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Are Gold, S&P 500 Topping Out Here?

The market is trading at a key support level; this week should be exciting.

By Chris Vermeulen of

Prices continue to churn as traders and investors try to decide whether they want their hard-earned dollars in cash or investments. The market is very jittery, simply because no one wants to get caught on the wrong side of the market if it makes another 30%-40% move, which is why we are seeing money rotate in and out with very little commitment and follow through. Until a major trend looks to be in place, most investors will not me holding many positions over night or through the weekend.

Here are a couple charts on what I think is most likely to happen in gold and the

S&P 500


Gold ETF Daily Chart (GLD) - Get SPDR Gold Shares ETF Report

Last week we saw gold move higher by 1%, but I cannot help but think a sharp selloff is only days away from being triggered. Either we get a another pop into resistance, which would eventually trigger a wave of sellers and cause a sharp drop, or the price of gold will drift lower to eventually break a key support level and trigger stop orders.

Once the stops start to get triggered, I would expect follow-through selling for a couple days, which will pull the price of GLD back down to the $113-$116 area.

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Also, there is a possible head-and-shoulders pattern forming on this chart, which is not a picture perfect one, but it's important to be aware of it, as a neckline break could trigger massive selling and pull GLD down to the $100 area. But that would not unfold for several weeks, if not months.

S&P 500 ETF (SPY) - Get S&P 500 ETF TRUST ETF Report

S&P 500 broke down from the support trend line two week ago and has since been trying to bounce. Last week we did see a two-day pop, but gains were given back Thursday. As you can see, there is a possible mini head & shoulders pattern forming and the current price is testing the neckline. A breakdown below this should trigger a move to the $102 level.

Weekend Trading Conclusion

In short, the market is trading at a key support level and this week should be exciting. Looking at several large-cap stocks, I am seeing bear flags on a large percentage of charts. Seeing these forming makes me think lower prices are just around the corner.

It looks like low-risk trading setups are about to start popping up across the board, and if we get a powerful trend going into the year-end, there will be some good money made for those on the proper side.

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-- Written by Chris Vermeulen in Collingwood, Ontario, Canada

Chris Vermeulen is founder of the popular trading sites and There he shares his highly successful, low-risk trading method. Since 2001, Chris has been a leader in teaching others to skillfully trade in gold, silver, oil and stocks in both bull and bear markets.