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Sept' Ends with a Whimper

Gold and silver fall hard from multi-month highs...

The PRECIOUS metals sector started September with a bang, writes Jordan Roy-Byrne at TheDailyGold.

Gold, which had already eclipsed $1300, pushed to $1360 while silver broke its downtrend line (from its late 2012 and 2016 peaks).

Unfortunately, precious metals would soon reverse course and more. Gold ended September down nearly 3% and below $1300. Silver lost 5% and its breakout.

The gold mining indices (GDX, GDXJ, HUI) lost 7% to 8%. The monthly charts argue the major breakout from multi-year bottoming patterns will have to wait until 2018 at the soonest.

Gold's bearish September reversal occurred at multi-year resistance. On a chart showing daily or weekly closing prices, gold's highest close in September occurred at the resistance line connecting its early 2014 and 2016 highs.

In addition, gold opened near $1330 (critical monthly and quarterly resistance), traded above it but then closed well below it.

While it is difficult to see, silver opened very close to key resistance at $17.80, traded up to $18.29 (near major monthly resistance) but closed the month well below $17.00. Silver failed in a resistance area that has been very important (note the arrows) for the past 10 years. Gold failed at a level that has been important since 2014.

The miners like the metals also failed at important resistance levels. The GDX fund of mining stocks opened September around resistance at $25, traded above it briefly but closed the month down at $23.

The junior-stock GDXJ ETF tested resistance at $37 but closed the month down at $33. The monthly candle charts below show the importance of GDX $25 and GDXJ $37. A monthly close above those levels could trigger a major leg higher. However, the monthly charts argue that scenario is not close at hand.

The monthly charts for gold, silver and the gold mining stocks show a failure at important resistance and that implies over the months ahead the precious metals sector will remain in its complex, multi-year bottoming pattern.

The negative technical outlook is not a surprise as the Federal Reserve is likely to tighten policy and the extremely oversold US Dollar begins a rebound. Simply put, precious metals are not yet ready for primetime. They could be waiting for a sustained rise in inflation or a serious equity market correction.

Jordan Roy-Byrne, CMT is a Chartered Market Technician, and a member of the Market Technicians Association. A former official contributor to world-leading futures exchange CME Group, Jordan Roy-Byrne now edits The Daily Gold website.

His work has been featured by a wide range of respected financial outlets, including Barrons , CNBC, FT Alphaville, and Yahoo Finance.

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