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A bounce was expected to continue for one to a few days, before downwards movement resumed, but the bounce was over already and downwards movement resumed a little earlier than anticipated. A target may now be calculated.

Summary: The short term target for downwards movement to be interrupted by another bounce is at 2,664. It may be reached tomorrow.

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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 as if intermediate wave (4) was over at the last low. If intermediate wave (4) continues sideways, then the channel may be redrawn when it is over. 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, triangle or flat. These three ideas are separated into separate daily charts. All three ideas would see intermediate wave (4) exhibit alternation in structure with the double zigzag of intermediate wave (2).

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 outlines how intermediate wave (4) may now continue further sideways as a contracting or barrier triangle. It is possible that minor wave B within the triangle was over at the last high, which would mean the triangle would be a regular triangle. Minor wave C downwards may now be underway and may be a single or double zigzag. One of the five sub-waves of a triangle is usually a more complicated multiple, and the most common sub-wave to do this is wave C. It looks like minor wave C may be unfolding as a double zigzag, at this stage, and this is how it will be labelled. Within the double zigzag, minute wave x should not make a new high above the start of minute wave w at 2,801.90.

Minor wave C may not make a new low below the end of minor wave A at 2,532.69.

Intermediate wave 2 lasted 11 weeks. If intermediate wave (4) is incomplete, then it would have so far lasted only seven weeks. Triangles tend to be very time consuming structures, so intermediate wave (4) may total a Fibonacci 13 or even 21 weeks at its conclusion.

Because this is the only daily chart which expects price to continue to find support at the 200 day moving average, it is presented first; it may have a slightly higher probability than the next two daily charts.


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 should be joined by a three in the opposite direction labelled minor wave X, which may be a complete zigzag. X waves within combinations are typically very deep; if minor wave X is over at the last high, then it would be a 0.79 length of minor wave W, which is fairly deep giving it a normal look. There is no minimum nor maximum requirement for X waves within combinations.

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. When minute wave a is complete, then minute wave b must retrace a minimum 0.9 length of minute wave a and may make a new high above the start of minute wave a at 2,801.90, if minor wave Y is the most common flat correction.

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, which looks unlikely.


S&P 500 Hourly 2018
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At this stage, both the triangle and combination daily wave counts expect a zigzag is unfolding lower, which would be labelled minute wave w for the triangle and minute wave a for the combination. One hourly chart will suffice for both ideas.

When minute wave w or a is complete, then the two daily charts diverge.

Minute wave x for the triangle may find resistance about the upper edge of the best fit channel. It may be deep, but it should not make a new high above the start of minute wave w. Triangles normally adhere very well to their trend lines; minute wave x should find strong resistance about the B-D trend line (which cannot yet be drawn, but should have a flat or downwards slope).

For the flat correction (minor wave Y within a combination), minute wave b should be very deep and must be a minimum 0.9 of minute wave a. It may make a new high above the start of minute wave a as in an expanded flat; these are the most common types of flats, so this is fairly likely.

There is a little room before On Balance Volume finds support, which may be reached tomorrow or possibly the day after and may assist to halt the fall in price.

Within minuette wave (c) of the zigzag, subminuette wave iv may not move into subminuette wave i price territory above 2,749.97. When minuette wave (c) is complete, then this invalidation point no longer applies.


S&P 500 Daily 2018
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Flat corrections are very common. The most common type of flat is an expanded flat. This would see minor wave B move above the start of minor wave A at 2,872.87.

Within a flat correction, minor wave B must retrace a minimum 0.9 length of minor wave A at 2,838.85. The most common length for minor wave B within a flat correction would be 1 to 1.38 times the length of minor wave A at 2,872.87 to 3,002.15. An expanded flat would see minor wave B 1.05 times the length of minor wave A or longer, at 2,889.89 or above.

When minor wave B is a complete corrective structure ending at or above the minimum requirement, then minor wave C downwards would be expected to make a new low below the end of minor wave A at 2,532.69 to avoid a truncation.

Minor wave B may be continuing higher as a double zigzag. At this stage, this would be the most likely structure to achieve the height required for minor wave B. Within the second zigzag in the double, minuette wave (b) may not move beyond the start of minuette wave (a) below 2,647.32.

This wave count would require a very substantial breach of the 200 day moving average for the end of intermediate wave (4). This looks unlikely.


S&P 500 Hourly 2018
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If minor wave B is unfolding higher as a double zigzag, then within it minuette wave (b) would very likely be complete at today’s low. A target is calculated assuming the most common Fibonacci ratio between minuette waves (a) and (c). If minuette wave (b) moves lower, then this target must also move correspondingly lower.


S&P 500 Daily 2018
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It is possible still that intermediate wave (4) was complete as a relatively brief and shallow single zigzag.

A new all time high with support from volume and any one of a bullish signal from On Balance Volume or the AD line would see this alternate wave count become the main wave count.

Within minor wave 3, minute wave ii may not move beyond the start of minute wave i below 2,647.32.

This first alternate expects minor wave 1 was an impulse. With the second alternate idea of a leading diagonal today invalidated, an impulse beginning upwards for intermediate wave (5) now remains the only valid structure of intermediate wave (4) being over.



S&P 500 weekly 2018
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Last week moved price higher with a higher high and a higher low, but the candlestick is red and the balance of volume is down. At this time frame, it looks like there may be more support for downwards movement than upwards within the week, but it would be better to look inside the week at daily volume bars to draw a conclusion.

The pullback has brought ADX down from very extreme and RSI down from extremely overbought. There is again room for a new trend to develop.


S&P 500 daily 2018
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The short term volume profile still remains more bullish than bearish.

However, there was a little more support today for downwards movement from volume than there was for the last two downwards days.

Next support is about 2,670.

The bullish long lower wick suggests downwards movement may be relatively short lived. It could even possibly be over here, but with a little distance to go before On Balance Volume finds support it is also possible price may continue lower for another day or so.


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.

Bullish divergence in last analysis has been followed by a strong downwards day, so it is considered to have failed. There is no divergence today with both price and inverted VIX moving lower. The fall in price has support from increasing market volatility, which is bearish.


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 last 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.

Bullish divergence noted in last analysis has been followed by a very strong downwards day, so it is considered to have failed. The fall in price today has support from falling market breadth, which is bearish. There is no new divergence today.


All indices have made new all time highs as recently as eight 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 @ 11:17 p.m. EST.