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An upwards day has not made a new high and has closed just below the trend line. Classic analysis supports the alternate wave count.

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.

Specific trading advice is given at the end of this analysis today.

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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Price has closed below the Magee trend line and the line has not been breached, so this shall remain the main wave count. However, the line is overshot and classic analysis favours the alternate wave count over this main wave count. If the Magee trend line is breached by a full daily candlestick, this main wave count would substantially reduce in probability.

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 be completing its 37th 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 be a complete expanded flat correction; these are very common structures. Within the expanded flat, both minute waves a and b subdivide as threes, and minute wave b is a 1.51 length to minute wave a. This is a little longer than the common range of up to 1.38 but it is entirely acceptable. Minute wave c is just 1.06 longer than 2.618 the length of minute wave a.

Minor wave 2 may not move beyond the start of minor wave 1 above 1,325.47. Minor wave 2 is now very deep. It is very common for the first second wave correction within a new trend for Gold to be very deep. So far this looks normal.

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 is more support from classic technical analysis today for this alternate wave count. From an Elliott wave perspective though it still has problems, so I would not want to swap the main and alternate wave counts over until a breach of the Magee trend line indicates a new bull trend.

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.

There are two problems with this wave count which reduce its probability in terms of Elliott wave:

1. Cycle wave b is a double zigzag, but primary wave X within the double is deep and time consuming. While this is possible, it is much more common for X waves within double zigzags to be brief and shallow.

2. Intermediate wave (B) within the zigzag of primary wave Y is a double flat correction. These are extremely rare, even rarer than running flats. The rarity of this structure must further reduce the probability of this wave count.

Low probability does not mean no probability, and when low probability outcomes occur they are never what was expected as most likely.


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 as a relatively brief shallow second wave. 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 a complete zigzag, falling a little short of the 0.618 Fibonacci ratio at only 0.55 depth. Within minute wave ii, minuette wave (b) is just 0.05 short of 0.382 the length of minuette wave (a).

I have now labelled the middle of the third wave within minute wave iii complete. This has support today from volume. It is very common for Gold to exhibit swift strong and extended fifth waves, particularly its fifth waves which end its third wave impulses. The expectation here will be for minuette wave (v) to be very strong and longer than minuette wave (iii).

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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A strong upwards day with a long lower candlestick wick has support today from volume. On Balance Volume remains very bullish. This offers strong support to the alternate Elliott wave count.

Price has found support today at prior resistance and bounced strongly up from there.

RSI and Stochastics may remain extreme for some time when Gold has a strong bullish trend. However, Stochastics does exhibit some weakness within upwards movement.

ATR and now widening Bollinger Bands also support the alternate Elliott wave count.

There is almost no support here for the main Elliott wave count.

Trading Advice:

Members are advised to use their own judgement and their own preferred analysis techniques. If you favour one count over the other, then that is the one you should trade. It would be my judgement that uncertain members may prefer to step aside and wait for price to break out of the zone from 1,301.09 to 1,325.67, when this analysis will be more confident of the next movement.

If preferring to pick one count over the other, I would favour the alternate count today, mostly because of very bullish On Balance Volume.

Another approach may be to open a hedge. The short side should have a stop just above 1,325.67. The long side a stop just below 1,301.09. Invest only a total of up to 5% on the hedge.



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

Price remains within the resistance zone. On Balance Volume is right at resistance. RSI and Stochastics are both extreme. GDX looks less clearly bullish than Gold today.

However, Stochastics and RSI may remain extreme for a reasonable time during a bull trend.

Published @ 10:58 p.m. EST.