Gold Could Go Lower on Dollar 'Swan Song' Rally

Source: Clive Maund for Streetwise Reports 10/30/2017

Technical analyst Clive Maund charts gold’s move in relation to the U.S. dollar.

The big news last week for the Precious Metals sector was that the
dollar broke out of its Head-and-Shoulders bottom to start its “Swan Song
Rally,” a development predicted in the last update, and for weeks
before that. This caused PM sector stocks to break sharply lower, and
brought gold to the point of breakdown from its Head-and-Shoulders top,
as we can see on its latest 6-month chart shown below. It hasn’t quite
broken down yet, but is expected to follow stocks’ lead and break down
soon and head lower. Target is support in the $1200–$1215 zone, which
is expected to be reached as the dollar index arrives at its upside
target in the 97 area.

Gold’s latest COT chart shows some improvement over the past week but
still looks more bearish than bullish, with a lot of room for further
improvement, such as would be occasioned by a drop to the $1200–$1215
area, which now looks imminent after last week’s dollar breakout.

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On gold’s 8-year chart it continues to look like it is in the late
stages of a giant Head-and-Shoulders bottom pattern. The buildup in
volume over the past 20 months certainly looks positive, especially over
the past several months, all the more so because it has driven volume
indicators higher, notably the Accum-Distrib line, which is not far off
making new highs—exceeding its level at the 2011 peak. Once gold
breaks above the resistance level approaching $1400 it will be on its
way, although it will then have to contend with another important band
of resistance in the $1510–$1560 range. A near-term retreat by gold to
the $1200–$1215 area in the face of a dollar rally will not damage
this long-term technical picture.

The Market Vectors Gold Miners, GDX, which functions as a gold stocks
index, is marking out a giant Head-and-Shoulders bottom that roughly
parallels the one completing in gold itself. A near-term decline to $20–$21 in GDX will be viewed as presenting another important buying
opportunity for the sector. The volume pattern during the build out of
this base pattern is very bullish, with big volume on the rise out of
the low (Head) of the pattern, tailing off steadily as the Right
Shoulder has formed.

GDX broke down from its upsloping Head-and-Shoulders top last week, as
predicted in last weekend’s update, which actually occurred ahead of the
dollar breakout. When the dollar did break out, it accelerated away to
the downside, as we would expect. It is targeting the $21 area on the
dollar index rally to the 97 zone and may go a little lower.

Turning to the dollar now, it staged a convincing breakout on Thursday
from its Head-and-Shoulders bottom, a development we had been expecting
for some considerable time, as can be seen on its latest 8-month chart
below. Fundamental reasons for this appear to be a combination of a
short period of mildly rising interest rates in the U.S. coupled with the
possibility of a euro meltdown if Catalonia succeeds in becoming
independent from Spain. A logical target for this
“Swan Song Rally” is the 97 area on the index, where there is resistance
near to the falling 200-day moving average. After reaching this target
it should churn for a while and then drop away again.

It is worth looking also at the 8-month chart for dollar proxy UUP,
because we can check the volume on Thursday’s breakout, which aids in
assessing its validity. As we can see, volume was heavy on this
breakout, the highest upside volume for over six months, which is a strong
indication that the breakout was valid.

On the 4-year chart for the dollar index we can see how, after
contacting the lower boundary of a large Broadening Formation and
breaking out from the Dome that had earlier forced it lower, it has
started to trend higher again within the Broadening Formation, having
just broken out of the Head-and-Shoulders bottom that we looked at above
and that we can just make out on this chart. It is thought unlikely
that this this rally will get above the 97 area where there is
resistance, although there is some chance it could make it to the
mid-point of the pattern at about 99.

The Hedgers chart has been warning for weeks that the dollar will
reverse and rally, as has been pointed out repeatedly. The latest chart
shows that the rally just getting started with Hedgers positions at
levels that have in the past led to significant rallies.

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Short- to medium-term outlook on gold down to
$1200–$1215 area as dollar rally plays out, then turning up to break
out of the giant base pattern shown on the 8-year chart above as the
dollar rolls over and tips into a severe and possibly terminal
bear market as the era of dollar dominance finally comes to an end.

Clive Maund has been president of, a successful resource sector website, since its inception in 2003. He has 30 years’ experience in technical analysis and has worked for banks, commodity brokers and stockbrokers in the City of London. He holds a Diploma in Technical Analysis from the UK Society of Technical Analysts.

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