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Price remains above the invalidation point, but the closure of the last gap and price moving back down into the prior consolidation zone puts the breakout as false. The gap was a pattern gap and not a breakaway gap.

Summary: Assume the trend remains the same, upwards, until proven otherwise; while price remains above 2,422.88, assume the trend remains upwards. The target zone calculated at two wave degrees is 2,500 to 2,501. Bullish divergence today both in VIX and market breadth supports the idea that price may move higher tomorrow.

If price makes a new low below 2,422.88, then we shall expect a deeper multi week pullback to end somewhere between 2,400 to 2,322.

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Only one alternate Elliott wave count will be published today, for clarity.

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 has a better fit with MACD and so may have a higher probability. However, at this stage it expects the bull market to come to an end quickly. With market breadth not yet exhibiting any divergence with price this looks unlikely. The alternate should be taken very seriously.

Primary wave 3 may be complete, falling short of 1.618 the length of primary wave 1 and not exhibiting a Fibonacci ratio to primary wave 1. There is a good Fibonacci ratio within primary wave 3.

The target for cycle wave V will remain the same, which has a reasonable probability. At 2,530 primary wave 5 would reach 0.618 the length of primary wave 1. If the target at 2,500 is exceeded, it may not be by much.

There is alternation between the regular flat correction of primary wave 2 and the triangle of primary wave 4.

Within primary wave 3, there is alternation between the double zigzag of intermediate wave (2) and the triangle of intermediate wave (4).

Within the final wave of intermediate wave (5), no second wave correction may move beyond its start below 2,422.88.


S&P 500 Daily 2017
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Primary wave 5 must complete as a five wave motive structure, either an impulse (more common) or an ending diagonal (less common). So far, if this wave count is correct, it looks like an impulse.

Intermediate wave (3) is a complete impulse. Intermediate wave (4) may be a complete triangle.

Intermediate wave (5) must be a five wave motive structure.

Within intermediate wave (5), minor wave 1 is now complete. Minor wave 2 may not move beyond the start of minor wave 1 below 2,422.88.


S&P 500 hourly 2017
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Intermediate wave (4) fits as a regular contracting triangle, which may have come to a more swift end than expected.

Intermediate wave (5) may have begun.

Minor wave 2 is now a very deep correction and fits as a double zigzag. But with price now back within the prior consolidation zone the probability of this wave count has reduced.

Downwards movement for minor wave 2 does look choppy and corrective, compared to prior upwards movement for minor wave 1 which looks clearer and impulsive.

The target for minor wave 3 is recalculated.



S&P 500 Weekly 2017
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It is possible that primary wave 3 is either over now or may be very soon indeed. It is possible that a deep multi week or multi month pullback may begin for primary wave 4.

This wave count would allow for primary wave 4 to unfold with a corresponding decline in market breadth. Primary wave 5 may then continue higher towards the target, allowing for at least 4 months of divergence between market breadth and price to develop before an end to the ageing bull market. This would have a neat fit with prior major trend changes from bull to bear of every single bear market in the last 90 odd years.

Primary wave 2 was a regular flat correction lasting 10 weeks. Primary wave 4 may exhibit alternation as a single or multiple zigzag, or as a triangle. It should last at least 10 weeks and possibly longer.

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


S&P 500 Daily 2017
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Minor wave 5 of intermediate wave (5) of primary wave 3 may be over here, or it may continue higher.

Always assume the trend remains the same until proven otherwise; assume the trend is upwards until price makes a new low below 2,422.88.

If price moves below 2,422.88, then this would be the main wave count.

Primary wave 4 may end within the price territory of the fourth wave of one lesser degree. The price range for intermediate wave (4) gives a target range for primary wave 4.



S&P 500 weekly 2017
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An inside week completes a small spinning top candlestick pattern. This puts the trend from up to neutral; price is consolidating. A spinning top is a pause within a trend.

An increase in volume suggests that the breakout after consolidation is likely to be upwards.

On Balance Volume trend lines are adjusted.


S&P 500 daily 2017
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The upwards breakout is now proven to be false as price is back within the consolidation zone and the last gap is closed.

During this consolidation, it is the upwards day of the 16th of June that has strongest volume. This still suggests an upwards breakout is more likely than downwards.

Short term volume and On Balance Volume are slightly bearish.

Stochastics supports the alternate Elliott wave count.


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.

There is single day divergence between price and VIX today: price made a lower low, but volatility declined. This indicates weakness today within downwards movement for price, and this divergence is bullish.


AD Line daily 2017
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With the last all time high for price, the AD line also made a new all time high. Up to the last high for price there was support from rising market breadth.

There is normally 4-6 months divergence between price and market breadth prior to a full fledged bear market. This has been so for all major bear markets within the last 90 odd years. With no divergence yet at this point, any decline in price should be expected to be a pullback within an ongoing bull market and not necessarily the start of a bear market.

There is clear bullish divergence today between price and the AD line: the AD line has made a new low below the prior low of the 15th of June, but price has not. This divergence indicates there is weakness within downwards movement here for price.

The mid caps and small caps have made new all time highs along with recent last all time high for large caps. The rise in price is seen across the range of the market, so it has internal strength.


At the end of last week, DJIA, Nasdaq and the S&P500 have all made new all time highs. DJT has failed to confirm an ongoing bull market because it has not yet made new a all time high. However, at this stage that only indicates some potential weakness within the ongoing bull market and absolutely does not mean that DJT may not yet make new all time highs, and it does not mean a bear market is imminent.

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 @ 07:05 p.m. EST.