Gold Struggles to Hold at Uptrend Support

December 15th, 2012
in gold

by Erik McCurdy, Prometheus Market Insight

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 (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 (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.

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