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Gold Price Trend May Reverse as the Rally Loses Steam Near $1800

Gold Price Trend May Reverse as the Rally Loses Steam Near $1800

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  • Gold price rally may be losing steam on approach to $1800/oz
  • Near-term positioning bolstering the case for a downturn ahead
  • Any pullback seen as corrective while above the $1600/oz mark

A spirited gold rally may be running out of steam as prices approach long-standing resistance near the $1800/oz figure. Steepening negative RSI divergence suggests upside momentum is fading, which may open the door for capitulation and a reversal downward.

Broadly speaking, any reversal lower has a long way to travel before the long-term rising trend is challenged. To do that, sellers would need to force a return back below the $1600/oz figure. Looking past the inflection level at 1563.00, trend line support guiding the rise from August 2018 comes into view.

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Gold price weekly chart created with TradingView

Zooming in to the daily chart, the metal is struggling to find follow-through after breaking higher out of a bullish Symmetrical Triangle chart pattern. Tellingly, negative RSI divergence speaks to ebbing buying pressure here as well.

Pushing past an initial layer of minor support at 1715.15 aims for a sturdier inflection point at 1679.81. A daily close below that may set the stage for a challenge of the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement at 1645.40. Neutralizing topping cues probably requires a close above the May swing high at 1765.30.


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Retail positioning data adds to the case for on-coming weakness. IG Client Sentiment (IGCS) statistics reveal that 73.72 percent of traders are net-long gold, with the long-to-short ratio at 2.80 to 1. This is typically used as a contrarian indicator, so the skew in traders’ exposure suggests a bearish bias.

In fact, the net-long tilt has widened recently, up 1.22 percent compared with a week before. This seems to imply an increasing probability of on-coming reversal downward as the disparity in positioning swells to levels where sentiment extremes have often occurred previously.

See the full IGCS sentiment report here.

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--- Written by Ilya Spivak, Head APAC Strategist, DailyFX

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DailyFX provides forex news and technical analysis on the trends that influence the global currency markets.