Gold Fields Lingers at the Golden Ratio

Gold Fields, Ltd. (JSE: GFI) has navigated choppy waters in 2024, experiencing a 13.5% decline year-to-date and a steeper 21% drop since December 14th. While recent gains offer a flicker of hope, a confluence of company-specific issues and broader industry headwinds cast shadows over the gold miner’s immediate future 

On the one hand, Gold Fields faces challenges. Missed production targets, rising costs, and delays in ramping up the Salares Norte mine have dampened investor sentiment. These factors, coupled with broader macroeconomic headwinds like rising interest rates, have contributed to the recent decline. 

However, there are reasons for optimism. Gold Fields’ 2023 performance was strong, and the recent gains suggest a potential reversal of the downtrend. Additionally, the company is taking steps to address its challenges, such as streamlining operations and exploring new cost-saving measures. 


The 1-day chart paints a picture of indecision as the price action trades around the crucial 61.80% Fibonacci retracement level, a potential pivot point for direction. A recent break below the 50-SMA (blue line), 100-SMA (orange line), and 200-SMA (red line) suggest bearish pressure, but significant support at 22,777 cents prevents further downside. 

Currently, GFI hovers around the 61.80% Fibonacci retracement level, a critical juncture for determining the immediate trend. A decisive push above this level could pave the way for a rally towards the 50.00% retracement (25,380 cents) and further resistance at 27,548 cents. This bullish scenario would be fuelled by renewed buying momentum and potentially signify a reversal of the recent downtrend. 

However, the downward-sloping RSI (40.12) hints at potential downside bias in the short term. Should the bears regain control, GFI could retest the 22,777 cents support level. A further breach might expose 21,373 cents as the next line of defence. 


Gold Fields stands at a precarious juncture. Company-specific challenges and industry headwinds create a choppy near-term outlook. However, the potential for a bounce is present. A break above the 61.80% Fibonacci level could send GFI towards 25,380 and 27,548 cents. Conversely, a dip below 22,777 cents could test 21,373 cents. 

Sources: TradingView, Trading Economics, Reuters, Dow Jones Newswire. 

Piece written by Mfanafuthi Mhlongo, Trive Financial Market Analyst 

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