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XAU's (Gold Index) Bold Bounce

06/01/04 01:51:12 PM
by Gary Grosschadl

Early in the year when gold neared the $430 mark, the XAU Gold & Silver Index also peaked at 113. This index has made a classic retracement on their weekly chart as the price of gold also slipped.

Security:   $XAU
Position:   Hold

I refer to a "classic" retracement on this weekly chart for three reasons. The XAU gold index bounced at a strong confluence of support consisting of a multi-year trendline, the 200-period EMA, and a major Fibonacci retracement level of roughly two thirds or 61.8%. When the XAU broke out of its small triangle, the technical trader who asked the question, "Where is the strongest support?" (on the weekly chart) would have nailed the exact turn. Any one of those three possible supports would make a good argument for a possible upturn. The fact that all three formed a confluence of support was a powerful hint of a likely strong bounce. The candlestick reader was also given a strong indication of a sizeable upleg developing with a piercing candle formation. This up candle (coming after sizeable downleg) closed above the midpoint of the previous down candle. This "piercing" configuration is a bullish sign of a reversal attempt. This resulted in two additional weeks of gains as shown.

But is there enough juice to keep heading higher? Looking at the chart, two possibilities should be in the forefront. The more obvious one may be a bullish move to challenge the apex of that symmetrical triangle, representing a previous congestion zone. However the other scenario could involve some consolidation at another significant Fibonacci level, the 38.2% retracement point. Looking back, you can also see this served as a previous congestion zone from the fall of 2003.

After three weeks of gains as shown by the three powerful candlesticks (similar to a very bullish formation called "three white soldiers"), a brief consolidation could be a reasonable expectation.

This weekly gold index chart shows a strong retracement bounce.
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The displayed indicators show the promise of a powerful turn in the making, provided that bullish follow-through continues. Starting from the topmost graph, this extra proof takes the form of an actual DI crossover (as part of the directional movement indicator or DMI), a MACD (moving average convergence/divergence) crossover, RSI (relative strength indicator) moving above the often critical level of 50, and a stochastic follow through above the 50 level. Note that the three lower graphs all show turns starting from record low levels from the multi-year time period shown. This often leads to a significant move.

In summary, this weekly chart reflects the promise of continued gains but a brief respite or consolidation would not be unusual at this juncture. No doubt world events will be a factor as the underlying gold price fluctuates. The uncertainty of high oil prices, political climate in the Middle East, and the threat of continuing terror are all elements that can move gold prices and indexes.

Gary Grosschadl

Independent Canadian equities trader and technical analyst based in Peterborough
Ontario, Canada.

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