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2 Early Channel Techniques | 21st September, 2017

Channels drawn using Elliott’s techniques, outlined here, cannot be drawn until a reasonable amount of a wave has completed. There are two techniques to draw a channel about a new movement earlier.

1. BASE CHANNELS

Gold 2017
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This is the earliest channel that can be drawn about a new movement. This channel was drawn at the end of minor wave 2.

Base channels have two main purposes:

1. As the wave progresses the edge which is opposite to the main direction of movement should provide support or resistance. Here, the wave is down and the upper edge should provide resistance to bounces along the way down. It is the opposite for a bull wave; the lower edge should provide support for pullbacks along the way up.

A sloping trend line offering support or resistance can be used to place trailing stops.

2. A third wave may be identified or confirmed if it has the power to break through the base channel in the direction of the trend. A third wave should have the power to break above resistance at the upper edge of a base channel for a bull wave. Here, minor wave 3 should have the power to break below support at the lower edge of the base channel.

2. ACCELERATION CHANNELS

Gold 2017
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Later on in the development of a wave the base channel may be redrawn as an acceleration channel. This may be done after a third wave shows enough power to break out of the base channel in the direction of the trend, or it may be done earlier.

Acceleration channels are redrawn each time price makes a new extreme in the direction of the trend.

When a third wave is complete, then this channel is an Elliott channel (drawn using the first technique).

Acceleration channels have one main purpose:

1. To show where corrections within the trend find support or resistance, on the side opposite to the trend.

The side opposite to the trend may be used to place a trailing stop when trading the trend.

Published @ 06:22 a.m. EST.

3 Elliott Techniques For Drawing Trend Channels | 20th September, 2017

The three basic Elliott Wave channels are:

1. FIRST TECHNIQUE – IMPULSE

Gold 2017
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Once enough structure is complete to begin to draw an Elliott channel (about one third to halfway through a wave) use the first technique.

A trend channel drawn using this technique may show where the fourth wave may end. If the fourth wave is contained within the channel, then the fifth wave usually ends either midway or at the opposite edge of the channel. While most markets behave this way, commodities can be different. Commodities often exhibit swift and strong fifth waves which overshoot channels, as in this example.

When the channel is breached by subsequent movement in the opposite direction, it indicates the wave is over and a trend change may have occurred.

2. SECOND TECHNIQUE – IMPULSE

Gold 2017
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If the fourth wave is not contained within a channel drawn using the first technique, then redraw the channel using Elliott’s second technique.

This redrawn channel may show where the fifth wave may end: either mid way or about the side opposite the fourth wave.

When the channel is breached by subsequent movement in the opposite direction, it indicates the wave is over and a trend change may have occurred.

3. TECHNIQUE FOR A CORRECTION

Gold 2017
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If the movement is expected to be a correction, then it may be contained within a channel. Most corrections are contained within channels, but a few such as expanded flats are not.

The channel may show where wave C ends, either mid way or at the edge of the channel.

When the channel is breached by subsequent movement in the opposite direction, it indicates the wave is over and a trend change may have occurred.

Published @ 06:16 a.m. EST.

2 Steps to a High Probability Trade Set-up | 15th September, 2017

This is my favourite trade set up. Here’s what to look for and why.

Gold Monthly 2017
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To begin, look for a trend line which has strong technical significance. In deciding how strong or weak a line is use these guidelines here.

This trend line on Gold’s monthly chart is drawn as a bear market trend line as illustrated here.

Gold Daily 2017
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Zooming on at the daily chart level to see exactly where the line sits, we can see that price is not sitting perfectly upon it. That may be because this trend line extends so far back, to September 2011. The general idea does appear to be working here today though.

This is the trade set up:

Step 1.

Look for a breach of the trend line. If this is achieved on strong volume, then have more confidence in the breach. StockCharts data does show very strong volume for the 5th of September, which is the daily candlestick on their data that would have been the day of the breach.

Step 2.

Look for price to curve around and back test support at prior resistance (or in a bear market resistance at prior support). Enter in the direction of the larger trend when price tests the trend line.

This set up takes time. In this case a wait of 7 to 8 days after the initial break above the trend line.

Today, the long lower wick and bullish engulfing candlestick pattern offer a little more confidence in this set up.

Why is this such a good trade set up?

With a technically significant trend line, the set up offers an entry point to a trend which traders may have confidence in. The more significant the line, the more significant the breach.

Stops may be set quite close by. Allow a little room for overshoots, and for longer held lines slightly larger overshoots, but stops may be closer than the last swing low or high. This reduces risk.

Published @ 01:15 a.m. EST.

Scale – Arithmetic or Semi-Log? | 30th August, 2017

The choice of what scale to use on your charts makes a big difference to how trend lines sit. Which scale is correct?

Gold 2 Weekly 2017
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The chart above shows Gold 2 weekly on an arithmetic scale. Notice the bear market trend line has been breached, but did not show where price exactly found support and resistance in the process.

Gold 2 Weekly 2017
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The chart above shows Gold 2 weekly on a semi-logarithmic scale. So far price remains below the bear market trend line.

An arithmetic scale is best used for short term price movements. But for long term movements a semi-logarithmic scale is more correct, particularly for markets like Gold which can exhibit blow off tops and selling climaxes.

Any long term movement a year or more should always use a semi-logarithmic or ratio scale.

From Magee (“Technical Analysis of Stock Trends”, 9th edition, page 11):

“Our own experience indicates that the semilogarithmic scale has definite advantages in this work; most of the charts reproduced in this book employ it… Percentage relations, it goes without saying, are important in trading in securities… certain trend lines develop more advantageously on the ratio scale.”

From Pring (“Technical Analysis Explained”, 4th edition, page 68):

“Arithmetic scaling is not a good choice for long-term price movements, since a rise from 2 to 4 represents a doubling of the price, whereas a rise from 20 to 22 represents only a 10 percent increase… For this reason long term price movements should be plotted on a ratio or logarithmic scale. The choice of scale does not materially affect daily charts, in which price movements are relatively small in a proportionate sense. For periods over 1 year, in which the fluctuations are much larger, I always prefer to use a ratio scale”.

Published @ 04:28 p.m. EST.

Volume and Breakouts – Is it Necessary? | 11th August, 2017

This chart was published two days ago. At that time, it was warned that the possible upwards breakout of the 8th of August lacked support from volume and may turn out to be false:

S&P500 Daily 2017
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That was proven correct. The strong downwards movement from the S&P comes on a day with an increase in volume. This is a classic downwards breakout.

When a downwards breakout has support from volume, that adds confidence in it. Downwards breakouts do not require support from volume; the market may fall of its own weight. Price can fall due to an absence of buyers as easily as it can from an increase in activity of sellers. But when volume supports downwards movement, it may be more sustainable, at least for the short term.

This downwards breakout was predicted by strongest volume during the consolidation being a downwards day.

This volume analysis technique looks at the presence or absence of support from volume on the breakout after a consolidation period to tells us how reliable the breakout may be.

Published @ 12:17 a.m. EST on 12th August, 2017.

Volume and Breakouts – Is it Necessary? | 9th August, 2017

After a consolidation price will break out. The presence or absence of support from volume on the breakout tells us how reliable the breakout may be.

Gold Daily 2017
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Pennant patterns are one of the most reliable continuation patterns. But in an upwards trend the breakout should have support from volume.

For price to keep rising it requires increased activity of buyers. Upwards breakouts that do not have support from volume are suspicious.

This upwards breakout comes on a day with slightly higher volume, but the balance of volume for the session is downwards. Stronger volume during the session supported downwards movement, not upwards.

The breakout is suspicious and may turn out to be false.

While volume is important for upwards breakouts, it is not so important for downwards breakouts. The market may fall of its own weight.

Published @ 04:47 p.m. EST.

Non Farm Payroll – What Direction for the S&P500? | 3rd August, 2017

A simple classic technical analysis pattern may answer the question of what direction to expect tomorrow from the S&P500 upon release of Non Farm Payroll data. This release is expected to move markets strongly:.

Gold Daily 2017
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Pennants are reliable continuation patterns. The pattern is supported if volume declines as the pattern forms. Pennants normally appear about halfway within a trend.

The measured rule takes the flag pole which precedes the pattern and adds that length to the expected breakout of the pattern.

If this pattern is correct, then tomorrow may see an upwards breakout to new all time highs for the S&P500.

Published @ 06:28 a.m. EST.

Learn Elliott Wave – Spot The Mistakes | 3rd August, 2017

For those who want to hone their Elliott wave knowledge, have a go at spotting my deliberate mistakes:

Gold Daily 2017
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This one is easy (at least, I think it is and I’ve really tried to make it easy).

There is one mistake in the triangle (just one!) and one mistake in the impulse.

Can you find them both?

Name the rules which I have deliberately broken here. Answers will be posted in comments tomorrow or the day after.

Note: During the process of preparing this post, I found a solution that fixes my main problem with the current alternate wave count. This solution will be published in tomorrow’s Gold analysis.

Published @ 05:49 a.m. EST.

Volume Basics | 2nd August, 2017

Volume analysis is essential to a full technical analysis. One of the simplest techniques is to look at volume during a consolidation and note which days, upwards or downwards, have strongest volume.

Gold Daily 2017
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Gold has been within a large consolidation since about January 2017. A small resistance zone is about 1,295 to 1,300. A wide support zone is about 1,195 to 1,215. During this period of time, it is two upwards days that have strongest volume and this suggests that an upwards breakout may be more likely than a downwards breakout.

This technique does not always work, but it works more often than it fails. This technique is an exercise in probability and not certainty.

Published @ 04:00 a.m. EST.

3 Simple Trend Line Rules | 27th July, 2017

Trend lines used for support and resistance may have varying degrees of technical significance. Here are three simple rules to use to determine how much significance a trend line has and how much attention to pay to a breach.

Gold Daily 2017
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The stronger the line, the more important the breach.

Thus a line which is close to horizontal, very often tested, and very long held would be the most significant.

A line which is steep, only tested a very few times, and not long held offers very little technical significance.

On the monthly S&P500 chart, the green line has more technical significance than each of the yellow lines. The green line has a more shallow slope and is much longer held, although it has only been tested three times.

This analysis is published @ 05:08 a.m. EST.

Learn Elliott Wave – Spot The Mistakes | 12th July, 2017

A second Elliott wave version of “where’s Waldo”. A fun exercise (for the geeks amongst us).

Test your knowledge of Elliott wave rules. Review this chart and find five deliberate mistakes:

Gold Daily 2016
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Two mistakes break core rules, but one involves some subjectivity and may need to be verified on lower time frames (an issue of subdivisions). But both look fairly obvious at this time frame.

Only one mistake is something that Motive Wave will alert you to, so the other four would be something you’d have to be aware of to avoid.

Price points are provided where you may or may not need them, so that provision of price points doesn’t alert you to where the mistakes are.

If anyone wants to have a go at their own (correct) wave count for Palladium, feel free to post in comments.

I’ll post answers to the mistakes, and my version of a correct wave count, after 24 hours.

Play in comments below.

Published @ 06:00 p.m. EST.

Learn Elliott Wave – Spot The Mistakes | 6th July, 2017

An Elliott wave version of “where’s Waldo” might be a fun exercise (for the geeks amongst us).

Test your knowledge of Elliott wave rules. Review this chart and find five deliberate mistakes:

Gold Daily 2016
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The mistakes are all fairly obvious. Two of them break core rules, one is a very common mistake, and another mistake is something that MotiveWave allows (but it should not).

Play in comments below.

Published @ 05:38 p.m. EST.

Drawing Bear Market Trend lines | 27th June, 2017

One of my favourite Technical Analysis texts is the classic “Technical Analysis of Stock Trends” by Magee. In this book Magee describes how to draw trend lines for bull and bear markets.

Gold Daily 2016
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To draw a trend line in a bear market draw the line from the high to the first major swing high within the bear market. Extend the line outwards. Assume the bear market remains intact while price remains below the line. When upwards movement breaks above the trend line, it is an indication of a potential trend change from bear to bull.

My definition of a breach is a full candlestick above and not touching the trend line.

This technique works on all time frames.

This chart is on a monthly time frame and indicates that Gold may remain in the larger bear market, which began on September 2011.

This analysis is published @ 03:02 a.m. EST on 28th June, 2017.