Price continues to move sideways within a small consolidation. Volume may assist to tell which direction may be most likely for a breakout.
Summary: A new low below 16.173 now would indicate an ongoing bear market for Silver. The target would be at 3.858. A bearish scenario is now favoured at both the weekly and daily chart levels.
A new high above 17.680 would be very bullish. The target would be at 20.395.
Last monthly charts can be viewed here.
New updates to this analysis are in bold.
ELLIOTT WAVE COUNTS
MAIN WAVE COUNT
The main wave count expects that the bear market, which began from the April 2011 high, is incomplete.
Cycle wave a is seen as a five wave impulse for this main wave count. There are multiple corrective structures possible still for cycle wave b.
This first weekly chart sees cycle wave b as a now possibly complete regular contracting triangle.
Primary wave E of the triangle may have ended with an overshoot of the A-C trend line. If this wave count is correct, then price should have reversed already. Within the new downwards trend, no second wave correction may move beyond the start of the first wave above 17.680.
Intermediate wave (1) down subdivides well as a five wave structure.
Intermediate wave (2) may be an incomplete flat correction. If minor wave B within it is over here, then intermediate wave (2) may be a regular flat correction. Minor wave C would reach equality in length with minor wave A at 17.035. This is just below the 0.618 Fibonacci ratio of intermediate wave (1) at 17.109.
Thereafter, a third wave down may begin.
Intermediate wave (2) may not move beyond the start of intermediate wave (1) above 17.680.
SECOND WAVE COUNT
Cycle wave b may be completing as a double combination: zigzag – X – flat. The second structure, a flat correction for primary wave Y, may be underway.
Within a flat correction, intermediate wave (B) must retrace a minimum 0.9 length of intermediate wave (A) at 15.938. Intermediate wave (B) has met this minimum requirement; the rule for a flat correction is met. Intermediate wave (B) is longer than 1.05 times the length of intermediate wave (A) indicating this may be an expanded flat. Expanded flat corrections are the most common type. Normally their C waves are 1.618 or 2.618 the length of their A waves.
The target calculated would see primary wave Y to end close to same level as primary wave W about 21.062. The purpose of combinations is to take up time and move price sideways. To achieve this purpose the second structure in the double normally ends about the same level as the first.
While the combination wave count at the weekly chart level does not currently work for Gold, it does still work for Silver. They do not have to complete the same structures for cycle wave b, and fairly often their structures are different.
At this stage, the duration of minor wave 2 now looks wrong. This wave count is now less likely.
Minor wave 3 may only subdivide as an impulse and must move above the end of minor wave 1 at 18.207.
Within minor wave 3, minute waves i and ii may be complete. Minute wave ii is very close to the 0.618 Fibonacci ratio of minute wave i.
Minute wave iii may only subdivide as an impulse, and within it minuette wave (ii) may not move beyond the start of minuette wave (i) below 16.173.
Minor wave 3 must move beyond the end of minor wave 1 above 18.207. A new high above this point would meet the Elliott wave rule and add confidence to the wave count.
The target for minor wave 3 expects the most common Fibonacci ratio to minor wave 1.
Minuette wave (ii) may now be complete as a very deep zigzag. Again, the depth and duration of the corrections within this wave count do not have a typical look.
ALTERNATE WAVE COUNT
This alternate wave count looks at the possibility that the bear market may be over for Silver and a new bull market may have begun.
A series of two overlapping first and second waves may now be complete for cycle waves I and II, and primary waves 1 and 2.
A third wave now at two large degrees may be beginning.
Targets calculated for third waves assume the most common Fibonacci ratios to their respective first waves. As price approaches each target, if the structure is incomplete or price keeps rising through the target, then the next Fibonacci ratio in the sequence would be used to calculate a new target.
Within primary wave 3, no second wave correction may move beyond the start of its first wave below 15.525.
The large base channel about cycle waves I and II nicely shows where primary wave 2 found support. A lower degree second wave correction should find support (in a bull market) about a base channel drawn about a first and second wave one or more degrees higher.
The expanded flat correction for intermediate wave (2) may be complete. If this is correct, then a third wave up at three large degrees may be in the very early days for Silver.
Within intermediate wave (3), minor wave 2 may not move beyond the start of minor wave 1 below 16.173.
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Silver is still range bound. A large symmetrical triangle may be completing. It is a downwards week during this triangle which has strongest volume suggesting a downwards breakout may be more likely than upwards.
The bearish signal from On Balance Volume is now clear. This adds support to the idea that the breakout from this consolidation may be more likely downwards. This favours the first Elliott wave count.
Price is at support. Expect a bounce here to resistance. Resistance may now be a the upper edge of the symmetrical triangle trend line.
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A smaller descending triangle may be completing. Descending triangles are bearish continuation patterns. Volume also favours a downwards breakout. This favours none of the Elliott wave counts for the short term as all three now expect upwards movement at least for a few days.
A breakout would need to be seen below support to have confidence that this pattern was a triangle and was complete. If that happens, then look for a throwback to resistance.
Published @ 01:50 p.m. EST.