Gold is turning vigorously lower. And not only gold at that. Red, red, everywhere in precious metals you look. The silent scream we wrote about yesterday brought serious repercussions. In this article, we devote extraordinary attention to the short-term picture throughout the PMs complex. Stay tuned as in the coming day(s) we’ll explain here how it affects the long-term charts and the 2012-2013 – now link in gold. That will be so much more than a great and actionable summary.
Wednesday’s alert was quick and timely as it was important to keep our subscribers informed as gold and silver approached their resistance levels. On Thursday, both metals were lower in pre-market trade – silver erased more than 48 hours of gains and gold more than 24 hours of gains.
Let’s begin with a look at the overnight performance. It’s important because it shows prices are already much lower than it might appear based on the daily charts.
A few hours can make a big difference, especially for the silver price, which was not only below Wednesday’s lows – and Tuesday’s, too. About 15 cents below them. The attempt to ignite a rally seems to have failed. In the case of gold, it’s not as crystal clear, but still clear enough. The yellow precious metal moved below Wednesday’s lows, invalidating the entire daily gain. It’s almost as low as it was 48 hours before. This means that the $1,310 level that we described as strong resistance has indeed held. This adds the necessary context to the following daily charts.
On the above chart, we see that silver reversed, that miners moved higher, but only a bit, and that gold rallied. Based on the previous intraday charts, we already know that both precious metals have already invalidated Wednesday’s strength and that there was no breakout above the resistance levels.
We warned that if the USD Index declines once more before rallying, PMs might move a bit higher, but that it would likely not be anything to call home about – and it seems that is exactly what has happened.
The USD Index moved to the lower one of our mid-March target areas.
What’s so special about the middle of March? Why do the targets happen then?
It’s because of the triangle-vertex-based reversal that suggested an important top or bottom in mid-March. Please note how well this technique worked previously – after the first month of the year, the USDX bottomed and moved to new yearly lows. Based on the most recent short-term decline, it seems that the next turnaround is going to be a local bottom or that the bottom has already formed.
Before moving back to the PMs, please take a look the bottoms that we saw since early 2018. For more than a year, we’ve been seeing higher lows. We also saw higher highs on average, but it’s not as clear, as it is in case of the bottoms. This is the very definition of a bull market – higher highs and higher lows.
It’s also interesting that the pace of growth of the USD Index declined after May 2018. You see, the USDX has actually… Corrected after the powerful April – May 2018 upswing. It’s not clearly visible, because it’s a running correction. This is the kind of correction where the market needs to take a breather, but it’s actually too strong to decline during this correction, so it just moves sideways. It’s characteristic of only the strongest bull markets for the sideways movement to take the price higher on average. And that’s exactly what we saw in case of the USD index.
When the USD Index breaks above the corrective pattern, it’s likely to soar and take the PMs to much lower levels. And it seems that it’s about to take place.
Moving back to the PMs, we would like to point your attention to the way silver corrected.
The move in the white metal is very similar to what we saw in July 2018. In particular, its similar to both situations: from July’s beginning, and from its final part. Silver moved back to the previous low and to the 20-day moving average (marked with red). Silver’s shooting star candlestick is also a bearish indication because that’s the way in which silver ended the early-July 2018 correction. Yesterday’s reversal was not confirmed by strong volume, which would be a concerning factor if it wasn’t for two facts:
The Implications For Short-Term Precious Metals Are Bearish
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