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Erik is the senior market technician for Prometheus Market Insight and has been performing chart analysis since 1995. The software program that he developed to monitor long-term stock market trends has correctly identified 92% of the cyclical turning points in the S&P 500 index since 1940. His... More
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  • Gold Struggles To Hold At Uptrend Support 0 comments
    Dec 13, 2012 8:18 PM | about stocks: GLD, SGOL, GDX

    Gold closed moderately lower today, moving well below support at the lower boundary of the uptrend from May. Price behavior has struggled to hold at the lower boundary of the rally since beginning another test of uptrend support last week.



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    Our Gold Currency Index (NYSE:GCI), which tracks the intrinsic value of gold as an international currency, has also struggled to hold above its comparable support level during the last two weeks.



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    With respect to cycle analysis, translation remains in question and the developing alpha phase decline could provide an important short-term signal sometime during the next few sessions.



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    From an intermediate-term perspective, the rebound off of the last intermediate-term cycle low (ITCL) in early November continues to struggle more than expected given the recent transition to a bullish translation. The early formation of a half cycle high (NYSE:HCH) in late November was the first sign of unexpected weakness and another bearish development could occur as soon as next week.



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    The consolidation formation on the weekly chart that we have been monitoring since early September continues to track the bullish scenario that we outlined at the time, favoring an eventual resumption of the secular bull market.



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    However, the consolidation formation remains in a crucial phase of its development and market behavior during the next several weeks will likely signal if the secular bull market is preparing to resume. Therefore, it will be important to continue monitoring gold closely.

    We will identify the key developments as they occur in our daily market forecasts and signal notifications available to subscribers.

    Disclosure: I am long SGOL.

    Stocks: GLD, SGOL, GDX
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