Gold Price Technical Outlook:
- Gold price reversal candle at big resistance suggests lower prices
- Will take a lot of buying to get gold into the clear on the upside
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Gold price reversal candle at big resistance suggests lower prices
On Friday, gold was pushing strongly into a thicket of long-term resistance from around the mid-1340s up to 1375 before sellers pushed it back down, carving out a closing reversal candlestick (i.e. ‘shooting star’, ‘pin bar’, etc.) that warns of weakness thereafter. The combination of resistance and reaction makes a solid case for sellers.
On the weekly time-frame, last week’s volatile week of price action created a long-legged Doji, a candlestick that demonstrates a power struggle between buyers and sellers. Given where it developed on the chart its significance is elevated.
Today’s small push higher may only turn out to be a minor retest of last week’s reversal event. A break below yesterday’s low at 1333 could have selling interest increase as momentum to the downside picks up. Support comes in at last week’s low, but if the Doji is to hold its power then the 1320 level may quickly break and have attention turned towards the August trend-line near 1300.
To negate Friday’s reversal, we will need to see a close above 1358, but even then gold will still be trading in the long-term zone of resistance. A weekly close above the aforementioned high will be needed to negate the Doji, but unless a close can development on a weekly basis above the July 2016 high of 1375, risk for yet another strong turn lower will remain elevated.
The bottom line is, risk of lower prices is quite elevated from here given both price levels and price action, and even if a bit more strength is to develop, until gold clears itself of all major long-term hurdles and breaks the multi-year wedge with conviction, risk/reward from where I sit isn’t favorable for fresh longs. Would-be shorts may want to lean on resistance up to 1375 as a backstop for bearish bets.
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Gold Price Weekly Chart (Doji at major resistance)
Gold Price Daily Chart (reversal candlestick)
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---Written by Paul Robinson, Market Analyst
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