Gold is glistening again

Friday’s US economic reports were simply horrendous. Not only was the latest September jobs increase well under ‘normal’ (missing consensus by a whopping 27%), but worker participation rates were at a new multi-year low of 62.4%. Wages, salaries and work-week hours were down, but to add insult to injury, factory orders (at minus 1.7%) came in well under expectations at well.

So the stockmarket, faced with these less than encouraging data points, did what it does best – it rallied in the face of terrible economic news! Yes folks, the Alice in Wonderland stock market lives on – but I believe it is on its last legs. That is a story for another article.

Today I want to cover the gold market, which rallied hard following the reports. The media were quick to ascribe the almost $30 daily rally to these negative reports; they imply the Fed will not be in any hurry to mandate the first minuscule 0.25% increase in overnight rates in many years.

Of course, for the Fed-watchers, this would be a U-turn from Yellen’s recent pronouncements that a rate increase is very likely before the end of the year. But hold on – maybe she did not specify which year, and was in fact correct! She could have meant 2025 for all we know.

But the point I want to make is this: gold (and silver) both rallied hard and this was said to be because of Friday’s poor data. If you believe this makes sense, then you put too much faith in the media’s ability to understand how markets work.

The question I have is this: we have had many ‘bad’ data points recently – how come gold and silver did not rally on any of these? Gold’s recent high was on Tuesday 22 September at the $1,156 level, and it has dropped by about $50 since then to Friday’s low. In that time, we have seen  durable  goods orders down 2%, and  consumer sentiment at 87.2%, which is off its previous month reading at 92%.

So why didn’t gold and silver rally hard when these reports were released? Surely there was plenty of ‘reason’ for it to happen – provided you clung to the belief that the news makes the markets.

The answer is this: it is only when the Elliott waves had lined up – and market sentiment was positioned right – that the large reversal that we saw on Friday became possible.

My diminishing waves pointed to a rally

Sure enough, the short-term waves lined up beautifully. I was able to draw in superb wedge lines. Remember, the wedge is a pattern that describes contracting waves; eventually, the spring has wound so tight that the dam bursts and the market makes a run for it out of the wedge.

Gold price spread betting chart
One of the characteristics of a genuine wedge (or triangle) is that it contains five waves of ever smaller height. I have labelled those waves – the final fifth wave was put in on Friday on the lower wedge line on a very accurate hit. These five waves indicate that the next big move should be up out of the wedge – and the key test will be a move above the wave 4 high.

But there is one more set of labels that I can offer. If the spike low of July is the end of a major downtrend as I suspect, then the next major move will be up, and I have this pair of 1-2s:

Gold price spread betting chart

If this is correct, the market is in a third of a third – a most powerful pattern. Even being in one third wave usually produces a long and strong move, but with two third waves combined, the move is supercharged.

How do my these patterns fit my long-term wave count?

Below are the waves from January that I have been working on. The large red waves of A and B have completed and the market is starting off in wave C up. Note that wave B is also in an A-B-C pattern (counter-trend) – as is the larger pattern.

Gold price spread betting chart

If this is correct, then red wave C should be at least as high as was wave B down – and that sets a major target at the $1,300 area in the area of wave A high. And this wave C should have a five up form – and so far, it is starting out that way in a third of a third.

But because the red A-B-C is counter-trend, when the C wave ends, the market will probably resume its major downtrend – but that is a story for the future. In the meantime, gold appears to be inching back into the spotlight – just as many had written it off. Media, take note: that is how markets work!