In late-March 2019 we published an analysis, stating that Chipotle bulls were aiming at $900 a share. The stock was hovering around $700 at the time, but the momentum it was gaining made us confident it can rise some more. The Elliott Wave chart our confidence stemmed from is given below.
Following a perfect 5-3 wave cycle to the upside in waves (1) and (2), Chipotle was in a strong uptrend in wave (3). The 161.8% Fibonacci extension was a natural target for the third wave, so initial targets near $850 a share made sense.
Then, after a short-term pullback in wave (4), wave (5) was supposed to lift CMG stock towards $900. Less than a year later, Chipotle closed at $922 on February 14th, 2020. What lies ahead remains unknown, but the updated chart below can give us some hints.
Wave (3) reached $858 before the price fell to $728 in wave (4). If this count is correct, the new all-time high must be part of the fifth and final wave. The Elliott Wave principle states that a three-wave correction follows every impulse.
The bulls are still in charge for now and $1000 is there for grabs. However, once wave (5) is over, a notable retracement back to the support of wave (4) can be expected. In terms of price, this would be a 30% drop to ~$700. Given Chipotle’s already stretched valuation, we cannot rule out an even bigger decline.
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