Intermediate-term Forecast for August 29, 2020

| August 29, 2020

Stock Market Commentary

We are 23 weeks into the rally phase of the intermediate-term cycle that began in March.

The magnitude of the last decline phase signals the likely transition to a bearish intermediate-term trend and favors additional losses during the next decline phase.

S&P 500 Index Weekly Chart Analyses

The following technical and cycle analyses provide intermediate-term forecasts for the S&P 500 index. For short-term outlooks, see the latest short-term forecast.

Technical Analysis

The index closed sharply higher this week, moving up to a new high for the uptrend from March. Technical indicators are bullish overall, strongly favoring a continuation of the advance.

Cycle Analysis

We are 23 weeks into the rally phase of the cycle following the intermediate-term cycle low (ITCL) that occurred during the week ending March 27. The intermediate-term cycle high (ITCH) is overdue and it could form at any time. The magnitude of the last decline phase signals the likely transition to a bearish translation and favors additional weakness. The window during which the next ITCL is likely to occur is now through October 2, with our best estimate being in the September 4 to October 2 range.

  • Last ITCL: March 27, 2019
  • Cycle Duration: 23 weeks
  • Cycle Translation: Bearish
  • Next ITCL Window: Now through October 2; best estimate in the September 4 to October 2 range.
  • Setup Status: No active setups.
  • Trigger Status: No pending triggers.
  • Signal Status: No active signals.
  • Stop Level: None active.

Intermediate-term Outlook

  • Bullish Scenario: A weekly close above current levels would reconfirm the uptrend from March and forecast additional gains.
  • Bearish Scenario: A reversal and weekly close below the middle of the Bollinger bands at 3,117 would predict a return to the 200-week moving average at 2,746.

The bullish scenario is more likely (~70 probable).

Category: Forecasts, Intermediate-term Forecasts


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