Gold Narrowly Avoids IT Trend Model Neutral but Not Out of the Woods


Carl and I have been watching the Gold chart carefully for a likely Intermediate-Term Trend Model (ITTM) Neutral Signal. However, with the rally of the last two days, both the 20-EMA and 50-EMA have slowed their descent. A negative 20/50-EMA crossover will trigger that ITTM Neutral signal. Why not a SELL signal? If the 50-EMA is still above the 200-EMA, we're looking at a LT bullish trend and we choose to move to a neutral signal (cash or fully hedged) rather than make a bearish short during a bullish LT trend.

We generally don't see many gaps on Gold, but yesterday we did. Price was lower on the day and it looks like we could be looking at a possible island which is a reversal pattern. The 1300 level has caused Gold some problems earlier in the year, but it isn't an impenetrable wall as the August breakout proved. A PMO bottom right here would certainly improve my outlook for Gold. The last two short-term bottoms on the OBV visible in the thumbnail were in a positive divergence with similar price bottoms; I see this breakout as confirmation of that positive divergence. The SCTR is starting to show some improvement and this gap up came after a test of the 200-EMA. I thought that we'd see a test much lower than that, but ultimately it wasn't necessary to clear overbought conditions for the PMO.

The longer-term picture is a bit blurry. As far as price action, the probable bounce off the declining tops trend line (the latest OHLC bar isn't final until Friday) looks good and supports a bullish conclusion. The PMO has topped and is declining, but it does look like it's decelerating.

Conclusion: The PMO is turning up on the daily chart right in near-term oversold territory just as price is bouncing off 200-EMA support. I've been bearish on Gold, but the picture is improving. Avoiding a negative 20/50-EMA crossover would be optimal to avoid a whipsaw ITTM Neutral signal. I would like to see the 1300 level recaptured. Until then, Gold isn't out of the woods.


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- Erin

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Erin Swenlin
About the author: is a co-founder of the website along with her father, Carl Swenlin. She launched the DecisionPoint daily blog in 2009 alongside Carl and now serves as a consulting technical analyst and blog contributor at Erin is an active Member of the CMT Association. She holds a Master's degree in Information Resource Management from the Air Force Institute of Technology as well as a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from the University of Southern California. Learn More
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