(Kitco News) – Gold ’s consolidation period could soon come to an end as one research firm sees prices pushing to $1,800 by the spring.
In a report published Wednesday, Florian Grummes, market analyst at Midas Touch Consulting, said that the precious metal needs a little bit more time to build up enough momentum to break above $1,600, but added that gold bulls are currently in control of the marketplace.
“Every dip is quickly being bought and the surprises are always happening to the upside,” he said. “Even though gold has already increased by over US$450 from the low at US$1,160 in August 2018, the bulls remain in control and are not showing any weakness.”
Looking at gold’s near-term technical picture, Grummes said that he is watching and waiting for a breakout above $1,590 to signal a move to his first-quarter target of $1,800 an ounce. He added that on the downside gold should continue to hold critical support around $1,550 an ounce. On the downside, a break below $1,535 would shift the market’s bullish sentiment.
“The back and forth between US$1,535 and US$1,600 now seems to be taking the form of a triangle,” he said. “Overall, gold will likely need more time within this triangle. However, at some point a breakout to the upside is much more probable as triangles usually resolves within the prevailing trend – which is obviously up.”
Grumme’s comments come as gold prices show modest gains Thursday as investors continue to worry about the impact the spreading coronavirus will have on global economic activity. April gold futures last traded at $1,579 an ounce, up 0.47% on the day.
But it’s not just gold’s technical picture, Grummes said that he is also bullish on gold as sentiment in the marketplace has still not reached the “euphoric phase,” even after the strong performance in 2019. He added that the break above $1,600 could be the factor that ignites the parabolic move he forecasts.
“There are no contrarian signals from sentiment analysis for a sustainable turnaround and trend change in the gold market. Rather, the “grand final” of the party that has been going on since August 2019 is likely yet to come,” he said. “The mood among gold investors is currently optimistic, but the Gold Optix still has a lot of room for more optimism and greed.”
Although Grummes is bullish on gold, he added that the market is not without its headwinds. Speculative positioning in futures markets is a concern that he is watching.
“Overall, the CoT report continues to provide a clear sell signal. The futures market has built up a huge potential for a deep and significant price correction,” he said. “This will happen soon or later. Before that, however, the gold price can still overshoot to significantly higher prices.”