SILVER Elliott Wave Technical Analysis – 29th June, 2017

Stops should have been set just above 16.726. If they were set, they were triggered on the 23rd of June closing short positions for a profit.

Summary: Silver is range bound with support about 16.05 – 15.70 and resistance about 18.55 – 18.65. Currently, it looks like a downwards swing has ended and an upwards swing is in its early stage.

New updates to this analysis are in bold.

Last monthly chart is here.

ELLIOTT WAVE COUNT

FIRST WEEKLY CHART

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

Within a flat correction, intermediate wave (B) must retrace a minimum 0.9 length of intermediate wave (A) at 15.938. The common range for intermediate wave (B) is from 1 to 1.38 the length of intermediate wave (A). The target calculated would see intermediate wave (B) reach to within the common range and pass its minimum requirement. If minor wave B moves any higher, then the target for intermediate wave (B) must also move correspondingly higher.

Intermediate wave (B) may make a new price extreme beyond the start of intermediate wave (A), as in an expanded flat, which are very common structures.

The bigger picture for cycle wave b would expect primary wave Y to end about the same level as primary wave W about 21.062. The purpose of combinations is to take up time and move price sideways. To achieve this purpose the second structure in the double normally ends about the same level as the first.

The maximum number of corrective structures is three within combinations (and multiple zigzags). This maximum applies to sub-waves W, Y and Z. Within these structures, they may only be labelled as simple A-B-C corrections (or A-B-C-D-E in the case of triangles). They may not themselves be labeled multiples as that would increase the number of corrections within the structure beyond three and violate the rule.

X waves are joining structures and they are not counted in the maximum total of three (otherwise the maximum would be five). X waves may be any corrective structure, including multiples.

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

FIRST DAILY CHART

Silver daily 2017
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A strong breach of the channel drawn in last analysis began on the 23rd of June and indicated that the last wave down for minute wave i was over.

Minute wave ii may now also be over, or it may continue further sideways or higher. If it does continue higher, it should find strong resistance at the upper edge of the Elliott channel.

When minute wave ii is complete, then downwards movement should show an increase in momentum for minute wave iii.

Minute wave ii may not move beyond the start of minute wave i above 17.742.

SECOND WEEKLY CHART

Silver daily 2017
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It is also possible that cycle wave b may be completing as a triangle. Mostly because combinations are more common than triangles is this a second wave count.

Within a triangle, only one of the sub-waves may be a more complicated multiple. Primary wave B subdivides as a double zigzag. Primary waves C, D and E may only be single threes.

Within a contracting or barrier triangle, primary wave C may not move beyond the end of primary wave A above 21.062.

To label primary wave C over at the last high of the 17th of April would see the A-C trend line too steeply sloped to have a normal look. It would be only a 0.55 length of primary wave B, which is unusually short for a triangle sub-wave. It would look more likely that primary wave C is not over.

Within a contracting triangle, primary wave D (nor any part of primary wave C) may not move beyond the end of primary wave B below 15.638.

Within a barrier triangle, primary wave D should end about the same point as primary wave B. As long as the B-D trend line remains essentially flat the triangle will remain valid. In practice, this means that primary wave D may move slightly below the end of primary wave B (this is the only Elliott wave rule which is not black and white).

The final wave of primary wave E may not move beyond the end of primary wave C. It would most likely fall short of the A-C trend line.

This second wave count expects a large consolidation to continue for months.

SECOND DAILY CHART

Silver daily 2017
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Primary wave C may be an incomplete zigzag.

A new high above 18.641 would at this stage invalidate the first wave count and provide some confirmation of this second wave count.

Minor wave 2 may now be complete. Minor wave 3 may be underway.

This second wave count does not have support from this week’s classic technical analysis, so it is less likely than the first wave count.

Within minor wave 3, no second wave correction may move beyond its start below 16.368.

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

WEEKLY CHART

Silver Chart Weekly 2017
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Volume now suggests a downwards breakout from the trading range is more likely than upwards.

Overall, Silver is in a large consolidation at the weekly chart level. Support is about 16.05 – 15.70 and resistance is about 18.55 – 18.65. ADX agrees that price is consolidating.

The long lower wick on the last completed weekly candlestick is bullish. The last downwards swing within the consolidation now looks likely to be over, so an upwards swing may now be in its early stages and may last a few weeks.

DAILY CHART

Silver Chart Daily 2017
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The very long lower wick on the candlestick for the 26th of June is very bullish; it completed a Hammer candlestick reversal pattern. It looks like a low is in place at least short term.

Volume is not at this time supporting upwards movement. That may change but for now this should be read as bearish.

The long upper wick on the last daily candlestick is bearish for the short term. Look for a red daily candlestick for Silver tomorrow.

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Drawing Bear Market Trend lines | 27th June, 2017

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

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

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

This technique works on all time frames.

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

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

Drawing Trend Lines? Simple is Best | 27th June, 2017

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

Gold Daily 2016
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To draw a trend line in a bull market find the first two major swing lows, then draw a line across them. Extend the line out to the right. Assume the bull market remains intact while price remains above the line. When the line is properly breached, it is an indicator of a potential trend change from bull to bear.

This technique works on all time frames.

Gold began a series of higher highs and higher lows on the daily chart after the low in December 2016. Within this upwards trend, the first two swing lows are taken as the 27th of January and the 10th of March. This trend line has now been tested eight times, with downwards movement for the last session of the 26th of June being the eighth test.

How Gold behaves at this trend line in the next few days will be a strong indicator. Does the bull run continue or is it over?

This analysis is published @ 03:43 a.m. EST.

On Balance Volume (Beyond Volume Basics) | 23rd June, 2017

Volume alone is not always a clear indicator. It is necessary to add another volume indicator, like On Balance Volume, to add depth to volume analysis and improve accuracy.

Gold Daily 2016
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On Balance Volume can be used in two ways.

1. When On Balance Volume creates a range draw trend lines across its highs and lows. A breakout by On Balance Volume can sometimes precede a breakout from price, so On Balance Volume can be a leading indicator. Other times On Balance Volume may break out with or after price, it can then be a confirming indicator. Used this way On Balance Volume works very well.

2. Divergence between price and On Balance Volume can be used to indicate weakness and an impending trend change. This divergence can persist for some time prior to a trend change, so it is not useful in picking highs or lows.

Trend lines are drawn on On Balance Volume in the chart above. Resistance is in purple, support in yellow. A long term line is added in pink.

Bullish signals are noted in green arrows on price:

1. Halfway through an upwards trend On Balance Volume breaks above resistance which was prior support. This adds some confirmation to the trend. Traders may have more confidence in long positions.

2. A long term trend line which previously provided support, then resistance, is breached. This adds confidence in the upwards trend continuing.

3. A long term trend line is touched after some time. The bounce up and away is bullish.

4. A breach of resistance is a bullish signal. This illustrates that this technique does not always work. Price continued higher for only one more day before a major reversal.

Bearish signals are noted in red arrows on price:

1. A breach of support is a bearish signal, which should confirm the downwards trend. But a low is found the next day. Again, this technique works more often than it fails, but it can fail.

2. A break of a long term support line halfway through a downwards trend offers confidence in short positions.

3. Another break below a support line offers confidence in the downward trend.

In addition to breaches of trend lines, tests of support and resistance also offer signals.

Using On Balance Volume in conjunction with volume bars adds considerable depth to analysis.

This analysis is published @ 03:41 a.m. EST.