- Gold extended its directionless price moves for the second straight session on Tuesday.
- The formation of a symmetrical triangle points to an extension of the prior bearish trend.
Gold seesawed between small gains and minor losses for the second consecutive day and remained confined in a range, around the $1,850-60 region through the mid-European session on Tuesday. Gold struggled for a firm direction.
Meanwhile, the precious metal has been oscillating between two converging trend-lines over the past one-week or so. The range-bound price action now seemed to constitute the formation of a symmetrical triangle, which often marks a continuation of the prior trend.
Given the sharp pullback from monthly tops, around the $1,960 region touched on January 6, the near-term bias remains in favour of bearish traders. That said, the direction of the next major move can only be determined after the occurrence of a valid breakout. Hence, any dip towards the triangle support, currently near the $1,842 region, is more likely to attract some buying. Some follow-through selling will mark a bearish breakdown and drag the XAU/USD back towards last week's swing lows, around the $1,800 mark.
On the flip side, the top boundary of the mentioned triangle, around the $1,865 area, might act as immediate strong resistance. This is followed by the $1,872, above which a bout of short-covering could push the XAU/USD closer to the $1,900 round-figure.