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Shares should cross back above the 200-day moving average Thursday, with a retest of the 52-week high a strong possibility.
A futures trader says futures beat ETFs for commodities exposure.
Imagine what happens when a watch spring gets wound ever tighter; similarly, gold prices are set to break out of their downside and spring higher.
Shares are pointed as much as 30% higher in the next few months based on improved technical position.
The charts show that we could be in the bullish phase of a classic pattern: the head-and-shoulders formation.
The stock has retraced two-thirds of its big rally from its 2009 low and could start the bottoming process.
There are bullish divergences in the charts, but the technicals also show some downside.
Prices have rebounded some, but momentum indicators have yet to generate strong buy signals. 
Zinc or nickel might be next year's best performer, though copper earns an honorable mention.
A small double-bottom pattern gives us an upside target of $19 to $20.

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