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Last analysis expected a downwards breakout from a small Elliott wave triangle was underway, which is exactly what is happening.

Summary: There are at this time multiple alternate wave counts because of the expectation that a cycle degree b wave is unfolding.

At this time, it may be best to use classic technical analysis as a guide as it offers some clarity.

Today completes a downwards breakout from an ascending triangle, with support from volume and a strong bearish signal from On Balance Volume. The target is at 1,145.

New updates to this analysis are in bold.

Grand SuperCycle analysis is here.

Last historic analysis with monthly charts is here.

Weekly charts were last reviewed here, with 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.

All four weekly wave counts were again considered at the end of last week. Only two shall be followed on a daily basis.

At this stage, this wave count may have a slightly higher probability than the other three weekly wave counts because it has more support from classic technical analysis.

If cycle wave b is a combination, then the first structure in a double may be a complete zigzag labelled primary wave W.

The double may be joined by a three in the opposite direction, a zigzag labelled primary wave X.

The second structure in the double may be a flat correction labelled primary wave Y. My research on Gold so far has found that the most common two structures in a double combination are one zigzag and one flat correction. I have found only one instance where a triangle unfolded for wave Y. The most likely structure for wave Y would be a flat correction by a very wide margin, so that is what this wave count shall expect.

Within a flat correction for primary wave Y, the current downwards wave of intermediate wave (B) may be a single or multiple zigzag; for now it shall be labelled as a single. Intermediate wave (B) must retrace a minimum 0.9 length of intermediate wave (A) at 1,147.34. Intermediate wave (B) may move beyond the start of intermediate wave (A) as in an expanded flat.

Because the minimum requirement for intermediate wave (B) is not yet met, this wave count requires that minute wave v of minor wave C of intermediate wave (B) continues lower. This is the most immediately bearish of all four weekly wave counts.

When intermediate wave (B) is complete, then intermediate wave (C) would be expected to make at least a slight new high above the end of intermediate wave (A) at 1,365.68 to avoid a truncation. Primary wave Y would be most likely to end about the same level as primary wave W at 1,374.91, so that the whole structure takes up time and moves price sideways, as that is the purpose of double combinations.

While double combinations are very common, triples are extremely rare. I have found no examples of triple combinations for Gold at daily chart time frames or higher back to 1976. When the second structure in a double is complete, then it is extremely likely (almost certain) that the whole correction is over.


Gold Elliott Wave Chart Daily 2018
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Intermediate wave (B) may be unfolding lower as either a single or double zigzag. At this stage, a single zigzag will be considered; the expected direction nor minimum requirement at 1,147.34 do not differ from a double zigzag.

If intermediate wave (B) is unfolding as a single zigzag, then within it minor wave C must subdivide as a five wave impulse.

Minute wave iv looks like a complete regular contracting triangle. The downwards breakout from the triangle may be minute wave v.

Gold often exhibits surprisingly swift and short fifth waves out of its fourth wave triangles. If the target is wrong, then it may be too low.


Gold Elliott Wave Chart Hourly 2018
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If the triangle is complete, then a five down should develop on the hourly chart. This is labelled minuette wave (i) and at this time would still be incomplete.

Within minuette wave (i), subminuette waves i, ii and iii may be complete. Subminuette wave iv may not move into subminuette wave i price territory above 1,196.95.

Now that support about the lower triangle trend line has been breached, this line may provide resistance.

When subminuette waves iv and v may be seen as complete, then a five down for minuette wave (i) may be complete. The following bounce for minuette wave (ii) may not move beyond the start of minuette wave (i) above 1,203.57; the bounce may end about resistance at the lower triangle trend line.


Gold Elliott Wave Chart Weekly 2018
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The triangle so far has the best fit and look, but at this stage it no longer has good support from classic technical analysis. It is now judged to have a slightly lower probability than the combination wave count.

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.

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.

A channel is drawn on all charts about the downwards wave of primary wave D. Here, it is labelled a best fit channel. If this channel is breached by upwards movement, that may provide reasonable confidence in this weekly triangle wave count and the double zigzag count, and put serious doubt on the combination and flat wave counts.

After a slight new low, this wave count expects a consolidation for primary wave E to back test resistance at prior support, and then a significant new downwards wave for cycle wave C. For the long term, this is the most bearish wave count.


Gold Elliott Wave Chart Daily 2018
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Intermediate wave (C) may be almost complete. The triangle for minor wave 4 may have ended on Tuesday. Minor wave 5 may be underway. A target is calculated for minor wave 5 to end that expects it to exhibit a Fibonacci ratio to minor wave 1, and would still see the B-D trend line of the triangle for cycle wave b have a reasonable slope.

Gold often exhibits surprisingly short and brief fifth waves out of its fourth wave triangles. This wave count expects this tendency. Minor wave 5 would most likely end at least slightly below the end of minor wave 3 at 1,160.75 to avoid a truncation. The target expects it to end only a little below this point.


Gold Elliott Wave Chart Daily 2018
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Primary wave D may be complete.

Earliest confidence may come with a new high above 1,212.60. The confidence point is moved lower now that it is reasonably clear that price is breaking out below the triangle.

If price moves above 1,203.57 now by any amount at any time frame, then this alternate wave count would be indicated as most likely.

For strong confidence, this wave count now requires a breach of the upper edge of the blue best fit channel. This channel is drawn the same way on all weekly and daily charts, all on a semi-log scale.

Minor wave 1 may have been over on the 22nd of August.

Minor wave 2 may be an incomplete expanded flat correction. Within the expanded flat, at its end minute wave b must retrace a minimum 0.9 length of minute wave a. The triangle for minute wave b must end at 1,199.36 or above; so far it has met this minimum requirement.

Minute wave b may be complete at a 1.1 length of minute wave a. Minute wave c would be extremely likely to end below the end of minute wave a at 1,183.36 to avoid a truncation and a very rare running flat.

This wave count, at the hourly chart level, would see subdivisions in the same way as the hourly chart for the combination wave count published above, but the degree of labelling would be moved up one degree. A five wave structure downwards on the hourly chart needs to complete for minute wave c.

Minor wave 2 may not move beyond the start of minor wave 1 below 1,160.75.

A target for primary wave E is the strong zone of resistance about 1,305 to 1,310. Primary wave E is most likely to subdivide as a zigzag (although it may also subdivide as a triangle to create a rare nine wave triangle), and it should last at least a Fibonacci 13 weeks. Primary wave E may not move beyond the end of primary wave C above 1,365.68.

This wave count looks at the possibility that a short false downwards breakout may occur out of the triangle and then be followed by a deep time consuming bounce.



Gold Weekly 2018
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On Balance Volume is lower than its prior point at the end of November 2015. This divergence is extremely bearish but does not rule out a consolidation unfolding here; the divergence does strongly support the Triangle wave count, which expects a consolidation or bounce up to test resistance now and then a continuation of a major bear market. It could also support the flat wave count that allows for a new low below 1,046.27 in coming months.

On Balance Volume has made another new low, but price has not. There is now double bearish divergence between price and On Balance Volume.

When Gold has a strong trend, ADX may remain very extreme for long periods of time and RSI can move more deeply into oversold. However, most recent lows since November 2015 were all found when RSI just reached oversold, so some caution here in looking out for a possible consolidation or trend change would be reasonable.

Last week completes an inside week with the balance of volume upwards. Upwards movement within the week no longer has support from volume.

If price does continue lower, then look for next support about 1,140.


Gold Daily 2018
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Today completes a downwards breakout below the ascending triangle, with support from volume. Performance following a breakout from an ascending triangle is a little more favourable for downwards breakouts.

A target is calculated at 1,145 using the measured rule.

The bearish signal today from On Balance Volume offers support to the view that price is breaking out from a triangle pattern and that it is likely now to make new lows. This bearish signal is strong because the trend line broken is long held, has a very shallow slope, and was tested multiple times.


GDX Weekly 2018
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After a breakout, a technical principle is the longer that price consolidates sideways the longer the resulting trend may be expected to be. Also, the longer that price meanders sideways the more energy may be released after a breakout. This is what is happening now for GDX.

A target for this downwards trend to end calculated using the measured rule is at 16.02. That is not yet met.

At the weekly chart level, there is a clear downwards breakout with a breakaway gap. As breakaway gaps should not be closed, they may be used to set stops that may be set just above a downwards breakaway gap.

The bullish divergence between price and On Balance Volume noted with green trend lines is also not a strong signal. On Balance Volume is a leading indicator; when it leads, it offers a signal, but it does not always lead price.

There is short term bullish divergence between price and Stochastics. A consolidation may develop here to relieve extreme conditions. The small bounce of the last two weeks has not yet lasted long enough to relieve extreme conditions, so it may continue either higher or sideways.


GDX Daily 2018
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At least for the short term expect upwards movement to end here. A consolidation may continue to relieve oversold conditions; price may now swing downwards towards support.

Published @ 11:14 p.m. EST.

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