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A small inside day does not change the Elliott wave count.

Four hourly charts are published today to separate out four different ideas.

Summary: Bottom line: Expect price to continue lower while it remains within the best fit channel on the hourly charts. This view is supported today by a bearish signal from the AD line.

Expect the next wave down to be either about 60 or 107 points in length.

Always practice good risk management. Always trade with stops and invest only 1-5% of equity on any one trade.

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 Hourly 2018
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If a double zigzag is unfolding lower, then the first zigzag may be complete. The double may be joined by a three in the opposite direction labelled minute wave x.

There is no minimum nor maximum length for X waves within multiples. For double zigzags, the second zigzag exists to deepen the correction when the first zigzag does not move price deep enough. Double zigzags usually have a strong slope, like single zigzags, and to achieve this look their X waves are usually relatively brief and shallow. Minute wave x may find resistance at the upper edge of the best fit channel.

Triangles normally adhere very well to their trend lines. While we cannot tell yet where minor wave D may end and so where the B-D trend line may lie, we can know that it should either have a downwards slope for a contracting triangle or be flat for a barrier triangle. Minute wave X should not break above the B-D trend line, which means it should not make a new high above 2,801.90.

Because it is not known where minute wave x ends and minute wave y begins, a target cannot be calculated for minute wave y. It would be reasonable to expect minute wave y to be about equal in length with minute wave w, which was 107.31 points.


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. Minute wave a is today relabelled as an incomplete zigzag, with minuette wave (a) within it an incomplete five wave impulse.

It is also possible that minute wave a may be unfolding as a flat correction, and within it minuette wave (a) may be a complete zigzag. This idea is outlined in the second hourly chart below.

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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An impulse may be unfolding lower. This may be minuette wave (a) within a zigzag for minute wave a.

Within the impulse, subminuette wave iv may not move into subminuette wave i price territory above 2,741.47.

A target for subminuette wave v to end cannot be calculated because it is not known where subminuette wave iv ends and subminuette wave v begins. It would most likely be equal in length with subminuette wave i, which was 60.43 points.

This idea of an impulse unfolding lower also works for the first daily chart, which sees a huge triangle unfolding.


S&P 500 Hourly 2018
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Minute wave a may be unfolding as a flat correction, to subdivide 3-3-5. Within the flat correction, minuette wave (a) may be a complete zigzag, and now minuette wave (b) may now need to bounce upwards to retrace a minimum 0.9 length of minuette wave (a).

Minuette wave (b) may make a new high above the start of minuette wave (a) as in an expanded flat.

If price makes a new high above 2,741.47, then a little confidence may be had in this idea. The first hourly chart for the triangle wave count would however remain valid and still have a reasonable look.


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 yesterday’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.

It is still possible though that minuette wave (b) could move lower as a double zigzag. The invalidation point must remain at 2,647.32 for this reason.


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 alternate expects minor wave 1 was an impulse.



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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A lack of support for upwards movement during today’s session changes the short term volume profile to slightly more bearish.


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.

Price completed an inside day with the balance of volume upwards and the candlestick green. The rise in price during today’s session has a normal decline in market volatility as inverted VIX moves lower. There is no new divergence.


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.

The AD line has declined while price moved higher during this session. This divergence is bearish and supports the first two published hourly charts.


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 @ 10:07 p.m. EST.