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More downwards movement was expected. This is how the session began with a new low.

Summary: A bounce to either 2,701 or 2,735 may continue on Monday. It could be over within Monday’s session, or it could take a few days with choppy and sideways movement. When the bounce is done, another downwards wave may unfold towards 2,585 – 2,571.

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The biggest picture, Grand Super Cycle analysis, is here.

Last historic analysis with monthly charts is here. Video is here.

An alternate idea at the monthly chart level is given here at the end of this analysis.

An historic example of a cycle degree fifth wave is given at the end of the analysis here.



S&P 500 Weekly 2018
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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 third waves at all degrees may only subdivide as impulses.

Intermediate wave (4) has breached an Elliott channel drawn using Elliott’s first technique. The channel is redrawn using Elliott’s second technique. The upper edge may provide resistance for intermediate wave (5).

Intermediate wave (4) may not move into intermediate wave (1) price territory below 2,193.81. At this stage, it now looks like intermediate wave (4) may be continuing further sideways as a combination or triangle. These two ideas are today separated into two separate daily charts. They are judged to have an even probability at this stage.

A double zigzag would also be possible for intermediate wave (4), but because intermediate wave (2) was a double zigzag this is the least likely structure for intermediate wave (4) to be. Alternation should be expected until price proves otherwise.


S&P 500 Daily 2018
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This first daily chart looks at the possibility that intermediate wave (4) may be continuing sideways as a regular contracting or regular barrier triangle.

Four of the five sub-waves within a triangle must subdivide as zigzags. One sub-wave may be a more complicated multiple, most often this is wave C.

Minor wave C may not move beyond the end of minor wave A below 2,532.69.

A common length for triangle sub-waves is from 0.8 to 0.85 of the prior sub-wave. This gives a target range of 2,584 – 2,571 for minor wave C downwards.

Minor wave D of a contracting triangle may not move beyond the end of minor wave B above 2,789.15. Minor wave D of a barrier triangle may end about the same level as minor wave B so that the B-D trend line remains essentially flat. In practice this means that minor wave D may end slightly above 2,789.15. This invalidation point is not black and white.

Thereafter, minor wave E may not move beyond the end of minor wave C.

A triangle may continue to find support about the 200 day moving average, possibly with small overshoots.

An expanding triangle will not be considered because they are extremely rare structures. I have never seen one in my now 10 years of daily Elliott wave analysis, and so we should not expect this to be a first.


S&P 500 Daily 2018
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Double combinations are very common structures. The first structure in a possible double combination for intermediate wave (4) would be a complete zigzag labelled minor wave W. The double would be joined by a complete three in the opposite direction, a zigzag labelled minor wave X.

The second structure in the double would most likely be a flat correction labelled minor wave Y. It may also be a triangle, but in my experience this is very rare.

A flat correction would subdivide 3-3-5. Minute wave a must be a three wave structure, most likely a zigzag.

The purpose of combinations is to take up time and move price sideways. To achieve this purpose the second structure in the double usually ends close to the same level as the first. Minor wave Y would be expected to end about the same level as minor wave W at 2,532.69. This would require a strong overshoot or breach of the 200 day moving average.

At this stage, both wave counts expect a zigzag downwards to be unfolding. The degree of labelling would be different, but the structure would be the same. One hourly chart at this time will suffice for both daily wave counts.


S&P 500 Hourly 2018
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Both daily wave counts expect a zigzag is unfolding lower. The triangle wave count sees it as minor wave C. The combination wave count sees it as minute wave a. The degree of labelling on this hourly chart fits the triangle wave count. It would be labelled one degree lower for the combination wave count.

A strong breach of the downwards, sloping, yellow best fit channel by the end of Friday’s session indicates the downwards wave labelled minute wave a should be over and now minute wave b should be underway. Minute wave b may end either about the 0.382 or 0.618 Fibonacci ratios of minute wave a. It may be over early on Monday, or it may continue sideways for a few days.

This wave count now expects price may be within a B wave within a correction. B waves exhibit the greatest variety in structure and price behaviour. They present the worst trading opportunities.

When minute wave b is complete, then minute wave c downwards should unfold towards the target zone. When minute wave b is complete, then a target may be calculated for minute wave c downwards by using the Fibonacci ratio between minute waves a and c.



S&P 500 weekly 2018
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This consolidation is bringing ADX down from very extreme and RSI from extremely overbought. There will again be room for a trend to develop when it is complete.

Short term volume suggests downwards movement is incomplete. Support on On Balance Volume may assist to halt a fall in price along with the 40 week (200 day) moving average.


S&P 500 daily 2018
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The bullish Piercing pattern suggests more upwards movement on Monday. However, a lack of support from volume suggests it may be short lived. This supports the Elliott wave count which sees this bounce as a B wave.


VIX daily 2018
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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.

Upwards movement during Friday’s session has a normal corresponding decline in market volatility. This is bullish.


AD Line daily 2018
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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.

All of small, mid and large caps this week completed an outside week. All sectors of the market at this time appear to be in a consolidation.

Breadth should be read as a leading indicator.

Upwards movement during Friday’s session comes with support from an increase in market breadth. This is bullish.


All indices have made new all time highs as recently as six weeks ago, confirming the ongoing bull market.

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: 7,039.41.

S&P500: 2,083.79.

Nasdaq: 5,034.41.

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

Published @ 08:52 p.m. EST.