Gold – Still vulnerable after decent run

$1,280 vulnerable if gold fails to break March peak

We’re seeing some profit taking in gold early in the day on Thursday, with the yellow metal coming on the back of four winning days in the last five. That’s an impressive run of form considering only a week ago we were seeing $1,280 – which is increasingly becoming an important support area – being tested by sellers only for it to be successfully defended once again.

Gold bulls should put the celebrations on hold though because we’ve now fallen short of the previous peak for a second time since it topped out in mid-February. That’s not to say we won’t see another run at it in the coming sessions but a failure to break through the March peak – around $1,325 – may reinvigorate the sellers and see $1,280 quickly come under pressure again.

Gold Daily Chart

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Of course, the dollar could have a key role to play and at the moment it is trading close to multi-month highs. A break higher could put $1,280 under considerable pressure. How many tests will gold bulls hang around for?

That’s often the question that’s asked. If bulls are holding on and seeing repeated challenges, does it dent their confidence and what happens when some start to flee. To make matters worse, if the level is broken, could this trigger a bunch of stops – both real and intended – and exacerbate the move to the downside? We may soon see.

Markets continue to kick the can down the road

Of course, there is the train of thought that suggests each hold is a sign of strength and there is certainly a case for that. What can case doubt though is when rebounds are being sold into earlier and this looks to be happening in the case of gold. And today’s declines are doing little to alleviate such concerns.

Gold 4-Hour Chart

A look at the 4-hour chart may suggest that the area around $1,292-1,296 may offer some insight into whether we could see another run at $1,280. This area roughly covers the ground between the 50 and 61.8 Fibonacci retracement levels but also coincides with prior support and resistance. A break of this may be a bearish near-term signal.

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Craig Erlam

Craig Erlam

Senior Currency Analyst at OANDA
Based in London, England, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a Market Analyst. With more than five years' experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while conducting macroeconomic commentary. He has been published by The Financial Times, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Telegraph, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Sky News, Bloomberg, CNBC and BBC. Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and he is recognized as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.