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Upwards movement continues as the main Elliott wave count expects.

The very bearish alternate Elliott wave count remains viable.

Summary: The target is 2,338 for the short term and 2,382 for a longer term trade. In the short term, a small correction for minute iv may unfold sideways Monday / Tuesday. Price should find strong support about 2,300 now. The invalidation point is moved up today to 2,285.38. A new high above 2,334.58 would eliminate a very bearish alternate and provide confidence in this upwards trend. The trend has support from breadth, but not good support so far from volume.

New updates to this analysis are in bold.

Last monthly and weekly charts are here. Last historic analysis video is here.



S&P 500 Weekly 2017
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Cycle wave V is an incomplete structure. Within cycle wave V, primary wave 3 may be relatively close to completion.

When primary wave 3 is complete, then the following correction for primary wave 4 may not move into primary wave 1 price territory below 2,111.05.

Primary wave 2 was a flat correction lasting 47 days (not a Fibonacci number). Primary wave 4 may be expected to most likely be a zigzag, but it may also be a triangle if its structure exhibits alternation. If it is a zigzag, it may be more brief than primary wave 2, so a Fibonacci 21 sessions may be the initial expectation. If it is a triangle, then it may be a Fibonacci 34 or 55 sessions.

Primary wave 3 at this stage though is incomplete and may continue to move price higher.


S&P 500 Daily 2017
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It is possible that intermediate wave (4) is a complete combination: zigzag – X – flat. It would have been even in duration with intermediate wave (3), both lasting 26 days.

Intermediate wave (3) is shorter than intermediate wave (1). One of the core Elliott wave rules states a third wave may never be the shortest wave, so this limits intermediate wave (5) to no longer than equality in length with intermediate wave (3) at 2,450.76.

Minor wave 3 has now moved beyond the end of minor wave 1, meeting the rule. Within minor wave 3, no second wave correction may move beyond the start of its first wave below 2,267.21.

Intermediate wave (5) has so far lasted fourteen days. It may be expected to be shorter both in length and duration compared to intermediate wave (3). At this stage, an expectation of a Fibonacci 21 days total for intermediate wave (5) looks reasonable, so it may now continue for another seven days or sessions. This is starting to look a bit too brief now though. It may continue to total a Fibonacci 34 sessions.

Price has now broken above the cyan resistance line. This line may now offer support.

The proportion here between intermediate waves (2) and (4) is acceptable. There is alternation. Both are labelled W-X-Y, but double zigzags are quite different structures to double combinations.


S&P 500 hourly 2017
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Intermediate wave (5) must subdivide as a five wave structure, either an impulse or an ending diagonal. At this stage, it is not possible to eliminate either option.

Within intermediate wave (5), minor waves 1 and 2 may be complete.

Minor wave 3 may only subdivide as an impulse. Within minor wave 3, minute waves i through to iii may now be complete. Minute wave iii has shown an increase in upwards momentum. Minute wave iii is 2.75 points longer than equality in length with minute wave i.

Minute wave iv may now unfold. It may not move into minute wave i price territory below 2,298.31.

The channel is now redrawn using Elliott’s technique. If minute wave iv is deep, it may find support at the lower edge.

Minute wave ii was a relatively time consuming expanded flat correction. Minute wave iv may be expected to most likely be a zigzag, given the guideline of alternation, and would most likely end within the price territory of the fourth wave of one lesser degree, which is minuette wave (iv) price territory from 2,311.08 to 2,307.35. If minute wave iv does not unfold as a zigzag, then it may be a triangle or combination.

If minute wave iv ends close to the 0.382 Fibonacci ratio, it would look typical and exhibit some alternation in depth with minute wave ii.

Minute wave iv may be expected to show up on the daily chart as at least one red daily candlestick or doji. It may last up to about three or four days, but at this stage it may be expected to be more brief than minute wave ii.



S&P 500 Daily 2017
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I will publish alternate ideas from time to time in response to members queries or concerns.

It does look suspiciously like an ending contracting diagonal may be underway and very close to completion.

Current upwards movement (which began on the 4th of November, 2016) must be a fifth wave for it to be an ending diagonal. That means that primary waves 1 through to 4 may be complete.

The only way for this to work and meet all Elliott wave rules is to see primary waves 1 and 2 over very quickly. This makes primary wave 3 longer than primary wave 1, so that the core rule stating a third wave may not be the shortest is met. (To see the entire detail of primary waves 1 through to 4 see last analysis here).

Ending contracting diagonals must have subwaves that all subdivide as zigzags. They normally end with a small overshoot of the 1-3 trend line.

Price has now made a new all time high and slightly overshot the (1)-(3) trend line. This wave count now expects an imminent reversal and a huge bear market to begin here.

This wave count has some support from long term classic analysis at the monthly chart level, but it is not supported by Lowry’s analysis. At this time, Lowry’s do not see normal conditions for a major market top in place.

This wave count has a very low probability. It requires confidence below 2,083.79.



S&P 500 weekly 2017
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Overall, price is moving higher on increasing volume. This week sees a decline in volume from last week, but volume is still stronger than the first three weeks of upwards movement.

On Balance Volume gave a bullish signal with a break above the purple resistance line. This line may now offer support and assist to halt any fall in price from being too deep.

RSI is not yet overbought at the weekly chart level. There is room for price to rise further.

ADX indicates an upwards trend, and ADX has a long way to go before it becomes extreme.


S&P 500 daily 2017
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Data for volume for Thursday’s session has changed retrospectively. Thursday’s session saw a small increase in volume. Now Friday sees a slight decline. The decline is only very slight, so I will not be expecting a pullback here.

Price is closing now for two days in a row at the upper edge of Bollinger Bands. Note that price closed above the upper edge of Bollinger Bands for five days in a row, from the 7th of December, 2016, to the 13th of December, 2016, within the last trend for the S&P on this chart. It is possible that this situation may occur again.

The last three daily candlesticks complete a stalled pattern. This is a reversal pattern. If it works, it may be followed by a pullback or a sideways consolidation about here.

The remainder of commentary is on the chart. Overall, the picture remains bullish. Any pullbacks may find support now about 2,300 and the 13 day moving average.


VIX daily 2017
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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.

There is still short / mid term hidden bearish divergence today between the new high from price and a lower high from inverted VIX. This indicates underlying weakness in price. This divergence persists now for two days. It may disappear, or it may be followed by one or two days of downwards movement.


AD Line daily 2017
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There is no short nor mid term divergence today between price and the AD line. The rise in price to a new high today was accompanied by a corresponding new high in the AD line. The rise in price has support from a rise in market breadth. Lowry’s OCO AD line also shows new highs along with price. Normally, before the end of a bull market the OCO AD line and the regular AD line should show divergence with price for about 4-6 months. With no divergence, this market has support from breadth.


The DJIA, DJT, S&P500 and Nasdaq have made new all time highs in December of 2016. This confirms a bull market continues.

This analysis is published @ 9:16 p.m. EST on 11th February, 2017.