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Gold: Key Support Intact, but Gains May Be Limited

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The last time I mentioned gold was in the October 28th weekly forecast. At the time, the market was trading at 1233 and looked poised to test 1215 support given the recent bearish rejection candle that formed on the 26th.

Here’s what I wrote on October 28th:

As for resistance, we were keeping a close eye on the 1235 area. Similar to 1215, the 1235 area served as a pivot earlier this year and is also the December 2017 low.

You can see how several sessions last week encountered selling pressure in the 1235 region. Friday even carved a bearish rejection candle that could hint at a pullback early this week.

However, while we may see a brief hiatus in the recent buying pressure, I see nothing here to make me think gold bulls are finished. In my opinion, gold remains a buy while above 1215 support.

Sure enough, following the October 26th bearish rejection candle below 1235 resistance, gold pulled back over the next three sessions. But as you can see from the chart below, buyers did come to the rescue at the 1215 handle on November 1st.

And just as we’d expect, sellers are once again making their presence known this week following Thursday’s retest of 1235. Until buyers clear that resistance area on a daily closing basis (New York 5 pm EST), we’ll continue to see this sideways movement.

Now, while gold bulls will have every intention of pushing prices higher, a pattern has developed which makes me hesitant to side in their favor.

Notice the ascending channel that’s developed on the daily time frame. The lower portion connects with the August and October lows while resistance lines up with the August 28th and October highs.

As you can see, we have conflicting patterns here. On the one hand, buyers broke free from a long-standing trend line back on October 11th hinting at a possible bullish reversal. And on the other, sellers have capped the recent advance enough to carve what could be a bear flag pattern.

In situations like these, it’s usually best to wait it out. But if you insist on trading gold, it’s best to do so knowing this is a range-bound market. You’ll want to limit your expectations for extended moves until buyers or sellers regain control.

In other words, as long as gold trades within this short-term ascending channel, expect indecisive price action consistent with a consolidating market.

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Gold ascending channel pattern

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16 comments
Bilal Jadoon says

Thanks for the analysis on Gold. I identified the ascending channel earlier. i am happy that my and yours support and resistance are the same.

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    Justin Bennett says

    You’re welcome, Bilal. Nice to hear you’re finding the same patterns. 🙂

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Shaolin1979 says

There’s another trendline that’s acting as resistance at 1243. The daily candle on 11 May to 14 June! Based on FIB expansion from Top on 25 January to the bottom on 15th August we ought to atleast go to 1263 before retracing – if at all! What are your thoughts about a double bottom at 1160 or perhaps even revisit FE 61.8 at 1136?

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    Justin Bennett says

    Could be, though I’d argue the May 11th high is a little ambiguous compared to the longer trend line from the April high.

    I don’t believe we’re looking at a double bottom here.

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      Shaolin1979 says

      Thanks Justin! Appreciate your thoughts!

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        Justin Bennett says

        You’re welcome. Anytime. 🙂

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Tony Teo says

Yours always sensible advice, writ in easy cadence . lovely . am feeling as though you are talking to a sweet young thing . Kudos Justin

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    Justin Bennett says

    Cheers, Tony. Thanks for commenting.

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paul mize says

justin, need info on blueberry

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paul mize says

justin, do have membership for futures only?

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    Justin Bennett says

    We trade Forex spot, not futures.

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MRk says

Thank you ka

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    Justin Bennett says

    You’re welcome.

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Manasse says

It has been a while now since I started reading and trading basing on your analysis, and I have never lost.

Much respect, Mr Justin.

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    Justin Bennett says

    Glad to hear things are going well. Just keep in mind that trading losses are bound to happen.

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