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Gold Price Outlook Pulls Back After Failed Break Out Attempt

Gold Price Forecast:

  • Gold prices had coiled into a falling wedge pattern but a failed break has muddied the outlook
  • As a result, the precious metal may continue to consolidate, remaining vulnerable to further losses
  • Still, the longer-term fundamental outlook for the commodity remains encouraging

Gold Price Outlook Pulls Back After Failed Break Out Attempt

Gold looked primed for a topside break out last week as it coiled into a falling wedge formation. The pattern was marked by a descending trendline to the topside, derived from the August high, and a trendline on the lower end around the $1,850 mark. Typically viewed as a bullish continuation pattern, the falling wedge seemed to provide an ideal springboard for a topside break until resistance near $1,920 stopped the move in its tracks.

Gold (XAU/USD) Price Chart: 4 – Hour Time Frame (July 2020 – October 2020)

gold price chart

Now, gold has pulled back even further, falling to the descending trendline that previously served as resistance but has since transitioned to a more supportive role. Evidently, a bullish resolution to the falling wedge pattern failed to materialize and gold may be vulnerable to further losses and consolidation as a consequence. That being said, the commodity should have a few levels to work with.

First and foremost is the descending trendline from August followed by potential support around the $1,850 mark. Tertiary support, and perhaps the most important from a longer-term perspective, resides around $1,800. To that end, the longer-term outlook for gold remains constructive despite the failed break higher. Monetary policy remains accommodative, stimulus seems to be a matter of when, not if, and bouts of risk aversion could give rise to safe haven demand.

Suffice it to say, it seems gold is still in a position of strength but lacks the required catalysts to charge higher. Therefore, I would argue further consolidation – perhaps between the $1,920 and $1,850 levels – is likely. Should the barriers on either side give way, it would materially change the shorter-term technical outlook and might allow for a quick continuation in the direction of such a break. In the meantime, follow @PeterHanksFX on Twitter for updates and analysis.

–Written by Peter Hanks, Strategist for DailyFX.com

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