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  • 02 Jun 2012 4:41 AM | Bill Downey (Administrator)

    Gold Weekly Update June 1 2012


    Long Term – Up
        Price failed at key resistance of 1767-1804 and correction in progress.
    Medium Term –Bearish – The moving averages are down trending, the red average is above the blue and price is below both averages. Price has reached major price support areas on the long term charts AND HAS REACTED BACK INTO THE CHANNEL LINE – The first clue that gold may have put in an IMPORTANT LOW.
    Intermediate term – Neutral – The Bearish downtrend has finally been neutralized. Now we need the blue moving average to cross above the red.

    Short Term – Bullish – A close below 1543 would turn the trend down.  Otherwise the trend is up.

    Resistance for this week 1608-1618 / 2nd tier 1632-1642
    Support for this week 1547-1555 / 2nd tier 1530-1539

    Resistance last week was listed at 1608-1618 and the high for the week came in at 1630. Support was listed at 1552-1565 and 2nd ‘tier at 1530-1539 and the low for the week came in at 1530

    Things are finally coming to a head in the liquidity crisis as the global slowdown, the plunging stock and commodity markets and the bank runs in Europe are bringing things to the forefront and the realization that only another liquidity injection will put off what’s coming dead ahead a liquidity crisis that is no longer mathematically going to be able to be repaid. It is the same situation that happened in 1929 as a European sovereign debt default brought on the great depression.  Because we use paper for money, the situation is being prolonged but the outcome in the end is going to be the same.

    There are no safe, risk-free investments available anywhere, for the first time in generations.  Because interest rates are near zero, and trillions are being handed out on a monthly basis we’ve arrived at a situation where the price of CORN on the exchange had a 40 cent range today ------ from up 22 cents per bushel to start the day to actually have it close lower.  That used to be a YEARLY price RANGE for corn.  It all happened in four hours today.  It was not different for gold as it went from 1560 to 1550 back to 1560, back to 1545 and then to 1630 for a total range of $120 dollars for the day. 

    Just how is one supposed to try and trade that? It’s becoming almost impossible. Thus on June 1st we traded a year’s worth of Corn prices and a month or two of gold. To make matters worse, the entire banking system is insolvent and the big money is being forced to put money where the most liquidity still exists, the US and German bond markets, and the US dollar.  It can’t be put in gold because the market is just too small.  All the gold totaled is less than just the stock of Exxon or Microsoft.   People who are parking money in bonds are not stupid. It’s just there’s no other choice. It’s the only place where one can feel secure parking billions of dollars.   They do it for the simple reason of just being able to get their capital back. 

    How small is the gold market?

    There’s about enough to give each person on earth ONE OUNCE each. Then the supply will be exhausted.  It just may be that fundamental that eventually allows silver to reach some of the heights in price that some predict. Thus a bi-metallic system of silver and gold will probably be required to function.  That’s the way it was in ancient times. 

    The return of gold and silver to the monetary system might not be an exactly as the old way, but the tide is already beginning to change. The latest evidence is there is news that the Basel III conference in 2013 is going to consider upgrading gold to a tier one monetary instrument.

    THE POTENTIAL FOR MONDAY AND TUESDAY to be major days in the market is very high and the final week of June could provide fireworks like we have not seen in a long time. 

    And on the long term, this is a major cycle convergence of long term implications and over the next few years we will witness the greatest upheaval since the great wars and depression of the 20th century.

    Even if we are very careful, the potential to lose everything via markets and government confiscations will be incredibly high.

    You see the history books we’ve read about the great wars always leaves out one thing.  HOW WE GOT THERE.  History shows that whether it was the French Revolution or the Second World War and every war in between was a result of FISCAL IRRESPONSIBILITY. In the old days, nations would discover new civilizations and plunder their gold and silver as the discovery of North America was in search of gold and silver so as to further and fund the wars of the current times.


    Think about this. What was Bretton Woods for?  It was to TAKE gold out of the center of the monetary wheel and replace it with paper for the simple reason that when gold is real money, then there is not ENOUGH MONEY TO WAGE war.  And without war, the 200 or so families that run the world cannot pull in the trillions of dollars needed to fuel their appetite for total control because he, who controls the money, controls all.

    So here we are and it’s time to get ready for what’s coming.

    Presently the banks are so insolvent, nations are insolvent, organizations are insolvent, the government is insolvent and so is 95% of the population. Know why?  It’s because paper is really worthless and the majority of it in the system is not even cash but debt. When you borrowed 300K to buy your house did you see any money change hands?  What happened was DIGITS were transferred as no cash changed hands.

     The Fed and the ECB has to secure all the debt because it is WORTHLESS and if they don’t come up with a trillion or so each month, the entire system will default because the payments are no longer being made.  So what happens is the existing cash that remains is obtained via mass liquidation in the same manner as it is on E-bay. At half price or less.

    In Spain the housing market is in collapse as it is in USA.  Of course the government of Spain has not secured millions of mortgages like USA has with Fanny Mae yet.

    Investing that has been in place all our lives is right out the window. Those on fixed incomes have been forced to put their money to work in the global casinos and with all of the tax increases and license fees and permits and tolls,  government revenues STILL has declined almost 20% in the last four years.

    The USA is basically borrowing about 150 million dollars an hour to remain in business. The most fascinating thing about it all is that even though it’s created out of thin air, the government has to have someone besides them print it and then lend it to us at a rate of interest. 


    That’s what JFK asked when he took office. When the Feds asked for too high an interest rate, he decided to make some changes and go back to the constitution and print his own money at ZERO INTEREST RATE.  In other words, he decided to DUMP THE FED.

    You’ve heard the line follow the money? If you’re wondering what happened on November 22nd 1963 let me tell you that’s the REAL STORY.  In fact, he was ‘removed’ for reasons of Nat’l security. (I didn’t spell national because those two words together are on the LIST of words being watched on the internet.)  He was legally removed because he compromised the SYSTEM.

    The five dollar bill below is evidence that JFK was removing the Feds, step by step.  Look what I’ve highlighted.  It’s not a FEDERAL RESERVE NOTE.  It’s a United States note.  Yea that’s right.  This entire mess began on November 22, 1963.


    These bills were cancelled right after his untimely assassination. How’s that for coincidence? That’s how deep this mess is and how far up the ladder it has traveled from.  Every ill of this current generation and the total insolvency and control of the world has a chapter in the book entitled November 22, 1963.

    Every investment gets their turn is getting liquidated. It was gold in the 90’s, real estate in the 2000’s and now it looks like it must be the stock markets turn again. 

    So what comes after depression?


    We need to get ready for what’s coming.

    But there was one big difference last week. Gold finally decided it had had enough and after three unsuccessful attempts at collapsing the 1520 low, the market exploded higher. And the read is that the ENTIRE currency paper system is now at risk at an even greater level. And make no mistake it’s going to take a long time and a much lower standard of living for most of the west to unravel the mess that has been created.  Thus the final exodus to gold is not far from returning to reality.  Even if we do crash, gold is going to come out of the ashes and most likely lead the way as it has always done in the annals of history.

    There is nothing different going on right now that has not happened throughout history. It’s just a different cast of characters and victims.

    Going to the Weekly Chart

    Last week we pointed out that the weekly technical readings have only been this low on 5 occasions over the last 3 years.  The massive rally on Friday now favors that gold has made a medium term price low and odds favor higher prices toward 1670-1675 is in play. It took two hammers and a test of 1530 again last week, but odds now favor that an important price low has taken place.  While we could get a pullback to mid June, and while the “trend” is still down, odds favor that we’ve made an important price low. We now have TRIPLE TAILED the 1520-1530 area and with the technical situation, the ODDS ARE VERY HIGH that an important low has taken place. 

    Do you remember the price point we failed at in April?  Recall it was 1672.  Look at the 34 week medium term moving average.  We begin next week with it at 1673. Odds favor that is the next target this market is going to go after.


    The May 31st close above 1561 (the Jan 2nd 2012 low) at 1562.55 was just one dollar higher than the yearly pivot point and the reversal above 1600 on June first, and the dual hammer reversals are pretty high odds a MEDIUM TERM LOW IS IN PLACE.  Adding to the bullishness is the green area on the chart is the 2011 correction right before the final move up in gold and that remains an important support area at the 1450-1530 area. Also, the mini black dotted 2011 downtrend line has SUPPORTED every weekly low during this 2012 pullback and did so again last week.  Yet another important support is the 89 week moving average at 1557 has held on a weekly basis. Finally, WILLIAMS indicator at the bottom of the chart is back above 80 and that favors a medium term low has taken place. We still need to get back above the 34 week moving averages to confirm the UPTREND, but an interim low and challenge of that area is next on the list.

    THE ONLY THING THAT CAN STOP THIS IS A MASS LIQUIDATION SQUEEZE. And even then, if we reach a tipping point it won’t matter because those liquidating because they have to have WAITING HANDS TO TAKE IT FROM THEM.  The time is coming.

    Thus it will be important to once again watch the developments in Europe and the further developments on a global scale. As we’ve seen in the link earlier in the report, it’s going to take another round of PRINTING to save the current situation.  If defaults escalate or the perception of default, and the public panic’s out of banks intensifies, it will not take long to have a systemic failure. This is why we think a major bailout announcement is coming in June once again. When that hits, gold will resume the bull run it has been on. 

    ONLY A CLOSE BELOW 1507-1520 would change the outlook.

    Obviously we’ll be looking for confirmation from the price action over the next couple of weeks where we want to see gold now take center stage and follow thru on the massive move of last Friday.

    The chart below is an ETF that follows the Junk bond market index. This market sector is the first to clue us in on a BANKRUN.  For the 3 rd week running we’ve been featuring this chart as it is a CLUE to the stability of the debt system we live in. And as you can see, the markets have buckled.  Price closed below the 34 week moving average again and the plunge is on.

     As long as we are below 39, we have to be on guard that a medium term top has taken place in the junk bond market and once again, potentially the entire system.  We still need to start breaking below the trend lines below price to initiate some follow through crash but its best to remain concerned when price is below the 34 week moving average. If there is follow thru on the downside, then the odds will increase that the LIQUIDITY crisis we’ve been discussing for over a year is increasing and will keep markets under pressure and danger levels will increase up until another major bailout takes place. It shouldn’t be long now. The alternative is too shocking for all.



    How will we know if the bull market has resumed? 

    While there is no guarantee, we believe that the natural short term cycle we highlight holds the key more so than any other factor I know of.

    The chart below is from 2009.  The DOTS on the chart are the BLUE BULL cycles.  THE FOUR RED DOTS on top of price is the cycle inversions. During bull markets, the lows are made during the BLUE CYCLE and not the red ones we have seen since August of 2011 at the exact peak in price. All the big moves are during cycle inversions. 

    Once we return to making lows during the BLUE BULL cycle, GoldTrends will go on record for the first time and call for the correction to have ended.  Every other analyst I know of has proclaimed it ½ dozen times.  When BLUE bull returns, we will proclaim it for the first time.

    One final note before the next chart.  Look at the set up of RSI and WILLIAMS technical indicators. They are in the exact POSITION that we currently have on the weekly chart you saw earlier in this report.



    Short Term Gold
    The short term cycle turn is next scheduled for June 4th, plus or minus 72 hours. That means that the WINDOW for a trend change began on Friday (the 60 dollar day) and will last until Thursday of this coming week.

     The chart below is the cycle chart we’ve been using and as you can see, gold is making a high right during the CYCLE WINDOW change. Therefore the potential does exist that gold is going to peak this coming week and then begin another pullback into mid June. If that scenario plays out then the long wave correction will most likely not be over. Again, there are no absolutes but I’ve watched this cycle for 30 years and long term bull markets have the lows occur at the BLUE cycle and not the RED.  That doesn’t mean we can’t have nice rallies in between the cycles, but the real bull market run is when lows are made at the blue cycle.




    The second chart is the one GoldTrends introduced on Thursday evening as we discussed the potential that a major CYCLE INVERSION could be taking place. The fact that we had a 60 dollar move on the FIRST day of the cycle has brought this scenario to the front as a real potential.

    Now it’s going to take more than one day to confirm this major change as we need to see a few cycles to make sure it has taken place.  If you look real close at the January action, a cycle inversion attempt was made to FLIP FLOP to a bull market. It was a huge run but what happened is that the RED CYCLE did not stop price from rising and the high occurred a month later at the blue cycle and thus the bull market did not resume. So it is going to have to be watched carefully to see what develops. Since its only day one, it is still possible that next week we will peak and the cycles will remain the same as on the first chart.  But if the market rallies all the way to mid June, then odds will favor that the bull market is resuming. If that is the case, then we’ll get one more pullback into the July/August period and then between September and December, the bull market will resume in full force. We’ll cover the action on the daily page.


    Medium Term Gold – Bearish (1673-1692

    At the last moment gold has re-entered the channel line. It did so 24 hours late as the MONTHLY close was on Thursday, but the weekly on Friday was the saving grace. Now we must maintain inside this channel on weekly and monthly closes in June. Just last week we stated that we’re going to need a cycle inversion in order to favor higher to mid-June and re-entry of the channel and that might have occurred on Friday morning. We discussed that the monthly close needed to be above 1561 and the close was 1562.55---and with the June 1st close inside the channel line, it has kept the lower white and red channel lines at 1350-1400 from being activated.
    In summary, gold at the very last moment has given the bull market a chance of completion. It’s only been one day so there is still work to do. Gold must keep the closes above 1577-1585 on a weekly basis and at a minimum above 1561. Above 1561 will keep gold inside the chop channel on the chart above us just observed.  Thus ANY CLOSE BELOW 1540-1545 on a weekly basis will cancel the outlook and the correction will still be in play. Gold has no business below that price point if the medium and long term wave correction is over.




    In summary, the major reversals we’ve discussed for the last two weeks survived with a 1530 low and the reversal this week has gold now in a position to return to bull market status. The final key is getting back above the moving averages in the 1673-1692 area. That would take the medium term out of bearish trend and put us neutral.  Once the blue moving average can move back above the red, then we’ll be in medium term bull trend. The important part for now is we may have witnessed “THE” LOW.  Unlike analysts who have called the low 20 times, I want to see some confirmation before I give the all clear, but for now, we’re on alert. We know what we need to see----blue cycle lows and closes inside the green channel on a weekly and monthly basis. The next two weeks will go a long way in answering the change. If it develops, and the trend resumes, it will become much easier to trade these markets as a trend will reappear instead of a chop.  

    Any failure now and close below that PRICE TAILS FROM THE LAST TWO WEEKS WILL FAVOR THAT GOLD WILL MOVE TO THE 1350-1400 area.  This is our LINE IN THE SAND for this correction. We must maintain above THE MAY LOWS.  We’ll allow 20 dollars just to make sure. Long term swing traders have their stop and that is 1507 on a weekly closing basis.  That’s the line in the sand.  If we move into a PANIC situation in the Euro and global debt

    Bottom Line

    The FEDs and the ECB are going to have to jump in to provide a new round of liquidity and when they do, it will add strength to the metals. It’s only been a few days since 1530,  and it is possible that gold’s move was a knee jerk reaction, but the odds don’t favor it.


    The technical condition is set up where odds FAVOR a medium term price low has unfolded but we need to get some confirmation with the short term cycles.

     IT TAKES AN “EVENT” and a weekly close below 1530 to change the outlook for gold. The Gold stocks may have bottomed also, but I never liked the chart pattern, and I still don’t.  Equities remain under pressure also. THE CONTROL boyz will need to act very soon and provide another few trillion more as the last stimulus has already been sucked up by Europe. With Operation twist ending in June in USA, the markets are making it very clear ---PRINT OR DIE.  We favor the FED and ECB will address the SPAIN issue next and if they can sell it then gold will continue higher.  It’s almost a must that they figure out how to bail Spain and they need to do it NOW.  If we get above 1633-1642 on a close then look for 1672-1698 as resistance for the weekly target high and the 1555-1571 area as support.


    MONDAY could be a LONG RANGE DAY and the key will be how the short term cycles play out. For now, we favor an interim low is in and if we exceed 1633-1642, we’ll favor a move to 1675-1692.  We’ll cover the potential cycle inversion on the daily updates.


  • 21 May 2012 1:18 AM | Bill Downey (Administrator)

    Silver Daily Update for May 21 2012

    Long term= Up /
    Medium Term= Bearish/ Need a close above 34.50-35.00
    Intermediate Term=Bearish Still below the moving averages
    Short Term= Bullish ---Need to hold 27.20

    Support & Resistance for Monday
    Initial resistance 29.14-29.58– 29.88-30.04 (all prices Spot Forex)
    Initial Support 28.05-28.20 and 2nd tier 27.50-27.70 (all prices Spot Forex)

    Friday saw heavy selling pressure coming into risk assets, specifically equities and oil. However, the real driving force behind the selling pressure is likely the result of several unrelated economic/geopolitical events. Clearly the unemployment report had an impact on price action, but strangely enough it would appear to those more in tune with reality that market participants want lower prices so that the next quantitative easing program can be initiated.  Silver once again bucked the trend and moved higher and above 28.55 and held its long term trend line at the 26.50-27.00 area.

    Current Bullish Features
    Silver price has returned to backwardation but is also tagging along with gold.  If equities can turn up it would add to the short term bullishness for silver.
    Short term cycles point higher into the first week of June.
    A major price hammer reversal on the weekly chart from last week has a high degree potential of a key price low and having it come at a major long term channel gives it a lot more weight.

    The wild card for this week is the liquidity panic.  If there is no major ‘event’ silver is favored higher. If there is an event, and the G8 come in with intervention or announced bailouts or more printing, silver should move higher.
    Watch the stock market, if it reverses higher here (and we did hit important support on the 34 week moving average) then the potential will increase for more upside in silver. The G8 met over the weekend and it will surprise me if we don’t have a big up day in stock markets.

    Silver Short Term – Bullish

    Silver has reversed the short term trend and a short term low looks in place. The 27.50-27.75 seems to offer the best support for Monday.  On the upside, there is minor resistance at 29.02-29.13 but now that 28.50 has been taken out, the next strong resistance is not until 29.40-29.65 and then the 30 dollar level. Odds favor the May low is in place and a bounce into June is underway.  The impulse of the bounce favors it will take another panic in Europe to drop prices.

    Silver hourly price chart with key support area

    Silver Medium Term

    the medium term trend is still bearish as price needs to move above the averages to take out the bearish reading.  However, silver tested a major downtrend line at the 27.03-27,40 area and held on Wednesday.  This trend line bounce is underway as the short term cycles have most likely bottomed.   It’s too early to call “THE” low but this is one of the two buy zones for this year and is labeled so on the chart for those who are accumulating silver. In summary, the trend is still down on the medium term but a short term bounce is underway.

    Silver weekly price chart with long term channel line support and resistance area's

    Monday favors a range of 28 and up to 29.55 if silver catches a bid. It would be nice to get a pullback here for a potential dip buy. Silver might have a bit harder time than gold as its industrial component will need equities to join the bounce. We feel the short term low is in place and the bulls will try and push up to the 29 area as that is their next goal. Trends are still down, but an important low looks to have been placed last week.

  • 16 May 2012 1:15 AM | Bill Downey (Administrator)

    The Gold Stocks continue to collapse. 

    Will the FOMC minutes due out tomorrow provide support for this market? 

    it was another day of losses in metals and equities as the Greek government was unable to come to terms and another election will have to take place.  The anti-austerity party is leading the polls and the angst continues to plague the markets.  In France, the newly elected socialist government is causing ripples in the market as well.  The issue of course is that the agreed upon budget cuts of not so long ago are coming apart at the seams as a new government appears just about every month in Europe.  Add to it the slowing global economy and the view continues lower.  The HUI index continues to lead the way down just as in 2008.  It sits at an important trend line. If it slices through it the next stop is 325.

    Hui weekly price chart with long term channel support and resistance

    The price break of the lower green channel line is a serious matter. But it’s what price does after a trend line break that is important.   A re-test of the green channel line could come in play once prices bottom.  For now, the medium term trend remains down.


    The gold trend remains down and so does GOLD Stocks.

    Silver continues at the bottom of the channel that is now pointing to the 27.03-27.20 area. The trend remains down but a bounce near this area is favored as price is at the lower end of the channel line. A push back up to the upper end of the channel is due to develop. The FED releases the FOMC minutes on Wednesday and that may serve as the capitulation point to this downtrend. We’ve already registered a new low for mid week Wednesday and perhaps a bounce back into the minutes release will develop.  The trend remains down but a bounce can develop at any point here.


  • 11 May 2012 11:45 AM | Bill Downey (Administrator)


    Intermediate term Chop Channel and short term cycles
    We favored a bounce for Thursday and got it right to the daily resistance listed last night. So for the bottom line on the chop channel has been the low. Today’s consolidation was an inside day on the daily chart. With the cycle window now closed, any new low will favor the downtrend is still in play. A bounce however is certainly within reason at this level but so is the danger in Europe with the debt crisis and the potential for the short term cycle keep prices moving lower.  If we look at the bounces off this lower channel, the 3rd  red cycle from right to left was a SECOND hit of the channel from the prior week. That is the current set up we have. Perhaps we bounce here and then make the low at the next cycle. (see the Pink Area). This is the odds favored scenario at the moment.

    Gold Short Term Cycle Chart

    I’m surprised they didn’t clear the stops below the lower channel but sometimes they choose not to and their other trick is to probe it again and then break it.  In any event, the low on Wednesday has added to the complexity of this cycle turn and its potential.  There’s not much I can do about it, but it now puts a 25% potential that we have made a low. Either way I look at it there is always the danger of another sell off in this environment and that’s what makes it difficult to try a long position because the TREND IS DOWN and as best as we know, so is the short term cycle. Sure it could be a bottom, but what if we called a bottom every time we hit this line?  At best, we can favor a bounce but we question whether it’s the right time to be looking to go long on a short term trade---going into the weekend?  In summary, the trend is still down, but a bounce is favored into Friday and potentially for a few days.  We still think caution is of prime importance here. We are only 24  hours off a 4 month low.  With that said, odds favor A BOUNCE from here into early next week.

    Silver Intermediate Trend
    The unbiased moving average trend is down and price broke down again this week, on Wednesday. We have no choice but to favor lower prices until we see some type of turn. The chart looks like we either bounce here or a plunge a few dollars lower will come into play. The next major support is 26 in SLV or 27 in spot.   If we ever get out of the wedge, a sharp bounce should take place.

    Short term cycles are down and are favored lower into next week but Thursday's usually good for a bounce. We’re at first support for this week but the real stronger support is the  lower white channel at 26 in SLV.  (Spot price is one dollar higher than SLV)

    Silver Price Chart

  • 03 May 2012 12:20 AM | Bill Downey (Administrator)
    The chart below shows the short term cycles we follow. This current cycle is due to end on May 6th (plus or minus 72 hours) and that means that the short term uptrend is favored to end in this time frame and up until this coming Wednesday.  The cycles have about a 75 % accuracy to short term trend changes so they are good for the overall short term trend direction.

    The Short term cycle has been in play since two Monday’s ago when we made a low at 1623. After the Wednesday drop, price has overall been weak during this uptrend cycle.
    The bad news is that the next short term cycle due date is May 6th (plus or minus 72 hours) and that means that the window for a short term trend change back down will open on Thursday, of this week and last until Wednesday of the coming week.

    GOld Daily price chart with short term cycle turns

    Medium Term – (BEARISH/) (Moving Averages 32.30-33.80)
    the medium term trend is still bearish as price needs to move above the averages to take out the bearish reading on trend. It’s best to remain concerned here about silver prices.  The drop has been almost methodical just a grind each week a bit lower.  Price is in the middle of the channel and as long as the trend is down its best to continue favoring lower prices. Medium term support is the 27.50 area. Odds continue to favor the downside has control on the medium term.

    Silver weekly Price Chart with Support and resistance channel lines

    US Stocks
    Intermediate trend – S&P500 using ETF (SPY)
    TREND–Neutral at 139.82 on 4/30.
    Moving average trend (138.41 – 138.50)

    The Unbiased moving average trend is neutral. A move back out of the wedge and close below the moving averages would initiate another bear reading.  Our own opine is this market should remain under pressure for a bit longer, but it is an election year. If we close below the moving averages we’ll flip back to bearish. We still think it takes a close above the upper trend line to eliminate short term downside pressure. Price is hanging right on the lower trend line as the economic reports had stocks down 100 points but somehow managed to recoup almost all of it.


    S&P500 Index Price chart using ETF (SPY) with channel lines and moving average trends

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  • 30 Apr 2012 11:50 AM | Bill Downey (Administrator)

    There is a big battle going on for control of the gold market on the short term.  On the chart below,  look at all the spikes down in price as the shorts try to break the market and the 1640 closing price basis.  But look at the reversals back up on each spike as the LONGS in the market respond and BUY the sell off. 

    Monday mornings spike on the chart is now the 5th attempt to bring the market down. So far the longs have responded again at the 1640 area. We have a downtrend RED line and an UPTREND Yellow line that has formed a wedge. But which way do we go from here?  Which ever way gold breaks out should provide the trend for the remainder of the week. If the short term trend has turned up, gold has no business being below 1633. What we want to see is price close above the red downtrend line. That will add additional upside potential to retest the April 13th high at 1681. 


    Gold tick chart with support and resistance lines

    Gold Cycles

    The short term gold cycles were due to bottom April 20th (plus or minus 72 hours) and so far the low of 1623 was within the short term window and so far that area has provided the low and a bounce is now underway.  It takes a close above that upper blue dotted downtrend line for the rally to continue.  Watch the 1666-1672 area as resistance. If we get above that, gold has a chance at challenging the April 13th high and potentially the 1705-1712 area.  BUT THAT UPPER DOTTED DOWNTREND LINE IS A KEY PRICE point that we need to get above on a closing basis.



    Silver is trying to forge support just above the 30 dollar area. The Wednesday drop below 30.50 and touch of 29.90 ignited some short term buying and price has moved back above the 30.50 area.  Any close now below the 29.90 area and last Wednesday's low would be a bearish development. On the upside, a close now above 31.70 would suggest a test of 32.50 - 33.50. 

    Technical indicators have us where we could start a rebound as well. In summary, the trends are all down in silver with the exception of the long term. On a shorter term basis, silver is trying to make a low and rally to go test support. Any close below the Wednesday low would favor lower. Any close above 31.70 should spur a test of the 32.50-33.50 area. 


    Silver daily price chart with Technicals

  • 19 Apr 2012 10:25 PM | Bill Downey (Administrator)

    Gold Short-Term
    Gold traded below 1640 again on Thursday, getting as low as 1631.12 on FOREX SPOT, and about 75 cents lower than last week’s low.  The one big move of the day came after that low was achieved as a 20 dollar rally ensued from there over the course of an hour and a half into the key 10AM Comex New York time frame. From there price retraced almost the entire move back into the close.

    Markets continue to act totally erratic and not able to hold any trend whatsoever as the Thursday rally was just about totally erased once again. The chart below shows the action since the 1681 high as it continues in a choppy and overlapping condition with swift rallies only to sell off once the short term traders get on. This is exactly what happened again on Thursday.

    We’ve remained patient all week looking for some type of bottoming action. Tuesday looked like it had the makings as does today’s action at the lows. A short term decision point is arriving and while cycles are due to turn this week,  the choppy action leaves us no choice to remain patient. THE UPTREND line from the 1612 low points to the 1635 area as a key support point as we move to Friday.  If we break the Thursday lows and the channel lines, it will activate the lower channel line in the 1620 area.

    Gold Price Tick Chart

    The one thing we’ve brought up over the past month as the one concern we’ve had is the Gold Stocks and their performance.  The chart of the gold stocks below show price breaking below the long term moving averages. That is a very disconcerting technical breakdown. If we look at the chart it has only happened once---during the crash of 2008 at a time of the last liquidity crisis. While the blue 34 month is well above RED 13 it nevertheless has put the long term out of bull mode and in neutral. Odds favor a test of the trend lines below price will take place in the 325 or 400 area, depending on which channel line will provide support. With gold’s 34 week moving average near turning its MEDIUM TERM trend from Neutral to Bearish, it sends a warning out to us that the liquidity crisis in Europe remains in trouble and that means that Gold and Gold stocks will remain under pressure as long as there is a hint of a default in the system. This chart makes us leery about the upside potential in gold and silver.  We're still bullish, but this chart is a concern.

    HUI Gold Stock Index Monthly Price Chart with long term averages and channels

    The weekly chart shows why the upside area is being resisted---the weekly moving averages are just above. While silver is holding up well so far this week, we should keep in mind that the medium term is bearish and silver needs to hold the 31 area. Should silver break from here, it probably wouldn’t be pretty again.  We are approaching the one year anniversary of the Silver crash of 2011 as we are just a few weeks away. As we can see price is bunched up into a wedge once again and the range keeps getting tighter and tighter. Thus it’s best to remain concerned here about silver prices.  Price needs to get out of this wedge and in a hurry. As far as the medium term goes---the fact that we’re not seeing the April seasonal is getting to be a concern.  We’re hoping that the short term cycles due this week will give us a bottom and further price appreciation.

    Silver Weekly Price Chart

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  • 17 Apr 2012 12:46 AM | Bill Downey (Administrator)

    In our last update on the DAILY PAGE  we discussed that the one thing we did not like was the choppy price pattern that gold has exhibited since the lows at 1600. Of course, gold reversed lower just a few hours after that update at the 1681 area in what is now a SECOND rejection of such an important price point. We also emphasized how there has been relentless selling at the bid price in gold on the FOREX over the past two weeks. That has slowed a bit but the selling is still greater on the bid then the asking price. And that is what OBV (On balance volume measures). Whenever trades happen on the ASK price, it’s a bullish factor.  And when transactions take place on the bid side, it has a bearish tilt. By adding the trades on both bid and ask, and subtracting the higher number from the lower, we get which side of the market (bid or ask) is getting more action and can provide subtle clues as to direction of the trend.

    This TICK chart of gold shows how gold has to recapture and be above this downtrend line as a minimum to establish any upside potential. Thus we can say over the next trade day that we need to maintain above the 1645-1650 area---again as a minimum.  And we can also see how important it is to get back above 1665 and then into one of those blue channel lines.

    Thus if we begin to trade below 1645 again it will quickly tilt the odds in favor of the bears. Should we break 1641 on Tuesday, it would open up and activate a potential price move lower towards the 1600-1625 area.

    Gold Price Chart USING TICKS with trend lines of support and resistance

    Intermediate Trend
    Moving Average Trend – Was Bearish at 164.53 since 3/28/12 – Now Neutral at 162.39 on 4/12/12
    Moving averages currently at (160.99-161.05)

    the unbiased moving average trend moved out of bearish mode and is now NEUTRAL as the moving averages are just 6 cents apart and the price close at 169.85 has all three at the same spot.  It is this potential that still allows for price to move higher here into the end of the week, but also to breakdown.  The overall trend is down and still within the channel.  With price and the moving averages all bunched up, the next move should begin during Tuesday.  Even with this sell off since last Thursday, this is the closest the intermediate term has been to bullish since the Feb 29th 100 dollar sell off in gold.
    Swing Traders
    Things can go in either direction here.  I was stopped out of my long gold on Monday and I’m personally on the sidelines again in short term trades of Gold.  If you’ve been building a position, be careful here.  With the short term cycles still open to either direction it makes for a difficult call. However, whichever we go should favor an opposite direction once the next cycle begins (April 20th plus or minus 72 hours).  When we look at the last two weeks of action it is sideways and that is why a low or a high can’t be ruled out. If we do get a high at week’s end and the cycles turn, it would forecast another two weeks lower. This is not what the odds favor as a seasonal move---and usually a strong one develops in April. With mid month being here, the odds favor a price low this week and a rally to end the month.  Whether the gold market is going to move in the odds favored direction is more questionable than usual---as it has been pretty much not followed the odds over the last two weeks.

    Gold using ETF (GLD) Price Chart with moving averages and support and resistance lines


  • 12 Apr 2012 5:03 PM | Bill Downey (Administrator)
    The gold and silver markets rallied on Thursday and have moved above some key price points on the charts.  The gold chart below shows the price movement on Thursday.  Price had coiled into a wedge where the downtrend and uptrend line meet up on the short term charts.  Today's break above this downtrend line opens up the potential for gold to rally towards the 20th of the month where the next set of short term cycles will be due.  Seasonal trends favor higher into April. 

    There should be strong support now at the 1655-1660 area in Gold.  There is one more price point to hurdle and that is the Highs at 1681-1688.  A close above that area on a Friday basis would favor higher prices into next week. 

    Gold Price Chart with Channel lines of support and resistance

    The biggest news of the day was the HUI Gold Stocks rally back into the range of the long term moving averages.  The key for the HUI is whether price can close back above the long term moving averages and the 500 area.

    HUI Weekly Price Chart with Long Term Support and resistance Lines

    The seasonal aspects usually favor higher prices in April and the Thursday rally in the metals puts price back in a position to move higher into the Mid-May time frame.

    The chart below shows the average price pattern for April during the bull market years 2001-2011.  A weekly close above 1681 in spot gold would favor higher prices.

    Gold Seasonal price trends for April

  • 11 Apr 2012 11:36 PM | Bill Downey (Administrator)

    Intermediate Trend
    Moving Average Trend – Bearish
    at 164.53 since 3/28/12 --  On the edge of Neutral
    RESISTANCE (160.94-161.27)

    The unbiased moving average trend is down but price has got to get above the moving averages to neutralize the downtrend above 162 on a closing basis to neutralize the downtrend. We held MAJOR SUPPORT AREA at 155-157 and price is attempting to move out of the DOWNSIDE WEDGE. Two daily closes above the wedge pattern will favor higher prices on the short term.  We suspect that a MOVE out of the wedge could be accompanied by a STRONG UP Day.

    Price is only 25 cents from Neutral so any move up tomorrow can take the trend out of bearish mode.

    Swing Traders
    the trend is very close to going neutral.  If price begins to move above the wedge a strong daily move would be favored (especially if we move above 1675-1681 in spot gold). Two daily closes above the wedge would favor the intermediate term trend will be in play.

    Gold using ETF GLD Moving Average Trend


    Silver and the 31.46 AREA
    One of the reason’s we’ve been keyed into the Silver 31.46 area is that it’s a very important Fibonacci price level.  A close below 31.09 – the March low would suggest that silver prices are not done going down.

    This is a very important price point for silver to remain above on a weekly basis and to some extent a daily basis. For now it’s the most important price area to watch this week once again. Nimble traders can try to LONG 31.46 – 31.50 with stops just below it.  If this area gives way, the potential for silver to move lower will significantly increase.

    Silver Tick Chart

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