Last week, gold finally broke out of the consolidation it has been locked in for almost a month. The price fell to $1400 before rising to $1453 on Friday, July 19th. But instead of maintaining the positive momentum, the bulls lost steam and allowed the bears to close the weekly session at $1425.66.
Fortunately, a very well-known price pattern was there to not only prepare traders for the initial rally, but also to warn them not to trust it too much. The pattern, called a triangle, has a place in both Elliott Wave analysis and conventional technical analysis. It also had a special place on the chart below, sent to our subscribers on Wednesday, July 17th.
Triangles are sideways corrective patterns, which consist of five sub-waves, labeled a-b-c-d-e. In the contracting variety, each wave is smaller than the previous one. Once a triangle is complete, the larger trend resumes.
In gold ‘s case, the trend prior to the triangle was bullish, so it made sense to expect more strength once the triangle is over. Wave “e” was not supposed to breach the bottom of wave “c”, allowing us to identify $1386 as the invalidation level for this count. The area near $1450 looked like a reasonable target for the bulls in wave (v).
Gold Was Still in an Uptrend, but for How Long?
The other important thing about triangles is that they precede the final wave of the larger sequence. So instead of celebrating the new high in wave (v), traders had to tread carefully and be on alert for a bearish reversal. The updated chart below shows how the situation developed.
$1386 stayed safe the whole time. The price of gold surged to $1453 before losing almost 2.3% to an intraday low of $1420 on July 19th. And while the exact reversal level was impossible to predict, Elliott Wave traders were still one step ahead of the pack. All thanks to the famous triangle pattern.
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