NASDAQ 100: Time for a Bit More Caution
The Importance of Price Levels for Our Analysis
“… the index has … so far, only completed three (green) waves lower from the July high. Three waves lower is corrective. The NDX must remain below $15365 (green W-a/1) because otherwise, the potential W-4 … will overlap with W-a/1, and that is not allowed in an impulse. We will then shift focus to the red W-v? to ideally $16775+/-25.”
Fast forward, and the index moved above the critical $15365 level last Tuesday, August 29. Thus, the potential W-4 overlapped with W-a/1. See the purple box in Figure 1 below. As such, we must label the recent decline as (green) W-a, -b, and -c of what most likely was all of the red W-iv.
An Alternate Possibility
However, from our last update, we know the only caveat is that “after three waves down, expect at least three waves back up.” Namely, the market can present a flat correction consisting of three waves down, three back up, and five waves down (3-3-5). See here. These three waves back up, which could now be underway, can challenge or exceed the July high, whereas the five waves down can target or exceed the recent lows. That pattern is the green W-/a, -/b, /c in Figure 1 above.
It means the index should top out at ideally ~$15750+/-100, then drop back to the low $14Ks again before staging the red W-v rally. It will require a break below the green W-1 high at $15277, the blue dotted line in Figure 2 below, to start to suggest that path, which is our alternate EWP count. If the index stays above that level and continues to follow the grey/green boxes/path outlined to our premium members already mid-last week, then the Bulls will remain in complete control.
Thus, thanks to the EWP, we have precise price levels to watch that give easy-to-execute “if/then” scenarios. These price levels are warning signs that the potential upside pattern we are tracking is starting to fall apart, increasing the odds for renewed downside.