Price of Gold Fundamental Daily Forecast – Poor U.S. Retail Sales Providing Support Along with Brexit, Trade Concerns

Gold futures are trading higher on Wednesday shortly after the cash market opening. The market has regained some of its upside momentum after rebounding from early session weakness. The catalysts behind the strength are lingering concerns over Brexit, pessimism over U.S.-China trade relations and weaker-than-expected U.S. economic data, which could mean an end of the month rate cut by the Fed.

At 12:57 GMT, December Comex gold is trading $1494.60, up $11.10 or +0.77%.

Renewed Brexit Worries

Gold is being underpinned this morning by renewed worries over Brexit after Tuesday’s optimistic outlook drove gold prices sharply lower.

On Tuesday, optimistic comments on Brexit from European negotiator Michel Barnier were backed up by reports that a draft legal text over the divorce was being drawn up.

“Our team(s) are working hard, and work has just started now today, this work has been intense over the weekend and yesterday, because even if the agreement will be difficult, more and more difficult, to be frank, it is still possible this week,” Barnier told reporters in Luxembourg on Tuesday morning.

He added that “any agreement must work for everyone,” saying it is “high time to turn good intentions into a legal text.”

By mid-afternoon (Tuesday), one report suggested that a draft deal was in the works according to two separate sources familiar with negotiations.

On Wednesday, traders aren’t so optimistic about a deal and are seeking protection in gold. This comes after “constructive” talks between the U.K. and the E.U. to get a Brexit deal, went on past midnight. Investors are still unclear if both parties can avoid postponing the U.K.’s departure from the EU on October 31.

U.S.-China Trade Relations Sour

There’s a little more tension between the United States and China on Wednesday, which is raising concerns over whether the two parties will reach even a partial trade agreement over the near-term.

This is stemming from reports that China is threatening “countermeasures” in response to the U.S. House of Representatives passing four pieces of legislation taking a hard line on Beijing for its violent response to protesters in Hong Kong.

U.S. Retail Sales Underperform

U.S. retail sales fell for the first time in seven months in September, raising fears that a slowdown in the American manufacturing sector could be starting to bleed into the consumer side of the economy. Furthermore, the disappointing report could help alter the split in the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) with more policymakers leaning toward a rate cut.

Daily Forecast

I’m looking for prices to remain underpinned unless an actual deal between the U.K. and the EU over Brexit is actually announced.  The U.S. and China seem far apart in their efforts to finish phase one of their partial trade agreement and the retail sales report is helping to support an end of October rate cut by the Fed.

Futures Fall Despite Solid EPS, Retail Sales Miss, Brexit Deal Remains Elusive

Futures Fall As Worries Creep  Back Into Focus

The U.S. equity market is indicated lower in early Wednesday trading despite signs 3rd quarter earnings are better than expected. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 are both indicated lower by 0.20% while the NASDAQ Composite is down about -0.30%. The move is driven by growing concern China will not follow through on its pledge to buy more U.S. agricultural products. If this is the case it is likely additional tariffs will be enforced later this year. China has pledged as part of the Phase I trade deal to buy up to $50 billion in U.S. products.

In earnings news, financial stocks Bank of America and Bank Of New York Mellon both reported better than expected EPS. Both companies reported strength in consumer segments that helped drive share prices higher. Shares of BAC are up more than 2.5% while BNY-Mellon is up about 1.5%. In economic news, Retail Sales were weaker than expected. September retail sales fell -0.3% versus an expected gain of 0.3%. The mitigating factor is an upward revision to the past month of 0.2%. Later in the session traders will have an eye out for the NAHB Index and the FOMC’s Beige Book.

Europe Mixed, Brexit Deal Is Still Elusive

European markets are flat and mixed at midday as traders fret over trade and the Brexit. On the trade front, China’s demands the U.S. remove the threat of more tariffs before signing the Phase I deal has thrown a wrench into the works. At this stage it is becoming less and less likely Phase I will come to fruition. In Brexit news, negotiations stalled on Wednesday despite a narrowing of differences. The Irish PM confirms the back-stop is yet to be resolved but there is hope. The two sides will begin a two-day summit tomorrow that will, hopefully, result in a deal.

The German DAX is in the lead at midday with a gain of 0.22% while the FTSE and CAC are both edging lower. In stock news, shares of UK tech giant Micro Focus is up 4.3% on its results as is seafood producer Mowi. At the other end of the rankings, IMCD and DBA Aviation are both down more than -4.0%.

Asia Mostly Higher On Brexit Hopes

Asian markets are mostly higher at the end of Wednesday’s session. The Nikkie and ASX are both up more than 1.0% while the Hang Seng and Kospi are up closer to 0.70%. The moves are driven by hope for a Brexit deal, however elusive it may seem right now. In Hong Kong, leader Carrie Lam is under intensifying pressure as she rejects HK’s bid for autonomy. The Shanghai composite is the only index to move lower, it posted a loss of -0.41%.

Wrong Response by Trump to China’s Countermeasures Threat Could Blow Up Trade Deal

There’s a breaking story out of Asia early Wednesday that could blow up into something major later in the day if U.S. President Trump decides to exacerbate the issue. The current price action in the financial markets indicates a sense of caution may be developing in the financial markets with safe-haven assets – Treasury bonds, Japanese Yen and gold turning higher, while demand for risky assets is edging lower.

According to reports, China is threatening to take countermeasures against the U.S. in response to a bill that favors the Hong Kong protesters, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said Wednesday.

That is a pretty bold threat to make while the United States and China are trying to finalize the first phase of a partial trade deal agreed upon on Friday. It’s also closely similar to the threat China made against the National Basketball Association (NBA) before it caved to pressure from the Chinese government last week after an NBA team official made comments supporting the Hong Kong protesters.

The Background

Three bills were approved in the House of Representatives Wednesday evening, one supporting the right of individuals to protest, another allowing for the U.S. to check on Beijing’s influence over the territory and a third aimed at preventing U.S. weapons from being used by police against protesters.

China’s Response

“If the relevant act were to become law, it wouldn’t only harm China’s interests and China-U.S. relations, but would also seriously damage U.S. interests,” said Geng Shuang, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson, in a statement on the body’s website. “China will definitely take strong countermeasures in response to the wrong decisions by the U.S. side to defend its sovereignty, security and development interests.”

Geng said while China was working to restore law and order in Hong Kong, U.S. lawmakers were “disregarding and distorting facts,” by turning criminal acts and violence against police into issues of “human rights or democracy.”

“That is a stark double standard. It fully exposes the shocking hypocrisy of some in the U.S. on human rights and democracy and their malicious intention to undermine Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability to contain China’s development,” said Geng, who urged the U.S. to “stop meddling.”

Trump’s Problem

Last week, CNN reported, Trump, in a call with Chinese President Xi Jinping, promised that the U.S. would stay quiet on the Hong Kong protests while the two countries continued to negotiate a possible end to the ongoing trade war.

Early Wednesday, traders are taking precautionary positions in response to the comments from China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson. Bonds, gold and Japanese Yen are being bought and stocks in the U.S. and Europe are being sold.

What traders could be waiting for is Trump’s response. Will he defy his promise to Chinese President Xi Jinping, or will he remain silent?  It’s highly unusual for Trump to remain silent for too long especially when a foreign country threatens the U.S. with “strong countermeasures.”

Traders should keep an eye on this story because it could develop into something major during the trading session. Somewhere, somehow, somebody in the press may try to push Trump’s button’s to get a response, and if they push the wrong one, Trump could say something to shake up the financial markets.

Trump certainly knows how to pick his battles. He’s usually quick to respond to comments from CEO’s, coaches, athletes, politicians and celebrities. However, if he doesn’t speak up, he’ll show the world that he just gave in to pressure from China, the country he keeps saying is weaker than the United States.

Gold, The Ultimate Safe Haven Asset. A Looming Nobel Prize?

2019 Nobel in Economics and Gold

Yesterday was a big day! At least for all those boring economists and similar bean-counters. The Nobel Prize in economics was awarded. Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, and Michael Kremer became 2019 laureates for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty.

Nice! But, dear Nobel Committee, we also have great ideas how to reduce poverty in the world. Just give everyone some gold! We know, that’s not the quick road to wealth, but whatever the current outlook, gold portfolios should appreciate substantially in the long run.

Jokes aside, and let’s get serious. How about central banks stop printing money? You see, inflation is a silent wealth killer. Even a small rate of inflation, like the popular 2-percent target, means that prices double each generation (around 35 years). But in many developing countries, inflation rates are much higher, closer to 5 percent, which means that prices double each 14-15 years. Inflation is a great hit to real wealth. So, even if gold does not generate any yield, it can provide people a hedge against inflation (under the condition that inflation is not small or diminishing).

Or how about central banks stop keeping interest rates at ultralow levels? Yes, zero or even subzero interest rates are great for borrowers, but we doubt whether anyone attained wealth through indebtedness. If you are a company, you can leverage to finance your investments. But if one is a consumer and takes a loan to buy another luxury car, he is moving away from making a fortune. You cannot reach wealth except through hard work, savings and investments. Due to diminished compound interest, the ultralow interest rates reward saving much less, putting all savers in troubles.

For example, if a person saves $100 each month at 4 percent, then she will have $120,000 in forty years, but only $59,000 at 1 percent. Our saver would be about half poorer in forty years. Say goodbye to your happy retirement under the palm trees! Gold will not substitute your pension fund, but when added to portfolio, it can make it more resilient and profitable. The fact that gold usually shines during very low real interest rates, is a nice bonus!

Last but not least, how about stopping maintaining the flawed monetary system which generates business cycle and economic crises with all their disastrous consequences (think about high unemployment)? Luckily, the yellow metal can help in this regard as well. Even central banks begin to notice the exceptional features of gold… or, goud!

Dutch Central Bank Acknowledges the Unique Role of Gold

The De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB), which is the central bank of the Netherlands, has published a rather unusual note. The DNB pointed out that gold is the ultimate safe-haven asset, which always retains its value, crisis or no crisis:

Shares, bonds and other securities are not without risk, and prices can go down. But a bar of gold retains its value, even in times of crisis. That is why central banks, including DNB, have traditionally held considerable amounts of gold. Gold is the perfect piggy bank – it’s the anchor of trust for the financial system. If the system collapses, the gold stock can serve as a basis to build it up again. Gold bolsters confidence in the stability of the central bank’s balance sheet and creates a sense of security.

Isn’t it a shocking note? The respected central bank of a developed economy has finally acknowledged the possibility of the monetary system collapse. We hope that the timing of the publication does not reflect any insider knowledge about the state of the global monetary system… Or, gold bulls could actually keep their fingers crossed for it. And what is more: the DNB admitted that gold would be superior than financial assets during the hard reset! Finally, we can praise the central banks!

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Arkadiusz Sieron
Sunshine Profits‘ Gold News and Gold Market Overview Editor


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Gold Cycle Forecast Signals Bottom is Near

Now that the $1550 level has been reached, we are expecting a rotation to levels that may reach just below the $1450 level before attempting to set up another momentum base/bottom formation.  And just like clockwork, Gold has followed our predictions and price is falling as we expected. Just look at our October 2018 chart where we forecasted the price of gold rallies and corrections along the way.

GOLD CYCLE FORECAST – DAILY CHART

Take a look at the most active cycles for gold and where our gold forecast is pointing to next. The downside rotation currently in Gold is likely not quite over yet and the gold mines will selloff the most.  This new momentum base should setup and complete once the gold cycles bottom.  The next upside price leg should push Gold well above the $1760~1780 level – so get ready for another big rally of 20%+.

GOLD MINERS SELL OFF – DAILY CHART

Unfortunately, so many traders are highly emotional and fall in love with positions in shiny metals or gold miner stock positions. Yet we all know if you trade on emotions or fall in love with a position, you are most likely to lose a ton of money. Two weeks ago I got so much flack from traders when I said gold miners were on the verge of a violent drop in price, then the bottom fell out and the dropped huge. Then last Thursday morning when gold, silver, and miners are trading up huge in pre-market and at the opening bell I warned it looked like a big fakeout and price could collapse for yet a second leg down and the same response from those emotional traders who love their positions and won’t sell them when they should as active traders.

HAVE YOU OUTPERFORMED GDXJ THIS YEAR?

If you like to trade in the precious metals sector then you most likely love to trade the gold miners ETF GDXJ. As you can see above GDXJ is only up 19.55% year to date. Sure, it’s a nice gain, but are you still holding your metals position knowing you just gave back most or all of your profits?

Being a technical analyst my focus is to only enter a position when the charts/analysis point to an immediate price advance or decline. I site in cash waiting for the next cycle top or bottom to form in an asset class like gold miners, gold, silver, or silver miners, and once the cycle starts I jump on the wave and ride it for the move until it shows signs that its weakening and will break. almost 50% of the year my portfolio is sitting in cash. And my average position only lasts around 12 days.

Take a look at all my precious metals related trades this year (2019) below. They are all winners, and total gain for subscribers of my Wealth Building Newsletter is 41.74% profit. More than double the return than if you were riding the GDXJ roller coaster for 9 months straight and all your money at risk.

My point here is that no matter how much you love metals (and I LOVE METALS), but you do not need to always be in a position in them. There are times to own, and times to watch with your money safely in cash.

CONCLUDING THOUGHTS:

The end result is that the fear and greed that is starting to show up in the precious metals markets may become an “unruly beast” if it continues to grow in strength and velocity.

Keep reading our research because our proprietary tools have been nailing all of these price targets and moves many months in advance.  The next bottom in metals should set up when our cycle bottoms – then the next upside leg will begin.  This time Gold should target $1800 and Silver should target $21 to $24.  This will be an incredible move higher if it plays out as we suspect.

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I can tell you that huge moves are about to start unfolding not only in metals, or stocks but globally and some of these supercycles are going to last years. A gentleman by the name of Brad Matheny goes into great detail with his simple to understand charts and guide about this. His financial market research is one of a kind and a real eye-opener. PDF guide: 2020 Cycles – The Greatest Opportunity Of Your Lifetime

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Global Equity Markets Roar

Third-quarter results for UnitedHealth group were better than expected and led it to raise profit guidance for the year, with similarly upbeat reports also from Johnson and Johnson and JPMorgan. European equities were mostly up, too. Gold struggle in the face of surging US bond yields and the general risk-on fervour 

Brexit

The Pound galloped higher overnight, leaving the currency around 4% stronger over the past week. RTE News’ Tom Connelly, who broke the original Brexit ‘deal’ story, writes that the EU and UK sides are the closest they have been and that there is some optimism now. He has Irish sources typically, so this is another positive sign.

European stocks rallied to levels not seen in more than a year as speculation that a Brexit deal is imminent prompted traders to scoop up shares across the board.
Of course, any ‘breakthrough’ between the EU and the UK must still face the British house parliament.

But traders remain favourably positioned for the ‘white smoke’ moment hoping for domestic ratification on Brexit.
Framing out the “feel good” risk-on vibe, the US-China trade discussions seem to be making some progress, and the prospect of a genuine truce has risen.
Asia open

While Asian cash market looks set to gain however entering the morning session, traders have hit the pause button possibly awaiting the outline of a Brexit agreement to judge the likelihood of parliamentary approval, which suggest there still much wood to be chopped before pen gets put to paper.

As well, investors are looking for more clarity around the various phases of the US-China trade talks. Individually, Chinas firm commitment to buy $50 billion in US farm goods, details around December tariff detente, possible first-level tariff rollbacks and any signs progress on lifting the US export ban on Huawei, yup lots of wood to chop there also.

Oil market

Crude fell for a second day amid a weakening global growth outlook and as US oil producers defensively hedge against copious crude supplies in the world’s largest economy.

Oil markets continued to struggle overnight under the weight of a dreary macro scrim as back to back miserable China data prints (bad trade data and factory gate inflation) were compounded by a Germany’s sickly ZEW survey which pressured prices.

However, a lower base is being tentatively held in check after OPEC Secretary-General Mohammad Barkindo reiterated his “whatever it takes” to sustain oil market stability mantra.

While corporate earnings reports and phase one of the US-China trade talks is buttressing general risk sentiment, without an implicit rollback of existing tariffs, a tariff detente will have minimal effects on shifting the global growth dial to a more pleasant setting and therefore limited impact on oil prices. In other words, a detente means things may not necessarily get worse, but it doesn’t suggest that global economic conditions will improve any time soon.

But the fact that the losses are very sticky at these downcast levels it could be another worrying sign for oil bulls.

Gold market

The robust US corporate earnings reports coupled with positive developments on the Brexit front has triggered a market rotation out of bonds into equities resulting in US 10-year bond yields significantly rising which is weighing on the opportunity cost of holding gold.

Roaring US equity markets and an upsurge in US bond yields are possibly two of the worst flatmates for gold; as a result, gold toppled nearly $20 top to bottom overnight.

Also, The NY Fed manufacturing survey lifted a better-than-expected 2pts in October, giving the hawks on the FOMC “something to talk about” and perhaps hawkishly influencing their October policy decision process.

Currency markets

Japanese Yen

The “Risk on” environment has propelled the USDJPY higher within reach of the psychological 109 level as the S&P 500 had a peak above the equally cerebral 3000 markers.

Australian Dollar

The market is still debating the RBA’s monetary policy gymnastics. But given the RBA Board is expressing some doubts about the efficacy of dropping rates further operating in what for the RBA is uncharted territory, it could mean slowing the pace of rate cuts but doesn’t necessarily alter their dovish bias. Despite a frothy global “risk-on” environment, the Aussie dollar is trading 20 pips off yesterday’s session tops.

The Yuan

The Yuan may remain stable within the current 7.05-7.10 level while the phase one trade deal gets chiselled out.

Back to back weaker economic data out of China (Trade and factory inflation gate) provided a stark reminder if not a reality check that a weaker Yuan from a pure fundamental landscape may still be in the cards. As such the USDCNH has traded with a better bid overnight.

But given there remains a strong possibility of a Phase 1 deal getting inked, at minimum USDRMB topside should remain capped and we could see the CNH outperform in the weeks ahead assuming phase 2 and 3 of the propose US-China trade deal comes to fruition.

This article was written by Stephen Innes, Asia Pacific Market Strategist at AxiTrader

Two-Weeks Before Fed Meeting, Policymakers Remain Divided Over Rate Cut

It’s not too early to start thinking about the U.S. Federal Reserve’s next move on interest rates. With two weeks to go until their next monetary policy meeting on October 29-30, U.S. central bank policymakers appear unconvinced phase one of a partial U.S.-China trade deal is enough to dismiss the policy uncertainty that has weighed on U.S. economic growth for months.

At the same time, Federal Reserve decision-makers remain far from united behind additional rate cuts beyond the two cuts they made in July and September with unemployment at a 50-year low and consumer spending strong.

On Tuesday, it was San Francisco Fed President Mary Daly and St. Louis Federal Reserve President James Bullard’s turn to voice their opinions about the direction of interest rates.

Off-Setting Views

On Tuesday, Daly told reporters after a speech at the Lost Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall, “Right now, I see the economy in a good place, and policy accommodation in a good place.”

However, businesses retain an overarching sense of uncertainty, Daly said, even though “the gusting (of headwinds) seems to have gone down a little bit on the news of some progress on Brexit, some progress on trade negotiations between the U.S. and China.”

Current weak inflation levels, and a three-year inflation outlook among U.S. consumers falling to its lowest level on record, has caught her eye.

On Tuesday, a report showed the inflation outlook among U.S. consumers remained muted in September, rising slightly over the near-term but falling to the lowest level on record over a three-year time frame since the New York Federal Reserve began its monthly survey of consumer expectations in 2013.

Although Daly expressed some concerns over low inflation, she still expects it to rise back to the Fed’s 2% target, and believes the Fed’s two rate cuts so far this year, in July and September, will help sustain the longest U.S. expansion in history.

“In terms of what to do going forward, I would like to see additional data, because the economy is in a really good place right now,” Daly said.

Speaking in London, Bullard painted a gloomier picture. Like Daly, he sees what he called continued “trade regime uncertainty” as a key risk to the U.S. economy. However, he also put more emphasis on continued weak inflation and slowing global growth.

Unlike Daly, who sees Fed policy as currently “slightly accommodative”, Bullard said on Tuesday in his view policy may be “too restrictive”.

As a result, the Fed “may choose to provide additional accommodation going forward, but decisions will be made on a meeting-by-meeting basis,” Bullard said.

Fed Still Divided

Two weeks before the Fed’s interest rate decision, and policymakers still haven’t budged from their September meeting positions.

One group like Fed Chair Jerome Powell believes the outlook is generally positive. Another believes the U.S. economy needs even easier policy to avoid sinking into a recession. Still a third group believes the Fed has gone far enough or even a little too far in trying to revitalize the economy. Their biggest fear is a too-easy policy could lead to financial instability if investors take on too much risk and asset values get stretched.

As of Tuesday’s close, investors expect Fed policymakers to reduce rates when they meet October 29-30. According to the CME FedWatch Tool, the latest probability of a 25-basis point Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) rate cut is 75.4%.

The focus ahead of the next Fed meeting will be on U.S. economic data. This week, the key report is Retail Sales. Next week, it’s Durable Goods. On October 29, the Conference Board releases its Consumer Confidence report. On October 30 while the Fed is meeting, a report on Advance GDP will be released.

Unfortunately, Fed members won’t have the chance at this meeting to react to data on Personal Spending and the Core PCE Price Index.

Additionally, ISM Manufacturing, which last month posted its second consecutive contraction, will be released on November 1 along with the October Non-Farm Payrolls report.

This could be a problem for Fed members because some may favor another rate cut in anticipation of a weak ISM Manufacturing report, and some may pass on a rate cut due to expectations of a solid jobs report.

Gold Price Prediction – Prices Slide as Positive Earnings Sentiment Buoys the Dollar and Weighs on Gold

Gold prices moved lower on Tuesday as the Chinese now seem to agree with phase one of the US-Chinese trade agreement. Trump and Xi are scheduled to meet on the sidelines of the APEC meeting in the middle of November. On the geopolitical front, Turkey and Syria remain in the headlines. After the US withdrew from northern Syria and Turkish forces moved in, the Kurds had no choice but to look to Syrian forces loyal to President Assad.  The US has now lost any voice in this conflict which is what President Trump likely wanted.

 

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Technical Analysis

Gold prices moved lower pushing down after Monday’s inside day. Prices are poised to test support which is seen near an upward sloping trend line that comes in near 1,473. Resistance is seen near the 10-day moving average at 1,496, and then a downward sloping trend line that comes in near 1,513. Short term momentum has turned negative as the fast stochastic generated a crossover sell signal. The fast stochastic is printing in the middle of the neutral range. Medium-term momentum has also turned negative. The MACD histogram is printing in the red with a declining trajectory which points to accelerating negative momentum and lower prices.

Positive Sentiment Weighs on Gold Prices

Gold prices lost ground as riskier assets gained traction. As stock prices move higher, US yields move in tandem. The higher yields reflect the market’s belief that the dark clouds that have covered any trade agreement could be getting lifted. Higher US yields and a weak European economy point to a stronger dollar which weighs on the price of the yellow metal. Better than expected earnings were released on Tuesday in the banking sector which buoys the US stock market, raising yields and pushing gold lower.

Gold Price Forecast – Gold Markets Continue To Test Wedge

Gold markets have been a bit negative during the trading session again during the day on Tuesday but has also continued to see buyers at the uptrend line that I have marked on the chart. With that being the case it makes sense that we are going to continue the overall move to the upside, and therefore it’s likely that the market will continue to be attracted to the $1500 level, which is a bit of a fulcrum and essentially “fair value” for this market. Overall, this is a market that also features the 50 day EMA right through the last couple of candles, so I think that we are getting a lot of “push/pull” and therefore it’s likely that we will eventually try to reach to the upside. However, breaking down below that uptrend line could change a lot of things.

Gold Technical Analysis Video 16.10.19

If we were to break down below that uptrend line, then the $1450 level is very likely to be an area where we could see a bit of support as well. Below there, then you are starting to talk about reaching down towards the 200 day EMA. That being said, I am not a huge fan of shorting Gold at this point.

All things being equal, there is a lot of different pieces out there that could continue to push gold higher, not the least of which is the fact that the central banks around the world continue to cut interest rates and of course liquefy the marketplace. With that in mind, and of course a lot of concerns with the US/China trade situation and the global slowdown, goal should continue to attract quite a bit of money, even though lately it has been a bit rough.

Please let us know what you think in the comments below

Gold Price Forecast – The Next Buying Opportunity

Overall, this is just a normal cycle correction in a new bull market – prices should bottom in November or December.

If you study the markets long enough, you’ll begin to recognize a cyclical nature to virtually everything. Financial assets rise and fall with the business cycle. Agricultural commodities are subject to weather patterns and drought. In gold, you’ll notice prices seem to base about every 6-months.

THE GOLD CYCLE

Below is a weekly chart of gold from 2007 to 2012. The blue arrows represent each 6-month bottom. Not every cycle is equal, but there is a definite cadence to the lows. In bull markets, prices make higher lows.

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The correction into each 6-month low is usually filled with a few twists and turns. Typically, you can divide the entire correction process into four stages.

  • Stage 1 (The Cycle Top): Gold has rallied at this point for several weeks; bullish sentiment is high. However, a more in-depth look reveals weakening underlying momentum portrayed by negative divergences in the MACD and RSI. Eventually, prices peak, and we mark the cycle high.
  • Stage 2 (The Topping Process): The uptrend is showing signs of weakness, but it’s unclear if prices topped. Sentiment remains firmly bullish with most traders still positioning for new highs – many overleveraged. However, the market is running out of buyers – rallies decay and prices fail to maintain new highs.
  • Stage 3 (A Top Acknowledged): After a couple of failed rallies, bullish sentiment begins to wane. The bears, once timid, start to grow in confidence. It’s at this point we can see a sharp down day as overleveraged traders acknowledge a trend reversal (sometimes all at once) and race to the exits. The bulls stop looking for new highs and begin looking lower.
  • Stage 4 (The 6-Month Low): Prices have declined long enough and deep enough to drive sentiment from bullish back to bearish. Everyone that was expecting new highs at the top is now calling for new lows – some are even shorting the market. Our Gold Cycle Indicator is below 100 and in bottoming territory. Ideally, we’ve seen at least a 50% reduction in commercial net-shorts from the peak.

THE CURRENT CYCLE

I believe we will transition into stage three (described above) once gold breaks the October $1465 low. Commercial net-shorts remain elevated at -310,492. Our Gold Cycle Indicator (currently 237) should dip below 100 when conditions are consistent with minimum cycle bottoming.

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After this cycle bottoms, a new sequence begins – rinse and repeat. Some corrections are more profound than others, while some are unusually shallow. The market throws a curveball occasionally, to keep traders on their toes. We have a minimum target of $1410 – $1420 and see the potential for a backtest of the June $1380 breakout area.

AG Thorson is a registered CMT and expert in technical analysis. He believes we are in the final stages of a global debt super-cycle. For more information, please visit https://goldpredict.com/

Futures Rise, Earnings Season Off To Shaky Start, Trade Concerns Dampen Investor Appetite

The U.S. Futures Are Rising In Early Trading

The U.S. indices are indicated higher in early trading as earnings season kicks off. Today’s news includes reports from more than a half-dozen important names and the results are mixed. The big banks are the main focus as JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo, and Citigroup all report. JP Morgan posted a nice beat on the top and bottom lines driven by strength in consumer lending. Citigroup, Goldman Sachs and Wells Fargo are all trading lower after reporting weaker than expected numbers.

In other news, United Health and Johnson & Johnson both beat expectations. Johnson & Johnson also reports strength in the consumer units while United Health upped its full-year guidance. Both stocks are moving higher by roughly 2.0%.

The Down Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500, and NASDAQ Composite are all up about 0.25% in early trading. The sentiment is buoyed by trade hopes but also tempered by caution. While China and the U.S. have signaled a Phase 1 deal is at hand there is still no deal in place. Until such time traders are cautioned to be prepared for negative headlines. On the economic front, the Empire State Manufacturing Survey rose modestly to 4 from last months 2.0 as production and employment edge higher.

European Markets Are Mixed, Hope For A Smooth Brexit Persist

European markets are mixed at midday on Tuesday after remarks from the EU’s Brexit team renewed hope. Michel Barnier said that despite the increasing difficulty it is still possible to reach a deal this week. The DAX and CAC are both up about 0.35% to 0.40% while the FTSE is down roughly -0.25%. Retail is in the lead with a gain of 0.90%.

In economic news, unemployment ticked higher in the UK. The 3rd quarter figure came in at 3.9%, a tenth higher than the previous. In stock news, shares of Hays are up 5.5% after it reported flat results. The good news is weakness in the UK was offset by strength in offshore markets. Share of Wirecard, however, are not so buoyant. The Financial Times did an expose on the company’s accounting practices and shares are down -17% because of it.

Asia Mixed, Trade Hopes Clash With Trade Fears

Asian markets are wildly mixed after Tuesday’s session. The Japanese Nikkei led the market with a gain of 1.9% after being closed Monday for holiday. Chinese indices are broadly lower following the release of inflation data. CPI rose 3% on a 69% increase in pork prices while PPI fell. The Shanghai Composite is down -0.56% on the news, the Hang Seng a more tepid -0.07%. Elsewhere in the region, the ASX and Kospi are both up mildly.

Price of Gold Fundamental Daily Forecast – Just Enough Concern Over Trade Deal to Underpin Prices

Gold futures are edging higher on Tuesday amid concerns over U.S.-China trade relations. Lower U.S. Treasury yields are helping to underpin prices, while gains are being capped by increased demand for risky assets and a firmer U.S. Dollar. Traders are also attributing the early strength to dampened hopes of a prolonged trade deal between the United States and China, and ahead of a summit that will determine how Britain leaves the European Union.

At 12:21, December Comex gold is trading $1497.90, up 0.30 or +0.035.

The lukewarm response to phase one of the trade deal continues to encourage gold bulls to hang on to their long positions. However, this isn’t really bullish news either. It seems to be just enough to prevent the market from collapsing like it did last week.

At the same time, the fact that the two sides keep talking is helping to keep a lid on prices with some saying the threat of a more permanent deal being signed at any time over the next few weeks is enough to keep even the strongest bulls from adding to their long positions.

The Brexit narrative is also playing with investor sentiment ahead of the make-or-break summit between Britain and the European Union on Thursday and Friday that will determine whether Britain is headed for a deal to leave the bloc on October 31, a disorderly no-deal exit or a delay.

Daily Forecast

There are no major economic releases in the United States on Tuesday, but it is the start of earnings season on Wall Street. Although most analysts are forecasting a weak earnings season, today’s session started with a bang with a number of major companies posting big earnings beats.

Stronger-than-expected reports could help boost stock prices, which could put some pressure on demand for gold.

Traders are also monitoring the situation in the Middle East after the U.S. decided to stop trade negotiations with Turkey and raised steel prices to 50%. Gold could find support if the situation escalates in the area.

The Many Aligning Signals in Gold

Let’s start this week with a bigger update on multiple gold charts. There are so many reasons due to which gold is likely to decline in the following months – we’ll start with last week’s closing day analysis.

PMs on Friday

Gold, silver, and mining stocks declined, and the way in which they did, was very informative. Gold closed both the day and the week below the $1,500 level and the volume increased as gold declined. In fact, Friday’s volume was the highest one that we saw so far this month.

And gold stocks’ strength that we saw on Thursday? Gone and invalidated. Friday’s decline in the HUI Index erased almost the entire October upswing. Neither in silver nor in gold have we seen the same kind of weakness. The miners’ underperformance is huge and it serves as a major bearish confirmation.

Of course, that’s just the tip of the signal iceberg.

Let’s consider what gold did in the previous cases when it topped while forming a few lower tops.

The Message of Gold’s Lower Highs

The similar cases are characterized by the declining green lines and the thing that we would like you to focus on is the price of gold compared to the green lines and the 50-day moving average. The latter can be useful for many things, and in this case it’s helpful in determining whether gold declined significantly enough for the move to be the start of a bigger downswing.

There was practically only one case when gold moved above one of its previous highs and it was in 2018. Back then, gold moved to a new high before starting the decline. But where did gold decline before this move? Only slightly below the 50-day moving average and the MA was far from the declining green resistance line.

In 2016 and earlier in 2019 when the declining resistance line moved to the 50-day moving average, and gold declined below the latter, there was no new high and gold’s decline continued. In early 2019, it continued only for some time, but in 2016, it was followed by a major and sharp slide. The latter happened in October, by the way. All in all, it seems more likely than not that the counter-trend upswing is already over. And if it isn’t, then it’s very likely that gold won’t rally to new highs before declining significantly.

We had written that gold has likely topped in August as it moved up on huge volume. It was hard to believe, due to the same thing that caused the volume to be high in the first place – the extraordinary, emotional bullishness. The same thing accompanied the 2011 high and the 2018 high. Gold declined in September, but it’s unlikely that the decline is over. Both above-mentioned highs were followed by $200+ declines in gold and it doesn’t seem that this time is any different.

To be clear, it is different, but not in a way that would prevent gold from declining at least $200 from the recent high.

The move to which gold’s top and the current decline are particularly similar are the 1996 top and the subsequent slide to the final lows.

Gold’s Analogies

We wrote about it in mid-August, but it’s worth bringing up the most interesting chart from that analysis:

The shape of the decline and the subsequent upswing is very similar to what we saw in previous years. However, that’s not even the most important detail that makes the decline so likely. It’s the USD Index and gold’s link to it.

The 2014-2015 rally caused the USD Index to break above the declining very-long-term resistance line, which was verified as support three times. This is a textbook example of a breakout and we can’t stress enough how important it is.

The most notable verification was the final one that we saw in 2018. Since the 2018 bottom, the USD Index is moving higher and the consolidation that it’s been in for about a year now is just a pause after the very initial part of the likely massive rally that’s coming.

If even the Fed and the U.S. President can’t make the USD Index decline for long, just imagine how powerful the bulls really are here. The rally is likely to be huge and the short-term (here: several-month long) consolidation may already be over.

There are two cases on the above chart when the USD Index was just starting its massive rallies: in the early 1980s and in 1995. What happened in gold at that time?

These were the starting points of gold’s most important declines of the past decades. The second example is much more in tune with the current situation as that’s when gold was after years of prolonged consolidation. The early 1980s better compare to what happened after the 2011 top.

Please note that just as what we see right now, gold initially showed some strength – in February 1996 – by rallying a bit above the previous highs. The USD Index bottomed in April 1995, so there was almost a yearly delay in gold’s reaction. But in the end, the USD – gold relationship worked as expected anyway.

The USD’s most recent long-term bottom formed in February 2018 and gold [topped in August]. This time, it’s a bit more than a year of delay, but it’s unreasonable to expect just one situation to be repeated to the letter given different economic and geopolitical environments. The situations are not likely to be identical, but they are likely to be similar – and they are.

What happened after the February 1995 top? Gold declined and kept on declining until reaching the final bottom. Only after this bottom was reached, a new powerful bull market started. 

  • But gold just rallied so significantly in the last several months!

… And that’s most likely what people were saying in early 1995, while they were buying at the top.

It’s easy to get carried away by momentum and emotions that it generates. We’re here for you to analyze the market as objectively and with as much cold logic as possible. And the key points in gold’s supposedly bullish story simply don’t add up.

Gold topped on extreme volume in August, just as it did in early 1996. The view from other currencies apart from the U.S. dollar confirms how bearish the outlook really is for the following months. Let’s see the summary for full details.

Summary

Summing up, it seems that the corrective upswing in gold is over or almost over and that the big decline in gold is already underway (and that it had started in August as we had written previously). The invalidation of breakouts above the 2011 high in case of gold priced in the euro and the British pound confirm how bearish the outlook really is for the following months. Gold is likely starting to decline hundreds of dollars. If it rallies a few or even $20 dollars right now, it doesn’t matter much given the above. The profits from the short position in gold, silver and mining stocks are likely to be legendary, but the difficult part is not to miss the decline. That’s why we were so quick to get back to the short position in Friday. It was much better to do so than to risk missing out of this epic move.

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A Fragile State Of Trade War Neutrality

Beyond chiselling out those details, doubts continue to swirl whether China and the U.S. can reach a full trade agreement to end the trade spat. Investors were reluctant to jump on the rally bus while enthusiasm about the potential for a significant U.S.-China trade breakthrough waned.

But this possibly goes well beyond a tariff detente as trade friction has also spread to technology and financial sectors in the past few months. Suggesting, the U.S. administrations attitude towards China does not appear to have improved significantly.

Given the recent economic war escalations, it might suggest we remain in a fragile state of “phase one” trade war neutrality unsure if it may last or even what sweeteners and apparatus have been constructed to ensure both parties compliance.

While bullish momentum has faded somewhat, risk steadied overnight when Treasury Secretary Mnuchin said U.S. and China reached “fundamental agreement” on several trade issues last week and a tweet from the Global Times’ editor-in-chief sketched a more cheerful outlook.

Oil markets

Oil dropped the most in two weeks amid concern that the recent U.S.-China trade talks won’t lead to a deal reinforcing the fact that the outcome of the agreement is probably the most significant near-term factor for oil sentiment.

Indeed, a definite conclusion of trade talks, even a phase one deal, could do a great deal to alleviate those gnawing emotional concerns about global demand as traders continue to wear demand sensitivities on their sleeve.
But oil prices stabilised after calming trade talk comments from Treasury Secretary Mnuchin.

While oil traders are all too knowing that chasing headline risk is fraught with peril. But demand erosion from the trade war is such an overwhelming pervasive bearish skew; it might be impossible for traders to ignore the ebb and flows from headline risk.

Currency market

The Japanese Yen

Risk markets fell under pressure after headlines reported China wants more talks before it signs up to the tentative trade deal announced by the U.S. on Friday.

USDJPY slipped to 108.05 from 108.20 but remained bid on the dip after risk market steadied

The British Pound

The Pound looked a little perky slicing through 1.2600 in the late New York afternoon possibly due to the absence of any negative headline suggesting that the talks are not breaking down.

The Chinese Yuan

The Yuan may remain stable while the phase one trade deal gets chiselled out within the current 7.05-7.10 level While the Yuan rallied convincingly in Asia yesterday down to 7.05 USDCNH level , the weaker China trade data provided a stark reminder if not a reality check that a weaker Yuan from a pure fundamental landscape may still be in the cards.

But given the extremely high probability of a Phase 1 deal getting inked, a subsequent Yuan currency accord and China’s ongoing commitment to stabilising the Yuan, 6.90 USDCNH now appears to be a reasonable target for USDCNH at the end of 2019 assuming phase 2 and 3 remain on target.

Of course, this view differs wildly by 30 “big figures” from some banks analyst who are pegging year-end USDCNH at 7.20 expecting no significant developments from the phased-in trade talks.

ADXY

Yesterdays USDAsia selling flows were reversed overnight after a run of not so friendly trade talk headlines. But with markets zeroing in on ADXY 103.70 resistance which has thwarted several rallies in 2019, the reversal may also have been compounded by some profit-taking.

While positive momentum is building and the rally in local currencies may extend further particularly on the basket of THB/SGD/IDR/MYR/KRW, traders may be waiting for this fundamental level (103.7 ADXY) to breach on a closing basis to confirm the next bullish leg higher.


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Gold markets

Gold is trading firmer this morning but off overnight highs. Headline risk will continue to dominate, but at the end of the day, what matters most for gold is lower interest rates. And through all this tangled web of headline and phased in confusion, there is one essential narrative that seems to be getting lost.

There is a difference between detente and a deal. A detente means things don’t get worse, but it doesn’t implicitly suggest that global economic conditions get better at once. So, with the latest run of weaker financial data implying that central banks may keep interest rates lower for longer, gold could remain supported short term.

And despite hopes building on a trade truce and a Brexit breakthrough, defensive positioning remains high. And predictably so as if trade talks are struggling at this soft-pedalled level, discussions may not get more comfortable when the complicated intellectual property and technology transfer issues get tabled.

But over the near term, gold could face significant fundamental headwinds in the form of higher US yields and improved equity market risk sentiment especially as we move through to phase 2 and 3 of the US-China trade deal. And if a comprehensive trade deal is inked in November, then the extremely extended long gold positions might be prone to a significant correction lower.

FX Traders who are caught offside may look for opportunities to pare back currency risk aversion trades, as such gold investors need to respect the underlying movement on the Yuan and Yen. USDCNH 7.0 and USDJPY 109.00 are a hugely critical “risk-on” sentiment level

This article was written by Stephen Innes, Asia Pacific Market Strategist at AxiTrader

Wall Street Investors Gearing Up for Earnings Season

After Monday’s lackluster trade, due to the extended holiday week-end, stock market investors will be gearing up for the start of earnings season, which kicks off on Tuesday with 52 S&P 500 companies expected to report by the end of the week. Here are the most important factors to consider before trading on Tuesday.

Big Banks on Deck

Investor focus will be on the big Wall Street banks as J.P. Morgan Chase, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs and Wells Fargo are expected to report on Tuesday, Bank of America on Wednesday and Morgan Stanley on Thursday.

According to Reuters, “The big U.S. banks are expected to report a 1.2% decline in earnings due to falling interest rates, a raft of unsuccessful stock market floatation and trade tensions.”

FactSet is expecting S&P 500-financial company earnings to drop 2.6% this quarter, weighed down by the Federal Reserve lowering interest rates twice since July, which pressures bank’s main business of deposits and lending.

Overall Earnings Weakness

Reuters also said, “Overall, analysts are forecasting a 3.2% decline in profit for S&P 500 companies for the quarter from a year earlier, based on IBES data from Refinitiv.

Analysts at FactSet presented a more bearish outlook, saying as the season kicks into gear this week, S&P 500 firms are expected to report a 4.6% earnings decline over the same period a year ago. If the period ends up with a negative number, that will make three quarters in a row, the first time that’s happened in three years.

Quarterly Market Outlook

Analysts at Edward Jones are saying, “Stocks appear on track to finish the year strong, with the S&P 500 near a record high, despite a volatile past quarter during which slower global growth and trade tensions caused recession fears to spike.”

“Twists and turns on the U.S./China trade front continue to drive market swings, with stocks rising last week on optimism that both sides are looking at a phased approach to a trade deal, which was announced after market close on Friday.”

“This incremental progress is encouraging, but additional phases of agreement or a larger deal that includes key issues like intellectual property, technology transfers and enforcement will likely take more time.”

“Thus, trade issues will remain a source of volatility. More broadly, we expect stocks to continue to rise but at a slower pace than they have over the past few years, supported by ongoing economic growth, earnings growth and lower interest rates.”

European Equities: Brexit, Corporate Earnings and Stats in Focus

Economic Calendar:

Tuesday, 15th October

  • French CPI (MoM) (Sep) Final
  • French HICP (MoM) (Sep) Final
  • German ZEW Current Conditions (Oct)
  • German ZEW Economic Sentiment (Oct)
  • Eurozone ZEW Economic Sentiment (Oct)

Wednesday, 16th October

  • Italian CPI (MoM) (Sep) Final
  • Eurozone Core CPI (YoY) (Sep) Final
  • Eurozone CPI (MoM) (Sep)
  • Eurozone CPI (YoY) (Sep) Final
  • Eurozone Trade Balance (Aug)

The Majors

It was a bearish start to the week for the European majors. The CAC40 led the way down, falling by 0.4% on Monday. The DAX30 and EuroStoxx600 weren’t far behind with losses of 0.20% and 0.49% respectively.

Uncertainty over the U.S – China trade war and Brexit weighed on the broader markets on the day.

While the U.S agreed to defer the rollout of further tariffs on Chinese goods tomorrow, a lack of commitment to removal existing tariffs weighed on risk sentiment.

On the Brexit front, a lack of progress from last week’s hopes of a deal added to the downside on the day.

The Stats

It was a relatively quiet day on the Eurozone economic calendar on Monday. Economic data was limited to the Eurozone’s industrial production figures for September.

According to Eurostat, industrial production rose by 0.4%, month-on-month in August, reversing a 0.4% decline in July. Economists had forecast a 0.3% rise.

  • The production of capital goods rose by 1.2% and intermediate goods by 0.3%.
  • Weighing in August, however, was a 0.3% fall in the production of consumer goods and a 0.6% fall in energy and non-durable consumer goods production.
  • Malta (+5.6%), Estonia (+3.9%) and Latvia (+3.0%) reported the highest increases in production.
  • Slovakia (-2.6%) and Lithuania (-2.4%) reported the largest declines in August.
  • Year-on-year, production fell by 2.8%.

With a lack of U.S stats on the day, geopolitical risk offset upbeat industrial production figures on the day.

The Market Movers

For the DAX: Autos found more upside on Monday, supported by the delay of additional tariffs on Chinese goods. Continental led the way, rising by 0.52%. BMW (+0.50%) and Daimler (+0.40%) saw more modest gains, whilst Volkswagen bucked the trend on the day, however, falling by 0.12%.

Bank stocks found further support, with Deutsche Bank rising by 0.75% and Commerzbank by 0.69%

From the CAC, it was a mixed day for the banks. BNP Paribas and Soc Gen fell by 0.79% and by 0.16% respectively. Credit Agricole managed to buck the trend with a 0.22% gain. For the autos, it was also mixed with Renault rising by 0.69%, while Peugeot slipped by 0.87%.

On the VIX Index

The VIX Index saw red for a 4th consecutive day on Monday, falling by 6.48%. Following on from an 11.33% slide on Friday, the VIX ended the day at 14.6.

Losses on the day came in spite of the U.S majors closing out the day in the red. While existing tariffs on Chinese goods remain, last week’s progress on trade talks was enough to pin back the VIX.

VIX 15/10/19 Daily Chart

The Day Ahead

It’s a relatively busy day ahead on the Eurozone economic calendar. Economic data includes October economic current conditions and economic sentiment figures out of Germany and the Eurozone.

Germany and the Eurozone’s economic sentiment figures will be the key drivers, which is forecasted EUR negative.

Of less influence on the day will be finalized September inflation figures due out of France.

From the U.S, New York Empire State Manufacturing Index figures for October will also provide direction late on.

Another pullback in the Index would add further pressure on the European majors.

On the earnings front, corporate earnings from the U.S will also have an impact. Citigroup, Goldman, JPMorgan, and Wells Fargo release 3rd quarter results later today.

Geopolitics will also influence on the day, as Johnson looks to wrap up a Brexit deal ahead of the EU Summit this weekend.

In the futures market, at the time of writing, the DAX30 was up by 17 points, with the Dow up by 16 points.

Gold Price Prediction – Prices Edge Higher as Trade Analysis Takes Center-Stage

Gold prices edged higher on Monday, following Friday’s drop which came as investors absorbed the phase one of the US-Chinese trade agreement. The Chinese coverage of a trade agreement was not nearly as upbeat. Nothing was signed, which means that it’s still up for interpretation. China will buy more agriculture products from the US, but this was not a concession. The US will not go forward with the increase in tariffs on around $250 billion of Chinese goods from 25% to 30%, which is largely symbolic. Trump and Xi are scheduled to meet on the sidelines of the APEC meeting next month, in the middle of November. The mid-December tariff on about $160 billion of Chinese goods, is what is now a key decision for both sides. Trade-in China came in weaker than expected

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Technical Analysis

Gold prices moved higher on Monday forming an inside day. This is a lower high and a higher low which is a sign of indecision. Support is seen near an upward sloping trend line that comes in near 1,472. Resistance is seen near the 10-day moving average at 1,496, and then a downward sloping trend line that comes in near 1,516. Short term momentum has whipsawed and turned negative as the fast stochastic generated a crossover sell signal. The fast stochastic is printing in the middle of the neutral range. Medium-term momentum has also turned negative. The MACD histogram is printing in the red with a declining trajectory which points to accelerating negative momentum.

 Chinese Imports and Exports Slumped

China’s imports and exports were weaker than expected and declined in September relative to August. The trade surplus widened to $39.65 billion in September from $34.78 billion. Exports were off 3.2% year-over-year after the 1.0% decline in August and forecasts for a 2.8% decline. Pork imports are 44% higher from a year ago, and beef imports are 54% higher, but overall imports contracted 8.5% in September following a 5.6% decline in August. China reported auto sales fell 6.6% year-over-year in September, the 15th decline in the past 16 months.

Gold Price Futures (GC) Technical Analysis – Holding Earlier Gains Despite Extremely Light Volume

Gold prices jumped on Monday as U.S.-China trade deal hopes faded following a report China wanted further trade talks before finalizing a so-called “phase one” of the deal. The move was mostly fueled by short-covering after last week’s steep sell-off, and some safe-haven hedging as interest rates dropped on the news along with demand for risky assets.

At 05:29 GMT, December Comex gold futures are trading $1497.40, up $8.70 or +0.59%.

After the initial move to the upside, the market became rangebound due to low holiday volume.

Comex Gold
Daily December Comex Gold

Daily Technical Analysis

The main trend is down according to the daily swing chart. A trade through $1478.00 will reaffirm the downtrend. The main trend will change to up on a trade through $1522.30.

The market has also been caught inside a series of retracement levels since October 1. This has been causing a choppy, two-sided trade. Not only have traders been worried about a U.S.-China trade deal, but they have also been trying to determine whether the Fed will cut rates a third time this year at the end of October.

The support is a major retracement zone at $1489.10 to $1471.00. Potential resistance levels come in at $1495.40, $1504.20 and $1515.60.

Daily Technical Forecast

Based on the early price action and the current price at $1497.40, the direction of the December Comex gold market into the close on Monday is likely to be determined by trader reaction to the short-term pivot at $1495.40.

Bullish Scenario

A sustained move over $1495.40 will indicate the presence of buyers. This could lead to a labored rally due to a series of potential resistance levels including the uptrending Gann angle at $1501.00, a 50% level at $1504.20 and a pair of downtrending Gann angles at $1510.20 and $1515.30.

Bearish Scenario

A sustained move under $1495.40 will signal the presence of sellers. This could trigger a retest of the next 50% level at $1489.10, followed closely by an uptrending Gann angle at $1483.00.

Gold Price Forecast – Gold Markets Continue To Go Flat

Gold markets did very little during Monday session, as we hang about just below the $1500 level. That is an area that obviously causes a lot of psychological resistance, but it is more importantly the middle of the huge wedge that we find the market in right now. With this, it’s obvious that we will need to see some type of resolution to this pattern, as it seems like the market simply don’t know what to do. There is a major uptrend line underneath that will of course attract a lot of attention, so it’s worth paying attention to. Ultimately, the market will eventually break out of this wedge, and then it should show a significant amount of momentum once we get there.

Gold Prices Video 15.10.19

At this point, it’s likely that we will continue to see a lot of risk appetite being thrown around the market by not only the Chinese and Americans, but also fears of a global slowdown. Central banks around the world continue to cut interest rates, so I think that the longer-term attitude continues to favor the uptrend given enough time, but obviously we need some type of catalyst to get going. In general, if the market can break above the downtrend line, it’s very likely that we could go looking towards the $1540 level, and then eventually the $1560 level. After that, the $1600 level would be targeted. On the chance that we break down through the uptrend line, then the next target to the downside would be the $1450 level where I would expect to see significant support.

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Futures Fall As Uncertainty Grips The Market, Brexit Deal Elusive, China Trade Data Falls

The U.S. Futures Are Down In Early Trading

The U.S. futures are down in early trading despite positive developments on trade. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, NASDAQ Composite, and S&P 500 are all down about -0.55% in early trading. Tech is in the lead. The trade deal, announced on Friday, is an interim stop-gap measure intended to produce a three-phase solution. The first phase includes China increasing its purchases of agricultural products, a pledge the country has made several times in the past. In exchange, the U.S. will postpone or delay tariffs scheduled to take effect later this week.

While both sides have hailed the deal as good there is still no actual document and details are sketchy. China’s Vice Premier Liu He says he will be back to Washington this month to hammer out those details before President Xi will sign any deal. China is expected to purchase up to $50 billion in U.S. agriculture products with those purchases ramping up over the next few weeks. The timeline to end the trade war is now 15 months. Secretary of the Treasury Mnuchin says the October tariffs will go into effect in December if China reneges on its agreements.

In business news, this week begins the peak of 3rd quarter earnings. We are expecting reports from the big banks this week, they are expected to post EPS declines. In economic news, we are expecting several key reads from the Federal Reserve. Also on tap, Retail Sales, the Beige Book, Housing Starts, and the Index of Leading Indicators.

European Indices Are Down With A Case Of Uncertainty

EU indices are down at midday due to a growing case of uncertainty. The trade-deal that is not yet a deal remains a key point of uncertainty as does the Brexit. Brexit negotiators were unable to reach a deal over the weekend raising doubts a solution to the Irish-Backstop can be found. The Queen is expected to deliver her speech to open Parliament today. In it, she will outline the governments plans for Brexit.

The French CAC is leading decliners in early trading with a loss of -0.75% while the DAX and FTSE are both trailing with losses close to -0.50%. In stock news, shares of biopharma company Chr. Hansen rebound 3.8% after last week’s massive selloff.

Asian Markets Rebound Despite Trade Uncertainty

Asian markets are broadly higher after Monday’s session as trade hope fuels optimism. The Shanghai Composite and Korean Kospi both advanced more than 1.1% while the Hong Kong Hang Seng and Australian ASX gained 0.80% and 0.50%. Japan was closed for a holiday. In South Korea chipmakers Samsung and SK Hynix led the advance.