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More Consolidation For February Gold Futures

Posted Thursday, January 10, 2019 by
Shain Vernier • 1 min read

Over the course of the past week, February GOLD futures have been in a heavy consolidation phase. Prices have ebbed and flowed between 1300.0 and 1275.0, with the premier value area being in the vicinity of 1292.0. To be honest, the action has been somewhat surprising given the charged news cycle and active economic calendar.

The great thing about tight markets is that often times they are gearing up for a directional move. In the case of bullion, this will occur either above 1300.0 or below 1275.0.

February Gold Futures: Technical Outlook

Technically, the intermediate-term uptrend in February gold futures remains valid. Price is above the 38% Current Wave Retracement (1276.0), which indicates that the bulls are still in control of this market.

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

In an update from earlier this week, I outlined a trading plan to go long from Fibonacci support. This recommendation is still active. If you haven’t seen it, check it out here.

Bottom Line: When markets tighten up, opportunity is usually right around the corner. In addition to the Fibonacci long trading plan, I will be playing a breakout above last week’s high from 1300.5. Using a basic 1:1 risk vs reward scenario, this breakout trade is good for 10-15 fast ticks.

The initial break above 1300.4 in February gold futures will bring heavy volumes. For the longer term, this area may setup to be either a formidable top or launch point to the bull.

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About the author

Shain Vernier // 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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