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The Long And The Short Of Gold?

03/20/07 09:02:17 AM
by Koos van der Merwe

Whereas my long-term view for gold is not that positive, my short-term forecast is very positive. What do I mean by long term and what do I mean by short term?

Security:   GLDL
Position:   Buy

Many years ago, I was discussing the economy of South Africa with the then-finance minister of South Africa, Barend du Plessis. We couldn't agree on anything. My long-term charts were telling me that gold would start recovering and start moving up, and du Plessis kept insisting that for the long term, gold would remain at its present $286 per ounce level. This was in 1985 and gold had bottomed at $287 (Figure 1). After further discussion, the realization struck me.

"Define your long term," I said.

"Fifteen years," he replied.

"My long term," I answered, "is two to three years."

FIGURE 1: LONDON GOLD, MONTHLY. Here, London gold is suggesting negativity over the long term.
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My long-term chart is still showing that gold is on the way down, and I am talking about the next two years (Figure 1). I have marked off what could be support levels on the chart with the price target for gold. The indicator, a simple 14-period relative strength index (RSI), is overbought and suggesting a downtrend.

FIGURE 2: TORONTO I-SHARE GOLD INDEX, DAILY. For the short term, this looks strong, but for the long term, gold does not.
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For the short term, however, I have chosen the Gold Index i-Share quoted on the Toronto Stock Exchange rather than gold itself. This is because the i-Share, although tracking the gold price, does include a degree of investor sentiment.

Figure 2 shows how the i-Share fell from a high of Canadian $92.09 to Canadian $62.16. It then formed a pennant pattern, which suggested a target of Canadian $53.16. (92.09 - 62.16 = 29.93. 83.09 - 29.93 = 53.10.) The i-Share did not fall to the target level, but found strong support on the long-term trendline drawn from 2005 at C$63.38. From this level, the price has risen to C$86.83 before falling back in a flag pattern. This pattern suggests a target of C$96.35. (86.83-63.38 = 23.45. 72.90 + 23.45 = 96.35.) The RSI is also oversold and suggesting a rise. Volume is also increasing as the price rises — a bullish sign.

For the short term, and I am talking three months, the indication is to buy the i-Share, but be careful for the long term, as my analysis suggests that the next two years still looks negative for gold.

Koos van der Merwe

Has been a technical analyst since 1969, and has worked as a futures and options trader with First Financial Futures in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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