Gold is trading at 1169 resistance
In my previous report I took the view that the price of gold has scope to move somewhat higher – even up to 1200 – 1232 range. I also wrote that we should see some bottoming action above the 1097 support and that could correct lower from the levels current at the time of the report. I said that if 1135 level breaks the next significant daily support level is in 1098 -1112 bracket. All this played out well. Price moved lower and after a wild swing higher moved to a support range I mentioned. After printing a weekly bar low at 1103 price has had a significant rally from this support range.
After creating two higher weekly lows the price of gold last week broke through and is now trading outside of medium term bearish channel. The width of the channel points almost exactly to the upper end of the long term bear channel at approx. 1260. This level roughly coincides with the 23.6% Fibonacci level at 1252. Gold is currently trading near 61.8% Fibonacci level and a previous support (now a resistance). At the same time Stochastics has moved right at the threshold of overbought territory. Price is getting close to the 50 week moving average while the upper Bollinger Bands are not very far from the current market price. The nearest resistance is at a pivotal weekly high at 1169 while nearest major weekly support is at 1103.
Price is trading near a resistance area between 1169 and 1187 created by a previous sideways move. While moving averages (30 and 50 SMA) indicate the short term trend is higher Stochastics is overbought while price is trading above the upper 2 standard deviation Bollinger Bands. The nearest potential support is at 1152 – 1154 region while the resistance area is wider, from 1169 to 1187. Since August the price of gold has formed a triangular formation and a projection from the triangle points to 1221 – 1232 resistance range.
Gold, 240 min
Price is trading near 1169 resistance and right at the top of a regression channel while Stochastics are in the overbought zone and moving sideways. This is a sign of momentum slowing down. At the same time price is trading outside the upper Bollinger Bands. Previous pivotal candle high at 1170 is very near to the current market price. The nearest 4h hour support level is at 1158.50 while the area between 1135 and 1143 is support range. Should this not hold, the next support range at 1104 – 1112 comes into play.
The higher lows in the weekly chart point to higher prices but there are several technical factors likely to slow the price down. Historical resistance at current levels, together with the proximity of 50 week SMA and the upper Bollinger Bands that coincide with 50% Fibonacci retracement are a challenge for the bulls. I expect this combination to turn the price of gold down to 1104 – 1125 support range. The 4h support range at 1104 – 1112 is a likely level to cause a rally should the price correct that far. Look for momentum reversal signals in the lower timeframes to confirm the analysis for both longs and shorts.
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