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Strong weekly close in Gold

Strong weekly close in Gold

Gold was able to close the week out on a very strong note, although some traders did decide to cash in some profits ahead of the weekend, after getting a nice run of some $65 off of last week’s close as of Thursday’s peak price. Even in spite of the light round of profit taking, gold still managed to put in a very solid WEEKLY close surrendering only about $15 off its best level of the week and closing within striking range of $1800, the top of the heavy resistance zone noted on the price chart. Take a look at the weekly chart shown below for an intermediate term view […]

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Greece is Fixed so Let’s Buy Everything

Greece is Fixed so Let’s Buy Everything

Greece managed to secure itself a bailout which takes the problem off the radar screen of hedge fund managers for the time being so it was back to “RISK ON” in a big way in today’s trading session. Between China’s 50 basis point lowering of its Reserve Ratio Requirements for its banks yesterday and today’s money printing to throw at the Greek debt problem, it was “Happy Days are Here Again” as the equity market perma bulls wasted no time in bidding the price of stocks higher while the inflation camp decided to buy nearly anything that moved on the commodity exchanges with the grains being the notable exception to the […]

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China to the Rescue Once Again

China to the Rescue Once Again

While the markets are closed for the President’s Day holiday here in the US, the futures are open for trading in some markets. Those markets are reacing to overnight news that China is lowering the Reserve Ratio Requirement for its banks after having spent most of last year raising it. Market watchers are interpreting this as a loosening of the monetary strings in China and reading it as bullish for the commodity sector as a whole while the equity guys (who never need a reason to be wildly bullish) are using the news to goose the S&P futures higher. Risk aversion is getting tossed out on the news with the […]

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Some comments about today’s gold price

Some comments about today’s gold price

Gold is holding firm in today’s session but has retreated from its best overnight levels. You will notice that within the larger time frame on the chart, gold has made a nice run to stiff resistance beginning near $1760 and then retreated. Buying on the downside coming in near the support level marked (close to $1720) has been extremely consistent over the last two weeks however. The result has been a constricting triangle forming which is a consolidation pattern. Bulls cannot take it through resistance at this point but neither can the bears break it down. I happen to believe that the reason the latter cannot accomplish their intent is […]

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Gold Shares continue to lose ground against gold itself

Gold Shares continue to lose ground against gold itself

The gold mining shares, as evidenced by the HUI, continue to lose ground against the price of gold bullion itself. They are approaching the three year low in this ratio that was made 3 weeks ago. One would think that they would find some buying support soon for valuation reasons. The hedge funds continue to ply that ratio spread trade which they will do until they can no longer make any profits off of it. Maybe we are seeing a bit of a delayed reaction to news that the Obama budget contains a hefty 5% royalty tax on their revenues. That budget has zero chance of passing in its current form […]

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Gold holding at initial support thus far

Gold holding at initial support thus far

Gold has dropped into the first zone of support noted on the price chart near the $1720 level and has thus far held as dip buyers surfaced. That buying was fostered by a weaker Dollar which was lower in today’s session but has not broken down decisively yet below the critical 79 level. Surging crude oil and gasoline prices did help gold today as some traders are concerned that the rise in energy costs will eventually feed through and impact the price of other goods and services  in the broader economy. Transportation costs can only be absorbed for so long. Author: Trader Dan 

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Gold Continuing to Fail at $1750

Gold Continuing to Fail at $1750

Gold has now spiked through the $1750 level several times since the end of last month but has not been able to CLOSE THROUGH this level. Until it does, the market will not be able to start a new leg higher in the uptrend. Generally speaking, markets tend to pause at resistance levels until they can gather enough of a spark to take them strongly through those or they retreat and consolidate leading to some basing action. During the latter, some of the shorter term oriented bulls will liquidate longs out of frustration or out of a desire to cash in some profits and bank them. That selling then paves the […]

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Gold Price – Choppy trading pattern continues

Gold Price – Choppy trading pattern continues

Gold currently seems unable to better the level near $1750 which is proving to be rather stubborn. There appears to be a bit of a headwind arising from lingering fears about Greece and a potential slowdown impact on the global economy as debt issues remain in the back of traders’ minds. That was trumped the other day by Chairman Bernanke’s promise of another 18 months or more of free money but in today’s session, apparently the effect has been somewhat muted. I am noticing that equities are lower today and the Dollar has managed a bit of a bounce with bonds moving up slightly off of their worst levels of the session and […]

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Notes on today’s Silver Chart

Notes on today’s Silver Chart

Silver is responding to the “Free Money” environment being maintained by the Fed to keep the US economy limping along as it shot higher when the Dollar dropped lower and fell below the 79 level on the USDX chart.It is once again knocking on the door of a heretofore very stubborn level of chart resistance that begins at today’s high and extends into the region just north of $35. If silver is going to mount a breakout move and start a trend higher, the bulls must beat back the selling that is going to come in at this level. If they do, they have a very good shot at a […]

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Gold Bulls unable to break through resistance

Gold Bulls unable to break through resistance

Today’s payrolls number, something which I might add is more akin to an Alice in Wonderland creation, was the factor responsible for the selling in both gold and in silver. The thinking was that if the economy is gathering steam at such a fast clip as the numbers suggest, then any notion of additional QE3 is a pipe dream. That means no Dollar debasement and little to fear on the inflation front so out came the sellers in the gold market. It also did not help the bullish cause that the market failed at a critical technical resistance level. Between the two developments, longs who have had a nice run […]

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Euro Gold comments

Euro Gold comments

Once again, as has been the recent pattern in the gold market, gold priced in terms of the Euro, or “EuroGold”, is putting in a very strong showing in today’s trading session. If you note on the weekly chart, it has moved to within about 32 euros of its former all time high in price. Many traders/investors may be dismissing European Sovereign debt issues, but the gold market certainly has one eye on it.I want to see how this market acts now that we are moving into these regions as this will be a decent barometer of sentiment towards the woes surrounding Europe. Any further escalation of issues associated with […]

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Gold Chart

Gold Chart

Gold bulls breached resistance at $1750 but have been unable to keep the market ABOVE that price. That will be necessary for them to set up a run towards $1775- $1780 where a major upside resistance level is located. There is a bit of weakness in Euro Gold today which is coming off of the rather large rally in the Euro in today’s session. That rally sent the Dollar down below critical support at the 79 level on the USDX but that market has rebounded back above 79 thus far. A close below 78.80 should set the Dollar up for a drop towards 78. It is indeed fascinating to watch […]

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Monthly Gold Charts – January 2012

Monthly Gold Charts – January 2012

  Author: Trader Dan, specialized in commodities like gold & silver

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Gold knocking on the door of resistance at $1750

Gold knocking on the door of resistance at $1750

One thing in particular that really stands out to me in today’s trading session is the resilience of the gold market even as the safe haven trades were being put back on by a decent sized contingent of traders. The Euro got knocked down about 50 points and the US Dollar saw a pop higher as traders were expressing signs of nervousness over both Greece and now Portugal. Additionally, the long bond rallied up nearly a full point and is once again at the top end of a trading range that is now three months in duration. This combined with the fact that Euro Gold is extremely strong tells us […]

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