Take advantage of a rare pattern in GBP/USD

Every once in a while it’s possible to predict when a corrective Elliott wave will end. That’s exactly what I’m going to do in today’s issue.

This set-up does not happen often. But when it does, I always take full advantage.

I have been looking for a top in cable – the GBP/USD cross – since the early July low around 1.48. Since then, the rally has carried to a recent 1.57 point, which is a gain of nine cents in about six weeks. This is an area where major resistance lies.

GBP/USD spread betting chart

So, where to start looking?

First, the hourly chart shows the rally is complex, but the overall shape is a clear A-B-C:

GBP/USD spread betting chart

This confirms that the rally off the July low is corrective and the next big move is very likely down.

This is the direction I wish to trade.

Second, the A wave is precisely equal to the C wave at the 1.57 high (at 1.5720). This is very powerful information, since A and C wave equality is very common.

That is one of the most valuable insights you can take from basic Elliott wave theory. And it does come in handy here.

Also, one major feature of the A and C waves is how similar they are in overall shape.

And each of them sports a large negative-momentum divergence – a sign of a weakening trend as the waves approach their tops.

My next task is to try to find any tramlines that make sense.

GBP/USD spread betting chart

Right away, I have found a solid tramline pair and the rally to the 1.57 area has hit the upper tramline. Remember, this is a line of resistance.

So, with wave A = wave C at the 1.57 area, and the market having reached the upper tramline, this is where I’d consider placing a short trade. This is the end of the corrective Elliott wave.

Finding an entry point

If I zoom in on the 15-minute chart, I can now start to locate an entry and a stop.

GBP/USD spread betting chart

You can see that the market had two attempts to rally past the wave equality 1.5720 level, but was turned back and fell below the minor low at the 1.5650 level where an entry short trade would be placed.

Note that the C wave came within three pips of the 1.5720 target – a miss of 0.02%. Now I call that a direct hit.

Aggressive traders with this knowledge would be shorting heavily close to the rally tops.

My entry method here is a more conservative approach, and my protective stop is just above 1.5720.

If I have nailed the top, I need to see a small-scale five-wave pattern down to confirm. Is it there?

GBP/USD spread betting chart

Remember, this is the method I used on Wednesday to confirm the new trend in the Dow.

Yes, I have a rather unusual five down, but it is there. That indicates the trend is now down.

OK, after a five down, I believe I will see a three up and here is the chart as I write:

GBP/USD spread betting chart

The market is attempting a rally but is currently stuck at the Fibonacci 23% level. If this resistance holds, then I expect a rapid decline beneath yesterday’s low.

But my best guess is for a little more rally to the 38% level, where there will be a Fibonacci wave relationship within the rally phase.

Can you spot it?