Should You Hedge Your Gold Position?

12/13/2010 9:41 am EST


Thomas Aspray

, Professional Trader & Analyst

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The gold market is much more crowded now than a year ago when gold peaked at $1227 and declined to the $1050 area before resuming its major uptrend. The monthly on-balance volume (OBV) analysis has been positive since 2002, so the major trend is still up. The weekly OBV, on the other hand, shows a short-term negative divergence as it has formed lower highs. This increases the chances of a sharper decline even though there are no daily sell signals yet.

A break below the support in gold at $1350 and $130 in gold ETF GLD could lead to a drop to the downside targets at $1300 and $126, respectively. Those who are long gold could get some downside protection by selling an at-the-money call—such as the Feb 135, which closed at 4.90—and collecting the premium.

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