9:35 a.m. New York time
What’s happening now? The S&P 500 E-mini futures have begun the final leg up in the upward correction that began June 15 at 2923.75.
What does it mean? The end of the upward correction will be the beginning of a major decline that will eventually carry the price down to around 2000 or below.
What does Elliott wave theory say? The current wave up is a C wave of Minor degree. C waves often are the same length as the preceding A wave, which in this case was 277 points. Add that to the starting point of Minor C — 3064.50 on June 17 — and that gives a target of 3284.25 as the end of Minor wave C and also of Intermediate wave 2.
But 3284.25 violates a rule of Elliott wave theory: A 2nd wave cannot move beyond the start of wave 1, which in this case was 3231.25 on June 8. So 3231.25 is the maximum rise allowed under the present count.
What is the alternative? I’ve been writing this a lot lately, but the alternative is a move beyond 3231.25, which destroys the entire count since February. I don’t expect it to happen.
What about my trades? Minor wave C is in Minute wave 3 out of five waves total, so it’s time to think about how best to get back into options once Minute wave 5 begins. As of today the monthly options expiring July 17 are 28 days away, just seven day’s before I exit winning options positions. The monthlys expiring August 21 have 63 days left. The ideal midpoint is 45 days, so August is 18 days before that point and July is 17 days after. Wave C may have another day or two to go, so the August options seem to be the best choice.
After Intermediate wave 3 begins, there’s still value in waiting to enter. The Minor 1st wave of Intermediate 3 will be followed by a wave 2 that will retrace a significant part of that 1st wave. So, perhaps best to wait until late in Minor 2 so I can catch Minor 3 of Intermediate 3.