The bulls need to build on last week's breakout to confirm the move, with the bears looking to hold the price here and pressure it back into the channel as equities recover from their recent mini-rout.
The dollar is of course closely watched and the recent failure to break and hold the key 81 level will give the bulls some confidence, particularly if equities fail to recover quickly back to their recent highs.
Gold is at a crucial juncture here, with the chart patterns indicating that down is the most likely medium term direction, though with the bulls on the verge of reversing that likelihood.
Support can be found at 1250-1255, 1237-1240, 1220-1225, 1214, 1210, 1200, 1188-1190 and 1180. A break of 1180 would have serious bearish implications for gold and suggest a decline to 1000-1050 in the short term.
Resistance can be found at 1268-1272, 1277-1280 and 1291-1295. Holding support at 1250 and a subsequent break above 1279 would suggest an end to the intermediate term down trend, though it would take a close above 1300 to confirm a more significant rally was developing.
Today's video for subscribers looks at the recent trading in more detail and our thoughts on the developing chart patterns.