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Gold Rejects GAP, Drives Higher

Posted Tuesday, January 7, 2020 by
Shain Vernier • 1 min read

In publicly traded markets, GAPs in asset pricing are typically tested. Today’s trade of February gold futures has been a textbook example of this phenomenon. Due to a potentially explosive situation in the Middle East, gold opened Monday’s session GAP up; since then, price has tested the GAP and is now driving higher.

For February GOLD, the past month has been dominated by the bulls. Since 1 December 2019, gold has rallied nearly $100 per ounce. In addition to institutional year-end pattern diversification, impeachment, Brexit, and Middle East tensions have brought more bidders to the bullion table. So, what is next for gold? No doubt about it, the uptrend is alive and a long side bias is warranted. Let’s dig into the technicals and see if we can identify a trade or two.

February Gold Futures: Technical Outlook

This morning’s action in the gold markets has been a bit disjointed. However, following an early session test of the opening week GAP (1556.6-1562.3), values are back on the bull.

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

Here are the key levels to watch in this market:

  • Resistance(1): Psyche Level, 1600.00
  • Support(1): GAP, 1556.6-1562.3
  • Support(1): 38% Current Wave, 1546.4

Bottom Line: Earlier, the ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI was released to the public. The figure came in above expectations (54.5) at 55.0. In addition, the U.S. Trade Balance shrunk by $0.7 billion month-over-month. Both of these numbers should have prompted at least a little selling in bullion ― this has not been the case.

As long as Monday’s high at 1590.9 remains the short-term top of this market, buying in from just above the 38% Fibonacci retracement at 1547.1 isn’t a bad way to play the action. With an initial stop loss at 1544.6, this trade produces 25 ticks on a standard 1:1 risk vs reward management plan.

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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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