Downwards movement was expected for Thursday to a short term target at 2,104. Price moved lower to reach 2.22 points below the target.
Summary: A second wave correction may be complete. Friday should see a third wave up to 2,159. If price moves lower to begin tomorrow’s session, then look for it to find support at the narrow blue channel on the hourly chart, the lower diagonal trend line, and the green trend line on the TA chart.
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Changes to last analysis are italicised.
Bull Wave Count
The ending contracting diagonal may still be incomplete.
The diagonal is contracting. Minute wave iii is shorter than minute wave i, and minute wave iv is shorter than minute wave ii. Minute wave iv overlaps into minute wave i price territory as it must for a diagonal. Within an ending diagonal, all the sub waves must subdivide as zigzags.
At 2,185, minuettte wave (c) would reach 2.618 the length of minuette wave (a); this target allows for a reasonable overshoot of the upper i-iii diagonal trend line.
The diagonal trend lines would cross over on 3rd November. The diagonal must end a reasonable amount of time before that date, because diagonals end before their trend lines cross. Minute wave v does not look like it will be able to end tomorrow, so the next possible date would be the 8th July where minute wave v would last a total Fibonacci 21 days.
Minuette wave (b) may not move beyond the start of minuette wave (a) below 2,072.14.
Minute wave v may not be longer than equality with minute wave iii at 2,225.95, and the third wave may not be the shortest.
Overall this wave count has a good look. It sees minute wave iii as complete at the more recent high, and within it minuette wave b is a combination: zigzag – X – triangle.
The trend line still has not been breached by a close of 3% or more of market value since its inception in November 2011, but it is no longer exactly where price is finding support, and the strength of that line appears to be waning.
I have a preference for this bull wave count because we should always assume the trend remains the same until proven otherwise. While there is no confirmation of a bear market I will assume the S&P remains in a bull market.
If upwards movement continues past the limit of minute wave v at 2,255.95, then I will again publish the very bullish alternate.
Subminuette wave ii may now be over. The structure is complete at the hourly and five minute chart level.
At 2,159 subminuette wave iii would reach equality in length with subminuette wave ii.
There is not enough upwards movement at the end of Thursday’s session to confirm that the final fifth wave is over, and the last small upward wave subdivides as a three and not a five on the five minute chart. If downwards movement does continue tomorrow when markets open, then price should find strong support at the lower pink ii-iv diagonal trend line. If downwards movement does continue, then the target for subminuette wave iii must also move correspondingly lower.
Downwards movement should also find support at the lower edge of the blue channel drawn about micro wave C. When this channel is breached by any upwards movement, that shall be the earliest confirmation that subminuette wave ii is over.
Subminuette wave ii may not move beyond the start of subminuette wave i below 2,072.49.
Alternate Bull Wave Count
It is possible that the S&P has seen a primary degree (or for the bear count below a cycle degree) trend change.
This wave count absolutely requires confirmation at the daily chart level before any confidence may be had in a primary (or cycle) degree trend change. Confirmation would come with:
1. A new low below 2,072.14.
2. A clear five down on the hourly chart.
3. A close of 3% or more of market value below the lower aqua blue trend line. If the line is now breached at 2,118, then a close at 2,055 or below is required to confirm a bear market.
4. A clear five down on the daily chart.
5. A new low below 1,820.66.
As each condition is met the probability of a substantial trend change would increase.
Primary wave 4 would most likely be a time consuming flat, triangle or combination in order to exhibit structural alternation with the zigzag of primary wave 2. Primary wave 2 lasted 12 weeks. Primary wave 4 is likely to be longer in duration because combinations and triangles particularly are more time consuming than zigzags which tend to be quick corrections. Primary wave 4 may be expected to last more than 12 weeks, and may end with a total Fibonacci 13 or more likely 21 weeks.
For this more bearish wave count to be taken seriously it requires at least a clear five down on the hourly chart.
At this stage, a trend change is looking somewhat likely so I’ll list points in its favour. However, these points indicate a trend change to come and not exactly when it will happen and so they support both the main and this alternate bull wave count:
1. ADX is above 20, and the -DX line is above the +DX line indicating a new downwards trend.
2. The long held bull market trend line, the strongest piece of technical analysis on ALL charts, has again been recently breached. But the breach was small and did not close 3% or more of market value below the line, so a bear market is not indicated.
3. There is quadruple negative divergence between price and MACD on the weekly chart.
4. There is double negative divergence between price and MACD on the daily chart.
5. There is persistent and strong negative divergence between price and RSI on the monthly chart. The last time this happened was October 2007 and we all know what happened after that…
6. A long held bull trend line on On Balance Volume going back to October 2014 has been breached and is no longer providing support.
7. Nasdaq is making new all time highs. Only DJT now is required to make a new all time high to confirm continuation of a bull market. Failure of DJT to confirm the bull market does not mean a bear market exists and just indicates caution.
The only possibility for a first wave down now is a leading diagonal. This has a lower probability than an impulse, so the probability of a trend change at primary degree (or cycle degree for the bear count below) having occurred at the last all time high is low.
Leading diagonals require sub waves 2 and 4 to be zigzags, and sub waves 1, 3 and 5 are also most commonly zigzags but may sometimes be impulses.
Second and fourth waves within diagonals are normally deep, between 0.66 to 0.81 of the prior wave, but here minute wave ii is much deeper at 0.93 and the structure is now complete. The probability of this alternate is reduced.
Minute wave ii may not move beyond the start of minute wave i above 2,134.72.
Bear Wave Count
The subdivisions within primary waves A-B-C are seen in absolutely exactly the same way as primary waves 1-2-3 for the alternate bull 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 170% 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.
ADX is now below 20 and declining, there is no clear trend, and the S&P 500 is range bound.
If price moves lower tomorrow, then it may find support at the green trend line drawn here on price chart, at the small channel on the hourly chart, and at the diagonal trend line.
To the upside, upwards movement may find resistance at the lower aqua blue bull market trend line.
On Balance Volume has breached a recent trend line (downwards sloping green line) indicating a trend change and more upwards movement. Upwards movement may continue until OBV touches the lilac trend line which goes back to February.
There is negative divergence between OBV and price; while price has made new all time highs OBV has trended lower (lilac lines). This indicates that the next downwards movement may be deeper and longer lasting than recent small corrections have been.
This analysis is published about 11:00 p.m. EST.