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Best Fit Channels | 26th September, 2017

If an Elliott channel does not fit a movement, then a best fit channel has to be drawn. The best fit is a channel which contains most or all movement within a trend and is tested the greatest number of times.


Gold 2017
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A channel drawn about this impulse using either of Elliott’s techniques does not contain all movement. Therefore, when compared to a best fit channel, Elliott’s channel drawn this way may not be as reliable in indicating when the movement has been over and there may have been a trend change.

Gold 2017
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Redrawing the channel as a best fit now contains all the impulse. Therefore, for this impulse on this chart, this best fit channel should be a more reliable and more conservative indicator of a trend change.

Published @ 04:36 a.m. EST.

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.


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.


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.

US OIL Elliott Wave Technical Analysis – 13th September, 2017

Downwards movement was expected. Over the last week price has made a lower low and a lower high, but the weekly candlestick so far is green with continued deep bounces.

Summary: The bigger picture for Oil remains bearish. Each time price comes up to touch, or gets very close to the maroon trend line, it should react downwards from there.

The target remains at 34.34. The invalidation point is moved down now to 49.42. A strong increase in downwards momentum is still expected.

New updates to this analysis are in bold.


US Oil Elliott Wave Chart Monthly 2017
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Within the bear market, cycle wave b is seen as ending in May 2011. Thereafter, a five wave structure downwards for cycle wave c begins.

Primary wave 1 is a short impulse lasting five months. Primary wave 2 is a very deep 0.94 zigzag lasting 22 months. Primary wave 3 is a complete impulse with no Fibonacci ratio to primary wave 1. It lasted 30 months.

There is alternation in depth with primary wave 2 very deep and primary wave 4 shallow. There is inadequate alternation in structure, both are of the zigzag family, but there is some alternation within structure. Primary wave 2 is a single zigzag and the triangle for intermediate wave (B) gives it a sideways look. Primary wave 4 is a sharper and quicker double zigzag.

If it continues, then primary wave 4 may not move into primary wave 1 price territory above 74.96.


US Oil Elliott Wave Chart Daily 2017
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The wave count sees primary wave 5 beginning with a leading diagonal for intermediate wave (1), and now a deep expanded flat for intermediate wave (2). This has good proportion, and fits at the daily chart level.

Intermediate wave (3) may have now begun. It may only subdivide as an impulse. Within intermediate wave (3), minor waves 1 and 2 may be complete.

Price continues to find resistance just below the upper edge of the maroon channel, which is copied over from the monthly chart. Assume this wave count shall have the right look while price remains below that trend line. Only would an alternate be considered if that trend line is breached.

Within minor wave 3, no second wave correction may move beyond the start of its first wave above 50.43.


US Oil Elliott Wave Chart Daily 2017
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It looks like price is continuing to find very strong resistance at the upper maroon trend line, which is copied over from monthly and weekly charts.

Minor wave 3 is starting out slowly. Oil does seem to have a tendency to begin its impulses slowly, accelerate towards the middle, and end with very strong fifth waves. This tendency is typical of commodities. A good example may be seen on the monthly chart with the slow start to cycle wave c: primary wave 1 was very short, primary wave 2 was deep and time consuming, and primary wave 3 began with another short wave for intermediate wave (1) and another deep correction for intermediate wave (2).

When this third wave gets going, it should then exhibit a strong increase in downwards momentum.

The target for minor wave 3 remains the same.

Subminuette wave ii may not move beyond the start of subminuette wave i above 49.42. If it does continue higher, then expect it to find very strong resistance at the upper maroon trend line. That line should not be breached if this wave count is correct.



US Oil Chart Daily 2017
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Recent days’ strongest volume is for downwards movement through the months of May to August. This strongly suggests that the larger trend is still down and upwards movement is still a counter trend movement. So far this year Oil has made a series of lower lows and lower highs, the definition of a downwards trend, although the bounces have been deep and time consuming.

For the shorter term, Oil entered a smaller consolidation range about the 25th of July. Resistance is about 50.40 and support is about 46.45 to 45.60. During this consolidation, it is the downwards day of the 10th of August that has clearly stronger volume suggesting a downwards breakout from this smaller consolidation.

ADX, ATR and Bollinger Bands all indicate that price is consolidating.

With Stochastics just returning now from oversold and price close to resistance, expect a downwards swing for the short term.


OVX Chart Daily 2017
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Normally, volatility should decline as price rises and volatility should increase as price falls. Divergence from this normal can provide a bullish or bearish signal for Oil. However, it is noted that this signal occurs both in minor and major lows and it cannot be used to distinguish between them.

No new short term divergence is noted between price and volatility. It is noted that the correlation co-efficient indicates that currently these markets are not inversely correlated.


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US Oil Elliott Wave Chart Monthly 2014
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This is from the 2014 archives.

I have had for a long time a bearish outlook for US Oil. Back in 2014 I even received some disparaging comments about it, but that’s okay because the record shows that so far the bigger picture was right.

I did struggle for some time with cycle wave b: how to label it, where it ended, and what would be the subsequent structure after it. But this came right some time later and now I am more comfortable with how this movement is currently labelled.

On the post for July 2014, the weekly chart target for the mid term was 74.53.

Published @ 03:52 a.m. EST.

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Continue reading US OIL Elliott Wave Technical Analysis – 13th September, 2017

BTCUSD Elliott Wave Analysis – 5th September, 2017

Last published Bitcoin analysis had inadequate targets.

All charts are on a semi-log scale.


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).


Bitcoin weekly 2017
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The weekly chart looks at the possible structure of cycle wave V, the final fifth wave.

There are multiple ways to label this upwards movement. This is only one.

It looks like BitCoin may be due for a primary degree correction. Given that its fourth waves tend to be quicker than its counterpart second waves, primary wave 4 may only be a Fibonacci 13 or 21 weeks.

However, it may be longer lasting if it subdivides as a triangle, possibly even up to a Fibonacci 55 weeks.

If this analysis is wrong, it may be in expecting primary wave 4 to reach down to the 0.236 Fibonacci ratio. Primary wave 4 may not be that deep and may end mid way within the channel.

This analysis is published @ 03:33 a.m. EST.

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Continue reading BTCUSD Elliott Wave Analysis – 5th September, 2017

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.

US Fed Interest Rate Decision | 26th July, 2017

US Fed interest rate decision is due out at 2 p.m. EST on 26th of July, and this may move the Gold market strongly two hours before New York closes.

Gold Daily 2016
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Simple support and resistance may be used to tell in which direction Gold may move and where it may stop.

There is formidable resistance about 1,260. This was tested two sessions ago and has held. Now price has moved down and away with support from volume. This may hold if markets experience a price shock upon the release of the Fed decision. If that is the case, then Gold may whipsaw lower.

Next two areas of strong support are about 1,240 and 1,235. This may be about where Gold could end up for the short term.

This analysis is published @ 06:55 a.m. EST.