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Upwards movement continues as expected. So far upwards movement from the low at 6,492.62 subdivides best as a five, and downwards movement looks extremely clear as a three. This provides me with some confidence in a trend change at 6,492.62.

Movement above 6,865.86 would provide full and final confidence that the intermediate degree trend is up.

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FTSE monthly 2013

This main wave count expects that FTSE remains within a huge super cycle expanded flat correction. My alternate idea would be more in line with my bullish main wave count for the S&P 500: the FTSE may have ended its correction at 3,460.71 in March 2009 and that may be where a new bull market began.

The subdivisions and expectations for the mid term are the same for both ideas and so I will publish only one at this stage. When the next intermediate degree wave upwards is complete then I would use the lower edge of the maroon channel to differentiate between a long term bullish and bearish outlook. A bull market should breach the upper edge of this maroon channel, and it may not breach the lower edge. A bear market should breach the lower edge of this maroon channel.

If this upwards movement is a zigzag for a cycle degree b wave then it is incomplete. At 7,103.67 or above cycle wave b would reach 105% the length of cycle wave a. This would see the flat an expanded flat which is the most common type, and so movement above this point is reasonably likely.

In the mid term if we see more downwards movement then intermediate wave (4) may not move into intermediate wave (1) price territory. This wave count is invalidated with movement below 5,989.07.

FTSE daily 2013

Intermediate wave (4) may have ended as a running barrier triangle with the B-D trend line essentially flat.

Following a barrier triangle in a fourth wave position the fifth wave is often either a short sharp movement, or an exceptionally long extension. A long extended fifth wave would be less likely in this case as that would make cycle wave b longer than the maximum common length of 138% the length of cycle wave a (cycle waves seen on the monthly chart). So a short sharp fifth wave (relative to intermediate waves (1) and (3)) is more likely.

At 7,345 intermediate wave (5) would reach equality with the widest part of the triangle.

A new high above the end of minor wave D of the triangle at 6,865.86 would confirm that the triangle is over and intermediate wave (5) is underway.

Within intermediate wave (5) no second wave correction may move beyond the start below 6,492.62.

FTSE hourly 2013

This hourly chart focusses on the movement since the end of the triangle for intermediate wave (4).

The first upwards wave for minor wave 1 subdivides nicely as a leading contracting diagonal. All the subwaves are zigzags. The diagonal is clearly contracting, and the trend lines converge.

Following a leading diagonal in a first wave position the second wave is commonly very deep. Minor wave 2 subdivides as a zigzag and is a very deep 93% correction of minor wave 1.

The blue channel is a base channel drawn about minor waves 1 and 2. Minor wave 3 should breach the upper edge of the base channel. After the channel is breached the upper trend line should provide support. Minor wave 3 should show a clear and strong increase in upwards momentum beyond that seen for minor wave 1.

Within minor wave 3 downwards corrections should find support at the lower edge of the base channel.

At 6,852.88 minor wave 3 would reach 1.618 the length of minor wave 1.

Within minor wave 3 no second wave correction may move beyond its start below 6,507.08.