- Newmont, the world’s largest gold mining company, says it is currently operating at 75% capacity
- Gold prices hit a 7-year high in April, while the bullish pennant formation could take prices to $1,900
- A zone around $1,800 is likely to provide a very strong resistance
After gaining nearly 7% in April, gold prices are consolidating near highs. The price action is forming a bullish pennant chart formation that can extend the current uptrend to $1,900 in the coming weeks.
Fundamental analysis: Gold mines to start running soon
The COVID-19 outbreak has caused a halt in manufacturing activities across the globe and the gold mines are no different. Still, the world’s largest gold mining company – Newmont (NYSE:NEM) – is managing to keep its mines operational.
“It’s around separation on buses, separation on airplanes, separation in dining rooms. You have to maintain that six-feet distance,” Tom Palmer, CEO of Newmont, said about keeping the workforce operational.
National lockdowns and social distancing measures introduced around the globe forced Newmont to focus on around 5,000 essential workers, out of nearly 30,000 it employs on a regular basis.
“Our big, world-class assets are still performing well,” said Palmer, before adding that the company is operating at 75% production capacity. Newmont’s mine in Argentina’s Cerro Negro has reopened while its operations in Mexico are still shut. Palmer says that getting mines up to the running speed is “a matter of weeks”.
“The mining industry worked very well early-on in the process to develop a set of protocols to allow mines to continue operating in Australia,” said Palmer while applauding the Australian government on handling the crisis.
He also added that choppines in the market may disappear soon but a cloud of global uncertainty is likely to keep being supportive of gold prices.
“Gold was sitting at the $1,400-$1,500 price range before the pandemic came along, and now we’re seeing global economic uncertainty plus the level of fiscal and monetary stimulus taking place. It’s really pushing gold firmly into the $1,700 range, if not higher,” concluded Palmer.
Invezz reported earlier that a respected analyst Bill Baruch believes that gold prices could reach $2,000 in 2020 on the inverses head and shoulders pattern.
Technical analysis: Bullish pennant aims higher
Gold prices gained around 7% in April in a best month since August last year. The month’s high of $1,747 is the highest the gold prices traded since November 2012.
Following this high, the price action has been consolidating around the $1,700 mark in a symmetrical triangle. Overall, the price action is creating a bullish pennant chart formation, which is a continuation pattern used to extend the uptrend higher.
Gold prices need to break outside of the triangle and close above $1,740 to activate the pattern. In the second phase, a trip to $1,900 should complete the formation. Buyers will likely face a very strong resistance in the area between $1,780 – $1,800, in the context of 2011 and 2012 highs.
Gold prices are consolidating near the recent highs around $1,700. The activation of a potential bull pennant chart formation could take gold prices to $1,900 in the coming weeks.