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What is up with Spot Gold prices lately? After trading up to $1900 (double top?), its been a painful ride down. Today, it broke through $1700 to the downside, which may flip a few technicians negative.
Over the past few months, we have discussed Gold as a trade repeatedly. In the presentation I made at the Agoroa conference in Vancouver, I titled one section “Gold is a Trade, Not a Religion.” We also noted that Diverging ETFs: What Are GLD & SPY Telling Us ? (August 23rd, 2011).
The Gold trade may not be over — especially if we eventually see a QE3 — but for now, it looks like it is going to be a painful backing and filling process, as the shiny yellow metal consolidates all of 2011’s gains. In 4 days, Gold has retraced 6 weeks of gains, taking us back to prices last seen in early August. I have heard rumors of Gold being sold to cover margin calls in equities.
Serious support exists at 1600, then at the 200 day moving average, around 1525 . . .
NOTE: Here is what I discussed at Agora: When the long term trend channel has an upside parabolic breakout, you have to peel off 10 or 20%. You can always buy it back cheaper, when the parabola collapses.