by Clive Maund
All the technical evidence suggests that gold is building out an intermediate top area here, which fits with the fundamental situation where complacency and “risk on” are making a comeback, thanks to the boundless generosity of Central Bankers.
Starting with gold’s 6-month chart we see that after its parabolic ramp up in January and early February, it has been struggling to make further progress. The supposed (by some) bull Flag or Pennant turned out to be false and although it has edged ahead a little, the passage of time has resulted in its breaking down from the parabola simply by moving sideways, which has, unknown to many, opened up the risk of a potentially severe drop. The most plausible interpretation of pattern development since the parabolic blowoff spike in early – mid February is that it is a bearish Rising Wedge, which the price broke down from about a week ago, before a backtest of the breakdown point with the big up day last Wednesday when the Fed didn’t raise rates, which triggered panic short covering.