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The correction was already complete. Upwards movement continued.

Summary: The mid term target remains the same at 2,178 for primary wave 3 (or cycle wave b for the bear wave count) to end. Upwards movement should not end until the upper blue 1-3 trend line on the daily chart is overshot. The trend remains up, with two more corrections to show up as red candlesticks on the daily chart along the way up to the target.

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Bullish Wave Count

S&P 500 daily 2015

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 substantial trend change. It does not indicate what degree the trend change should be though. It looks like the last five corrections may have ended about the lower aqua blue trend line, which gives the wave count a typical look. To see a weekly chart where I have drawn these trend lines go here.

The wave count sees intermediate wave (5) as an ending contracting diagonal. Ending diagonals require all sub waves to be zigzags. So far this is a perfect fit. Minor wave 3 has stronger momentum than minor wave 5 on the daily chart.

The diagonal is contracting. The only problem with this possibility is that minor waves 2 and 4 are more shallow than second and fourth waves within diagonals normally are. In this case they may have been forced to be more shallow by support offered from the double aqua blue trend line.

Because the third wave within the contracting diagonal is shorter than the first wave and a third wave may never be the shortest wave, this limits the final fifth wave to no longer than equality with the third wave at 2,253.79.

Within intermediate wave (5) minor wave 1 lasted 238 days (5 days longer than a Fibonacci 233), minor wave 2 lasted 18 days (2 short of a Fibonacci 21), minor wave 3 lasted 51 days (4 short of a Fibonacci 55) and minor wave 4 lasted 23 days (2 longer than a Fibonacci 21). While none of these durations are perfect Fibonacci numbers, they are all reasonably close. So far minor wave 5 has lasted 32 days and the structure looks incomplete. The next Fibonacci number in the sequence for minor wave 5 is 34, which is just two sessions away. Minor wave 5 may end in another two sessions although this looks very unlikely now. If it completes in another four sessions it would be reasonably close to a Fiboancci 34.

Within minor wave 5 minute wave b may not move beyond the start of minute wave a below 1,980.90.

Contracting diagonals normally have fifth waves which end with a slight overshoot of the 1-3 trend line. Because this is such a common tendency I will still expect more upwards movement to see this trend line overshot. It is possible that the fifth wave is over already, and this idea is presented as an alternate.

Diagonals almost always adhere well to their trend lines. This one has slight overshoots within minute wave a of minor wave 3, but the 1-3 trend line is not breached. For this diagonal to have the “right look” minute wave c must continue upwards from here. A breach of the lower blue 2-4 trend line would see this wave count substantially reduced in probability in favour of the alternate below.

Main Hourly Bull Wave Count

S&P 500 hourly 2015

I am moving the degree of labelling within subminuette wave iii down one degree. The correction labelled micro wave 2 subdivides as a zigzag. This movement is unlikely to be subminuette wave iv because that would see inadequate alternation between the double zigzag of subminuette wave ii and a single zigzag for subminuette wave iv.

Subminuette wave iii may be extending. At 2,126 it would reach 1.618 the length of subminuette wave i.

Within subminuette wave iii micro wave 3 is just 0.17 longer than 0.618 the length of micro wave 1. Micro wave 4 may be over here, or it may continue sideways. If it does continue it may not move into micro wave 1 price territory below 2,106.85.

This main wave count agrees with MACD; the strongest upwards momentum is in the middle of the third wave.

If price moves below 2,106.85 on Monday I will use the alternate hourly wave count below.

Alternate Hourly Bull Wave Count

S&P 500 hourly 2015

This wave count simply moves the degree of labelling within subminuett wave iii up one degree, which sees subminuette wave iii as over.

There is no Fiboancci ratio between subminuette waves i and iii.

There is inadequate alternation between the single zigzag of subminuette wave ii and the double zigzag of subminuette wave iv.

Subminuette wave v has stronger momentum than subminuette wave iii.

These three problems reduce the probability of this wave count. All rules are met and the subdivisions fit so the wave count is viable.

Minuette wave (iv) should be expected to show on the daily chart as at least one red candlestick or doji. This alternate expects sideways / downwards movement for one or two days. Minuette wave (iv) should be shallow because minuette wave (ii) was deep. Minuette wave (iv) may end about the 0.236 or 0.382 Fibonacci ratio of minuette wave (iii) which would see it end within the price territory of the fourth wave of one lesser degree. I favour the 0.236 Fibonacci ratio because that would see minuette wave (iv) remain within the Elliott channel.

Minuette wave (iv) may not move into minuette wave (i) price territory below 2,066.41.

Alternate Bullish Wave Count

S&P 500 daily alternate 2015

This wave count is identical to the main wave count up to the low labelled minor wave 4. Thereafter, this alternate looks at the possibility that minor wave 5 may be over. Minor wave 5 would have fallen slightly short of the 1-3 trend line. This is unusual but does occasionally happen for fifth waves of contracting diagonals.

A new low below 1,980.90 would invalidate the main wave count. A close below the lower aqua blue trend line of 3% or more of market value would provide added confidence in this wave count. At that stage I would expect that downwards movement may be the early stages of primary wave 4. The bearish wave count below would also be entirely possible, but would require further confirmation.

Primary wave 2 was a 0.41 zigzag correction lasting 62 days in total. I would expect primary wave 4 to be more shallow because it may find support at the lower edge of an Elliott channel (which must be drawn on a weekly chart at this stage). Primary wave 4 should break out of the black channel copied over here from the weekly chart (this is a channel containing primary wave 3). A breach of that channel would provide further confidence that primary wave 3 is over and primary wave 4 is underway.

Primary wave 4 may last about a Fibonacci 55 days if it is a flat correction. If it is a combination or triangle it may be more time consuming, maybe up to a Fibonacci 89 days.

We should always assume the trend remains the same, until proven otherwise. At this early stage we have no confirmation of a big trend change, so this idea must remain an alternate until we do. We should assume the trend remains up.

The new downwards movement has begun with a completed three down at the hourly chart level. This substantially reduces the probability of this alternate. It is possible that a leading diagonal is unfolding in a first wave position, but first wave leading diagonals are not very common.

Bear Wave Count

S&P 500 daily bear 2015

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.

To see the difference at the monthly chart level between the bull and bear ideas look at the last historical analysis here.

At cycle degree wave b is over the maximum common length of 138% the length of cycle wave a, at 167% 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 06:47 p.m. EST.