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A small inside day changes the Elliott wave counts only slightly at the hourly chart level.

Summary: If resistance about 2,670 – 2,675 can be overcome, then the upwards swing should continue. The first target is at 2,705. If price keeps rising through the first target, then the next target is a zone from 2,752 to 2,766. Do not expect an upwards swing here to move in a straight line. Price is normally choppy and overlapping in swings within consolidations, and this market at this time is consolidating.

A rising wedge on the hourly chart points to a pullback tomorrow. A target would be about 2,616. However, this is contradicted today by support for On Balance Volume and weak bullish signals from inverted VIX and the AD line.

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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 first swing low within it. 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. However, it would be extremely likely to remain within the wider teal channel (copied over from the monthly chart) if it were to be reasonably deep. This channel contains the entire bull market since the low in March 2009, with only two small overshoots at the end of cycle wave IV. If this channel is breached, then the idea of cycle wave V continuing higher would be discarded well before the invalidation point is breached.

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 looks at a triangle structure for intermediate wave (4). The triangle may be either a regular contracting or regular barrier triangle. Within the triangle, minor waves A, B and C may be complete.

If intermediate wave (4) is a regular contracting triangle, the most common type, then minor wave D may not move beyond the end of minor wave B above 2,801.90.

If intermediate wave (4) is a regular barrier triangle, then minor wave D may end about the same level as minor wave B at 2,801.90. As long as the B-D trend line remains essentially flat a triangle will remain valid. In practice, this means the minor wave D can end slightly above 2,801.90 as this rule is subjective.

When a zigzag upwards for minor wave D is complete, then this wave count would expect a final smaller zigzag downwards for minor wave E, which would most likely fall reasonably short of the A-C trend line.

If this all takes a further three weeks to complete, then intermediate wave (4) may total a Fibonacci 13 weeks and would be just two weeks longer in duration than intermediate wave (2). There would be very good proportion between intermediate waves (2) and (4), which would give the wave count the right look.

There are now a few overshoots of the 200 day moving average. This is entirely acceptable for this wave count; the overshoots do not mean price must now continue lower. The A-C trend line for this wave count should have a slope, so minor wave C should now be over.

Within the zigzag of minor wave D, minute wave b may not move beyond the start of minute wave a below 2,553.80.


S&P 500 Hourly 2018
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Minor wave D upwards should subdivide as a zigzag. Within the zigzag, minute wave b now shows up on the daily chart as a large red daily candlestick. This would give minor wave D an obvious three wave look on the daily chart, which should be expected.

Minute wave b subdivides as a completed double zigzag. The most common Fibonacci ratio is used to calculate a target for minute wave c. This would see minor wave D shorter than the common length of 0.80 to 0.85 the length of minor wave C.

Minute wave c must subdivide as a five wave structure. So far within it only minuette wave (i) may be complete at yesterday’s high. Minuette wave (i) subdivides as a leading contracting diagonal. Second wave corrections following leading diagonals in first wave positions are commonly very deep. Minuette wave (ii) may end close to the 0.618 Fibonacci ratio of minuette wave (i) about 2,616, which is also where price may find support at the lower edge of the pink Elliott channel.

However, it is also possible at today’s low that minuette wave (ii) could be complete. Weak bullish signals from inverted VIX and the AD line today suggest upwards movement tomorrow, not downwards.

If minuette wave (ii) does move lower, then it may not move beyond the start of minuette wave (i) below 2,586.27.


S&P 500 Hourly 2018
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By simply moving the degree of labelling down within the last downwards wave, it is possible that minuette wave (b) may be incomplete.

If minute wave b has begun with a double zigzag downwards for minuette wave (a), then it may be either a flat or a triangle. A flat is more common, so that shall be how this chart is labelled. I have charted and considered a triangle today, but the subdivisions do not fit as well as this idea and at this stage it will not be published in this analysis.

For now let us consider the possibility of minute wave b continuing sideways in a larger range for a flat correction. Within the flat correction, minuette wave (b) has passed the minimum requirement of 0.9 the length of minuette wave (a). The common range for minuette wave (b) would be from 1 to 1.38 times the length of minuette wave (a). The target calculated today would see it end within this range.

Minute wave b may not move beyond the start of minute wave a below 2,553.80.


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, so it will not be expected. The much more common flat for minor wave Y will be charted and expected.

A flat correction would subdivide 3-3-5. Minute wave a must be a three wave structure, most likely a zigzag. It may also be a double zigzag. On the hourly chart, this is now how this downwards movement fits best, and this will now be how it is labelled.

Minute wave b must now reach a minimum 0.90 length of minute wave a. Minute wave b must be a corrective structure. It may be any corrective structure. It may be unfolding as an expanded flat correction. A target is calculated for it to end. Within minuette wave (c), the correction for subminuette wave ii may not move beyond the start of subminuette wave i below 2,553.80.

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 Daily 2018
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This is another way to label the combination.

Minor wave W is still a zigzag labelled in the same way, over at the first low within intermediate wave (4).

The double is joined by a quick three in the opposite direction labelled minor wave X, subdividing as a zigzag.

Minor wave Y may have begun earlier and may now be a complete expanded flat correction. However, in order to see minor wave Y complete there is a truncated fifth wave as noted on the chart. This reduces the probability of this wave count.

If intermediate wave (4) is a complete double combination, then minor wave Y has ended somewhat close to the end of minor wave W; the whole structure would have an overall sideways look to it.

A target is calculated for intermediate wave (5). Within intermediate wave (5), minor wave 2 may not move beyond the start of minor wave 1 below 2,553.80.

At the hourly chart level, this wave count would expect a five up continuing. The labelling for the short term would be the same as the hourly chart published above for the first wave count.


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.

Minor wave B may be a regular flat correction, and within it minute wave a may have been a single zigzag and minute wave b may have been a double zigzag. This has a very good fit. The subdivisions at the hourly chart level at this stage would be the same for the last wave down as the main wave count.

This wave count would require a very substantial breach of the 200 day moving average for the end of intermediate wave (4). This is possible but may be less likely than a smaller breach.


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.

The target for minor wave 3 expects the most common Fibonacci ratio to minor wave 1.

Within minor wave 2, there is a truncation as noted on the chart. This must necessarily reduce the probability of this wave count.

Within minor wave 3, minute wave ii may not move beyond the start minute wave i below 2,553.80.



S&P 500 weekly 2018
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The last completed weekly candlestick has longer upper and lower wicks; it is almost a spinning top. This represents a balance of bulls and bears with the bears slightly winning. A slight increase in volume for downwards movement is only slightly bearish; volume remains lighter than the last two prior downwards movement, so overall volume is declining.

Another downwards week would provide a bearish signal from On Balance Volume. An upwards week would provide a bullish signal. Expect support here until it gives way.

The trend on ADX is extreme because the ADX line is above both directional lines.


S&P 500 daily 2018
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Today completes an inside day that closes red, which has a long upper wick, and the balance of volume was downwards. A decline in volume today does not support downwards movement during the session, so this is short term bullish.

If On Balance Volume provides support here, then tomorrow may see an upwards day. Support here is not strong; this purple line does not have strong technical significance.

There is still strong resistance to overcome about 2,670 – 2,675 before price can be released to move higher.


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 moved lower during the session, but inverted VIX moved higher. This divergence is bullish and suggests an upwards day tomorrow.


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 moved lower. None have made new small swing lows, and for all the fall has been even. There is no divergence to indicate underlying weakness.

Breadth should be read as a leading indicator.

Price moved lower during the session, but the AD line moved very slightly higher. This divergence is bullish, but it is very weak.


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: 23,360.29.

DJT: 9,806.79.

S&P500: 2,532.69.

Nasdaq: 6,630.67.

At this stage, only DJIA has made a new major swing low. DJT also needs to make a new major swing low for Dow Theory to indicate a switch from a bull market to a bear market. For an extended Dow Theory, which includes the S&P500 and Nasdaq, these two markets also need to make new major swing lows.

Charts showing each prior major swing low used for Dow Theory may be seen at the end of this analysis here.

Published @ 09:31 p.m. EST.