By Stuart McPhee
Gold for Monday, August 11, 2014
To finish out last week gold exhibited signs of a rejection pattern with its last red candlestick showing a probability to head back down again. In the middle of last week it moved well away from the support level at $1290 and back up well above $1300 to a two week high above $1310 before easing lower. Over the last week or so gold had been easing lower and placing pressure on the support level at $1300 which eventually gave way resulting in gold falling sharply back down to a six week low near $1280. Over the last few weeks the $1290 level has shown some signs of support and held gold up and this level has been called upon again in the last week to prop gold up. During the second half of June, gold steadily moved higher but showed numerous incidents of indecision with its multiple doji candlestick patterns on the daily chart. This happened around $1320 and $1330.
The OANDA long position ratio has moved back down below 60% again as gold has settled around $1300 for a little while. At the beginning of June, gold did very well to repair some damage and return to the key $1275 level, then it has continued the momentum pushing a higher to its recent four month high. After moving so little for an extended period, gold dropped sharply back in May from above the well established support level at $1275 as it completely shattered this level falling to a four month low around $1240. It remained around support at $1240 for several days before its strong rally higher. It pushed down towards $1280 before sling shotting back and also had an excursion above $1300 for a short period before moving quickly back to the $1293 area again. Over the last few weeks gold has eased back from around $1315 to establish its recent narrow trading range below $1295 before its recent slump.
Way back since March, the $1275 level has established itself as a level of support and on several occasions has propped up the price of gold after reasonable falls. Throughout the second half of March gold fell heavily from resistance around $1400 back down to a several week low near support at $1275. Both these levels remain relevant as $1275 continues to offer support and the $1400 level is likely to play a role again should gold move up higher. Through the first couple of months of this year, gold moved very well from a longer term support level around $1200 up towards a six month higher near $1400 before returning to its present trading levels closer to $1300.
Gold rejected a 3-1/2 week high on Friday, settling lower fort the session, but in managed to log a weekly gain of more than 1 percent for the week as the dollar fell and equities rallied after reports of reduced tensions in the Russian-Ukraine situation. Earlier, President Barack Obama said he had authorized targeted strikes to protect the besieged Yazidi minority and U.S. personnel in Iraq, after the Iraqi government requested help. U.S. gold futures for December delivery lost $1.60 to settle at $1,309 an ounce, but it gained 1.2 percent for the week, its first increase in four weeks. Spot gold hit its highest since July 14 at $1,322.60 an ounce earlier, but reversed as Wall Street indexes turned higher. It was last down 0.2 percent at $1,310 an ounce after news broke that U.S. military hard launched another round of airstrikes against an Islamic State target in Iraq, according to American officials.
(Daily chart / 4 hourly chart below)
Gold August 11 at 00:55 GMT 1310.4 H: 1311.5 L: 1308.6
During the early hours of the Asian trading session on Monday, Gold is trading in a small trading range right around $1311 after moving up well to finish out last week. Current range: trading right around $1311.
Further levels in both directions:
• Below: 1290, 1275 and 1240.
• Above: 1330.
OANDA's Open Position Ratios
(Shows the ratio of long vs. short positions held for Gold among all OANDA clients. The left percentage (blue) shows long positions; the right percentage (orange) shows short positions.)
The long position ratio for Gold has moved back above 60% as gold has surged back up above $1310. The trader sentiment is strongly in favour of long positions.
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