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Gold Prices May Fall as Chart Warns of Topping Below $1700

Gold Prices May Fall as Chart Warns of Topping Below $1700

Ilya Spivak, Head Strategist, APAC


  • Gold prices falter below $1700/oz figure, slide back to trend support
  • Dark Cloud Cover candlestick setup, RSI divergence warn of topping
  • Retail trader sentiment studies offer mixed cues, bias favors weakness

Gold prices retreated after briefly spiking to a seven-year high just below the $1700/oz figure. The metal is now hovering just above resistance-turned-support in the 1535.03-57.10 area, a barrier reinforced by a rising trend line defining the slope of ascent since mid-2019. Breaking below this threshold may neutralize near-term upward pressure and set the stage for an extension downward.

Gold price chart - daily

Gold price daily chart created using TradingView

Zooming out to the weekly chart seems to warn that a reversal downward is in the works. The appearance of a bearish Dark Cloud Cover candlestick pattern speaks topping. Negative RSI divergence bolsters the case for a downside scenario, hinting that upside momentum is running dry. Confirming the reversal still seems to call for a conclusive breach of trend line support.

Gold price chart - weekly

Gold price weekly chart created using TradingView

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Chart of gold price, retail trader sentiment

Retail sentiment data shows that 74.29% of traders are net-long, with the long-to-short ratio at 2.89 to 1. The number of traders net-long is 14.27% higher than yesterday and 1.52% lower from last week, while the net-short count is 27.02% higher than yesterday and 37.32% lower from last week.

IG Client Sentiment (IGCS) is typically used as a contrarian indicator, soretail traders being net-long suggests gold prices may continue to decline. However, positioningis less net-long than yesterday even though it is moresocompared with last week.This makes for a clouded sentiment-based outlook.

See the full IGCS sentiment report here.

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--- Written by Ilya Spivak, Currency Strategist for

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