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Can’t Fight The Resistance

August 31, 2013

A very quiet week all in all with many trader taking off mid-week for an extra long, long weekend.  We will see many participants return to work next week and volume should once again begin to pick-up.

The markets tried to rally but failed which is never a good sign. It’s still a tossup whether we see an attack on Syria and that has markets and metals on the fence here.  I will say though, if an attack comes over this long weekend there is no telling where metals, markets and stocks open up on Tuesday.  It could be wild.

We had some long positions in gold and silver for a trade this week and we did well, but Tuesday saw miners show some extraordinary weakness which cause me to take profits on half my metals trade. I warned subscribers that miners often lead, especially on the downside, so I had stops in place and they were triggered, locking in gains.  It was an easy trade, but there are some who just wouldn’t listen and saw their profits slip slide away.  It’s so important to be able to be objective and able to change your mind in this business.  You can always buy a position back but you can never get those lost profits back.

 Gold and silver ran into the resistance I’ve talked about here the past couple weeks and while I did think they may continue higher right through resistance, the miners fading while metals were at resistance had to raise some flags.

Let’s dive right into the charts this weekend and see where to look for support in this correction that hopefully won’t be too deep but with a potential strike coming I have no idea which way they will go, but they can move very quickly and overnight so be cautious.  Once a trend starts we can jump on but guess whether that be up or down is not my style.

Gold ended the week basically flat, down only 0.01% after seeing much stronger resistance at $1,425 than I’d thought we’d see.  I saw the miners show weakness as gold was at resistance and took that as a warning signal.  I try my best to give you a roadmap here in my weekend letter but things can happen quickly and the roadmap can change in a day, as it did this past week.

If we break this channel here we are going back to $1,350 unless of course a strike against Syria moves gold higher.  I wish I knew what was coming and how the markets and metals would react to it but I don’t.  I just react and watch for signs of what is to come and act accordingly giving my members my cheat notes every evening.

Unless we get news that rockets gold higher, I’m looking for a correction here now.


Silver is leading gold lower here and closed the week down 2.21% It broke its uptrend channel now and will soon see a $23 print.  If that level holds then we see what develops, but if not, the next support level is $22.  I really thought we were going higher here but that’s what I get for thinking! At least I was able to recognize the weakness in the miners and lock in gains immediately and put stops in for the rest of the position.

Platinum fell 0.88% after breaking out of its bull flag and above the important 200-day moving average last week.  It failed the breakout by moving back below the 200-day moving average and now we look set for a deeper correction.  If the 21-day moving average near $1,500 does not hold up then we are going all the way back to the $1,450 area most likely.

Palladium was hit hardest and fell 3.63% on the week.  Last week I talked about its bull flag and it looked like higher prices were coming soon.  It never broke-out and rolled over. Palladium is so far finding support at the 21, 50 and 200 day moving averages at $720. If this level can’t hold then $700 will be the next support level tested.

All in all the metals are needing more time before they can move higher and really, they are doing what they do best, which is bring as many people into the trade before reversing. They are notorious for that and can really hurt peoples accounts since so many investors in the sector believe in a fundamental story and simply won’t acknowledge or recognize a shift.

It’s a sad fact and one that hurt people over and over again. I had friends call me mid-week asking about buying gold with the Syrian situation.  That made the top call even more likely and luckily they didn’t buy any on my advice.

Thank you very much for reading and please enjoy your long weekend before we really get into some good moves in the fall.


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Warren Bevan is a renowned trader who’s honed his craft over the years learning the styles and techniques of Jesse Livermore, William O’Neil and Dan Zanger and forming his own unique style. He focuses on making money and going hard when the right markets present themselves and during the rest of the time focuses on capital preservation.  He focuses on the leading fast moving stocks during the good times.  He is a proud Canadian, traveler, explorer, and consummate market geek who tells it as he sees it. Warren’s website is and his email address is [email protected]

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