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Divergence XAUUSD Setups

Divergence is one of the trade setups used by XAUUSD traders. It involves looking at a xauusd chart and one more indicator. For our example we shall use the MACD indicator.


To spot this trading setup find two chart points at which gold price makes a new swing high or a new swing low but the MACD indicator does not, indicating a divergence between gold price and momentum.


To look for divergence we look for two chart points, two highs that form an M-shape on the XAUUSD Trading chart or two lows that form a W-Shape on the XAUUSD Trading chart. Then look for the same M-shape or W-Shape on the XAUUSD indicator you use to trade.


Example of a XAUUSD Trading Divergence Trade Setup:

In the gold chart below we identify two chart points, point A and point B (swing highs). These two points form an M-shape on the gold price chart.


Then using MACD indicator we check the highs made by the MACD, these are the highs that are directly below Chart points A and B.


We then draw one line on the XAUUSD Trading chart and another line on the MACD indicator.

XAUUSD Trading Divergence Trade Example on MACD XAUUSD Indicator

Drawing Divergence XAUUSD Lines

The chart above shows an example of one of the four types of divergences, the one above is known as hidden bearish divergence, one of the best type to trade. Types of divergences are covered in the next lesson.


How to spot divergence

In order to spot XAUUSD Trading diverging signal we look for the following:


  • HH=Higher High- two highs but the last one is higher
  • LH= Lower High- two highs but the last one is lower
  • HL=Higher Low- two lows but the last one is higher
  • LL= Lower Low- two lows but the last one is lower


First let us look at the illustrations of these trading terms:


M-shapes dealing with gold price Highs

Higher High Higher Low Divergence XAUUSD


W-Shapes dealing with gold price lows

Higher Low Lower Low Divergence XAUUSD



Example of M Shapes

M shapes on a XAUUSD Chart


Examples of W Shapes

W shapes on a XAUUSD Chart


Now that you have learned the divergence trading terms that are used to explain trading setup. Let us look at the two types of divergences and how to trade these chart setups.


There two types are:


  1. Classic Divergence

  2. Hidden Divergence


These two setups are explained on the following tutorials below


 

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Metals Symbols

Precious Metal Symbol:
Gold - XAUUSD, Silver - XAGUSD, Platinum - XPTUSD, Palladium - XPDUSD

Metal Symbol:
Copper - XCUUSD, Zinc - XZNUSD, Nickel - XNIUSD, Lead - XPBUSD, Aluminium - XALUSD