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Again, upwards movement continued exactly as expected.

A combination of candlestick analysis, volume analysis, RSI, and ADX will be used to identify when the trend is over or a consolidation within it may begin.

Summary: The trend remains upwards, but now expect a consolidation for minor wave 4 to probably last all of next week. It may take price down to about 1,335 and should be very choppy and overlapping.

Corrections are an opportunity to join the trend. Stops should always be used; set now just below 1,325.67. Manage risk by investing only 1-5% of equity on any one trade.

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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There is strong support from classic technical analysis for this wave count. Now that price has fully broken above the Magee trend line and has broken out above a consolidation zone, with support from volume, this wave count will now be the main wave count.

There are more than 23 possible corrective structures that B waves may take, and although cycle wave b still fits best at this stage as a triangle, 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.

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.

Although this wave count still has these problems, technical analysis now points to it being more likely. The alternate will continue to be considered until price invalidates it.


Gold Elliott Wave Chart Daily 2017
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The analysis today will focus on the structure of intermediate wave (C). To see details of all the bull movement for this year see last analysis daily charts here.

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. If my analysis of intermediate wave (C) is wrong, it may be in labelling minor waves 1 and 2 already over. It is possible that only minor wave 1 was over at today’s high. If price moves below 1,300.54 at this stage, then I would expect a deeper more time consuming correction which would be labeled minor wave 2.

Minor wave 3 may only subdivide as an impulse. So far the corrections of minute waves ii and iv show up evenly on the daily chart giving this portion of the wave count the right look. Now with a red daily candlestick for Friday’s session, it looks like minor wave 3 could be over.

With minor wave 1 a very long extension, minor wave 3 may not be extended. If this labelling is correct, then there is no Fibonacci ratio between minor waves 1 and 3, and minor wave 3 is shorter than minor wave 1 by 18.80. This limits minor wave 5 to no longer than equality with minor wave 3 at 76.33, so that minor wave 3 is not the shortest and the core Elliott wave rule is met.

Minor wave 2 was a shallow 0.21 zigzag lasting five days. Given the guideline of alternation, minor wave 4 may be most likely a flat, triangle or combination. It may most likely last a Fibonacci five or eight days. Within all of flats, triangles and combinations, a new high above 1,357.09 may be included.

Minor wave 4 may not move into minor wave 1 price territory below 1,300.54.


Gold Elliott Wave Chart Hourly 2017
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If minor wave 4 unfolds as either a flat, combination or triangle, then within it minute wave a would most likely be a three wave structure. When A waves subdivide as threes, they are almost always zigzags and occasionally flat corrections. A waves may not subdivide as triangles.

When minute wave a is a complete three wave structure, then minute wave b upwards must also be a three and is very likely to be very deep.

If minor wave 4 is the most common flat correction, then within it minute wave b must retrace a minimum 0.9 length of minute wave a. Minute wave b of an expanded flat (the most common type and a very common structure) must be a minimum 1.05 length of minute wave a, so it must move above the start of minute wave a at 1,357.09.

If minor wave 4 is the next very common structure of a combination, then it would be labelled minute waves w, x and z. Doubles are common and triples are very rare, so triples will not be considered unless price proves it correct. Double combinations are most commonly a zigzag and a flat correction joined by a three for minute wave x in the opposite direction. Minute wave x may make a new high above 1,357.09.

If minor wave 4 is a triangle, then within it minute wave b may make a new high above 1,357.09 if the triangle is a running variety.

Minor wave 4 would be fairly likely to end somewhere within the price territory of the fourth wave of one lesser degree. Minute wave iv has its range from 1,343.98 to 1,332.22. Within this range lies the 0.382 Fibonacci ratio of minor wave 3 at 1,335, so this is a reasonable target for minor wave 4 to end.

This wave count over the next week expects choppy overlapping sideways movement for a small consolidation within the upwards trend.

The labelling within minor wave 4 will change as more structure unfolds. At this stage, it is impossible for me to tell you with any confidence which of the multiple options outlined above minor wave 4 will be.



Gold Elliott Wave Chart Weekly I 2017
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The Magee trend line is now breached by a full weekly candlestick above and not touching the line. This substantially reduces the probability of this wave count at the end of this week.

The Magee bear market trend 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.

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. Now that the line is breached, it is signalling a major trend change from bear to bull.

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 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 started its 38th 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.

With upwards movement continuing, the A-C trend line now has too weak a slope. At this stage, this wave count now looks less likely.


Gold Elliott Wave Chart Daily 2017
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The cyan Magee trend line has now been breached. This must reduce the probability of this wave count.

A breach of the blue Elliott channel by downwards movement would indicate a trend change.

The structure of minor wave C may now be complete. It may also continue a little higher.



Gold Weekly 2017
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Overall, this chart is bullish. This trend may be expected to continue at least until weekly RSI reaches overbought.


Gold Daily 2016
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The long upper wick and red close on Friday’s candlestick is slightly bearish.

Expect a pullback or consolidation as quite likely here. ADX is now above 35 and the black ADX line is above both directional lines. RSI and Stochastics are extreme and both exhibit double divergence with price, although it is weak.

These extreme readings are not enough to expect an end to the trend, only a pause within it.



GDX Daily 2016
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Volume remains bullish. Expect any downwards days here for GDX to be pullbacks or consolidations within the trend, not yet an end to the trend.


Gold Daily 2016
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This section will be left at the end of analysis until either the current wave count is proven wrong, or the third wave we are expecting has completed.

This chart has been published before. It shows the most recent example of a strong third wave in Gold from December 2015 to March 2016.

Note that during this strong upwards trend:

– RSI first reached overbought on the 4th of February and price then continued strongly higher for five more days culminating in a blowoff top on the 11th of February.

– RSI and Stochastics remained extreme for most of the second half of the trend. At the final high, they both exhibited strong divergence with price.

– Price found support at the short term Fibonacci 13 day moving average during the entire trend.

– All signals from On Balance Volume were bullish right up to the end of the trend. The 9th of March shows the first bearish signal, which was an important warning of a trend change.

– The trend begins with choppy overlapping and some hesitancy.

– The 6th of January was an important upwards breakout from resistance, with support from volume. Thereafter, price moved more strongly.

– While overall volume supported the upwards movement in price, this was not linear. Some weaker days occurred yet price continued higher. It is the overall trend of volume which is more important than any one or two days. On Balance Volume remaining bullish was an important guide.

No two waves are the same. So if the current wave count is correct, it may be different from this example. However, there are some important lessons to be learned here:

1. On Balance Volume is an important guide. Bullish signals should be taken seriously, particularly early on in the trend. Later in the trend, with RSI and Stochastics overbought, any bearish signal from On Balance Volume should see long positions closed.

2. RSI and Stochastics can reach extreme overbought. Only when they have been extreme for some time and then exhibit strong divergence should it be taken as a warning of a trend change.

Published @ 12:10 a.m. EST on 10th September, 2017.