This is what a chart of the S&P 500 looks like this week (Feb. 6-10; source: Google Finance):
If you saw this chart on Thursday (Feb. 9), would there have been anything to give you a clue that Friday's vertical drop would erase most of the week's gains?
For a conventional investor, the answer is probably no. Most investors have been focused on Greece, and the Greek talks looked promising on Thursday. But if you are an Elliott wave trader, things might be different.
Last Price: 1352.07
2/9/2012 3:46:30 PM ET - No new high before trade has begun slumping lower once again raises the potential that the top of a ugly ending diagonal may have been struck at the earlier peak. That said...until trade is under 1338/36 even initial confirming price action that a lasting top may be in place will not have been produced.
Here's how the classic Elliott Wave Principle -- Key to Market Behavior book describes this Elliott wave pattern:
"An ending diagonal triangle occurs primarily in the fifth wave position at times when the preceding move has gone 'too far too fast,' [and implies a] dramatic reversal ahead."
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