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Precious Metals and Stocks Converging to Top Together in January

In recent articles and forecast updates for my subscribers, I have been preparing them for a top in Precious Metals and US Markets around Mid January. We may have already seen the intermediate top in Gold and Silver recently, and the SP 500 and US markets are not far behind.

There are a few factors I look at to forecast pivot tops and bottoms consistently and a little ahead of the curve when my crystal ball is clear. I look at Sentiment readings, Elliott Wave patterns (As I view them), and Fibonacci relationships and time. If all of these are lining up to give me enough evidence of a convergence and a bottom or top, then I go ahead and make the call or begin to forewarn.

In the case of Gold, we see a really muddy chart pattern over the last several weeks that to me can only be read as toppy after a near $390 rally off the February lows this year. There are no clear Elliott Wave patterns anymore over the past few weeks, and the recent drop from $1422 to the $1360 ranges also doesn't compute well for me if I'm a bull. I have been on the long side of Gold since February of 2010, with the one intermittent bearish call I made in June before a huge drop. It looks like now is a good time for Gold and Silver to pause in the long uptrend, which still has about 3-4 years remaining if I'm right. This next pullback is likely to take Gold down to $1270-$1280 and then I will assess from there the next direction and price action. As you can see in the chart below, the recent action is toppy looking and could be read as bearish.

$Gold Index - Bearish topping wedge is the top read

The SP 500 as I have outlined near year end 2010 is in the final stages of the advance from the Summer lows of 1010 on the SP 500 on July 1st. The Fibonacci and wave relationships then have been quite symmetrical and I see no difference on this final leg up. The difficulty is assessing whether this final 5th wave to the upside will extend past my 1285 targets and run to 1315, or truncate just below and begin the correction. I am looking for about 105 points SP 500 correction from the 1285-1315 topping areas over 7-10 weeks. This too will work off extremely bullish sentiment readings which are running at or near the same highs as the January 2010 and April 2010 highs which I had forecasted as well. The areas that would be hit hardest in the coming wave 2 correction will be small cap stocks, so lightening up in that area and buying protection is not a bad idea to protect your long portfolio positions.

$SPX Index


Nobody rings bells at the bottom or tops, so I look for enough clues converging at the same time and then prepare my subscribers and myself accordingly before the major turn begins. If you would like to benefit from my forecasts, please check us out at www.MarketTrendForecast.com


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