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A downwards reaction was expected after yesterday’s strong upwards movement. This is exactly what has happened.

Summary: Expect a downwards swing from here to support. The target is at 1,306. Do not expect this swing to move in a straight line. There may be two bounces along the way down and the first of those may turn up within the next 24 hours. Advice on how to manage that is given with the hourly chart commentary today. Use the trend channel and Fibonacci ratios.

For members who have followed trading advice to hedge, the hedge should by now be set up. Consider taking a small profit here on the long position of the hedge, if entry points were above 1,306 and reasonably above support, and opening a new long half of the hedge when support is again reached.

Members with larger risk appetites may leave stops so that a total of 5% of equity is risked for both sides of the hedge combined, and wait for the breakout. It is very likely to be upwards, so a long portion of the hedge may be the most important half.

Always responsibly manage your risk. Always trade with stops to protect your account from ruin.

New updates to this analysis are in bold.

Grand SuperCycle analysis is here.

Last in-depth historic analysis with monthly and several weekly charts is here, video is here.

There are multiple wave counts at this time at the weekly and monthly chart levels. In order to make this analysis manageable and accessible only two will be published on a daily basis, one bullish and one bearish. This does not mean the other possibilities may not be correct, only that publication of them all each day is too much to digest. At this stage, they do not diverge from the two possibilities below.



Gold Elliott Wave Chart Weekly 2018
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Cycle wave b may be a single zigzag. Zigzags subdivide 5-3-5. Primary wave C must subdivide as a five wave structure and may be either an impulse or an ending diagonal. Overlapping at this stage indicates an ending diagonal.

Within an ending diagonal, all sub-waves must subdivide as zigzags. Intermediate wave (4) must overlap into intermediate wave (1) price territory. This diagonal is expanding: intermediate wave (3) is longer than intermediate wave (1) and intermediate wave (4) is longer than intermediate wave (2). Intermediate wave (5) must be longer than intermediate wave (3), so it must end above 1,398.41 where it would reach equality in length with intermediate wave (3).

Within the final zigzag of intermediate wave (5), minor wave B may not move beyond the start of minor wave A below 1,236.54. However, if it were now to turn out to be relatively deep, it should not get too close to this invalidation point as the lower (2)-(4) trend line should provide strong support. Diagonals normally adhere very well to their trend lines.

Within the diagonal of primary wave C, each sub-wave is extending in price and so may also do so in time. Within each zigzag, minor wave B may exhibit alternation in structure and may show an increased duration.

Within intermediate wave (1), minor wave B was a triangle lasting 11 days. Within intermediate wave (3), minor wave B was a regular flat lasting 60 days. Within intermediate wave (5), minor wave B may last as long as 40 to 60 days. So far it has lasted 55 days (refer to daily chart) and the structure is incomplete.

At this stage, minor wave B may now be a double flat or triangle. These two ideas are separated out in daily charts below.

This first weekly chart sees the upwards wave labelled primary wave A as a five wave structure. It must be acknowledged that this upwards wave looks better as a three than it does as a five. The fifth weekly chart below will consider the possibility that it was a three.


Gold Elliott Wave Chart Daily 2018
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A new high above 1,356.12 indicates minute wave y be an expanded flat correction. This indicates minor wave B may be a relatively rare double flat correction.

Within this possible double flat, the first flat labelled minute wave w is a regular flat. The second flat labeled minute wave y may be an expanded flat, providing alternation with the first.

Within the expanded flat of minute wave y, minuette wave (b) is within the common range of from 1 to 1.38 times the length of minuette wave (a). The most common Fibonacci ratio for minuette wave (c) is used to calculate a target for it to end.

The target would see minute wave y end close to the same level as minute wave w; the double flat would have a sideways look and achieve its purpose of taking up time and moving sideways. This target is also within a strong area of support.

Minuette wave (c) should subdivide as a five wave structure. It may not move in a straight line, so do not expect it to. Within minuette wave (c), there may be expected to be two bounces for a second and fourth wave. These may show up on the daily chart as one or more green daily candlesticks or doji.

Minuette wave (c) would be extremely likely to move at least slightly below the end of minuette wave (a) at 1,320 to avoid a truncation and a very rare running flat.


Gold Elliott Wave Chart Hourly 2018
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Within minuette wave (c), so far subminuette wave i may be incomplete. The current small bounce may be micro wave 4, which may not move into micro wave 1 price territory above 1,348.11, if micro wave 3 is correctly labelled.

One more low may be micro wave 5. That may complete an impulse for subminuette wave i.

A bounce for subminuette wave ii may be expected (which may show up on the daily chart as one or more green daily candlesticks or doji) when subminuette wave i is a complete structure.

Subminuette wave ii may not move beyond the start of subminuette wave i above 1,364.36.

Use the best fit channel. Draw it from the lows labelled micro waves 1 to 3, then place a parallel copy on the high labelled sub-micro wave (2) so that all of this movement is contained. Assume that subminuette wave i is incomplete while price remains contained within this channel.

If price breaches the upper edge of the channel, then assume that subminuette wave i is complete and subminuette wave ii has arrived. At that stage, draw a Fibonacci retracement along the length of subminuette wave i and use the 0.382 and 0.618 Fibonacci ratios as targets for a bounce to end, favouring the 0.618 Fibonacci ratio.


Gold Elliott Wave Chart Daily 2018
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This alternate daily chart is identical to the first daily chart up to the high labelled minor wave A. Thereafter, it looks at a different structure for minor wave B.

A triangle for minor wave B may still be valid. Within a triangle, four of the five sub-waves must sub-divide as zigzags and one sub-wave usually subdivides as a double zigzag; the double zigzag is most commonly wave C of the triangle, but it may be any sub-wave. Here, it may have been minute wave b.

All remaining triangles must be simple A-B-C structures, most likely zigzags.

Minute wave c may not move beyond the end of minute wave a below 1,303.08 for both a contracting or barrier triangle. Thereafter, minute wave d may not move above the end of minute wave b at 1,364.36 for a contracting triangle. For a barrier triangle, minute wave d may end about the same level as minute wave b in order for the b-d trend line to look essentially flat.

A final small zigzag downwards for minute wave e would most likely fall short of the a-c trend line.

This wave count still allows for choppy overlapping movement in an ever decreasing range for several weeks. Minor wave B may be as long lasting as a Fibonacci 21 weeks if it is a triangle, as triangles do tend to be very long lasting structures.

This wave count now expects a zigzag may be unfolding lower for minute wave c. At this stage, the subdivisions at the hourly chart level do not diverge from the main wave count; both counts expect to see 5-3-5 unfold lower. This count expects a zigzag and the main count expects a 1-2-3 of an impulse. At the point the two counts diverge in terms of structure at the hourly chart level, then separate hourly charts will be published for them.



Gold Elliott Wave Chart Weekly 2018
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There were five weekly charts published in the last historic analysis. This fifth weekly chart is the most immediately bearish wave count, so this is published as a bearish possibility.

This fifth weekly chart sees cycle wave b as a flat correction, and within it intermediate wave (B) may be a complete triple zigzag. This would indicate a regular flat as intermediate wave (B) is less than 1.05 the length of intermediate wave (A).

If cycle wave b is a flat correction, then within it primary wave B must retrace a minimum 0.9 length of primary wave A at 1,079.13 or below. The most common length of B waves within flats is from 1 to 1.38 times the length of the A wave. The target calculated would see primary wave B end within this range.

I have only seen two triple zigzags before during my 10 years of daily Elliott wave analysis. If this wave count turns out to be correct, this would be the third. The rarity of this structure is identified on the chart.


Gold Elliott Wave Chart Daily 2018
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Minor wave 1 may have been a relatively brief impulse over at the low of the 8th of February. Thereafter, minor wave 2 may be an incomplete double combination.

The first structure in the double may be a zigzag labelled minute wave w. The double may be joined by a three in the opposite direction, a zigzag labelled minute wave x. The second structure in the double may be an incomplete triangle labelled minute wave y. This structure may yet take some weeks to complete. In my experience a double combination with a triangle for minute wave y is not very common. This reduces the probability of this wave count, but it remains valid.

This wave count is a good solution for this bearish wave count. All subdivisions fit and there are no rare structures so far within intermediate wave (C).



Gold Weekly 2018
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Gold is within a small consolidation with resistance about 1,365 to (final) 1,375 and strong support about 1,310 to 1,305. Volume suggests an upwards breakout is more likely than downwards.

The bullish signal this week from On Balance Volume is weak because the purple line, which has been breached, has a reasonable slope and was only tested twice prior.


Gold Daily 2018
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Gold is within a smaller consolidation that began back on about the 3rd of January. This consolidation is delineated by resistance about 1,360 to 1,365 and support about 1,310 to 1,305. It is the upwards day of the 15th of January that has strongest volume during this consolidation. Now the second strongest volume is also an upward day for the 11th of April. This more strongly suggests an upwards breakout may be more likely than downwards.

Today’s strong downwards day is not correctly a bearish engulfing candlestick pattern as the open gaps lower and so does not fully engulf the prior candlestick. However, the strength of the engulfing pattern is in the close and here that is definitely below the open of the prior day. This is a strong bearish candlestick.

Volume has declined from yesterday’s high, but is still stronger than the 11 sessions prior to that. Volume is still reasonable.

The support line on On Balance Volume is only weak because this line had only two anchor points and then was breached. If support here is breached, the line will be discarded as too weak and a new resistance line will be redrawn.

Overall, it seems very reasonable here to expect a downwards swing to support. Price has failed to break out of the consolidation, so expect the consolidation to continue.


GDX Weekly 2018
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Support about 20.80 has been tested about eight times and so far has held. The more often a support area is tested and holds, the more technical significance it has.

In the first instance, expect this area to continue to provide support. Only a strong downwards day, closing below support and preferably with some increase in volume, would constitute a downwards breakout from the consolidation that GDX has been in for a year now.

Resistance is about 25.50. Only a strong upwards day, closing above resistance and with support from volume, would constitute an upwards breakout.

The last week closes with the balance of volume upwards, and it shows a decline. This is contradicted by a bullish signal from On Balance Volume last week as it bounces up off support.


GDX Daily 2018
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On trading triangles from Dhalquist and Kirkpatrick, page 319:

“The ideal situation for trading triangles is a definite breakout, a high trading range within the triangle, an upward-sloping volume trend during the formation of the triangle, and especially a gap on the breakout. These patterns seem to work better with small-cap stocks in a rising market.

Although triangles are plentiful, their patterns suffer from many false and premature breakouts. This requires that a very strict breakout rule be used, either a wide filter or a number of closes outside the breakout zone. It also requires a close protective stop at the breakout level in case the breakout is false. Once these defensive levels have been exceeded, and price is on its way, the trader can relax for a little while because the failure rate after a legitimate breakout is relatively low. Trailing stops should then be placed at each preceding minor reversal.

…. in symmetrical triangles, the best performance comes from late breakouts in the 73% – 75% distance.

Volume on the breakout seems more desirable in symmetrical triangles.”

In this case, the breakout has come 61% of the triangle length from base to cradle. Volume towards the end of the triangle declined. The breakout is accompanied by a gap and has good support from volume.

Pullbacks occur 59% of the time for symmetrical triangles.

Any long positions entered on a pullback may use the breakaway gap as a place for stops just below 22.41. If that gap is closed, then it may be an exhaustion gap and the breakout may have failed. The gap remains open at this time. If this is correctly labelled as a breakaway gap, then price should bounce up from here. If it is closed, then next support may be about the upper trend line of the triangle.

A profit target is calculated by adding the triangle width to the breakout point. This gives a target at 24.61.

Published @ 10:00 p.m. EST.