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In this series we scale-back and take a look at the broader technical picture to gain a bit more perspective on where we are in trend. Gold is down nearly 13% from the yearly highs with price trading just above long-term structural support heading into the close of the third quarter. Here are the key targets & invalidation levels that matter on the Gold (XAU/USD) weekly chart.Review this week’s Strategy Webinar for an in-depth breakdown of this setup and more.

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Gold Weekly Price Chart

Gold Price Chart - XAU/USD Weekly

Notes: In Last week’s Gold Price Outlook, we highlighted a month-long consolidation pattern in XAU/USD and heading into this week’s FOMC interest rate decision, our focus was on a breakout of this formation. A surge in the US Dollar post-Fed fueled further losses in bullion with price breaking below triangle support & the monthly opening-range yesterday.

The decline is testing initial support at the 2018 low-week close at 1184 with a more significant confluence region just lower at 1172. This level is defined by the 61.8% retracement of the entire late-2015 advance and converges on the 50-line of the descending pitchfork formation we’ve been tracking off the 2017 & 2018 highs.

A break below this threshold would be needed to mark resumption of the broader downtrend - note that this would necessitate a break below broader pitchfork support (blue) with such a scenario exposing subsequent objectives at 1124/30. Initial resistance stands at 1204 with a breach above the 61.8% extension / median-line at 1210 needed to shift the focus back towards confluence resistance at 1236/38.

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Bottom line: Heading into the start of October trade, Gold prices will need to hold above support at 1171 IF the broader 2015 uptrend is to remain viable. From a trading standpoint, I’ll be looking for evidence of an exhaustion low early next month to offer more favorable long-entries while above multi-year structural support. Ultimately a weekly close above 1210 would be needed to suggest that a more significant low is in place.

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Gold Trader Sentiment

Gold Trader Sentiment
  • A summary of IG Client Sentiment shows traders are net-long Gold - the ratio stands at +5.37 (84.3% of traders are long) – bearishreading
  • Long positions are0.2% higher than yesterday and 147.2% higher from last week
  • Short positions are 5.8% higher than yesterday and 39.2% higher from last week
  • We typically take a contrarian view to crowd sentiment, and the fact traders are net-long suggests Spot Gold prices may continue to fall. However traders are less net-long than yesterday but more net-long from last week and the combination of current positioning and recent changes gives us a further mixed Spot Gold trading bias from a sentiment standpoint.

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--- Written by Michael Boutros, Technical Currency Strategist with DailyFX

Follow Michael on Twitter @MBForex or contact him at mboutros@dailyfx.com