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GOLD: Elliott Wave and Technical Analysis | Charts – December 31, 2019

by | Dec 31, 2019 | Gold | 8 comments

The short-term target at 1,522 has now been met and exceeded by 2.48. Both Elliott wave counts still expect the same direction next.

Notice to members: This is the last analysis of 2019. With New York closed for New Year’s day, the next session for Gold is expected to be very quiet. Next analysis will be published after the close of the New York session on January 2, 2020. Thereafter, daily analysis resumes as normal. Thank you. Happy New Year to all.

Summary: The main wave count now expects overall upwards movement for a few weeks to either end about 1,559 or to find resistance again at the upper edge of the blue channel on weekly and daily charts. The next short-term target at 1,544 may see a larger multi day pullback or consolidation develop.

The bullish Elliott wave count expects a primary degree fourth wave has completed and the upwards trend has resumed. The next target for an interruption to the trend is 1,565.

Grand SuperCycle analysis is here.

Monthly charts were last updated here.



Gold Elliott Wave Chart Weekly 2019
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Super Cycle wave (b) may still be an incomplete double zigzag, requiring one more high.

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.

After the structure of cycle wave y may be complete, then 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. If the target is wrong, it may not be quite high enough. Upwards movement may end if price comes up to touch the upper edge of the channel.


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.

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.

Primary wave C must subdivide as a five wave structure. Within primary wave C, so far intermediate waves (1) and (2) may be complete. Intermediate wave (3) may only subdivide as an impulse. The middle of the impulse may be complete. Minor wave 4 may not move into minor wave 1 price territory below 1,483.37.

Draw an Elliott channel about intermediate wave (3): draw the first trend line from the ends of minor waves 1 to 3, then place a parallel copy on the end of minor wave 2. If minor wave 4 is not over and continues further sideways and / or lower, then it may find support about the lower edge of this channel.

Gold has a tendency to form blow off tops in bull markets. Blow off  tops usually form as fifth waves ending third wave impulses one degree higher. Look out still for the possibility (not certainty) that minor wave 5 could form a blow off top to end intermediate wave (3) in coming days or weeks.


Gold Elliott Wave Chart Hourly 2019
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The hourly chart now focusses on the end of minor wave 3, which may be complete. 

Minor wave 4 may possibly be a complete zigzag over at today’s low. If minor wave 4 is complete, then it would be relatively brief and shallow in comparison to minor wave 2; minor wave 4 may have ended in just 13 hours whereas minor wave 2 lasted 64 hours. This is typical behaviour for Gold, so this wave count has the right look for this market.

It is also possible that minor wave 4 may continue lower and/or sideways for another one to few sessions. The invalidation point must remain at the high of minor wave 1 to allow for this possibility. Minor wave 4 may not move into minor wave 1 price territory below 1,483.37.



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 71 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.

Primary wave 5 may only subdivide as a five wave structure, most likely an impulse. Within primary wave 5, intermediate wave (3) may only subdivide as an impulse.

Within the impulse of intermediate wave (3), minute wave iv may not move into minute wave i price territory below 1,485.71.

At this stage, this bullish Elliott wave count is essentially the same as the main bearish Elliott wave count in that both expect more upwards movement to new highs. The structure unfolding is the same, the degree of labelling is the same, and for the short term hourly charts are the same. Targets are different.


Gold Elliott Wave Chart Hourly 2019
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Hourly charts for the main bearish and this bullish wave count are the same, with the exception of targets which are different.



Gold Weekly 2019
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Last week saw price move strongly higher, but it did so on very weak volume. On Balance Volume remains constrained. This upwards movement may continue further, but it may be relatively limited.


Gold Daily 2019
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Since the last high on the 4th of September, there was a series of three swing lows and swing highs. The last swing high at 1,519 on the 1st of November has now been breached; the downwards trend from the 4th of September may have ended.

The signal from On Balance Volume is strong because the trend line breached was tested multiple times, had a shallow slope and was long held.

Upwards movement last week has come with overall weak volume and declining ATR. With the data in hand at this time, this movement is weak.

Today price reached resistance and there formed a long upper wick. A small consolidation or pullback may unfold here before resistance is overcome. Minor wave 4 may possibly continue further.


GDX Weekly 2019
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GDX looks more clearly bullish than Gold at this point. There is room for an upwards trend to again continue to new highs. However, this trend did start slowly with weak volume and overall there is some decline in volume. On Balance Volume remains bullish.


GDX Daily 2019
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The last swing high at 28.18 on the 31st of October was breached on the 24th of December. At that stage, the series of swing lows and swing highs was broken and a trend change was more likely.

A short-term target calculated from the measuring gap is at 29.52. The gap remains open.

Dark Cloud Cover suggests a trend change may occur here. Look for downwards / sideways movement tomorrow.

Published @ 08:47 p.m. EST.

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New updates to this analysis are in bold.



  1. Hourly chart updated:

    Minor 5 is still incomplete. The invalidation point is moved up.

    • And an alternate for you which expects a consolidation or pullback has begun here.

      Targets the 0.146 and 0.236 Fibonacci ratios, invalidation point the high of intermediate (1) at 1,473.35

  2. Dark cloud cover on GDX suggests gold and miners correct for a few more days

    • And now it’s followed by another big red candlestick, so yes, that’s rather bearish. At least for the short term.

  3. Happy New Year y’all!
    That last hour on looks suspicious….no?
    check out other chart services.

    • BarChart have odd looking candlesticks sometimes on the hourly chart. They’ll be different from other feeds because Gold is a global market and there’s no feed which includes every single point on the globe. They use data from different points.

  4. Hourly chart updated:

    As expected the markets are very quiet. There is no change to this analysis.

    Happy New Year everybody!