Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Gold and Silver chart patterns: bulls regaining control

Gold Chart Pattern

In an update on gold's chart pattern three weeks back, buying was recommended on a convincing rise above 1700. The down trend line (not shown in chart) connecting the tops touched in Sep, Nov and Dec '11 was near the 1700 level, and was expected to provide resistance. Shortly after that post, gold's price broke above the down trend line and the 1700 level - accompanied by a volume spurt. Volume support on an upward break is a requirement, and ensures that the break out is not a 'false' one.

Gold's price kept on rising, but volumes were falling - till the price reached the level of Dec '11 top of 1770. Falling volumes are not suitable for sustaining a rally, as it indicates lack of buying energy. Hesitation near a previous top isn't unusual. A 'reversal day' pattern (higher high, lower close) marked an intermediate top. A pullback towards the down trend line is in progress. The rising 20 day and 50 day EMAs may provide support on the way down.

Gold is trading above its rising 20 day, 50 day and 200 day EMAs - the sign of a bull market. The technical indicators are correcting from overbought conditions. The RSI has dropped from its overbought zone, but remains above the 50% level. The MACD is positive and above its signal line.  The slow stochastic is about to fall below its overbought zone.

The correction will allow gold's price to rise and test the 1800 level. Use the dip to add, with a stop-loss at 1630.

Silver Chart Pattern

Silver's chart pattern shows that the bulls have made quite a smart comeback after the white metal's price touched a low of 26. After climbing above the 200 day EMA to reach the 34 level within a month, silver's price is taking a breather for the past few trading sessions.

The next resistance is likely from the 36 level - which corresponds to the Oct '11 top. The down trend line (not shown in chart) connecting the Apr, Aug and Sep '11 tops is also near the 36 level - which may make it a strong resistance level.

Note that the 20 day EMA has crossed above the 50 day EMA, and both are rising. That is a bullish sign for the near term. However, both are still below the 200 day EMA. The technical indicators are bullish, but showing weakness. The RSI is above its 50% level, but dropped down after touching the edge of its overbought zone. The MACD is rising above its signal line in the positive zone, but its upward momentum is slowing. The slow stochastic is well inside its overbought zone, but has started drifting down.

The bears have not been routed yet, and may fight back. Enter on a convincing break above 36.

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