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Gold prices moved higher on Monday and should continue to gain traction as the dollar loses ground The Euro broke out of a 3-month range and tested the August highs. If the dollar continues to ease against the Euro, the yellow metal will experience tailwinds. US Pending home sales climbed 1.2% from the previous month, missing expectations which weighed on US yields. The 2-year yield dropped 1-basis points to 1.57, which is putting downward pressure on the interest rates differential moving against the US forward curve. This in turn is weighing on the dollar.

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Gold prices moved higher forming a bull flag continuation pattern as prices are poised to test the November highs at 1,516. A break of this level would lead to a test of target resistance near the late September highs at 1,535. Support is seen near the 10-day moving average near 1,490. Additional support is seen near the 50-day moving average at 1,478. The 10-day moving average recently crossed above the 50-day moving average which shows that a short term up trend is now in place. Short term momentum has slowed after accelerating higher as the fast stochastic recently generated a crossover buy signal, but is now poised to generate a crossover sell signal. The fast stochastic is printing a reading of 96, well above the overbought trigger level of 80, which could foreshadow a correction.

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The RSI (relative strength index) is now printing a reading of 73, rising from 71 which reflects accelerating positive momentum. The RSI is above the overbought trigger level of 70, and also points to a potential future correction. Medium-term momentum is positive as the MACD histogram prints in the black with an upward sloping trajectory which points to higher prices. MACD line generated a crossover buy signal at the beginning of December and continues to reflect positive momentum.

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