The rally which started at 1075 in early October had a 218-point rally to 1292 in less than four weeks before pausing. That’s a lot of strength which has a lot of former bear market advocates beginning to change their minds. After a ten-day correction which retraced less than .382 of the uptrend, it looks as if the SPX may be ready to extend its move to the low 1300’s (see pink box on the chart below).
That would be the logical target. Several trend lines which, collectively, should provide some resistance come together in that area, and they coincide with a P&F count derived from the base which was formed just above 1220.
After this target is reached, it should be followed by another correction, but that is not likely to be the end of the move. Besides the obvious strength in the index, the consolidation which started in early August and lasted into early October created an enormous accumulation base which can lead to higher prices, perhaps even new index highs.
That base has also proven to be an area of strong support. The pull-back from 1292 could not even penetrate the higher layer of the congestion level, and the consolidation formed at its very top. On the Point & Figure chart, that accumulation base is clearly far more substantial than the distribution pattern that was formed at the 1371 top – although it does not look like it on the bar chart. One of the P&F tenets is that when an accumulation base is bigger than the preceding distribution top, the next move should carry to a new high. We’ll see if this holds up in this case. In the meantime, as long as we don’t see some real weakness coming into the market, it is probably best not to be too bearish.