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Another red daily candlestick has printed as expected, but price continues to move sideways and not lower.

Summary: Assume the trend remains the same until proven otherwise. Assume the larger bear market remains intact while price remains below the bear market trend line.

If the Magee trend line is breached by one or two full daily candlesticks above it, then the alternate wave count would be preferred. On Balance Volume today warns the alternate may be correct.

New updates to this analysis are in bold.

Last monthly charts for the main wave count are here, another monthly alternate is here, and video is here.

Grand SuperCycle analysis is here.



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.

To use this trend line in the way Magee describes, we should assume that price will find resistance at the line if it gets back up there. If the line is breached (by at least one or two full daily candlesticks above it), it will be signalling a major trend change from bear to bull. At that point the alternate Elliott wave count should be preferred.

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

Within a triangle, one sub-wave should be a more complicated multiple, which may be primary wave C. This is the most common sub-wave of the triangle to subdivide into a multiple.

Intermediate wave (Y) now looks like a developing zigzag at the weekly chart level, and minor wave B within it shows up with one red weekly candlestick.

Primary wave C may have ended at the Magee trend line. At this stage, price has closed back well below the line, so the overshoot is acceptable. For the line to be breached one or two full daily candlesticks need to close above the line and not be touching the line.

Note: The Magee trend line is sitting slightly differently on the main daily chart to the weekly charts. The weekly charts show a small overshoot, but the daily chart shows price exactly touched the line. The line is drawn from exactly the same price points and all charts are on a semi-log scale. The difference is in how Motive Wave formats the primary chart.

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 now have completed its 36th week. A double zigzag may be expected to be longer lasting than single zigzags within a triangle, and so this continuation of primary wave C is entirely acceptable and leaves the wave count with the right look at this time frame.


Gold Elliott Wave Chart Daily 2017
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The cyan Magee trend line should offer very strong resistance. This wave count does not expect it to be breached.

On this daily chart, drawn on a semi-log scale, price has exactly touched the trend line and reacted downwards from there. While price remains below the Magee trend line but within the dark blue Elliott channel, both wave counts will be valid and it will be uncertain what direction may be next.

A breach of the blue Elliott channel by downwards movement would see this main wave count further increase in probability. That would indicate a trend change.

Intermediate wave (Y) may now be a complete zigzag. Minor wave C within it may now be a complete five wave impulse.

This wave count now requires a trend change.


Gold Elliott Wave Chart Hourly 2017
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If primary wave C is over and primary wave D downwards is now beginning, then a clear five down should develop first at the hourly chart level, then at the daily chart level.

A five down may be complete at the hourly chart level, and minute wave iv is more brief than minute wave ii. This is acceptable. Gold often exhibits impulses which have a curved look when its fourth wave is quicker than its second wave.

Minor wave 2 may not move beyond the start of minor wave 1 above 1,325.47.

Minor wave 2 may be unfolding as a shallow combination. It may yet morph into a flat or double zigzag. If a double zigzag, then it may end closer to the 0.618 Fibonacci ratio than the 0.382 Fibonacci ratio. For now the expectation will be for a double combination to end close to the 0.382 Fibonacci ratio.

A new low below the lower edge of the dark blue channel would add substantial confidence to this main wave count. A new low below 1,280.76 would add further confidence.



Gold Elliott Wave Chart Weekly I 2017
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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 (main 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 target remains the same.

Along the way up, some resistance should be expected at the cyan Magee trend line. Because this wave count requires price to break above the Magee trend line, it must be judged to have a lower probability for this reason. This trend line is tested multiple times and goes back to 2011. It is reasonable to expect price to find resistance there, until proven otherwise.

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


Gold Elliott Wave Chart Daily 2017
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Intermediate wave (C) may be unfolding as an impulse.

Within the impulse, minor waves 1 and 2 would now be complete.

Minor wave 2 may have ended at Friday’s low. However, it is unusual for second wave corrections to be this shallow.

With minor wave 1 a very long extension, the Fibonacci ratio of equality is used for a target for minor wave 3 now.

Within minor wave 3, no second wave correction may move beyond its start below 1,280.76.


Gold Elliott Wave Chart Hourly 2017
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Minor wave 3 has now moved above the end of minor wave 1, but not yet far enough above it to allow room for minor wave 4 to unfold and remain above minor wave 1 price territory.

Minor wave 3 may only subdivide as an impulse.

Minute wave ii may be continuing lower. At this time, it looks like a triangle may be completing which may be minuette wave (b) within a zigzag. Minute wave ii may end close to the 0.618 Fibonacci ratio of minute wave i about 1,298.

This wave count expects to see a further increase in upwards momentum, and upwards movement for a third wave should have support from increasing volume.



Gold Weekly 2017
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Resistance about 1,305 – 1,310 continues to hold. Each time resistance is tested, and holds, it is strengthened.

Volume is slightly bullish. The long lower wicks on the last two weekly candlesticks is bullish.

The resistance line for On Balance Volume has only been tested twice and is not long held, so it does not offer good technical significance. It offers some weak resistance. If it is breached, that would be a weak bullish signal.


Gold Daily 2016
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It is impossible to tell if yesterday’s volume spike is a blowoff top or support for a continuing upwards trend. It is my judgement based upon experience with this market that it may more likely be a blowoff top, because volume today was stronger than any other day over the last six months. We have to go back to the 9th November, 2016, to see a day with stronger volume, and that day marked a trend change.

Price moved lower today. A small doji completed representing indecision and a balance of bulls and bears. Volume does not support the downwards movement here in price.

There is an upwards trend which has support from volume and rising ATR. The trend is not yet extreme, but RSI is close to overbought still. It may remain extreme for a small time during a bull trend for Gold and Stochastics may remain extreme for a longer time.

The upwards trend can certainly continue. This chart is more bullish than bearish. Today, it looks like the small doji is a pause within the upwards trend.



GDX Daily 2016
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There is an upwards trend and still room for it to continue. The only cause for concern at this time is the trend lacks support from any increase in ATR, so the trend looks weak.

With price in a resistance zone, RSI and Stochastics at or close to overbought, and On Balance Volume reacting downwards today, it looks like a small pullback is underway within an upwards trend for GDX.

This technical analysis for both Gold and GDX offers more support to the alternate Elliott wave count for Gold.

Published @ 08:04 p.m. EST.