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Upwards movement was expected and was how Monday’s session began. Thereafter, some downwards movement produced a red candlestick which fits the Elliott wave count nicely, so far.

Summary: I expect to see a third wave up this week. Tomorrow should begin with a little downwards movement to about 1,950 to complete a second wave correction first.

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Bullish Wave Count

S&P 500 daily 2014

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.

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.

Within minor wave 5 there is no Fibonacci ratio between minute wave i and iii. This makes it more likely that minute wave v will exhibit a Fibonacci ratio to either of i or iii. Within minor wave 5 minute waves i and iii are both extended. This means that minute wave v may not extend and should be relatively short and brief. At 2,030 minute wave v would reach 0.382 the length of minute wave iii. If price keeps rising through this first target, or if when it gets there the structure is incomplete, then I would use the second target. At 2,052 minute wave v would reach 0.618 the length of minute wave i.

I would expect to see more divergence between price and MACD develop over coming weeks as minute wave v unfolds.

Minute wave i has no Fibonacci duration, lasting 67 sessions. Minute wave ii lasted 14 sessions, one longer than a Fibonacci 13. Minute wave iii lasted 146 sessions, two longer than a Fibonacci 144. Minute wave iv lasted 20 sessions, one short of a Fibonacci 21. Minute wave v may complete in a total Fibonacci 13 or 21.

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.

S&P 500 hourly 2014

Upwards movement completed an impulse for a first wave. This is probably minuette wave (i) within minute wave v. Minuette wave (ii) is showing on the daily chart as a red candlestick.

If minuette wave (ii) takes its time tomorrow we could see another red candlestick. At 1,950 subminuette wave c would reach equality in length with subminuette wave a. This would bring minuette wave (ii) a little above the 0.618 Fibonacci ratio of minuette wave (i) at 1,946. It looks like downwards movement is finding support at the upper edge of the channel containing minuette wave (c).

When minuette wave (ii) is complete I will calculate a target for minuette wave (iii) upwards. It could be about 84 points in length to reach 1.618 the length of minuette wave (i).

When minuette wave (ii) is complete I will draw a base channel about minuette waves (i) and (ii). I will expect minuette wave (iii) to breach the upper edge of the base channel, and corrections along the way up should find support at the lower edge.

S&P 500 5 minute 2014

Bearish Wave Count

S&P 500 daily bear 2014

To see the difference between bull and bear wave counts they must be viewed on monthly charts here and video here.

The differentiation between the bull and bear wave count is the maroon – – – channel. For the bear wave count this channel is a corrective channel about cycle wave b or x zigzag. When a channel drawn about a zigzag is breached that provides trend channel confirmation that the zigzag is over and the next wave is underway.

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.

Alternate Wave Count

S&P 500 daily bear alternate 2014

I will again publish this wave count, with the caveat that from an Elliott wave perspective it has a very low probability. But it is possible.

This wave count works for both the bullish and bearish scenarios. It is possible that the long impulse for primary wave C (and for the bull wave count for intermediate wave (1) ) is complete, but only if minor wave 4 is a very brief shallow double zigzag.

For this idea there is poor proportion and alternation between minor waves 2 and 4: minor wave 2 is a deep zigzag lasting 14 days and minor wave 4 is a shallow double zigzag lasting 7 days. This wave count does not have the “right look”.

So far to the downside there may be a first wave complete, and an incomplete second wave correction.

Movement below 1,926.03 prior to a new high would invalidate the main wave counts (both bull and bear) and confirm this idea.

Movement below 1,850.84 could not be a fourth wave correction within the upwards impulse, and so the impulse would have to be over. Also at that stage downwards movement would be below the lower edge of the maroon – – – channel and so the bull wave count should be discarded in its entirety.

This analysis is published about 06:23 p.m. EST.