A little Elliott Wave info for you:
Elliott Wave Personality & Characteristics
Wave 1: Wave one is rarely obvious at its inception. When the first wave of a new
bull market begins, the fundamental news is almost universally negative. The
previous trend is considered still strongly in force. Fundamental analysts continue to
revise their earnings estimates lower; the economy probably does not look strong.
Sentiment surveys are decidedly bearish, put options are in vogue, and implied
volatility in the options market is high. Volume might increase a bit as prices rise, but
not by enough to alert many technical analysts.
Wave 2: Wave two corrects wave one, but can never extend beyond the starting
point of wave one. Typically, the news is still bad. As prices retest the prior low,
bearish sentiment quickly builds, and “the crowd” haughtily reminds all that the bear
market is still deeply ensconced. Still, some positive signs appear for those who are
looking: volume should be lower during wave two than during wave one, prices
usually do not retrace more than 61.8% (see Fibonacci section below) of the wave
one gains, and prices should fall in a three wave pattern.
Wave 3: Wave three is usually the largest and most powerful wave in a trend
(although some research suggests that in commodity markets, wave five is the
largest). The news is now positive and fundamental analysts start to raise earnings
estimates. Prices rise quickly, corrections are short-lived and shallow. Anyone
looking to “get in on a pullback” will likely miss the boat. As wave three starts, the
news is probably still bearish, and most market players remain negative; but by wave
three’s midpoint, “the crowd” will often join the new bullish trend. Wave three often
extends wave one by a ratio of 1.618:1 or more.
Wave 4: Wave four is typically clearly corrective. Prices may meander sideways
for an extended period, and wave four typically retraces less than 38.2% of wave
three (see Fibonacci relationships below). Volume is well below than that of wave
three. This is a good place to buy a pull back if you understand the potential ahead for
wave 5. Still, fourth waves are often frustrating because of their lack of progress in
the larger trend.
Wave 5: Wave five is the final leg in the direction of the dominant trend. The news
is almost universally positive and everyone is bullish. Unfortunately, this is when
many average investors finally buy in, right before the top. Volume is often lower in
wave five than in wave three, and many momentum indicators start to show
divergences (prices reach a new high but the indicators do not reach a new peak).
Wave A: Corrections are typically harder to identify than impulse moves. In wave
A of a bear market, the fundamental news is usually still positive. Most analysts see
the drop as a correction in a still-active bull market.
Wave B: Prices reverse higher, which many see as a resumption of the now longgone bull market. Those familiar with classical technical analysis may see the peak as
the right shoulder of a head and shoulders reversal pattern. The volume during wave
B should be lower than in wave A. By this point, fundamentals are probably no
longer improving, but they most likely have not yet turned negative.
Wave C: Prices move impulsively lower in five waves. Volume picks up, and by
the third leg of wave C, almost everyone realizes that a bear market is firmly
entrenched. Wave C is typically at least as large as wave A and could extend as much
as 1.618 times wave A.
There is 3 basic rules in 1930’s (Old) version of Elliott Wave Principle which are
1) Wave 2 always retraces less than 100% of wave 1.
2) Wave 3 cannot be the shortest of the three impulse waves, namely waves 1, 3 and
3) Wave 4 does not overlap with the price territory of wave 1, except in the rare
case of a diagonal triangle.