If the market put in a top on Tuesday it did so very quietly. If a large wave 3 down is underway, as my wave count suggests, then I'd expect sharp downward moves, extremely bearish internals, and an increase in volume at least above the 1 billion share mark at a bare minimum. We're getting none of that, so internally this market is not behaving like a wave 3 at all.............at least not yet.
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Elliott Wave Tutorial, 2.1), we can't conclude with any amount of certainty that a top is in just quite yet.
So if we monitor the small caps, and even perhaps the Nasdaq Composite as shown below, we may see some signs of a top in already when we grind down to the smaller intraday charts. The Russell and S&P Small Caps both declined impulsively (Elliott Wave Tutorial, 2.1), and closed beneath their lows made this morning. So if they're leading the market right now, the other indices should follow them lower tomorrow.
On the intraday Nasdaq Composite chart you can also count the decline impulsively as well, albeit it's not textbook. Under this count, there should be little pops higher or sideways action tomorrow and Monday; it should just resume its decline sharply to new lows. Anything else besides a sharp move lower would put this count into question.
Elliott Wave Tutorial, 7.6) to intraday structure. Here I'm illustrating this count in the Russell 2000. This count remains quite probable since it would explain why the decline so far has been quite underwhelming in price and internal composition up to this point. It also can account for the impulsive decline from Tuesday's highs as well, where it's just a wave A of a zig-zag (Elliott Wave Tutorial, 3.5) correction, with wave C now underway to carry just a little bit further down before a bottom is established.
The financials continue to follow my forecast originally pointed out in Tuesday's post. The topping and reversal action was on the 4hr charts back then and I said it would probably lead to a decline for a few days, and it has done so nicely so far. If we slap a wave count on this very bearish looking structure above we can see that its descent lower has just begun. The XLF should not hesitate falling much lower in the coming days. And remember, the XLF is one of the few markets that did not exceed its August 2010 high, creating a minor divergence with the major indices. And that's bearish.
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The next key levels at 1106 and 1088 are just prior support/resistance/congestion levels that could give the bears some problems. The easier the bears take out these levels, the stronger it implies the downtrend is. The ultimate key level is quite far away so I'm not sure how good it does us now to talk about it, but it lies at the 78.6% fibonacci level of the entire rise from late August at 1063. A break below that level should prove that it would be too deep of a downward correction to confidently say that the larger trend is still up and the decline was just corrective. Obviously, a break beneath 1039.70 will ultimately confirm that the larger downtrend had resumed and that a large and powerful wave 3 is in fact underway. But we should have a better idea of that probability before the market approaches 1039.70.
One thing I've been watching lately is the action in the VIX. The S&P should move in the opposite direction as the VIX. But you'll notice that since around the middle of this month the VIX has been making higher lows in a minor uptrend while the S&P was making higher highs in an uptrend as well. This shows an underlying fear and lack of confidence in those latter new highs in the S&P and lends itself to a top and reversal structure in stocks.
Lastly, I wanted to update the 4hr MACD chart on the S&P. You can see with the weakness the past few days it has finally allowed the moving averages to cross down. At their elevated level, it leaves lots of room to fall for a long time. Another strong down close tomorrow should create a downward squeeze on the daily charts too, which would be another good sign for the bears.
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