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Downwards movement was expected for both Elliott wave counts.

Summary: This is where the main and alternate wave counts diverge. The main wave count expects more downwards movement to 1,955. This would be confirmed with a new low below 1,988.12. The alternate expects to see upwards movement from here to 2,125. This would be confirmed with a new high above 2,028.10. Price is right on the lower aqua blue trend line again. It is quite likely it will bounce up from here, which favours the alternate bullish wave count.

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Main Bull Wave Count

S&P 500 daily 2015

I will favor neither the bull or bear wave count. Both are viable and both expect this current upwards impulse may again be close to complete.

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Upwards movement from the low at 666.79 subdivides as an incomplete 5-3-5. For the bull wave count this is seen as primary waves 1-2-3.

The aqua blue trend lines are traditional technical analysis trend lines. These lines are long held (the lower one has its first anchor in November, 2011), repeatedly tested, and shallow enough to be highly technically significant. When the lower of these double trend lines is breached by a close of 3% or more of market value that should indicate a trend change. It does not indicate what degree the trend change should be though. It looks like the last two corrections may have ended about the lower aqua blue trend line, which gives the wave count a typical look.

I have pulled the upper trend line down a little to touch the low of minute wave a within minor wave 4. This may be a better position for recent movement.

There is still triple technical divergence between MACD and price at the weekly chart level.

Minute wave i lasted seven weeks, 36 days, which is two days longer than a Fibonacci 34. Minute wave ii has now lasted 35 days, and there is more structure required to complete it.

At 2,191 primary wave 3 would reach 1.618 the length of primary wave 1. This would expect that within minor wave 5 minute wave iii will be shorter than minute wave i, and minute wave v will be shorter still. Or the target is wrong.

Looking at momentum within intermediate wave (5) it is concerning that minor wave 3 exhibits weakest momentum. It is for this reason I am seriously considering the alternate bullish wave count.

S&P 500 hourly 2015

If minute wave ii is continuing then it is as a double combination: the first structure labelled minuette wave (w) (shown on the daily chart) is a zigzag, minuette wave (x) is a “three” in the opposite direction joining the two structures of the double, and minuette wave (y) must be a flat correction.

Within minuette wave (y) subminuette wave a is seen here as a zigzag. This downwards movement is ambiguous and can be seen as either a three or a five.

Subminuette wave b is a 112% correction of subminuette wave a so this flat would be an expanded flat. At 1,955 subminuette wave c would reach 1.618 the length of subminuette wave a, the most common ratio between A and C within an expanded flat. This would see minuette wave (y) end a little below the end of subminuette wave (w), and at the daily chart level the whole structure for minute wave ii would have a mostly sideways look to it.

The purpose of double combinations is to take up time and move price sideways, so minuette wave (y) should end around the same level as minuette wave (w).

Subminuette wave c must subdivide as a five wave structure, and it is extremely likely to at least make a new low below the end of subminuette wave a at 1,988.44 to avoid a truncation and a very rare running flat.

Subminuette wave c may be beginning with a series of overlapping first and second waves, and it may have just passed the middle of its third wave. Minuscule wave 4 may not move into minuscule wave 1 price territory above 2,028.10.

This wave count now requires further downwards movement, with a series of three obvious fourth wave corrections along the way down.

S&P 500 5 minute 2015

Alternate Bull Wave Count

S&P 500 daily alternate 2015

Looking at momentum for the whole of intermediate wave (5) I want to label minor wave 3 over at the high at 2,094 because this has the strongest upwards momentum. The only way this fits is if intermediate wave (5) is seen as an ending diagonal, because within an ending diagonal all the sub waves must be zigzags and the fourth wave should overlap first wave price territory.

The diagonal is contracting: minor wave 3 is shorter than minor wave 1 and minor wave 4 is shorter than minor wave 2.

Within the final zigzag of minor wave 5 minute wave b may not move beyond the start of minute wave a below 1,988.12.

Minor wave 5 may not be longer than equality with minor wave 3, because the diagonal is contracting and a third wave may never be the shortest. This limit is at 2,261.01. However, I would expect minor wave 5 to come to an end well below this point, and should end with a slight overshoot of the 1-3 trend line as this is the most common place for fifth waves of contracting diagonals to end. This trend line is probably the best way to tell when this fifth wave should end.

Minor wave 1 lasted 228 days (5 short of a Fibonacci 233), minor wave 2 lasted 18 days, minor wave 3 lasted 51 days, and minor wave 4 lasted a Fibonacci 13 days. Minor wave 5 should be more brief than minor wave 3, and it may be about even in duration with minor wave 4. It may end in another 6 days time to total a Fibonacci 13.

S&P 500 hourly 2015

Minute wave b is again a complete corrective structure. I am relabelling it as a double zigzag because this has a better fit on the five minute chart. Within the second zigzag subminuette wave b is a double combination: flat – X – zigzag.

The 2-4 trend line is overshot, but not breached. This is a small cause for concern with this wave count. If this trend line is breached this wave count would substantially reduce in probability. Diagonals almost always adhere very strongly to their trend lines.

Downwards movement has come to touch the lower aqua blue trend line on the daily chart, and may find very strong support here. At 2,125 minute wave c would reach 1.618 the length of minute wave a.

Minute wave b may not move beyond the start of minute wave a below 1,988.12.

Bear Wave Count

S&P 500 daily bear 2015

This bear wave count differs from the bull wave count at the monthly chart level and at super cycle wave degree. To see the historic picture go here.

The subdivisions within primary waves A-B-C are seen in absolutely exactly the same way as primary waves 1-2-3 for the bull wave count. The alternate bull wave count idea also works perfectly for this bear wave count.

At cycle degree wave b is over the maximum common length of 138% the length of cycle wave a, at 165% the length of cycle wave a. At 2,393 cycle wave b would be twice the length of cycle wave a and at that point this bear wave count should be discarded.

While we have no confirmation of this wave count we should assume the trend remains the same, upwards. This wave count requires confirmation before I have confidence in it.

This analysis is published about 07:52 p.m. EST.