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David Becker
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Gold prices consolidate as the dollar consolidated and US yields moved higher. This rise in yields came despite a larger tha expected federal budget. Prices continue to trade in a very tight range while momentum has consolidated.

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Technical analysis

Gold prices consolidate below resistance near the 10-day moving average at 1,829. Prices pushed through support and are targeting an upward sloping trend line that comes in near 1,788. Short-term momentum has turned negative as the fast stochastic generated a crossover sell signal. Medium-term momentum is flat as the  MACD (moving average convergence divergence) index histogram is printing near the zero index level with a flat trajectory, which points to consolidation.

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