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Last analysis expected a pullback to last a few days, but price has continued higher.

Summary: There is an upwards trend in place, but it is becoming extreme. Use the narrow channel on the hourly chart; while price remains in the channel, the target for intermediate wave (3) to end is at 2,280 – 2,282. If price breaches the lower edge of the channel with downwards (not sideways) movement, expect a brief shallow pullback has begun. Corrections are an opportunity to join the trend.

Last monthly chart for the main wave count is here.

Last weekly chart is here.

New updates to this analysis are in bold.



S&P 500 daily 2016
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Cycle wave V must subdivide as a five wave structure. At 2,500 it would reach equality in length with cycle wave I. This is the most common Fibonacci ratio for a fifth wave for this market, so this target should have a reasonable probability.

Cycle wave V within Super Cycle wave (V) should exhibit internal weakness. At its end, it should exhibit strong multiple divergence at highs.

Within cycle wave V, primary waves 1 and 2 may be complete. Primary wave 3 may be over halfway through and is now exhibiting stronger momentum than primary wave 1. It is possible primary wave 3 may fall short of the target and not reach equality in length with primary wave 1.

Within primary wave 3, the upcoming correction for intermediate wave (4) should be relatively brief and shallow. Intermediate wave (1) was over very quickly within one day. Intermediate wave (4) may last a little longer, perhaps two or three days, and may not move into intermediate wave (1) price territory below 2,146.69.

At 2,473 primary wave 3 would reach equality in length with primary wave 1. This Fibonacci ratio is chosen for this target calculation because it fits with the higher target at 2,500.

When primary wave 3 is complete, then the following correction for primary wave 4 may last about one to three months and should be a very shallow correction remaining above primary wave 1 price territory. Although primary wave 3 has now moved above the end of primary wave 1, it looks like primary wave 3 needs to move higher to allow enough room for primary wave 4 to unfold. For this reason, if a pullback begins here, I would not yet expect it to be primary wave 4.

The maroon channel is redrawn as a base channel about primary waves 1 and 2. Draw the first trend line from the start of primary wave 1 at the low of 1,810.10 on the 11th of February, 2016, then place a parallel copy on the high of primary wave 1. Add a mid line, which has shown about where price has been finding support and resistance. This may provide support for any pullback here now that price is back above the mid line.


S&P 500 hourly 2016
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Intermediate wave (3) may still be incomplete. Use the narrow pink channel about minor wave 5 to indicate when it is over. It will be an indication intermediate wave (3) might be over when this channel is breached by downwards (not sideways) movement.

At 2,280 minor wave 5 would reach 1.618 the length of minor wave 1. Minor wave 5 has passed equality in length with minor wave 1, so this is the next Fibonacci ratio in the sequence.

At 2,282 minute wave v would reach 0.618 the length of minute wave iii. This gives a two point target zone calculated at two degrees.

Expect price to keep rising while it remains within the pink channel. When the channel is breached, then intermediate wave (4) may have begun. Intermediate wave (4) may not move into intermediate wave (1) price territory below 2,146.69.



S&P 500 weekly 2016
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Another strong upwards week comes with a slight decline in volume, but volume is still relatively high.

On Balance Volume may find resistance at the purple line and this may force intermediate wave (4) to arrive earlier than expected. If OBV breaks above this line next week, that would be a fairly bullish signal.

RSI is not yet extreme. There is room for price to rise.


S&P 500 daily 2016
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The target using the measured rule from the pennant pattern is 2,318.

Three days in a row of price closing above upper Bollinger Bands indicates this upwards trend is extreme. Normally, an expectation of a reversion to the mean would see a pullback here, but it has been noted recently that this upwards trend is not behaving normally. It appears to have an overabundance of exuberance, and surprises have been to the upside.

The last two sessions come with price moving higher on declining volume. This would also normally indicate a pullback, at least a short one to last a day or so.

ADX is increasing, indicating an upwards trend. But it is now over 35 and so extreme.

Normally, during an extreme extended trend, some divergence with Stochastics and preferably RSI may be used to indicate a pullback to relieve extremes.

RSI is extreme, but does not yet exhibit any divergence with price. It does not have to exhibit divergence before a pullback. But if divergence is seen, then the probability of a pullback increases due to weakness in bulls.

Stochastics is extreme and exhibits single small divergence with price. If Stochastics remains extreme and price continues higher, then if it exhibits multiple divergence with price, that would be a stronger indication of weakness.

MACD is bullish. Bollinger Bands are widening. The upwards trend has shown a burst of energy at the end of this week.

With indicators extreme and some small divergence, it would be reasonable to expect a pullback here or reasonably soon. The best method would be to use trend lines to indicate a change.


VIX daily 2016
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There are a few instances of multi day divergence between price and inverted VIX noted here. Bearish divergence is blue. Bullish divergence is yellow. It appears so far that divergence between inverted VIX and price is again working to indicate short term movements spanning one or two days. While this seems to be working more often than not, it is not always working. As with everything in technical analysis, there is nothing that is certain. This is an exercise in probability.

The bearish divergence noted between price and inverted VIX in last analysis has not resulted in any downwards movement. This is highly unusual because as price moves higher volatility normally declines but for two days volatility showed some reasonable increase. This divergence can only now be assumed to have failed because it has not resulted in any downwards movement.

No new divergence is noted.


AD Line daily 2016
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Short term bullish and bearish divergence is again working between price and the AD line to show the direction for the following one or two days.

There is longer term divergence between price and the AD line, but like inverted VIX this has proven reasonably recently to be unreliable. It will be given no weight here.

The AD line declined as price moved higher for Friday. The upwards movement for price does not have support from market breadth. This divergence is bearish and may be followed by one or two days of downwards movement.


Major lows within the old bull market:

DJIA: 15,855.12 (15th October, 2014) – closed below on 25th August, 2015.

DJT: 7,700.49 (12th October, 2014) – closed below on 24th August, 2015.

S&P500: 1,821.61 (15th October, 2014) – has not closed below this point yet.

Nasdaq: 4,117.84 (15th October, 2014) – has not closed below this point yet.

Major highs within the bear market from November 2014:

DJIA: 17,977.85 (4th November, 2015) – closed above on 18th April, 2016.

DJT: 8,358.20 (20th November, 2015) – closed above this point on the 9th of November, 2016.

S&P500: 2,116.48 (3rd November, 2015) – closed above this point on 8th June, 2016.

Nasdaq: 5,176.77 (2nd December, 2015) – closed above this point on 1st August, 2016.

Dow Theory Conclusion: The transportations indicate an end to the prior bear market. The transportation index confirms a bull market.

This analysis is published @ 11:28 p.m. EST on 10th December, 2016.