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Gold closed higher due to short covering on Thursday but remains below the 20-day moving average crossing. The high-range close sets the stage for a steady to higher opening on Friday. Stochastics and the RSI remain bearish signalling that sideways to lower prices are possible near-term. If it extends this week's decline, the reaction low crossing is the next downside target. Closes above Wednesday's high crossing would temper the near-term bearish outlook in the market.