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Another downwards day remains within the range of recent movement. The short term Elliott wave structure at the hourly chart level is relabelled, and the Elliott wave target remains the same.

Summary: A small pennant pattern may be completing, the target would be about 2,359 (measured rule) or 2,473 (Elliott wave). However, ADX is still extreme in the short term at the daily chart level, and VIX is again behaving strangely today.

Last monthly chart 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 are 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 correction for intermediate wave (4) looks like it is relatively brief and shallow. Intermediate wave (2) was over very quickly within one day. Intermediate wave (4) may last a little longer and may not move into intermediate wave (1) price territory below 2,146.69. If it continues for five more sessions, it may complete in a total Fibonacci thirteen sessions. When any and all wave counts that allow for intermediate wave (4) to continue have been invalidated, then the invalidation point may be moved up to the start of intermediate wave (5).

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.

There is already a Fibonacci ratio within primary wave 3. Intermediate wave (3) is 12.49 points short of 2.618 the length of intermediate wave (1). This is a reasonable difference, but as it is less than 10% the length of intermediate wave (3) I will consider it close enough to say there is a Fibonacci ratio here. This means that intermediate wave (5) should not be expected to exhibit a Fibonacci ratio to either of intermediate waves (1) or (3), as the S&P often exhibits Fibonacci ratios between two of its three actionary waves and rarely between all three.

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.

The best fit cyan channel is adjusted today as it was breached at the lower edge. Draw the first trend line from the high labelled minor wave 1 to the high labelled intermediate wave (3), then place a parallel copy on the low next to minor wave 4. The lower edge of this channel may provide support now.


S&P 500 hourly 2016
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The triangle is relabelled today. Although it now fits technically as a complete barrier triangle as labelled in last analysis, wave E is too much of an overshoot of the A-C trend line to look right. This labelling here is better.

The triangle may still be at least two days away from completion. Minor wave D would be likely to end at the B-D trend line, as it is drawn, and it may sit along the highs within minor wave C.

Minor wave D, for a contracting triangle, may not move beyond the end of minor wave B above 2,272.56.

Minor wave D, for a barrier triangle, should end about the same level as minor wave B; a triangle will remain valid as long as the B-D trend line remains essentially flat. In practice, this means that minor wave D may end slightly above 2,272.56. This is the only Elliott wave rule which is not black and white.

If minor wave C continues lower, it may not move beyond the end of minor wave A at 2,248.44. This triangle invalidation point is black and white.

I have spent some time today looking to see if the flat correction presented as an alternate in last analysis may still work, but it no longer makes sense with today’s downwards movement. A combination is still eliminated because the first movement was a multiple.

If a flat correction again looks possible, it will again be published. At this stage, a triangle is the only structure I can see which fits and looks right.



S&P 500 weekly 2016
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Last week completes a small red doji candlestick. This indicates a pause in the trend, and a change from up to neutral.

Last week closes red and comes with an increase of volume, the balance of which was downwards. There was some support for a fall in price at the end of the week. This in conjunction with the doji is slightly bearish, or at least indicating a consolidation here.

On Balance Volume has found resistance again at the purple trend line. It may find support at the first yellow line, which is very long held and offers good technical significance. This may assist to halt a fall in price forcing a consolidation to be shallow.

RSI is still not extreme. There is room for price to continue higher.

The purple trend line on price may also provide support.


S&P 500 daily 2016
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A pennant pattern is still unfolding; trend lines are again adjusted today. This one is supported by overall declining volume as price moves sideways. The target using the measured rule is about 2,359.

ADX is comfortably extreme above 35. It has reached above 40 and is now turning down today. This would normally be an indication of an extreme trend coming to an end.

I have spent some time going back over the bull market on the daily chart to March 2009. During this time ADX has reached above 35 nine times:

– In May 2010 during a downwards wave.

– In January 2011 (just above 35). This was followed by a drop of 1.9% over two days.

– In August 2011 during a downwards wave.

– In February 2012: on 8th February ADX reached above 35 then slightly above 40 on 21st February, but price did not find a high until the 29th of February. Price then dropped 2.8% over four days.

– In June 2012 at the end of a downwards wave.

– In August 2012. This was followed by a drop of 3.9% over two days.

– In February 2013: on the 5th of February ADX reached above 35 and continued higher with price to find a high on 19th February when ADX reached almost to 39. Price then dropped 3% over five days.

– In May 2013: on the 22nd of May ADX was almost 40. Price then dropped 7.5% over 23 days.

– In January 2016 during a downwards wave.

Conclusion: A reading of over 35 for ADX is extreme, and a reading over 40 is unusually extreme. However, this is not necessarily useful in pinpointing a trend change nor does it provide useful information on how far price may drop. In other words, it cannot tell us when price will turn nor how far it may fall.

ADX at the daily chart level is sounding a note of caution here. At the weekly chart level though it is not; at that time frame ADX it is bullish.

ATR is declining as price has consolidated for the last six sessions. Bollinger Bands are overall flat.

Stochastics is still overbought, but this oscillator may remain extreme for reasonable periods of time during a trending market. RSI is now returning from overbought.

On Balance Volume should be watched closely. It has found resistance at the purple trend line. A breakout by OBV may indicate the next direction for price.

The trend is up. All three moving averages are pointing upwards and price is above all three. The small pennant has brought price away from the upper Bollinger Band extreme. There is again room for price to rise.


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 mostly 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.

Bullish divergence noted yesterday between price and VIX has not been followed by upwards movement. It has been followed by downwards movement.

Price today moved lower and inverted VIX also moved lower. No new divergence is noted short term.


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.

There is now new divergence today between price and the AD line.


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 @ 09:14 p.m. EST.