A decline in the market was seen Thursday, but this changes nothing in the longer term view. The next several paragraphs before the next chart are a discussion about why the count in color stands out from the other possibilities. Those who are already familiar with my reasoning can skip ahead to the discussion about the medium-term action.

When breaking down the possibilities, the wave 5 area is of most interest so we begin there. Wave 5 works best as an impulse wave whereas 4 to [iii] does not work well; in order for 4 to [iii] to be an impulse, it must contain disproportionate 2nd and 4th waves. But if this option is correct, it can be used to build a larger impulse from 2013 [iv] to (3) or [iv] to the present where an impulse higher since 2014 [iv] has not drawn out its 4th or 5th waves. If the former is correct, there is likely an impulse higher since (2) complete when the impulse following (4) completes. This implies there is a triangle from i to (2) or there will be another impulse wave higher following the one completing since (4). If the latter is correct an impulse higher since 2 is just now likely nearing completion; it will complete when the impulse underway since (4) terminates. Note that the core 3rd wave move of the 2011-present rally can be within the wave 5 region, but this looks like a poor option due to the waning momentum seen since late last year and the well-defined non-overlapping wave 3 move that works very well as a 3rd wave.

If wave 4 to (3) is still assumed to be an impulse wave but it is not a 3rd wave of a larger impulse, there can be an impulse wave underway since 2014 [iv] where its 4th and 5th waves have not yet been seen. This can be wave '5' of an impulse higher since 2013 [iv] but there is not much symmetry to the pattern with the 2014 [iv] - present move growing so large. That entire impulse move since 2013 [iv] is then also large relative to 2013 [i] if 2013 [iii] is assumed to be the 3rd wave of the move. And if there is no impulse higher underway since 2012 [i], again we arrive at the undesirable 3rd wave core in the wave 5 region.

A better choice with an impulse wave in the 4 to (3) position is that wave being a 5th wave and the rally underway since 2014 [iv] a 5th wave. Then we arrive at what is most naturally wave (1) the 1st wave paired with the 5th wave from [iv] - present and wave 1 the 1st wave paired with the 5th wave that is 4 to 2014 [iii].

A final option to consider if there is an impulse wave in the 4 to (3) position is a sideways correction underway since the 2014 [iii] high. This implies price will reach the 1700s and an impulse unfolded from (2) to 2014 [iii]. This sideways correction is very large relative to (2), so an impulse like this since [2] is not that likely.

If there is a sideways correction underway since [iii], it is more likely a 4th wave paired with a 2nd wave [2]. This implies (2) to 2013 [i] is an impulse which has poor symmetry. But all things considered, it has fewer structural problems than anything using a wave 4 to (3) impulse. Assuming a (2) to 2013 [i] impulse, the sideways correction since [iii] is underway or there is a strange impulse wave higher since 2013 [ii] which would be a huge and complex 5th wave extension which seems unlikely.

This discussion of the longer-term options leads us to conclude the plausibility of the options. First, a sideways corrective wave lower from 2014 [iii] is a reasonable possibility worth considering when used as a 4th wave that is paired with 2nd wave [2]. But the problem with this sideways correction is that price has rallied so far above [iii] with the 'b' wave being quite large relative to 'a'. So it has been labeled "weak", but just barely given that the larger impulse structure it is a part of is not bad.

An impulse higher unfolding since 2014 [iv] is weaker than the sideways pattern due to its complexity and the structural concerns within the larger impulse higher since 2011. This possibility is on-par with a pullback of similar size of (2) following (5)'s completion, then another impulse higher following; or a 2010-11 triangle with impulse higher completing at (5).

The poorest options involve an additional stretching of the impulse wave higher since 2011 where a 5th wave extension is taking place or the core of the impulse wave is in wave 5 territory. These are the remaining options discusses above.

The wave count in color is strongest because the other possibilities have at least one undesired feature that it does not have. It stands out by a good amount in this regard.

It is important to note that a triangle during the 2010-11 period only works if there is a 2013 [iv] to (3) impulse wave which is not the best use of that period. So while the triangle pattern itself remains a good use of the waves, the prospect for an impulse wave underway since 2009 is looking better than a corrective wave during that period. A flat from i to [2] is likely the 'b' wave if a zigzag wave is underway since 2009, but this flat wave can also be a 2nd wave of a larger impulse.

The potential for a zigzag or double zigzag higher are not strong options. A double zigzag where 'w' is from (4) to [iii], 'y' from [iv] to [b] is complex by definition and has disproportionate 'b' waves. It also does not fit into the larger picture unless there is an ending diagonal underway since (4) which is not a common pattern.

A zigzag with 'a' to 1, 'b' to [ii], and 'c' an complete ending diagonal has symmetrical problems. Wave 'a' is very small relative to 'c' and wave [v] is difficult to view as an zigzag-family wave due to an identical lack of symmetry on a smaller scale. This possibility does allow for a double zigzag higher since 2014 [iv] which can work with a sideways wave underway since [iii], so on a larger scale it does have merit. But for the reasons discussed below, in the short-term there is not much chance of a top at [b] so a zigzag or double zigzag since (4) seems unlikely.

When looking at the chart above, because there are only weak corrective options possibilities higher and the "look" of the wave higher since (4) is impulsive (big 3rd wave with no overlap between the symmetric corrective periods that it is surrounded by), there is likely an impulse wave underway. The one that looks best is the one illustrated in color. Even though [ii] is large relative to [iv] and 2, a sideways wave underway since [iii] acting as a 4th wave that is paired with 2nd wave 1 to [ii] seems like more of a stretch. Again we have to use [v] as an undesirable zigzag wave due to the fact that [b] subdivides into 5 waves only very poorly. This then gives a double zigzag from [iv] to [b] for a flat or some other sideways correction since [iii]. A sideways correction like this seems very large relative to the 2nd wave correction from 1 to [ii] and the subwaves within the 4th wave since [iii] are not desirable. So this impulse option is not a strong one.

Looking at the other impulsive wave count labeling in color we see the uses of waves [v] and [b] are more appropriate with the subwaves. In addition wave 2 works best as a triple zigzag rather than a single zigzag that is required if 1 to [ii] is one sideways correction. The ending diagonal possibility since [a] still works well with the structure, but it has changed to "weak" due to the fact that the retracement of [b] is so deep. The 3rd wave of an ending diagonals are nearly always shorter than the 1st wave. This guideline gives very little room for a required high above [b]. It is still very important to consider this possibility however because it is barely weak. A triangle underway since 3 seems natural even though it is large relative to 2. If the ending diagonal since [a] is correct, there are similar proportionality problems where [a] is small relative to 2, [ii], and [iv] and even [c]. So in the case of wave (5), we are just working the best with what we are given. There will never be perfect proportionality and symmetry.

The wave down Thursday morning was something of a surprise given the structures of (a) and (b) that appeared more like zigzag-family and non-zigzag-family structures, respectively. The move down is clearly an impulse, therefore the (a) wave is also a an impulse where (b) is a zigzag-family correction. The wave (a) advance followed by the current testing of the (a) wave high suggests that the [c] move down is a zigzag, not a developing impulse ((b) is very likely 3 waves down so the advance after (b) is likely a leg that is seeking proportionality with (a). Even getting to the wave (a) high or just above it with give a massive retracement of (c) which is not typical of a 2nd wave retracement.). Getting to (b) will solidify this view. A double zigzag down developing since [b] is possible if [iii] is underway as a sideways correction but for the reasons mentioned above, this is not a likely scenario. [c] is probably a short-term bottom.

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