Gold & Silver Trading Alert: Suspicious Reversal in Gold

Gold moved lower early during yesterday’s session, but came back up later on and finally gold ended the session only less than $3 lower.

Gold moved lower early during yesterday’s session, but came back up later on and finally gold ended the session only less than $3 lower. Can we view such a reversal as a bullish sign? Not necessarily – a reversal should be confirmed by high volume and yesterday’s session wasn’t. Consequently, one needs to look at other parts of the precious metals sector for confirmations.

The above action, however, provides bearish signals, not bullish ones. Let’s start with the USD Index chart (charts courtesy of http://stockcharts.com).

Gold had a very good reason not to decline more – the USD Index moved higher a bit and then gave the gains away. The important thing, however, is that the support line remains intact – consequently, the outlook remains bullish.

As we wrote earlier, gold reversed, but the volume that accompanied the reversal was relatively small, which suggests that it wasn’t really a “reversal”, even though the price action may suggest so.

At the first sight it may appear that technical phenomena like reversals, or breakouts etc. are just more or less random names for more or less random price movements without anything that justifies changing the outlook based on any of them. In reality, these are simple terms that refer to phenomena that are indeed happening in the market and that were found to be usually followed by some kind of action. If enough of the reliable factors are seen, the outlook may indeed change.

In case of reversals, the thing that the single candlestick on the chart represents is the situation, in which one side (bulls or bears) attempted to push the price in one direction and got almost or mostly overwhelmed by the other side. If both forces equal each other, the price will not change in terms of daily closing prices (or weekly closing prices, which was more or less the case with gold last week). Now, if the price had been falling previously and we saw this kind of action, it means that the selling pressure was no longer significant enough to trigger further declines and at the same time, the buyers were stronger than previously. The implications would be bullish. Conversely, if the price had been rallying previously and we saw the mentioned kind of action, it means that the buying pressure was no longer significant enough to trigger further upswings and at the same time, the sellers were stronger than previously. The implications would be bearish.

The key thing here is for the above to make sense, there really has to be some kind of “fierce battle” between buyers and sellers. If there was none, we couldn’t speak of one side overwhelming the other and thus about bullish or bearish implications. How can we tell, whether one side really overwhelmed the other? By looking at the volume. High volume confirms the above as it suggests that there were high numbers of both buyers and sellers who participated in that session and low volume suggests that there are little implications of this session (in terms of viewing the reversal as important).

With the above in mind, let’s take a look at yesterday’s volume. It was relatively low. Consequently, it doesn’t appear that yesterday was the session when the sellers and buyers were fighting hard to push the price of gold in a given direction with buyers fighting back strongly – significant volume would suggest the above, and instead we saw a move lower and a corrective upswing shortly thereafter. Instead of being bullish, yesterday’s session was rather inconsequential by itself.

In the case of silver, however, we saw a decline on volume that we hadn’t seen in weeks. Consequently, while gold’s reversal wasn’t confirmed, silver’s decline was. The implications are bearish.

The volume wasn’t as huge in the case of mining stocks, but it wasn’t very low either and the size of the move is quite visible. Gold stocks continue to underperform gold and this is a sign that lower prices are likely to follow shortly (not necessarily today).

Summing up, the invalidation of the breakdown in the USD Index and the decline on strong volume in silver have bearish implications for the precious metals sector in the short term, while yesterday’s reversal in gold doesn’t have bullish implications.

By Przemyslaw Radomski

Przemyslaw Radomski, CFA (PR) is a precious metals investor and analyst who takes advantage of the emotionality on the markets, and invites you to do the same. His company, Sunshine Profits, publishes analytical software that anyone can use in order to get an accurate and unbiased view on the current situation.

As a CFA charterholder, Przemyslaw Radomski shares the highest standards for professional excellence and ethics for the ultimate benefit of society. He also holds a master's degree in Finance and Banking, and is currently writing his thesis after having finished his PhD studies in Economics.

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