Thursday, July 18, 2013
The chart above this post shows monthly bars for the cash S&P 500 for the past 20 years. On it I have illustrated some George Lindsay calculations which suggest that the current bull market will last less than the 60 months of the 2002-07 bull market.
For some time now I have been thinking that Lindsay's 15 year period from bear market lows to bull market tops would very probably time the top of the current bull market pretty closely. Counting this period from the October 1998 low projects a high for October 2013- January 2014 since the period's average length is about 15 years and 3 months.
There is reason to think that this period might expire a little earlier than its average duration this time around. I think one of Lindsay's basic advances started on October 4, 2011. These typically run about 2 years though they can go longer. So this basic advance is scheduled to end in October 2013.
The purple arrow on the chart points to the time of the likely bull market top this fall.
How much higher might this market go?. The last up swing which began from the November 2012 low and ended on May 22 carried the S&P up about 345 points in sixth months. A similar advance from the June 24, 2013 low would bring the S&P to about 1900 and would end in November 2013 if it matches the duration of the November 2012 - May 2913 advance.
A top near 1900 sometime this fall fits these time and price projections.