NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Not much going on in the precious metals last week, as they remain trapped within a tightening range for gold and silver. But there was an attempt to break gold, which saw buyers emerge and push it back up. That's a very good sign.
I regard wide, loose and sloppy action with disdain. But gold has very tight action within a base that always leads to a nice move. It's the direction of the move that I'm not sure of.
As for markets, they really firmed up a lot this past week. We saw many stocks begin to move higher finally, after a long basing and corrective period of over two months.
Markets and stocks don't always move so there is a time to be in cash. But when bases complete, it is time to get back into stocks. We began to get back into them this past week.
We've tried to dip our toes into stocks the past few weeks, but we were stopped out quickly.
Not so last week.
It is really nice to see breakouts working again, allowing us to actually hold stocks overnight.
So far so good, but that can always change, so stops are key.
There is no point in being in stocks unless they are moving.
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Gold (GLD) was flat this past week, rising only 0.02%.
There is nothing to say here other than we are getting very tight in this triangle, and while it should break out higher, there is no certainty of that.
A break above $1,304 would be great and is the buy area, while a break below $1,285 would not be so good.
The two positive takeaways from gold this past week are the tightening action in this pattern and the fact that gold was hit hard Wednesday and almost broke below this triangle, but buyers stepped up and pushed gold back higher.
Let's see how it goes but we should resolve this pattern this coming week.
Silver (SLV) gained 0.59% this past week.
Silver is not nearly as tight as gold, so gold looks to be ready to lead this next move.
Above $20 is good, while a break under $19 is not so good.
Gold should lead this next move, so I'm more focused on its action for the time being.
Platinum (PPLT) gained 0.69% for the week and is acting perfectly.
Platinum hit resistance at the $1,490 area and is now just building some steam to break out higher.
The catalyst that would help is obviously gold breaking out.
As long as we remain above $1,460 in platinum, things are good.
This great W formation should resolve itself higher, and soon.
That said, if gold does break lower, platinum and the other precious metals will follow it, regardless of how great they look.
Palladium (PALL) had a nice week, gaining 1.73%.
Palladium remains in its long uptrend channel.
Earlier, I talked about the 21-day moving average as a nice buy point right near the lower end of this uptrend channel.
It worked again and would have given you a nice $30 in gains in only a week.
I hope you are having a great long weekend and are ready to really get back to work as we are finally able to be in stocks again.
There is a time to work and a time to sit.
We are just starting into the work phase again.
I have to work and make money when the markets dictate it.
If it were up to me, I'd work in the fall, a couple of months in the winter and take the summers off. But it isn't up to me.
I may be working a lot this summer, instead of hitting the links and the beach.
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