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Price has overcome resistance at 1,236.50. The target on the alternate Elliott wave count has been reached.

Summary: A break above resistance with some support from volume looks bullish. Stronger volume today suggests this upwards movement is not over. The target is now at 1,260.

An old very bullish wave count is published today; it has been in the historic analysis for a while. Classic technical analysis still offers more support to the first revised wave count than this more bullish second count.

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Gold Elliott Wave Chart Weekly I 2017
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The Magee bear market trend line is added to the weekly charts. This cyan line is drawn from the all time high for Gold on the 6th of September, 2011, to the first major swing high within the following bear market on the 5th of October, 2012. This line should provide strong resistance.

A more recent support line (gold colour) has been added and today’s upwards movement has now broken above this line, so it has not provided resistance as was expected. This substantially reduces the probability of this first wave count to now about even with the second wave count.

At this stage, a triangle still looks possible and has the best fit for cycle wave b. It has some support from declining ATR and MACD now beginning to hover about zero.

Within a triangle, one sub-wave should be a more complicated multiple, which may be primary wave C.

Primary wave D of a contracting triangle may not move beyond the end of primary wave B below 1,123.08. Contracting triangles are the most common variety.

Primary wave D of a barrier triangle should end about the same level as primary wave B at 1,123.08, so that the B-D trend line remains essentially flat. This involves some subjectivity; price may move slightly below 1,123.08 and the triangle wave count may remain valid. This is the only Elliott wave rule which is not black and white.

Finally, primary wave E of a contracting or barrier triangle may not move beyond the end of primary wave C above 1,295.65. Primary wave E would most likely fall short of the A-C trend line. But if it does not end there, then it can slightly overshoot that trend line.

Primary wave A lasted 31 weeks, primary wave B lasted 23 weeks, and primary wave C may have been complete in 25 weeks.

Primary wave D should be expected to last at least 8 weeks (but most likely longer). The next Fibonacci ratio in the sequence would be a Fibonacci 13 and then 21.

The structure within primary wave D is now relabelled. Current upwards movement is now seen as intermediate wave (B).

A breach of resistance with some support from volume indicates that one of the more bullish wave counts published in historic analysis may be correct. It will be published today to provide a road map should price continue higher.


Gold Elliott Wave Chart Daily 2017
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A common range for triangle sub-waves is from about 0.8 to 0.85 the prior sub-wave, this gives a range for primary wave D from 1,158 to 1,149. At this stage, to try and see the whole of primary wave D complete at Monday’s low does not look right. The B-D trend line would be too steep for a normal looking contracting Elliott wave triangle, and primary wave D would have been far too brief at only 5 weeks duration. For the wave count to have the right look and good proportions (as Gold almost always does), primary wave D should not be labelled over yet.

If primary wave C is correctly labelled as a double zigzag, then primary wave D must be a simple A-B-C structure and would most likely be a zigzag.

The structure of primary wave D is relabelled today. Current upwards movement would not fit within a channel about prior downwards movement, so this is now clearly a new wave and not a short term bounce. It is possible that only intermediate wave (A) was over at the last low and the current bounce is intermediate wave (B).

Unfortunately, this moves the invalidation point much higher to 1,295.65. But with current upwards movement lasting longer and now deeper than it was expected to be, this now has better proportion.


Gold Elliott Wave Chart Hourly 2017
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Upwards movement may be a zigzag for intermediate wave (B). Zigzags subdivide 5-3-5, exactly the same as the start of an impulse.

There is more than one way to label this upwards movement.

Now that intermediate wave (B) has moved reasonably above the 0.382 Fibonacci ratio, the next Fibonacci ratio in the sequence at 1,260 will be used.

Minor waves A and B look correct. The variation possible is most likely within minor wave C. Minor wave C must be a five wave structure.

Within minor wave C, minute waves i and ii may be complete. Minute wave iv, when it arrives, may not move into minute wave i price territory below 1,231.73.

This wave count now expects a few more days of upwards movement towards the target. The channel may then be redrawn as a best fit, probably to look more like the channel on the second hourly chart. When that channel is breached by downwards movement, it would offer a strong indication that upwards movement is over and the next wave down is then underway.



Gold Elliott Wave Chart Weekly I 2017
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This wave count has been published only in historical analysis. Price shows us today this wave count may be correct, so it will be published on a daily basis.

There are more than 23 possible corrective structures that B waves may take, and although cycle wave b fits best at this stage as a triangle (first wave count), it may still be another structure. This wave count looks at the possibility that it may be a double zigzag.

If cycle wave b is a double zigzag, then current upwards movement may be part of the second zigzag in the double, labelled primary wave Y.

The biggest problem with this wave count is the structure of intermediate wave (A). This upwards wave looks very much like a three and not a five. This upwards wave must be seen as a five for this wave count to work.

Within the second zigzag of primary wave Y, intermediate wave (B) is a completed regular flat correction. Minor wave C ends just slightly below the end of minor wave A avoiding a truncation. There is no Fibonacci ratio between minor waves A and C.

The target remains the same as previously published for this wave count.

Along the way up, some resistance should be expected at the cyan Magee trend line.

Within intermediate wave (C), no second wave correction may move beyond the start of its first wave below 1,205.41.

It is my judgement today that this second wave count has only a slightly lower probability than the first wave count. This is why I have named them “first” and “second” rather than “main” and “alternate”.


Gold Elliott Wave Chart Daily 2017
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Intermediate wave (C) may be unfolding as an impulse. So far minor waves 1 and 2 may be complete. It is common for Gold to exhibit short first waves and very long extended third waves.

When minor wave 3 is complete, then minor wave 4 may not move down into minor wave 1 price territory below 1,225.33.


Gold Elliott Wave Chart Hourly 2017
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A-B-C of a zigzag subdivides 5-3-5. This is exactly the same as 1-2-3 of an impulse. Both wave counts at the hourly chart level may have the same subdivisions.

There is more than one way to label the subdivisions within this upwards movement. This second wave count will look at the possibility that the third wave is extending because that is extremely common.

The target for minor wave 3 is reasonable given that minor wave 1 was very short. This is not an uncommon Fibonacci ratio for Gold, and it fits with the higher target for minor wave 5 to end primary wave Y.

Minute wave iii may only subdivide as an impulse. So far only minuette wave (i) may be complete. Minuette wave (ii) may not move beyond the start of minuette wave (i) below 1,226.81.

If this second wave count is correct, then price should not break below the lower edge of the acceleration channel. If price does that, then the probability of this second wave count would substantially decrease in favour of the first wave count.

This second wave count will have a reasonable probability while price remains within the acceleration channel.



Gold Weekly 2017
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This chart is again updated today to now show the breached orange trend line. The prior bearish signal is negated, so the breach is a bullish signal. This supports the second Elliott wave count.


Gold Daily 2016
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If the first wave count is correct, then current upwards movement is a B wave.

In support of the first wave count: bearish divergence with price and On Balance Volume, still relatively light volume, declining ATR, and contracting Bollinger Bands.

In support of the more bullish second wave count: MACD and the weak bullish signal from On Balance Volume breaking above a resistance line.

On balance, at this stage it is my judgement that the first wave count has more support than the second wave count. This would change if the volume profile becomes more bullish, ATR begins to increase, and Bollinger Bands widen with upwards movement.



GDX Daily 2016
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Recently, GDX has led Gold. This may happen again here. If it does, then both should be bearish. The rise in GDX is looking weak so far because it lacks volume and range.

The last three candlestick patterns complete a Stalled pattern. This is a reversal pattern but not a strong one.

This analysis is published @ 08:10 p.m. EST.