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SP500 and Nasdaq 100 – Two Different Corrective Patterns – Same Message!

by WaveTrack International| April 20, 2018 | 10 Comments

SP500 – Nasdaq 100 – 1st Wave Of Ending-Diagonal!

The April 2nd / April 4th lows ended expanding flat corrective patterns that began from the February 27th highs. These lows formed at 2552.00 for the SP500 futures contract and at 6306.75 for the Nasdaq 100 futures. These patterns were labelled as ending sub-minuette wave (b) within February’s larger degree zig zag upswing – see fig #1. Following advances begin wave (c) which itself must develop higher whilst unfolding into a five wave impulse pattern, extending above the Feb. 27th highs of 2789.75 and 7009.00 respectively. So far, so good!

SP500 and Nasdaq 100 - Comparison!

SP500 and Nasdaq 100 – Comparison!

SP500 and Nasdaq 100 – Two Different Patterns?!

But taking a closer look at wave (c)’s upside progress from those April 2nd lows reveals two different corrective patterns ending into last Wednesday’s highs. A double zig zag for the SP500 (see left) and a single zig zag for the Nasdaq 100 (see right). How can that be? Surely, the advance must unfold as a developing five wave impulse pattern, i.e. 1-2-3-4-5? Perhaps this is a series of 1-2’s, you know, a five wave ‘expanding-impulse’ pattern which begins 1-2-1-2 etc. And then expands the price action with a 3rd-of-3rd wave surge to the upside. That could still happen. But if so, why have these indices dropped away from Wednesday’s highs? A 3rd-of-3rd wave should be propelling price action higher, not lower.

Furthermore, look at how these overlapping price-swings have adhered to fib-price-ratios that depict corrective sequences. For example, if the S&P has developed into a double zig zag, then extending the first from 2552.00 to 2672.25 by a fib. 38.2% ratio projects a terminal high for the secondary zig zag exactly into Wednesday’s high at 2718.50. Extending wave ‘a’ of the Nasdaq 100’s initial upswing from 6306.75 to 6654.50 by a fib. 61.8% ratio projects a terminal high for wave ‘c’ to 6878.75 – the actual high was 6867.00.

SP500 and Nasdaq 100 – The Puzzle Solved

The only obvious answer to this rather intricate puzzle is that wave (c) is unfolding higher, not as an expanding-impulse pattern, but as a diagonal-impulse pattern, specifically, and ‘ending’ type diagonal. The wave labelling of the two impulse patterns remain the same, [1]-[2]-[3]-[4]-[5], but in an ending-diagonal, waves [1]-[3]-[5] have a tendency to subdivide into ‘threes’, zig zags or multiples, i.e. double zig zags or even triples. This explains why the advances have unfolded into a double zig zag and single zig zag for these two indices.

What Next?

Firstly, with wave [1] ending into last Wednesday’s highs, wave [2] is now underway as a corrective decline. Second wave retracements are usually sharp and steep affairs, so watch for a sudden sell-off over the next few trading days. But ultimately, wave [2] will end above the April 2nd / April 4th lows, then resume higher afterwards to begin wave [3].


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