What’s Up, What’s Down: Spotlight on Metals
Comments for December 8, 2011
Looking ahead to Thursday by reflecting back on Wednesday’s trading
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METALS: 12/8/11 Higher closes for gold while lower for copper, silver and platinum. The metals have had narrower ranges than they’ve normally had over the last week. Still, copper has been trading between 3000 and 3750 since late September while still in a long-term downtrend overall but had held a strong support area recently before rallying to its present level and chopping around over the last week of trading. Also, copper could be forming a huge potential bottom but even that is flattening out. In my opinion a close over 3750 breaking out of its range is necessary to move higher again. On the other hand a close below 3000 could lead to a continuation of its downtrend. Therefore, I’m standing aside for now. Silver settled lower and gold higher but no changes technically that I can see. While silver has been in a downtrend since August, it has also been in a trading range between 3000 and 3500 since late September putting me on the sidelines until I see a breakout in either direction or a different technical formation. Also, there is good support just underneath and good resistance right overhead. Gold has been moving higher since late September while now in a resistance area also making it difficult for me to take a postion near both resistance and support areas.Platinum continues to fade after briefly retracing at the end of November acting like it will test its lows from early October. The 1500 area is very critical to hold in my opinion. SELL SIGNALS PLATINUM. CALL FOR DETAILS!
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