Gold – Shaken Not Stirred

Gold rallies through 1221 but runs into a brick wall at the 100-day moving average. 

Well, Gold played out as per the hourly charts mentioned earlier this week. As general USD weakness, more Trumper-tantrums and flare-ups in the Ukraine saw a safe-haven stampede to the yellow metal.

Gold rallied from 1208 up to 1226, accelerating on the break of previous resistance around 1221. However, as the daily chart below shows, it failed exactly at the 100-day moving average around  1226. It then proceeded to most of those gains back in New York and has traded as low as 1211 in Asia before stabilising somewhat.

So what happened. My guess is as follows. Buying initially took Gold to the aforementioned resistance level on safe-haven buying around 1221. Once that broke, buy stop-losses and entries were triggered, and that spurred the 2nd round of buying. When this ran out of momentum at the moving average, the new longs got nervous, and when the 1221 area broke, they bailed and sold out of their positions, pushing gold lower.

I tend to call these moves fear of missing out trading. (fomo) Think of it like a herd of animals running off the side of a cliff, climbing back up the cliff and then running off it again en masse. We will have to wait for tonight’s Non-Farm Payrolls to either give some support to a weary dollar or set the tone for a deeper correction.

Looking at the chart below after the last 24 hours price action one thing is for sure. The 100-day moving average, today at 1225.15, is a key resistance level. Behind this is a set of daily highs from December in the 1233/34 region. Support comes in at 1200 and then long term support at 1280.

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Jeffrey Halley

Jeffrey Halley

Senior Currency Analyst
Based in Singapore, Jeffrey has over 25 years experience in the financial markets, having traded currencies, options, precious metals and futures. Jeffrey started his career at Barclays Bank in New Zealand. However he has spent most of it in London and Asia.Jeffrey focuses on the Asia time zone across asset classes. A regular commentator on business news TV and Radio, he is originally from New Zealand and holds an MBA from Cass Business School, London.