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The small channel on the hourly chart was not breached and the second wave correction moved higher. I will continue to use the channel on the hourly chart for indication of when this correction is over.

Summary: The target for the next wave down is 1,822. This target should be met about the end of this week. I still want to see the small channel on the hourly chart clearly breached to the downside before I have any confidence that a third wave has begun, and any confidence in the target. Prior to that channel breach I will accept the possibility of a little more upwards movement first.

This analysis is published about 06:10 p.m. EST. Click on charts to enlarge.

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.

S&P 500 daily 2014

This bullish wave count expects a cycle degree correction was over at 666.79 for a fourth wave, and a new cycle degree bull market began there for a fifth wave. Within cycle wave V primary waves 1 and 2 are complete. Within primary wave 3 intermediate wave (1) is complete.

There are several possible structures that intermediate wave (2) can take. It is most likely to be a zigzag, but it may also be a flat, combination, double zigzag or double flat. It could also possibly be a triple, but that has an extremely low probability. It may not be a triangle.

If intermediate wave (2) is a flat correction or a combination then within it we may see a new high above 1,902.17. For this reason there is no upper invalidation point for this bullish wave count. A new high above 1,902.17 would eliminate the bearish scenario as described in this analysis below.

Intermediate wave (2) should last several weeks and may last about two or three months. It should be choppy and overlapping and it should find support at the lower aqua blue trend line. A breach of this trend line by more than 3% of market value would see this bullish wave count discarded in favour of the bearish wave count below.

S&P 500 hourly 2014

Minute wave ii is now more likely to be over. It is now better in proportion to minute wave i; minute wave i lasted 17 hours and minute wave ii now has lasted 20 hours. Within minute wave ii minuette wave (c) is now 1.23 points longer than 1.618 the length of minuette wave (a). Minute wave ii is now very close to 0.618 the length of minute wave i.

If minute wave iii begins here then at 1,822 it would reach 1.618 the length of minute wave i.

The small green channel about minute wave ii is Elliott’s technique for a correction. I want to see this channel clearly breached with downwards movement to have confidence that the correction is over and the third wave down has begun. While price remains above or within the channel I will accept the possibility of more upwards movement.

Minute wave ii may not move beyond the start of minute wave i at 1,902.17.

S&P 500 5 minute 2014

Bearish Alternate Wave Count.

S&P 500 daily bear 2014

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 of a larger super cycle second wave correction.

Cycle wave b is now a 143% correction of cycle wave a, just a little longer than the maximum common length of 138% for a B wave of a flat correction.

Cycle wave b is now a complete zigzag structure.

A clear breach of the large maroon – – – channel on the monthly and weekly charts is required for confirmation of this wave count. If that happens then this would be my main wave count and would be strongly favoured. Only once this wave count is confirmed will I calculate downwards targets for cycle wave c for you; it would be premature to do that prior to confirmation.

Within cycle wave c no second wave correction may move beyond the start of its first wave above 1,902.17.

Cycle wave c should move substantially below the end of cycle wave a below 666.79.