Gold closed lower on Thursday and below the 20-day moving average crossing confirming that a short-term top has been posted. The mid-range close sets the stage for a steady to lower opening on Friday. Stochastics and the RSI are 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 the 10-day moving average crossing would temper the near-term bearish outlook.