S&P 500 Futures: How Low Can They Go Before A Sustained Bottom Is In?

Over the last few weeks, see, for example, and , I have kept you abreast of how the current ongoing correction in the (ES) should unfold using the Elliott Wave Principle (EWP).

So far, the index has not disappointed. Namely, the anticipated multi-day bounce to 4500-4570 came and went as the index topped at 4509 on April 21st. Now the S&P 500 futures is trading at the low 4200s.

Thus, the forecasted “subsequent decline to ideally 4115+/-25…” is underway (see Figure 1 below) and the EWP has been an accurate and reliable tool to forecast the futures market’s next moves.

So, the question is, what’s next?

Figure 1. ES hourly candlestick chart with detailed EWP count and several technical indicators

S&P 500 Futures 1-Hour Chart

Correction Is Unfolding As It Should

One always must anticipate, monitor, and adjust. For now, the index is progressing as anticipated. I see, therefore, no reason to change the next part of my forecast:

Once that target zone [4115+/-25] is reached, the index should bounce again to 4315+/-25 (4), followed by a final decrease to 4050+/-25 (green wave-5, of red wave-c, of black wave-4).

Other than a minor tweak in that wave (c/3) could stall at the 123.60% extension (4170+/-5), and wave-4 could bounce back to as high as the 61.80% level (4340+/-5).

Bottom Line

The EWP continues to run supreme because last week, the ES bottomed right where I thought it would, 4375 vs. 4370, and staged the anticipated rally right to where I thought it would; SPX4500+/-25 vs. 4509.

The expected subsequent decline to ideally 4115+/-25 (green c/3) is now underway, but it could stall at 4170+/-5. I, therefore, continue to expect a bounce soon to ideally 4235-4295, but possibly as high as 4340 before the last leg lower of this significant correction that started January 4th completes at ideally 3960-4025.