Can the S&P500 Reach 5000+ in a Bear Market?
In my article about the Dow Jones, see here, I showed the possibility the index already is in a multi-year bear market. The same should then apply to the S&P500 (SPX) and the same crucial question is, “How will this multi-year Bear unfold?” Namely, looking forward to, and anticipating the next few months and years matters for traders and investors. Or, as they say, “forewarned is forearmed.”
What Is The Best Forecasting Tool?
One of the best ways and tools to do that is by assessing the past and applying the Elliott Wave Principle (EWP). I will determine the SPX’s big-picture EWP count in this article using price data since the 1920s. Note that the S&P500’s inception occurred in 1957, and it was the S&P90 before that. I will apply the EWP’s rules, patterns, and past corrections to anticipate how this potential current Bear market may unfold logically.
Figure 1. S&P500long-term chart with detailed EWP count
If Super Cycle III topped, How Could Super Cycle IV Develop?
Before I try to answer that question, I need to establish the big-picture EWP count that will help me determine SC-IV’s potential future progress. The infamous 1929 top and subsequent crash into the 1932 low are by most ellioticians regarded as Super Cycle-I and II, respectively.
See figure 1 above. In more detail, SC-II was a zig-zag. The subsequent five waves rally into the 1937 high was the one degree lower Cycle-1 wave. C2 bottomed in 1942 and was also a zig-zag. (Blue) Primary-I topped in 1946 (yes, the market rallied >100% during World War II, as it already sniffed out Germany would lose, aka the Markets are forward-looking), and P-II was another zig-zag.
We can see An impulsive advance into the 1968 high from that low. Then the index went through a six-year-long sideways consolidation. In EWP terms called an irregular, expanded flat wave (IV). Flat corrections consist of three waves: A-B-C. The internal structure of each wave is 3-3-5. In Bull markets, the B-wave of an irregular flat makes a new ATH.
From the EWP, we know that in an impulse, five comes after four, and the market embarked on P-V, which topped in 2000 to complete C3. Another almost decade-long sideways consolidation happened: Cycle 4. This wave was also an irregular expanded flat, with the 2007 ATH the B-wave top. Cycle-4 bottomed in March 2009, and since then, we have come to enjoy C5 of SC-III.
The index went through two more flat 4th waves between then and now. The smaller one (2015-2016) was a regular flat, whereas the larger one (2018-2020) was -once again- an irregular expanded flat. The “COVID crash” was the C-wave of that flat. The subsequent rally from the March 2020 low was Primary-V of Cycle-5 of Super Cycle-III. The latter may now have topped, meaning Super Cycle-IV is underway.
Given the “rule of alternation” in the EWP: “if Wave 2 unfolds as a simple ABC correction, probabilities favor Wave 4 is more likely to unfold as a complex correction. And vice-versa, if Wave 2 is complex, Wave 4 will likely unfold as a simple ABC pattern.” In this case, I established all the 2nd waves (SC-II, C-2, P-II) were simple zig-zags and all fourth waves (P-IV, C-4, M-4, P-IV) were complex flat corrections.
Thus based on this pattern, it is logical to assume the current SC-IV wave will also be complex: a flat. At this stage, it cannot be known if SC-IV will become an irregular expanded flat, meaning wave-B of IV will make a new ATH or “only” a regular flat (A=B=C). However, based on the historical evidence, it will likely become an irregular and expanded flat.
The B-wave can reach as high as SPX5000-5500 and satisfy my long-standing call for this price level to be achieved. Or, as I always tell my premium major markets members, “if the 3rd wave doesn’t reach the ideal upside target, the B-wave will do the trick.”
Besides, if SC-IV follows the prior 4th waves paths, I expect SC-IV to ideally bottom between $2420-1850. Based on the timeline of these previous 4th waves, I expect SC-IV to last potentially up to a decade and primarily consist of many three-wave sequences except for the C-waves lower.
In more detail, see Figure 1, (black) major wave-a of (blue) Primary wave-A of (magenta) Cycle wave-A of (red) SC-IV is about complete: the first leg lower. It will be followed by a multi-month relief rally/dead cat bounce (wave-b of A) before the next leg lower starts (wave-c of A), etc.
Hence, at this stage, we have a logically deducted potential road map for the next several years. Let’s see how it all fits in eventually.