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Will Gold Recover from Yesterday’s Dramatic Selloff?
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For the first time this year, gold has broken below the key psychological level of $1,300 per ounce. This year began already deeply entrenched in a dynamic rally which took gold pricing from $1,238 per ounce to $1,365 by the end of January. From that point forward, gold staged two rallies attempting to break the previous highs and resistance at $1,365, as well as two corrections challenging the lows and support at $1,300.
Both the rallies as well as the corrections were unable to breach the defined and narrow trading range gold pricing has been trapped in at between $1,300 and $1,370. After trading to $1,369.20 last month, the highest value gold has achieved this year, pricing has been in a slow and methodical price decline. Or at least it was up until yesterday.
In fact, yesterday’s dramatic selloff took gold to the lowest value it has traded to this year. The last time gold traded at this price point was December 26 of last year.
Gold Breaks the 200-day Moving Average
A key distinction and net result of yesterday’s decline was that, for the first time this year, gold prices traded below the 200-day moving average. Excluding yesterday’s drop, over the last 12 trading days gold has consistently tested the 200-day moving average and, on each occasion, used that price point as a support area.
Since July 2017, gold pricing has remained above its 200-day moving average except for one small period, beginning and ending in December 2017. There were a total of three instances in 2017 in which gold broke below the 200-day moving average, and in each of those instances, quickly reversed and then traded back above the average.
Another key distinction of yesterday’s price decline was that the lows occurred precisely at a 0.618% retracement of the major rally that happened at the beginning of the year.
On a technical basis, these two facts suggest that any price decline at this level will be limited, and more importantly, recover moving back to higher pricing.
Of course, this market is driven by fundamental events. Nonetheless, historically speaking, this price decline to a 0.618% retracement is an acceptable level for a bullish model which is in a corrective mode after a dynamic rally. As such one cannot count out the probability that gold pricing will recover from this level and trade to higher pricing.
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