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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Saturday, 5/20/17 update

On Tuesday this week the ES/SPX appeared to roll over into the meltdown that has been anticipated in recent posts with a strong and impulsive selloff that bottomed on Thursday.  However, the BTFD crowd stepped in early Thursday morning and generated an equally strong and impulsive round of buying.  Typical.  Markets always have a way of sowing doubt.
The late week rally to this point is only three waves, and my short term momentum indicators reached "overbought" conditions late Friday.  So the pre-conditions for a resumption of the sell off are in place.  But the problem with momentum indicators is that the market can and does keep right on chugging regardless of what those indicators are suggesting.  If they are accurate then a resumption of the selling should occur early next week and that will validate the short term counts.  If not and the rally continues to new all time highs then those short term counts will have to be reworked.
However, from an Intermediate Term standpoint the action since the March 1st highs still looks very much like a market top under construction.  So barring a sustained rally to new highs significantly above those recently attained the longer term view remains bearish.

The IT Elliott counts remain as have been presented in recent weeks, with two possibilities still open:

NOTE: dotted lines show potential EW structures and are not necessarily accurate price/time forecasts

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Sunday, 5/14/17 update

The ES/SPX hasn't given us a whole lot of new information in the last couple of weeks.  From an Elliott Wave perspective the pattern has been difficult to decipher, lot's of choppy and range bound action.  However there are two related observations that can be made at this juncture:
1) The seasonal tendency in recent years has been for bear market conditions over the summer ("sell in May and go away");
2) Equity indexes tend to build rounded tops, and that's what the last couple of months look like.

The two possibilities of recent note are still on the table.  The 1st alternate in the chart below has a Minor W3 top as of March 1st with the a flat type W4 correction in progress since then, and in that flat waves "a" and "b" are done and wave "c" is just starting - this would indicate a sustained bear market in the coming weeks.

The 2nd alternate has Minor W3 still in progress but very close to topping.  This would allow for one more stab up past ES 2400, possibly topping around ES 2412, before rolling over into a sustained bear trend.

Either way it appears that a summer bear market is in the offing.

NOTE: dotted lines show potential EW structures and are not necessarily accurate price/time forecasts