Gold Chart of The Week

Each Week Longleaftrading.com will be providing us a chart of the week as analyzed by a member of their team. We hope that you enjoy and learn from this new feature.

Weekly Gold Report (July 22nd through July 31st)

Ben Bernanke remained in the spotlight last week when his testimony reminded global markets that FED tapering would not begin until unemployment is below 6.5% and inflation is moving above 2%. That was the third or fourth reminder of the outcome of the FOMC meeting that took place a few weeks ago. So just in case anyone forgot the message the first two times, he was sure to get the news to them from another platform.

The reminder kept most commodities nicely underpinned and  provided decent intraday volatility to trade throughout the week.

Without FED speeches, interviews and testimonies to puppeteer the markets this week, we look forward to continued earnings to be reported along with important housing data for direction. Since trading above the May high print, the stock indexes are crawling to new highs and will likely need good earnings along with good housing numbers to continue the upward path. Any major disappointments should have traders second guessing any purchases in new high territory, but I doubt we will see a total washout this close to Bernanke’s reassurance.

Gold Futures definitely have my attention to begin the week. Last week’s consolidation in prices had me unsure whether or not the next directional move would be up or down. As usual, lighter volume Sunday night trading provided the answer I was looking for. Already this morning, the front month futures are up over $25 and headed for a near term resistance where the 50day Moving Average and the resistance trendline converge near $1335 an ounce (arrow #1). I plan to use this price as an indicator in the early part of the week. A failure to close above this level will tell me that the trend overall still remains down in the short term. If prices close above this level, I would expect a test around $1350, where most stop-orders likely are placed.  A rally past this point could leave the door open for a run to $1400. I am doubtful that we will see closes above the second resistance this week without any major global policy news, but stranger things have definitely happened in the world of Gold trading!

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Thank you for your interest,
Brian Booth
Senior Market Strategist
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5 thoughts on “Gold Chart of The Week

  1. Management of perception would indicate another retest of the lows before the inevitable spec fund squeeze that will coincide the next QE expansion announcement.

  2. "Global policy news" hasn't meant squat for gold in like, forever. Refer to: European meltdown circa 2012, Japanese yen problems in March, QE3 in 2012, Re-election of Obama, Cyprus. These are just recent. Other major "global policy" events that did absolutely nothing for gold: 2008 global equities panic, 1998 Asian Contagion, 1987 collapse, just to name a few big ones.

    Gold's secular bull market if it is still in one, has far and away been reacting more to what the US dollar does in an inverse manner and Chinese/India purchases. The "global news" and "uncertainty" are red herrings and few of the prognosticators ever get this. Ever. Same guys almost always claim there is no inflation.

  3. Gold at its very crucial level, and between 1330 to 1350 is a major resistance, any further bull run can be continued and confirm if and only after sustaining and cross such level. I think, this is settlement change or current series end jump, and should be very cautiously traded with very strict stops. - avoid over night positions.

    1. Conversely, on the other hand, Adam Hamilton of Zeal Intelligence has stated that "...given such extreme spec gold shorts, widespread despair, and gold recently hitting the most oversold levels by far of its secular bull, it is due for a monster upleg. As this accelerates, the leveraged shorts will be forced to buy back the gold they owe at increasing rates. This will feed on itself and likely ignite a buying panic. It will very likely lead to the biggest and fastest upleg of gold’s entire secular bull."
      http://www.zealllc.com/2013/goldshsq.htm

      1. YES! Absolutely.
        GOLD is returning with a vengeance. Those who would defile and denigrate it, either brainlessly to accumulate worthless paper (investors and traders) or crookedly to perform dirty deeds for THE FED (CME Group and bullion banks), will live to regret it.

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