Precious Metals Getting a Temporary Reprieve

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Gold closed last week below $1200 for the first time but has since rebounded from support at $1180. Silver has also rebounded but only after declining in 11 of the past 12 weeks. Precious Metals endured a very rough September and became very oversold. With Gold near its daily low and the gold miners (HUI, GDX) near their December lows, a rebound was probable. Precious metals bulls need to stay patient and disciplined as we believe this is an oversold bounce in a sharp downtrend until proven otherwise.

We plot Gold and Silver in the weekly candle chart below. First, we should note that triple bottoms (in the bullish sense) are extremely rare. Gold does not have the look of a triple bottom or reverse head and shoulders pattern. Over the past 15 months Gold has continued to make lower highs. The most recent high (this summer) indicated greater weakness as it reversed course before reaching trendline resistance. Meanwhile, note that Silver recently brokedown from what appeared to be a triple bottom. Silver has declined in 11 of the past 12 weeks. It could rebound back to previous support in the mid $18s before resuming its downtrend.

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