Some upwards movement was expected, but the target at 1,891 was well passed. The wave count remains valid.
Summary: I expect downwards movement from here. It should increase in momentum next week.
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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.
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.
Main Hourly Wave Count.
Minute wave ii can again be considered complete. Within minuette wave (y) subminuette wave c is 1.48 points longer than equality with subminuette wave a.
At 1,832 minute wave iii would reach 1.618 the length of minute wave i. Minute wave iii should breach the lower edge of the base channel containing minute waves i and ii, and should show an increase in downwards momentum.
When the upwards sloping green channel about minute wave ii is clearly breached by downwards movement I shall have confidence that minute wave iii is underway.
Minute wave ii may not move beyond the start of minute wave i at 1,902.17.
Alternate Hourly Wave Count.
If we see a new high above 1,902.17 tomorrow or next week this shall be the wave count I will use.
There are several structural possibilities for intermediate wave (2). The main wave count expects to see a longer five down to begin and this alternate looks at the possibility of a three as an expanded flat down to begin.
If intermediate wave (2) is a flat correction or combination including a flat then minor wave A must subdivide as a three wave structure. If minor wave A is a flat correction then within it minute wave b may make a new price extreme beyond the start of minute wave a above 1,902.17. Minute wave b upwards must be a three wave structure.
Overall this alternate also expects more downwards movement to eventually find support at the lower aqua blue trend line, but it allows for more choppy overlapping and a new high on the way down.
This alternate wave count works for the bullish wave count, but does not work for the bearish wave count below.
Bearish Alternate Wave Count.
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.