It’s time to pay attention to the gold price

It has been a while since I covered gold. But there have been dramatic developments this week, so it is high time I gave it attention.

Since my last coverage on 7 May, when the market was still in rally mode, this was the situation on the hourly chart:

Gold price spread betting chart

From the 24 April low at $1,270, I noted the market had made an A-B-C rally to the Fibonacci 38% resistance level – and had broken above my tramline giving a buy entry signal.

Let’s zoom in on this action:

Gold price spread betting chart

At the $1,315 print, Waves A and C are of equal height – a common Fibonacci relationship. This gave me a clue that the rally might be topping.

Smart traders never marry a view

When the market made a classic ‘V’ pattern, that was my trigger to raise my protective stop to just under the apex of the ‘V’. The market duly took me out at my stop for a small profit. The equality of the A and C waves was maintained.

That action showed me that my rally idea had failed and I duly abandoned my $1,350 target (see first chart). Remember, we are always dealing with probabilities in the markets – and the market was telling me that it didn’t want to continue the rally.

I decided to just observe the market until I detected another opportunity. And from that point, the market drifted with no direction. That was why I decided to focus on other markets.

Incidentally, some traders would have stuck to their guns and held their long position. But the market had other ideas and declined instead. This is a terrific illustration of why a smart trader never marries a view and lets the market tell him or her what it wants to do.

This requires a certain flexibility of attitude – and humility. This is a trait I advise all traders to perfect.


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The market gives us a rare gift

Meanwhile, the market was tracing out a lovely triangle on the hourly chart:

Gold price spread betting chart

And on Tuesday, the market broke the lower line – and gave a massive sell signal. Such a clear-cut triangle is a rare gift to the trader who still uses classic chart patterns.

And anyone still holding onto their bullish view would be in deep loss territory.

Remember, I was bullish until my last trade and now I am bearish with a short trade working.

There is a rule with triangles that state the extent of the move down is about equal to the maximum height of the triangle. Here it is:

Gold price spread betting chart

The left-hand green bar represents the height of the triangle and the right-hand bar is the extension off the triangle apex. This puts my triangle target at around the $,1200 level.

I have also drawn in a tramline pair using the upper triangle line as my upper tramline and the lower tramline target is the $1,240 area.

I have also drawn a possible positive-momentum divergence, which I expect to occur when the market eventually turns back up.

So now I have two targets – one at $1,240 and the other at $1,200 or so.

Will there be a roaring rally?

Finally, how would this look on my Elliott wave interpretation?

Gold price spread betting chart

We are in the large wave 4 and the smaller D wave of a five-wave consolidation pattern. The D wave has not yet terminated and when it does, we should see a rally in wave E. That should be the wave 4 top.

Interestingly, the Daily Sentiment Index (DSI) has recently fallen to only 20% bulls, which suggests to me that we should see another spike at the D wave low, where the market could see a selling exhaustion and then a roaring rally.

But for now the trend is down and I will be on the alert for a move down to my targets.

• If you’re a new reader, or need a reminder about some of the methods I refer to in my trades, then do have a look at my introductory videos:

The essentials of tramline trading
Advanced tramline trading
An introduction to Elliott wave theory
Advanced trading with Elliott waves
Trading with Fibonacci levels
Trading with 'momentum'
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