The upwards trend resumed for Monday as expected. The first target has a good probability.
Summary: We may see a small red doji candlestick tomorrow for another small fourth wave correction. Overall this structure is incomplete and price should continue upwards for a few days towards 2,025. When price reaches the upper green trend line on the daily chart there may be another reasonably sized fourth wave correction, or a quicker second wave correction. If it does not begin there the next target is 2,069 – 2,082.
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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.
There are a couple of things about this wave count of which I am confident. I see minor wave 3 within intermediate wave (1) as over at 1,729.86 (19th September, 2013). It has the strongest upwards momentum and is just 0.76 longer than 2.618 the length of minor wave 1. At 455 days duration this is a remarkably close Fibonacci ratio. The subdivisions within it are perfect. If this is correct then minor wave 4 ends at 1,646.47 and this is where minor wave 5 begins.
Minor wave 5 is unfolding as an impulse. If minor wave 5 has passed its middle then I would expect to see more divergence between price and MACD develop over coming weeks.
Along the way up towards the final target I would expect one more correction complete for minute wave iv.
Within minuette wave (v) no second wave correction may move beyond the start of its first wave below 1,904.78.
Within minute wave iii there is no adequate Fibonacci ratio between minuette waves (iii) and (i). This makes it more likely that minuette wave (v) would exhibit a Fibonacci ratio to either of minuette waves (i) or (iii). At 2,025 minuette wave (v) would reach equality in length with minuette wave (i). As this is the most common relationship between first and fifth waves this should be the first expectation.
If price keeps rising through the first target, or it gets there and the structure is incomplete, then I will move the expectation to the next target.
At 2,069 minute wave iii would reach 1.618 the length of minute wave i. At 2,082 minuette wave (v) would reach equality in length with minuette wave (iii). This gives a 13 point target zone which can be narrowed when it can be calculated at a third wave degree towards the end of the movement.
At 2,218 minor wave 5 would reach equality in length with minor wave 3. This target may be met in October.
I have drawn a parallel channel about minute wave iii using Elliott’s first technique: draw the first trend line from the highs of minuette waves (i) to (iii), then place a parallel copy on the low of minuette wave (ii). Minuette wave (iv) slightly breaches the lower edge of this channel, and fits within the channel. Minuette wave (v) may end about the upper edge of this channel.
The large maroon – – – channel is copied over from the weekly chart. It is drawn in exactly the same way on bull and bear wave counts. For the bull wave count this channel is termed a base channel about primary waves 1 and 2. A lower degree second wave should not breach the lower edge of a base channel drawn about a first and second wave one or more degrees higher. The lower maroon – – – trend line differentiates the bull and bear wave counts at cycle degree and monthly chart level.
Main Hourly Wave Count.
Micro wave 3 is 4.58 short of 1.618 the length of micro wave 1. Micro wave 5 is now likely to be complete, and would be just 0.69 longer than 0.382 the length of micro wave 1. There is no Fibonacci ratio between subminuette waves iii and v.
I have redrawn the channel about this upwards movement using Elliott’s first technique: the first trend line is drawn from the highs of subminuette waves i to iii, then a parallel copy is placed upon the low of subminuette wave ii. If subminuette wave iv begins from here it may find support at the lower edge of this channel.
Subminuette wave ii was a shallow 41% zigzag. Subminuette wave iv may show alternation by being more shallow, about the 0.146 or 0.236 Fibonacci ratios of subminuette wave iii at 1,991.02 or 1,984.32. It may show alternation in structure by being a flat, combination or triangle. I would expect mostly sideways movement for this small fourth wave correction which may show on the daily chart as a small red doji.
Subminuette wave iv may not move into subminuette wave i price territory below 1,944.90.
This degree of labeling would see minuette wave (v) in its entirety close to an end with the target at 2,025.
* The labeling on the five minute chart also fits the alternate below.
Alternate Hourly Wave Count.
This hourly alternate chart is identical to the main hourly wave count except here the degree of labeling is moved down one degree.
This alternate labeling fits the second target better, and expects that minuette wave (v) will be extended reaching equality (about) with the extended minuette wave (iii).
Both degrees of labeling are equally valid.
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 (or w) of a larger super cycle second wave correction.
The structure and subdivisions within primary wave C for the bear wave count are the same as for intermediate wave (1) for the bull wave count. Thus the short to mid term outlook is identical.
The differentiation between the bull and bear wave count is the maroon – – – channel. The bull wave count should see price remain above the lower maroon – – – trend line. The bear wave count requires a clear breach of this trend line. If this trend line is breached by a full weekly candlestick below it and not touching it then this bear wave count would be my main wave count and I would then calculate downwards targets.
We should always assume the trend remains the same until proven otherwise; the trend is your friend. While price remains above the lower maroon – – – trend line I will assume that the S&P 500 remains within a bull market.
This analysis is published about 06:18 p.m. EST.