Sideways movement in a very small range fits the Elliott wave count. This correction is taking a little longer.
Summary: A triangle is coming to an end on the hourly chart. When it is done Gold should break out downwards to move at least to 1,172, and likely below that.
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Primary wave 4 is complete and primary wave 5 is unfolding. Primary wave 5 may only subdivide as an impulse or an ending diagonal. So far it looks most likely to be an impulse.
Within primary wave 5 intermediate wave (1) fits perfectly as an impulse. There is perfect alternation within intermediate wave (1): minor wave 2 is a deep zigzag lasting a Fibonacci five days and minor wave 4 is a shallow triangle lasting a Fibonacci eight days, 1.618 the duration of minor wave 2. Minor wave 3 is 9.65 longer than 1.618 the length of minor wave 1, and minor wave 5 is just 0.51 short of 0.618 the length of minor wave 1. I am confident this movement is one complete impulse.
Intermediate wave (2) is an incomplete expanded flat correction. Within it minor wave A is a double zigzag. The downwards wave labelled minor wave B has a corrective count of seven and subdivides perfectly as a zigzag. Minor wave B is a 172% correction of minor wave A. This is longer than the maximum common length for a B wave within a flat correction at 138%, but within the allowable range of twice the length of minor wave A. Minor wave C may not exhibit a Fibonacci ratio to minor wave A, and I think the target for it to end would best be calculated at minute degree. At this stage I would expect intermediate wave (2) to end close to the 0.618 Fibonacci ratio of intermediate wave (1) at 1,283.27.
Intermediate wave (1) lasted a Fibonacci 13 weeks. If intermediate wave (2) exhibits a Fibonacci duration it may be 13 weeks to be even with intermediate wave (1). Intermediate wave (2) is now in its tenth week.
So far within minor wave C the highest volume is on two up days. This supports the idea that at this stage the trend remains up.
See the most recent Historic Analysis to see the long term channel about this whole downwards movement. The channel does not copy over to the daily chart when I put the daily chart on an arithmetic scale, so this channel must be drawn on a weekly chart on a semi log scale. The upper edge of that channel may be where intermediate wave (2) finally ends. I would not expect the upper edge of this channel to be breached.
The target for primary wave 5 at this stage remains the same. At 956.97 it would reach equality in length with primary wave 1. However, if this target is wrong it may be too low. When intermediate waves (1) through to (4) within it are complete I will calculate the target at intermediate degree and if it changes it may move upwards. This is because waves following triangles tend to be more brief and weak than otherwise expected. A perfect example is on this chart: minor wave 5 to end intermediate wave (1) was particularly short and brief after the triangle of minor wave 4.
Within minor wave C minute wave i subdivides perfectly as a leading contracting diagonal. When leading diagonals unfold in first wave positions they are normally followed by very deep second wave corrections. There is a nice example here on the daily chart: at the top left of the chart minor wave 1 was a leading contracting diagonal and it was followed by a deep 65% zigzag for minor wave 2. I will expect minute wave ii to be deep, at least to the 0.618 Fibonacci ratio at 1,172. When it is over then a third wave up should begin.
I do not think that minor wave C is complete at the high of 1,238 as an ending contracting diagonal for three reasons:
1. Intermediate wave (2) would be a very rare running flat correction.
2. Minor wave C would be substantially truncated, by $17.
3. This structure does not subdivide well as an ending diagonal because the third and fifth waves do not fit well as zigzags. Within an ending diagonal all the sub waves must be zigzags.
Minute wave ii may not move beyond the start of minute wave i below 1,138.19.
Intermediate wave (2) may not move beyond the start of intermediate wave (1) above 1,345.22. I have confidence this price point will not be passed because the structure of primary wave 5 is incomplete because downwards movement from the end of the triangle of primary wave 4 does not fit well as either a complete impulse nor an ending diagonal.
To see a prior example of an expanded flat correction for Gold on the daily chart, and an explanation of this structure, go here.
I do not want to publish a wave count which sees primary wave 5 complete at the low of 1,131. This downwards movement does not fit well at all as a complete five wave impulse. There would be inadequate alternation between the single zigzag of the second wave and the double zigzag of the fourth wave correction, and there would be no Fibonacci ratios between the first, third and fifth waves within it.
Main Wave Count
Minute wave ii may not exhibit a Fibonacci duration. It has now lasted eight days and is incomplete. It needs at least one more day of downwards movement before it is done.
Sideways movement over the last several hours looks like an unfolding triangle, which is supported by MACD hovering about the zero line while the sideways movement unfolds. The breakout should be a short sharp downwards thrust to complete minute wave ii if this main wave count is correct.
Within a triangle all the sub waves must be corrective structures, four of the five sub waves must be zigzags, and one sub wave may be more complicated and time consuming as a combination. So far micro wave A looks best as an expanded flat, micro wave B is a complete zigzag and micro wave C looks like an incomplete combination.
Micro wave C may not move above the end of micro wave A at 1,213.97. Micro wave D may not move beyond the end of micro wave B below 1,192.77. Micro wave E may not move beyond the end of micro wave C (wherever that ends up) and is most likely to fall short of the A-C trend line.
While the triangle completes the price range should narrow. If I have this triangle labelled correctly then at its end subminuette wave c should unfold in a five wave movement downwards.
Triangles are tricky structures. The part of this wave count I am confident of today is my labelling of subminuette wave a; I am confident it ends here and that on the five minute chart it subdivides as a five wave structure. This means I am confident that subminuette wave b may not move beyond the start of submineutte wave a above 1,223.57. However, my labelling of the triangle on this main hourly wave count could be wrong, and this is why I have an alternate for you today.
A new low below the end of micro wave B at 1,192.77 would most likely indicate that subminuette wave b is over and subminuette wave c downwards is underway.
Because I now don’t know where subminuette wave b has ended I cannot use the ratio between subminuette waves a and c to calculate a target for subminuette wave c to end for you. I would expect now that subminuette wave b should end lower that subminuette wave c may only reach equality in length with subminuette wave a at 36. It is most likely to take minute wave ii to at least the 0.618 Fibonacci ratio of minute wave i at 1,172, and very likely below that point.
Minute wave ii may not move beyond the start of minute wave i below 1,138.19.
When minute wave ii is finally over then a third wave up should begin next week.
Alternate Wave Count
Here I am considering the possibility that instead of a triangle for subminuette wave b it may be that the triangle is an X wave joining the two structures in a double combination or double flat correction. The subdivisions are exactly the same so it is impossible to tell which hourly wave count is correct.
If the main hourly wave count is invalidated with a new high above 1,213.97 then I would expect upwards movement to end without breaching 1,223.57. Micro wave Y as the second structure in a double may be either a zigzag or a flat correction. When it is done then subminuette wave c downwards should unfold. Depending on how high subminuette wave b moves I would expect subminuette wave c to be either equal in length with subminuette wave a at 36, or 1.618 the length of subminuette wave a at 58.
If both hourly wave counts are invalidated with movement above 1,223.57 then both hourly wave counts are wrong. That would indicate that minute wave ii is over and a third wave up should then be underway.
This analysis is published about 3:44 p.m. EST.