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Price moved lower for the session, which was what was expected for the short term from the hourly Elliott wave count.

Summary: A deeper pullback looks very likely now to have arrived. It may last at least another two days and possibly a few weeks longer. Target zones are either 2,368 – 2,353 or 2,282 – 2,234. A new low below 2,277.53 would indicate the lower target range should be used.

Downwards movement for two days to find support at the blue channel on the daily and hourly charts, and the pink channel on the hourly chart, is now expected as most likely.

However, there is a little doubt today on the expectation of downwards movement tomorrow; divergence with the AD line and light volume today looks a little bullish.

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 incomplete or it may be complete (alternate wave count below).

Primary wave 4 may not move into primary wave 1 price territory below 2,111.05.

As price moves lower look for support at each of the longer term trend lines drawn here across previous all time highs. Next support at the cyan line may be met soon.


S&P 500 Daily 2017
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All subdivisions are seen in exactly the same way for both daily wave counts, only here the degree of labelling within intermediate wave (3) is moved down one degree.

This wave count expects the current correction is minor wave 4, which may not move into minor wave 1 price territory below 2,277.53. A new low below this point would confirm the correction could not be minor wave 4 and that would provide confidence it should be primary wave 4.

Minor wave 4 may last about 26 days if it is even in duration with minor waves 1, 2 and 3. That would give the wave count good proportions and the right look. So far minor wave 4 has lasted only 11 days, so it may continue for another 15 if it is even in duration with minor waves 1, 2 and 3. However, zigzags are usually quicker structures than combinations. If minor wave 4 is unfolding as a zigzag (which looks likely and would give perfect alternation), then it may complete in a total Fibonacci 13 days, so it may end now in another 2 days.

At this stage, it is looking like this wave count may be more likely than the alternate wave count. A correction at minor degree for minor wave 4 should look similar in range and strength to minor wave 2, which so far it does.

Minor wave 4 may end within the price territory of the fourth wave of one lesser degree about 2,368 to 2,353.

This wave count now expects choppy overlapping movement to find support at the wider blue Elliott channel.


S&P 500 hourly 2017
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Minor wave 4 looks still like an incomplete zigzag. Within it minute wave b now looks like a complete zigzag.

Use the pink and blue channels to show where minor wave 4 is most likely to end. Expect price to find support at both lower edges.

The target zone of 2,368 to 2,353 is the price territory of the fourth wave of one lesser degree (minute wave iv within minor wave 3 is seen on the daily chart).

So far, within minute wave c, there may be a five down complete for minuette wave (i). Minuette wave (ii) may move higher tomorrow. If it does, then look for upwards movement to find resistance at the upper edge of the pink channel.

If price makes a new low below 2,376.86, the high labelled minuette wave (a) within minute wave b, then downwards movement could not be a fourth wave correction within a new impulse unfolding upwards, so the upwards wave labelled minute wave b would be confirmed as a complete three wave structure. A new low below 2,376.86 would add confidence that minor wave 4 is continuing.

If this wave count is invalidated with a new high above 2,400.98, then my labelling of minor wave 4 would be wrong. It could possibly be over or it could be continuing sideways as a flat or combination.

At its end, if this wave count is correct, minor wave 4 may offer a good entry point to join the upwards trend.

Always remember my two Golden Rules:

1. Always use a stop.

2. Do not invest more than 1-5% of equity on any one trade.


S&P 500 Daily 2017
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The subdivisions of upwards movement from the end of intermediate wave (2) are seen in the same way for both wave counts. The degree of labelling here is moved up one degree, so it is possible that primary wave 3 could be over.

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.

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). If intermediate wave (5) is now over, then this rule is met.

Minor wave 3 has no Fibonacci ratio to minor wave 1. If minor wave 5 is now over, then it is 4.14 points longer than equality in length with minor wave 3.

Intermediate wave (5) may have ended in 27 days, just one longer than intermediate waves (3) and (4). This gives the wave count good proportions.

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.

The following correction for primary wave 4 should be a multi week pullback, and it may not move into primary wave 1 price territory below 2,111.05.



S&P 500 weekly 2017
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Last week completes a red doji, which moved price lower, after nine green weekly candlesticks in a row. The trend has changed from up to neutral. Volume is lighter this week and the fall in price is not supported by volume. This looks like a pause within a trend and not a new trend.

There is a long way for On Balance Volume to go to find support.

RSI may now return from oversold.

ADX did not reach extreme. There is room for the trend to continue further.


S&P 500 daily 2017
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Price is still range bound with resistance about 2,400 and support about 2,355. So far, during this period, it is the upwards day for yesterday which has strongest volume suggesting an upwards breakout is more likely.

Downwards movement today with lighter volume looks corrective. The fall in price did not have support from volume.

This correction has still not brought ADX down from extreme; it is still above 35 and above both directional lines. A reasonable expectation is that this correction is incomplete, that range bound movement is likely to continue for a few more days if not weeks to bring ADX down, so that a trend can again develop.

The yellow trend line for On Balance Volume has now been tested five times, is horizontal, and is now somewhat long held. It now has good technical significance. The turn down today is a bearish signal which supports the Elliott wave count. A break above this line would now be a strong bullish signal.


VIX daily 2017
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Normally, volatility should decline as price moves higher and increase as price moves lower. This means that normally inverted VIX should move in the same direction as price.

Bearish divergence and bullish divergence spanning a few short days used to be a fairly reliable indicator of the next one or two days direction for price; normally, bearish divergence would be followed by one or two days of downwards movement and vice versa for bullish divergence.

However, what once worked does not necessarily have to continue to work. Markets and market conditions change. We have to be flexible and change with them.

Recent unusual, and sometimes very strong, single day divergence between price and inverted VIX is noted with arrows on the price chart. Members can see that this is not proving useful in predicting the next direction for price.

Divergence will be continued to be noted, particularly when it is strong, but at this time it will be given little weight in this analysis. If it proves to again begin to work fairly consistently, then it will again be given weight.

Bearish divergence noted in yesterday’s analysis has been followed by a red daily candlestick. This divergence may now be considered to have worked for the very short term prediction of price direction.

Price moved overall lower on an inside day with the balance of volume downwards. But as price moved lower VIX showed a decline in volatility, which is not normal. However, no weight will be given to this bullish signal as it has proven to be unreliable lately and in this case is not strong because price did not make a new low.


AD Line daily 2017
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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 AD line moved higher while price moved a little lower to close red with the balance of volume downwards. The small fall in price today was accompanied by an increase in market breadth. This divergence is interpreted as bullish; today there was weakness within price.


The DJIA, DJT, S&P500 and Nasdaq continue to make new all time highs. This confirms a bull market continues.

This analysis is published @ 07:57 p.m. EST.