Gold Achieves that ” 16 ” Handle

Gold’s reaction to the payrolls number this morning was instantaneous – it shot up as if it was fired out of a cannon! As stated in the post on the mining shares this AM, gold is now fully expecting the Fed to move forward with a round of QE3 Sooner rather than later. It is this anticipation of a Fed move that has it blowing the recent hedge fund short positions out. Not only that, the ability to capture this elusive “16” handle and HOLD IT, has fresh money that has been sitting on the sidelines or in Treasuries (obtaining next to nothing for yield) willing to come in on the long side of this market.

Note on the chart that it has run to exactly the 50 day moving average which also happens to correspond to the resistance zone near the $1625 level. A clear push past this level, and it will go immediately to $1650.

Downside chart support is now first at the $1600 level followed by the top of the recent tighter range near $1580.

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