Powell Dampens Current Gold Rally

June 25, 2019 - 6:16pm

 by Gary Wagner

Gold futures once again have traded to a higher high, higher low and higher close than the previous day. As of 4:30 PM EDT the most active August futures contract is currently fixed at $1426.20, which is a net gain of $8.00 on the day. In fact, gold traded to an intraday high of $1442.90, before giving back some net gains in reaction to statements made by Fed Chairman Jerome Powell today at the Council on Foreign Relations.

According to MarketWatch, “Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on Tuesday suggested that an interest-rate cut in July, widely expected by investors and economists, is not a done deal.” However, Powell also said that “many FOMC participants” judge that the case for somewhat more-accommodative policy has strengthened.

While gold did lose ground after trading to a new intraday high for this year, it still managed to hold onto solid gains. Another noteworthy aspect of gold pricing today was the fact that it gained ground in light of dollar strength. Recent gains over the last four trading days were all aided by a falling U.S. dollar which began on Wednesday of last week just below 97.25, and traded to an intraday low today of 95.38, before finding support and closing approximately 0.2% higher on the day at 95.655.

The exaggerated intraday high in gold, coupled with the expanded trading range and concluding with a close only three dollars above the opening price created a single day Japanese candlestick called a “doji”. This candlestick can be a precursor and indicator of a potential top in a market; however, it can also simply indicate a rest area or consolidation of pricing. The key to this candlestick type is what occurs just prior, and after it. Because today’s candle is in a star position (simply meaning that the real body of today’s candle is completely above the real body of yesterday’s candle) a lower close tomorrow would create a red candle and complete a three-day candlestick pattern known as a “Three River Evening Star”. This pattern could indicate a higher probability that this current rally might sustain a correction if the fourth candle (confirming candle) in the pattern was a red candle (lower close than the opening price) with a lower low and a lower high.

It could also prove to be simply consolidation as witnessed on Friday when gold traded and closed relatively close to the opening price, while at the same time trading to a higher high and a higher low than Thursday’s daily candlestick. The key difference is on Friday the real body was not in a star position.

The multiple economic factors and geopolitical events currently creating the bullish market sentiment in gold have not faded or been resolved. The trade war between the United States and China is still unresolved, Central Banks worldwide continue to move their monetary policy to a much more dovish and accommodative stance, and the current tension between the United States and Iran continues to deepen.

These factors could continue to provide bullish sentiment for gold as the safe haven asset continues to provide market participants with relative safety.

Wishing you as always, good trading,

Gary S. Wagner - Executive Producer

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Interesting activity in the gold market today with gold reaching an intraday high of $1442 per ounce. However, statements made by Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell dampened the rally and gold closed off of the highs achieved earlier in the day.

The net result was that gold gained $8.50 on the day however the candlestick that could be identified was a “doji” based on its tight range between the open and closing price, which was about 3 to 4 dollars. This could be indicating a potential top in the market or simply a point of consolidation. It will be the candlesticks that follow that will give us information necessary to answer that question.

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Bitcoin fundamentals by Joseph M. Wagner II:

Today’s candlestick in BTC futures on the CME a large green body with a higher high and a higher low confirms yesterday’s doji was not a sign of a correction or even consolidation. One significant feature of today’s action is that we are right at the 50% retracement ($11581) of the entire data set since the futures contract were offered and are currently trading at $11395.

Further acceptance is seen in the fact of The United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has approved the application of Ledger LLC for designation as a contract market, according to an announcement published on June 25th allowing them to exchange BTC futures for settlement in real bitcoin. Plus the bigger news occurring earlier in June, institutional cryptocurrency platform Bakkt announced that it will begin testing its first product, physically-delivered bitcoin (BTC) futures on July 22nd.

Support in the futures markets sits at $10,000. Minor resistance rests at $11,775 with major resistance at $13,575 the .618 Fibonacci Retracement.