Last Elliott wave analysis stated the situation was unclear. It is still unclear, but we have more information today to assist a decision either way.
Summary: Downwards movement with strong momentum favours the two alternates. Price is finding support at the upper edge of the maroon channel on the daily and weekly charts. If this trend line is breached and momentum builds downwards I will strongly favour the alternates. If price finds support here to make one more high I will favour the main wave count.
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Main Daily Wave Count
This wave count now has a close to even probability with the two alternates. Depending on what happens over the next few days I may swap them over again. The situation is unclear. Normally I have only one wave count, with occasional less likely alternates. Sometimes I have to present alternates to you with an even probability and wait for the market to tell us which is correct, and this is one of those times. Use your own technical analysis and judgement to determine which you see as more likely.
This wave count sees a five wave impulse down for cycle wave a complete, and primary wave 5 within it a completed five wave impulse. The new upwards trend at cycle degree should last one to several years and must begin on the daily chart with a clear five up. The first five up is most likely to be an impulse which is what this wave count looks at.
My biggest problem with this wave count, and the reason I will retain the second alternate, is the structure of intermediate wave (2) within primary wave 5. This is a rare running flat but the subdivisions don’t fit well. Minor wave C should be a five wave structure, but it looks like a clear three on the daily chart. If you’re going to label a running flat then its vital the subdivisions fit perfectly and this one does not. I still have a big concern with this wave count for this reason.
Intermediate wave (5) still looks like a zigzag rather than an impulse, and has a corrective wave count. This is also a problem I have with this wave count.
This wave count fits with momentum at the daily chart level. The middle of a third wave may have recently passed, and now a series of two more fourth wave corrections and fifth waves up may be required to complete minor wave 3.
For this wave count minuette waves (i), (ii) and (iii) are seen with exactly the same subdivisions as minute waves a, b and c for the first alternate (and one degree lower for the second alternate) because they both subdivide 5-3-5. If we have one more high then this upwards movement from the last low at 1,167 for minute wave ii will be a complete impulse. If we do not have one more high then the upwards movement from minute wave ii would be a correction, not an impulse. This is the core of the lack of clarity: is this movement finished yet or not?
The green channel about minute wave iii is drawn using Elliott’s technique: draw the first trend line from the highs labelled minuette waves (i) to (iii), then place a parallel copy on the low labelled minuette wave (ii). Minuette wave (iv) has now breached this channel. Sometimes fourth waves are not contained within these channels, and that is why Elliott developed a second technique to use when they are not. Minuette wave (iv) may find support about the aqua blue trend line drawn as shown on this daily chart.
Minuette wave (iv) may not move into minuette wave (i) price territory below 1,223.23.
So far to the downside minuette wave (iv) may be completing a shallow 33% double zigzag, which would provide some alternation with the single deep zigzag of minuette wave (ii). There should be alternation in depth and / or structure.
Minuette wave (ii) lasted 43 hours. So far minuette wave (iv) has lasted 50 hours so they are still in proportion. Minuette wave (ii) lasted 2 days on the daily chart, and minuette wave (iv) could be longer and still be close enough for the wave count to have the right look on the daily chart.
The next area for support may be the aqua blue trend line copied over from the daily chart.
Minuette wave (iv) may not move into minuette wave (i) price territory below 1,223.23.
Alternate Daily Wave Count
It is entirely possible that there was a leading expanding diagonal as the first five up within primary wave A. For diagonals, the contracting variety is more common than expanding and ending diagonals are more common than leading. While a leading expanding diagonal is not rare, it is not very common either. This reduces the probability of this wave count to less than the probability of the main wave count above.
Within leading diagonals the second and fourth waves must subdivide as zigzags. The first, third and fifth waves are most commonly zigzags but they may also be impulses. This wave count sees minor waves 1, 3 and 5 as zigzags.
Because minor wave 5 is a zigzag it would be over here. A-B-C and 1-2-3 (how the main wave count sees this movement) have exactly the same subdivisions. Because I am reasonably confident I have this movement for minute wave c labelled correctly on the hourly chart as a complete five wave impulse this is where the main wave count now diverges from this alternate and the second alternate below. If this upwards wave is a zigzag it must end here. If it is an impulse it needs a final fifth wave up.
Leading diagonals are almost always followed by very deep second wave corrections, often deeper than the 0.618 Fibonacci ratio. This wave count expects a big deep correction downwards, and should subdivide as a clear three on the daily chart (the second alternate below expects a clear five down).
Intermediate wave (2) may not move beyond the start of intermediate wave (1) below 1,131.09.
Second Alternate Daily Wave Count
The maroon channel about cycle wave a from the weekly chart is now breached by three daily candlesticks, and is now also breached on the weekly chart by one weekly candlestick. If cycle wave a is incomplete this channel should not be breached. For this reason this wave count, despite having the best fit in terms of subdivisions, must now be relegated to a less likely alternate. It now has to prove itself if it is to be considered with any weight again.
Draw the maroon trend line on a weekly chart on a semi-log scale, and copy it over to a daily chart also on a semi-log scale (see this analysis for a weekly chart).
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.
Intermediate wave (2) may not move beyond the start of intermediate wave (1) above 1,345.22. If this invalidation point is passed this wave count would be invalidated.
Intermediate wave (2) is now a complete expanded flat correction. Minor wave C is longer than 1.618 the length of minor wave A, and there is no Fibonacci ratio between them. Minor wave C is now a complete expanding ending diagonal.
Within an ending diagonal all the sub waves must subdivide as zigzags. The fourth wave should overlap first wave price territory. The rule for the end of a fourth wave of a diagonal is it may not move beyond the end of the second wave.
A-B-C and 1-2-3 subdivide exactly the same. For this idea the final zigzag of the ending diagonal must now be complete. If a new high is seen then minute wave v will not be a zigzag and I may discard both the alternate wave counts. But if we see a larger correction develop from here this wave count will remain valid. I will continue to publish it because the implications are important; a third wave down at intermediate degree may be beginning.
Although Gold almost always adheres perfectly to trend channels, almost always is not the same as always. This wave count is still possible. If we see a clear five down begin from here and momentum builds, we may be seeing the beginning of a third wave down.
A new low below 1,131.09 would confirm that a third wave down is underway.
At 956.97 primary wave 5 would reach equality in length with primary wave 1.
It is important to see if the subdivisions and momentum at the hourly chart level favour the main wave count or the alternates. So far, if downwards movement is the beginning of a new intermediate degree trend (whether it be a second wave correction or a third wave down), we should see a very clear five develop on the hourly chart.
So far there may be a series of three overlapping first and second waves. This wave count would now expect a further increase in downwards momentum. If this happens along with a clear impulse down on the hourly chart I will discard the main wave count.
Momentum is increasing strongly downwards, and is now more strongly downwards than at any point within the prior upwards wave. This indicates a trend change greater than minuette degree, and favours the two alternate wave counts.
At this stage downwards movement is finding some support about the lower edge of this green best fit channel copied over from the daily chart, and also at the maroon trend line on the daily chart. If price breaks through this support we may see a build of downwards momentum. The next 24 to 48 hours should provide a strong indication of which wave count is correct.
Within micro wave 3 submicro wave (2) may not move beyond the start of submicro wave (1) above 1,299.34.
This analysis is published about 03:07 p.m. EST.