Forecast Update: Dec 17, 2012

April 11 seems like a long time ago.  It was then that I laid out my forecast for the top we’ve formed [see: New Analog I’m Watching.]  As regular readers know, it was based on a combination of channels, harmonic patterns in price and time, a huge rising wedge, and a promising-looking analog.

I made several adjustments along the way — revising the 1314 downside target to 1295, for instance.  However, on June 1, when the SPX surprised me by dipping below 1292, I posted that the bottom was at hand — but that the analog was probably broken [see: Why I’m Buying.]

SPX did indeed bottom the next day, but the chop over the remainder of June convinced me I was probably right about the analog being broken.  We saw no such chop in the comparison period of Mar-Apr 2011, which was a fairly orthodox A-B-C pattern higher to an unorthodox 1.272 extension of the previous decline.

But, as SPX approached the key 1472 Fib level (88.6% of the 1576-666 2007-2009 decline), it occurred to me that:

  1. SPX would naturally reverse at this Bat Pattern completion [World According to Ben]
  2. This reversal would intersect with the 1.272 extension of the previous decline.

Despite the huge differences in form between the Spring of 2011 and Summer of 2012, the ultimate price movement was shaping up to be the same.  And, it was happening without a Point B reversal at the .786, which is required of an ordinary Butterfly Pattern.

This was enough to get me wondering if I’d given up on the forecast too soon.  Sure enough, we nailed the 1474 high on Sep 14 which, after nailing the Apr 1422 high and nearly so the June 4 1266 low, boosted performance to over 60% in less than six months.  The move down after 1474 played out very much according to plan.

So, by the time I posted A New Old Analog on October 26, I had discovered why the forecast seemed off track in the first place.  It was a great help in forecasting the remainder of the year.  Here’s the forecast from that Oct 26 post, with alternative prices at each turn:

And, here’s the actual price action overlaid on that same forecast.  We’ve tagged Point A of the first turn, Point B of the second, and overshot Point B by 10 points on the third.

Does last week’s overshoot of the most recent target spell trouble for the forecast?

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