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A new high very slightly above 1,234.67 now adds confidence to the main Elliott wave count.

An alternate Elliott wave count is still considered.

Summary: It still is reasonably likely that a low is in place for Gold for the short to mid term. A bounce up now to about 1,307 is expected to last a few weeks, possibly as long as 21 weeks. It is expected to have a consolidation within it.

It is possible for the very short term that price may pullback here to slightly below 1,218.61, but it should remain above 1,212.11 now.

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New updates to this analysis are in bold.

Grand SuperCycle analysis is here.

Last historic analysis with monthly charts and several weekly alternates is here, video is here.

Last remaining four weekly wave counts were updated here, and video here.



Gold Elliott Wave Chart Weekly 2018
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There are four remaining weekly wave counts at this time for cycle wave b: a triangle, flat, combination or double zigzag. At this stage, all four expect a bounce over the next few weeks, and the triangle has the best look.

While the direction does not diverge for these four weekly wave counts, only one weekly wave count shall be published on a daily basis, so that the analysis is manageable for me to publish and for members to digest. Note: This does not mean that the remaining three counts may not be correct.

The triangle so far has the best fit and look.

Cycle wave b may be an incomplete triangle. The triangle may be a contracting or barrier triangle, with a contracting triangle looking much more likely because the A-C trend line does not have a strong slope. A contracting triangle could see the B-D trend line have a stronger slope, so that the triangle trend lines converge at a reasonable rate. A barrier triangle would have a B-D trend line that would be essentially flat, and the triangle trend lines would barely converge.

Within a contracting triangle, primary wave D may not move beyond the end of primary wave B below 1,123.08. Within a barrier triangle, primary wave D may end about the same level as primary wave B at 1,123.08, so that the B-D trend line is essentially flat. Only a new low reasonably below 1,123.08 would invalidate the triangle.

Within both a contracting and barrier triangle, primary wave E may not move beyond the end of primary wave C above 1,365.68.

Four of the five sub-waves of a triangle must be zigzags, with only one sub-wave allowed to be a multiple zigzag. Primary wave C is the most common sub-wave to subdivide as a multiple, and this is how primary wave C for this example fits best.

Primary wave D must be a single structure, most likely a zigzag. It is possible that primary wave D could be over.

One triangle sub-wave tends to be close to 0.618 the length of its predecessor; if primary wave D is over at last week’s low, it is just 3.64 below this point.

There are no problems in terms of subdivisions or rare structures for this wave count. It has an excellent fit and so far a typical look.


Gold Elliott Wave Chart Daily 2018
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It is possible that primary wave D is over. The structure may be seen complete and technical analysis indicates a low may now be in place.

At this stage, the best target calculation for primary wave E would be 0.618 the length of primary wave D. This yields a target that is within a very strong area of resistance.

When intermediate waves (A) and (B) within primary wave E may be complete, then the ratio between intermediate waves (A) and (C) may be used to add to the target calculation at a second degree. At that stage, it may change or widen to a zone.

Primary wave E would be most likely to fall reasonably short of the A-C trend line.

In the first instance, primary wave E may be expected to last about a Fibonacci 21 weeks. It is also possible that it may not last that long because E waves of a triangle can be relatively quick.


Gold Elliott Wave Chart Hourly 2018
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With reasonable support now from classic technical analysis for the idea that a low is in place for Gold, for the mid term at least, both this main wave count and the alternate hourly wave count below will expect that primary wave E has begun.

If primary wave E is beginning, then within it intermediate wave (A) must subdivide as a five wave structure, most likely an impulse. Within the impulse, minor wave 1 may have been over at the last high and minor wave 2 may now be a complete double zigzag.

Upwards movement for the last session may be the start of minor wave 3. A target that expects to exhibit the most common Fibonacci ratio to minor wave 1 is calculated for minor wave 3 to end.

Minor wave 3 may only subdivide as an impulse, and within it minute waves i and ii may be complete. When minute wave iii is complete, then minute wave iv may not move into minute wave i price territory below 1,227.79.

If this wave count is correct for the short term, then price should remain above the lower edge of the acceleration channel. A breach of the lower edge of that channel would see the probability of the alternate hourly wave count below increase.

The alternate idea that primary wave D may yet see one final new low was invalidated at the hourly chart level today with a slight new high above 1,234.67 in the last hour. This idea is now discarded.


Gold Elliott Wave Chart Hourly 2018
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Both hourly wave counts today see primary wave E underway and primary wave D complete, as labelled on the daily chart.

It is possible that minor wave 2 was not over at the last low, that it may continue further as a regular flat correction.

Both waves A and B within a flat must subdivide as corrective structures. Minute wave a may be a double zigzag; if it is over at the last high, then minute wave b may be over as a rare triple zigzag. All subdivisions fit. All Elliott wave rules are met.

A new low now below 1,227.79 would invalidate the main hourly wave count and provide confidence in this alternate. If that happens, then expect more downwards movement to at least slightly below 1,218.61 in order for minute wave c to avoid a truncation.

Minor wave 2 may not move beyond the start of minor wave 1 below 1,212.11.

This alternate wave count is considered today mostly because upwards movement for the last session lacks support from volume, and there is still a bearish signal yesterday from On Balance Volume making a new low. If the last upwards session was a B wave, then it makes sense that it exhibits weakness.



Gold Weekly 2018
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The reasonably long lower wick on the last weekly candlestick is given weight in this analysis. While this is fairly bearish, sometimes more than one long wick develops at price extremes. This week could complete with another long lower wick and a slight new low.


Gold Daily 2018
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There are now two bullish candlestick reversal patterns at the last low: a Bullish Engulfing pattern and now a Morning Star pattern.

However, there is still a bearish signal yesterday from On Balance Volume making a new low. This contradicts the candlestick patterns.

For the short term, this last session lacks support from volume; it is weak.

The prior downwards trend reached very extreme and oversold levels. Trend changes can be a process and not necessarily a clear pivot, which may be what is happening here.


GDX Weekly 2018
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GDX has been range bounce since January 2017. This is a very long sideways consolidation. The longer it continues, the more sustained the eventual breakout will be. Volume suggests the breakout may more likely be downwards.

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.

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

There is again some support this week for downwards movement from volume.


GDX Daily 2018
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A strong bounce today ends with price close to highs for the session and a long lower wick. This is very bullish. Expect at least some upwards movement in the next session.

However, volume is weak. Although Stochastics is oversold, RSI is not. There is still room for the larger downwards trend to continue.

Published @ 10:47 p.m. EST.