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Gold Bracing for a Short-Term Correction

Chief Analyst & Editor @ Goldwavetrader
July 10, 2014

In my prior article from back in early-June, I noted that a short-term bottom was due, which had been projected for the June 2nd timeframe, plus or minus a day. The actual low for Gold was registered the very next trading day, doing so on June 3rd at the 1240.20 figure. Since then, we have seen a rally of over $100 playing out with the metal, which is now looking for a short-term correction in the days/weeks ahead.

Take a look again at the chart below:

The chart above shows the daily/weekly cycle forecast path, which is shown in aqua. This chart is simply a combination of the dominant cycles that track the Gold futures contract, projected into the near future. Of note is that the next forecast peak for the short-term daily cycle is due right around the current timeframe - set for July 11th, which is plus or minus a day or so in either direction. From this high, the metal is projected to be weaker into what is looking to be later this month (exact date still tentative).

On the above chart, the most important periods are when both the daily and weekly forecast paths are moving in the same direction. The green vertical lines show when both forecasts are moving higher, and the red lines are when both models are forecasting lower prices. A blue vertical line is shown when the models are in disagreement (i.e., a ‘neutral’ condition).

With the above, we can see that when both forecast paths are in alignment, the market tends to move strongly in that direction. I should add that, when the daily and weekly forecasts disagree, that the market has more of a tendency to follow the shorter-term (daily) forecast path - but only when technical action is in agreement.

Take a look now at our next chart:

The chart above shows the daily cycle forecast, this time without all the clutter. That is, in taking away all of the vertical lines and text (and also the weekly cycle) and then overlaying the forecast over top of price action, we can see the model has been extremely accurate in past months. (if there is anything that has been more accurate at forecasting the daily price action of Gold this year, I am unaware of it!). Of course, there is never a guarantee that the near-future will be like the near past.

Going a bit further with the above, while I won’t always trade the forecast turns as shown (as I also like to follow the accompanying technical action) – I certainly want to know where the cycles are headed. Combining the above with the various time cycles and statistical information derived from each wave, we have been able to get a pretty good idea of where this market has been heading in the year 2014.

The above chart shows and isolates the 34-day cycle, which is the wave that is favored to top the daily cycle’s forecast. The particular cycle is currently 28 days along from the 1240.20 low, which was registered back on 6/3/14. With that, this wave is in normal back-end topping range, and is due for a decline phase into mid-to-late month, plus or minus.

For the near-term action then, the next decent move for the metal is favored to be a correction with the 34-day cycle into later this month. In terms of price, the ideal path would be for a minimum decline back to the 34-day moving average into the third week of July (plus or minus), simply based upon the fact that a cycle will revert back to a moving average of the same length better than 85% of the time.

Having said and noted the above, we can also go into a statistical analysis of this same 34-day cycle, to see what we may be able to expect. With that,  the greater-majority of the downward phases of this particular cycle have seen a decline of 4.3% off the top before bottoming. In other words, should the peak for this wave be made at or near current price levels - something which is still up in the air at the present time - then the probabilities would favor a drop back to the 1270-1280 area into later this month. As a side note, there is also a gap left over from the 6/18/14 close (i.e., around 1272) that could act as a potential downside magnet.

In looking at short-term momentum that tracks this same 34-day day cycle, the same is looking set to roll over in the coming days. With that, any flip back below the 1309.40 figure on Gold, if seen, would likely signal that additional follow-through lower with this 34-day cycle component, with that 34-day moving average and/or 1270-1280 area in mind.

Stepping back, there is an even-larger 72-day cycle (shown above) for Gold, one that also bottomed at the 6/3/14 low - and thus is heading higher off the same. With that configuration of this larger wave, the probabilities tend to favor the whatever correction phase that is seen with the 34-day component to end up as a ‘higher-low’ – remaining at or well above the 1240.20 figure.

If the above assessment is correct, then the current speculation is that a low with the 34-day cycle around mid-to-late July, if seen, would then give way to another run to or above the recent swing top on the following upward phase of this component. If that should materialize, this would then set up the next peak for the larger 72-day cycle into August, prior to a sharp decline phase into what is now looking to be the month of September, where the larger 154-day cycle is next due to trough.

The chart above shows the 154-day wave, as well as an even-larger 310-day component - the latter of which is less dominant. With that, though still a bit sketchy at the present time (since we can look only so far out with the various cycles), it looks like a September bottom with these waves, if seen, should give way to the strongest rally of this year. If whatever low that ends up being seen with the 154-day wave is able to remain above the 1181.00 figure (which is the prior trough for this component, back back in December, 2013), then the cycle will have formed the bullish pattern of a ‘higher-low’. And, when this pattern has been seen in the past, the probabilities are in the range of 80%-or-better that the prior top for the cycle (i.e., currently deemed to be 1392.80) will be taken out on its next upward phase.

The bottom line with the above is that while Gold was due for a rally back in early-June (where the cycles were bottoming), it is now looking for a short-term correction in the next week or two, ideally coming from the 34-day cycle. At that point, the assumption is that decline will be followed by another run at the highs on the next upward phase of this cycle, then to peak the larger 72-day component.

Jim Curry

The Gold Wave Trader

Jim Curry is the editor and publisher of The Gold Wave Trader, which specializes in the use of cyclic and statistical analysis to time the markets. He is also the author of several trading-related e-books, including ‘The Volatility Reversal Method’, also ‘Cycles & Moving Averages’. He can be reached at the URL above.

Jim Curry became involved in the markets as an investor in 1988. In the early 1990's he stumbled upon a book/methodology that would change the way he looked at the markets forever. That book was J.M. Hurst's the Profit Magic of Stock Transaction Timing. Hurst's concepts seemed to make perfect sense to Jim, and he has spent the years since coming up with his own cycle/technical analysis methodology.

In 1998 Jim put his cyclic methods to the test by entering the Etrade national options-trading competition, twice (his only two entries ever into the competition). In the first contest he finished in the top 10 out of over 150,000 entrants; in the second entry into the same contest, he just narrowly missed finishing in first place - over quadrupling a $100,000 account in the contest's short time span.

What you are seeing when you view my market reports is a collection of over 30-years of experience in both numeric analysis and spectral methods - and in actually trading the methodology for myself and for the subscribers of my Gold Wave Trader (which covers Gold) and Market Turns (covering U.S. stocks) reports.

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