Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Did Gold Peak on Octobler 18th?

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Gold as measured by the ETF GLD fell 3.2% in New York trading on Tuesday. Its chart looks very similar to December 2009 when it experienced an intermediate peak.

Early last December, gold had been rallying for three months. Sentiment was extremely bullish. GLD (and SGOL and IAU, the other ETFs which hold physical gold) was well above its simple 50-day moving average. The technical indicator RSI had become extremely overbought on the daily charts in late November, rising above 80. After a slight dip below 80, the RSI then rose to a merely overbought 80 as the price of gold hit a higher high. This negative divergence signaled the gold rally was done for the next few months. Gold then gapped down and had a sharp drop with the RSI quickly fallingl toward a neutral 50. 

More recently, gold has been rallying since late July. Sentiment has been extremely bullish for quite awhile. Gold has been trading well above its simple 50-day moving average. Gold became overbought by the last week of September and entered extremely overbought territory on the daily charts at the end of the month with the RSI rising above 80. By early October, the RSI was even higher. Then there was a quick dip below 80 and the RSI rose and hit 80 while the price of gold hitting new highs. The negative divergence once again signaled trouble. On Tuesday, gold gapped down and had a sharp drop. The RSI had even a bigger drop falling toward 50. The pattern is almost identical to December's, although gold was a bit more overbought and overbought for a longer period this time around. 

If gold follows last December's pattern, it will fall toward its simple 200-day moving average. For longer term holders, this is not a significant move. Shorter term position traders should be more concerned. Regardless of your investing time frame, this doesn't look like a good time to add to positions. In long-term bull markets, and gold has been in a long-term bull market since 2001, investors should add to positions when the price of an asset is around its 200-day moving average.  

Disclosure: No positions.

Daryl Montgomery
Organizer, New York Investing meetup

There is no intention in this article to endorse the purchase or sale of any security.


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Nice little chart.