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Gold Index Looks Rangebound, Waiting For Triangle Break

11/21/02 09:53:16 AM
by Gary Grosschadl

Gold's choppy action may continue until we get a decisive move via a triangle break or a reversal off trendline.

Security:   $USD
Position:   N/A

Many traders recognize the symmetrical triangles present for various golds and their indices. The XAU gold index chart also shows this well. It seems lately that previous gaps are coming into play as this rangebound action continues, as shown in the chart below. Eventually a bigger move will ensue as the triangle plays out. Since this triangle should be viewed as neutral, a downside break is as likely as an upside one.

If today's bearish action continues and overcomes that gap support, a lower trendline challenge is likely. If it breaks down with conviction, traders may choose to short golds. If on the other hand it bounces off the trendline, long positions in gold stocks or derivatives should be profitable as a move towards opposite trendline is likely.

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The MACD (moving average convergence/divergence) indicator is displayed to show how this can be an aid in determining tradeable turning points. The chart shows how a trendline touch and subsequent reversal was well timed using the crossover signal of the two MAs incorporated in the MACD indicator. These crossover signals acted as confirmations that a sizable reversal move was happenning.

Currently the MACD is not giving a clear trading signal as it can stall at this zero line or turn either way. A better trading signal is more likely to occur at the next trendline touch. The MACD may give valuable clues to the alert trader at a later date but until then it's prudent to consider this gold index (and the many gold stocks that mimic it) as rangebound for now.

Gary Grosschadl

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

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