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GOLD: Elliott Wave and Technical Analysis | Charts – December 18, 2019

by | Dec 18, 2019 | Gold | 13 comments

Price and On Balance Volume remain below resistance as the main Elliott wave count expects. The target remains the same.

Summary: The downwards trend may resume to new lows. The Elliott wave target is at 1,348.

A target calculated from the triangle is about 1,431.

For the very short term, a new swing high above 1,514.29 would add some confidence in a more bullish outlook. The target would then be at 1,567, 1,635 or 1,693.

For the bigger picture, the bearish Elliott wave count expects a new downwards trend to last one to several years has begun. The alternate bearish wave count looks at the possibility that one final high to 1,559 is required first.

The bullish Elliott wave count expects a primary degree fourth wave has completed and the upwards trend has resumed.

Grand SuperCycle analysis is here.

Monthly charts were last updated here.



Gold Elliott Wave Chart Weekly 2019
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It is possible that Super Cycle wave (b) is complete as a double zigzag.

The first zigzag in the double is labelled cycle wave w. The double is joined by a three in the opposite direction, a triangle labelled cycle wave x. The second zigzag in the double is labelled cycle wave y.

The purpose of the second zigzag in a double is to deepen the correction. Cycle wave y has achieved this purpose.

A new low below 1,346.45 would add strong confidence to this wave count. At that stage, the bullish Elliott wave count would be invalidated. At that stage, targets for Super Cycle wave (c) would be calculated.

A wide best fit channel is added in light blue. This channel contains all of Super Cycle wave (b) and may provide resistance and support. Copy this channel over to daily charts. Along the way down, the lower edge of the channel may provide support and in turn initiate a bounce.

Super Cycle wave (c) must subdivide as a five wave structure, most likely an impulse. It may last several years. It would be very likely to make new lows below the end of Super Cycle wave (a) at 1,046.27 to avoid a truncation.


Gold Elliott Wave Chart Daily 2019
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Classic analysis now reasonably supports this wave count.

Cycle wave y may be a complete zigzag. Within both of primary waves A and C, there is good proportion between intermediate waves (2) and (4). Within both of primary waves A and C, there is good alternation in structure of intermediate waves (2) and (4).

Within cycle wave y, there is no Fibonacci Ratio between primary waves A and C.

If there has been a trend change at Super Cycle degree, then a five down needs to develop on the daily and weekly charts. So far that is incomplete. It will be labelled intermediate wave (1).

Typically, Gold begins new trends slowly with overlapping first and second waves, and then momentum builds through the middle of the third wave and may explode at the end of third waves. So far this overlapping movement from the last high in September looks typical for this market.

Draw a best fit channel about minuette wave (ii) to contain all of this bounce. When this channel is breached by downwards movement, then that shall provide indication that a third wave down is underway. Expect any bounces to find resistance at the upper edge while price remains within the channel.


Gold Elliott Wave Chart Hourly 2019
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This hourly chart begins at the high labelled minuette wave (ii), which may be seen on the daily chart. There may now be a series of four overlapping first and second waves complete. This wave count expects a downwards breakout when the middle of the third wave at four degrees arrives.

When the narrow orange channel about minuette wave (ii) is breached by downwards movement, that may be taken as an indication that a third wave at multiple degrees has begun. Expect downwards momentum to then increase. On the way down, look for a possible bounce at the lower edge of the channel. If price slices through the channel without a bounce, look for the possibility of a throwback (which may be brief) to test resistance.

Subminuette wave ii may not move beyond the start of subminuette wave i above 1,485.71.


Gold Elliott Wave Chart Daily 2019
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It is possible that the double zigzag for Super Cycle wave (b) may be incomplete and may yet require one more high.

Within cycle wave y, primary wave A may have been over at the last high.

Primary wave B may be complete as a single zigzag. Within the zigzag, intermediate wave (C) is just 3.56 short of equality in length with intermediate wave (A). Intermediate wave (B) is a running contracting triangle.

It is possible for this wave count that primary wave B could continue lower as a double zigzag. Primary wave B may not move beyond the start of primary wave A below 1,266.61.

A new low now below 1,446.68 would see primary wave B relabelled as a double zigzag, continuing lower.

Primary wave C would be expected to find strong resistance and end at the upper edge of the blue best fit channel copied over from the weekly chart.



Gold Elliott Wave Chart Weekly 2019
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This wave count sees the the bear market complete at the last major low for Gold in November 2015.

If Gold is in a new bull market, then it should begin with a five wave structure upwards on the weekly chart. However, the biggest problem with this wave count is the structure labelled cycle wave I because this wave count must see it as a five wave structure, but it looks more like a three wave structure.

Commodities often exhibit swift strong fifth waves that force the fourth wave corrections coming just prior and just after to be more brief and shallow than their counterpart second waves. It is unusual for a commodity to exhibit a quick second wave and a more time consuming fourth wave, and this is how cycle wave I is labelled. This wave count still suffers from this very substantial problem, which is one reason why the bearish wave count is preferred because it has a better fit in terms of Elliott wave structure.

Cycle wave II subdivides well as a double combination: zigzag – X – expanded flat.

Cycle wave III may have begun. Within cycle wave III, primary waves 1 and 2 may now be complete. Primary wave 3 has now moved above the end of primary wave 1 meeting a core Elliott wave rule. It has now moved far enough to allow room for primary wave 4 to unfold and remain above primary wave 1 price territory. Primary wave 4 may not move into primary wave 1 price territory below 1,346.45.

Cycle wave III so far for this wave count would have been underway now for 70 weeks. It exhibits some support from volume and increasing ATR. This wave count has some support from classic technical analysis.

The channel drawn about cycle wave III is an adjusted Elliott channel. The lower edge is pulled lower.

Add the wide best fit channel to weekly and daily charts.


Gold Elliott Wave Chart Daily 2019
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Primary wave 4 may be complete as a single zigzag. Primary wave 4 may have lasted 49 sessions, just six more than primary wave 2, which lasted 43 sessions. The proportion remains very good for this part of the wave count.

A target for cycle wave III is calculated also now at primary degree. If price reaches the first target and keeps rising, then the second higher target may be used.

If it continues any further, then primary wave 4 may not move into primary wave 1 price territory below 1,346.45.

If primary wave 4 is a single zigzag, then there is no alternation in structure with the single zigzag of primary wave 2. There is some alternation within the structures: primary wave 2 as a zigzag has intermediate wave (B) as a zigzag, while intermediate wave (B) within the zigzag of primary wave 4 is a triangle. Primary wave 2 is shallow at 0.43 the length of primary wave 1, and primary wave 4 is close to the same at 0.38 the length of primary wave 3. There is inadequate alternation in depth.


Gold Elliott Wave Chart Hourly 2019
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This hourly chart now focuses on movement from the end movement from the low of minute wave ii, which is now labelled on the daily chart.

Within intermediate wave (1) of primary wave 5, there may now be four completed overlapping first and second waves. This wave count expects an upwards breakout when the middle of a third wave arrives, which should have support from volume and should exhibit increased momentum.

Minuette wave (ii) may not move beyond the start of minuette wave (i) below 1,463.23.



Gold Weekly 2019
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When trends reach very extreme, candlestick reversal patterns should be given weight. The Dark Cloud Cover bearish reversal pattern is given more bearish weight from the long upper wick.

A very strong downwards week with strong support from volume six weeks ago supports a bearish view.

Last week moved price higher with weak volume. On Balance Volume is at resistance. Upwards movement may be limited here.


Gold Daily 2019
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Since the last high on the 4th of September, there is now a series of three swing lows and swing highs.

After a breakout from the triangle, the target is to be about 1,431.

The downwards breakout from the triangle had strong support from volume pushing price lower, so confidence may be had in the breakout. Now three back tests of resistance at the lower triangle trend line have completed; resistance has successfully held there.

Price has been moving higher since the 12th of November making a series of short-term highs, but On Balance Volume has not been making corresponding short-term highs. This upwards movement looks weak in terms of On Balance Volume, volume and range. This still looks like a counter trend movement.

Price is again almost exactly at resistance at the lower triangle trend line, and On Balance Volume is again at resistance. A technical principle is the more often support or resistance is tested, the more technically significant it becomes. Resistance here has been tested now about 10 times; it is highly technically significant.  It looks reasonable here to expect downwards movement sooner rather than later.


GDX Weekly 2019
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GDX, like Gold, often begins a new trend slowly with overlapping and flat or declining ATR. From the last major high at 30.96 a few weeks ago, there has been a strong Bearish Engulfing pattern and strong downwards weeks with greater range and volume than upwards weeks. GDX may have had a trend change. However, bullish divergence between price and On Balance Volume is strong and persistent; it contradicts the view of a trend change.

For the short term, some weakness in upwards movement last week suggests upwards movement here may be limited.


GDX Daily 2019
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GDX has made a new swing low. There is now a series of four lower swing highs and four lower swing lows from the high on the 4th of September. It looks like GDX may have had a trend change. This view should remain dominant while the last swing high at 28.18 on the 31st of October remains intact.

Closure of the last gap, On Balance Volume turning down from resistance, Stochastics moving back into neutral territory after reaching overbought, bearish long upper wicks, and push from volume all suggest more downwards movement to a new swing low in coming days.

Dark Cloud Cover suggests the bounce should be over.

A little support for upwards movement for an outside day, which has closed green,  suggests a little more upwards movement may follow although overall volume remains light.

Published @ 09:50 p.m. EST.

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  1. updated hourly chart:

    subminuette ii continuing higher, invalidation point remains the same

    subminuette i now labelled over at the last little low, it looks like a three on the hourly chart so now I’m going to check subdivisions on the five minute chart to see if this labelling is possible

  2. Oil at trend line. Make or break it here….

  3. Sustainable rise? Volume quite low.

    • Xauusd

      • This looks very much this week like a weak countertrend bounce for Gold.

        Low volume in upwards movement is not sustainable (in this market anyway).

  4. Lara, sorry to hear that you have ended your Invysis venture. It was a good report for the big picture and longer term investor. That said, glad to hear you’re time will be freed up to focus on your core sites 😀

    • Thanks Dreamer.

      I just wan’t making the right decisions in as timely a manner as it needed, because I simply have too much else on my plate. And the performance of Invysis suffered too much for it.

  5. Lara, is Cesar still working on:

    1. Enlarging the comment box and font within?
    2. Moving “Submit a Comment” to the top of the comments section?


    • I second this request and have forwarded this to Cesar just now. I know he will look at this for us shortly.

  6. A question for members:

    What are some of the common complaints of Elliott wave that you have come across?

    I have four so far:
    1. EW describes what has happened, not what will happen next.
    2. If you have 10 Ellioticians in a room you will have 10 different EW counts; EW is subjective.
    3. EW is difficult to learn.
    4. Elliott wave alternate wave counts, one bull and one bear, are useless because the analyst is putting a bet either way.

    Any others members have seen out there in the wild?

    • Yep, I think you have the main ones. Many understand the basic impulse and corrective patterns, but don’t understand all the rules and guidelines. All too many so-called EW analysts bend the rules either through negligence or on purpose with garbage results. Nailing down the count with the highest probability has to be the most frustrating thing for me.

  7. BTC-USD quick update:

    Daily chart:

    Price is within the rather wide target zone. The structure looks incomplete. I expect more downwards movement short term before BTC has found its low.

    • Daily TA chart:

      BTC likes to form sharp bottoms. They often exhibit a bullish candlestick reversal pattern. I’ll look for a bullish reversal pattern to form soon. It may now be sooner rather than later as there is developing bullish divergence between both of price and RSI and On Balance Volume… however this bullish divergence occasionally disappears and price continues lower. It’s not completely reliable.