Gold Technicals – Higher on speculative demand

Gold recorded the biggest weekly gain since October 2011, thanks to Ben Bernanke’s speech on Wednesday following the release of FOMC Meeting Minutes, telling markets that QE3 will be here to stay for the “foreseeable future”. This propelled Gold higher, as USD weakened significantly following the news, allowing the yellow metal to push above the 1,200 USD per ounce level which happens to be the cost price for mining and refining gold currently. Besides fundamental reasons which favor a slightly more expensive Gold, Hedge Funds were also seen buying more Gold last week after the news, suggesting that speculators are getting back in the game. CFTC Commitment of Trader latest data shows speculators increasing their net-long position by 4.1% for Gold Futures and Options, affirming the reports about Hedge Funds. It is also important to note that the numbers released pertain to 9th July data, which is 1 day before Bernanke’s speech. Putting 2 and 2 together, it stands to reason to believe that current speculative long positions should be even higher.

Weekly Chart


From a technical perspective, we are looking at a potential bullish reversal Candlestick pattern – with a Morning Star bullish pattern formed on the weekly chart. Early Asian trade saw prices extending last week’s gain slightly, moving price back up towards the 1,300 – 1,330 resistance. Stochastic readings are also on the verge of signalling a strong bull cycle sign, suggesting that a move upwards is likely, and may even allow price to break the aforementioned resistance band for a test of the descending Channel Bottom (purple color). This would also mean that a break of current steeper decline, which would allow price to alleviate current strong bearish pressure – potentially allow price to trade horizontally for a few weeks similar to what we’ve seen in April (post decline) and June 2013.

Hourly Chart


Hourly Chart is currently above the 1,289 ceiling which will provide some support. Even should price break lower, it is possible that support can be sought from the Kumo, and below which the rising trendline. Forward Kumo is also bullish with a recent bullish “Kumo Twist” which occurred just a few hours prior in conjunction with the break of 1,289 ceiling, suggesting that a retest towards 1,299 last week’s swing high is possible. Stochastic readings are currently Overbought, but readings have averted a bearish cycle signal with readings currently pointing higher, suggesting that an interim trough has been in place within the Overbought levels. Furthermore, considering that longer-term trend is gaining bullish momentum, it is possible that short-term counter-trend signals are less effective given such situation.

Moving forward, we should keep a keen lookout for this Friday’s COT numbers for both Gold Futures and Gold Physical. Should net position continue to gain, then this would mean that Hedge Funds are buying AND holding, which will put prices in a much better position for a longer bullish correction higher. If speculative net-long positions decrease, then we should discount the Hedge Fund buying news as it would appear that these buyers are simply buying for the short-term dead cat bounce, which puts the recovery towards 1,300 and higher in doubt.

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Mingze Wu

Mingze Wu

Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Based in Singapore, Mingze Wu focuses on trading strategies and technical and fundamental analysis of major currency pairs. He has extensive trading experience across different asset classes and is well-versed in global market fundamentals. In addition to contributing articles to MarketPulseFX, Mingze centers on forex and macro-economic trends impacting the Asia Pacific region.
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