave labeled minor wave B does not fit as a five wave structure; it fits best as a three. If this is the start of a new upwards trend it could only be a first wave of a leading diagonal, and while leading diagonals are not rare they are not common either. The probability that a leading diagonal is unfolding upwards is low.

Intermediate wave (2) is continuing as an expanded flat correction.

There is divergence at the daily chart level with price trending higher to complete minor wave B while MACD trends lower. This divergence supports the wave count.

Intermediate wave (2) should find some support about the lower of the two aqua blue trend lines.

Intermediate wave (2) is most likely an expanded flat. Downwards movement for minor wave C is highly likely to make a new low below the end of minor wave A at 1,737.92 to avoid a truncation and a rare running flat. This would see the lower of the double aqua blue trend lines breached by an overshoot. In this instance I will apply the classic technical analysis guideline of allowing for a breach of up to 3% of market value (56.92 points). If downwards movement continues beyond this point the wave count would be in doubt and a huge trend change would be indicated.

If the larger maroon – – – channel copied over here from the monthly chart is breached then the bullish monthly (and this daily) wave count would be in doubt. The bearish wave count (or rather, a variation of it) may be correct.

There is some precedent for a small breach of the lower aqua blue trend line: in November 2012 it was breached by 1.5% of market value. Small overshoots like this can happen.

I do not have a target for minor wave C downwards for you. If it were to reach 1.618 the length of minor wave A then downwards movement would breach the lower aqua blue trend line by more than 3%. If this wave count is correct then that should not happen. We may not see a ratio between minor waves A and C, which is not unusual for the S&P.

When I know where minute waves iii and iv within minor wave C have ended then I will use the ratios within minor wave C between minute waves i, iii and v to calculate a target for it to end. I will only be able to do this for you towards the end of next week or early the following week.

Minor wave A lasted 14 sessions and minor wave B lasted 41 sessions. If minor wave C lasts about three to five weeks it would be in proportion and the wave count would have the “right look”.

For this bullish wave count when intermediate wave (2) is complete then very strong sustained upwards movement would be expected as an intermediate degree third wave within a primary degree third wave upwards unfolds.

Main Hourly Wave Count.

S&P 500 hourly 2014

There are two possible structures for minor wave C: either a simple impulse (this main hourly wave count) or an ending diagonal (the alternate below). Because impulses are more common than ending diagonals I will still follow this structure for the main wave count, and although the base channel is breached this wave count still has a reasonable probability.

The base channel drawn about minute waves i and ii would normally provide resistance to upwards corrections. Second wave corrections of a lower degree do not usually breach base channels of first and second waves one degree higher. However, sometimes second waves do breach these base channels. It just does not commonly happen.

The target for minute wave iii remains the same at 1,776 where it would reach 1.618 the length of minute wave i. Minute wave iii should show an increase in downwards momentum, and should breach the lower edge of the base channel.

Minuette wave (ii) may not move beyond the start of minuette wave (i). This wave count is invalidated with movement above 1,872.53.

S&P 500 5 minute 2014

Alternate Hourly Wave Count.

S&P 500 hourly alternate 2014

The other possible structure for minor wave C downwards is an ending diagonal.

Within an ending diagonal all the sub waves must subdivide as single zigzags. This fits nicely for minute wave i downwards.

Minute wave ii may be close to completion (or it may be complete). If it moves higher than it is most likely to end between 0.66 to 0.81 the length of minute wave i which gives a target zone of 1,869 to 1,882.

Minute wave ii may not move beyond the start of minute wave i above 1,897.28.

When minute wave ii is complete then minute wave iii downwards must subdivide as a single zigzag and must move beyond the end of minute wave i below 1,814.36.

The diagonal must be expanding in order for minor wave C to reach below the end of minor wave A at 1,737.92. This would require minute wave iii to be longer than 59.79 points, the length of minute wave i.

Bearish Alternate Wave Count.

S&P 500 daily bear 2014

This bearish wave count expects that the correction was not over at 666.79, and that may have been just cycle wave a of a huge expanded flat for a super cycle wave II. Cycle wave b upwards is a close to complete zigzag.

Within flat corrections the maximum common length of B waves in relation to A waves is 138%. So far cycle wave b is a 141% correction of cycle wave a. For this reason only this wave count is an alternate.

Within primary wave C of the zigzag intermediate wave (4) would be incomplete.

The subdivisions for intermediate wave (4) would be the same as the main wave count for intermediate wave (2). I would expect it to end at the lower aqua blue trend line.

At 2,190 primary wave C would reach 1.618 the length of primary wave A. When intermediate wave (4) is complete I would recalculate this target at intermediate degree. I have found Fibonacci ratios between actionary waves (1, 3 and 5) of impulses are more reliable than between A and C waves within zigzags for the S&P500.

If intermediate wave (5) lasts about five to six months it may end about October this year.