Through my cycle work in the market, there is a current focus on the month of May
to end up as our next decent swing low for the Gold market, with several mid-term
cycles pinpointing this timeframe for a potential market bottom.
One of the more widely-followed cycles in the Gold market is the 20-week (approximately
100 trading days) cycle, which last bottomed back on December 12, 2017, doing so
at the 1249.30 figure (continuous contract numbers). In using our cycle detrend,
we can isolate this particular wave, which is shown on the chart below:
While there is no particular downside price target for the downward phase of the
20-week cycle, our current assumption is that it should end up as a countertrend
affair against its prior bottom, which, as noted above, is the December, 2017 trough
of 1249.30 (continuous contract). If this does end up as correct, then the probabilities
are above-average that a push above the 1376 swing top (from January) will be seen
on the next upward phase of this 20-week wave.
In terms of time, we publish turning points for Gold in our reports, with the next
one of focus currently set for May 4th of this year, but which is plus or minus a
day or two in either direction. With that, there is some focus on this date to mark
the next decent low for the metal, if the recent decline lasts into that timeframe.
For the very short-term, the most dominant cycle for Gold is the 34-day wave, which
is shown on the chart above. This wave has been seen as pointing south, ideally into
the early-May timeframe, where it should end up bottoming the larger 20-week and
72-day cycles, with the latter shown on our next chart. On our chart, we can see
that both our detrend and momentum indicators are declining, thus having confirmed
our assumption that this 34-day wave was heading south in the near-term.
Once the mid-term signals develop, we have found that a daily close above or below
standard-deviation bands to be good secondary signals for Gold. In other words, with
our main trend indicator down, a close above the upper standard-deviation band normally
occurs near price tops. The last such signal came on 3/26/18, with the metal trading
at the 1360 figure.
Right now, we are waiting to see if another mid-term buy signal should develop in
the days/weeks ahead, with our last mid-term signal to the buy side with sentiment
coming back on 1/5/17 at the 1212 figure. All said then, there is some focus now
on a potential May bottom for Gold, with the next key date of focus being the May
4th timeframe, plus or minus, where we will be keeping a close eye on the accompanying
action with technicals - and with our indications from sentiment.
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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 Gold market. 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.
As for the 72-day cycle (chart, above), in order for this wave to actually confirm
its bottom to be set in place, Gold would currently need to see a reversal back above
the 1370.80 figure (continuous and June, 2018 contract). That has yet to materialize,
with the recent spike up to the 1369.40 level able to contain that action, which
has given us our favored path for a May price/time bottom. Ideally, we would like
to see our 72-day ‘oversold’ indicator moving above its upper reference line as this
wave troughs (note: this indicator reacts inverse to price action), something it
has yet to do.
Stepping back, once the next 72-day and 20-week cycle trough is set in place, then
a rally in the range of 8-16% should play out into the Summer months. That is, the
normal low-end statistical rallies with these waves have been at least 8% off the
bottom, while the average has been closer to 16%. Thus, we have some idea of what
to expect going forward, once these cycles do low-out.
Lastly, in taking a look at our indications from sentiment, our proprietary Gold
sentiment index (chart, below), divergences with this indicator have shown to good
signals for mid-term turns in the Gold market, with the last of these coming back