We noted back on July 9 [see: Moment of Truth] that GC had reached our long-held 1823.60 target well ahead of schedule.
From a charting standpoint, it should reverse here at its .886 Fib retracement. From a fundamental standpoint, of course, the fiscal picture suggests plenty of additional upside. Remember, it broke out of two different rising channels in order to reach this price level well ahead of schedule. We have to wonder whether a reversal in GC would, as would normally be the case, result in a rally in the long-suffering DXY.
We were still bearish on DXY, so the potential for a reversal in GC seemed limited.
As it turned out, the fundamental picture won out. Though it took it about 9 sessions, it finally pushed above its .886 retracement, and then its former all-time highs – breaking out of rising channels in an explosion up to 2089.20.
We got a (quite violent) backtest of 1823 as expected, followed by six weeks of sideways consolidation while pretty much everybody waited for Congress to approve another round of stimulus. Unfortunately for GC, the stimulus never came.
Since then, GC has been settling lower in a falling channel which pointed to a rendezvous with the 200-DMA – which was breached on Friday. This is a significant breakdown which implies a troubled path forward. But, there are other factors at work.
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