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A strong whipsaw moved below the short term invalidation point on the hourly Elliott wave count. However, downwards movement was quickly retraced and today’s candlestick looks very bullish.

Summary: There is enough bullishness in the daily technical analysis to expect a green daily candlestick tomorrow. The main wave count will still expect a third wave up within a fifth wave. The target remains at 2,469.

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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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This wave count sees the middle of primary wave 3 a stretched out extension, which is the most typical scenario for this market.

Primary wave 3 may be incomplete. A target is now calculated for it on the daily chart.

There is alternation within primary wave 3 impulse, between the double zigzag of intermediate wave (2) and the possible triangle or combination of intermediate wave (4).

When primary wave 3 is a complete impulse, then a large correction would be expected for primary wave 4. This may be shallow.

Thereafter, primary wave 5 may be expected to be relatively short, ending about the final target at 2,500.

It is also still possible that primary wave 3 was over at the high labelled intermediate wave (3) (this idea has been published previously) and that would mean that price should currently be within primary wave 4. This idea does not at this stage diverge in terms of expected direction or structure from the daily alternate wave count below, so for clarity and to keep the number of charts manageable it will not be published on a daily basis. I will follow the idea and will again publish it when it begins to diverge from the main wave count.


S&P 500 Daily 2017
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Intermediate wave (4) may be a complete regular contracting triangle. It may have come to a surprisingly swift end with a very brief E wave.

There is already a Fibonacci ratio between intermediate waves (3) and (1). This makes it a little less likely that intermediate wave (5) will exhibit a Fibonacci ratio to either of intermediate waves (1) or (3); the S&P often exhibits a Fibonacci ratio between two of its three actionary waves but does not between all three.

Within intermediate wave (5), minor waves 1 and now 2 look to be complete.

Within minor wave 3, no second wave correction may move beyond its start below 2,379.75. However, a new alternate idea below at the hourly chart level looks at the possibility that minor wave 2 may not be over and may continue lower. This idea has an invalidation point at the start of minor wave 1 at 2,344.51.

The structure of intermediate wave (5) on the daily chart does not look complete. So far it looks like a possible three up. Minor wave 3 still needs to complete, then minor waves 4 and 5. This may last another couple of weeks at least.


S&P 500 hourly 2017
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Minor wave 2 may have completed as a double zigzag.

The strong downwards whipsaw during Thursday’s session may have been minute wave ii moving lower as a deep zigzag. It does not fit within a base channel drawn about minor waves 1 and 2 and for this reason the alternate below is published.

This main wave count still expects to see an increase in upwards momentum over the next few days.

Within minute wave iii, no second wave correction may move beyond the start of its first wave below 2,381.74.


S&P 500 hourly 2017
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It is also possible that minor wave 2 is continuing further as an expanded flat correction. The upwards wave here labelled minute wave b will fit as either a five wave impulse (main wave count) or three wave zigzag (this alternate). Both possibilities are considered.

If minor wave 2 is incomplete, then within it minute wave b is a 1.31 length of minute wave a, within the normal range of 1 to 1.38.

Minute wave c looks like a diagonal with the strong overlapping. The diagonal would be expanding, giving a minimum requirement for the fifth wave to meet rules regarding wave lengths for expanding diagonals.

The minimum requirement for minuette wave (v) would also take minute wave c below the end of minute wave a at 2,379.75, avoiding a truncation and a very rare running flat.


S&P 500 Daily 2017
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What if intermediate wave (4) was not a complete triangle but is still unfolding as a double combination? The subdivisions of this wave count would be labeled in the same way, with the exception of the degree of labelling, if the correction were to be primary wave 4.

Double combinations are very common structures. This would still provide perfect alternation in structure with the double zigzag of intermediate wave (2). Although double zigzags and double combinations are both labelled W-X-Y, they are very different structures and belong to different groups of corrections.

The purpose of combinations is the same as triangles, to take up time and move price sideways. Intermediate wave (2) lasted 58 days. So far intermediate wave (4) has lasted 50 days. If it continues for another one to two weeks, it would still have excellent proportion with intermediate wave (2).

This alternate wave count now has some support from classic technical analysis, particularly extreme ADX at the weekly chart level. Although price suffered a quick reversal today, the reversal was almost fully retraced and is not convincing. There is enough bullishness at the end of this session for this wave count to remain an alternate.


S&P 500 Hourly 2017
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Minute wave b is now a 1.52 length of minute wave a. This is longer than the common range of up to 1.38, but still within allowable limits of up to 2. The higher minute wave b goes the lower the probability that this wave count is correct.

However, I have seen plenty of expanded flat corrections with B waves longer than 1.38 times the length of their A waves. This wave count remains entirely acceptable.

If minute wave c continues, then so far it would have two overlapping first and second waves. This wave count now expects to see an increase in downwards momentum tomorrow.



S&P 500 weekly 2017
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Volume for the last three upwards weeks is all stronger than the two downwards weeks prior. There is more support for upwards movement than downwards. This is bullish.

The only concern here is ADX is extreme. Within this bull market, beginning in March 2009, this has happened at the weekly chart level on four occasions: January 2010, the end of February 2011, early June 2013, and late July 2014. On each occasion it was immediately followed by three to four weeks of downwards movement.

Extreme ADX at the weekly chart level supports the alternate Elliott wave count.

Very bullish On Balance Volume supports the main Elliott wave count.


S&P 500 daily 2017
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The long lower wicks on the last four daily candlesticks are bullish. The very long lower wick on today’s candlestick is very bullish indeed.

The measuring gap before the flag pattern remains open. This area has been tested several times and continues to provide strong support. Each test reinforces strength of support there, so it is reasonable now to expect this support to hold.

A very slight increase in volume for a downwards day is slightly bearish. Volume is still relatively light though.

A new resistance line is added today to On Balance Volume, which remains bullish, so it now constrained between resistance and support.

Overall, there is enough bullishness in this chart to expect upwards movement from here.


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.

It is noted that there are now six multi day instances of bullish divergence between price and inverted VIX, and all have been followed so far by at least one upwards day if not more. This signal seems to again be working more often than not. It will again be given some weight in analysis.

There is no new divergence between price and inverted VIX today.


AD Line daily 2017
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There is short term bullish divergence today between price and the AD line: price has made a lower low, but the AD line has made a higher low. This indicates weakness in price and supports the main hourly Elliott wave count. This short term divergence has been working more often than not recently, so it is given some weight in this analysis.


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

The following lows need to be exceeded for Dow Theory to confirm the end of the bull market and a change to a bear market:

DJIA: 17,883.56.

DJT: 7,029.41.

S&P500: 2,083.79.

Nasdaq: 5,034.41.

Charts showing each prior major swing low used for Dow Theory are here.

This analysis is published @ 10:35 p.m. EST.