Upwards movement was again expected, but this is not what happened.
Price moved lower turning just above the invalidation point.
Summary: Price remains range bound. An upwards swing is most likely from about here. The Elliott wave target is at 1,302.
New updates to this analysis are in bold.
Last published weekly chart is here.
MAIN DAILY ELLIOTT WAVE COUNT
Intermediate wave (1)is a complete impulse. Intermediate wave (2) may have begun. COT supports this wave count; the majority of commercial traders are short (as of 29th March). While this does not pinpoint when price should turn, it does support a larger downwards trend about here.
The first movement down within intermediate wave (2) subdivides as a three, not a five. This indicates intermediate wave (2) is not unfolding as the most common zigzag, so it may be unfolding as a flat, combination or double zigzag. The first three down may be minor wave A of a flat or minor wave W of a double combination or double zigzag.
If the correction up labelled minor wave B or X is shallow, then intermediate wave (2) would most likely be a double zigzag. Double zigzags have a slope against the prior trend; they are not sideways movements. A double zigzag may end close to the 0.618 Fibonacci ratio at 1,131.
If the correction up labelled minor wave B or X is deep and reaches to 1,275.24 or above, then intermediate wave (2) would most likely be a flat or combination. These are both sideways movements. A combination or flat may end closer to the 0.382 Fibonacci ratio at 1,187.
The channel about intermediate wave (1) is today drawn using Elliott’s technique. Upwards movement may find resistance at the lower edge.
This wave count expects the upwards movement to be a counter trend movement. The trend remains down at intermediate wave degree. Minor wave B or X would be likely to look like a three wave structure at the daily chart level.
HOURLY ELLIOTT WAVE COUNT
Minor wave A or W subdivides as a 5-3-5 zigzag. This structure is complete.
Minor wave B or X must subdivide as a corrective structure. This may be any one of 23 possible structures. The labelling will change as it unfolds. It is impossible for me to give you a road map for a B wave. They are the most difficult of all Elliott waves to analyse, and usually it is only clear what structure they take at the end. There is too much variety within B waves.
Within minor wave B, so far minute wave a looks best as a five and minute wave b looks best as a three. With a five up and a three down which did not make a new low, this wave count remains essentially the same.
Minute wave c is highly likely to make at least a slight new high above the end of minute wave a at 1,243.69 to avoid a truncation. At 1,302 minute wave c would reach 2.618 the length of minute wave a.
If intermediate wave (2) is unfolding as a flat correction, then within it minor wave B must reach to 0.9 the length of minor wave A at 1,275.24 or above. Minor wave B may make a new high above the start of minor wave A at 1,282.68 as in an expanded flat.
If intermediate wave (2) is unfolding as a double combination, then there is no minimum requirement for minor wave X within it. It must only subdivide as a corrective structure. X waves within combinations are normally deep.
If intermediate wave (2) is unfolding as a double zigzag, then there is no minimum requirement for minor wave X within it; but minor wave X should not be deep, it should be shallow.
ALTERNATE DAILY ELLIOTT WAVE COUNT
It is technically possible but highly unlikely that intermediate wave (2) is over. This wave count requires confirmation with a five up on the hourly chart for confidence. A new high is not confirmation of this wave count.
If intermediate wave (2) is over, then it is a very brief and shallow 0.31 zigzag lasting only eleven days (intermediate wave (1) lasted 69 days). The probability of this is very low.
At 1,591 intermediate wave (3) would reach 1.618 the length of intermediate wave (1).
Within intermediate wave (3), no second wave correction may move beyond its start below 1,208.32.
I do not want to give too much weight to this alternate by publishing an hourly chart. The subdivisions would be exactly the same as the main hourly chart.
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With the last two lows breaking below the prior lower trend line at the lower edge of the consolidation zone, this line was obviously too high and is moved lower. The lower pink trend line has been tested twice now.
Price is range bound between the pink trend lines, moving sideways. The upper edge is about 1,280 and the lower edge is about 1,210. It should be expected that price will swing from resistance to support and back again, eventually breaking out of the range for the next trend. Only experienced traders should attempt to trade this market while price remains range bound. The rest of us should wait for the next trend to emerge and then join it.
Stochastics may be used in conjunction with support and resistance to indicate each swing. At this stage, price has found support and Stochastics is just returning from oversold. An upwards swing should be expected from here until price finds resistance and Stochastics reaches overbought.
Ignoring the Elliott wave count which sees the end of the last wave up on 4th March, it is difficult to accurately state on which day price entered this current sideways trend. It could be as early as 12th February or as late as 14th March. The earlier date seems more reasonable.
If an earlier date is accepted, then during this sideways movement it is a downwards day which has strongest volume. This indicates a downwards breakout is more likely than upwards, which supports the main Elliott wave count.
ADX is declining indicating the market is not trending; it is consolidating. ATR agrees as it too is flat to declining. Overall volume is declining as price moves sideways. All these indicators are in agreement with price: the market is range bound.
RSI is neutral. There is room for price to rise or fall.
This analysis is published @ 11:32 p.m. EST.