Chart of the week: An ideal setup for a short squeeze

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Randgold - will it take off?

In my COTW early last month, I painted a potentially bullish scenario for this beaten-down gold miner, and it appears likely that it is about to materialise.

Since early June, gold has moved slightly lower as the dollar continued its advance.  But, crucially, my £56 line-in-the-sand for my bullish case for Randgold Resources Ltd has held.

This is what I wrote in June:

"A break of the £56 low and a close below it would put a hold on this forecast but I do not see much more downside if that low probability event occurs."

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But to recap, this was the daily chart I showed last time:

Source: interactive investor      Past performance is not a guide to future performance

The April low at £56 was made on a large momentum divergence, and because this area was at strong long-term support (see weekly chart last time), I reckoned that a break above the pink trendline would indicate that my forecasted rally phase was about to get under way.

As is often the case in markets, there was another test of the £56 support to come later in the month.  But, last week, the support has held and the market is poised to surge higher above the pink trendline:

Source: interactive investor      Past performance is not a guide to future performance

Incidentally, the long-term support derives from the major low in December 2016 – 18 months ago.  A nice demonstration that markets have long memories.

However, support zones can and are broken!  It is no guarantee reversals can begin from there.

But if we see a surge upwards this week, I have my first target at the blue trendline in place. And, if my wave labels are correct, we should see a move up to possibly the old high at the £80 area.

In the near-term, my key level is the pink trendline in the £59-60 area.

There is one important tailwind in that bullish percent sentiment in gold has fallen into single figures, which is near an historic extreme.  Gold traders are massively short the metal futures – and this is an ideal setup for a short squeeze, and a means for Randgold to rally.

John Burford is the author of the definitive text on his trading method, Tramline Trading.  He is also a freelance contributor and not a direct employee of interactive investor.

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