Upwards movement was expected to end about 2,061.
Price moved higher to reach 2,066.69 and turned downwards from there to complete a red doji.
Summary: The trend is still down. Tomorrow’s target is 2,018. If this is wrong, it may not be low enough. Bear markets can move fast and the rallies can be deep. While price remains below 2,068.24 expect downwards movement tomorrow. At this stage, only a new low below 1,871.91 would invalidate the very unlikely idea that the S&P is in a bull market.
To see how each of the bull and bear wave counts fit within a larger time frame see the Grand Supercycle Analysis.
To see last analysis of weekly and monthly charts click here.
If I was asked to pick a winner (which I am reluctant to do) I would say the bear wave count has a higher probability. It is better supported by regular technical analysis at the monthly chart level, it fits the Grand Supercycle analysis better, and it has overall the “right look”.
New updates to this analysis are in bold.
BULL ELLIOTT WAVE COUNT
DAILY CHART – COMBINATION OR FLAT
Cycle wave IV should exhibit alternation to cycle wave II.
Cycle wave II was a shallow 0.41 zigzag lasting three months. Cycle wave IV should exhibit alternation in structure and maybe also alternation in depth. Cycle wave IV may end when price comes to touch the lower edge of the teal channel which is drawn about super cycle wave V using Elliott’s technique (see this channel on weekly and monthly charts).
Cycle wave IV may end within the price range of the fourth wave of one lesser degree. Because of the good Fibonacci ratio for primary wave 3 and the perfect subdivisions within it, I am confident that primary wave 4 has its range from 1,730 to 1,647.
If a zigzag is complete at the last major low as labelled, then cycle wave IV may be unfolding as a flat, combination or triangle.
Primary wave B or X upwards is a single zigzag. Upwards movement has reached above 2,108.44. Primary wave B has passed the minimum requirement for a flat correction of 90% the length of primary wave A, and so cycle wave IV may be unfolding as a flat correction.
Cycle wave IV may also still unfold as a combination: zigzag – X – flat. Both a flat or combination would provide alternation with the single zigzag of cycle wave II.
If cycle wave IV is unfolding as a combination, then primary wave Y should be a flat correction. Within primary wave Y, minor wave B may make a new high above the start of minor wave A at 2,116.48 as in an expanded flat. There is still no upper invalidation point for this wave count at the daily chart level for this reason.
Primary wave A or W lasted three months. Primary wave Y or C may be expected to be about the same, about three months in total.
DAILY CHART – TRIANGLE
Cycle wave IV may unfold as a shallow triangle. This would provide alternation with the 0.41 zigzag of cycle wave II.
Primary wave B may be unfolding as a zigzag.
Primary wave C may unfold as a single or double zigzag. Within primary wave C, minor wave B may not move beyond the start of minor wave A above 2,116.48.
Primary wave C of a barrier or contracting triangle may not move beyond the end of primary wave A at 1,871.91.
The whole structure moves sideways in an ever decreasing range. The purpose of triangles is to take up time and move price sideways. A possible time expectation for this idea may be a total Fibonacci eight or thirteen months, with thirteen more likely. So far cycle wave IV has lasted six months.
This first hourly chart and the one presented below for the bear wave count both work in the same way for both wave counts. Downwards movement may have begun with a leading expanding diagonal for a first wave, followed by a shallow double zigzag for a second wave.
This first idea still looks more likely. The proportions between minute waves ii and iv are better than proportions on the second hourly wave count.
Minute wave iv may have completed during Tuesday’s session as a deep single zigzag. There is alternation between the shallow double zigzag of minute wave ii and the deep single zigzag of minute wave iv. It is not perfect, but it is acceptable.
Redraw the channel about this downwards movement using Elliott’s second technique: draw the first trend line from the ends of minute waves ii to iv, then place a parallel copy on the end of minute wave iii. Minute wave v may end midway within the channel or at the lower edge. Along the way down, corrections should find resistance at the upper edge.
If this wave count is wrong, then the first indication would be a breach of the upper edge of the channel.
At 2,018 minute wave v would reach equality in length with minute wave i. This would complete a five wave impulse downwards. This may be minor wave 1. Minor wave 2 may not move beyond the start of minor wave 1 above 2,116.48.
If the target for minor wave 1 is wrong, then it may not be low enough. Bear markets can move surprisingly fast. Expect any surprises for this wave count to most likely be to the downside.
ALTERNATE BULL ELLIOTT WAVE COUNT
It is possible to see cycle wave IV a completed flat correction. This would provide some structural alternation with the zigzag of cycle wave II.
This is a regular flat but does not have a normal regular flat look. Primary wave C is too long in relation to primary wave A. Primary wave C would be 3.84 short of 4.236 the length of primary wave A. While it is possible to also see cycle wave IV as a complete zigzag (the subdivisions for that idea would be labelled the same as the bear wave count below, daily chart) that would not provide structural alternation with the zigzag of cycle wave II, and so I am not considering it.
This idea requires not only a new high but that the new high must come with a clear five upwards, not a three.
At 2,562 cycle wave V would reach equality in length with cycle wave I. Cycle wave I was just over one year in duration so cycle wave V should be expected to also reach equality in duration. Cycle degree waves should be expected to last about one to several years, so this expectation is reasonable. It would be extremely unlikely for this idea that cycle wave V was close to completion, because it has not lasted nearly long enough for a cycle degree wave.
I added a bear market trend line drawn using the approach outlined by Magee in “Technical Analysis of Stock Trends”. When this lilac line is clearly breached by upwards movement that shall confirm a trend change from bear to bull. The breach must be by a close of 3% or more of market value. If it comes with a clear five up, then this wave count would be further confirmed.
While price remains below the bear market trend line, we should assume the trend remains the same: downwards.
The impulse upwards for intermediate wave (1) is today adjusted. The subdivisions fit on the hourly chart. It is possible to see intermediate wave (1) a complete five wave impulse. Intermediate wave (2) may continue lower towards the 0.618 Fibonacci ratio of intermediate wave (1) at 1,962. It may not move beyond the start of intermediate wave (1) below 1,871.91.
This wave count does not have support from regular technical analysis and it has a big problem of structure for Elliott wave analysis. I do not have confidence in this wave count. It is presented as a “what if?” to consider all possibilities.
BEAR ELLIOTT WAVE COUNT
This bear wave count has a better fit at Grand Super Cycle degree and is better supported by regular technical analysis at the monthly chart level. But it is a huge call to make, so I present it second, after a more bullish wave count, and until all other options have been eliminated.
There are two ideas presented in this chart: a huge flat correction or a double flat / double combination. The huge flat is more likely. They more commonly have deep B waves than combinations have deep X waves (in my experience).
A huge flat correction would be labelled super cycle (a)-(b)-(c). It now expects a huge super cycle wave (c) to move substantially below the end of (a) at 666.79. C waves can behave like third waves. This idea expects a devastating bear market, and a huge crash to be much bigger than the last two bear markets on the monthly bear chart.
The second idea is a combination which would be labelled super cycle (w)-(x)-(y). The second structure for super cycle wave (y) would be a huge sideways repeat of super cycle wave (a) for a double flat, or a quicker zigzag for a double combination. It is also possible (least likely) that price could drift sideways in big movements for over 10 years for a huge triangle for super cycle wave (y).
The bear wave count sees a leading diagonal for a primary degree first wave unfolding. Within leading diagonals, the first, third and fifth waves are most commonly zigzags but sometimes may appear to be impulses. Here intermediate wave (1) is seen as a complete zigzag.
No second wave correction nor minor wave B may move beyond the start above 2,116.48 within intermediate wave (2).
Intermediate wave (3) must move beyond the end of intermediate wave (1) and it would most likely be a zigzag.
Because I have two hourly charts which both expect a five down to be unfolding at the hourly chart level I am using them to illustrate two ideas. Both hourly charts work in the same way for both daily bull and daily bear wave counts.
Because leading expanding diagonals are not very common, and because they are normally followed by deep second waves when they do occur, the first idea presented for the bull wave count has problems.
An impulse is a more common structure for a first (or A) wave. If an impulse is unfolding downwards, then the middle may have recently passed and a series of fourth wave corrections may be underway.
This wave count no longer has the right look at the hourly chart level. The proportions look wrong. This upwards correction looks more like a fourth wave corresponding to the second wave labelled here micro wave 2. However, this wave count remains valid and sometimes the S&P does not always exhibit good proportions. If the first idea is invalidated, then this idea would be used for both bull and bear wave counts at the hourly chart level.
Minute wave iv may not move into minute wave i price territory above 2,096.98.
Minute wave v down may reach 0.618 the length of minute wave iii at 2,013.
When a channel is drawn about this possible impulse downwards the upper edge now looks right. Draw the channel using Elliott’s second technique: the first trend line from the ends of the second to fourth waves, then a parallel copy on the end of the third wave. The lower edge may provide support and the upper edge may provide resistance for corrections against the trend on the way down.
Click chart to enlarge. Chart courtesy of StockCharts.com.
Daily: The bullish engulfing candlestick pattern has not been followed by another green candlestick. At this stage, confidence that price may continue higher from here as indicated by the pattern is low. Price seems to be finding resistance at the 200 day moving average and support at the horizontal trend line. Price will break out of this small zone and volume indicates a downwards breakout is more likely than upwards.
Today’s small red candlestick with a long upper shadow is bearish. Slightly lighter volume though does not well support the fall in price.
The +DX and -DX lines have crossed indicating a trend change. ADX does tend to be a lagging indicator (it is based on moving averages which necessarily are lagging). If the black ADX line turns upwards in the next few days, then a downwards trend would be indicated. For now the ADX line is flat not yet quite indicating a trend.
ATR may be beginning to turn upwards indicating a period of expanding range may be beginning. This would support a new trend.
On Balance Volume is a leading indicator and usually works well with trend lines. At this stage, OBV remains below the green trend line. This line is very shallow, repeatedly tested, reasonably long held, and highly technically significant. The breach of OBV below that line is a reasonably strong bearish signal and supports all wave counts with the exception of the very bullish “alternate bull Elliott wave count” which has no technical support at all.
A note on Dow Theory: for the bear wave count I would wait for Dow Theory to confirm a huge market crash. So far the industrials and the transportation indices have made new major swing lows, but the S&P500 and Nasdaq have not.
DJT: 7,700.49 – this price point was breached.
DJIA: 15,855.12 – this price point was breached.
To the upside, for Dow Theory, I am watching each index carefully. If any make new all time highs, that will be noted. If they all make new all time highs, then a continuation of a bull market would be confirmed. So far none have made new all time highs.
This analysis is published about 7:43 p.m. EST.