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SILVER Elliott Wave Technical Analysis – 16th November, 2017

Price was expected to move higher, but sideways movement suggests a triangle is forming for the short term.

Two Elliott wave triangle counts are considered, and the classic symmetrical triangle is examined in this analysis.

Summary: A triangle may be either complete or complete very soon. Watch for the breakout; it may come within a few days. Some trading guidance for triangles is given from Dhalquist and Kirkpatrick in the classic technical analysis section.

New updates to this analysis are in bold.

Last monthly chart is here.

ELLIOTT WAVE COUNTS

FIRST WAVE COUNT

WEEKLY CHART

Silver weekly 2017
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Cycle wave b may be completing as a double combination: zigzag – X – flat. The second structure, a flat correction for primary wave Y, may be underway.

Within a flat correction, intermediate wave (B) must retrace a minimum 0.9 length of intermediate wave (A) at 15.938. Intermediate wave (B) has met this minimum requirement; the rule for a flat correction is met. Intermediate wave (B) is longer than 1.05 times the length of intermediate wave (A) indicating this may be an expanded flat. Expanded flat corrections are the most common type. Normally their C waves are 1.618 or 2.618 the length of their A waves.

The target calculated would see primary wave Y to end close to same level as primary wave W about 21.062. The purpose of combinations is to take up time and move price sideways. To achieve this purpose the second structure in the double normally ends about the same level as the first.

While the combination wave count at the weekly chart level does not currently work for Gold, it does still work for Silver. They do not have to complete the same structures for cycle wave b, and fairly often their structures are different.

DAILY CHART

Silver daily 2017
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For this first wave count, upwards movement for intermediate wave (C) must subdivide as a five wave structure. It may be unfolding as an impulse.

Within the impulse of intermediate wave (C), only minor wave 1 was over at the last high and now minor wave 2 may now be complete.

Minor wave 2 may have ended very close to the most likely point of the 0.618 Fibonacci ratio of minor wave 1 at 16.347.

Minor wave 1 lasted 44 days. Minor wave 2 may have completed in 20 days, just one short of a Fibonacci 21.

Minor wave 3 may only subdivide as an impulse. It would be very likely to show its subdivisions clearly at the daily chart level. Minute waves ii and iv within it should show up as multi day pullbacks or sideways consolidations. Minute wave ii now shows up at the weekly and daily chart levels.

Within minute wave iii, no second wave correction may move beyond its start below 16.602.

A base channel is added to minor waves 1 and 2. Downwards movement is finding very strong support at the lower edge of this base channel. If price breaks below the base channel, then the probability of this wave count would substantially reduce prior to invalidation.

This wave count now expects to see a strong increase in upwards momentum as a third wave up at three degrees unfolds. The fact that strong upwards movement has failed so far to materialise must reduce the probability now of this wave count.

SECOND WAVE COUNT

WEEKLY CHART

Silver daily 2017
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It remains possible for Silver that a large regular contracting or regular barrier triangle may be completing.

Within a triangle, one of the sub-waves must be a more complicated multiple, usually a multiple zigzag. This may be complete for primary wave B.

Primary wave C upwards may now be complete. The upper A-C trend line does have a fairly steep slope though, so it must be accepted that primary wave C may not be over and may continue higher. If it does, it may not move beyond the end of primary wave A above 21.062.

Primary wave C must subdivide as a three wave zigzag.

This triangle wave count now expects that primary wave D downwards may now be underway. Two scenarios for how it subdivides are presented below at the daily chart level.

Primary wave D of a contracting triangle may not move beyond the end of primary wave B below 15.197.

Primary wave D of a barrier triangle may end about the same level as primary wave B at 15.197; as long as the B-D trend line is essentially flat, the triangle will remain valid. Unfortunately, there is some subjectivity in this rule; it is not black and white.

DAILY CHART

Silver daily 2017
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Primary wave D must subdivide as a zigzag. Within the zigzag, intermediate wave (B) may be any corrective structure. At this stage, it may be a complete regular contracting triangle.

Minor wave E slightly overshoots the A-C trend line. Sometimes triangles end with a small overshoot.

If price begins to move strongly lower and makes a new low below 16.602, then confidence may be had in this wave count.

The target for primary wave D expects to see the most common Fibonacci ratio between intermediate waves (A) and (C).

ALTERNATE DAILY CHART

Silver daily 2017
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When an Elliott wave triangle is considered, it is vital to always consider alternate ways to label the triangle.

The triangle may be minor wave B within intermediate wave (B). The breakout may be upwards.

Within the triangle, minute wave e may not move beyond the end of minute wave c. A new low below 16.814 would invalidate this triangle idea and add some confidence to the main wave count above.

Within the zigzag of intermediate wave (B), minor wave C would be very likely to make at least a slight new high above the end of minor wave A at 17.094 to avoid a truncation.

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

WEEKLY CHART

Silver Chart Weekly 2017
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The strongest week during this large consolidation is a downwards week ending 12th of June. However, this is stronger by only a small margin. The next strongest week is an upwards week. It may be better to look at daily volume bars to determine the most likely direction of a breakout from this consolidation.

The last two completed weeks moved price higher with an increase in volume. This is bullish.

Another weak bullish signal comes this week from On Balance Volume.

This chart supports the first and second alternate Elliott wave counts.

DAILY CHART

Silver Chart Daily 2017
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Volume suggests an upwards breakout from the symmetrical triangle.

The last day though is very bearish. The long upper wick is bearish as is volume.

From Dhalquist and Kirkpatrick regarding symmetrical triangles:

“The breakout is usually upwards (54% of the time). Symmetrical triangles have many false breakouts and must be watched carefully. The breakout commonly occurs between 73% and 75% of the length of the triangle from base to cradle. Throwbacks and pullbacks occur 37% and 59% of the time respectively, and, as in most patterns, when they occur, they detract from eventual performance. This implies that for actual investment or trading, the initial breakout should be acted upon, and if a pullback or throwback occurs, the protective stop should the tightened.”

And regarding trading triangles:

“The ideal situation for trading triangles is a definite breakout, a high trading range within the triangle, an upward-sloping volume trend during the formation of the triangle, and especially a gap on the breakout.

Although triangles are plentiful, their patterns suffer from many false and premature breakouts. This requires that a very strict breakout rule be used, either a wide filter or a number of closes outside the breakout zone. It also requires a close protective stop at the breakout level in case the breakout is false. Once these defensive levels have been exceeded, and price is on its way, the trader can relax for a little while because the failure rate after a legitimate breakout is relatively low Trailing stops should then be placed at each preceding minor reversal.”

For the example in the chart above, a breakout is required either above (54% likely) or below the trend lines. It should come soon now as price is close to about 75% the length of the triangle. It will be there in about two more days.

A gap on the breakout would increase performance. Volume supporting movement would also provide confidence. Stops may be set just above or below the triangle trend lines; below if an upwards breakout or above if a downwards breakout occurs. A position should be entered on the breakout, but do not wait for a throwback or pullback as it may not come.

Published @ 01:11 a.m. EST.

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BTCUSD Elliott Wave and Technical Analysis – 13th November, 2017

Last analysis of Bitcoin expected more upwards movement, which is what has happened. Last published Bitcoin analysis is here.

All charts are on a semi-log scale.

FORTNIGHTLY CHART

Bitcoin 2 weekly 2017
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The data for this wave count begins from June 2010.

What looks like a five wave impulse may be completing. With no Fibonacci ratio between cycle waves III and I, it may be more likely that cycle wave V will exhibit a Fibonacci ratio to either of III or I.

This movement does not fit well at all into a channel.

I have taken some time to look at the waves which now in hindsight are obviously complete, particularly the waves within cycle wave III. I have noticed some tendencies of this market:

– Bitcoin behaves like an extreme commodity. Its impulses have a curved look with slower second waves, quick fourth waves, and strong sharp fifth wave extensions. This tendency shows up in bullish and bearish waves.

– Third waves are much longer than first waves, and fifth waves are longer still. Again, this is an extreme version of typical commodity behaviour.

– The middle of its third waves may exhibit Fibonacci ratios within them, but overall it does not regularly exhibit good Fibonacci ratios. This would make target calculation particularly difficult.

– Candlestick reversal patterns are common at the end of Bitcoin’s strong fifth waves. These are engulfing patterns or star patterns with very long wicks on the final candlestick.

– Early second wave corrections are extremely deep, close to 0.8 and often deeper than 0.9 the depth of the prior first wave.

The “forever” trend line should be used to indicate when the top may be in for BitCoin. If this line is breached, the probability of a crash will increase (it will not be certain, only highly likely).

Notice that Bitcoin completed strong blowoff tops at the end of both cycle waves I and III. At the end of cycle wave I, the rise for the last eight weeks was vertical. Again, at the end of cycle wave III, the rise for the last eight weeks was vertical (remember, this is a two weekly chart).

Notice that at this time the current rise is not vertical. Current price action looks more like the early stages of cycle waves I and III than their ends.

If my targets are wrong, they may be woefully inadequate. I would not recommend using these targets for exit points for any Bitcoin purchases.

WEEKLY CHART

Bitcoin weekly 2017
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Last analysis of Bitcoin expected more upwards movement, which is so far what is happening.

Primary wave 3 may be complete as labelled. Primary wave 5 may turn out to be only even in length with primary wave 3, but it may well be much longer than that. Within cycle wave III (not shown on this chart, see the two weekly chart above), primary wave 5 was just 26.45 short of 4.236 the length of primary wave 3.

Here, if primary wave 5 were to exhibit the same Fibonacci ratio to primary wave 3, the target would be at 23,626. While this target may seem extreme, it is possible.

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

Bitcoin daily 2017
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At major highs, Bitcoin often exhibits strong candlestick reversal patterns. That is not the case at the last high.

Single divergence with price and RSI at the last high signalled a likely pullback. The question right now is: is this pullback complete?

At the end of pullbacks, Bitcoin does not always see RSI reach oversold. So that may not be useful in timing an entry. There are usually strong candlestick reversal patterns though, and there is one here. The last two days have long lower wicks and the last daily candlestick is very bullish. It is not correctly an engulfing pattern as the open gaps higher, but the close is well above the close of the prior day, which is very bullish.

The risk here is that the pullback is not yet over. Some patience may be required. A smaller position may be entered here, and most powder kept dry for a larger position should Bitcoin move lower.

Published @ 05:45 p.m. EST.

USD Index Elliott Wave and Technical Analysis – 10th November, 2017

The USD Index continued to move lower as the last Elliott wave analysis expected. The target for a low at primary degree was 94.83. The low was reached 3.01 below the target.

ELLIOTT WAVE ANALYSIS

MONTHLY CHART

US Dollar Elliott Wave Chart Monthly 2017
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A Super Cycle degree impulse looks to be incomplete for Super Cycle wave (I).

Cycle waves I, II and now III look complete within Super Cycle wave (I) impulse. Cycle wave III is just 0.50 longer than 1.618 the length of cycle wave I.

Ratios within cycle wave III are: there is no Fibonacci ratio between primary waves 3 and 1, and primary wave 5 is just 0.5 shorter than equality in length with primary wave 1. Primary wave 3 is the longest extension and has the strongest slope.

Cycle wave II was a deep 0.89 single or double zigzag lasting 26 months. Given the guideline of alternation, cycle wave IV may be expected to be a more shallow sideways correction which would likely be longer lasting. So far it has lasted just ten months.

WEEKLY CHART

US Dollar Elliott Wave Chart Weekly 2017
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A breach of the maroon Elliott channel provided an indication that cycle wave III was over and cycle wave IV had arrived.

If cycle wave IV is an expanded flat or a running triangle or a combination, then primary wave B or X within it may make a new high above the start of primary wave A or W at 103.82.

Primary wave B or X would most likely be a zigzag, but it may be any corrective structure. It may be a sharp upwards movement or a choppy overlapping time consuming consolidation.

For the short term, while price remains within the narrow yellow channel, assume the trend remains up.

DAILY CHART

US Dollar Elliott Wave Chart Daily 2017
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This labelling assumes that primary wave B may be a zigzag. But this labelling may need to change as primary wave B may be any one of more than 23 possible corrective structures.

The blue channel is an Elliott channel about the first five up. This may be intermediate wave (A). Assume the trend remains up while price remains within this channel.

Minute wave iv may not move into minute wave i price territory below 93.79.

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

MONTHLY CHART

US Dollar Elliott Wave Chart Daily 2017
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ADX is still declining, so it does not yet indicate a trend.

Both the one and two year moving averages are now negatively sloped and price is below both. The one year average may be now crossing below the two year average. This would be a full bore bearish look.

With RSI not oversold and Stochastics exhibiting no divergence with price at lows, there is room for price to fall further.

It is very important to note that at the monthly chart level Gold and the USD Index do not have a reliable negative correlation. At this high time frame, they can spend months not correlated.

Each market should be and will be analysed separately. We cannot expect that analysis of one market showing movement expected in one direction means our analysis of the other market should show it to move in the opposite direction, because the math proves that is not the case often enough. To make this correlation assumption without looking at the math is dangerous to your trading account.

DAILY CHART

US Dollar Elliott Wave Chart Daily 2017
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Give the bearish engulfing candlestick pattern weight, because this suggests the Elliott wave count is wrong for the short term and a reasonable pullback or consolidation may develop about here.

The upwards trend here is extreme. Look out for a turn.

This analysis is published @ 03:00 a.m. EST.

GOLD Elliott Wave Technical Analysis – 1st November, 2017

Price is now beginning to move higher, which is what the Elliott wave counts both expected.

Summary: Upwards movement for a third wave should begin now. The first target is at 1,294 where a small consolidation may unfold. The target for this upwards swing to end is at 1,308, in the first instance, and may be as high as 1,380 (but this looks less likely now).

Reduce risk at this time to only 1-3% of equity on any one trade. Always trade with stops.

New updates to this analysis are in bold.

Last monthly charts for the main wave count are here, another monthly alternate is here, and video is here.

Grand SuperCycle analysis is here.

The wave counts will be labelled first and second. Classic technical analysis will be used to determine which wave count looks to be more likely. In terms of Elliott wave structure the second wave count has a better fit and fewer problems.

FIRST ELLIOTT WAVE COUNT

WEEKLY CHART

Gold Elliott Wave Chart Weekly I 2017
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There are more than 23 possible corrective structures that B waves may take, and although cycle wave b still fits well at this stage as a triangle, it may still be another structure. This wave count looks at the possibility that it may be a double zigzag.

If cycle wave b is a double zigzag, then current upwards movement may be part of the second zigzag in the double, labelled primary wave Y.

The target remains the same.

Within intermediate wave (C), no second wave correction may move beyond the start of its first wave below 1,205.41. However, prior to invalidation, this wave count may be discarded if price breaks below the lower edge of the black Elliott channel. If this wave count is correct, then intermediate wave (C) should not break below the Elliott channel which contains the zigzag of primary wave Y upwards.

There are now three problems with this wave count which reduce its probability in terms of Elliott wave:

1. Cycle wave b is a double zigzag, but primary wave X within the double is deep and time consuming. While this is possible, it is much more common for X waves within double zigzags to be brief and shallow.

2. Intermediate wave (B) within the zigzag of primary wave Y is a double flat correction. These are extremely rare, even rarer than running flats. The rarity of this structure must further reduce the probability of this wave count.

3. Although intermediate wave (C) should be continuing so that primary wave Y ends substantially above the end of primary wave W, the duration and depth of minor wave 2 within it now looks to be too large at the weekly time frame.

DAILY CHART

Gold Elliott Wave Chart Daily 2017
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The analysis will focus on the structure of intermediate wave (C). To see details of all the bull movement for this year see daily charts here.

Intermediate wave (C) must be a five wave structure, either an impulse or an ending diagonal. It is unfolding as the more common impulse.

It is possible that minor waves 1 and now 2 may both be over. Minor wave 2 may have ended very close to the 0.618 Fibonacci ratio. If it continues lower, then minor wave 2 may not move beyond the start of minor wave 1 below 1,205.41.

Minor wave 1 lasted 44 days and minor wave 2 may have lasted 20 days, just one short of a Fibonacci 21.

It is of some concern now that minor wave 3 appears to be starting out rather slowly and that minute wave ii within it is now a very deep correction.This is somewhat unusual for a third wave and offers some support now to the second Elliott wave count. With StockCharts data showing a steady decline in volume as price rises, this concern is validated.

A base channel is added to minor waves 1 and 2. If this wave count is correct, then lower degree second wave corrections should find support at the lower edge of the base channel. Friday’s candlestick is below the base channel, which now reduces the probability of this wave count.

Minute wave ii may now be over as a double zigzag structure.

It is again of concern that upwards movement this week does not have support from volume. The start of a third wave up at two degrees should be a strong movement.

HOURLY CHART

Gold Elliott Wave Chart Hourly 2017
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If minute wave ii is over as a very deep double zigzag, then it may have lasted a Fibonacci eight days.

Because minute wave ii here is so deep, the appropriate Fibonacci ratio to use to calculate a target for minute wave iii is 2.618.

Minute wave iii may only subdivide as a five wave impulse upwards. Minuette waves (i) and (ii) may now be complete.

Minuette wave (iii) may only subdivide as a five wave impulse. Within minuette wave (iii), subminuette wave i may be complete and subminuette wave ii may be incomplete. Subminuette wave ii may not move beyond the start of subminuette wave i below 1,267.97.

A base channel is added now to minuette waves (i) and (ii). Along the way up, lower degree corrections should find very strong support at the lower edge of the base channel. Gold almost always behaves like this; breaches of its base channels do happen, but they are uncommon.

The next wave up for this wave count would now be expected to be a third wave at four degrees.

SECOND ELLIOTT WAVE COUNT

WEEKLY CHART

Gold Elliott Wave Chart Weekly I 2017
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It is still possible that cycle wave b is unfolding as a regular contracting or barrier triangle.

Within a triangle, one sub-wave should be a more complicated multiple, which may be primary wave C. This is the most common sub-wave of the triangle to subdivide into a multiple.

Intermediate wave (Y) now looks like a complete zigzag at the weekly chart level.

Primary wave D of a contracting triangle may not move beyond the end of primary wave B below 1,123.08. Contracting triangles are the most common variety.

Primary wave D of a barrier triangle should end about the same level as primary wave B at 1,123.08, so that the B-D trend line remains essentially flat. This involves some subjectivity; price may move slightly below 1,123.08 and the triangle wave count may remain valid. This is the only Elliott wave rule which is not black and white.

Finally, primary wave E of a contracting or barrier triangle may not move beyond the end of primary wave C above 1,295.65. Primary wave E would most likely fall short of the A-C trend line. But if it does not end there, then it can slightly overshoot that trend line.

Primary wave A lasted 31 weeks, primary wave B lasted 23 weeks, and primary wave C lasted 38 weeks.

The A-C trend line now has too weak a slope. At this stage, this is now a problem for this wave count, the upper A-C trend line no longer has such a typical look.

Within primary wave D, no part of the zigzag may move beyond its start above 1,357.09.

DAILY CHART

Gold Elliott Wave Chart Daily 2017
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This second wave count expects the new wave down may be deeper and longer lasting than the first wave count allows for. At this stage, in the middle of this downwards wave intermediate wave (B) looks incomplete.

A common length for triangle sub-waves is from 0.8 to 0.85 the length of the prior wave. Primary wave D would reach this range from 1,170 to 1,158.

If primary wave C is correctly labelled as a double zigzag, then primary wave D must be a single zigzag.

Within the single zigzag of primary wave D, intermediate wave (A) is labelled as a complete impulse.

Intermediate wave (A) lasted twenty days, just one short of a Fibonacci twenty-one. Intermediate wave (B) may be about the same duration, so that this wave count has good proportions, or it may be longer because B waves tend to be more complicated and time consuming.

So far intermediate wave (B) has lasted eighteen sessions. The next Fibonacci number in the sequence is twenty-one which would see it continue now for another three sessions.

At its conclusion intermediate wave (B) should have an obvious three wave look to it here on the daily chart.

Minor wave B may be complete here or close to completion as a double zigzag.

Minor wave A will subdivide as either a five wave impulse or a three wave zigzag. If it is seen as a zigzag, then the whole structure for intermediate wave (B) may be a flat correction, which would allow for minor wave B to move below the start of minor wave A at 1,260.72.

HOURLY CHART

Gold Elliott Wave Chart Hourly 2017
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Intermediate wave (B) may be a regular flat correction. Within intermediate wave (B), minor wave B has passed the minimum requirement of 0.90 the length of minor wave A. B waves within 0.90 to 1.05 the length of A waves indicate a regular flat correction. The most common length for C waves within regular flats is equality in length with the A wave.

Minor wave C would be extremely likely to make at least a slight new high above the end of minor wave A at 1,305.72 to avoid a truncation.

Both wave counts require a five wave structure upwards to complete. For this second wave count it would be labelled minor wave C.

So far, within minor wave C, minute waves i and now ii may be complete. This second wave count also expects a third wave up to now begin, but only at two degrees. Some increase in upwards momentum should be expected, and it should have support from volume.

The current small pullback, which is here labelled minuette wave (ii), looks incomplete. This hourly chart shows a slightly different way of labelling most recent movement. A small triangle may be completing for subminuette wave b within a zigzag downwards for minuette wave (ii).

When this second wave correction is complete, then an increase in upwards momentum would be expected.

Minuette wave (ii) may not move beyond the start of minuette wave (i) below 1,267.97.

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

WEEKLY CHART

Gold Weekly 2017
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What looks like a possible double bottom here with the last swing low three weeks ago is too small to be classified as a correct double bottom. The two troughs of a double bottom should be about 10% from the peak in between. Here, they are only 3.6% from the peak.

The long lower wick on the last completed weekly candlestick is bullish, but volume tells a different story as it is bearish.

On Balance Volume may again lead the way. Support may force a bounce here.

DAILY CHART

Gold Daily 2016
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Price is very clearly consolidating. Expect swings from support to resistance and back again. Use Stochastics in conjunction with support and resistance to signal when each swing ends. Be aware that trading a consolidating market is much more risky than trading a trending market, and reduce risk accordingly. Only experienced traders should consider trading the swings within a consolidation. Reduce risk to 1-3% of equity. Always trade with stops. Here, move stops to a little below support and above resistance to allow for overshoots; give the market room to move.

With Stochastics very close to oversold and price at support, an upwards swing may begin here or very soon. Look for resistance about 1,305 – 1,310. This also supports the second Elliott wave count.

Volume and On Balance Volume are today more clearly bullish giving some confidence that an upwards swing may be beginning now.

GDX DAILY CHART

Gold Daily 2016
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GDX broke below support four days ago, on a downwards day with support from volume. This looks still like a classic downwards breakout. It is common after breakouts for price to curve back and test support or resistance, and that looks like what is happening today.

The longer upper wick on today’s candlestick looks a little bearish. It looks like GDX may now begin to move down and away.

However, volume for this downwards movement is very light, so it is suspicious.

If price moves back above resistance at 22.75, then the consolidation zone may have to be widened. If this happens, then expect an upwards swing to next resistance about 23.95.

But the bottom line for GDX today is it is in a downwards trend. Assume GDX remains so while price remains below resistance at 22.75. With weakness still, traders should take profits or keep trailing stops tight.

Published @ 06:00 p.m. EST.

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The Strongest Technical Signal for Google | 31st October, 2017

In keeping with the KISS principle, this trend line is very simple. I call it “Google’s Forever Trend Line”.

GOOG 2017
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This trend line has very strong technical significance. It is very long held and has been tested multiple times. It does have a reasonably steep slope, but because the entire history of Google price remains above this line a breach of the line would still offer a very strong bearish signal.

We should assume the upwards trend remains intact while price remains above the line. Each time price comes close to the forever trend line, and remains above it, then a low risk high reward entry opportunity to join the upwards trend is offered.

Published @ 01:51 a.m. EST.

Learn Elliott Wave – Spot The Mistakes | 18th October, 2017

Another brain teaser to test your Elliott wave knowledge:

S&P500 2017
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I have tried to make it a bit easier by violating only core Elliott wave rules and making the mistakes really bad ones. Price points of all waves are given so you can calculate lengths and look for the mistakes.

You can participate by either posting a chart or comment pointing out the five deliberate mistakes, or post a chart where you fix the wave count to remove the mistakes. It’s up to you. If making a comment, please refer to the degree of labelling the mistake is in.

I encourage all members who find this a bit challenging to really give it a go. This should be a great exercise to really hone your Elliott wave skills.

Hints:

There are two mistakes which violate the same Elliott wave rule.

One mistake is in a corrective structure, and to me it looks very obvious.

Another mistake violates a core Elliott wave rule, but it is a matter of judgement as to how the wave may subdivide on a lower time frame.

Another mistake violates a core Elliott wave rule, probably the most important core Elliott wave rule which should absolutely never be broken, ever.

Answers will be posted tomorrow after tomorrow’s analysis is published. You have 24 hours. Have fun!

Published @ 04:30 a.m. EST.

Setting Targets Using Elliott Wave | 17th October, 2017

When is it appropriate to use targets that are longer than 1.618?

S&P500 2017
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SUMMARY:

It is appropriate to use targets calculated using Fibonacci ratios greater than 1.618 (following ratios in the sequence) when:

1. A first wave is very short, and a target calculation using only 1.618 would see the third wave not move far enough for a ratio using a higher degree to be reached.

2. Price reaches the first target using 1.618 and keeps moving through it. Then the next Fibonacci ratio in the sequence should be used.

3. The particular market analysed often exhibits extreme Fibonacci ratios such as 6.854 and 11.09. Bitcoin is an example of such a market. This behaviour can be determined by Fibonacci analysis of completed waves.

EXAMPLE:

The chart above shows a fairly typical example of a third wave for Gold.

Here, minor wave 1 was relatively short. The first target using 1.618 for minor wave 3 would have been reached about 1,488. The structure was not complete there, unless the end of minute wave i was labelled as minor wave 3. But it did not exhibit a very strong increase in downwards momentum, so although that could have been the end of it (and was suggested to me at the time) that would not have looked right.

Intermediate wave (3) exhibits an extreme Fibonacci ratio to intermediate wave (1). Intermediate wave (1) was very short. As intermediate wave (3) unfolded, it could have been labelled complete at the low labelled minute wave iii. The strongest argument against such labelling would have been that selling climaxes are usually the end of a third wave within a third wave, and not often the end of a third wave of a larger degree.

Both of the fifth waves to end minor wave 3 and intermediate wave (3) exhibit ratios of equality in length with their counterpart first waves.

Published @ 02:11 p.m. EST.

GOLD Elliott Wave Technical Analysis – 11th October, 2017

The overall upwards trend continues.

Summary: Note that inaccurate data from StockCharts substantially reduces the confidence in classic technical analysis today.

While price remains above 1,284.48 and most importantly within the pink base channel on the main hourly chart, assume the trend remains the same, upwards. The target is at 1,319 in the first instance and may be as high as 1,412.

If price breaks below the base channel, then expect a pullback to test support at prior resistance is underway. The target for it to end would be firstly at 1,281 but may be as low as 1,273. If a pullback does eventuate here, then use it as an opportunity to join the new upwards trend.

Always use stops and invest only 1-5% of equity on any one trade.

New updates to this analysis are in bold.

Last monthly charts for the main wave count are here, another monthly alternate is here, and video is here.

Grand SuperCycle analysis is here.

The wave counts will be labelled first and second. Classic technical analysis will be used to determine which wave count looks to be more likely. In terms of Elliott wave structure the second wave count has a better fit and fewer problems.

FIRST ELLIOTT WAVE COUNT

WEEKLY CHART

Gold Elliott Wave Chart Weekly I 2017
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There are more than 23 possible corrective structures that B waves may take, and although cycle wave b still fits well at this stage as a triangle, it may still be another structure. This wave count looks at the possibility that it may be a double zigzag.

If cycle wave b is a double zigzag, then current upwards movement may be part of the second zigzag in the double, labelled primary wave Y.

The target remains the same.

Within intermediate wave (C), no second wave correction may move beyond the start of its first wave below 1,205.41. However, prior to invalidation, this wave count may be discarded if price breaks below the lower edge of the black Elliott channel. If this wave count is correct, then intermediate wave (C) should not break below the Elliott channel which contains the zigzag of primary wave Y upwards.

There are two problems with this wave count which reduce its probability in terms of Elliott wave:

1. Cycle wave b is a double zigzag, but primary wave X within the double is deep and time consuming. While this is possible, it is much more common for X waves within double zigzags to be brief and shallow.

2. Intermediate wave (B) within the zigzag of primary wave Y is a double flat correction. These are extremely rare, even rarer than running flats. The rarity of this structure must further reduce the probability of this wave count.

DAILY CHART

Gold Elliott Wave Chart Daily 2017
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The analysis will focus on the structure of intermediate wave (C). To see details of all the bull movement for this year see daily charts here.

Intermediate wave (C) must be a five wave structure, either an impulse or an ending diagonal. It is unfolding as the more common impulse.

It is possible that minor waves 1 and now 2 may both be over. Minor wave 2 may have ended very close to the 0.618 Fibonacci ratio. If it continues lower, then minor wave 2 may not move beyond the start of minor wave 1 below 1,205.41.

Minor wave 1 lasted 44 days and minor wave 2 may have lasted 20 days, just one short of a Fibonacci 21.

It is of some concern now that minor wave 3 appears to be starting out rather slowly. This is somewhat unusual for a third wave and offers some support now to the second Elliott wave count. When StockCharts data is fixed, then this rise in price of the last few days may be more accurately analysed.

HOURLY CHART

Gold Elliott Wave Chart Hourly 2017
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Assume the trend remains the same until proven otherwise. It is possible that minute wave ii may be over as a very shallow double combination.

If this first hourly wave count is correct, then within minute wave iii any corrections should find very strong support at the lower edge of the pink base channel about minute waves i and ii. Minuette wave (ii) may not move beyond the start of minuette wave (i) below 1,284.48.

This first wave count requires more upwards movement to have support from volume and exhibit an increase in upwards momentum.

If price breaks below the lower edge of the base channel, then use the alternate hourly chart below.

ALTERNATE HOURLY CHART

Gold Elliott Wave Chart Hourly 2017
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If price breaks below the lower edge of the pink base channel on the first hourly chart, expect a pullback to test support at prior resistance is underway. Prior resistance was the upper edge of the pink Elliott channel, which has been copied over here from the first daily chart.

The first second wave correction at the start of a new trend for Gold is almost always very deep. If the target here is wrong, it may not be low enough.

Minute wave ii may not move beyond the start of minute wave i below 1,260.72.

SECOND ELLIOTT WAVE COUNT

WEEKLY CHART

Gold Elliott Wave Chart Weekly I 2017
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It is still possible that cycle wave b is unfolding as a regular contracting or barrier triangle.

Within a triangle, one sub-wave should be a more complicated multiple, which may be primary wave C. This is the most common sub-wave of the triangle to subdivide into a multiple.

Intermediate wave (Y) now looks like a complete zigzag at the weekly chart level.

Primary wave D of a contracting triangle may not move beyond the end of primary wave B below 1,123.08. Contracting triangles are the most common variety.

Primary wave D of a barrier triangle should end about the same level as primary wave B at 1,123.08, so that the B-D trend line remains essentially flat. This involves some subjectivity; price may move slightly below 1,123.08 and the triangle wave count may remain valid. This is the only Elliott wave rule which is not black and white.

Finally, primary wave E of a contracting or barrier triangle may not move beyond the end of primary wave C above 1,295.65. Primary wave E would most likely fall short of the A-C trend line. But if it does not end there, then it can slightly overshoot that trend line.

Primary wave A lasted 31 weeks, primary wave B lasted 23 weeks, and primary wave C lasted 38 weeks.

The A-C trend line now has too weak a slope. At this stage, this is now a problem for this wave count, the upper A-C trend line no longer has such a typical look.

Within primary wave D, no part of the zigzag may move beyond its start above 1,357.09.

DAILY CHART

Gold Elliott Wave Chart Daily 2017
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This second wave count expects the new wave down may be deeper and longer lasting than the first wave count allows for.

A common length for triangle sub-waves is from 0.8 to 0.85 the length of the prior wave. Primary wave D would reach this range from 1,170 to 1,158.

If primary wave C is correctly labelled as a double zigzag, then primary wave D must be a single zigzag.

Within the single zigzag of primary wave D, intermediate wave (A) is labelled as a complete impulse.

Intermediate wave (A) lasted 20 days, just one short of a Fibonacci 21. Intermediate wave (B) may be about the same duration, so that this wave count has good proportions, or it may be longer because B waves tend to be more complicated and time consuming.

Intermediate wave (B) may be a sharp upwards zigzag, or it may be a choppy overlapping consolidation as a flat, triangle or combination.

HOURLY CHART

Gold Elliott Wave Chart Daily 2017
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This hourly chart is essentially the same as the alternate hourly chart for the first wave count. The target is different though.

If the target for the alternate hourly wave count is wrong, it may not be low enough. This hourly chart shows a lower target which may be slightly more likely. This target would expect a test of support at the upper edge of the yellow best fit channel (this channel is drawn in exactly the same way as the pink Elliott channel on the first wave count).

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

WEEKLY CHART

Gold Weekly 2017
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The candlestick for last week is not a Hammer reversal pattern. The lower shadow must be at minimum twice the length of the real body and this one falls short. The long lower wick is still bullish though.

The lower wick with a decline in volume for downwards movement last week does look like at least an interim low is in place.

DAILY CHART

Gold Daily 2016
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StockCharts data for $GOLD has been inaccurate for two sessions now. This makes any confidence in classic analysis impossible. This analysis comes with this caveat.

If this On Balance Volume is to be believed, then it is bullish. I have no confidence in volume bars for the last three sessions here.

There is room for price to rise. Look for resistance about 1,305 to 1,310.

Gold Daily 2016
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With this chart, I’m using BarChart data for some volume analysis.

The very light volume for the last four sessions does not support the rise in price, so it is suspicious. This offers more support to the second Elliott wave count, which sees upwards movement as a B wave. B waves should exhibit weakness.

I do not like using BarChart and MotiveWave for On Balance Volume analysis because it squashes On Balance Volume into too small a space and does not allow for accurate trend line analysis. The trend lines here are different for this reason. If this data is used, then On Balance Volume looks more bullish.

GDX

DAILY CHART

GDX Daily 2016
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The reversal pattern of the Bearish Engulfing candlestick for yesterday’s session may now be fulfilled. Today’s candlestick has a very long lower wick, which is bullish.

This candlestick may also be read as a Hanging Man pattern, but the bullishness of the long lower wick on a Hanging Man pattern means it requires bearish confirmation from the next session before it can be read as bearish.

Overall, this chart suggests an upwards day for GDX tomorrow.

Published @ 09:13 p.m. EST.

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Continue reading GOLD Elliott Wave Technical Analysis – 11th October, 2017

3 Most Important Things to Consider for Candlestick Reversal Patterns | 11th October, 2017

This daily chart of the S&P 500 identifies 16 candlestick reversal patterns. Only reversal patterns are considered here, not continuation patterns.

S&P500 2017
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The first #1 and #2 patterns are both Three White Soldiers. Pattern #1 comes after a short sharp fall in price, so it may be considered a reversal pattern. But pattern #2 comes within an upwards trend, so it is more of a continuation pattern here and would not be considered a reversal pattern as there was nothing to reverse.

This leads to point number 1:

For a reversal pattern to have meaning there must be something to reverse. A bullish reversal pattern should come after a decline in price. A bearish reversal pattern should come after a rise in price.

Pattern #3 is an important reversal pattern and it does come after a steady rise in price. It correctly predicted a consolidation.

This leads to point number 2:

Reversal patterns mean a reversal of the prior trend to the opposite direction or sideways. They do not only mean a complete 180 degree reversal; sideways is a direction too.

The Shooting Star at #4 does not come after a bullish rally. It comes within a consolidation, so it should not be considered a reversal pattern. This is another illustration of point number 1.

Likewise, the Bullish Engulfing pattern at #5 comes within a consolidation. There is nothing here to reverse.

The Piercing Pattern at #6, however, does come after a short sharp fall in price, so it should be considered a reversal. It did correctly predict the following 7 days of upwards movement.

This leads to point number 3:

Reversal patterns make no comment on how far price may travel in the new direction.

The Morning Star at #7 is the second reversal pattern at lows after a short sharp fall. Along with the Piercing pattern, it correctly predicted the next rise in price.

However, the Bullish Engulfing pattern at #8 does not come after a fall in price. It comes within a consolidation. There is nothing here to reverse, so it should be ignored.

The Gravestone Doji at #9 is normally a bearish reversal pattern. Its forte is in calling tops. Here, it comes at the end of a bearish movement, so it is out of context. It cannot be calling a reversal in a bull move as there was no bull move prior to the pattern.

At #10 the Bullish Engulfing pattern does come after a reasonable fall in price, so it should be considered a reversal pattern. This pattern was followed by a persistent bullish move.

Like the Gravestone Doji, the Dragonfly Doji at #11 is out of context. Here, it is at highs and within a small consolation. Dragonfly Doji are bullish reversal patterns when they occur after a bearish move, but this one does not.

Another pattern within the consolidation at #12 should be ignored. There is no bullish move here to reverse for the Bearish Engulfing pattern.

The Hammer pattern at #13 does not come after a reasonable bearish trend; it was only the second day of a fall in price. There is nothing to reverse, so it should be ignored. The long lower wick is still bullish though. As a Hanging Man pattern it would require bearish confirmation in the following candlestick, which did not come.

The Hanging Man at #14 though does come after a bullish move. But the bullishness of its long lower wick still requires bearish confirmation, which did not come. The following candlestick is quite the reverse; it is another bullish signal. As #15 comes within a small consolidation, it may be considered as a bullish signal.

Finally, the Piercing pattern at #16 comes after a long upwards trend, so it should be considered as a bearish signal.

Published @ 05:57 a.m. EST.

Trading With Gaps – A Case Study Using AAPL | 10th October, 2017

Following on from the last two education posts on gaps here is an example of practical trading application.

Google 2017
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This daily chart of AAPL data shows at least 11 gaps.

After a period of consolidation gap #1 appears. It breaks above an upper range from a consolidation, so it should be considered a breakaway gap. A position may be entered in the direction of the gap, with a stop just below the lower edge of the gap. Breakaway gaps should not be closed, so the lower edge should offer support if there is a new upwards trend.

After some upwards movement price curves down to test support, but the breakaway gap remains open and so should long positions.

Thereafter, another gap at #2 indicates another breakaway from the last consolidation. Stops may now be moved up to the lower edge of this gap.

Another gap at #3 may be initially expected to be a measuring gap, which would give a target at 119.28. If this is a measuring gap, it should not be closed for a long time and the lower edge should offer support; stops may again be pulled up to just below it. But this gap is closed three days later, which should trigger an exit from a long position opened after gap #1 and which should yield a reasonable profit.

Gap #4 may initially be expected to be another breakaway gap after another small consolidation. It may trigger another long entry, but the gap is closed six days later for a small loss.

Gap #5 is not a breakaway below support and should be considered a pattern gap. These are most often closed. This should not trigger any new position.

After several days of falling price, a trend line may be drawn across resistance. When the trend line is breached, a long position may be entered or traders may choose to wait for another gap. There is not another gap until a few weeks later at #6.

Gap #6 may be taken as another breakaway gap after a small consolidation. This may again signal an entry in the direction of the gap with a stop just below the lower edge. Four days later price curves down to test support and the gap remains open.

Another large gap opens at #7. Given the size of this gap the appropriate measure for the movement before it may be the last reasonable swing low on the 14th of November. This gap looks like a measuring gap. A target may be calculated from the base of the movement prior to the gap and added to the upper edge of the gap. This gives a target at 144.32.

Stops may again be moved up to just below the lower edge of the gap; it should provide support as measuring gaps should not be closed. Now some profit is protected on a long position with a target at 144.32.

Gap #8 opens up prior to the target being met. This should be expected to be another measuring gap until proven otherwise. Stops may again be moved up to just below the lower edge of the gap to protect more profit. The new target would be calculated from the last rise from the last gap and added to the upper edge of the gap, giving a new target at 148.02.

But this gap is closed six days later signalling it was an exhaustion gap and not a measuring gap. Positions would then be closed for a reasonable profit.

After some further consolidation in which trend lines may be used to find another entry, or traders may wait for another gap, the next gap opens up at #9 a few weeks later. Again, this comes after some consolidation, so it may be either a pattern gap (it may be considered within a consolidation) or it may be a breakaway gap. A position may be entered in the direction of the gap with a stop just below the lower edge. If it is a pattern gap, a small loss may be incurred. If it is a measuring gap a good entry point for the next upwards movement may be found.

Price curves down to test support at the upper edge of the gap two and three days later. The gap remains open and long positions remain open.

Another gap opens at #10. This may be another breakaway gap, but coming so soon after the last one it may also be a measuring gap. The move prior to it is small, so the target would be calculated from the move prior to the gap and added to the upper edge of the gap, giving a target at 146.08. This target is met the following day, so positions may be closed for a profit. Two days later the gap is closed indicating it is an exhaustion gap and not a measuring gap. No new positions should be entered as price may be entering a larger consolidation.

Another gap opens up at #11 on a strong upwards day. This may be another breakaway gap, so a new position in the direction of the gap may be opened with a stop just below the lower edge of the gap.

The last gap opens up at #12. This may be another measuring gap, so it should not be closed. Stops may be moved up to just below the lower edge of the gap, which would now protect some profit. A target calculated from the rise prior to the gap added to the upper edge of the gap gives a target at 159.69. This target is not met and the gap is closed three days later as the stop is hit yielding another profit.

Conclusion: Gaps can be useful for trading in markets where they appear regularly. Some patience is required in holding onto positions, which may be underwater for the first few days, but overall this approach may yield more profit than loss. Small losses are inevitable and risk must still be managed.

Published @ 05:32 a.m. EST.