Gold closed higher due to short covering on Thursday as it consolidated some of the decline off last week's high. 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, February's low crossing is the next downside target. Closes above the 20-day moving average crossing would confirm that a short-term top has been posted.