Palladium Is Today’s Star Performer

By Peter Aan.

We’re seeing moderate strength in Gold and Silver this morning, despite some bearish signs earlier this week. Palladium is the star performer today, busting through recent highs. Here’s what I see now:

Tuesday’s weak close was a bearish sign, but buying has lifted prices moderately this morning. The action so far today is inside of yesterday’s range, and that low of 1120.50 (December) is important to hold. If it is breached, it could mean a slide down to the September low of 1097.70.

We got a bearish close in Silver also on Tuesday, but it’s hanging tough this morning. Another selloff from this area could trigger a trip down to the September low of 14.240 (December).

Platinum was the weakest market on Tuesday, collapsing through the lows from early August. This sends us back to the monthly charts, where we see that the next major support level in this market is the 2008 low of 761.80. This is not to say that it will reach that level, but to say that there is no support level on the charts above 761.80.

Palladium is on fire this morning, taking us to the highest level since mid-July. This brings it to an overbought situation, but the truth is that overbought markets sometimes just get more overbought, especially when they have good momentum. Stepping back from the chart to look at the bigger picture, there is not significant resistance until you get to much higher levels such as the 803.00 high from May. It’s been a long slide for Palladium since then, and we seem determined to begin climbing back up that ladder.

Peter Aan joined Dillon Gage in 1983, and is currently a metals trader for our metals division. He is the author of numerous articles for Futures magazine and Stocks and Commodities magazine. He is the author of The Relative Strength Index: A Comprehensive Research Report and a co-author of Trading Tactics: A Livestock Futures Anthology, published by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.