Analog Update: April 24, 2012

The analog we’ve been watching since April 9 is playing out nicely so far.  We got the original bounce at 1357 as forecast, followed by a rise to the middle of our 1380-1400 target range.  The H&S pattern we expected did, in fact, set up and complete yesterday.

Now, we’re back testing the little channel (solid yellow) formed by the right shoulder.  It was broken during yesterday’s plunge.

As we discussed yesterday, if the wheels fall off the analog, it’s going to happen here — at the H&S neckline.  A hard bounce would likely send SPX up to tag the initial rising wedge apex at 1462-1472 (the purple dashed line.)  It can be viewed as a Crab pattern with the 1.618 at 1462 (in purple, points not marked.)

But, I think we’re more likely to see the analog continue to work.  The key will be a failure of this morning’s rally/back test and a close below 1363.  Note that we’ve also established a channel to the downside (red, dashed) that coincides nicely with the harmonic picture.

The pale blue Bat/Crab indicates a potential to 1335-1340, which would be a nice spot for a back test of the H&S pattern itself.  From there, the larger red Butterfly pattern takes over, with potential to 1317 (the 1.272) or 1289 (the 1.618.)  Though, a drop below last October’s 1292 would be a challenge.

The key levels I’m monitoring today are 1378 — at which point the back test starts to intrude into the previous channel, and 1382 — at which point the larger red, dashed channel is jeopardized.

Good luck to all.

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