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Talking Points:

- Gold prices have sold off rather aggressively after visiting a key zone of resistance last Friday, falling down to the ‘s3’ area of support that we’ve been following around $1,327.05.

- While the bullish trend remains, the momentum with which this retracement has shown is undeniable, and this opens the door to setups on both sides of Gold prices.

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Gold Prices Show Resistance Shows at Key Zone

Last Friday, we looked at the V-shaped reversal that showed-up in Gold prices in the month of February. After coming into the month driving-lower as USD-strength was starting to show, prices caught a bit of support around $1,307.50; and quickly made an advance towards a group of prior highs. The resistance zone that we were looking at on Friday is very simple, comprised of the distance from the 2017 high at $1,357.50 up to the newly-minted 2018 high at $1,366.06.

Gold Daily Chart: Gold Prices Fall From Key Resistance Zone (2017-2018 Highs)

gold prices daily chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley

In our last article, we retained a cautiously bullish stance, looking for deeper support tests for establishing bullish exposure. We were looking at three potential support levels, and while a minor bounce has developed off of or around each, bears have largely remained in control as lower-lows and lower-highs continue to show up. At this stage, we’re seeing bulls attempting to cauterize support at the ‘s3’ level that we had looked at around $1,327.05.

Gold Hourly Chart: Gold Prices Putting in Lower-Lows, Highs While Walking Down Support

gold prices hourly chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley

The Dollar is in the Driver’s Seat

The primary complication with a short-side stance in Gold at the moment is that the US Dollar is bucking up against resistance, and there are more resistance levels on the horizon. While this doesn’t preclude a continuation of the bullish advance in the Greenback, it would still be very early to prognosticate that as anything more than a retracement in the year-long bearish trend; so this bearish stance in Gold would be short-term in nature, at least for now.

At this point – there are setups on both sides of Gold. On the bearish side, the possibility of stops above this morning’s swing-highs opens the door for short-side targets around prior swings of $1,317 and $1,307. On the bullish side – traders would likely want to confirm that this support around $1,324.75 may hold, which can open the door to bullish setups with stops below this morning’s swing-low, targeting prior areas of interest around $1,335.

For those with longer-term stances or more conservative profiles, standing clear until a more attractive setup presents itself could be a more attractive way of treating current price action in Gold.

Gold Hourly: Gold Prices Trying to Dig-Out Support, but Bears Remain In-Control

gold prices hourly chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley

To read more:

Are you looking for longer-term analysis on Gold prices? Our DailyFX Forecasts for Q1 have a section specifically for Gold. We also offer a plethora of resources on our Gold page, and traders can stay up with near-term positioning via our IG Client Sentiment Indicator.

--- Written by James Stanley, Strategist for DailyFX.com

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