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Gold Prices Resist the Underside of an Old Bull Flag

Gold Prices Resist the Underside of an Old Bull Flag

2016-10-26 18:17:00
James Stanley, Strategist
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Talking Points:

  • Gold Technical Strategy: Longer-term bullish > $1,200; intermediate-term bearish below $1,285.
  • Gold prices have attempted to recover after the early-October sell-offs, but sellers continue to respond to each new high with more selling; indicative of a market seeking out longer-term direction.
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In our last article, we looked at price action in Gold as prices attempted to claw their way back from the out-sized hit taken earlier in the month of October. But as we noted in our prior article pertaining to ‘negative cycles’ in Gold prices this year; with no clear sign that the Federal Reserve may be near relenting on rate hike plans for 2016, Gold prices may see more downward pressure before the top-side trend might be able to run-higher.

Since that last article, price action in Gold has been rather erratic with multiple tests off of short-term support at $1,260, most recently on Monday of this week. After that most recent support-check, price action moved up to set a new short-term ‘higher-high, but sellers re-entered shortly thereafter, establishing a fresh short-term level of resistance around the $1,275-level. Also of interest in this zone is the projection of the prior bull-flag formation in Gold; and this serves as an example of prior support showing up as new potential resistance in a bearish technical formation.

This sets up the uncomfortable situation in which the longer-term trend and the near-term move are at odds. While the longer-term trend still retains a bullish quality above $1,200, the near-term trend is and has been bearish. For those looking to set up swing and longer-term positions, they’d likely want to wait for more confirmation of top-side continuation potential before looking to get long. Meanwhile, for traders with shorter-term approaches, the bearish move ‘could’ be workable provided risk management is in check. Meaning, traders would likely want stops inside of that recent swing high around $1,275, with targets tucked inside of the prior support hit at $1,250.

Swing positions with stops above the short-term highs around $1,276 would entail approximately $10 of risk with only $6 of reward potential (to near-term support). And in a market as coagulated as Gold is at the moment, such a risk-reward could be considered utterly unattractive.

Gold Prices Resist the Underside of an Old Bull Flag

Chart prepared by James Stanley

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