The gold price correction has been more resilient than we have anticipated. Gold prices have sold off about 4% since the September 8 high was registered at $1357. Due to the break below $1300, our models are forecasting and giving more weight to continued weakness.
The chart pattern we are illustrating today is that gold prices finished a ‘C’ wave of a very large triangle pattern. ‘C’ waves of triangles tend to be complex waves and this one fits that bill. Assuming the wave count listed below is correct and then there are a couple of items we can imply:
First, we can anticipate a deep retracement of the December 2016 to September 2017 wave. It would be normal for the ‘D’ wave of this pattern to correct down towards $1215 and possibly even lower. Alternating waves in triangles tend to have Fibonacci proportion to one another. This could drive gold prices down towards $1215.
Secondly, the triangle pattern implies two more waves to finish the triangle, the ‘D’ and ‘E’ waves. The Elliott Wave triangle pattern is a five wave pattern. Since this is a large degree triangle pattern, it may take several months for these final two waves to print.
Lastly, the triangle pattern implies gold prices remain inside the $1357 high and $1122 low while the final two legs are carving. Each wave extreme remains inside the previous wave extreme as prices consolidate the previous large down trend from calendar year 2011 to 2015.
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Gold Price Daily Chart Sept 20 2017
The key to trading in this environment is to watch your support and resistance levels and seek out those opportunities with good risk to reward ratios. For example, closer inspection of an intraday chart for gold hints we may be in the middle of wave 3 lower of a larger impulse wave. This downward impulse hints at continued weakness towards $1285. Student of Elliott Wave Theory will recognize that in an impulse, there is still an outstanding fourth and fifth wave to follow.
The IG Client sentiment reading for gold is at +2.3. The number of trader’s net long gold is beginning to increase again. This could be a clue for bearish traders as the sentiment reading has been increasing for the past week. Follow live trader positioning in gold.
Bottom line, look for gold prices continue its trend lower towards $1285. If gold prices print above the September 12 low of $1324, then we will need to re-evaluate the wave count.
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—Written by Jeremy Wagner, CEWA-M
Jeremy is a Certified Elliott Wave Analyst with a Master’s designation. These articles are designed to illustrate Elliott Wave applied to the current market environment.
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