The past couple weeks I have been keeping a close eye the price of gold and the gold miners index. I check to see if its pointing to higher or lower prices in the near future using inter-market analysis, price and volume, along with technical analysis. At this time the charts are still pointing to lower prices in the coming days or weeks.

Taking a look at the daily chart of Gold
As you can see it has formed a bear flag with declining volume and the price has drifted up into a resistance level. This combination typically leads to lower prices.

With international fears floating around and the fact that inflation has started does make me a little weary of shorting gold but one thing I have learned over the years is that trading on fundamentals and news clips seen on TV is not a reason to pass on a setup if one forms in the coming days. The only thing that pays in the stock market is when the price action goes in your favor. This is why I focus on price, volume and momentum while avoiding what others are saying elsewhere. Trading is a numbers game and I put my money on the table when the odds are clearly favoring one direction. Unfortunately I am trading trades against what the masses think and feel is the right thing to do.

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Gold Miner stocks are forming much of the same pattern as gold bullion but today (Wednesday) the chart actually put in a possible reversal candle. If this is correct then we should see gold and most likely silver follow suit tomorrow by moving lower and possibly even start a correction.

Gold Swing Trading Conclusion:
In short, gold stocks sold off strong today while both gold and silver closed only slightly lower. When this happens near a resistance zone, with a bearish price and volume patterns I start to look for a shorting opportunity. It has yet to happen and I'm not going to jump the gun, but I am waiting for the right opportunity to take advantage of these trading instruments.

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Chris Vermeulen