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Russell 2000: Elliott Wave Analysis | Charts – April 9, 2020

by | Apr 9, 2020 | Public Analysis, Russell 2000, Russell 2000 Historical

Elliott wave analysis of Russell 2000.

Summary: This bounce may end shortly. If price remains below 1,266.92, then this analysis would remain bearish. A new high above 1,266.92 by any amount at any time frame would switch this analysis to a more bullish mid-term outlook.

Data used for this analysis is from Yahoo Finance here.



Russell 2000 Quarterly 2020
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The simplest Elliott wave structure is a five wave impulse. This wave count sees a five wave impulse complete recently, in July 2018.

Russell 2000 begins in 1984, which is just off to the left of the chart. From 1984 to the high in 1987, the five wave impulse structure is labelled Super Cycle wave (I).

The 1987 crash is labelled Super Cycle wave (II).

Super Cycle wave (III) ends at the January 2007 high. Super Cycle wave (IV) is the bear market ending (for this market) January 2009.

From January 2009 to July 2018, Super Cycle wave (V) may be seen as a complete five wave  impulse. If this analysis is correct, then July 2018 may have seen a trend change at Grand Super Cycle degree, a once in a generation change.

Following five steps forward should be three steps back. This three step back pattern will be labelled Grand Super Cycle wave II.


Russell 2000 Monthly 2020
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This monthly chart shows all of Super Cycle wave (V). This structure fits very well as a completed five wave impulse.

The blue channel is a best fit channel about Super Cycle wave (V). The lower edge is strongly breached. This may be taken as an indication that Super Cycle wave (V) may be over and the next wave in the opposite direction may have begun.


Russell 2000 Weekly 2020
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The weekly chart focusses on the beginning of the three step back pattern, which is labelled Grand Super Cycle wave II and is most likely incomplete.

Grand Super Cycle waves should be expected to last about a generation. However, stock markets have a strong bullish bias that results in bullish waves being much longer lasting than their bearish counterparts. While Grand Super Cycle wave I lasted from 1984 (the inception of Russell 2000) to August 2018 (34 years), Grand Super Cycle wave II may be much more brief than this. It may be over within about 2 years at the shortest or may last about 10 years at the longest.

The most likely structure for Grand Super Cycle wave II would be a zigzag. This is the most common Elliott wave corrective structure for a correction.

Zigzags subdivide 5-3-5. Within Grand Super Cycle wave II, Super Cycle wave (a) should subdivide as a five wave structure, most likely an impulse.

Within the impulse of Super Cycle wave (a), cycle wave IV may not move into cycle wave I price territory above 1,266.92.


Russell 2000 Daily 2020
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The daily chart shows the detail of cycle waves III and IV.

The target for cycle wave IV is the 0.382 Fibonacci ratio of cycle wave III at 1,252.28. This target is below the invalidation point at 1,266.92 and if reached would see this wave count remain valid.

If price moves above 1,266.92 by any amount at any time frame, then this main wave count would be invalidated and the alternate below may then be used.



Russell 2000 Monthly 2020
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The main wave count expects Grand Super Cycle wave II to subdivide as a zigzag. But that is not the only Elliott wave corrective structure which may unfold in a second wave position.

Grand Super Cycle wave II may unfold as any Elliott wave corrective structure except a triangle. The second most common corrective structure is a flat correction, which is what this alternate wave count considers.

If Grand Super Cycle wave II subdivides as a flat correction, then within it both Super Cycle waves (a) and (b) must subdivide as three wave structures. Super Cycle wave (b) must retrace a minimum 0.9 length of Super Cycle wave (a) at 1,663.24. Super Cycle wave (b) may make a new high above the start of Super Cycle wave (a) at 1,740.80 as in an expanded flat; there is no upper invalidation point for this wave count for this reason.

Published @ 09:08 p.m. EST.

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