Gold and the 200 Day Moving Average
Many are doing their damnedest Ph.D.-best to somehow fuse economic theory and technical charting, and state that a breach of the 200 DMA in gold (NYSEARCA:GLD) is indicative of imminent price collapse. And then there are facts. Such as this nugget from Stone McCarthy which looks at previous episodes of the 200 DMA breach and concludes based on severity of trendline penetration compared to average, that “this is just one reason we see strong potential for a rebound as participants reduce short exposure.” So much for technicals.
Full note from SMRA:
For the first time since January 2009, gold closed below its 200-day moving average on Wednesday. Today’s Chart of the Day puts Wednesday’s -2.8% violation of this long-term smoothing line into perspective, by comparing it to the average violation of both the general and upward sloping 200-day average since 1999.
The slope of a moving average is something that many analysts fail to address when trying to determine potential turning points on a chart.Although gold has been working lower for more than 3 months now, the current upward slope of the 200-day line reinforces the fact that gold’s long-term trend is still to the upside.
If we simply consider the general direction of the 200-day moving average since the start of the yellow metal’s secular bull move in late 1999, gold’s average distance below this line is -3.70%, with a maximum undercut of -19.2%. On the other hand, if we only consider gold’s performance when the slope of the 200-day line is higher, the average violation is -2.19%, with a maximum undercut of -10.8%.
And SMRA’s short-term preice implication conclusion:
On its own, gold’s -2.8% violation of the 200-day line on Wednesday has already surpassed the average violation dating back to 1999. Short-term, this is just one reason we see strong potential for a rebound as participants reduce short exposure.
Lastly, absolutely none of this matters one iota when the central banking cartel resumes printing.
Tyler Durden is the author of Zero Hedge.