Gold & Silver: Hard Ground or Quicksand?

I know that most of the readers don’t like when I post bearish outlooks for the top metals as even if there are dozens of downloads, still nobody pushes the “like” button. It could be a fascinating research subject for behavioral finance or at least an excellent contrarian indicator.

Frankly speaking, I keep an unbiased stance and share my view of the structures that develop in the market. I just read signals that the market sends us all the time. From the start of the year, there are totally bearish outlooks were posted as we had strong signs in the charts and we can see that they proved to be right and one could make good money.

In this post I would like to address the question that arises these days, is this recent bounce a reversal or just another correction?

Let’s start with gold.

Gold Weekly Chart: Market Eyes $1122 To Complete The Structure

Gold Weekly Chart
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Before we start I recommend that you check out this earlier gold chart to see the price and triggers’ position before the drop and signals, which I outlined in that post to refresh your memory as more than six months passed.

As I mentioned then, the trading range implied taking the short position at the top and the buyback or a long position at the bottom of the range with a tight stop. The current move down that started this January looks just perfect for trading compared to the previous one, which had begun in July 2016, where the pink zigzag undertakes. This time there were only a few small counter-trend spikes, which could hardly bother short sellers.

We can see how the price made short stops at all the crucial supports: $1237 (December 2017 low) and $1205 (July 2017 low). But the last stop and further bounce from the $1160 had no visible supports in the past, and I think it was a profit booking ahead of a weekend.

Those who are short of course are in a dilemma now as the price has dropped so much already and they would hesitate if they need to book profit now or wait for another drop. The simple math should help here; if you stay short, then you should quit above $1218 losing more than $32 per troy ounce from the earlier gain. On the other side of the scale is the potential for an additional profit of almost $64 per troy ounce if the price would retest the $1122. So the risk/reward ratio still favors keeping short at the 1:2.

Some investors are thinking of taking long positions these days. I wouldn’t recommend that you try to “catch the falling piano” as traders like to say about collapsing markets. Wait for the confirmation even if you will miss the very first move up as it will retrace in some kind of correction before continuing to the upside. Just bear in mind that the $1122 could be quicksand ahead of $1000 or even $900.

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Silver Weekly: Flash-Crash Support Scared Sellers

Gold Weekly Chart
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It is the buying in the silver market that scared sellers of gold in spite of the absence of the visible support there. We should clarify the reason behind that purchase in the silver market.

There is a simple answer, the silver price just reached the trough pinned by the notorious Flash-Crash last July at the $14.39, and investors rushed to book the profit there to avoid being squeezed out by the repeat of the $1 spike that followed the Flash-Crash.

Here is the simple math behind this wise behavior as even if the market would retest the major low at the $13.65 there is almost $1 per troy ounce to win, but there is a risk to lose back the same amount, and that is not as healthy as the risk/reward ratio is at 1:1.

I wouldn’t recommend a long position as yet to see more clear signals from the market first as I explained it for the gold market.

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Both metals have a different structure of the junction that links the drops as silver shaped the Triangle instead of a zigzag in the gold chart. That’s why we should closely watch which metal will touch the bottom earlier. Please be careful with longs as the alternative scenario that gold would hit $1000, and silver $12.30 could materialize.

Intelligent trades!

Aibek Burabayev Contributor, Metals

Disclosure: This contributor has no positions in any stocks mentioned in this article. This article is the opinion of the contributor themselves. The above is a matter of opinion provided for general information purposes only and is not intended as investment advice. This contributor is not receiving compensation (other than from for their opinion.

6 thoughts on “Gold & Silver: Hard Ground or Quicksand?

  1. "Catch the falling piano"? this is the first time I hear such a wierd expression to express the market. I know the expression "don't try to catch a falling knife" which sounds more easy. But in any case, your expression hurts much more!!!

    1. Dear Michel,
      This is an extreme version of the classic expression that you have mentioned.
      I also was surprised when I heard it for the first time maybe 12 years ago from my old friend from London
      as he wanted me to get the idea clearly and quickly. )))
      Thank you for reading me!
      Best regards, Aibek

  2. Intelligent people discuss about effect of eclipses.Always market is taken by surprises after eclipse.So i am waiting till september or october end when reversal can take place.

  3. When there is an infinite amount of paper gold to sell, and with gold being a 'thinly' traded market where little is used up and most is stored, little is impossible price wise. Silver is a different market as much of the world supply is used year to year and not stored around the globe as far as most data reports it. How that can silver sink so low seems a tough call. Here in the American fantasy land of finance, where debt is piling up to the moon and limitless printing of e-money allows a kind of leverage that often seems to do things that defies logic.

  4. "$1122 could be quicksand ahead of $1000 or even $900."
    Only if people need funds to meet margin calls in other investments, like what happened when the bottom fell out in the 2008 crash, then the price would quickly rebound. $1,000 is below the cost of mining & refining to .999 by virtually all miners. I know you deal in the contract/digital/paper gold realm rather than real physical however. But there is a relationship of physical realm to the imaginary realm of the COMEX, ETF's, etc.

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