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An upwards breakout was expected after some more sideways movement. The upwards breakout has come a little more quickly than expected, but movement above 2,590.09 in the first hour of trading was a signal that the main hourly Elliott wave count was correct. Members then should have used the first target, which remains the same.

Summary: The first Elliott wave target is again at 2,614. A target using the measured rule is 2,634. The second Elliott wave target is 2,773. As price approaches each target, if the structure is incomplete and there is no weakness in price, then the next target will be used. But if price approaches a target and the structure is complete and there is some classic weakness, then a high may be in place

Always trade with stops and invest only 1-5% of equity on any one trade. All trades should stick with the trend. The trend remains up.

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 must complete as a five structure, which should look clear at the weekly chart level. It may only be an impulse or ending diagonal. At this stage, it is clear it is an impulse.

Within cycle wave V, the corrections for primary wave 2 and intermediate wave (2) both show up clearly, both lasting several weeks. The respective corrections for intermediate wave (4) and primary wave 4 should also last several weeks, so that they show up at weekly and monthly time frames. The right proportions between second and fourth wave corrections give a wave count the right look.

Cycle wave V has passed equality in length with cycle wave I, which would be the most common Fibonacci ratio for it to have exhibited. The next most common Fibonacci ratio would be 1.618 the length of cycle wave I.

Intermediate wave (3) may now be nearing completion. When it is complete, then intermediate wave (4) should unfold and be proportional to intermediate wave (2). Intermediate wave (4) may be very likely to break out of the yellow best fit channel that contains intermediate wave (3). Intermediate wave (4) may not move into intermediate wave (1) price territory below 2,193.81.


S&P 500 Daily 2017
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For transparency, this chart shows all subdivisions so far within intermediate wave (3). This is not the only way to label this movement, but all subdivisions here fit at the hourly chart level.

The proportions are not perfect, but then the S&P just does not always exhibit great proportion. The more important issue for this market in my opinion is that the subdivisions fit.


S&P 500 Daily 2017
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Minor wave 4 may now be complete. It will subdivide very well as a double zigzag. This provides only a little alternation in structure with the single zigzag of minor wave 2. There is also poor alternation in depth: minor wave 2 was very shallow at only 0.16 of minor wave 1, and minor wave 4 would be only 0.12 of minor wave 3. Alternation is a guideline and not a rule; it is seen more often than not, but not always.

The first target at 2,614 would see a Fibonacci ratio between intermediate waves (3) and (1), but no Fibonacci ratio for minor wave 5. This would be acceptable. There is already a somewhat reasonable Fibonacci ratio between the two actionary waves of minor waves 3 and 1, so minor wave 5 may not exhibit a Fibonacci ratio to either of minor waves 3 or 1.

The second target calculated for minor wave 5 expects it to exhibit the most common Fibonacci ratio for a fifth wave. This target would not expect a Fibonacci ratio for intermediate wave (3) to intermediate wave (1).

If price gets up to the first target, and the structure may be complete and there is some divergence with price and Stochastics or RSI, then members are warned that it would be possible for a high to be in place for the mid term. But if price keeps rising through the first target, then the second target would be used.

Within minor wave 5, no second wave correction may move beyond the start of its first wave below 2,557.45.


S&P 500 Hourly 2017
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At the hourly chart level, this wave count is new. This wave count would fit very neatly with the first Elliott wave target at 2,614.

Within minor wave 5, it may be that minute wave iii is developing as a very long extension. This is typical behaviour for the S&P.

Minute wave iii may only subdivide as an impulse. Within minute wave iii, minuette waves (ii) and (iv) should be clear; here, they are. This has a typical look despite minuette wave (ii) being longer in duration than minute wave ii one degree higher.

Minuette wave (v) is limited in length, so that minuette wave (iii) is not the shortest actionary wave within the impulse and the core Elliott wave rule is met.

Minuette wave (iv) may not move into minuette wave (i) price territory.

This wave count expects overall upwards movement for another few days. If minor wave 5 exhibits a Fibonacci duration, then it may continue for another four days to total a Fibonacci eight. Along the way up, minute wave iv should show up as at least one red daily candlestick or doji at the daily chart level.


S&P 500 Hourly 2017
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A five up may be complete. This may only be minute wave i within minor wave 5.

This wave count would now expect a pullback for minute wave ii. However, a bullish signal from On Balance Volume should be given reasonable weight; the signal supports the main hourly Elliott wave count and not this alternate.

Minute wave ii may end about either the 0.382 or 0.618 Fibonacci ratios. The first small second wave correction for the S&P is sometimes shallow, and that is why I have put the label for minute wave ii closer to the 0.382 Fibonacci ratio. Members should be aware of this possibility.

The next target for this alternate wave count, at 2,773, has a better fit.

It is of course possible to move the degree of labelling within minute wave i all up one degree to see minor wave 5 complete at today’s high; if so, then the entirety of intermediate wave (3) could be complete today. This idea would be charted and considered seriously if price and technical signals become more bearish. That is not the case today.



S&P 500 weekly 2017
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A small range, downwards week completes as a small doji. This indicates a balance of bulls and bears and indecision. At this stage, this small week does not look like a convincing beginning of a new downwards trend, and looks much more like a small pullback within an ongoing upwards trend that should be used as another opportunity to join the trend.

There is a little distance below before On Balance Volume finds support. It is entirely possible that the pullback is not over.


S&P 500 daily 2017
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Reasonable weight will be given in this analysis to the bullish signal from On Balance Volume, which is now very clear. This has proven to be a very reliable indicator recently. Volume, ADX and ATR are also bullish.

Only MACD is bearish now.

Bollinger Bands do show some weakness though, which is entirely reasonable if the Elliott wave count is correct and price is within a fifth wave. For the S&P, fifth waves do most commonly exhibit weakness towards their end.


VIX daily 2017
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So that colour blind members are included, bearish signals will be noted with blue and bullish signals with yellow.

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.

The last divergence noted was bullish. It has now been followed by two upwards days, so it may now be considered resolved.

There is regular bearish divergence today between price and inverted VIX: price has made a higher high, but inverted VIX has not. This indicates underlying weakness. However, very little weight will be given to this divergence today as it has not proven to be very reliable lately.


AD Line daily 2017
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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 longer term 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.

Mid and large caps last week moved lower, but small caps moved up to make a high above the prior week. Small caps are strongest and may be leading the market at this time.

Last divergence noted was bullish and has now been followed by two upwards days and a new all time high. It may now be considered resolved.

Both price and the AD line have made new all time highs today. The rise in price today had support from rising market breadth; this is bullish.


Only Nasdaq has made a new all time high this week. The S&P500, DJIA and DJT have not yet made new all time highs.

Failure to confirm an ongoing bull market should absolutely not be read as the end of a bull market. For that, Dow Theory would have to confirm new lows.

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.

Published @ 09:33 p.m. EST.