Upwards movement was expected, but this is not what happened. Price moved lower.
However, there was no breach of the small channel on the hourly chart, so no confirmation of a trend change.
Summary: A final low to 1,132.80 (but not below 1,132.12) may complete this downwards movement. The trend channel on the hourly chart needs to be breached before any confidence that downwards movement is over may be had. When that is breached, then how high the next movement goes may indicate which wave count is correct. The bull wave counts expect new highs above 1,191.66 which would invalidate the bear.
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BULL ELLIOTT WAVE COUNT
DAILY – COMBINATION
If cycle wave b is a combination, then the first structure in the double combination (or double flat) was an expanded flat. The double is joined by a three in the opposite direction labelled primary wave X which was a zigzag.
A five wave structure would be developing upwards for this wave count as a leading contracting diagonal. Because primary wave Y would be beginning with a five wave structure, this reduces the possible structures to a zigzag. Cycle wave b as a combination would be a flat – X – zigzag.
Minor wave 3 is a complete zigzag of a leading diagonal. Minor wave 3 is shorter than minor wave 1, so the diagonal would be contracting which is the most common type particularly for a leading diagonal. This limits minor wave 4 to no longer than equality in length with minor wave 2. Minor wave 4 may not move below 1,120.32.
The normal range for a fourth and second wave within a diagonal is between 0.66 to 0.81 the prior actionary wave. That gives a normal range for minor wave 4 from 1,130 to 1,116. Minor wave 4 must end at the upper edge of the normal range (or above) to remain above the invalidation point.
Look for price to find support at the lower bright aqua blue trend line.
DAILY – EXPANDED FLAT
Cycle wave b may also be a flat.
If cycle wave b is an expanded flat, then primary wave C must be a five wave structure. The current upwards wave may be unfolding as a leading contracting diagonal, so this would be minor wave (1) within primary wave C.
There are two possible structures for a C wave within a flat correction: an impulse or an ending diagonal. If the first wave is a five and not a zigzag, then an ending diagonal may be ruled out because ending diagonals require all sub waves to be zigzags. Primary wave C may now only be an impulse.
A leading diagonal requires the second and fourth waves to subdivide as zigzags. The first, third and fifth waves are most commonly zigzags, but sometimes may appear to be impulses. So far minor waves 1 and 3 both fit well as zigzags.
Minor wave 2 is 0.73 the depth of minor wave 1, nicely within the normal range of between 0.66 to 0.81 for a second wave within a diagonal.
Minor wave 4 is now an almost complete zigzag. So far it is 0.63 the depth of minor wave 3, close to the normal range of 0.66 to 0.81.
The hourly chart below works for both these first two daily charts.
Minute wave c is an almost complete five wave impulse.
The labelling of minuette waves (iii) and (iv) still looks to be correct. Minuette wave (iii) has the strongest downwards momentum, and the third wave within it for subminuette wave iii coincides with the strongest bars on the histogram within MACD.
Minuette wave (iii) was 0.92 short of 0.618 the length of minuette wave (i). Because minuette wave (iii) is shorter than minuette wave (i) and a third wave may not be the shortest, this limits minuette wave (v) to no longer than equality in length with minuette wave (iii) at 1,132.12.
Subminuette wave iii is 0.36 short of equality with subminuette wave i within minuette wave (v). At 1,132.80 subminuette wave v would reach 0.382 the length of subminuette wave i.
Draw a channel about minute wave c using Elliott’s technique: draw the first trend line from the ends of minuette waves (i) to (iii), then place a parallel copy on the end of minuette wave (ii). So far the lower edge is nicely showing where downwards movement is finding support.
When the upper edge of this channel is breached by upwards movement, then it shall confirm a trend change.
A new high above 1,183.09 would invalidate the bear wave count at the hourly chart level and provide first confirmation of this bull wave count.
The limit for minor wave 5 may again be calculated when the end of minor wave 4 is known. Minor wave 5 must move above the end of minor wave 3 at 1,191.66 because the fifth wave of a leading diagonal may not be truncated. Minor wave 5 may begin within the next 24 hours most likely and should last a Fibonacci 13 days in total. It may not be longer than 92.81.
DAILY – TRIANGLE
This daily chart looks at what a triangle would look like for cycle wave b. The triangle would be a running contracting or barrier triangle. Within the triangle, primary wave C up must be a single or multiple zigzag. Primary wave C may not move beyond the end of primary wave A above 1,308.10.
Primary wave C may also be a single zigzag with a leading contracting diagonal unfolding for intermediate wave (A). That idea would look exactly the same as the daily combination chart. If a leading contracting diagonal completes in the next week or two, then that is how this triangle idea would be labelled also. For now I will consider the double zigzag idea to consider all possibilities.
This idea slightly diverges from the other two ideas for cycle wave b as an expanded flat or combination.
If a triangle is unfolding, then at the weekly chart level primary wave C looks unlikely to be complete and should move higher for the triangle to have the right look. This wave count sees upwards movement as incomplete for minor wave C. At 1,220 primary wave C end close to 0.618 the length of primary wave B. One of the five sub waves of a triangle is commonly about 0.618 the length of its predecessor.
The second target at 1,256 is where minor wave C would reach 2.618 the length of minor wave A, and at 1,261 primary wave C would reach 0.8 the length of primary wave A.
For the triangle idea, for cycle wave b, a five wave impulsive structure only needs to complete upwards. The next wave down for primary wave D should be fairly time consuming, lasting about 2 to 6 months. Primary wave D may not move beyond the end of primary wave B at 1,072.09 for a contracting triangle. Alternatively, primary wave D may end about the same level as primary wave B at 1,072.09 for a barrier triangle, as long as the B-D trend line remains essentially flat. In practice this means primary wave D can end slightly below 1,072.09 and this wave count remains valid. This is the only Elliott wave rule which is not black and white.
HOURLY – TRIANGLE
The subdivisions within this zigzag are still exactly the same as the first hourly wave count. The degree of labelling is one lower.
As for the first hourly wave count, this idea too also requires a breach of the channel before any confidence may be had that downwards movement is over for now.
If the next wave up is a third wave and not a fifth wave of a leading diagonal, then it should show an increase in upwards momentum and it must subdivide as an impulse.
The structure of the next wave up, momentum, and how high it goes may indicate which wave count is correct.
BEAR ELLIOTT WAVE COUNT
The final line of resistance (bright aqua blue line copied over from weekly charts) is only overshot and not so far properly breached. While this line is not breached the bear wave count will remain possible. Simple is best, and the simplest method to confirm a trend change is a trend line. While price remains below this line, it must be accepted that Gold has been in a bear market since 2011 and we don’t have technical confirmation that the bear market has ended.
The most likely possibility is that minute wave ii is a complete double zigzag and deep at 0.75 the length of minute wave i for the bear wave count. It has breached the dark blue base channel drawn about minor waves 1 and 2, one degree higher. When a lower degree second wave correction does this it reduces the probability of the wave count but does not invalidate it. Base channels most often work to show where following corrections find support or resistance, but not always.
At 932 minute wave iii would reach 1.618 the length of minute wave i.
A new high above 1,191.66 would necessarily come with a clear breach of the bear market trend line, and so at that stage a bear wave count should be discarded. Within minute wave iii, no second wave correction may move beyond its start above 1,191.66.
Although the subdivisions at the hourly chart level are the same for all wave counts, I will provide a separate hourly chart for this bear wave count to avoid any confusion. At this stage, it does not mean I consider this wave count to have a higher probability because I do not, but I do wish to stress it is entirely technically possible and we do not have technical confirmation that Gold has changed from bear to bull. All wave counts should be considered while the situation remains unclear for Gold.
Gold often exhibits swift strong fifth waves, particularly its fifth waves within its third waves. When price moves towards subminuette wave v of minuette wave (iii) it may be explosive. For this wave count look out for surprises to be to the downside.
At 1,080 minuette wave (iii) would reach 4.236 the length of minuette wave (i).
The target for downwards movement is the same as is the limit for this fifth wave. The channel is also the same and should be used in the same way.
When subminuette wave i is a complete five wave impulse, then subminuette wave ii should unfold over one to three days with choppy overlapping upwards movement. It may find resistance again at the final line of resistance shown on the daily chart. It may not move beyond the start of subminuette wave i above 1,183.09.
When subminuette wave i is complete, then a Fibonacci retracement may be drawn on its length. Subminuette wave ii may correct to either the 0.382 or 0.618 Fibonacci ratios of subminuette wave i.
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Daily: Downwards movement for four days in a row comes with clearly declining volume. The fall in price is not supported by volume, so is suspicious. This looks like a correction within a trend, not a new downwards trend. However, price can fall of its own weight: an absence of buyers will push price lower and does not need an increase in sellers.
Today ADX no longer indicates an upwards trend is in place, the black ADX line is pointing downwards. This may be indication of a correction within a trend.
ATR is also pointing lower. Both ATR and ADX today indicate there is no clear trend at this time.
With a narrowing range, lack of volume, and declining momentum for this downwards movement, it does look like it should end here or very soon. This move down is weak.
On Balance Volume is bearish. The break below the short orange trend line is bearish, and the downwards trend of OBV while price made the last swing high is also bearish.
The potential upwards breakout of 14th October still looks false. Price has returned to within the consolidation zone. A range bound trading system may expect price to keep moving lower from here until it finds support. That approach conflicts with the Elliott wave counts today, and conflicts with volume and momentum analysis. But range bound price movements rarely move in straight lines; price tends to whipsaw about a mean and moves in choppy overlapping waves. Some upwards movement could certainly unfold about here and a range bound system needs to encompass that.
The last big move down for price from 1,232 in May 2015, to 1,072 in July 2015, began with downwards movement of price on declining volume. It was not until the end of the movement that volume supported price. The current decline in volume is a warning to be cautious about the bear wave count, but because price can and does fall of its own weight it most certainly does not indicate the bear wave count is wrong. The bear wave count may still be correct, and we may not see volume support price until price breaks out of this consolidation zone, below the lower horizontal support line.
This analysis is published about 05:22 p.m. EST.