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Gold Approaches a Death Cross

Ian Wyatt

Two months ago, I wrote that gold had “reached a multi-year crossroad.” At $1,695 an ounce, gold prices were bumping up against a technical support level below which they had only dropped once over the past seven years.

Here’s what that looked like:

Within days – hours perhaps – gold dropped below that technical support line. The yellow metal has been on a steady decline ever since.

Now it’s up against another ominous indicator.

With prices dipping below $1,600 an ounce for the first time since early August today, a so-called “Gold Death Cross” has formed. A death cross occurs when the 50-day moving average sinks below – or crosses over – the 200-day moving average.

That’s what’s about to happen with gold. Take a look:

For those who believe in technical indicators, the ‘death cross’ is a strong bearish signal. It suggests that this current gold slump – with prices falling more than 12% since early October – may not be over yet.

Given that gold has plummeted more than $100 an ounce since breaking below a different technical indicator in December, the ‘Death Cross’ may be just as ominous as it sounds if you’re a gold investor.

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