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Weekly Elliott Wave and Technical Analysis of S&P500 and Gold and US Oil – 29th March, 2018

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S&P 500

The main wave count expected upwards movement, which is exactly how the short trading week has ended. The target remains the same.

Summary: The target for upwards movement is now 2,737. A new high above 2,674.78 would add confidence in an upwards swing. A bullish signal today from the both AD line and inverted VIX supports this. Price has again bounced up off support at both a trend line and the 200 day moving average. Expect support to hold until it is breached.

A new low below 2,585.89 would indicate downwards movement has one more low before it is done, and the target would be at 2,561 or 2,521. Bearish On Balance Volume supports this view.

Always practice good risk management. Always trade with stops and invest only 1-5% of equity on any one trade.

The biggest picture, Grand Super Cycle analysis, is here.

Last historic analysis with monthly charts is here. Video is here.

An alternate idea at the monthly chart level is given here at the end of this analysis.

An historic example of a cycle degree fifth wave is given at the end of the analysis here.

MAIN ELLIOTT WAVE COUNT

WEEKLY CHART

S&P 500 Weekly 2018
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Cycle wave V must complete as a five structure, which should look clear at the weekly chart level. It may only be an impulse or ending diagonal. At this stage, it is clear it is an impulse.

Within cycle wave V, the third waves at all degrees may only subdivide as impulses.

Intermediate wave (4) has breached an Elliott channel drawn using Elliott’s first technique. The channel is redrawn using Elliott’s second technique as if intermediate wave (4) was over at the first swing low within it. If intermediate wave (4) continues sideways, then the channel may be redrawn when it is over. The upper edge may provide resistance for intermediate wave (5).

Intermediate wave (4) may not move into intermediate wave (1) price territory below 2,193.81. However, it would be extremely likely to remain within the wider teal channel (copied over from the monthly chart) if it were to be reasonably deep. This channel contains the entire bull market since the low in March 2009, with only two small overshoots at the end of cycle wave IV. If this channel is breached, then the idea of cycle wave V continuing higher would be discarded well before the invalidation point is breached.

At this stage, it now looks like intermediate wave (4) may be continuing further sideways as a combination, triangle or flat. These three ideas are separated into separate daily charts. All three ideas would see intermediate wave (4) exhibit alternation in structure with the double zigzag of intermediate wave (2).

A double zigzag would also be possible for intermediate wave (4), but because intermediate wave (2) was a double zigzag this is the least likely structure for intermediate wave (4) to be. Alternation should be expected until price proves otherwise.

DAILY CHART – TRIANGLE

S&P 500 Daily 2018
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This first daily chart looks at a triangle structure for intermediate wave (4). The triangle may be either a regular contracting or regular barrier triangle. Within the triangle, minor waves A, B and now C may be complete.

If intermediate wave (4) is a regular contracting triangle, the most common type, then minor wave D may not move beyond the end of minor wave B above 2,801.90. Minor wave D would be very likely to end about 0.80 to 0.85 the length of minor wave C.

If intermediate wave (4) is a regular barrier triangle, then minor wave D may end about the same level as minor wave B at 2,801.90. As long as the B-D trend line remains essentially flat a triangle will remain valid. In practice, this means the minor wave D can end slightly above 2,801.90 as this rule is subjective.

When a zigzag upwards for minor wave D is complete, then this wave count would expect a final smaller zigzag downwards for minor wave E, which would most likely fall reasonably short of the A-C trend line.

If this all takes a further four weeks to complete, then intermediate wave (4) may total a Fibonacci 13 weeks and would be just two weeks longer in duration than intermediate wave (2). There would be very good proportion between intermediate waves (2) and (4), which would give the wave count the right look.

The low yesterday has found support right on the A-C trend line. Triangles normally adhere well to their trend lines, and it is common for the trend lines to be tested within triangle sub-waves. This has a typical look.

It is possible that minor wave C is over as per the labelling on this daily chart and the first hourly chart below, but it is also possible that it could continue lower. An alternate hourly chart covers that possibility.

The best fit channel about minor wave C is redrawn to be as conservative as possible. It is copied over to the alternate hourly chart below.

HOURLY CHART

S&P 500 Hourly 2018
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Minor wave D within a triangle should subdivide into a simple A-B-C corrective structure, most likely a simple zigzag.

Some confidence in this wave count at the hourly chart level may be had if price makes a new high above 2,674.78.

Minute wave c must subdivide as a five wave structure. Because upwards movement for Thursday does not have support from volume it looks unlikely that minuette wave (iii) was over at Friday’s high. Minuette wave (iii) may be incomplete. It should be expected to exhibit an increase in upwards momentum and have some support from volume.

Within minuette wave (iii), subminuette wave i may be over at Thursday’s high. Subminuette wave ii may be more brief and shallow than a typical second wave due to an upwards pull from the middle of a third wave. Subminuette wave ii may not move beyond the start of subminuette wave i below 2,597.18.

Price has found support now three times at the A-C trend line. If this wave count is correct, then support there should hold.

ALTERNATE HOURLY CHART

S&P 500 Hourly 2018
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It is also possible that the second zigzag in the double for minor wave C is incomplete.

If the zigzag of minute wave y is continuing, then within it minuette wave (b) must be seen as an expanded flat correction (all subdivisions will fit at the five minute chart level). The problem here though is the length of subminuette wave b within the expanded flat. While there is no rule stating a limit for B waves within flats, there is a convention that states when the B wave is more than twice the length of the A wave the probability of a flat is extremely low. I have seen a few expanded flats where wave B is longer than twice the length of wave A, but they are uncommon.

The probability of this wave count would be reduced for this reason.

Now the size in both depth and duration of subminuette wave ii further reduces the probability of this wave count. It no longer has reasonable looking proportions.

Subminuette wave ii may not move beyond the start of subminuette wave i above 2,674.78.

If price makes a new low below 2,585.89, then the target for the triangle wave count would be at 2,561. This would expect the most common Fibonacci ratio between minuette waves (a) and (c).

DAILY CHART – COMBINATION

S&P 500 Daily 2018
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Double combinations are very common structures. The first structure in a possible double combination for intermediate wave (4) would be a complete zigzag labelled minor wave W. The double should be joined by a three in the opposite direction labelled minor wave X, which may be a complete zigzag. X waves within combinations are typically very deep; if minor wave X is over at the last high, then it would be a 0.79 length of minor wave W, which is fairly deep giving it a normal look. There is no minimum nor maximum requirement for X waves within combinations.

The second structure in the double would most likely be a flat correction labelled minor wave Y. It may also be a triangle, but in my experience this is very rare, so it will not be expected. The much more common flat for minor wave Y will be charted and expected.

A flat correction would subdivide 3-3-5. Minute wave a must be a three wave structure, most likely a zigzag. It may also be a double zigzag. On the hourly chart, this is now how this downwards movement fits best, and this will now be how it is labelled.

Minute wave b must now reach a minimum 0.90 length of minute wave a. Minute wave b must be a corrective structure. It may be any corrective structure.

The purpose of combinations is to take up time and move price sideways. To achieve this purpose the second structure in the double usually ends close to the same level as the first. Minor wave Y would be expected to end about the same level as minor wave W at 2,532.69. This would require a strong overshoot or breach of the 200 day moving average, which looks unlikely.

DAILY CHART – COMBINATION II

S&P 500 Daily 2018
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This is another way to label the combination.

Minor wave W is still a zigzag labelled in the same way, over at the first low within intermediate wave (4).

The double is joined by a quick three in the opposite direction labelled minor wave X, subdividing as a zigzag.

Minor wave Y may have begun earlier and may be an almost complete expanded flat correction, and within it minute wave a is a three, itself an expanded flat. Minute wave b is a zigzag and only slightly longer than the most common length of up to 1.38 times the length of minute wave a. Minute wave c downwards must be a five wave structure. It may need a final fifth wave to complete it.

Within minuette wave (v), no second wave correction may move beyond its start above 2,674.78.

The target would see minor wave Y end only slightly below the end of minor wave W. The whole structure for the double combination would move sideways. This wave count would also require a substantial breach of the 200 day moving average (at this point about 68 points). This looks unlikely but is discussed as a possibility in the classic technical analysis section below.

HOURLY CHART – COMBINATION II

S&P 500 Hourly 2018
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The Elliott channel is drawn using Elliott’s second technique for an impulse. If an impulse downwards is incomplete, then within minuette wave (v) upwards corrections should find strong resistance at the upper edge of the channel. That channel should not be breached.

The fact that the end of Thursday’s session has breached the channel indicates this wave count may be wrong. It has substantially reduced in probability.

If subminuette wave ii continues higher, it may not move beyond the start of subminuette wave i above 2,674.78.

DAILY CHART – FLAT

S&P 500 Daily 2018
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Flat corrections are very common. The most common type of flat is an expanded flat. This would see minor wave B move above the start of minor wave A at 2,872.87.

Within a flat correction, minor wave B must retrace a minimum 0.9 length of minor wave A at 2,838.85. The most common length for minor wave B within a flat correction would be 1 to 1.38 times the length of minor wave A at 2,872.87 to 3,002.15. An expanded flat would see minor wave B 1.05 times the length of minor wave A or longer, at 2,889.89 or above.

Minor wave B may be an incomplete zigzag, and within it minute wave c upwards must now subdivide as a five wave structure. How high minor wave B goes would indicate for this wave count what type of flat correction may be unfolding for intermediate wave (4).

It is also possible for this wave count that minute wave b may not be complete and may move lower.

When minor wave B is a complete corrective structure ending at or above the minimum requirement, then minor wave C downwards would be expected to make a new low below the end of minor wave A at 2,532.69 to avoid a truncation.

This wave count would require a very substantial breach of the 200 day moving average for the end of intermediate wave (4). This is possible but may be less likely than a smaller breach. Support at the 200 day average at this stage continues to hold and should be expected to do so until price breaks it.

DAILY CHART – ALTERNATE

S&P 500 Daily 2018
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It is possible still that intermediate wave (4) was complete as a relatively brief and shallow single zigzag.

A new all time high with support from volume and any one of a bullish signal from On Balance Volume or the AD line would see this alternate wave count become the main wave count.

The target for minor wave 3 expects the most common Fibonacci ratio to minor wave 1.

It now looks more likely that for this alternate wave count minor wave 2 should be over. Within minor wave 3, no second wave correction may move beyond the start of its first wave below 2,585.89.

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

WEEKLY CHART

S&P 500 weekly 2018
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Although volume this week is lighter than last two downwards weeks, this is only of slight concern. Light and declining volume has long been a feature of this bull market. It does not appear to be causing the bull market to be unsustainable, yet.

Give reasonable weight to the bullish signal from On Balance Volume, although it has not perfectly touched the support line.

It is a reasonable approach to expect the 200 day / 40 week moving average to continue to provide strong support while price is above it.

DAILY CHART

S&P 500 daily 2018
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Look out for resistance at the breakaway gap at 2,709.79. The yellow line on On Balance Volume may also provide resistance, but it allows for some more upwards movement first.

Lighter volume for Thursday with a long upper candlestick wick suggest a pullback on Monday may unfold. There is support just below about 2,600.

VOLATILITY – INVERTED VIX CHART

VIX daily 2018
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So that colour blind members are included, bearish signals will be noted with blue and bullish signals with yellow.

Normally, volatility should decline as price moves higher and increase as price moves lower. This means that normally inverted VIX should move in the same direction as price.

Thursday’s new small swing high has made a new high in inverted VIX but not yet in price. This divergence is read as bullish, if inverted VIX is a leading indicator.

BREADTH – AD LINE

AD Line daily 2018
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There is normally 4-6 months divergence between price and market breadth prior to a full fledged bear market. This has been so for all major bear markets within the last 90 odd years. With no longer term divergence yet at this point, any decline in price should be expected to be a pullback within an ongoing bull market and not necessarily the start of a bear market.

All of small, mid and large caps last week fell strongly. The fall in price has broad support from market breadth. It was small caps though that had the least decline. This slight divergence indicates some weakness and may be interpreted as slightly bullish.

Breadth should be read as a leading indicator.

Thursday’s small new swing high in the AD line has not seen a corresponding new swing high in price. This is read as bullish divergence.

DOW THEORY

All indices have made new all time highs as recently as nine weeks ago, confirming the ongoing bull market.

The following lows need to be exceeded for Dow Theory to confirm the end of the bull market and a change to a bear market:

DJIA: 17,883.56.

DJT: 7,039.41.

S&P500: 2,083.79.

Nasdaq: 5,034.41.

Charts showing each prior major swing low used for Dow Theory are here.

GOLD

Downwards movement has continued a little further as last analysis expected. For the short term, volume and On Balance Volume suggest the direction for Monday and possibly Tuesday as well.

Summary: Expect this downwards swing to continue to support, which is at about 1,310 to 1,305. Do not expect this downwards swing to move in a straight line, because that is not how price behaves within a consolidation. Look out for a bounce Monday and / or Tuesday, and then the continuation of downwards movement.

Only the most experienced of traders should attempt to trade when price is clearly consolidating as it currently is for Gold and GDX. The rest should either hedge or wait for a breakout and trade the next trend. Always use stops and invest only 1-5% of equity on any one trade.

Grand SuperCycle analysis is here.

Last in-depth historic analysis with monthly and several weekly charts is here, video is here.

There are multiple wave counts at this time at the weekly and monthly chart levels. In order to make this analysis manageable and accessible only two will be published on a daily basis, one bullish and one bearish. This does not mean the other possibilities may not be correct, only that publication of them all each day is too much to digest. At this stage, they do not diverge from the two possibilities below.

BULLISH ELLIOTT WAVE COUNT

FIRST WEEKLY CHART

Gold Elliott Wave Chart Weekly 2018
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Cycle wave b may be a single zigzag. Zigzags subdivide 5-3-5. Primary wave C must subdivide as a five wave structure and may be either an impulse or an ending diagonal. Overlapping at this stage indicates an ending diagonal.

Within an ending diagonal, all sub-waves must subdivide as zigzags. Intermediate wave (4) must overlap into intermediate wave (1) price territory. This diagonal is expanding: intermediate wave (3) is longer than intermediate wave (1) and intermediate wave (4) is longer than intermediate wave (2). Intermediate wave (5) must be longer than intermediate wave (3), so it must end above 1,398.41 where it would reach equality in length with intermediate wave (3).

Within the final zigzag of intermediate wave (5), minor wave B may not move beyond the start of minor wave A below 1,236.54.

Within the diagonal of primary wave C, each sub-wave is extending in price and so may also do so in time. Within each zigzag, minor wave B may exhibit alternation in structure and may show an increased duration.

Within intermediate wave (1), minor wave B was a triangle lasting 11 days. Within intermediate wave (2), minor wave B was a zigzag lasting 2 days. Within intermediate wave (3), minor wave B was a regular flat lasting 60 days. Within intermediate wave (4), minor wave B was a regular contracting triangle lasting 40 days. Within intermediate wave (5), minor wave B may be expected to be an expanded flat, combination or running triangle to exhibit some alternation in structure. It may last as long as 40 to 60 days. So far it has lasted 45 days (refer to daily chart) and the structure is incomplete.

At this stage, minor wave B may now be a combination or triangle. These two ideas are separated out in daily and hourly charts below.

This first weekly chart sees the upwards wave labelled primary wave A as a five wave structure. It must be acknowledged that this upwards wave looks better as a three than it does as a five. The fifth weekly chart below will consider the possibility that it was a three.

FIRST DAILY CHART – COMBINATION

Gold Elliott Wave Chart Daily 2018
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Minor wave B may be a double combination. The first structure in the double may have been a regular flat correction labelled minute wave w.

The double is joined by a three in the opposite direction, a zigzag labelled minute wave x.

The second structure in the double may be a zigzag labelled minute wave y. It would most likely end about the same level as minute wave w, at about 1,303.08, so that the whole structure takes up time and moves price sideways. That is the purpose of double combinations.

Minute wave y as a zigzag should look like an obvious three wave structure at the daily chart level. For that to happen minuette wave (b) within it should show up as one or more green daily candlesticks or doji.

When minute wave y is a complete zigzag, then the probability of the combination being over would be very high. While double combinations are very common structures, triples are extremely rare.

While minute wave y may also be a flat correction, in my experience double flats are fairly rare.

Minute wave y may also be a triangle but the expected pathway at this stage would be the same as the triangle wave count below, so it will not be separated out. A triangle within a combination is also in my experience uncommon.

FIRST HOURLY CHART – COMBINATION

Gold Elliott Wave Chart Hourly 2018
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Both wave counts at the daily chart level today expect that a zigzag downwards is unfolding. Both will now see minuette wave (a) complete at Wednesday’s low. The size in terms of duration of the following upwards and sideways movement looks like a new wave, not part of the last wave down. This looks like minuette wave (b).

There are multiple structural options for minuette wave (b). The two hourly charts published today will consider two different possibilities. They both work in exactly the same way for both daily wave counts.

This first idea looks at minuette wave (b) as a possibly complete triangle. If minuette wave (b) is complete, then it would not have shown up on the daily chart as one or more green daily candlesticks or doji, so this would be less likely.

If minuette wave (b) is over, then a target should be calculated for minuette wave (c).

If minuette wave (b) continues further, then the target must be recalculated. Minuette wave (b) may not move beyond the start of minuette wave (a) above 1,356.01.

SECOND DAILY CHART – TRIANGLE

Gold Elliott Wave Chart Daily 2018
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This alternate daily chart is identical to the first daily chart up to the high labelled minor wave A. Thereafter, it looks at a different structure for minor wave B.

Minor wave B may be an incomplete triangle, and within it minute wave a may have been a double zigzag. All remaining triangle sub-waves must be simple A-B-C structures, and three of the four remaining sub-waves must be simple zigzags. One remaining sub-wave may be a flat correction.

Minute wave b may be unfolding upwards as a single zigzag, and within it minuette wave (b) may not move beyond the start of minuette wave (a) below 1,303.08.

This alternate wave count expects weeks of choppy overlapping movement in an ever decreasing range.

Triangles normally adhere very well to their trend lines. The triangle trend lines are commonly tested within the triangle sub-waves. Minuette wave (b) within minute wave b may have found support at the a-c trend line, and this indicates where minute wave c may end.

Minute wave c of the triangle may not move beyond the end of minute wave a below 1,303.08.

Minute wave d of a contracting triangle may not move beyond the end of minute wave b above 1,356.12. Minute wave d of a barrier triangle should end about the same level as minute wave b; the triangle will remain valid as long as the b-d trend line remains essentially flat. In practice, this means minute wave d can end slightly above 1,356.12. This invalidation point is not black and white; it involves an area of subjectivity.

Contracting triangles are the most common type. Barrier triangles are not common, but nor are they rare.

At the daily chart level, for this wave count it would be extremely likely that the zigzag of minute wave c looks like a three wave structure. For that to happen minuette wave (b) within it needs to show up on the daily chart as one or more green daily candlesticks or doji.

SECOND HOURLY CHART – TRIANGLE

Gold Elliott Wave Chart Hourly 2018
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Minuette wave (b) may be an incomplete zigzag. Within the zigzag, subminuette waves a and b may be over. Subminuette wave c may move higher, to bring minuette wave (b) up to either the 0.382 or 0.618 Fibonacci ratios. Neither may be favoured.

This second hourly chart has support today from classic technical analysis.

BEARISH ELLIOTT WAVE COUNT

FIFTH WEEKLY CHART

Gold Elliott Wave Chart Weekly 2018
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There were five weekly charts published in the last historic analysis. This fifth weekly chart is the most immediately bearish wave count, so this is published as a bearish possibility.

This fifth weekly chart sees cycle wave b as a flat correction, and within it intermediate wave (B) may be a complete triple zigzag. This would indicate a regular flat as intermediate wave (B) is less than 1.05 the length of intermediate wave (A).

If cycle wave b is a flat correction, then within it primary wave B must retrace a minimum 0.9 length of primary wave A at 1,079.13 or below. The most common length of B waves within flats is from 1 to 1.38 times the length of the A wave. The target calculated would see primary wave B end within this range.

I have only seen two triple zigzags before during my 10 years of daily Elliott wave analysis. If this wave count turns out to be correct, this would be the third. The rarity of this structure is identified on the chart.

It is very difficult now at the daily chart level to see a five down followed by a corrective structure complete. This wave count has reduced in probability this week.

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

WEEKLY CHART

Gold Weekly 2018
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A longer upper wick is bearish, but a lack of support from volume is slightly bullish. However, price can fall of its own weight. For downwards movement to be sustained for a little longer support from volume is not necessary.

A new resistance line is drawn on On Balance Volume this week.

DAILY CHART

Gold Daily 2018
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Looking at the bigger picture, Gold has been within a large consolidation since about January 2017 (this chart does not show all of this large consolidation), and during this consolidation it is two upwards days that have strongest volume and an upwards week that has strongest volume. Volume suggests an upwards breakout may be more likely than downwards.

Currently, Gold is within a smaller consolidation that began in early January 2018. This consolidation is delineated by support about 1,310 to 1,305 and resistance about 1,360 – 1,365. It is an upwards day during this smaller consolidation that has strongest volume, suggesting an upwards breakout may be more likely here than downwards.

For the short term, a bounce may be expected here. On Balance Volume is at support and Thursday’s downwards movement lacks support from volume.

GDX WEEKLY CHART

GDX Weekly 2018
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Support about 20.80 has been tested about eight times and so far has held. The more often a support area is tested and holds, the more technical significance it has.

In the first instance, expect this area to continue to provide support. Only a strong downwards day, closing below support and preferably with some increase in volume, would constitute a downwards breakout from the consolidation that GDX has been in for a year now.

Resistance is about 25.50. Only a strong upwards day, closing above resistance and with support from volume, would constitute an upwards breakout.

With On Balance Volume again at support look for upwards movement next week. Downwards movement during this week lacks support from volume.

GDX DAILY CHART

GDX Daily 2018
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GDX is range bound at both weekly and daily time frames. The smaller consolidation here has resistance now about 22.50 and support about 21.30 and 20.90.

During this consolidation, Stochastics is not reaching oversold and overbought. Look for a downwards swing to continue here until On Balance Volume finds support, price finds support, and Stochastics nears oversold (but may not reach it).

US OIL

A turn was expected. Price has remained just below the invalidation point and printed a red weekly candlestick.

Summary: Price must continue lower here for the main Elliott wave count. A new high above 66.65 would substantially reduce the probability of the bearish wave count and increase the probability of a huge new bull market for Oil, which would have final confidence above 74.96.

Classic technical analysis this week still favours a bullish outlook for the bigger picture, but it supports the view here that price may move lower for a week or so.

If price turns lower here, then the target for a new low remains at 13.39. A new low on the way down, below 55.24, would add substantial confidence in a bearish outlook.

Always practice good risk management as the most important aspect of trading. Always trade with stops and invest only 1-5% of equity on any one trade. Failure to manage risk is the most common mistake new traders make.

MAIN WAVE COUNT

MONTHLY CHART

US Oil Elliott Wave Chart Monthly 2018
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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 relatively shallow. There is inadequate alternation in structure, both are zigzags. So far primary wave 4 has lasted 23 months. At this stage, there is almost perfect proportion between primary waves 2 and 4.

Primary wave 4 may not move into primary wave 1 price territory above 74.96.

The wider Elliott channel (teal) about this whole movement may offer support to primary wave 5.

WEEKLY CHART

US Oil Elliott Wave Chart Weekly 2018
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Primary wave 4 subdivides as a zigzag, and within it intermediate wave (C) may now be complete. If primary wave 5 were to only reach equality in length with primary wave 3, it would end with a small truncation. A target for primary wave 5 may best be calculated at intermediate degree. That can only be done when intermediate waves (1) through to (4) within primary wave 5 are complete.

For now a target will be calculated at primary degree using a ratio between primary waves 3 and 5. This target only has a small probability. This target will be recalculated as primary wave 5 nears its end, so it may change.

An Elliott channel is added to this possible zigzag for primary wave 4. A breach of the lower edge of this channel would provide a very strong indication that primary wave 4 should be over and primary wave 5 should be underway. Look out for some support on the way down, perhaps a short term bounce about the lower edge of the channel.

DAILY CHART

US Oil Elliott Wave Chart Daily 2018
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Minor wave 1 will subdivide as a complete impulse at lower time frames.

Minor wave 2 looks like a double zigzag. The first structure in the double zigzag is labelled minute wave w. The double is joined by a three in the opposite direction, an expanded flat labelled minute wave x. The second zigzag in the double has deepened the correction achieving its purpose, and it is labelled a zigzag for minute wave y.

There is now almost no room left for this wave count to move into. Minor wave 2 must end here and minor wave 3 downwards must have begun last week if this wave count is correct.

A target is calculated for minor wave 3 which expects the most common Fibonacci ratio to minor wave 1. If price reaches down to this target and the structure is incomplete or price keeps falling through it, then the next Fibonacci ratio in the sequence of 2.618 would be used to calculate a new target.

Minor wave 2 may not move beyond the start of minor wave 1 above 66.65.

A new low below 55.24 would invalidate the bullish alternate below and provide reasonable confidence in this main wave count.

Price has moved slightly below the yellow best fit channel, but the channel is not properly breached by downwards movement. I classify a breach by a full daily candlestick below and not touching the channel. This wave count will be in doubt while the channel is not breached.

Again, this week’s classic analysis supports the alternate wave count and does not support this main wave count.

ALTERNATE WAVE COUNT

MONTHLY CHART

US Oil Elliott Wave Chart Monthly 2018
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It is possible that the bear market for Oil is over and a new bull market is in the very early stages.

A huge zigzag down to the last low may be complete and is labelled here Super Cycle wave (II).

Cycle wave b must be seen as complete in August 2013 for this wave count to work. It cannot be seen as complete at the prior major swing high in May 2011.

Cycle wave b is seen as a zigzag, and within it primary wave B is seen as a running contracting triangle. These are fairly common structures, although nine wave triangles are uncommon. All subdivisions fit.

Primary wave C moves beyond the end of primary wave A, so it avoids a truncation. But it does not have to move above the price territory of primary wave B to avoid a truncation, which is an important distinction.

If cycle wave b begins there, then cycle wave c may be seen as a complete five wave impulse.

Super Cycle wave (III) must move beyond the end of Super Cycle wave (I). It must move far enough above that point to allow room for a subsequent Super Cycle wave (IV) to unfold and remain above Super Cycle wave (I) price territory.

WEEKLY CHART

US Oil Elliott Wave Chart Weekly 2018
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If a new bull market is in the very early stages for Oil, then it may have begun with two overlapping first and second waves at primary then at intermediate degree.

Primary wave 3 may only subdivide as an impulse, and within it intermediate wave (3) may be complete.

Intermediate wave (4) may not move into intermediate wave (1) price territory below 55.24. Intermediate wave (4) would most likely be incomplete. It may continue further sideways or lower.

Intermediate wave (2) is labelled as a double zigzag. To exhibit alternation intermediate wave (4) may most likely be a flat, combination or triangle. Intermediate wave (2) lasted 17 weeks. For good proportion and the right look, intermediate wave (4) may last a Fibonacci 13 or even 21 weeks in total. So far it has lasted only nine weeks.

DAILY CHART

US Oil Elliott Wave Chart Daily 2018
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It would be unlikely that intermediate wave (4) would be over a the last low labelled minor wave A. That would be too brief.

If intermediate wave (4) is continuing, then it may be as a flat correction. If minor wave B is now over at 0.99 the length of minor wave A, then intermediate wave (4) may be a regular flat correction. Regular flats normally fit nicely into trend channels. The most likely Fibonacci ratio for minor wave C would be equality in length with minor wave A.

Minor wave C downwards must be a five wave structure.

It is possible that minor wave B could continue higher. No upper invalidation point may yet be used for this wave count.

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

MONTHLY CHART

US Oil Chart Monthly 2018
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The strongest recent monthly volume is for the downwards month of August 2017. This is bearish.

For the last three months all now complete, the volume profile is bullish.

This chart is overwhelmingly bullish. It supports the alternate Elliott wave count.

DAILY CHART

US Oil Chart Daily 2017
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The bullish long lower wicks strongly suggest some upwards movement to start the new trading week. They make no comment on how much or for how long though.

The short term volume profile from last week is bearish. The last two signals from On Balance Volume are bearish. Stochastics is overbought. These all support the short term outlook for both Elliott wave counts, which expect some downwards movement for about three weeks.

Oil and $OVX Volatility Index currently have a positive correlation. There is a view within the trading community that they should have a negative correlation, and that any divergence may be a signal. At this time, that relationship is absent and $OVX is not providing signals, so it will not be used in this analysis at this time.

Weekly Elliott Wave and Technical Analysis of S&P500 and Gold and US Oil – 23rd March, 2018

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S&P 500

The first target for downwards movement was 2,612, and thereafter the 200 day moving average at 2,584. Price ended very close to the 200 day moving average for the session at 2,588.

Summary: The target for downwards movement to end Monday or Tuesday is 2,565 – 2,566. Thereafter an upwards swing may develop.

Always practice good risk management. Always trade with stops and invest only 1-5% of equity on any one trade.

The biggest picture, Grand Super Cycle analysis, is here.

Last historic analysis with monthly charts is here. Video is here.

An alternate idea at the monthly chart level is given here at the end of this analysis.

An historic example of a cycle degree fifth wave is given at the end of the analysis here.

MAIN ELLIOTT WAVE COUNT

WEEKLY CHART

S&P 500 Weekly 2018
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Cycle wave V must complete as a five structure, which should look clear at the weekly chart level. It may only be an impulse or ending diagonal. At this stage, it is clear it is an impulse.

Within cycle wave V, the third waves at all degrees may only subdivide as impulses.

Intermediate wave (4) has breached an Elliott channel drawn using Elliott’s first technique. The channel is redrawn using Elliott’s second technique as if intermediate wave (4) was over at the last low. If intermediate wave (4) continues sideways, then the channel may be redrawn when it is over. The upper edge may provide resistance for intermediate wave (5).

Intermediate wave (4) may not move into intermediate wave (1) price territory below 2,193.81. At this stage, it now looks like intermediate wave (4) may be continuing further sideways as a combination, triangle or flat. These three ideas are separated into separate daily charts. All three ideas would see intermediate wave (4) exhibit alternation in structure with the double zigzag of intermediate wave (2).

A double zigzag would also be possible for intermediate wave (4), but because intermediate wave (2) was a double zigzag this is the least likely structure for intermediate wave (4) to be. Alternation should be expected until price proves otherwise.

DAILY CHART – TRIANGLE

S&P 500 Daily 2018
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This first daily chart outlines how intermediate wave (4) may now continue further sideways as a contracting or barrier triangle. It is possible that minor wave B within the triangle was over at the last high, which would mean the triangle would be a regular triangle. Minor wave C downwards may now be underway and may be a single or double zigzag. One of the five sub-waves of a triangle is usually a more complicated multiple, and the most common sub-wave to do this is wave C. It looks like minor wave C may be unfolding as a double zigzag, at this stage, and this is how it will be labelled. Within the double zigzag, minute wave x should not make a new high above the start of minute wave w at 2,801.90.

Minor wave C may not make a new low below the end of minor wave A at 2,532.69.

The new target calculated today at the hourly chart level would see both the 200 day moving average and the lower black trend line overshot. This would be acceptable.

Intermediate wave 2 lasted 11 weeks. If intermediate wave (4) is incomplete, then it would have so far lasted only eight weeks. Triangles tend to be very time consuming structures, so intermediate wave (4) may total a Fibonacci 13 or even 21 weeks at its conclusion.

Because this is the only daily chart which expects price to continue to find support about the 200 day moving average, it is presented first; it may have a slightly higher probability than the next two daily charts.

HOURLY CHART

S&P 500 Hourly 2018
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A double zigzag may be close to completion.

Within the second zigzag, minuette wave (c) has passed equality in length with minuette wave (a). The next Fibonacci ratio in the sequence is used to calculate a new target. This is just one point off a target calculated at minute degree.

Minuette wave (c) must subdivide as a five wave structure. So far the middle portion may be complete at Friday’s low, or very close to completion. There should be too more small intraday corrections along the way down to the target: the first for micro wave 4 and the next for subminuette wave iv.

Micro wave 4 may not move into micro wave 1 price territory above 2,625.22.

When subminuette wave iii is complete, then subminuette wave iv may not move into subminuette wave i price territory above 2,639.97.

The best fit channel is drawn with the first trend line from the low of subminuette wave i within minute wave w, then to the last low. A parallel copy is placed upon the high of minute wave x. Keep redrawing the channel as price moves lower (it is essentially an adjusted acceleration channel). When minor wave C is complete, a breach of the channel by upwards movement would indicate confidence in a low in place and a trend change.

For the very short term, a new high above 2,625.22 without any downwards movement first would indicate a low may be in place, and my analysis of this downwards wave would then be wrong.

DAILY CHART – COMBINATION

S&P 500 Daily 2018
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Double combinations are very common structures. The first structure in a possible double combination for intermediate wave (4) would be a complete zigzag labelled minor wave W. The double should be joined by a three in the opposite direction labelled minor wave X, which may be a complete zigzag. X waves within combinations are typically very deep; if minor wave X is over at the last high, then it would be a 0.79 length of minor wave W, which is fairly deep giving it a normal look. There is no minimum nor maximum requirement for X waves within combinations.

The second structure in the double would most likely be a flat correction labelled minor wave Y. It may also be a triangle, but in my experience this is very rare.

A flat correction would subdivide 3-3-5. Minute wave a must be a three wave structure, most likely a zigzag. It may also be a double zigzag. On the hourly chart, this is now how this downwards movement fits best, and this will now be how it is labelled.

The purpose of combinations is to take up time and move price sideways. To achieve this purpose the second structure in the double usually ends close to the same level as the first. Minor wave Y would be expected to end about the same level as minor wave W at 2,532.69. This would require a strong overshoot or breach of the 200 day moving average, which looks unlikely.

HOURLY CHART – COMBINATION

S&P 500 Hourly 2018
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The target, channel and subdivisions for this idea are exactly the same as the first hourly chart. Both daily charts expect a double zigzag is unfolding lower.

DAILY CHART – FLAT

S&P 500 Daily 2018
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Flat corrections are very common. The most common type of flat is an expanded flat. This would see minor wave B move above the start of minor wave A at 2,872.87.

Within a flat correction, minor wave B must retrace a minimum 0.9 length of minor wave A at 2,838.85. The most common length for minor wave B within a flat correction would be 1 to 1.38 times the length of minor wave A at 2,872.87 to 3,002.15. An expanded flat would see minor wave B 1.05 times the length of minor wave A or longer, at 2,889.89 or above.

When minor wave B is a complete corrective structure ending at or above the minimum requirement, then minor wave C downwards would be expected to make a new low below the end of minor wave A at 2,532.69 to avoid a truncation.

Minor wave B may be continuing higher as a double zigzag. At this stage, this would be the most likely structure to achieve the height required for minor wave B.

This wave count remains valid. Minor wave B is again relabelled; it may be a time consuming sideways structure that at this time would be incomplete. If minor wave B is itself unfolding as an expanded flat, then within it minute wave b may make a new low below the start of minute wave a at 2,532.69.

This wave count would require a very substantial breach of the 200 day moving average for the end of intermediate wave (4). This looks unlikely.

DAILY CHART – ALTERNATE

S&P 500 Daily 2018
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It is possible still that intermediate wave (4) was complete as a relatively brief and shallow single zigzag.

A new all time high with support from volume and any one of a bullish signal from On Balance Volume or the AD line would see this alternate wave count become the main wave count.

Minor wave 2 may be over at Friday’s low, or it may be over early next week with a little more downwards movement. Minor wave 3 may begin upwards shortly.

Minor wave 2 may not move beyond the start of minor wave 1 below 2,532.69.

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

WEEKLY CHART

S&P 500 weekly 2018
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Although a slight decline in volume this week and On Balance Volume nearing support indicate downwards movement may end soon, the close very near to the low and the lack of a long lower wick indicate downwards movement is probably not yet done.

DAILY CHART

S&P 500 daily 2018
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Assume until proven otherwise that the gap at the open of Thurdsay’s session is a breakaway gap from a small consolidation, which may provide resistance while it remains open.

There is no long lower wick nor decline in volume to suggest downwards movement may end here. Expect it to continue lower. It looks like the 200 day moving average may again be overshot.

If a day with a long lower wick develops, or Stochastics or RSI is oversold and then exhibits divergence, a low may then be in place.

VOLATILITY – INVERTED VIX CHART

VIX daily 2018
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So that colour blind members are included, bearish signals will be noted with blue and bullish signals with yellow.

Normally, volatility should decline as price moves higher and increase as price moves lower. This means that normally inverted VIX should move in the same direction as price.

Downwards movement for Thursday and Friday has support from a normal increase in volatility. This is bearish.

BREADTH – AD LINE

AD Line daily 2018
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There is normally 4-6 months divergence between price and market breadth prior to a full fledged bear market. This has been so for all major bear markets within the last 90 odd years. With no longer term divergence yet at this point, any decline in price should be expected to be a pullback within an ongoing bull market and not necessarily the start of a bear market.

All of small, mid and large caps this week fell strongly. The fall in price has broad support from market breadth. It was small caps though that had the least decline. This slight divergence indicates some weakness and may be interpreted as slightly bullish.

Breadth should be read as a leading indicator.

Downwards movement for Thursday and Friday has support from strongly declining market breadth. This is bearish. There is no divergence.

DOW THEORY

All indices have made new all time highs as recently as nine weeks ago, confirming the ongoing bull market.

The following lows need to be exceeded for Dow Theory to confirm the end of the bull market and a change to a bear market:

DJIA: 17,883.56.

DJT: 7,039.41.

S&P500: 2,083.79.

Nasdaq: 5,034.41.

Charts showing each prior major swing low used for Dow Theory are here.

GOLD

A pullback was expected to end about 1,318 and an upwards swing to resume there, but the pullback was already over and upwards movement continued.

Summary: Look for a little sideways or lower movement to begin the new week, which may end about 1,344. Thereafter, the upwards swing should continue to the target, which remains at 1,367.

Grand SuperCycle analysis is here.

Last in-depth historic analysis with monthly and several weekly charts is here, video is here.

There are multiple wave counts at this time at the weekly and monthly chart levels. In order to make this analysis manageable and accessible only two will be published on a daily basis, one bullish and one bearish. This does not mean the other possibilities may not be correct, only that publication of them all each day is too much to digest. At this stage, they do not diverge from the two possibilities below.

BULLISH ELLIOTT WAVE COUNT

FIRST WEEKLY CHART

Gold Elliott Wave Chart Weekly 2018
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Cycle wave b may be a single zigzag. Zigzags subdivide 5-3-5. Primary wave C must subdivide as a five wave structure and may be either an impulse or an ending diagonal. Overlapping at this stage indicates an ending diagonal.

Within an ending diagonal, all sub-waves must subdivide as zigzags. Intermediate wave (4) must overlap into intermediate wave (1) price territory. This diagonal is expanding: intermediate wave (3) is longer than intermediate wave (1) and intermediate wave (4) is longer than intermediate wave (2). Intermediate wave (5) must be longer than intermediate wave (3), so it must end above 1,398.41 where it would reach equality in length with intermediate wave (3).

Within the final zigzag of intermediate wave (5), minor wave B may not move beyond the start of minor wave A below 1,236.54.

Within the diagonal of primary wave C, each sub-wave is extending in price and so may also do so in time. Within each zigzag, minor wave B may exhibit alternation in structure and may show an increased duration.

Within intermediate wave (1), minor wave B was a triangle lasting 11 days. Within intermediate wave (2), minor wave B was a zigzag lasting 2 days. Within intermediate wave (3), minor wave B was a regular flat lasting 60 days. Within intermediate wave (4), minor wave B was a regular contracting triangle lasting 40 days. Within intermediate wave (5), minor wave B may be expected to be an expanded flat, combination or running triangle to exhibit some alternation in structure. It may last as long as 40 to 60 days. So far it has lasted 41 days (refer to daily chart) and the structure is incomplete.

At this stage, it looks like minor wave B may most likely be a flat correction, or it may also still be a triangle. Both ideas are presented below.

This first weekly chart sees the upwards wave labelled primary wave A as a five wave structure. It must be acknowledged that this upwards wave looks better as a three than it does as a five. The fifth weekly chart below will consider the possibility that it was a three.

FIRST DAILY CHART – FLAT

Gold Elliott Wave Chart Daily 2018
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Minor wave B may be an incomplete flat correction, and within the flat minute wave a must subdivide as a three, which may have been a double zigzag.

Minute wave b must also subdivide as a three and must retrace a minimum 0.9 length of minute wave a. The target would see minute wave b end within the most common range for B waves within flats, and at an area of strong resistance.

Minuette wave (c) must subdivide as a five wave structure. It may only be either an impulse or an ending diagonal. An impulse is much more likely.

Subminuette wave ii is showing up on the daily chart. When it is complete, minuette wave (c) should look like a five wave structure, and within it both of subminuette waves ii and iv should show up on the daily chart to give the wave count the right look.

Subminuette wave iv may complete another small range red daily candlestick on Monday.

HOURLY CHART

Gold Elliott Wave Chart Hourly 2018
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Minuette wave (c) so far looks like it is unfolding as an impulse. So far subminuette waves i, ii and now iii may be complete. If subminuette wave iii is over at Friday’s high, then it would be slightly shorter than subminuette wave i. This limits subminuette wave v to no longer than equality with subminuette wave iii, so that subminuette wave iii is not the shortest actionary wave and the core Elliott wave rule is met.

Subminuette wave ii was a shallow double zigzag. Subminuette wave iv may be a flat, combination or triangle to exhibit alternation in structure with subminuette wave ii. To exhibit alternation in depth it may be more shallow, ending about the 0.236 Fibonacci ratio. Because subminuette wave iv may not move into subminuette wave i price territory, below 1,335.79, it may not be as deep as the 0.618 Fibonacci ratio at 1,334.

Subminuette wave iv should last about a day or so for the wave count to have the right look at the daily chart level.

SECOND DAILY CHART – TRIANGLE

Gold Elliott Wave Chart Daily 2018
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This alternate daily chart is identical to the first daily chart up to the high labelled minor wave A. Thereafter, it looks at a different structure for minor wave B.

Minor wave B may be an incomplete triangle, and within it minute wave a may have been a double zigzag. All remaining triangle sub-waves must be simple A-B-C structures, and three of the four remaining sub-waves must be simple zigzags. One remaining sub-wave may be a flat correction.

Minute wave b may be unfolding upwards as a single zigzag, and within it minuette wave (b) may not move beyond the start of minuette wave (a) below 1,303.08.

This alternate wave count expects weeks of choppy overlapping movement in an ever decreasing range.

All daily charts expect an impulse is unfolding higher for the short term. The subdivisions and labelling at the hourly chart level would all be mostly the same.

BEARISH ELLIOTT WAVE COUNT

FIFTH WEEKLY CHART

Gold Elliott Wave Chart Weekly 2018
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There were five weekly charts published in the last historic analysis. This fifth weekly chart is the most immediately bearish wave count, so this is published as a bearish possibility.

This fifth weekly chart sees cycle wave b as a flat correction, and within it intermediate wave (B) may be a complete triple zigzag. This would indicate a regular flat as intermediate wave (B) is less than 1.05 the length of intermediate wave (A).

If cycle wave b is a flat correction, then within it primary wave B must retrace a minimum 0.9 length of primary wave A at 1,079.13 or below. The most common length of B waves within flats is from 1 to 1.38 times the length of the A wave. The target calculated would see primary wave B end within this range.

I have only seen two triple zigzags before during my 10 years of daily Elliott wave analysis. If this wave count turns out to be correct, this would be the third. The rarity of this structure is identified on the chart.

FIFTH DAILY CHART

Gold Elliott Wave Chart Daily 2018
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If a new wave down at intermediate degree is beginning, then the first wave of minor wave 1 must subdivide as a five, which may only be an impulse or a leading diagonal.

Minor wave 1 may have been a complete impulse over on the 8th of February. But this downwards wave does not look very good as a five. It can be made to fit at lower time frames, but this movement fits better as a zigzag. The probability of this wave count is reduced.

Minor wave 2 may be an incomplete expanded flat. Minute wave c would be likely to end at least slightly above the end of minute wave a at 1,361.46 to avoid a truncation and a very rare running flat. Minor wave 2 may not move beyond the start of minor wave 1 above 1,365.68.

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

WEEKLY CHART

Gold Weekly 2018
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Again, price bounces up off support. This week’s strong weekly candlestick with an almost shaven head is very bullish. Support from volume and a bullish signal from On Balance Volume all support the Elliott wave analysis which expects upwards movement is incomplete.

Look for final resistance about 1,375.

DAILY CHART

Gold Daily 2018
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Looking at the bigger picture, Gold has been within a large consolidation since about January 2017 (this chart does not show all of this large consolidation), and during this consolidation it is two upwards days that have strongest volume and an upwards week that has strongest volume. Volume suggests an upwards breakout may be more likely than downwards.

Currently, Gold is within a smaller consolidation that began in early January 2018. This consolidation is delineated by support about 1,310 to 1,305 and resistance (final) about 1,375. It is an upwards day during this smaller consolidation that has strongest volume, suggesting an upwards breakout may be more likely here than downwards.

A very strong upwards day with an almost shaven head and support from volume offer good support to the Elliott wave counts which see this as a third wave. A bullish signal from On Balance Volume also offers support to the Elliott wave counts.

Resistance is next at 1,360. Thereafter, further resistance is at 1,365 and then 1,375.

GDX WEEKLY CHART

GDX Weekly 2018
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Support about 20.80 has been tested about eight times and so far has held. The more often a support area is tested and holds, the more technical significance it has.

In the first instance, expect this area to continue to provide support. Only a strong downwards day, closing below support and preferably with some increase in volume, would constitute a downwards breakout from the consolidation that GDX has been in for a year now.

Resistance is about 25.50. Only a strong upwards day, closing above resistance and with support from volume, would constitute an upwards breakout.

Bullish volume this week and a bullish signal from On Balance Volume offer support to the view that an upwards swing should continue here to resistance.

GDX DAILY CHART

GDX Daily 2018
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A bullish signal from On Balance Volume at the daily chart level and a bullish volume profile suggest more upwards movement next week for GDX.

Assume the opening gap for Friday is a measuring gap until proven otherwise. Measuring gaps may be used in trading to place stops. They are not usually closed for some time, so in an upwards trend should provide support. Stops may be placed just below the gap. This measuring gap gives a target at 22.63.

The long upper wick on Friday’s candlestick suggests a short term pullback may begin on Monday. Volume suggests any downwards movement here is a counter trend movement though.

US OIL

A bounce was expected to continue, with the target at 65.05. So far price has reached up to 65.99.

Summary: Price must turn here for the main Elliott wave count. A new high above 66.65 would substantially reduce the probability of the bearish wave count and increase the probability of a huge new bull market for Oil, which would have final confidence above 74.96.

Classic technical analysis this week strongly favours a bullish outlook. Members are advised to either hedge or be long here; shorts should be closed above 66.65.

If price turns lower here, then the target for a new low remains at 13.39. A new low on the way down, below 55.24, would add substantial confidence in a bearish outlook.

Always practice good risk management as the most important aspect of trading. Always trade with stops and invest only 1-5% of equity on any one trade. Failure to manage risk is the most common mistake new traders make.

MAIN WAVE COUNT

MONTHLY CHART

US Oil Elliott Wave Chart Monthly 2018
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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 relatively shallow. There is inadequate alternation in structure, both are zigzags. So far primary wave 4 has lasted 23 months. At this stage, there is almost perfect proportion between primary waves 2 and 4.

Primary wave 4 may not move into primary wave 1 price territory above 74.96.

The wider Elliott channel (teal) about this whole movement may offer support to primary wave 5.

WEEKLY CHART

US Oil Elliott Wave Chart Weekly 2018
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Primary wave 4 subdivides as a zigzag, and within it intermediate wave (C) may now be complete. If primary wave 5 were to only reach equality in length with primary wave 3, it would end with a small truncation. A target for primary wave 5 may best be calculated at intermediate degree. That can only be done when intermediate waves (1) through to (4) within primary wave 5 are complete.

For now a target will be calculated at primary degree using a ratio between primary waves 3 and 5. This target only has a small probability. This target will be recalculated as primary wave 5 nears its end, so it may change.

An Elliott channel is added to this possible zigzag for primary wave 4. A breach of the lower edge of this channel would provide a very strong indication that primary wave 4 should be over and primary wave 5 should be underway. Look out for some support on the way down, perhaps a short term bounce about the lower edge of the channel.

DAILY CHART

US Oil Elliott Wave Chart Daily 2018
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Minor wave 1 will subdivide as a complete impulse at lower time frames.

Minor wave 2 this week is slightly relabelled. It looks like a double zigzag, and this labelling has a better fit. The first structure in the double zigzag is labelled minute wave w. The double is joined by a three in the opposite direction, an expanded flat labelled minute wave x. The second zigzag in the double has deepened the correction achieving its purpose, and it is labelled a zigzag for minute wave y.

There is now almost no room left for this wave count to move into. Minor wave 2 must end here and minor wave 3 downwards must begin early next week if this wave count is correct.

A target is calculated for minor wave 3 which expects the most common Fibonacci ratio to minor wave 1. If price reaches down to this target and the structure is incomplete or price keeps falling through it, then the next Fibonacci ratio in the sequence of 2.618 would be used to calculate a new target.

Minor wave 2 may not move beyond the start of minor wave 1 above 66.65.

A new low below 55.24 would invalidate the bullish alternate below and provide reasonable confidence in this main wave count.

The bottom line for this wave count is that now we should assume an upwards trend is intact while price remains within the best fit channel, and so this wave count may be wrong. A clear breach of the lower edge of the channel by downwards movement is required for confidence in this main wave count this week.

This week’s classic analysis supports the alternate wave count and does not support this main wave count.

ALTERNATE WAVE COUNT

MONTHLY CHART

US Oil Elliott Wave Chart Monthly 2018
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It is possible that the bear market for Oil is over and a new bull market is in the very early stages.

A huge zigzag down to the last low may be complete and is labelled here Super Cycle wave (II).

Cycle wave b must be seen as complete in August 2013 for this wave count to work. It cannot be seen as complete at the prior major swing high in May 2011.

Cycle wave b is seen as a zigzag, and within it primary wave B is seen as a running contracting triangle. These are fairly common structures, although nine wave triangles are uncommon. All subdivisions fit.

Primary wave C moves beyond the end of primary wave A, so it avoids a truncation. But it does not have to move above the price territory of primary wave B to avoid a truncation, which is an important distinction.

If cycle wave b begins there, then cycle wave c may be seen as a complete five wave impulse.

Super Cycle wave (III) must move beyond the end of Super Cycle wave (I). It must move far enough above that point to allow room for a subsequent Super Cycle wave (IV) to unfold and remain above Super Cycle wave (I) price territory.

WEEKLY CHART

US Oil Elliott Wave Chart Weekly 2018
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If a new bull market is in the very early stages for Oil, then it may have begun with two overlapping first and second waves at primary then at intermediate degree.

Primary wave 3 may only subdivide as an impulse, and within it intermediate wave (3) may be complete.

Intermediate wave (4) may not move into intermediate wave (1) price territory below 55.24. Intermediate wave (4) would most likely be incomplete. It may continue further sideways or lower.

Intermediate wave (2) is labelled as a double zigzag. To exhibit alternation intermediate wave (4) may most likely be a flat, combination or triangle. Intermediate wave (2) lasted 17 weeks. For good proportion and the right look, intermediate wave (4) may last a Fibonacci 13 or even 21 weeks in total. So far it has lasted only eight weeks.

DAILY CHART

US Oil Elliott Wave Chart Daily 2018
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With classic technical analysis this week very bullish, it is time to publish a daily chart for this alternate idea.

It would be unlikely that intermediate wave (4) would be over a the last low labelled minor wave A. That would be too brief.

If intermediate wave (4) is continuing, then it may be as a flat correction. Minor wave B has reached the minimum requirement of 0.9 the length of minor wave A. It may continue higher and may make a new high above the start of minor wave A at 66.65 as in an expanded flat, which is the most common type.

When minor wave B is complete, then minor wave C downwards would be expected to make at least a slight new low below the end of minor wave A at 58.13 to avoid a truncation.

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

MONTHLY CHART

US Oil Chart Monthly 2018
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The strongest recent monthly volume is for the downwards month of August 2017. This is bearish.

The rise in price had support from volume for the month of January. Downwards movement did not have support from rising volume for the now completed month of February. This is bullish. MACD and On Balance Volume are also both bullish. Overall, this chart is more bullish than bearish.

RSI indicates there is room for upwards movement to continue.

The month of March is still incomplete, so at this time no conclusions may be drawn.

DAILY CHART

US Oil Chart Daily 2017
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The last two upwards days have reasonable support now from volume, which is bullish. Friday was slightly weaker than Wednesday though.

ADX, On Balance Volume, the short term volume profile, and Bollinger Bands are all bullish. This chart indicates an upwards trend that has a reasonable distance to run yet.

When Oil has a strong upwards trend, Stochastics may remain extremely overbought for a reasonable period of time. Only when it is overbought and then exhibits bearish divergence with price may a sizeable pullback / consolidation or end to the trend be expected. That is not the case here.

This chart strongly supports the alternate wave count.

VOLATILITY INDEX

OVX Chart Daily 2017
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It is generally expected that OVX and Oil price should have a negative correlation. However, the correlation co-efficient proves absolutely that this expectation is not supported by the math. Their correlation is mathematically unreliable. Currently, it is very weakly positive.

This may be discounted as an unreliable relationship, and the math supports this view. Normally, it would be read as bearish divergence, but that interpretation assumes a more reliable correlation than the math shows.

Any two sets of data that have a correlation co-efficient that spends time within the highlighted zone of +0.5 to -0.5 are two sets of data that do not have a reliable correlation. Any correlation that may appear from time to time may be simply due to chance and not because the two sets of data have a relationship in any way.

USD Index Elliott Wave and Technical Analysis – 21st March, 2018

A quick analysis today with a bullish and a bearish Elliott wave count, and classic technical analysis.

BEARISH ELLIOTT WAVE ANALYSIS

QUARTERLY CHART

US Dollar Elliott Wave Chart Quarterly 2018
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A huge double zigzag may be continuing lower.

MONTHLY CHART

US Dollar Elliott Wave Chart Monthly 2018
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This cannot be a fourth wave correction within an ongoing impulse higher because a new low below 89.62 has recently occurred, which would be back in first wave price territory.

That indicates the last big wave up may be a completed three, and for that reason this is my main wave count.

WEEKLY CHART

US Dollar Elliott Wave Chart Weekly 2018
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A five down may be complete within the new trend. This should be followed by a three up that may correct to about the 0.618 Fibonacci ratio at 97.57.

Cycle wave II may not move beyond the start of cycle wave I above 103.82.

BULLISH ELLIOTT WAVE ANALYSIS

QUARTERLY CHART

US Dollar Elliott Wave Chart Quarterly 2018
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A single zigzag down to the last major low may still be complete.

A new upwards trend may continue. So far there may be two overlapping first and second waves. Primary wave 2 may not move beyond the start of primary wave 1 below 72.69.

Primary wave 2 should find strong support at the lower edge of the teal base channel if it gets down that low.

MONTHLY CHART

US Dollar Elliott Wave Chart Monthly 2018
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Primary wave 2 may be a complete zigzag. However, this wave down can also be seen as a five and primary wave 2 may yet continue lower.

WEEKLY CHART

US Dollar Elliott Wave Chart Weekly 2018
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This bullish wave count sees the last wave down as a completed zigzag. If this is correct, then within primary wave 3 no second wave correction may move beyond its start below 88.25.

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

MONTHLY CHART

US Dollar Chart Monthly 2018
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DAILY CHART

US Dollar Daily 2018
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This analysis is published @ 04:56 a.m. EST.

Weekly Elliott Wave and Technical Analysis of S&P500 and Gold and US Oil – 2nd March, 2018

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BTCUSD Elliott Wave and Technical Analysis – 15th February, 2018

Two scenarios for Bitcoin and a clear price point which differentiates the two ideas are presented in this analysis.

Summary: While price remains below 13,031.04 and below the Magee bear market trend line, the possibility that Bitcoin is in the early stages of collapse will remain. A new high above 13,031.04 by any amount at any time frame would be a bullish signal for Bitcoin. If that happens, then look out for another exponential rise to substantial new highs, which may only end after a minimum of 2 weeks vertical upwards movement on high volume.

The data used for this analysis now comes from Yahoo Finance BTC-USD.

FIRST ELLIOTT WAVE COUNT

2 WEEKLY

Bitcoin 2 weekly 2018
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It is possible to see a completed five wave impulse upwards for Bitcoin.

I am unable to find reasonable Fibonacci ratios within this wave count. It appears that Bitcoin may not exhibit Fibonacci ratios very often between its waves, so this makes target calculation impossible. Classic technical analysis will then be used to identify a high in place.

What is very clear from this chart is that Bitcoin is in a classic bubble. This looks like an even larger bubble than the Tulip Mania. The only thing about which I am certain is that this bubble will pop and Bitcoin will collapse.

What is uncertain is exactly when it will crash. For that question to be answered Elliott wave analysis may be helpful, and if the Forever trend line is breached, then reasonable confidence may be had that Bitcoin is crashing.

WEEKLY

Bitcoin weekly 2018
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Bitcoin tends to behave like an extreme commodity: price moves upwards for about 2 – 4 weeks in a near vertical movement at the end of its rises. Following this vertical movement the resulting downwards movement is very deep (in percentage terms) and often very quick.

The next rise begins slowly with basing action over weeks or months, and then as the rise nears its end another vertical movement completes it. Also, there are volume spikes just before or at the end, which is another feature typical of commodity like behaviour.

This has happened now several times. The most notable instances are the rise up to the week ending 24th November, 2013, and the week ending 5th June, 2011. The following sharp drops were 94% and 93% respectively.

If this current drop continues like the last two examples, then a reasonable target may be about $1,390.94 or below.

DAILY

Bitcoin daily 2018
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If Bitcoin is in the early stages of a huge crash, then a five down structure should develop at the daily chart level. This would be incomplete.

A third wave cannot yet be seen as complete for intermediate wave (3). This wave count sees a series now of three overlapping first and second waves. If this wave count is correct, then Bitcoin may be winding up for a spectacular plummet in price in the next couple of weeks or so.

Minute wave ii may not move beyond the start of minute wave i above 13,031.04.

SECOND ELLIOTT WAVE COUNT

WEEKLY

Bitcoin weekly 2018
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It is also possible that the rise for Bitcoin is not over. The last blow off top may have only been the end of a third wave, so a still stronger fifth wave may be yet to come.

Primary wave 4 may not move into primary wave 1 price territory below 492.80, but this price point is far away for any usefulness though. The Forever trend line on the 2 weekly chart would see this wave count discarded long before price invalidated it.

DAILY

Bitcoin daily 2018
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If the last fall in price for Bitcoin is just another relatively short lived pullback, then it must subdivide as an Elliott wave corrective structure. This movement will fit nicely as a double zigzag, which may now be complete.

Because triple zigzags are very rare structures (I have only ever seen 2 or 3 in my now 10 years of daily Elliott wave analysis), it is extremely likely that the correction is complete when a double zigzag is complete.

Within primary wave 5, no second wave correction may make a new low below the start of its first wave below 5,968.36.

A new high above 13,031.04 would see confidence in this wave count. If that happens, then my expectation would be for Bitcoin to see another exponential rise, only ending after a minimum of 2 weeks vertical movement on very high volume.

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

Bitcoin daily 2018
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If price breaks above the Magee bear market trend line, then assume Bitcoin would very likely make new highs.

Not all bullish long lower wicks appear at swing lows, but they are a persistent feature at lows.

When a bullish long lower wick is accompanied by a volume spike, then the probability that a swing low is in is very high.

Currently, volume supports downwards movement much more so than upwards. The volume profile is bearish. This supports the first Elliott wave count.

Published @ 05:33 p.m. EST.

GOLD Elliott Wave Technical Analysis – 12th January, 2018

An upwards breakout from a consolidation was expected, but it has come much more quickly than expected. A new alternate wave count this week should prepare members if price continues higher from here.

Summary: The main wave count expects a trend change to a new bear market to last one to several years, and the target is 463. However, for confidence in this view, first a new low below 1,324.93 and then a breach of the Elliott channel on the hourly charts by downwards movement is required.

A new alternate expects overall upwards movement from here. It would be confirmed if price makes a new high reasonably above 1,357.09.

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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.

MAIN ELLIOTT WAVE COUNT

WEEKLY CHART

Gold Elliott Wave Chart Weekly 2018
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All wave counts expect that Gold completed a large five down from the all time high in November 2011 to the low of December 2015, which is seen on the left hand side of both weekly charts.

If this analysis is correct, then the five down may not be the completion of the correction. Corrective waves do not subdivide as fives; they subdivide as threes. The five down is seen as cycle wave a within Super Cycle wave (a).

All wave counts then expect cycle wave b began in December 2015.

There are more than 23 possible corrective structures that B waves may take. It is important to always have multiple wave counts when B waves are expected. It is for this reason that a weekly alternate wave count will be published daily.

It looks unlikely that cycle wave b may have been over at the high labelled primary wave A. Primary wave A lasted less than one year at only 31 weeks. Cycle waves should last one to several years and B waves tend to be more time consuming than other Elliott waves, so this movement would be too brief for cycle wave b.

This wave count looks at cycle wave b to be most likely a regular contracting triangle.

All sub-waves must subdivide as threes within an Elliott wave triangle, and four of the five sub-waves must be zigzags or multiple zigzags, and the most common sub-wave to be a multiple is wave C. Only one sub-wave may be a more complicated multiple. This triangle meets all these rules and guidelines; all subdivisions fit perfectly at all time frames. It is the main wave count for these reasons, and thus is judged to have the highest probability.

The triangle trend lines have a normal looking convergence. Primary wave D now looks fairly likely to be complete, and it looks like an obvious three wave structure at the weekly chart level.

While primary wave E should also most likely look like an obvious three wave structure at the weekly and daily chart levels, it does not have to do this. It is possible at the end of this week that primary wave E could be over, falling reasonably short of the A-C trend line and being relatively quick. E waves of triangles can often be the quickest of all triangle waves.

DAILY CHART

Gold Elliott Wave Chart Daily 2018
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This first wave count follows on directly from the weekly chart above. It looks at primary wave E as a single zigzag. Zigzags subdivide 5-3-5.

It is possible today that the zigzag for primary wave E may be complete. It looks like a zigzag at the daily chart level. E waves of triangles can be surprisingly quick. A very good example of this is here on this daily chart: the triangle labelled intermediate wave (B) within primary wave D also came to a quicker than expected end.

The target calculated for cycle wave c assumes the most common Fibonacci ratio to cycle wave a.

If primary wave E continues higher, it may not move beyond the end of primary wave C above 1,357.09. A new high by any amount at any time frame would immediately invalidate this wave count.

2 HOURLY CHART

Gold Elliott Wave Chart Hourly 2018
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This 2 hourly chart shows all of primary wave E. The bottom line for this wave count is that while price remains within this channel there is no evidence of a trend change. This channel must be breached by downwards movement before any confidence may be had in a trend change.

HOURLY CHART

Gold Elliott Wave Chart Hourly 2018
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Intermediate wave (B) may have been remarkably brief, much more so than expected. Intermediate wave (C) will now fit as a completed five wave impulse.

A new low below 1,324.93 would add a little confidence in this wave count. A clear breach of the black Elliott channel by downwards movement is required for reasonable confidence.

While price remains within the channel, accept the possibility that it may continue higher.

ALTERNATE HOURLY CHART

Gold Elliott Wave Chart Hourly 2018
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By simply moving the degree of labelling within the last wave up all down one degree, it is entirely possible that primary wave E is not yet over.

Within minor wave 5, the correction for minute wave ii may not move beyond the start of minute wave i below 1,324.93.

The upper edge of the Elliott channel may provide resistance. If price comes up to touch that trend line and this wave count remains valid, then look out for a downwards reaction there.

ALTERNATE ELLIOTT WAVE COUNT

WEEKLY CHART

Gold Elliott Wave Chart Weekly 2018
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This is the best bullish wave count that I can see at this stage. The extra video for members this week shows how it was developed.

If cycle wave b is a single zigzag, then the upwards wave labelled here primary wave A must be seen as a five wave structure. But this is problematic because (within primary wave A) intermediate wave (4) lasted 12 weeks whereas intermediate wave (2) only lasted 2 weeks. While disproportion between corrective waves does not violate any Elliott wave rules, it does give a wave count the wrong look.

Gold is typical of commodities in that it often exhibits swift strong fifth waves, leading to blowoff tops in bull markets and selling climaxes in bear markets. This tendency is most often seen in Gold’s third waves. When this happens the strong fifth wave forces the fourth wave correction that comes before it to be more brief and shallow than good proportion to its counterpart second wave would suggest. When this happens the impulse has a curved three wave look to it at higher time frames.

It is acceptable for a wave count for a commodity to see a curved impulse which has a more time consuming second wave correction within it than the fourth wave correction.

The impulse has a more time consuming fourth wave than the second in this case though, giving the wave the look of a zigzag. This is unusual, and so the probability of this wave count is low.

Low probability does not mean no probability, so this wave count is possible; when low probability outcomes do occur, they are never what was expected as most likely.

Primary wave C must subdivide as a five wave structure, either an impulse or an ending diagonal. Because the upwards wave of intermediate wave (1) fits as a zigzag and will not fit as an impulse, an ending diagonal is considered.

Ending diagonals require all sub-waves to subdivide as zigzags.

Within intermediate wave (1), to see this wave as a zigzag, minor wave B is seen as a double flat correction. In my experience double flats are extremely rare structures, even rarer than running flats. The rarity of this structure further reduces the probability of this wave count.

Intermediate wave (3) must move beyond the end of intermediate wave (1) above 1,357.09.

SECOND ALTERNATE ELLIOTT WAVE COUNT

WEEKLY CHART

Gold Elliott Wave Chart Weekly 2018
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This second alternate is new, developed from a suggestion by an Elliott Wave Gold member, Dreamer.

A triangle may be completing as an X wave within a double zigzag for cycle wave b.

Now the upwards wave labelled here primary wave W is seen as a zigzag. This has a better fit than the first alternate.

Within the triangle for primary wave X, intermediate waves (A) through to (C) may be complete. Intermediate wave (D) may also be complete, but there is room for it to still move higher. If the triangle for primary wave X is a regular contracting triangle, then intermediate wave (D) may not move beyond the end of intermediate wave (B) above 1,357.09. If the triangle is a barrier triangle, then intermediate wave (D) should end about the same level as intermediate wave (B), so that the (B)-(D) trend line remains essentially flat. In practice, this means that intermediate wave (D) may end slightly above 1,357.09 and this wave count would remain valid.

This is why a new high reasonably above 1,357.09 only would invalidate this wave count. This invalidation point is not black and white.

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

WEEKLY CHART

Gold Weekly 2018
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Now that price has again broken above resistance at 1,305 to 1,310, that area may now provide support. Next resistance is about 1,345.

Stochastics is added this week. Price is range bound in a weekly level consolidation. As price swings from resistance to support and back again, Stochastics may be used to assist to see where each swing may end and the next begin. Price is nearing resistance at 1,345 and Stochastics is just entering overbought. It looks reasonable to expect the upwards swing to end soon; there is a little room for price to rise still.

DAILY CHART

Gold Daily 2018
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Resistance about 1,330 did not hold during Friday’s session. Next resistance is on the weekly chart about 1,345.

Divergence with RSI has simply disappeared. RSI is overbought, but it can remain so for a reasonable length of time when Gold has a strong bull trend.

Stochastics is overbought and exhibits clear divergence with price, but this can develop further into multiple divergence before the bull trend ends.

ADX indicates the trend is extreme, but this can persist for reasonable periods of time when Gold has a strong bull trend.

There is room still for price to rise further.

GDX DAILY CHART

Gold Daily 2018
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Price has broken above resistance with support from volume. Next resistance is about 23.70.

However, for GDX there is weakness exhibited by divergence in both RSI and Stochastics. This may yet disappear, but for now it exists.

The bullish signal given by On Balance Volume is weak because the trend line breached on Friday is short held, reasonably sloped and tested only twice before.

Published @ 05:57 p.m. EST on 13th January, 2018.

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BTCUSD Elliott Wave and Technical Analysis – 23rd December, 2017

Has the Bitcoin bubble burst? I look at price and volume, along with trend lines, to answer this question.

Last analysis stated: “Instead of trying to figure out where this bubble may go, I’ll focus on figuring out when it may have popped. A strong bearish candlestick pattern at the weekly chart level and a trend channel or trend line breach will be looked for.”

There is a completed weekly candlestick at the end of today’s session, and it is a strong bearish engulfing candlestick pattern.

But the channel is not yet breached.

Volume supports the idea of a high in place, but the bottom line is that there is substantial risk to any short position while price remains within the channel.

Look now for a bounce to not make a new all time high, which should exhibit weakness in volume. Then look for the channel breach.

Manage risk diligently.

ELLIOTT WAVE CHARTS

2 WEEKLY

Bitcoin 2 weekly 2017
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WEEKLY

Bitcoin weekly 2017
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DAILY

Bitcoin daily 2017
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VOLUME ANALYSIS

Bitcoin volume 2017
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A huge drop in volume suggests exhaustion.

Published @ 02:22 a.m. EST.