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Did the S&P 500 Finally Bottom?

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If we fail to hold the 1388 pivots, then the next levels to watch are 1372 and 1363.

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The S&P 500 (INDEXSP:.INX) finally caved to match or go a bit lower than the S&P 500 futures lows of about 11 days ago in yesterday's action. The drop to the 1390 area is within our 1386-1400 pivot points for a major wave low pattern.

My firm's work centers around sentiment and crowd behavior; the headlines are of interest but only tell you the psychology of the publishing arms or talking heads at the time. Often headlines can be negative and the market climbs, or positive and the market drops. So the key for our work is figuring out where we are in the sentiment patterns of the crowd, and then anticipate the pivots ahead of time, and invest accordingly.

In fact, in just 24 hours or so we had a 43-point S&P 500 drop... this is interesting because the same thing happened at the June 2012 lows as well. Back then we had outlined pivots in the 1250-1270 areas as likely lows, and the market ended up bottoming at 1267. This bottom area yesterday fits within pivots we were able to anticipate seven weeks ago, without any knowledge of the election or other headlines around the world.

Often, major washout days centering around major news (read: the election) can create the final panic sell-off to complete a wave pattern of negative sentiment to the downside and then reverse the markets higher in new bullish pattern. To be sure, there are many sentiment headwinds like the fiscal cliff and more in the coming weeks...but markets tend to price all that in ahead of time, right?

At yesterday's lows the market seems to have completed all requirements for a C wave of an ABC complicated decline from the 1474 S&P 500 highs and so far an 8 Fibonacci week correction period.

What we expect is a rally now and again; we need to get back up and over 1423-1427 pivots this time and hold more than 24 hours, but the odds of a rally are now at 75% from here. IF we fail to hold the 1388 pivots, then the next levels are 1372 and 1363 to watch.

Bottom line? Most metrics have been met for a wave pattern low, (Whether this be wave 4 or wave 2 doesn't much matter just yet) and the market now has a chance to start a wave 5 or wave 3 rally to the upside. Let's watch 1388 areas to hold first, then we will watch 1403, then 1423-1427 pivots to clear. We are neutral to bullish now after this washout.

Back on September 25 we did a chart forecasting a drop to 1395-1400 as likely before the downtrend would end; now let's see if the market can get some legs here. We have included that old chart here to show you how crowds are fairly predictable in their behavioral patterns in advance.



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Editor's Note: David Banister is the chief investment strategist and co-founder of ActiveTradingPartners.com, a small-cap portfolio and market advisory service.

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