Best of the Week
Most Popular
1.Stock Market Crash and Recession Indicator Warning: Extreme Danger Ahead - Harry_Dent
2. Is This How World War III Begins, In Almost Complete Silence? - Jeff_Berwick
3.Trump Wins 2nd Presidential Debate, Betfair Betting Markets Odds Bounce - Nadeem_Walayat
4.Why Krugman, Roubini, Rogoff And Buffett Dislike Gold - GoldCore
5.End of SPX Stock Market Correction Nears - Tony_Caldaro
6.Get Ready for the Future - Exponential Machine Intelligence Mega-trend towards Singularity - Nadeem_Walayat
7.US Housing Market Bubble II – It’s Happening Again! - Andy_Sutton
8.FTSE BrExit Stock Market Panic Crash Resolves towards New All Time Highs - Nadeem_Walayat
9.Can Trump Still Win Despite Opinion Polls, Bookmakers and Pundits all Saying Hillary has Won? - Nadeem_Walayat
10.Gold’s, Miners’ Stops Run - Zeal_LLC
Last 7 days
Stock Market Investment Success Through the “Investment Rule of 72” - 21st Oct 16
The Final Bottom in Gold - WHEN - 21st Oct 16
Gold Green Lights Upleg - 21st Oct 16
Demand for US Mints Silver Eagles has ‘Returned with a Vengeance’ - 21st Oct 16
Central Bankers Can't Stop The Death Blow Of The Post US Election Recession - 21st Oct 16
The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid: Golden Opportunity for Frontier Asia - 21st Oct 16
Have You Taken These 4 Simple Steps to Improve Your Trading? - 21st Oct 16
The Stock Market is an Accident Waiting to Happen - 20th Oct 16
It's Rally Time for Gold and Silver Equities - 20th Oct 16
Cashless Society – Risks Posed By The War On Cash - 20th Oct 16
China's Insanely Leveraged Housing Market Will Enter Its Secular Bull Market In 2017 - 20th Oct 16
Donald Trump Bounces Going into 3rd and Final US Presidential Election Debate - 20th Oct 16
Attention Please: Phase Two of the Gold and Silver Train Now leaving the Station. All Aboard? - 19th Oct 16
How to Successfully Trade a Stock Market Crash - Black Monday October 19th 1987 - 19th Oct 16
Tesla, Apple and Uber Push Lithium Prices Even Higher - 18th Oct 16
Silver, Debt, and Deficits – From an Election Year Perspective - 18th Oct 16
UK Property Market: Slow Growth Does Not Equate To Decline - 18th Oct 16
Trump Election Victory is in Your Power - 18th Oct 16
Stock Market More to Come! - 18th Oct 16
This Past Week in Gold and Silver - 17th Oct 16
A Falling Stock Market Cannot Be Allowed - Financial Repression Is Now “In-Play”! - 17th Oct 16
Commodities, Forex and Stock Market Trend Forecasts - 17th Oct 16
Stock Market Crash..or No Crash? - 17th Oct 16
A perspective on risk rally – Risks abound but Stock Market is Confident - 17th Oct 16
Bank of England Blames Brexit for Sterling Drop Inflation, Masks QE Money Printing Cause - 17th Oct 16
From Piety to Pride to Pity, America's Racial Divide - 17th Oct 16
Is Obama Juicing US Government Spending To Get Hillary Clinton Elected? - 16th Oct 16
Seek Your Independence: Anything Else Will Destroy You - 16th Oct 16
SNL - US Presidential Debates, 1st, 2nd, VP - Like You've Never Seen them Before! - 16th Oct 16
End of Economic Growth Sparks Wide Discontent - 16th Oct 16
Donald Trump on Life Support, May Abandon Election Campaign and War on Republican Party - 15th Oct 16
The Gold Manipulators Not Only Will Be Punished, They Have Been Punished - 15th Oct 16
Black Votes Matter - Is the US on the Verge of Mass Race Riots? - 15th Oct 16
Gold Stocks Screaming Buy - 14th Oct 16
Brace Yourself for the Quadrillion-Dollar Reckoning - 14th Oct 16
The Next Recession Will Blow Out the Budget - 14th Oct 16
John Mauldin: My Infrastructure Plan to Save the US Economy - 14th Oct 16
World War III On The Brink: War Will Continue Until It Triggers Economic Collapse - 14th Oct 16
US T-Bill Rejection At Ports In Progress - 14th Oct 16
These 2 Debt Instruments Pose Peril to Millions of Investors - 14th Oct 16
China’s Rocketing Housing Market Real Estate Bubble - 14th Oct 16
DIY Winter Home Maintenance Money Saving 22 Point Checklist to Get Ready for Winter/Fall - 14th Oct 16
US Stock Market, Big Picture View - 13th Oct 16
Stock Buybacks Main Force Driving Bull Market; Rewards Investors and Starves Innovation - 13th Oct 16
SPX Gapping Down... - 13th Oct 16
Syria - Obama Stepped Back From Brink, Will Hillary? - 13th Oct 16
The Structure and Future of Gold in the Investment and Monetary World - 13th Oct 16
Can Trump Still Win Despite Opinion Polls, Bookmakers and Pundits all Saying Hillary has Won? - 12th Oct 16
Gold and Crude Oil - General Stock Market Links - 12th Oct 16
Samsung's Galaxy Battery Just The Tip Of The Iceberg - 12th Oct 16
Hillary: Deceit, Debt, Delusions (Part Two) - 12th Oct 16
Gold and Silver Metals Show Strength Relative to the USD Index - 12th Oct 16
Announcing Trader Education Week -- a Free Event to Help You Learn to Spot Trading Opportunities - 12th Oct 16
Confirmed Stock Market Sell Signals - 11th Oct 16
Hillary Deceit, Debt, Delusions - 11th Oct 16
Trump Support Crashes to New Low of 6.4 on Betfair Odds Betting Market - 11th Oct 16
The World Is Turning Dangerously Insular - 11th Oct 16
An American Tragedy: Trump Won Big - 11th Oct 16

Free Instant Analysis

Free Instant Technical Analysis

Market Oracle FREE Newsletter

LEARN to Trade

Gold Market sectorwide Buy Alert

Commodities / Forecasts & Technical Analysis Jan 28, 2007 - 05:11 PM GMT

By: Clive_Maund

Commodities Gold is looking technically stronger than it has done for the past 16 months. It would have escaped the notice of many that it broke out last week from a little-known technical pattern known as 3-arc Fan Correction. This pattern was not detected earlier because it is rather rare, and instead attempts were made to define the action in gold since last May as some kind of triangle, which could, of course, be bearish. However, a 3-arc Fan was clearly identified in the Streettracks chart last week on, prompting a re-examination of the gold chart, whereupon it became evident that a similar pattern exists in gold. This is very important, because it largely sweeps away lingering doubts about where gold is headed. This is because these patterns are very bullish, and seldom break down.

We will now examine this pattern on a 1-year chart for gold. The first steep arc of the correction pattern was formed by gold dropping rather precipitously from its May high, where it was extremely overbought, way ahead of its moving averages. A sizeable relief rally followed which led to renewed decline beneath the second fan downtrend line that took the price down to successfully retest support above the June low. Gold then rallied again, breaking above the 2nd fan line only to once again go into decline beneath the much less steep 3rd fan line. Unknown to most of us at the time, it was contact with this fan line at the start of this year that triggered the plunge which got the year off to such a bad start - although we had anticipated just such a drop for other reasons.

Gold 1 year chart buy

There are a couple of important points to note about these fan corrections. The first is that what they are is a succession of progressively less steep downtrend lines that contain the price, and indicate a diminution of selling pressure over time - by the time the fan correction ends with a breakout such as we saw last week, significant selling pressure has quite simply been exhausted. This brings us to one of the rules that applies reliably to these patterns, and that is that once the price has succeeded in breaking out above the 3rd line of the fan pattern, that's it, the correction is over and the stage is set for a substantial new uptrend. This is exactly the position we find ourselves in now.

Now compare the gap that existed between the price of gold last May and its moving averages with the gap that exists now. Last May it was horrifically overbought with an enormous gap having opened up with its moving averages. Now, however, the gap is comparatively minor, and all 3 moving averages are in bullish alignment. This makes for big upside potential. Note that the averages used here are 50, 200 and 300-day. The reason for using the 300-day moving average will become readily apparent when we look at the 3-year chart lower down the page, where it is evident that gold has ridden this moving average all the way up as its bullmarket has progressed.

Because gold stalled out again at the zone of heavy resistance centered just above $660 last week and didn't actually end the week up all that much, many investors haven't cottoned on to the significance of last weeks' breakout. So let us be absolutely clear, it was MASSIVELY SIGNIFICANT, and we shall be much obliged to those sellers last week who are providing us with a last chance to board the train before it leaves the station. This is the time to load up with promising stocks across the board. Of course, we must recognize that no technical pattern guarantees success, and there is, as ever, a chance that the pattern will abort and break down, but if it does we can escape with a minor loss by employing the strategy of exiting positions in the event that gold breaks back down below the 3rd fan line by a margin of more than $5 - $7. This proviso affords an excellent risk/reward ratio to those buying stocks here.

Readers may recall that in the last Gold Market update it was mentioned that Straddle options (a combination of Call and Put options) were an attractive proposition, as gold was on the point of a big move, which could be to the downside, and that an article on this strategy would be posted soon on the site. In the light of the subsequent identification of the fan pattern in gold and the developments over the past week, however, the picture is viewed as being more outright bullish, so anyone considering options should go for the Calls and forget the Puts. Before leaving the 1-year chart observe the position of the MACD indicator shown at the bottom of the chart. This is only slightly overbought and provides a further indication that there is plenty of upside potential at this juncture.

gold 3 year chart buy

 Learn how to Trade Elliott Waves

Now we will review the 3-year chart as this puts the action of the past year into perspective, thus giving us more of an idea of what to expect going forward. On this chart we can see how the 3-arc Fan Correction has served to unwind the severely overbought condition that had developed by April - May of last year, as indicated by the yawning gap with the moving averages which has now largely closed up. The identification of the fan correction means we can be much more assured that gold is going up from here than was the case when we were trying to find a triangle fit for the trading range.

This is because triangles can break either way, and a triangle can therefore be a top, whereas this fan correction is definitely bullish, and we have the added benefit of a close exit point if it aborts. In addition to the usual 50 and 200-day moving averages, the 300-day moving average has been appended to both charts. This is because, throughout the bullmarket, gold has consistently found support near this average, as it did again in October and in the early days of this month. Note also how the price and the bullishly aligned moving averages are now bunched quite closely together, a circumstance that frequently precedes a powerful advance, as was the case in the late Summer of 2005.

In conclusion, this is a most auspicious picture. Gold is a flat-out buy here, as are most Precious Metals stocks. The reaction late last week is viewed as providing probably the last opportunity to buy both gold and PM stocks at favorable prices before a powerful advance gets underway, although it is quite common after a breakout above a fan line for the price to drift back and run along the top of the fan line for a while before turning higher - if this happens it will provide an opportunity to buy at even better prices. We have a relatively close exit point if things go wrong, as stated above, as positions should be closed out if gold drops $5 - $7 below the 3rd fan line of the fan correction. Thus we have a very favorable risk/reward ratio. While developments in the gold chart clearly have major implications for the silver price, a similar 3-arc Fan Correction has not been identified on the silver chart.

We will be reviewing a range of US stocks suitable for purchase on this weekend.

By Clive Maund
The above represents the opinion and analysis of Mr. Maund, based on data available to him, at the time of writing. Mr. Maunds opinions are his own, and are not a recommendation or an offer to buy or sell securities. No responsibility can be accepted for losses that may result as a consequence of trading on the basis of this analysis. Mr. Maund is an independent analyst who receives no compensation of any kind from any groups, individuals or corporations mentioned in his reports. As trading and investing in any financial markets may involve serious risk of loss, Mr. Maund recommends that you consult with a qualified investment advisor, one licensed by appropriate regulatory agencies in your legal jurisdiction and do your own due diligence and research when making any kind of a transaction with financial ramifications.

© 2005-2016 - The Market Oracle is a FREE Daily Financial Markets Analysis & Forecasting online publication.

Post Comment

Only logged in users are allowed to post comments. Register/ Log in

Catching a Falling Financial Knife