I had expected price to move lower for Monday but this is not what happened. Upwards movement breached the invalidation point on the hourly wave count.
The wave count remains the same.
Summary: It is still likely we shall see movement below 1,231.69. If price moves below 1,238.17 I would have confidence in the target at 1,214 for the short term, and 1,198 for the mid term. If price does not break below 1,231.69 and continues sideways for another day then minute wave b may be completing as a triangle.
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Gold is still within a large fourth wave correction at primary wave degree which is incomplete. To see a full explanation of my reasoning for expecting that primary wave 4 is not over and is continuing see this.
Movement above 1,277.97 has provided confirmation that primary wave 4 is not over. This upwards movement cannot be a fourth wave correction within primary wave 5 as it has now moved into what would be its counterpart first wave price territory. The wave down from the high labeled intermediate wave (W) to the low labeled intermediate wave (X) is now confirmed as a three wave structure. Primary wave 5 cannot subdivide as a three, it can only subdivide as a five.
Primary wave 2 was a rare running flat correction, and was a deep 68% correction of primary wave 1. In order to show alternation in structure primary wave 4 may be a zigzag, double zigzag, combination, triangle or even an expanded flat. We can rule out a zigzag because the first wave subdivides as a three. This still leaves several structural possibilities.
Primary wave 4 is most likely to be a combination or triangle in order to show structural alternation with the running flat of primary wave 2.
The downwards wave labeled intermediate wave (X) is 99% the length of the upwards wave labeled intermediate wave (W). Primary wave 4 is unlikely to be a flat correction because if it were it would be a regular flat. These have similar behaviour and a similar look to running flats, and so there would be little structural alternation between primary waves 2 and 4.
Primary wave 4 is most likely to be a combination rather than a double zigzag because of the depth of intermediate wave (X). Double combinations take up time and move price sideways, and their X waves can be very deep. Double zigzags are different because their purpose is to deepen a correction when the first zigzag does not move price deep enough, so their X waves are not normally very deep. Thus intermediate wave (Y) is most likely to be a flat correction, less likely a triangle and least likely a zigzag. It is most likely to end about the same level as intermediate wave (W) at 1,434 so that the whole structure moves sideways. It may last about 43 to 89 days, depending upon what structure it takes.
If intermediate wave (Y) is a flat correction then within it minor wave B must retrace a minimum of 90% the length of minor wave A, and it may make a new low below 1,180.84.
If intermediate wave (Y) is a flat correction then within it minor wave A must subdivide as a three wave structure. At this stage it looks like minor wave A may be unfolding as a zigzag because minute wave a within it completed as a leading diagonal which is a five wave structure. Minute wave b is probably an incomplete expanded flat correction.
Primary wave 4 may not move into primary wave 1 price territory. This wave count is invalidated with movement above 1,532.90.
Main Hourly Wave Count.
Minute wave b subdivides best so far as an incomplete expanded flat correction. Within it minuette wave (b) is a 153% correction of minuette wave (a). When the B wave within an expanded flat is very long as this one is then the C wave is usually relatively long as well. The target for minuette wave (c) downwards to end remains at 2.618 the length of minuette wave (a) at 1,198.
I would have confidence in this target if price moves below 1,238.17 because at that stage the alternate wave count below would be invalidated. Movement below the end of minuette wave (a) 1,231.69 is extremely likely for minuette wave (c) to avoid a truncation and a very rare running flat.
Minuette wave (c) is unfolding as an impulse. I have looked at the possibility of an ending diagonal, but the wave lengths do not fit. Within the impulse subminuette wave iii should breach the lower edge of the acceleration channel.
Within subminuette wave iii we may have seen micro waves 1 and 2 complete. Micro wave 3 would reach 1.618 the length of micro wave 1 at 1,214. This next downwards wave should show a strong increase in downwards momentum.
If micro wave 2 continues higher it may not move beyond the start of micro wave 1. This wave count is invalidated with movement above 1,270.31.
Alternate Hourly Wave Count.
With all the choppy overlapping movement of the last several days I will consider the possibility that we are seeing a triangle unfold for minute wave b.
Within the triangle only one of the subwaves may be a double zigzag, not two. This wave count must see the downwards movement of minuette wave (a) as a single zigzag. The problem is within the third wave of subminuette wave c; it does not subdivide neatly into an impulse which is the only possible structure for a third wave.
Within the triangle minuette wave (d) would most likely be complete. It may move higher and if it does it may not move beyond the end of minuette wave (b) above 1,279.66.
Only the final wave of minuette wave (e) is required to complete the triangle. If we see a three wave movement downwards end (most likely) just short of the A-C trend line, and if price turns around and moves higher from that point, then the triangle may be complete and a new upwards trend may have begun.
Minuette wave (e) may not move beyond the end of minuette wave (c). This wave count is invalidated with movement below 1,238.17.
Alternate Daily Wave Count – Triangle.
It is also possible that primary wave 4 may continue as a regular contracting (or barrier) triangle.
The expected direction of this next upwards wave is the same, but for this alternate intermediate wave (C) of the triangle may not move beyond the end of intermediate wave (A). The triangle is invalidated with movement above 1,438.83.
Intermediate wave (C) must unfold as either a single or double zigzag. Within it no second wave correction, nor wave B of the zigzag, may move beyond the start of the first wave or A wave. This wave count is invalidated with movement below 1,180.84.
The final intermediate wave (E) upwards may not move above the end of intermediate wave (C) for both a contracting and barrier triangle. E waves most commonly end short of the A-C trend line.
All five subwaves of a triangle must divide into corrective structures. If this next upwards movement subdivides as a zigzag which does not make a new high above 1,438.83 then this alternate would be correct.
Triangles take up time and move price sideways. If primary wave 4 unfolds as a triangle then I would expect it to last months rather than weeks.