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Updates to analysis throughout the week have expected a continuation of upwards movement towards the target. This is exactly what has happened.

Summary: The next target is 1,295. Look out for a possible further increase in upwards momentum towards this target. A relatively small blow off top may occur in coming days.

The final target for this bounce to end is about 1,305 – 1,310.

New updates to this analysis are in bold.

Grand SuperCycle analysis is here.

Last historic analysis with monthly charts is here.

Only three remaining wave counts have a reasonable probability and are published below: a triangle (the preferred wave count), a double zigzag, and a combination.



Gold Elliott Wave Chart Weekly 2018
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Cycle wave b may be an incomplete regular contracting triangle. Primary wave E may not move beyond the end of primary wave C above 1,365.68.

Within primary wave E, intermediate waves (A) and (B) may be complete. Intermediate wave (C) must subdivide as a five wave structure. Within intermediate wave (C), minor wave 2 may not move beyond the start of minor wave 1 below 1,181.06.

Four of the five sub-waves of a triangle must be zigzags, with only one sub-wave allowed to be a multiple zigzag. 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 E would most likely be a single zigzag. It is also possible that it may subdivide as a triangle to create a rare nine wave triangle.

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.

When primary wave E is a complete three wave structure, then this wave count would expect a cycle degree trend change. Cycle wave c would most likely make new lows below the end of cycle wave a at 1,046.27 to avoid a truncation.

It is possible now that primary wave E may end early in January 2019. Some reasonable weakness should be expected at its end. Triangles often end with declining ATR, weak momentum and weak volume.


Gold Elliott Wave Chart Daily 2018
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Primary wave E may now be nearing its final stages for this wave count.

Primary wave E should subdivide as a zigzag. Intermediate waves (A) and (B) may now be complete. Intermediate wave (C) may be underway.

Within intermediate wave (C), minor wave 1 fits perfectly as a five wave impulse. Minor wave 2 is a deep zigzag.

Minor wave 3 may be an almost complete impulse, now within the final fifth wave. The target is now calculated at two degrees and so has a higher probability.

Gold often exhibits swift strong fifth waves. This tendency is especially prevalent in fifth waves to end third wave impulses. Look out for a possible blow off top to end minute wave v of minor wave 3.

Although the triangle for cycle wave b is expected to end with weakness, it is still possible that a smaller blow off top may occur at the end of minor wave 3 just ahead.

When minor wave 3 is complete, then minor wave 4 may unfold over about two to four weeks. Minor wave 4 may not move into minor wave 1 price territory below 1,241.88.

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). It may last a total Fibonacci 21 or 34 weeks. So far it has lasted 19 weeks. Primary wave E may not move beyond the end of primary wave C above 1,365.68.


Gold Elliott Wave Chart Daily 2018
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The hourly chart focusses on the end of minute wave v. Minute wave v must subdivide as a five wave structure, either an impulse or ending diagonal. An impulse is much more likely as these are more common structures.

So far minuette waves (i) through to (iv) may be complete.

Minuette wave (v) may subdivide as either an impulse or an ending diagonal. So far an impulse looks more likely. If overlapping within minuette wave (v) develops, then a diagonal would be indicated.

So far the structure of minuette wave (v) looks incomplete.

The target is widened to a small zone now calculated at three degrees. The lower edge of the zone is calculated at the lowest degree, so this should be favoured.


Gold Elliott Wave Chart Weekly 2018
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It is possible that cycle wave b may be a double zigzag or a double combination.

The first zigzag in the double is labelled primary wave W. This has a good fit.

The double may be joined by a corrective structure in the opposite direction, a triangle labelled primary wave X. The triangle would be about three quarters complete.

Within the triangle of primary wave X, intermediate wave (C) should be complete. Within intermediate wave (D), minor waves A and B may be complete. Minor wave C must subdivide as a five wave structure. Within minor wave C, minute wave ii may not move beyond the start of minute wave i below 1,181.06.

Intermediate wave (D) would most likely subdivide as a single zigzag.

This wave count may now expect choppy overlapping movement in an ever decreasing range for several more months.

Primary wave Y would most likely be a zigzag because primary wave X would be shallow; double zigzags normally have relatively shallow X waves.

Primary wave Y may also be a flat correction if cycle wave b is a double combination, but combinations normally have deep X waves. This would be less likely.

This wave count has good proportions and no problems in terms of subdivisions.


Gold Elliott Wave Chart Weekly 2018
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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 double zigzag. 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.

No upper invalidation point is given on this chart. Minor wave X may still continue higher. There is no Elliott wave rule stating a minimum nor maximum length for X waves within multiples.

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

Minor wave X now only fits as a possible triple zigzag which could possibly be complete.

While double zigzags are fairly common, triples are reasonably rare. I have found four examples at the daily chart level or higher for Gold back to 1976.

However, X waves within multiple zigzags (which is the structure seen here for intermediate wave (B) ) are very rarely themselves multiples.

The probability of this wave count is substantially reduced. It no longer warrants a daily chart.



Gold Weekly 2018
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On Balance Volume has made a lower low than its prior low 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.

Although volume has declined for this week, it was not a full trading week. To judge the short-term volume profile it is necessary to look inside the week at daily volume patterns.

Next resistance ahead is strong about 1,305 – 1,310.


Gold Daily 2018
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Look out for an end to this upwards trend coming soon: ADX is almost extreme, the short-term volume profile is slightly bearish, and RSI has just reached overbought. That does not mean upwards movement must end here, only that it might end quite soon.

Look for a candlestick reversal pattern to possibly signal the end of this upwards wave and either a trend change or an interruption to the trend by a consolidation.


GDX Weekly 2018
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The Gravestone doji’s forte is in calling market tops. This weekly candlestick is a bearish reversal pattern.


GDX Daily 2018
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Price has been very strongly rejected just above 20.80.

The very strong Bearish Engulfing reversal pattern indicates the upwards trend is now over. Expect GDX to go on to make new lows below 17.28.

Published @ 10:05 p.m. EST.

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