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Upwards movement was expected for Monday to a target at 1,235 – 1,236. The high for Monday was 1,236.88.

Summary: A new high above 1,236.88 would indicate the short term upwards trend is still intact and the target would then be at 1,245. In the short term, a new low below 1,225.56 would indicate price may continue lower to end somewhere within the range of 1,214.81 to 1,206.42.

New updates to this analysis are in bold.

Last historic analysis with monthly charts is here, video is here.

Grand SuperCycle analysis is here.


For clarity I have decided at this time it may be best to publish on a daily basis weekly charts I and II. Both charts expect a zigzag down to complete and the difference is in the expected depth.


Gold Elliott Wave Chart Weekly I 2017
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Combinations are very common structures. Cycle degree waves normally last one to several years, and B waves do tend to be more time consuming waves than all other waves. Given these tendencies the most likely scenario at this point may be that cycle wave b is an incomplete double combination.

The first structure in the double labelled primary wave W fits as a zigzag. This upwards movement will subdivide as either a three (zigzag) or a five (impulse). It does have a three wave look to it.

The double is joined by a deep three in the opposite direction labelled primary wave X, which is a 0.77 depth of primary wave W. X waves within double combinations are normally very deep; this one looks right.

The second structure in the combination may be either a triangle or a flat correction. Both of these structures have A waves which subdivide as threes.

At this stage, the upwards wave from the low in December 2016 does now look best and subdivide best as a completed zigzag. This may be intermediate wave (A) of a flat correction or a triangle. Because a triangle for primary wave Y would look essentially the same as the second weekly chart below, only a flat correction is considered here. The most common two structures in a double combination are a zigzag and a flat.

This wave count follows the most common scenario and has the best fit.

Within the flat correction of primary wave Y, intermediate wave (B) must retrace a minimum 0.9 length of intermediate wave (A) at 1,140.27. The most common length for intermediate wave (B) is from 1 to 1.38 times the length of intermediate wave (A), giving a common range from 1,123.08 to 1,057.77.

Intermediate wave (B) may subdivide as any corrective structure, but the most common structure for B waves within flats is a zigzag. At this stage, on the hourly chart it looks like a five down is now complete, which would indicate intermediate wave (B) is a zigzag subdividing 5-3-5.

The daily and hourly charts will follow this weekly chart. That does not mean the other two weekly charts aren’t possible, they are, but the number of charts must be kept reasonable on a daily basis.


Gold Elliott Wave Chart Weekly II 2017
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What if cycle wave b is a triangle? This is also entirely possible. Triangles are not as common as double combinations, but they are not uncommon.

Within the triangle, primary waves A, B and C are all single zigzags. One of the five subwaves of a triangle normally subdivides as a more complicated multiple, usually a double zigzag. This may be what is unfolding for primary wave D.

Primary wave D of a regular contracting triangle may not move beyond the end of primary wave B below 1,123.08.

Primary wave D of a regular barrier triangle should end about the same level as primary wave B at 1,123.08, so that the B-D trend line is essentially flat. What this means in practice is that primary wave D may end slightly below 1,123.08 and the triangle would remain valid. This is the only Elliott wave rule which is not black and white.

Thereafter, primary wave E should unfold upwards and would most likely fall a little short of the A-C trend line. If not ending there, it may overshoot the A-C trend line.


Gold Elliott Wave Chart Daily 2017
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This daily chart will suffice for both weekly charts above, although the labelling follows weekly chart I.

Both weekly charts expect a zigzag downwards. Weekly chart I expects a deep zigzag for intermediate wave (B) to a minimum at 1,140.27. Weekly chart II expects a zigzag down for primary wave D to not move below 1,123.08 and most likely fall well short of that point.

The daily chart follows the expectations for weekly chart I, but the structure for weekly chart II would be exactly the same.

Within the flat correction of primary wave Y, intermediate wave (B) must retrace a minimum 0.9 length of intermediate wave (A) at 1,140.27. The most likely corrective structures to achieve the deep correction required for B waves within flats are single or multiple zigzags. These begin with a five, then a three in the opposite direction. A five down for minor wave A is now complete. Minor wave B has begun.

BarChart data shows a Morning Doji Star reversal pattern at the end of minor wave A. This pattern is not the strongest reversal pattern, but it is fairly reliable after a clear downwards trend. This indicates the downwards trend may end here and be followed by either sideways or upwards movement. Reversal patterns make no comment on how far nor how long the next trend may last.

Minor wave B may be deep but may not move beyond the start of minor wave A above 1,294.96.

B waves exhibit the greatest variety in form and behaviour of all waves. They can be quick sharp zigzags or complicated time consuming combinations. There are more than 23 possible corrective Elliott wave structures that B waves may take, and at their start it is impossible to tell which structure may unfold. B waves do not normally present good trading opportunities; they can be time consuming consolidations with strong whipsaws. However, minor degree B waves may present some opportunity, so it is essential when they unfold that risk is managed diligently. The risk of losses is greater during consolidations than during trending markets.

When minor waves A and B are complete, then a target may be calculated for minor wave C downwards to end the zigzag of intermediate wave (B), using the Fibonacci ratio between minor waves A and C. That cannot be done yet.


Gold Elliott Wave Chart Hourly 2017
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If minor wave B is a zigzag, then within it minute wave a must subdivide as a five wave structure. So far minute wave a may be unfolding as an impulse.

Within the impulse, minuette wave (iv) may not move into minuette wave (i) price territory below 1,225.56.

When minuette wave (iv) is complete, then a target may be calculated for minuette wave (v). Minuette wave (v) would most likely be equal in length with minuette wave (i), which was 10.79.

Minute wave a may end close to the 0.382 Fibonacci ratio at 1,245.

If minute wave a continues higher as an impulse, then when it is complete the following correction for minute wave b may not move beyond the start of minute wave a below 1,214.81.


Gold Elliott Wave Chart Hourly 2017
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Although this is labelled an alternate wave count, the probability of both hourly wave counts is close to even.

Minute wave a may be unfolding as a zigzag, which is classified as a three. When A waves subdivide as threes, then the larger correction is indicated as a flat or triangle.

The zigzag upwards may also be labelled minute wave w; minor wave B may be unfolding as a double combination or double zigzag. The first zigzag in the double may be complete.

A new low below 1,225.56 would invalidate the first hourly wave count and confirm this alternate.

If that happens, then there are still multiple possibilities for minor wave B: it may be a flat, combination, double zigzag or triangle. Alternate wave counts would still be required.

Within flats, triangles and double combinations, minute wave b (or x in the case of a combination) may make a new price extreme beyond the start of minute wave a (or w) below 1,214.81. The minimum requirement for minute wave b within a flat is 0.9 the length of minute wave a. There is no minimum for minute wave x within a combination, and they too may make new price extremes beyond the start of wave W.

If price makes a new low below 1,225.56, before making a new high, then minor wave B would be expected to most likely be a large choppy sideways movement. It may also be a double zigzag which would be a sharp deep correction.



Gold Weekly 2017
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Another downwards week closes green with a small real body. This is a spinning top candlestick that shifts the trend from down to neutral.

The balance of volume is upwards and shows a decline. Upwards movement may be a counter trend movement if it does not have support from volume.

The bullish signal from On Balance Volume suggests this week may see upwards movement.


Gold Daily 2016
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Volume does not support the rise in price. This looks like a counter trend bounce, not the start of a new trend. The long upper wicks on the last two daily candlesticks indicate strong resistance to upwards movement.

Price may today have found resistance about 1,240 and the Fibonacci 13 day moving average.



GDX Daily 2016
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The last gap is now closed by the lower wick of today’s candlestick. This changes it from a possible measuring gap to an exhaustion gap. Expect GDX to now move sideways or possibly change trend to down.

Volume is not supporting the rise in price.

The strong red real body of today’s candlestick is bearish, but the long lower wick is bullish.

The new upwards trend does not have support from volume, has weaker range, and lacks volatility. This looks like a counter trend bounce and not the start of a new sustainable upwards trend.

This analysis is published @ 09:27 p.m. EST.