First, all that stuff about ending diagonals and leading diagonals, both big and small, and all the targets and discussion based on it is completely out the window. Today's up move constituted a sub wave 5 so that eliminates all the diagonal talk.
And there has been a breakout. The breakout has backtested the trendline once and is close to testing it a second time. My 5 minute chart shows the apex very well. In the old bear market of last year, moves above like this would have been a fakeout move and then the market comes crashing back down through the tip of the apex and to the lower side. It has a very good chance of this happening tomorrow.
So wipe the slate clean a bit. There is now some more key pieces to the EW puzzle. A big chunk of April has been one big sideways hack and slash and every time the patterns show a potential move, it has done the opposite almost. Ending diagonal? Nah, market will just wipe it out! zig zag? Nah how about another move up! Gaps up uncovered. Tomorrow is the 1st of May.
What we have are 2 potential patterns as the top counts. EWI has the running triangle pattern and that matches what I was showing on the DOW the other night. http://danericselliottwaves.blogspot.com/2009/04/all-eyes-on-dow.html
So don't let it be said I am using their stuff (which I never try to do). But the breakout did happen and how it is handled from here is what matters. This running triangle count basically started at the recent 847 low and you can clearly count 5 waves to 888 peak from that spot. If this count is correct the next move, after the retrace wave [ii] - which occurred today - is a bullish wave [iii] that powers the market to 900 and more.
The other count is pure mine and it allows the market to be both bullish and bearish for now. Its an expanding triangle X wave and either the [d] leg has peaked today at 888 or will peak at a higher spot that hits the upper trendline. So this count is more ambiguous. Triangles always are. If the market crashes down through the apex Friday and breaks the lower trendline, then 888 was the peak of a [d] wave. If the market powers up and hits the upper trendline, then THAT could be the peak of a [d] wave. This is a rare pattern so....I am not convinced yet it does fit into the structure nicely. But overall, if the market flops big time tomorrow and Monday, this expanding triangle is the only explanation I have for the wave action.
So that's it in a nutshell. The market has given us several key trendlines and important wave markers to determine what may be happening. The EWI count has the market impulsing upwards in bullish waves from a triangle breakout. Today's pullback would have just been a wave [ii] retrace. My expanding triangle count still has us in a triangle and therefore the counts and moves can be more ambiguous as triangle waves can zig and zag all over the place. However my count would account for some bad down days to happen soon. So how you want to play it is up to you.
I held my doubled up QID through some pain today and almost let myself get stopped out but I figure I'll wait to see what the 1st of May brings. It paid off so far, as the QQQQ's backed off from their high. I of course am holding long funds in my 401K until the 200DMA is hit at least. I have a 15% hedge in my 401K with SDS for now. I am looking to cover that, as I hate hedging anyways.