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Gold Index Bouncing

06/01/05 08:07:31 AM
by Gary Grosschadl

After suffering a big decline from the highs of last November, the Philadelphia gold & silver index is showing signs of another bounce.

Security:   $XAU
Position:   Buy

As the daily chart (Figure 1) shows, the previous rally was only a bear rally that failed with a shooting star top last March. Whether this is another failure move remains to be seen.

When a stock or index endures a lengthy decline, a hallmark is stiff resistance to the 20-period moving average. In this case, this is clearly shown by the 20-day exponential moving average (EMA). Note the last rally was launched by a move past the 20-day EMA. Now we have a similar circumstance with the recent close above this EMA.

Figure 1: Daily chart of the XAU Gold Index shows a rally evolving.
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Several indicators acknowledge this bullish promise. At the top of the chart, the components of the directional movement indicator (DMI) show a bullish crossover. When +DI rises above -DI, the bulls are wrestling control over bearish forces. The ideal bullish circumstance occurs when the average directional movement index (ADX) rises above 25; this may take some time if it occurs at all. The moving average convergence/divergence (MACD) shows its own bullish cross rising from very low levels with plenty of upside room. Finally, the relative strength index (RSI) has risen past its key area of the 50 level. Note the similarity to the previous rally of the 20-day EMA.

Two upside targets are indicated, depending on the strength of this move. The first target is the area of the often important 200-day EMA, which also relates to a previous congestion area. For a stronger move to evolve, we would need to see strength above this level. A pause here with support from the 200-day EMA could set up a bolder move to test previous highs at 104. A lasting turnaround would be marked with continued support from the 20-day EMA, something worth following should this turn out to be something more than just another bear rally.

Gary Grosschadl

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

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