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Industrials (^DJI):
Transports (^DJT):
Utilities (^DJU):
Nasdaq (^IXIC):
S&P500 (^GSPC):
As of 02/24/2017
20,822 11.44 0.1%
9,422 86.07 0.9%
699 10.33 1.5%
5,845 9.80 0.2%
2,367 3.53 0.1%
YTD
5.4%
4.2%
6.0%
8.6%
5.7%
Tom's Targets    Overview: 02/14/2017
21,150 or 20,000 by 03/15/2017
8,800 or 9,700 by 03/01/2017
700 or 640 by 03/01/2017
5,950 or 5,650 by 03/01/2017
2,400 or 2,260 by 03/01/2017
Indus strength: None YTD
Mutt Losers: None YTD
Mutt Winners: None YTD

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This page describes the zigzag pattern of the Elliott wave principle, how price moves not in a straight line but in a series of rises and retracements.

The zigzag wave in a bull market. The figure to the right shows two zigzag waves. The first on the left, in blue, is an ABC correction of the prior motive wave in a bull market. It shows how wave B ends well below the start of wave A.

The right figure shows the 5-3-5 subwaves that make up the zigzag. Think of each subwave as a line segment in the illustration.

 

 

 

The zigzag in a bear market. The chart on the right shows the zigzag pattern in a bear market. This is just an inversion of the prior chart and is sometimes called an inverted zigzag. Wave B falls well short of the start of wave A, just as in the prior chart. The chart shows the 5-3-5 subwaves using numbers 1 through 5.

Zigzag Wave Rules

The zigzag has rules that govern its shape. They are listed here.

  • The zigzag is an ABC correction of the motive wave.
  • The pattern follows the 5-3-5 subwave configuration.
  • Subwave B falls well short of the start of subwave A.

-- Thomas Bulkowski

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