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Price continues to move higher as the main Elliott wave count expects.

The weakness of upwards movement during the last four days has prompted me to produce an alternate, even though price has been moving in the expected direction.

Summary: A low may still be in place. Price closed within support. Stochastics is oversold and exhibits bullish divergence. Expect an upwards swing, at least, or more likely an upwards breakout from the consolidation that Gold has been in since January.

However, it is also possible that lows may be tested one final time before the upwards swing begins with strength. The last four days do look rather weak.

Risk remains at 1,236.54 while the channel on the hourly charts have not yet been breached by upwards movement. If that channel is breached, then more confidence that a low is in place may be had.

The target is now at 1,431.

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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. Intermediate wave (5) is expected to be longer in price than intermediate wave (3), and it may also be longer in duration, and so minor wave B within it may also be longer in duration. If minor wave B is over at the last low, it would have lasted 68 days.

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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Minor wave B may be a complete single regular flat correction. Within the flat, minute wave a is a three, a single zigzag, and minute wave b is a three, a double zigzag, and minute wave c is a five that has moved price slightly below the end of minute wave a. There is a very close Fibonacci ratio of equality between minute waves a and c.

Regular flats normally fit very well into parallel channels. Minute wave c has found support almost exactly at the lower edge of this channel. This gives the flat correction the right look.


Gold Elliott Wave Chart Hourly 2018
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If price breaks above the upper edge of the Elliott channel, that should provide substantial confidence that a low is in place.

Overlapping during the last few sessions indicates a leading diagonal may be unfolding. Minute wave i will fit as an incomplete leading expanding diagonal.

The diagonal is expanding because minuette wave (iii) is longer than minuette wave (i), and minuette wave (iv) is longer than minuette wave (ii). The trend lines diverge. For the rules regarding wave lengths of expanding diagonals to be met minuette wave (v) must be longer than minuette wave (iii). The minimum length for minuette wave (v) would be reached at 1,321.80.

Diagonals normally adhere very well to their trend lines. So far this one is finding support about the lower (ii)-(iv) trend line. This shall remain the main and preferred hourly wave count while price remains above this line. If price breaks below that line, then consider the alternate below.

If this wave count is correct in expecting a leading diagonal is completing, then when it is over a deep pullback should be expected for minute wave ii. Second wave corrections following leading diagonals in first wave positions are commonly very deep, and may be deeper than the 0.618 Fibonacci ratio of the first wave.

Minute wave ii may not move beyond its start below 1,301.85.


Gold Elliott Wave Chart Daily 2018
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It is possible that the impulse for minute wave c is incomplete. The last four days of slow upwards movement may be minuette wave (iv) only.

Minute wave c may end with a small overshoot of the lower pink trend line. Strong support is still in the zone about 1,300 to 1,310, so not much if any movement below this zone would be expected for this wave count.

Note that the green Elliott channel is here drawn differently. A breach of this channel on the hourly chart would provide confidence that a low is in place.


Gold Elliott Wave Chart Hourly 2018
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At the hourly chart level, it is possible that a corrective structure completed at the last high labelled minuette wave (iv). However, the only structure which fits well is a triple zigzag, and in my experience these are very rare. The probability of this wave count being correct is very low.

If minuette wave (v) is to make a new low, then it may not be by much. It would likely move at least slightly below the end of minuette wave (iii) at 1,301.85 to avoid a truncation. The target would see this achieved.

The maximum number of corrective structures in a multiple is three. Minuette wave (iv) may not move higher.

Within minuette wave (v), subminuette wave ii may not move beyond the start of subminuette wave i above 1,318.53.



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.

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.

Primary wave B may be subdividing as a regular flat correction, and within it both intermediate waves (A) and (B) subdivide as three wave structures. Intermediate wave (B) fits as a triple zigzag.

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 running 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.

Last week has a long lower wick deep in support. The long wick again suggests a bounce here, particularly as it is at strong support.

The bearish signal last week from On Balance Volume is weak, because the line is not very long held and has a reasonable slope, but it is however a bearish signal to consider. The line was tested at least three times before, so it does have some weak technical significance.

The bottom line is price remains range bound. The longer price is range bound, the stronger and more violent the breakout movement will be when support or resistance is broken.


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 1,300. It is the upwards days of the 15th of January and the 11th of April that have strongest volume. This strongly suggests an upwards breakout may be more likely than downwards.

Price has found support. Bullish divergence with Stochastics while it is oversold is now clearer. With two long lower wicks and support about the 200 day moving average, it looks like Gold has found a low.

It is noted that although price has made a new low below the prior low of the 20th of March, On Balance Volume has not. This divergence is bullish and supports the main Elliott wave count. On Balance Volume is an indicator that I will give reasonable weight to.

The volume bar for Friday has changed today (StockCharts data is not always finalised until after 6:30 p.m. EST, and last analysis was done early). Volume for Friday supported upwards movement, and now volume for Monday does not support downwards movement within the session (the balance of volume for Monday was downwards). The short term volume profile is now bullish, supporting the first daily chart.

It is possible that lows may again be tested, but expect very strong support in the zone 1,310 – 1,300.


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.

Overall, a slow upwards swing may be underway. Do not expect it to move in a straight line; it may have downwards weeks within it.

The short term volume profile remains bearish. Look out for a pullback within the upwards swing.


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.

It looks like the pullback may be over. Price found support.

On Balance Volume gives a clear bullish signal with a break above resistance. This signal is reasonable as this resistance line is long held and tested many times. But it is not very strong because it has been broken once and has a reasonable slope. This could turn out to be another false signal.

It should also be noted that since the 28th of February On Balance Volume has been overall rising, which is bullish. On Balance Volume has made a new high above the high of the 19th of April, but price has not. This is also bullish.

Contradicting the bullishness from On Balance Volume is the short term volume profile, which is bearish, and a low range within the last three green daily candlesticks. The last low may yet be tested before an upwards trend is ready to take off.

Published @ 11:19 p.m. EST.