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A Test Of 1200.0 Appears Imminent For August Gold Futures

Posted Tuesday, July 31, 2018 by
Shain Vernier • 1 min read

After a miserable first half of 2018, many traders and investors are wondering when bullion will begin making a comeback. Values have consistently fallen in August gold futures, bringing the psychological level of 1200.0 into view. While the bulls and bears have fought to a stalemate today, the technicals for gold remain definitively bearish.

Perhaps the most frequently cited reason for the depressed gold market is the relative strength of the USD. Amid a cycle of U.S. FED tightening, the Greenback has rallied against the majors for most of 2018. Gold has felt the brunt of the fallout, with investors electing to hold currencies or stocks instead of bullion.

August Gold Futures Technical Outlook

Consolidation has set up in the area of 1225.0 for the last two weeks. This market has tightened considerably between the 38% Current Wave Fibonacci retracement (1232.2) and the 1210.0 handle.

August Gold Futures (GC), Daily Chart
August Gold Futures (GC), Daily Chart

Going into Wednesday’s FED announcements, I will have three levels on my radar:

  • Resistance(1): 38% Current Wave Retracement, 1232.2
  • Support(1): Swing Low, 1210.7
  • Support(2): Psychological Level, 1200.0

Bottom Line: In the short-run, things can get worse for gold. The U.S. FED is due out with their policy statements and interest rate decision during tomorrow’s session. While chances are slim that a rate hike will take place, the markets will be watching the commentary of FED Chair Jerome Powell very closely. If Powell takes a hawkish tone, August gold futures will be in line to test 1200.0.

If we do see heightened bearish volatility facing August gold, a short-term buy from just above 1200.0 is a positive way to play the action. Longs from 1201.1 yield 12 ticks when using a tight 1:1 risk vs reward management plan.

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About the author

Shain Vernier is our US Analyst
Shain Vernier has spent over 7 years in the market as a professional futures, options and forex trader. He holds a B.Sc. in Business Finance from the University of Montana. Shain's career includes stretches with several proprietary trading firms in addition to actively managing his own accounts. Before joining FX Leaders, he worked as a market analyst and financial writer.
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