Platinum Monthly Chart Review

If you are looking for a “Head Scratcher”  wave count, then Platinum will provide it for us!  As much I would love to turn bullish on Platinum there is a good chance the bear trend is not over just yet.

We do have a quadruple bottom base at the $755 price level but that does not mean it will hold and then soar in a new bullish phase. The wedge pattern sure is a bullish signal, but the present pattern could push to a new record low just the same.  Commercial traders are still net short so that sure gives me pause in chasing a very bullish wave count.

All Commodities run on the diagonal wave structure and Platinum has its fair share of diagonal waves which are zigzags connected together.  I think the 2008 peak is wave 3 in Cycle degree but that produced a Primary degree wave count that I could not make fit.

After the 2008 peak, I had to drop down my degree level by one, as the odds of a Cycle degree 4th wave finish in the near future is still very slim at this time.

I would love to be more bullish but the commercials do not support it.

Being too early does produce a bunch of pain due to the leverage built into all commodities. Even the ETF, PPLT will give you pain if we are too early. PPLT is about 1/10 the price of a  single Platinum ounce and is sitting around $78.80 USD.

 

 

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Gold Daily Chart Update

I’ve made some adjustments to the wave count at this time.  The big question is, “Is this rally a Bear Rally”?  I like to think it is but only time can answer that question.  A Gold crash below $1160 would give us an answer.

First gold has to show us what the $1200 price level will do, as even numbers seemed to be a crowd psychology thing.  Crossing the $1200 price level could get the gold bulls very worried and a new rush of protective sell stops could get triggered.

At the $1350 price level another right shoulder will form and if there still is a big bullish gold price move, then the right shoulder will not hold.  In the last few years, we’ve had a few H&S patterns and they all have pushed gold prices back down.  Last week commercials made some bullish moves but they are still net short by a wide margin.

In little over 5 months, gold moved up $175, but they are forgetting that gold has an ugly history of crashing $100-$200 as well.

If investors are running to gold for a safe-haven to hide in, then that’s an emotional move, not a logical move.

Gold has also come to a screeching halt as it bounces around the 50-day MA line. Gold is still under the influence of a golden cross and gold would have to crash through the $1240 price level for us to witness a new death cross.

On a weekly chart, the new death cross is only about $20 apart!

 

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Palladium Daily Chart Review

Palladium has been on one crazy bullish ride, but I think another top is in at the $1556 price level reached on Feb 26, 2019.  Checking the commercial hedger’s positions they have a very healthy net short position with a ratio of about 3.57:1.

The speculators have gone the opposite direction as they are net long by a ratio of 4.17:1 They will be the ones to panic first once this palladium bear market shows itself.

In the past palladium has made very long and steep crashes so it sure can happen again, especially if the Cycle degree wave 3 has also completed.

The 4th wave bottom I do show is only a Minor degree bottom at about the $834 price level.  At best that may offer temporary support but a move below $500 would not surprise me.

I also looked at where the Death Cross might be and at this point where not anywhere near a Death Cross on any of the 3 time scales I normally use.

On the intraday 90 minute scale its another story, as palladium just crossed the 200-day MA line.

 

 

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Gold: Weekly Chart Impending Death Cross Review

I look at two sets of COT reports and this chart shows that the commercial hedgers have a very bearish outlook. Of course, the speculators are doing the exact opposite as they are chasing the gold bull market that many believe we are in.   When I see such a bearish position as the COT report above I’m not going to spend my time looking for a bull market, that may never come.

Between the silver chart and this gold weekly chart, we can see a huge difference.  Since the 2016 July, peak gold has a very bullish slant so wave analysts will show a bullish wave count, most of the time.  Silver and the majority of gold stock related ETFs do not confirm gold’s pattern as most of them are pointing down, not up like gold.

At present we have 3 major gold prices that if cross will make or break another bull gold market myth.  $1160, $1120 and $1050 will all be critical price levels, besides $1200 being a psychological number as well.  For now, gold is still under the control of a Golden Cross but will be set to change if gold keeps crashing.

With a monthly chart, the 200-day MA is down at the $1000 price level, while on a daily chart the 200-day MA is at $1240.

No wave count is written in stone but when the bullish leg that started in August 2018 retraces about $96 we could be ready for a reversal. We could get a 60-70% retracement as well but we better see a stunning correction like pattern when it completes.

Any price below that $1160 bottom will confirm that at least one leg of it was just a bear market rally.  Bullish and bearish moves can last for an entire month with March being a very popular turning month. It’s a seasonal thing as well, as people become more active in March when we start to get out of the deep freeze we’ve had this year.

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Silver: Crash, Death Cross Weekly Chart Update!

This COT report displays the Commercial bearish positions without having to think too much about it. Last weeks report they added to their bearish outlook so looking for a bullish wave count would be an exercise in futility.  Even if they shifted to a neutral position it would be better than what we have right now.

With this weekly chart, silver is still under the influence of a Death Cross and silver would have to make a big price jump for this Death Cross to become a Golden Cross.  Good luck with that as when we look at silver with a daily chart, we can see a big gap still open to the downside.

By $14.600 this gap will be closed and could offer support,  at least in the short term.  This is also where a bullish correction could take place, but if silver dips below the bottom trendline at $13.882, then the entire phase since the 2016 bottom will be classified as just another bear market rally from a Cycle degree perspective.

How many fake bull markets has silver had since the 2011 top? Add them all up and we still have one ugly bear market in progress.

I like the wedge I see but I never trust that the flat bottom will hold anything when as this chart can still plunge slice right through the bottom support line.

 

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Gold Weekly Chart Review

Bull market or bear rally is the million dollar question?  What the majority do call a bull market, can be just a big bear market rally from an EWP point of view.  Since the 2011 peak we’ve had more bear rallies than we can count, well we can count them if we have nothing better to do. Many were Minor degree moves with one Intermediate degree bull move that all have failed.

I was fooled as well but slowly succumbed to the bears as counter rallies were always completely retraced.  Sure, at times the price is important but the pattern is far more important. If we look back to the 2015 low ($1050), gold has been in a bullish phase since then and is now a little over 3 years long in duration.  Since the 2015 bottom, we’ve had two higher lows which is a conventional way of calling a bull market.

Each of the three bullish phases topped out and was followed by a crash and recovery. We ended up with three peaks that have to produce some serious resistance, with the third peak reaching $1346 before gold started to correct again.  We would need this gold run to continue past the $1400 price, and once that happens you will hear the world screaming, “Upside Breakout”.

Since the 2016 top, we now have two sets of Head&Shoulder patterns already formed. Are they bullish H&S patterns or bearish patterns? We also have a wedge that has formed, so any new direction is not all that clear at this time. Gold has 3 major support prices that would have to hold if a true bullish phase is still in progress, but if gold has been in a 3-year bear rally, then all three price supports will get completely retraced. The three support prices would be $1160, $1120 and the last one would be $1050?

Gold has also been in a rally right along with stocks, so gold could also crash right along with the stock markets. When fear strikes logic thinking is thrown out the window and all those little emotional “Algorithms” will panic, selling out before bullish investors lose money.  Sell stops are piled up below present prices, and you don’t need a smart “Algorithm” to trigger them.

AI trading is also becoming a major factor and I see it more of a bad thing than a good thing.

I would be far more bullish if the commercial traders were in a net long position, but the sad fact is that they are not!

 

 

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Platinum Weekly Chart Bear Market Review

This weekly chart of platinum is only about $28 away from hitting another major bear market low. Any price below $760 would confirm that the big bear market which started in 2008, is still alive and well. Little over a 10-year bear market and it’s still not finished. Bear markets don’t stop on a dime, even though at times it might look like it. This bearish phase could still twist and turn just to frustrate the hell out any wave analyst.

The best scenario would be a huge spike to the downside clearly visible on the bigger time series charts. In other words, this bearish move can still do a lot of damage to a bullish position. Commercials are still net short here, so I would like to see those numbers swing the opposite way before we get closer to a bottom.

I think my last Market Vane Report came in on the 12th and it shows a new record low amount of bulls present at 20%. This is the lowest reading in “All” of 35 different asset classes that make up the report. The 24-month low bullish number was 16%, so it will be interesting to see if 16% gets beat again. The lower the number, the more bulls there will be that can come back and drive a new bullish phase.

The bearish phase from the 2016 peak to the first 2018 peak is the same pattern as gold and silver have, except gold is the only asset that ended pointing up. Gold’s price action is brainwashing us because many mainstream analysts cover gold, but platinum is pretty well ignored.

I have to scan many mining blogs to catch the intensity of the platinum news, which I don’t have to do with gold. Any business related blog will have gold commentary.

 

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Silver Weekly Chart Death Cross Update.

This weekly chart shows the 2011 peak which was an insane mania peak ending 31 years after the 1980 silver mania peak. Crazy peaks like this do not correct in just a few short years but can take many years. 2011 also was an ending to zigzag peak in Primary degree, and topping it off with my Cycle degree wave 3. We are now a little over 7 years old in this bearish phase, and even if another major bottom materializes it could still take until 2021 to complete. 2011+30 years could give us a new Supercycle degree peak in 2041!  Once the Cycle degree 4th wave bottom becomes more certain, we can take that date and subtract that from 2041. I have counted out several silver bear markets that have lasted about 13 years, which would give us a bottom closer to 2024, leaving us with a potential 17-year bull market.

This is all fine and dandy but there is a big catch! This impending bull market will be in the shape of another huge zigzag in Primary degree.

In the last few days, silver has peaked and has now started to correct, depending on what you believe in. A true bull market cannot let silver crash below $13.50 which is only $2.06 away from doing so. On the daily chart, there is a huge gap still open that won’t get close until the $14.80 price level has been hit. This may supply short term support but if this so-called rally is a bear market rally then a new record low silver price will come.

The Death Cross on this weekly chart happened back in July 2018, with the daily chart Death Cross happening soon once silver gets near the gap.

Also, the monthly Death Cross is now having a big Valintine’s smooching feast as the 200-day and 50-day MA are kissing. The short version is there is no Golden Cross insight anywhere!

The silver COT report below shows commercials in the highest short position in close to a year so that reading does not entice me to stay in any long positions.

 

Friday night will give us some updated COT data but commercials would have to shift dramatically, and make that big red line disappear!

 

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Gold Intraday Bearish Update

In February gold has slipped back into a bearish mood now approaching the $1300 price level. $1300 is what I call a psychological price as the media picks up its commentary when this price level is getting close.  The other psychological price level is $1200. The gold analysts will go nuts if gold ever approaches $1200 again.  The question remains? Is gold in a bigger bullish phase, or was the move from $1160 just a big bear market rally?   Since the 2011 peak gold has made many bear market rallies where the majority were fooled into believing the return of the bull market.

I’m keeping my degree levels small at this time as small degree levels get trashed pretty quick, as it’s all about the process of elimination.

I would turn very bullish on gold if gold produced a big impressive spike to the downside, but gold must also display a huge zigzag or even a flat type of a crash.  It’s the end of “C” waves that do produce the huge spikes.

It looks like a nice run of 5 is starting so now its just a matter of time if another run of 5 completes. Sounds like playing cards when I talk about a run of 5, and it is. I used to play Big Bertha a lot where we always need to build runs. Even corrective waves come in runs of 5, like W, X, Y, X, Z.

Any drop in the gold price,  say from $1300 to $1200 is just, “Childs-play”, as gold can move very violently when it wants to. I also read that January gold runs don’t last all that long and even summers can be pretty boring for gold. When gold makes a run out of fear, “Safe-haven buyers rushing in”, then they can “Rush out” just as fast.

We are close to a 7-year bear market in gold so far, and I think it’s far from over. I’ve counted out 13-year bearish moves in silver several times, but that doesn’t mean it will happen this time.

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Gold Intraday Peak Update!

Last month gold has finally decided to back off in its price surge to $1325. If this so-called bull market in gold is real then a strong correction has to complete well before the $1160 price bottom. That’s a lot of price distance gold has to cover, which the majority of participants don’t expect. Banks are up to their usual tricks and have been buying gold in 2018.  The problem with banks buying and selling gold is they always buy high and then sell low at bear market bottoms. Back in 1998-2000, they were selling gold as fast as they could with countries unloading their gold stashes as well. In 1999 gold was considered an ancient relic, close to junk status.

As fast and far that gold can soar, it can crash even faster and deeper. We could see a correction, but don’t get excited as even a zigzag decline can crash to new lows if this bullish phase is just a big bear rally. Fear could engulf many asset classes where there is no place to hide as stock markets and gold crash at the same time.  Sure, I can be wrong and it will be important to recognize a correction when it’s going to finish.

I believe the 2011 peak was a 30-year mania peak in Cycle degree wave 3. Any Cycle degree bear market in gold does not end in just 8 or 10 years, as the bear market in gold during the 1990’s last 20 years.

Since the government shutdown, the first COT report was published last Friday. The way things are going the government could shut down again, with no COT reports being produced.

When I first saw the report I noticed a very large shift to the bearish side, with about 5-6 weeks backlogged data being published.

 

Commercials added 33,486 short positions and took away 2058 long positions, for a combined total of 35,544 contracts totaling just over 3.5 million Troy ounces.  Now, look over to the NON-Commercial side (Speculators).  We can see they did the exact opposite, chasing this gold bullish phase.  The problem is that both parties can’t be right!  The mass media always talk about what the speculators are doing and ignore all commercial hedgers action. From my perspective, the commercial hedgers have the best track record and ignoring them usually brings pain and suffering onto the bulls that think a trend can never end. What the COT report is telling me is that no super gold bull will start to soar anytime soon.

There is no corrective price bottom I want to use right now, as a 60%-70% net crash can happen. The $1200 price level is a gold psychological price level so if and when the gold price ever hits that area again it could put up a big fight!

Silver has a lot less distance to fall before it resumes the big bear market again.  Silver only has to fall below $14 and then below $13.50 and it would be back into its bear market.

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Silver Monthly Chart 1980-2019 Review

Many analysts and wave analysts are very bullish on gold and silver as they think it offers some protection or safe harbor.  Running into an asset class is an emotional decision, not a logic one.

Emotional runs rarely last that long and as we can see if we look back in history, how violent silver moves have been. Of course, 20-20 hindsight vision is all fine and dandy, but if we don’t look back further than 2011, it is hard to imagine how violent silver prices have moved in the past. It’s the nature of the beast as commodities all follow the diagonal wave patterns, not those pretty wave patterns that we have in the DJIA or SP500.  Diagonal wave structures break all the rules as overlapping is more like the rule than the exception.

I remember the days when the Hunt brothers were trying to corner the silver market and since they tried to do this near a 30-year 1980 record high it was doomed to fail.

If we look at the spikes in 1980 and 2011, what followed was a huge bear market. Commodities are just big zigzags that are linked together and silver is no exception. The 30-year cycle with a ± 1-year frequency to it can be tracked back by counting backward by 30 years each time. The 120, 90, 60-year cycles all contain the 30-year cycles as well. 2041 will be a Supercycle degree peak but that will not happen until the bear market since the 2011 peak is finished.

Last week the government bureaucrats went back to work and actually produced new COT reports dated February 1, 2011. During this downtime, the commercials didn’t get excited and jump on the bullish silver bandwagon but they turned bearish and increased their net short silver positions. The speculators did the exact opposite as they are still chasing the silver bull.  This gives me confidence that the bull market in silver can turn on a dime, and break a new record, below the $13-$14 price level.  The recent bullish phase in silver is just barely 3 months old and is lagging gold by a long shot.

Commercials added 2960 short positions and removed 1433 long positions. Combine the two and I see more bearish moves to come, than bullish moves. It’s the non-commercial hedgers that always get in a trap, not the commercials who work inside the industry.

Gold commercials made a big bearish move, which I will post and edit in my recent gold post.

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Gold 1950-2011 Review

I’m showing a big picture in gold that very few wave analysts will show us. Wave analysts have gold in a bull market with the contrarians making damn sure in telling me that I’m wrong that gold still has to form new record lows in the next 2-3 years.  The $1400-$1050 price range in gold is the argument and recently gold was heading to $1325, so the $1400 gold price move is not yet dead!

The main difference of opinion is what we think the 2011 peak in gold actually was?  If we think that the 2011 peak was just a normal peak in a normal bull market then yes,  many expect a new bull market in gold. From my Cycle degree perspective, this gold peak of 2011 is part of a 30-year cycle which had peaked in 1950, 1980 and now in 2011. We are out by one year but the next major mania gold and silver peak will not happen until 2041. 2041 would be the Cycle degree wave 5 peak, and since no 5th wave should ever be uncapped, 2041 will also be an SC degree wave 3 peak.

There is little doubt in my mind that this gold market has not completed any 4th wave in Cycle degree. At a bare minimum, gold would have to retrace deep enough to enter the price level of the 1980 peak of $850. The 2011  peak also matches the first peak of solar cycle #24. 1980 was also a solar cycle peak but I’m not sure of the exact cycle peak it was.  All commodities follow diagonal patterns and from the 1950 peak to the 2011 peak gold was just a huge zigzag.

Gold travels up and down with demographics as I started work at the bottom of wave 2 in cycle degree and the bull market in gold we do see was created by the boomers entering the labor force. In 1968 I was working for $2.98 CAD per hour, but we got a 20% pay raise every year for 4 years running!  I was able to save money and still blow much of it on having a good time.

If gold ever plunges below $500 in the next 2-3 years then gold will be a long term hold until 2041!  At this scale, the 200-day MA is still down at the $1000 price level and betting against gold hitting this 200-day MA may be a long term losing proposition.

What will happen first? Will gold close above $1400, before it closes below $1050? One price represents a bullish breakout while the $1050 price level would the bearish breakout!   Just to really make things interesting gold could shoot above $1401 and then turn around and head down to $1049!

 

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Gold Intraday High Update

This morning gold spike to a high of $1315 before gold started to back off.  Analysts are bullish but most of them give emotional reasons why gold has been going up.  “Trade Concerns”  is just another mild way of calling gold’s bullish run as a safe-haven run.  There is a good chance that gold can dip to the $1300 price level, and then give us another leg up.  Sure, silver has also gone up but gold has left silver in the dust!

Even the gold-related ETFs and indices are lagging far behind the gold price. At this 90 minute scale, we get more “Crossings” as it didn’t take to long to travel from a Death Cross, right back to a Golden Cross. On the daily chart, we are still under the effect of the Golden Cross.

Ultimately it’s the USD dollar’s bearish action that is pushing gold higher.  My Market Vane report has expired and my COT reports may get published this Friday. Last time the commercials had very bearish positions, so it will be interesting to see how they shifted their positions. This Friday economic reports usually come out as well and if investors interpret them wrong, it could start a mini sell-off.

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Platinum Weekly Chart Bear Market Review

This platinum bear market is about 7 years long with a major bottom in August of 2018.  With that kind of a bottom, we could turn very bullish.  There are no COT reports due to the government shutdown, but at least the Market Vane Report keeps on coming, which I will comment on later.

If we look at the pattern from 2016 to the 2018 peak, this pattern is identical to gold except with gold the entire pattern is pointing up. Virtually all other gold-related asset classes during the same time period have been facing down or sideways.  Silver was on the verge of a new bear market low while the price of gold was pointing up.

If the pattern in platinum can dip to new record lows, there is no reason why gold and silver can’t eventually do the same thing. The excuse that gold is special due to safe-haven buying is all pure BS as emotional moves never last long.  The pattern we see at the intraday scale looks corrective to me so a new record low should happen. Mind you it could be as slow as molasses flowing in the winter.

Any price plunge below $750 would sure help to support my near term bearish stance. After that, I will turn very bullish for a bigger long term bullish phase.  One reason I will turn bullish is the Market Vane Report (MVR) which showed that only 22% bulls are present.  In other words, there are a large number of bulls that will come back.  From a list of 35 MV items covered, the 22% low in platinum had the lowest reading out of all other asset classes.  The next lowest reading was the S. Franc at 30% bulls.

Palladium is at the opposite end, which is not covered in the MVR.

PPLT is the ETF equivalent to this futures chart and it looks like the ETF is doing a good job of tracking the metal.

 

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Palladium Daily Chart Record High Review

Since August 2018 Palladium finished a correction and then started to soar. Palladium produced decent corrections during this time. I believe we are coming to the end of this bullish cycle as on January 17 palladium peaked at $1430 and then proceeded into another correction. Many may think it will be a correction but a bigger bear market will push palladium prices much deeper than anyone can imagine at this time.

In January 2018 palladium also peaked and a 7-8 month bear market ensued.  The entire palladium Cycle degree Idealized wave count is diagonal, so another Primary degree zigzag bear market can happen and they happen when market players least expect.

If this wave 3-4-5 in Minor degree is true, then the 4th wave bottom in August 2018 will never hold.  Palladium might give us temporary support at $830 but bigger support would be closer to the $500-$600 price level.

You will read many stories about the palladium supply shortage with forecasts that prices will be much higher this year. I’ve heard all that “fundamental logic”  many times before in gold and oil, and still, the market in question crashed. All we need is for buyers to take a rest and all the protective sell stops can start to get hit.  All the bullish traders suddenly turn into palladium bears and the analysts will start telling us the change in fundamentals. Fundamentals are lagging indicators and you just have to be patient and the analysts will find you a reason why palladium is crashing.

The crowd loves to buy high, and they can get convinced to be “bullish” just when they should be very bearish. The COT reports are just about one month old, but commercials were net short in late December 2018 already. Not until the shut down is over and done with will the COT reports get updated.

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Gold Daily Chart: Bullish Review

Since the August 2018 bottom of $1160, gold started to make its present-day run. This came close to $1300 with a total run length of about $140. In the last day or so gold has started to retreat a bit. This run was choppy as waves overlapped and destroyed any true impulse we may have had. The gold bulls are confident that gold will still travel much further, but they need for gold to break out above the $1400 price level just to confirm that gold is still in a bull market.  The only way I can see that gold will continue is if the $1160 bottom was a “B” wave in Intermediate degree.   The COT reports are old as the government shut down has not produced any reports since December 20, 2018.

This diagonal set of 5 waves has to produce a “Correction”, in order for gold to produce two more legs up. How deep this correction can go, can always fall back to the previous 4th wave of one lesser degree. Of course where this previous 4th wave of one lesser degree actually is, is just an opinion at best. Folks, gold can crash in a 60%-70% net move that could send gold back down to the $1200 price level. $1200 is a psychological number and if gold dropped down below $1200 the gold bugs would start to get pretty agitated.

We are still in the Death Cross zone with this daily chart, and gold would have to keep soaring in order for the Golden Cross to become real.  On A weekly chart, gold is now well above both MA lines with the 200-day MA support being at $1234. Sure gold stocks have moved up as well but, they sure are acting like they don’t care about the gold price surge.  We have one gap open below present prices, which should get closed once gold retraces below $1270.

This entire move could still be a bear market rally and a complete retracement of the $1160 price level would have to happen.  What the majority don’t understand is that the 2011 peak in the gold price was a gold and silver price mania/bubble that only comes along once every 30 years or so.  Gold peaks of 1920, 1950, 1980 and 2011 follow Cycle and Primary degree moves, with the next big top being closer to 2041 when Cycle degree wave 5 is also due.

Those that did not pay attention or record all the mania readings during 2010-2011, will think we are in a normal gold correction and a new leg up is in the “Bag”, so to speak.

Elliott Wave International (EWI) is very good at recording these moods and I will insert their gold chart below.

 

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Silver Daily Chart Review

When we look at the last 2 years we can see the angle of the pattern sloping down.  This is nothing like what gold has done as gold has a much more bullish angle to it. It’s gold that is brainwashing us while silver only saw it’s a new record low in November of 2018. That would make the silver bull market just about 6 weeks old.  The record low in silver sure looks like an expanded pattern, so technically we could see silvers retrace its entire bullish move.

The bullish side of silver has already started to back off, so now we wait and see how deep any correction may take us.  “Correction” is a loose term as the silver decline has to make a pattern that can show a decent counter-rally in the next month or so. Vertical moves like this cannot be maintained, especially if this also was a run to safe-haven. Fear moves rarely last that long as they can crash faster than they went up!   The huge gap that opened up is a big hint that silver could crash to close off this gap which could take all of January to happen.

This Friday we get new government COT reports but Decembers report had commercials still building short positions. I follow two sites as they both have a bit of difference but it shows the net short positions in a more visual.

The commercial bearish outlook sure doesn’t inspire me to get all warm and fuzzy about a bull market with no end!  Since 2018, the commercial hedgers only have had net long positions 6 times.

Silver has also sliced through the 200-day MA which it has done many times before, after which silver crashed each time. The 50-day MA is at the $14.50 price level and if the bearish move returns then the 50-day MA will provide little support. Any price drop below $13.88 would definitely confirm this bullish phase as one giant bull market fake or bear market rally. Any bear market rally always retraces back to the point of origin and the only difference is the degree. If the majority can get fooled with just a Minute degree bullish phase, then the larger degree bear market rallies can easily trap the bulls.

 

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Gold Daily Chart Year End Update!

I still have a “B” wave peak in Minor degree as the decline could fit into a diagonal 5 wave sequence.  It is priceless to see gold scream higher and end in a near vertical spike to the upside at the end of the month and the end of a year.  Even though gold gave us an impressive run so far, I believe a correction is due.  Of course, this correction may never happen if the entire move in gold was just a bear market rally!   Gold sliced through the 200-day MA on this daily chart, but on the weekly chart gold just hit the 200-day MA. That hints of resistance which matches many of the peaks in 2017.

I labeled the Aug/Dec run as a triangle which can happen in 4th waves, but the exact same wave count can double as a diagonal set of 5 waves with a degree adjustment. A potential diagonal wave one will still force a substantial correction for gold, where gold can crash back down to the $1200 price level before it cranks up again.  This move has the look of a “fear” run as it started at the same time stocks started to move to the downside.   Gold would have to travel much further before a Golden Cross is created. The 50-day may not reach the 200-day MA before gold turns down again.

The December 20th COT reports showed that the commercials were making a very bearish move by adding to their already net short positions. At the same time, the commercial hedgers removed long positions which just adds to their bearish outlook. We’re not at any extreme but it sure does not support any huge bullish phase still to come. Gaps to the upside have opened up, so they will get filled before gold can keep heading north.

Meanwhile, the speculators are taking the exact opposite side of the trade as they are chasing this bull market. FOMO is a very powerful motivator, but emotional moves seemed to have a limited lifespan.

Silver has also soared with the COT reports showing the same moves as with gold.  2019 is a new year and we could get a new direction in gold as well.  Gold peaked in 2011 which matches the first peak in solar cycle #24, this peak was not some little peak in an ongoing bull market, but it was a once in 30-year mania peak.  In this case, it was 30 +1 years from the 1980 peak. 1950 was the previous peak all matching Cycle degree peaks. Do not underestimate the power of the solar cycles on gold as solar cycle turnings seemed to attract but can also alternate by repelling.

2011 was a wave 3 peak in Cycle degree so until I see a complete zigzag or flat coming to an end, I will look for the bearish moves.

Commodities run on a different idealized diagonal pattern than what stocks do, and it was the Roaring 20’s when impulse waves started to take over and the choppiness of commodities disappeared.

Have a Safe and Happy New Year!

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Palladium Daily Chart Cycle Degree Peak Review.

Yesterday Dec 5, 2018, palladium spiked to the upside and then instantly reversed. I was anticipating such a move as palladium finished a new world record high at about the $1245 price level. This is only about an $8 difference from the gold price.  I believe traders are set up in another bull trap and they will panic to try and get out. You can bet that protective sells stops are piling up below the entire length of this 5th wave. Also, computer trading programs can kick in at any time.

The commercials were net short by a good margin (3.68:1) which eventually will kill any bull market. The last 5th wave in Minor degree works well as a diagonal, which is more like a joke as the entire bull market in palladium were all diagonal wave structures.

A Cycle degree wave 3 top will produce a big bear market that at this point in time, could turn into a great looking zigzag. From here on some intraday wave counting would need to be done which I do with my finger pointing at my screen. (Air Wave Counting) Also after a sufficient decline, I can print out a 90 min intraday chart and take my sweet time looking at the entire wave structure.

Since the January 2018 peak a Death Cross formed followed by a Golden Cross, so the next crossing should be another Death Cross which has a way to go before that happens. This is not going to be little correction folks, so don’t get caught in some wishful bull market that will not arrive.

The only time we may get a buy signal is when we arrive at a Primary degree “A” wave. Even a Minor degree “A” wave bottom is pretty dangerous, with an Intermediate degree “A” wave bottom only being a bit better.

 

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Gold Daily Chart Rally Update And The Death Cross!

 

The gold Death Cross on this daily chart happened around the $1305 price level. Fundamental analysts don’t have a clue about what a Death Cross is or the long-term damage that they forecast. Gold was well below the 50-day MA but now has found a bit of support with the 50-day MA.  The 200-day MA is still far away before the 50-day slices into the 200-day MA.  The 5 waves I show are all diagonal wave structures so the 5th wave is also a small zigzag. I’m going to stay with the same degree level even though I only had about 3-degree levels to work with. I stay with 15-degree levels as when I run out at Miniscule degree, then I know that all degree levels may need a second look.

Switch this gold chart to a weekly chart and we can see gold sitting at the 50-day MA.

Since the August bottom of $1160, gold looks like a triangle, but we should not get a triangle in a wave 1-2 positions. Any break above $1240 will work to finish off the last zigzag wave.

Gold is fooling us as silver has gone the opposite way and was on the cusp of creating a new bear market low. Last weeks COT report still have the commercials net short in gold and silver which does not get me excited about some super bullish move still to come. Three or four gold stock ETFs have already created new record lows, so it’s not just one thing that I look at.

Commercial hedgers are short in palladium, platinum, copper, and aluminum, which is also very bearish in the longer term.

 

 

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Palladium 1980-2018 Review

If you have never seen a wild and choppy bull market then here’s one. Not until I applied diagonal wave counting to all my commodities did this pattern make any sense. We just hit a new record high at about $1178, and Palladium has backed off a bit this morning since then.

All the peaks are connected with zigzags, except for the 2008 bottom which ended up being a running flat, with a near picture perfect zigzag crash into the 2003 bottom. From the 2008 bottom, another zigzag bull market developed with an expanded pattern for its “B” wave correction.

Any Cycle degree bear market will crush this Palladium chart and initially, Palladium could reach my previous “B” wave bottom in Intermediate degree. This would be close to the $832 price level, but it’s still not the end of any bear market.

I never apply conventional market correction calculations, as commodities are in a different world. Soaring to extremes and then crashing down to an extreme is pretty normal. Commodities are in a Submillennium degree wave 3 diagonal wave structure that started way back in the Little Ice Age.

It was the Roaring 1920’s when it all changed as that was the first time that ordinary investors got the investing bug and they also invented new types of assets during that time period. This is very obvious if you look at the charts before 1920.

Technically speaking, another zigzag should develop but it will be one degree higher as a zigzag in Primary degree.

Commercial hedgers are net short by a wide margin, which should start to turn as a Palladium bear market becomes more obvious to the talking heads.  It’s the non-commercial traders that always get caught in a trap as they seem to love chasing bull and bear markets.

 

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Gold Daily Chart Rally Update!

I’m sure that gold investors are jumping up and down with glee this morning as gold made a great looking vertical move to the $1224 price level. I take it as another gold bear market rally as gold has to impress me by the 50-Day MA line becoming support. Silver moved as well but silver is just getting close to the 50-Day MA.

The Platinum chart looks like this daily chart except it went sideways and flat before it crashed to new record lows.

The speed of the rally should give us a clue that it could be an emotional rally, not the start of a real trend.  Emotional buying for FOMO reasons never last. The US dollar would have to keep imploding like it did this morning.

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Silver 1980-2018 Monthly Chart Review

 

I spent years counting out this big silver chart, with idealized counting methods. This never made sense until I accepted the fact that commodities run under a different idealized pattern. Why did the 2011 peak barely break to a new record high while gold soared well above its 1980 peak?

They are all diagonal waves structures which defy EW accepted logic but when we accept them as being normal wave structures of the diagonal kind, then it’s a different ball game. They are all connected with zigzags and they run in 30-year cycles which tracks the Cycle degree peaks and valleys. The entire wave 3 in Submillennium degree is a diagonal wave structure, so this silver chart will not smooth out any time soon.

Counting backward 60 years from the 2011 peak gives us another Cycle degree peak in 1950-1951! Count backward another 30 years to 1920 and that would be close to SC degree wave 1-2. 2011 to our present 2018 low is not 30 years no matter how much we try to twist the math. Supercycle degree wave three in metals will not arrive until 2041.

Silver has not finished any major bear market, as last week the COT reports sure did not favor silver and most of the other precious metals as well.

 

With the commercials turning net short on silver, there would be little hope for some huge silver bull market to materialize until these COT numbers start to shift into net long positions.

The worst thing we can see is the Kiss Of Death between the 50-day and 200-day moving averages is going to give us another “Death Cross”!

Silver is only 50 cents away from breaking a new bear market low! How does that work? Silver makes a new bear market low while gold is going to soar? NOT!

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Gold Weekly Chart 200-Day Support Or Resistance?

 

Gold is stuck in midterm elections, but it should not take long for gold to start moving again! The big question will be, “In which direction gold will resume”?  Right now gold has been having great difficulty trying to rise above the 200-day MA.  If the bull market scenario is, “True”, then gold has to soar. It may take a bit more time as investors need 3-4 hours to consume the results. That may happen long before the final midterm results are fully known. If election results do not move the price of gold, then I don’t know what will?

We could see a very violent move where gold shoots up, but then reverses just as fast. We have 3 gold support prices with the above weekly chart, and if each price support gets broken, it’s one more nail, or should I say 3 more nails hammered into golds coffin! Of course, gold heading down is considered a crazy idea. For the last few years gold has gone nowhere fast and when it tries to break out, gold just turns around and implodes. We won’t have that long to wait as I expect the gold price to start moving again.

Trends built on fear never last long as gold traders are extremely emotional and can run from gold even faster. Many presidents tend to lose ground in midterm elections and President Trump will be no different. All the stunts President Trump has created in the last few months, is related to the midterm elections. Opec was glad to help as they just pumped more oil to bring the price of oil down before the elections. President Trump is not the only president that has done this as others have tried as well.

 

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Gold Daily Chart Rally Update

 

This morning gold is producing a small double top with a few small spikes before gold started to make another correction. If this is the big one already then there is no way that gold should crash very deep before it lifts off for another leg up. That’s the song and dance we get from all the bullish gold investors. Is this the start of a 1-2, 1-2 count? In a wave 3 extension, there are only about 3 sets of 1-2 waves that will happen, so we need one more, smaller 1-2 wave set in order for this trend to keep going.

Any move down that retraces below that $1180 price level will kill any idea of this gold rally to be into a bullish phase.  This gold rally has a good chance of being a fake start, and if the markets are good enough to confirm this, then we still have wave 3-4-5 to complete.

Platinum made the exact same move as gold, but platinum crashed to new record lows already, with about the exact same wave count as in gold. The difference since the 2016 bottom is that platinum was far lower and more sideways in the last year and 10 months.

Silver is also reacting but in a subdued fashion as well. Silver only has to fall below $13 and it will have resumed its bearish phase. It’s more important to watch silver as it walks to a different drummer than what gold is walking to.

The markets have been tumbling this week, and when stocks rally again, gold investors will run back into stocks as fast as their little fingers allow them to click, as fear moves never last that long.

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Palladium And the Impending Crash.

 

Compared to platinum, palladium is in a different world or that’s how it seems. In the long run market trends never last and palladium is pushing higher where we are about 60 points away from new record highs. New record highs can produce new record lows as this palladium monthly chart clearly shows. The choppy pattern is pretty normal, but counting it out to figure where we are, is a different ball game. What do we call a bear market in palladium when all it seems we get big ugly crashes in palladium. I see it all as diagonal wave structures.

I think palladium is finishing wave 3 in Cycle degree and it may still have a bit to go before it dies!  I see a rising wedge which is about as bearish of a signal that we can get. There are 2 big wedges, and at least one of them will give us a dramatic show in the next few years! Commercials are net short palladium as of last Friday, and when they slowly start to switch, then any bearish move will start to get tired and a reversal would be getting close. I know the book talks about “Truncation” in a 5th wave but what does that really mean?  I see many “Truncated” wave structures all the time and I see them as very bullish in a bull market and very bearish in the start of a bear market. In this case, the “A” wave is very long but the “C” wave is still “Truncated” or shorter.  Zigzags are rarely even as they can stretch so wild that they are hard to believe.

Truncation at a major bottom is a very bullish signal, and the reverse is true at major tops. The 2008 bottom is a prime example of a flat which can be called truncated, but I see them as running flats or even running zigzags. During the 1990’s silver had more “Truncated” waves than we can shake a stick at,  and they were all extremely bullish signals. Even when we go back to the 1980 palladium crash, look how long that “C” wave was in a zigzag! If it happens once in history then I use it for any degree move as well.

So if a Cycle degree palladium crash is expected, then another zigzag would be my first logical guess.  It would take little to crash this palladium chart and no amount of fundamental jargon will stop it from crashing.

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Platinum Weekly Chart: New Record Low Update!

 

I recently posted the COT report for Platinum which was negative as the commercial hedgers switched to net short positions in 5 of the precious metals.   Palladium is making new world record highs, while platinum has been crashing to new record lows from its 2008 peak. Talk about a wild inverse picture that palladium and platinum are showing this month and its been going on for many years already.

For a few years the platinum decline had a hard time getting going, but with diagonal wave structures it can take a long time to sort out and I will still work on it. Notice how platinum has the exact same triangle pattern as gold has, except in gold they call the same move a bullish move, while the exact same pattern in platinum is confirmed that it was a bear market rally. From the March 2008 peak to the October 2008 bottom, the platinum bear market rally has been completely retraced by a margin of about $6!  I think there are still new lows to come as the remainder of this 5 wave sequence still needs to finish.

Just because it’s a small degree decline, does not mean it can’t extend, and make the 4th wave rally long and complex. Silver is the closest to making the exact same move, yet the bullish gold analysts swear up and down that gold is going to soar. Once this triangle is finishing, then I am forced to look for a 1 or even 2 degrees higher positions.

In this case, it could be wave 4 ending in Cycle degree. Another bullish phase should happen but any impending bullish rally would take a long time to show itself more clearly. This gives me the extra time to see a proper pattern develop. About the only good thing that will happen is that I no longer will be a bear towards platinum. I will not shy away from being a bear when I see metal asset classes still have more downside to go! This does not make me very popular with metal investors, especially the gold bugs!

 

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Gold Weekly Chart, 200-Day Moving Average Update!

 

I realize that my bearish precious metals outlook does not sit well with many of the gold bulls still around today. The gold bulls that only see or want to see a bullish gold wave count will not find it on this blog just yet! The people that like to shred my work are the bullish investors. There are thousands of sites out today that will cater to your gold related bullish needs, and they may even be telling us about a $5000 gold price coming soon!  They always use the fiat money printing fundamentals as a reason to hedge, or stay invested in gold!  This time I included the 50-200-day MA and we can see that gold is hitting the 200-day MA line. Gold would have to rise sharply to get above and stay above, this 200-day MA. Since gold is still in the glow of the “Golden Gross”, then the 50-day MA must not fall into the 200-day MA, because then we would get a “Death Cross” in this weekly gold chart. I track 3 major gold price support numbers with $1160, $1120 and $1047!

The gold bulls need for gold to break well above $1400, while the gold bears need gold to crash below $1047. The entire gold related analytical world is focused on these two main price levels.

Which price level is going to get hit first?  It might take the rest of this month or even longer before we can become more certain. All my metal COT reports do not support a big bullish surge at this time.

All the wave counting in the world will not help us forecast the gold price if we have no clue what that 2011 peak actually was.

I included the silver, copper and gold COT report again, which I see as very bearish indicators. The herd of metal analysts always recite or use the non-commercial trader’s numbers, but they are always the group that gets into a trap be it a bear or bull. The COT reports get posted on Fridays and investors have the choice to read or ignore.

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Silver, Copper, Gold, Palladium And Platinum COT Reports Update!

 

Every Friday the government releases its Commitment of Trader reports, (COT), but it always has days missing as they work Tuesdays, to Tuesdays. Other COT reports I use don’t have such a delay, but they have no US dollar report at all. When we look at silver the commercials are now net short. Not by any extreme but still, they are bearish.

Look over to the speculator positions and they are net long! Speculators are the trend chasers and they care little about taking any delivery of any metal! Commercials are also net short in copper and of course gold as well, adding over 49,000 long contracts.

Aluminum is also on the list but I did not include it.  At one time the aluminum non-commercials were net long by a ratio of 14,000:1,  blew my mind, to say the least.

If the professional hedgers are this pessimistic on gold why should I expect gold to soar anytime soon?  Any bullish wave count I do create for gold will constantly fail if I ignore these types of numbers.

To really rub salt in the wound, the commercials are also net short with palladium and platinum.  All these numbers do not support a quick return of any gold bull market.

 

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Silver Weekly Chart Update: Bull Or Bear?

 

One of the main reasons why silver is important to watch is because the talking heads ignore silver in the most part. You can find 100’s of gold stories before you will ever find a good silver news story. We are being swamped with gold news which is obvious that they are brainwashing us!  In the old days, they used to brainwash people with loudspeakers attached to the roof of a car or van.

Today, they brainwash us with the internet and social media. The gold analysts repeat or regurgitate the same data over and over telling us that gold is in a bull market. For the last 2 years or so the 50 and 200-day average lines have converged where they both are working as resistance lines. When silver takes out that $13.50 support price, instantly silver is back to it’s bigger bearish trend. Any obvious move of silver to a new downside would instantly and technically make any move from the 2015 bottom, a bear market rally.

Every bear market rally gets completely retraced back down to and below the point of origin. (late 2015)  Silver’s present rally is very choppy, so it’s also giving us a clue that a new low in silver should happen. If silver did break to the downside, you will see the media join in and silver news stories will pop up like tulips in the spring.

Even now silver would have to rally dramatically before a golden cross can happen again. The commercial hedgers are net long silver, but not by that much just yet. The speculators are far more bearish on silver as they are speculating that silver is going down. It’s the speculators that get into one trap or another, but it could take many more short positions, before we run into real extremes.

Analysts do not know that the 2011 silver peak was a 30-year mania cycle peak.  Most investors don’t take cycles seriously enough, especially the 30-year cycle. In the last 4-5 months I have made thousands of simple 30-year calculations, between 100’s of peaks and sometimes there is only a 1-year difference in 90 years! It’s very easy for any person to figure out exactly “where” in this 30-year cycle, we were born in.

I use 1920, 1950, 1980 and now 2011. The next 30-year cycle peak is Supercycle degree wave 3, by 2041!

 

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