SINGAPORE: Spot gold still targets $1,453, as it has cleared a support at $1,497 per ounce.

The support is identified as the 123.6% projection level of an upward wave (c) from $1,265.90. This wave consists of five waves. The fourth wave labelled 4 ended around $1,381, which is targeted over the next one or two weeks.

A realistic target will be $1,453, which will be confirmed when the metal breaks the immediate support at $1,480. A break above $1,497, now a resistance, could lead to a gain to $1,524.

On the hourly chart, the metal looks unable to break a support at $1,488, the 23.6% retracement of the uptrend from $1,265.85 to $1,557. It tried twice, but failed to overcome this barrier.

A rise above $1,501 could signal the first part of the correction from $1,557 is over, and gold may climb towards $1,537.

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** Wang Tao is a Reuters market analyst for commodities and energy technicals. The views expressed are his own.

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