Gold Bulls Get Another Shock

By: Ed Carlson | Tue, Nov 26, 2013
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Gold bulls got another shock last week (assuming they're still watching the 'golden anchor'). Gold has breached the neckline of a head-and-shoulders pattern which has been five months in the making. On the chart below, readers can see the left shoulder in July, the head in August, and the right shoulder in October.

Head-and-shoulders patterns are traditionally considered reversal patterns. To be considered bearish the pattern would be expected to appear at the end of a bull trend. That is not what happened here. This head-and-shoulders pattern would be described as a continuation pattern as it served as a consolidation during the bear trend. There is a fair amount of debate over whether or not the pattern is usable as a continuation pattern. My personal experience has been that it still works.

To develop a price forecast we measure from the top of the head at 1,420 to the neckline at 1,268. The pattern then measures a minimum equivalent move below the neckline. That process forecasts a low no higher than 1,116.

Gold Chart: Head and Shoulders patterns
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Ed Carlson

Author: Ed Carlson

Ed Carlson
Seattle Technical

Ed Carlson

Ed Carlson, author of George Lindsay and the Art of Technical Analysis, and his new book, George Lindsay's An Aid to Timing is an independent trader, consultant, and Chartered Market Technician (CMT) based in Seattle. Carlson manages the website Seattle Technical, where he publishes daily and weekly commentary. He spent twenty years as a stockbroker and holds an M.B.A. from Wichita State University.

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