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Recent Moves in Gold and Silver: A Rally or a Pullback?

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Checking in with the technicals for an answer.

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Gold rose sharply Wednesday after a European Central Bank council member suggested the possibility that Europe's rescue fund could get a banking license, allowing it to tap cheap ECB funding. The rally was also supported by reports that the Federal Reserve is getting ready to implement another round of stimulus. The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that the Fed is growing uneasy over the sluggishness of the US economy and the unemployment rate. The gold market showed some strength this week, but is this really a beginning of a new rally?

Let's have a look at gold's chart right away and try to figure out whether these recent moves have much meaning for the upcoming weeks. (Charts courtesy of http://stockcharts.com.)



In the very long-term chart of the yellow metal, the situation is unchanged in spite of the rally this week. The trend still remains down from here and with RSI levels now close to 50, gold is no longer oversold.

When it comes to gold's short-term performance, we need to mention that the short-term resistance line has not yet been crossed and it is quite hard to tell whether this will happen based on gold price alone. Such an event would influence the short-term outlook significantly – a breakout would likely be followed by a significant rally, but since it was not yet seen, the implications are not bullish.

Now, let's have a look at the white metal's chart as it also seems to have experienced a rally.



While the rally was seen if one monitors the precious metals market on a daily basis, the very long-term chart for silver reveals that this week's rally is basically invisible. Silver saw a small move to the upside, which was stopped by the 50-day moving average. There was no breakout above this line.

And what about the short term? The inverted cup-and-handle pattern is still in place and still has bearish implications. This 50-day MA provided resistance during the pullback back in 2008 and may play an important role this time as well.

Finally, let's take a look and see if one of our own indicators suggests that a bigger rally is in the cards.



As you may see above, the indicator touched the lower dashed line, which is a buy signal. However, it was very close to this level just a few weeks ago and only a small rally followed. So, a small move to the upside was very much in the cards, but this is not enough to claim that a reversal in the trend will be seen.

Summing up, the recent moves in precious metals are more of a pullback than a real rally. They could turn into a rally if something (like a rally in oil or breakdown in the USD Index) pushes them higher and they break above their respective resistance levels, but this remains to be seen.

Thank you for reading. Have a great and profitable week!

For the full version of this essay and more, visit Sunshine Profits' website.

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