Risk trades were back on in several markets today with equities rallying, the US Dollar selling off and both gold and silver moving higher. Once again, copper was up and thus so was silver. The link between those two metals lately has been quite tight.
Gold bounced from support near $1750 and is moving back to towards $1800 once again. You might recall from the other day that I mentioned a large number of fresh short positions were shoved on at $1800 and above. We will see how those new bears defend those fresh positions. Bulls can give them plenty of headaches if they can muster the strength to push price through that recent high. Failing that, the market will see some liquidation from both floor traders and shorter term oriented longs who will note the inability to better that level and take that as a signal to book some profits.
Aiding the cause of the gold bulls is the very strong showing in the HUI today as it is currently up better than 3% and is above the 600 level on that index's chart. A strong close above this level to end the week would be very constructive on the weekly chart and would set the sector to mount a charge to the 610 level early next week. Failing to hold above 600 would discourage some of the bulls.
Initial downside chart support lies just below 580.
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