“An August August for Gold?”

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Moreover, ’twas during August just a year ago when Gold impressively printed its All-Time High at 2089. August indeed, that August. But from the “That Was Then, This Is Now Dept.”, what about this August? Shall it be another august August for Gold? Or rather a month of directionless disorganization, similar to the bedlam from one Dr. August Balls of Nice, (aka “The Great Balls”, so dubbed by Inspecteur Jacques Clouseau)?

To be sure, Gold was at best disorganized throughout July, price settling yesterday (Friday) at 1817. Having opened July at 1771 and not reaching below 1766, price could not clear 1835, the month’s wee 3.9% trading range being Gold’s narrowest since that recorded over two years ago in May 2019.

Our take is that Gold shall record another august August. Not necessarily up to its All-Time High (2089), let alone our forecast high for this year (2401). But nonetheless, an up month in the offing. And if for no other technical reason than price’s refusing to succumb to the ongoing parabolic Short trend as denoted by the rightmost red dots in this chart of Gold’s weekly bars from one year ago-to-date:

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“So mmb, are you already eliminating August for Gold reaching your 2401 level?”

Not absolutely ruling it out, Squire; rather, being seasonally realistic. Our sense is that Gold’s best shot to accelerate upward shall occur during the September-October period when — for everything else — “it all goes wrong”. Such timely market turmoil you and I see as justified both fundamentally and quantitatively, but to which the balance of the investing world seem out to lunch, (which is always how it is before IT suddenly happens).

Still to this day when we query money folk about how they’re prepared to protect their or their client’s portfolios upon waking up with the S&P 500 futures “locked limit-down”, it remains that the subject swiftly is changed and/or we hear crickets. And as we’ve already cited: upon the price/earnings ratio of the S&P reverting to its mean (19.2x) — which it has always done throughout the Index’s 64-year history — the loss this time ’round regressed into “Dow” terms may exceed -20,000 points in as little as three “trading-suspended” days. (As a recent reminder exercise, calculate the “Dow” high from 19 February to its 18 March low of just a year ago).

And now Dr. Anthony Fauci declares our COVID vaccinations shan’t necessarily shield us from DELTA? What’s next? OMEGA? Got Gold?

Surely none of us wish to see Gold soar because the world ends, (“Dow +2”). We merely wish to see Gold rise to meet its Scoreboard debasement value, presently shown as 3888.

Still to date in 2021, hardly is Gold on any run. For as we turn to our BEGOS Markets Standings, the yellow metal is but one notch above the bumbling Bond:

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‘Course, we cannot completely discredit the Bond: for as the “red-hot” economy was instead cooling through most of Q2, the price of the Bond today is 7.6% above its 18 March low, the yield since then having fallen from 2.505% to now 1.897%. Clearly that is indicative of Bond traders (who live in reality) following the Economic Barometer, whilst equity traders (who live in lemming land) chase earningless risk. Here’s the Baro, its rightmost pale violet stint essentially representative of the metrics reported for Q2.

Thus when you just saw the “Advanced Gross Domestic Product” annualized pace for Q2 come in nearly flat (6.5%) compared with that of Q1 (6.3%) — whilst all around were projecting a pace some 30% higher (8.5%) — hardly were you surprised when CNBS reported: “U.S. GDP Rose 6.5% Last Quarter, Well below Expectations”. (But that’s why you follow our stuff).

Still, with July’s Chicago Purchasing Managers Index and the Conference Board’s read on Consumer Confidence both improving, June’s Personal Income was flat with Spending hardly higher, New Home Sales slowing, and Pending Home Sales shrinking. “Red-hot”? Not: as so anticipated the Federal Open Market Committee, their only “talking taper” as usual in again voting unanimously last Wednesday to do nothing. They know they’re both stuck as well as a catalyst for “it all going wrong” the instant they jerk the rug a tad.

Meanwhile, we have a positive read on Q2 Earnings Season: with 277 of the S&P 500‘s constituents having reported, 88% having beaten their bottom lines of a year ago, far and away the best year-over-year performance we’ve ever recorded. (‘Course going from “shut” to “open” makes for such substantive improvement). In fact, so “august” are earnings improvements that (thus far) they’ve knocked our “live” p/e for the S&P down from 56.3x a week ago to 49.8x today. Why, a return to the 19.2x median warrants an S&P correction of now just -61%. Are you prepared? (…crick-crick …crick-crick.. .crick-crick…)

As to the yellow metal’s aforementioned state of disorganization, so ’tis further emphasized here per our graphic of Gold & Co’s percentage tracks from one year ago-to-date, all of which are under water save for (barely) Franco-Nevada (FNV) +2%, followed by Newmont (NEM) -4%, Gold itself -7%, the Global X Silver Miners exchange-traded fund (SIL) -11%, Agnico Eagle Mines (AEM) -14%, the VanEck Vectors Gold Miners exchange-traded fund (GDX) -16%, and from worst-to-first-and-back-to-worst Pan American Silver (PAAS) -21%. But upon their all going well when “it all goes wrong”, don’t forget the leverage, luv:

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Now here’s an eye-opener that is as Pro-Silver as ever. In going ’round the horn for all eight BEGOS Markets by their daily bars from one month ago-to-date, look notably at the ascending grey trendline for precious metal Gold. Look as well at the ascending grey trendline for industrial metal Copper. And yet almost impossibly, the same for Silver is descending. But here’s the good news: rare as ’tis, this phenomena has occurred (on a mutually-exclusive basis) six times since the beginning of 2020. And each time hence Silver has within a matter of weeks settled at minimum three full points higher. So from the yellow and red metals to the white metal, there’s a tradable gift on a Silver platter. Note too that Silver’s baby blue dots indicative of trend consistency have just kinked up:

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Next, specific to the last fortnight, here we’ve the Market Profiles for Gold on the left and Silver on the right, their nearby trading supports as noted, (with a little resistance up there for Gold at 1832):

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And it being month-end, we can’t quite wrap it without bringing up Gold’s Structure by the monthly bars. With respect to that mentioned earlier, the rightmost bar shows us just how comparatively narrow was Gold’s July … ahead of what we anticipate shall be a more robust, indeed august, August:

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To close, we have these three observations:

  • From the ever-popular “They’re Just Figuring This Out Now? Dept”: Bloomy reported this past week that “Oil Rebounds After Industry Report Shows Shrinking U.S. Supplies”. Given the perfunctory shutdown of otherwise potential U.S. Oil transport facilities in the changeover of the StateSide Administration this past January, ought we be surprised? (See too, in leading the aforeshown BEGOS Markets Standings, Oil +52.4% year-to-date … Thanks Joe).
  • Next week brings the oft-dubbed “Mother of All Numbers Day” (Friday, 06 August) when the Department of Labor Statistics reports Non-Farm Payrolls for July, the expectation being for a 9% gain over those for June, with the Unemployment Rate dropping from 5.9% to 5.6%. That’s nice, ‘cept the ADP Employment Change (Wednesday, 04 August) for July is estimated to be a 6% loss. But who’s counting, right?
  • And last Wednesday, Dow Jones “Red-Hot Economy” Newswires noted in spite of vaccinations, COVID continues to emanate from one surge to the next, but that “…a host of adaptations by governments and businesses have also helped limit economic damage…” Translated to layman’s terms, such “adaptations” are currency debasement and enterprise restriction. Reason enough to follow the stars for Gold’s august August that also shines for Silver!

Cheers!

…m…

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‘Follow the Money’: Major Players Betting on Vaccinations to Keep Global Economy Afloat

The coronavirus is in the news again, not last year’s pandemic fueling COVID-19 version, but the fast-spreading Delta variant. While dominating the mainstream news in the United States (See CNN and FoxNews), and globally on business website such as CNBC, Reuters and Bloomberg, to name a few, we’re not really seeing a major impact on the financial markets.

This is interesting to note because the mainstream story is centered on rising infection numbers, the slow pace of vaccinations and what is likely to happen if countries don’t start clamping down on the spread of the virus. In other words, people’s health. Some experts are even calling it a “life or death” situation.

In the financial markets, obviously we’re not seeing the same reaction as we did in 2020 with stocks dropping 20% in a matter of weeks and crude oil testing prices below $20 a barrel. Instead we’re seeing a relative calm.

Is this telling us to “follow the money?” Is this telling us that since the situation is not as bad as last year, there is no need to panic? Are the financial markets indicating there is not enough information yet to understand the impact of this new outbreak? Do we wait for the bad economic numbers or do we anticipate them?

The answer is all of the above.

Of course, I don’t recommend putting your finances ahead of your health. I don’t think anyone is doing that. Traders are making their decisions on what they know at this time. Some are even basing their decisions on their belief in the vaccinations.

In this case, they feel that enough people are vaccinated so major economic shutdowns are warranted at this time. But we’ve seen different reactions all around the globe, which could be adding to the confusion over what to do. Lighten up on the long side? Buy more, start selling? Move to the sidelines?

I don’t think I am going to be able to answer any of these questions in this article, but if I had to center on one, I’d have to say “follow the money”. But I should add that I am vaccinated, so I may be biased.

Here’s What Others are Saying and Doing

Fed’s Powell Downplays Delta Variant’s Threat to the Economy

The spread of the COVID-19 delta variant is raising infections, leading some companies and governments to require vaccinations and raising concerns about the U.S. economic recovery, according to the AP.

But on Wednesday, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell injected a note of reassurance, suggesting that the delta variant poses little threat to the economy, at least so far.

“What we’ve seen is with successive waves of COVID over the past year and some months now,” Powell said at a news conference, “there has tended to be less in the way of economic implications from each wave. We will see whether that is the case with the delta variety, but it’s certainly not an unreasonable expectation.”

“Dining out, traveling, some schools might not reopen,” he said. “We may see economic effects from some of that or it might weigh on the return to the labor market. We don’t have a strong sense of how that will work out, so we’ll be monitoring it carefully.”

More Corporations are Requiring Workers to Get Vaccinated ~ Axios

The federal government in May said that it is legal for companies to require employees to get vaccinated for coronavirus.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai sent an email to employees announcing that those going back to the office needed to be vaccinated. The company is also extending its work-from-home policy through October 18.

Facebook said that anyone going back to work in their U.S. campuses must be vaccinated.

Netflix is requiring that the casts for all of its U.S. productions be vaccinated, as well as everyone who comes in contact with them.

Drop in UK COVID-19 Cases Indicates Infections Surge May Be Past Peak ~ Reuters

Early last week, the UK added to the confusion when it reported its lowest daily total of new coronavirus cases since July 4, adding to signs that a recent surge in infections driven by the spread of the Delta variant may have passed its peak.

Sydney Readies for the Army as Lockdown Fails to Squash Australia Delta Outbreak ~ CNN

Sydney’s poorest neighborhoods on Friday braced for military enforcement of the city’s toughest and longest lockdown of the COVID-19 pandemic as the infection as the infection numbers held persistently high five weeks since restrictions began.

The situation appears to be so bleak in Australia that economists are already predicting a third quarter contraction.

Oil Climbs, Notches Fourth Monthly Gain on Growing Demand – Reuters

The crude oil market is interesting since it sold off sharply early in July when the Delta-variant story first broke. The biggest concern was demand destruction.

Since then, however, both WTI and Brent have recovered enough to post a fourth monthly gain, with demand growing faster than supply and vaccinations expected to alleviate the impact of a resurgence in COVID-19 infections across the world.

Conclusion

The best advice appears to be: bet on the vaccinations to work, keep monitoring the global economy especially output and labor and keep an eye on gasoline demand.

For a look at all of today’s economic events, check out our economic calendar.

The Week Ahead – Economic Data, Monetary Policy, and COVID-19 in Focus

On the Macro

It’s quieter week ahead on the economic calendar, with 51 stats in focus in the week ending 6th August. In the week prior, 71 stats had also been in focus.

For the Dollar:

From the private sector, ISM Manufacturing and Non-Manufacturing PMIs for July will be in focus.

Expect the Non-Manufacturing PMI due out on Wednesday to have the greatest impact.

On the labor market front, ADP nonfarm employment change and weekly jobless claims figures on Wednesday and Thursday will also influence.

Nonfarm payrolls at the end of the week, however, will be the key stat of the week.

In the week ending 30th July, the Dollar Spot Index fell by 0.79% to 92.174.

For the EUR:

It’s a busy week on the economic data front.

Private sector PMIs for Italy and Spain together with finalized numbers for France, Germany, and the Eurozone will influence.

Expect Italy and the Eurozone’s PMIs to be key in the week.

German and Eurozone retail sales figures will also influence, with consumption key to a sustainable economic recovery.

For the week, the EUR rose by 0.84% to $1.1870.

For the Pound:

It’s a relatively quiet week ahead on the economic calendar.

Finalized private sector PMIs for July are due out on Monday and Wednesday.

Expect any revisions to the services PMI to have a greater impact in the week.

Construction PMIs also due out, should have a muted impact, however.

While the finalized numbers will influence, the Bank of England monetary policy decision on Thursday will be the main event.

Last week, the IMF talked up the outlook for the British economy. It now rests in the hands of the BoE.

The Pound ended the week up by 1.13% to $1.3904.

For the Loonie:

It’s a busier week ahead on the economic calendar.

Trade data on Thursday and employment change figures on Friday will be the key numbers.

While trade figures will influence, expect the employment change figures to have a greater impact.

The Loonie ended the week up 0.71% to C$1.2475 against the U.S Dollar.

Out of Asia

For the Aussie Dollar:

Manufacturing sector data, building permits, retail sales, and trade data will be in focus.

Retail sales and trade data, due out on Wednesday and Thursday, will be the key stats of the week.

On the monetary policy front, however, the RBA monetary policy decision on Tuesday will be the main event.

The Aussie Dollar ended the week down by 0.30% to $0.7344.

For the Kiwi Dollar:

It’s a quiet week ahead. Mid-week, employment change figures will draw interest ahead of inflation expectation numbers on Friday.

With little else for the markets to consider in the week, expect both sets of numbers to provide direction. The markets are expecting a further pickup in inflationary pressures…

The Kiwi Dollar ended the week flat at $0.6974.

For the Japanese Yen:

Finalized private sector PMIs and Tokyo inflation figures will be in focus in the 1st half of the week.

Expect any revision to the PMIs to be of greater influence.

Late in the week, household spending figures will also draw interest.

The Japanese Yen rose by 0.75% to ¥109.720 against the U.S Dollar.

Out of China

It’s a busier day, with private sector PMIs to provide the markets with direction.

Following NBS numbers from the weekend, the market’s preferred Caixin manufacturing PMI will set the tone. Over the weekend, the NBS Manufacturing PMI fell from 50.9 to 50.4…

With service sector activity a greater component of the economy, Wednesday’s services PMI will also influence, however.

The Chinese Yuan ended the week up by 0.31% to CNY6.4614 against the U.S Dollar.

Geo-Politics

Russia and China continue to be the main areas of interest for the markets. News updates from the Middle East will also need continued monitoring…

Inflation Climbs Higher, but Gold Closes Sharply Lower

However, it came in under analyst expectations and forecasts, which was one factor that took gold prices lower on the last trading day of July 2021.

The PCE price index rose 0.5% in June taking the one-year inflationary change to 4% according to the United States Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). It took a combination of four concurrent monthly major upticks in inflation to raise inflation to 4% over the past 12 months. The last time the PCE price index was at this level was in 2008.

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The Federal Reserve’s target has been to maintain an inflationary rate of approximately 2%, this year the fed adjusted its mandate to focus on maximum employment and let inflation run hot. But the fact that inflation based on the CPI is at 5.4%, and now the PCE price index which strips out food costs in energy is double the Federal Reserve’s target it must be running hotter than the Fed expected.

During the press conference held by Chairman Powell this week, he acknowledged that inflation has risen much faster this year than he and other senior Federal Reserve members predicted. He also acknowledged that is possible that inflation “could turn out to be higher and more persistent than we expected.”

The Fed continues to maintain that the current inflationary rate is transitory because rising prices are almost entirely the result of the reopening of the U.S. economy. He blames much of the inflationary pressure is due to supply bottlenecks saying, “Supply bottlenecks have been larger than anticipated.” He also added that “Once these bottlenecks abate and the economy returns to normal.”

While some analysts agree with the Federal Reserve’s assumption that inflation is for the large part a transitory scenario, many analysts believe that the current uptick in inflation is not all transitory citing recent dramatic rises in food cost and energy.

Regardless of the statements by Chairman Powell inflation even using their preferred index which strips out food and energy costs, inflationary pressures are at a dramatic and alarming high. More importantly, because the Fed is assuming that inflation will likely slip back to a number closer to the Federal Reserve’s 2% target next year, if they are wrong, the implications would be alarming.

As of 5:51 PM EST gold futures basis, the most active December 2021 Comex contract is currently down $18.90 and fixed at $1816.90. On a technical basis, we saw a resistance enter the market as gold broke through both its 200-day moving average yesterday, but stalled just below the 50-day moving average. Today gold prices opened just above the 50-day moving average at $$1831.10. Today gold opened at $1832.50. Therefore, the 50-0day moving average is a critical price point that must be breached on a closing basis next week if we are to see the strong price increases witness yesterday marks the continuation of a rally next week.

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The Weekly Wrap – A Dovish FED and Weak Stats Left the Greenback in the Red

The Stats

It was a busy week on the economic calendar, in the week ending 30th July.

A total of 71 stats were monitored, which was up from 33 stats in the week prior.

Of the 71 stats, 37 came in ahead forecasts, with 30 economic indicators coming up short of forecasts. There were 4 stats that were in line with forecasts in the week.

Looking at the numbers, 42 of the stats reflected an upward trend from previous figures. Of the remaining 29 stats, 27 reflected a deterioration from previous.

For the Greenback, disappointing economic data and a dovish FED left the Dollar in the red. The Dollar Spot Index fell by 0.79% to 92.174. In the previous week, the Dollar had risen by 0.24% to 92.906.

Out of the U.S

Consumer sentiment and durable goods orders drew attention early in the week.

In June, durable goods orders ex transportation rose by 0.3%, following a 0.5% increase in May.

More significantly was a pickup in consumer confidence in July. The CB Consumer Confidence Index rose from 128.9 to 129.1. Economists had forecast a decline to 126.0.

On Thursday, jobless claims and 2nd quarter GDP numbers were in focus. The stats were skewed to the negative, however.

In the 2nd quarter, the U.S economy grew by 6.5%. This fell well short of a forecasted growth of 8.5%.

Jobless claims also fell short of expectations, with initial jobless claims falling from 424k to 400k. Economists had forecast a decline to 370k.

At the end of the week, personal spending and inflation figures came in ahead of forecasts, however.

Personal spending rose by 1.0% in June, with the annual rate of inflation seeing a pickup from 3.4% to 3.5%.

While the stats were material, the FED monetary policy and press conference were the main events of the week.

In line with market expectations, the FED left policy unchanged. The FED Chair also looked to assure the markets that there would be no near-term moves, the guidance considered dovish.

Out of the UK

It was a particularly quiet week. There were no major stats for the markets to consider in the week.

The lack of stats left the Pound in the hands of IMF economic growth forecasts, which delivered Pound support.

In the week, the Pound rose by 1.13% to end the week at $1.3904. In the week prior, the Pound had fallen by 0.14% to $1.3748.

The FTSE100 ended the week up by 0.07%, following a 0.28% gain from the previous week.

Out of the Eurozone

Through much of the week, the German economy was in focus.

Business and consumer sentiment figures delivered mixed results. While business sentiment waned in July, consumer confidence remained unchanged, in spite of the reopening of economies.

Unemployment figures from Germany were upbeat. The unemployment fell from 5.9% to 5.7% in July.

Inflationary pressures continued to surge, however, with Germany’s annual rate of inflation accelerating in July to 3.8%.

At the end of the week, 1st estimate GDP numbers and prelim inflation figures were the key stats of the week.

Quarter-on-quarter, the French economy grew by 0.9% versus a forecasted 0.7% in the 2nd quarter.

Germany saw growth of 1.5%, falling short of a forecasted 1.9%. In the 1st quarter, the economy had contracted by 2.1%.

For the Eurozone, the economy grew by 2.0%, coming in ahead of a forecasted 1.5%. The economy had contracted by 0.3% in the previous quarter.

Inflation also ticked up, aligned with member state numbers. According to prelim figures, the Eurozone’s annual rate of inflation accelerated from 1.9% to 2.2% in July, rising above the ECB’s 2% target.

For the week, the EUR rose by 0.84% to $1.1870. In the week prior, the EUR had fallen by 0.30% to $1.1771.

The DAX30 fell by 0.67%, while the CAC40 and the EuroStoxx600 ended the week up by 0.67% and by 0.05% respectively.

For the Loonie

It was a relatively quiet week on the economic data front.

Inflation and GDP numbers were the key stats of the week.

In June, the annual rate of inflation softened from 2.8% to 2.7%, bucking the trend seen across key economies.

The Canadian economy also continued to struggle in May, with the economy contracting by 0.3%. The economy had contracted by 0.5% in April.

In the week ending 30th July, the Loonie rose by 0.71% to C$1.2475. In the week prior, the Loonie had risen by 0.39% to C$1.2564.

Elsewhere

It was a mixed week for the Aussie Dollar and the Kiwi Dollar.

While the Aussie Dollar fell by 0.30% to $0.7344, the Kiwi Dollar ended the week flat at $0.6974.

For the Aussie Dollar

Inflation was the main area of focus. The stats were mixed, however, pegging the Aussie Dollar back.

In the 2nd quarter, the annual rate of inflation surged from 1.1% to 3.8%. The trimmed mean rate of inflation picked up from 1.1% to 1.6%, however.

Wholesale inflation also saw a pickup but at a softer pace than anticipated.

Australia’s annual wholesale rate of inflation ticked up from 0.2% to 2.2%. Economists had forecast a rate of 3.5%.

For the Kiwi Dollar

It was a busier week, with trade and consumer and business confidence in focus.

Trade data disappointed, with the trade surplus narrowing from NZ$498m to NZ$261m in June. The narrowing stemmed from a more marked increase in imports, however, rather than a fall exports, which limited the damage.

Business and consumer confidence figures were also skewed to the negative. The ANZ Business Confidence Index fell from -0.60 to -3.80, with the ANZ Consumer Confidence Index falling from 114 to 113.1.

The week numbers were not enough to sink the Kiwi.

For the Japanese Yen

It was another relatively busy week.

Early in the week, private sector PMIs were in focus. Later in the week industrial production and retail sales also drew attention on Friday.

While prelim private sector PMIs softened slightly in July, industrial production and retail sales impressed.

Industrial production jumped by 6.2% in June, reversing a 6.5% slide from May. More significantly, retail sales increased by 3.1%, reversing a 0.4% decline from May.

The Japanese Yen rose by 0.75% to ¥109.72 against the U.S Dollar. In the week prior, the Yen had fallen by 0.44% to ¥110.550.

Out of China

It was a quiet week on the economic data front. There were no major stats from China for the markets to consider.

In the week ending 30th July, the Chinese Yuan rose by 0.31% to CNY6.4614. In the week prior, the Yuan had ended the week down by 0.03% to CNY6.4813.

The CSI300 and the Hang Seng ended the week down by 4.98% and by 5.46% respectively.

Price of Gold Fundamental Daily Forecast – Sideways to Lower As Rangebound Trade Resumes

Gold prices are trading sharply lower late in the session on Friday amid profit-taking ahead of the weekend in reaction to a rebound in the U.S. Dollar index. The weakness has wiped out more than half of yesterday’s gains that were spurred by U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell’s reassure that a rate hike was not in the cards for the time being.

At 19:50 GMT, December Comex gold futures are trading $1817.40, down $18.40 or -1.00%.

Although the market is weaker on Friday, it’s still on-track for a weekly gain. In addition to Powell’s initial comment about a rate hike, bullish traders also responded positively to his remark that the U.S. job market still had some ground to cover before the Fed would pull back support.

Most traders agree that gold looks good at current price levels especially after forming a support base over a two-week period. The fact that the Federal Reserve didn’t really say anything that changes its direction on mortgage/bond purchases or rate hikes at least helps to put a floor under the market.

However, since the next Fed meeting doesn’t take place until September 21-22, gold traders are going to be without guidance from policymakers for nearly two-months. This means that they will be at the mercy of volatile economic reports and Fed speaker comments for weeks.

On June 16, the Fed moved up its date for the next Fed rate hike and the gold market collapsed from $1860.40 to $1754.50 in just 10 sessions before recovering to $1839.00 over the next 11 days.

It’s going to be hard to justify $1860.00 gold at this time and without the Fed saying anything meaningful until the third week of September, but the economic reports between now and then could do the talking for them.

Between last Wednesday’s meeting and the September 22 Federal Reserve policy statement, policymakers will have had a chance to see two Non-Farm Payrolls and Consumer Price Inflation (CPI) reports. But gold traders will have had the same chance so I think that over the next seven weeks or so, the U.S. economic data will play a greater role in determining the direction of gold prices.

For a look at all of today’s economic events, check out our economic calendar.

Gold Weekly Price Forecast – Gold Continues Same Pattern of Consolidation

Gold markets rallied a bit during the course of the week, but initially looked very soft as we were hanging about the $1790 level, an area that is significant support based upon action that we have seen over the last month or so. We then turned around as Jerome Powell and the Federal Reserve announced that they were nowhere near tapering, so therefore gold got a bit of a boost as the US dollar got smoked. Having said that, we did not break out quite yet, and simply test at the top of the range before pulling back on Friday. It will be interesting to see whether or not we can continue to go higher, but we have a very clear area that will be crucial.

Gold Price Predictions Video 02.08.21

If we can clear the $1830 level, then it is likely the gold continues to go much higher, perhaps trying to take that huge red wipeout candle out and go looking towards the $1910 level. On the other hand, if we turn around a break down below the $1790 level, that almost certainly will open up a move down to the $1750 level, followed very closely by the double bottom down at the $1680 level. With that being the case, it is very likely that it would come along with massive US dollar strength and a lot of fear-based trading.

Even though the gold market sometimes get a little bit of a boost when people are concerned, the reality is that the gold markets play second fiddle to the US dollar sometimes, and that will be especially true if we continue to see the yield in the United States drop as people will rush towards bond.

For a look at all of today’s economic events, check out our economic calendar.

Gold at a Crossroads of Hawkish Fed and High Inflation

So, so you think you can tell heaven from hell, a bull market from a bear market? It’s not so easy, as gold seems to be at a crossroads. On the one hand, accelerating inflation should take gold higher, especially that the real interest rates stay well below zero. On the other hand, a hawkish Fed should send the yellow metal lower, as it would boost the expectations of higher bond yields. The Fed’s tightening cycle increases the interest rates and strengthens the US dollar, creating downward pressure on gold.

However, gold is neither soaring nor plunging. Instead, it seems to be in a sideways trend. Indeed, as the chart below shows, gold has been moving in a trading zone of $1,700-$1,900 since September 2020.

Now, the obvious question is: what’s next? Are we observing a bearish correction within the bull market that started in late 2018? Or did the pandemic and the following economic crisis interrupt the bear market that begun in 2011? Could a new one have started in August 2020? Or maybe gold has returned to its sideways trend from 2017-2018, with the trading corridor simply situated higher?

Oh boy, if I had the answers to all the wise questions that I’m asking! You see, the problem is that the coronavirus crisis was a very special recession – it was very deep but also very short. So, all the golden trends and cycles have intensified and shortened. What used to be years before the epidemic, took months this time. Welcome to a condensed gold market!

Hence, I would say that the peak of July 2021 marked the end of the bull market which started at the end of 2018, and triggered a new bear market, as traders decided that the vaccines would save the economy and the worst was behind the globe. This is, of course, bad news for all investors with long positions.

I didn’t call the bear market earlier, as the combination of higher inflation and a dovish Fed was a strong bullish argument. However, the June FOMC meeting and its dot-plot marked a turning point for the US monetary policy. The Fed officials started talking about tapering, divorcing from its extraordinary pandemic stance.

So, I’ve become more bearish in the short-to-medium term than I was previously. After all, gold doesn’t like the expectations of tapering quantitative easing and rising federal funds rate. The taper tantrum of 2013 made gold plunge.

Nonetheless, the exact replay of the taper tantrum is not likely. The Fed is much more cautious, with a stronger dovish bias and better communication with the markets. The quantitative tightening will be more gradual and better announced. So, gold may not slide as abruptly as in 2013.

Another reason for not being a radical pessimist is the prospects of higher inflation. After all, inflation is a monetary phenomenon that occurs when too much money is chasing too few goods – and the recent rate of growth of the broad money supply was much higher than the pace needed to reach the Fed’s 2% target. The inflationary worries should provide some support for gold prices. What gold desperately needs here is inflation psychology. So far, we have high inflation, but markets remain calm. However, when higher inflation expectations set in, gold may shine thanks to the abovementioned worries about inflation’s impact on the economy – and, thanks to stronger demand for inflation hedges.

In other words, gold is not plunging because the Fed is not hawkish enough, and it’s not rallying because inflation is not disruptive enough. Now, the key point is that it’s more likely that we will see a more hawkish Fed (and rising interest rates) sooner than stagflation. As the chart below shows, the real interest rates haven’t yet started to normalize. When they do, gold will suffer (although it might not be hit as severely as in April 2013).

Therefore, gold may decline shortly when the US central bank tapers its asset purchases (and the bond yields increase) while the first bout of inflation softens. But later, gold may rise due to the negative effects of rising interest rates and the second wave of higher inflation.

In other words, right now, the real economy is thriving, so inflation is not seen as a major problem, as it is accompanied by fast GDP growth. However, the economy will slow down at some point in the future (partially because of higher inflation) – and then we will be moving towards stagflation, gold’s favorite macroeconomic environment.

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Gold Price Forecast – Gold Markets Sluggish to Close Week

Gold markets continued to show signs of exhaustion near the $1830 level on Friday, after surging there during the day on Thursday. At this point, we are going to have to pay close attention to the US dollar, because if it starts to melt down, that might be the catalyst that gold needs to continue to go higher. If we can break out above the top of the candlestick from the Thursday session, then we could go looking towards the $1860 level. That is the top of the gap that we have seen in this market, and it should offer a certain amount of resistance. If we can break above there, then it is obvious that the market could go much higher.

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On the other hand, if we were to pull back just a bit, then we could go looking towards the $1810 level, which is where the 200 day EMA currently sits. Underneath there, the market is likely to go looking towards the $1790 level as well, which is the bottom of the overall range. Breaking down below that level then opens up the possibility of a move towards the $1750 level underneath, where we had bounced from earlier this summer.

If we were to turn around a break down below that level, it is very likely that we would go towards the double bottom underneath at the $1680 level. That is an area that is massive support and breaking down below that level opens up a massive flood of selling from what I can see. Keep in mind the negative correlation to the greenback, that is going to be the most important thing to pay attention to.

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Gold, USDX: Did Powell Spoil the Party?

The War on Debt

With Jerome Powell, Chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve (FED), struggling to adequately define “transitory” during his press conference on Jul. 28, the market narrative has shifted from ‘hawkish FED’ to ‘dovish FED.’ And with the U.S. dollar bearing the brunt of investors’ wrath, the ‘all-clear’ sign flashed in front of the PMs. However, with post-FED rallies mainstays in the PMs’ historical record, the recent euphoria is much more semblance than substance. Thus, while Powell’s persistent patience elicits fears of financial repression, today’s economic environment lacks many of the qualities that made the gambit viable in the past.

To explain, financial repression includes measures such as direct government financing (the FED prints money and lends it directly to the U.S. Treasury), interest rate caps (yield curve control) and extensive oversight of commercial banks (reserve requirements, controlling the flow of credit). In a nutshell: governments use the strategy to keep interest rates low and ensure that they can finance their debt. And with the U.S. federal debt as a percentage of GDP currently at 128% (updated on Jul. 29), some argue that’s exactly what’s happening. Moreover, with the U.S. 10-Year real yield hitting an all-time low of -1.15% on Jul. 28, is the FED simply turning back the clock to the 1940s?

To explain, during World War Two, surging inflation helped the U.S. government ‘inflate away’ its debt. Think of it like this: if an individual borrows $100 at a 2% interest rate and repays the balance in full after one year, the total outlay is $102. However, if inflation is running at 4% (negative real yield), putting that money to work should result in an asset that’s worth $104 by the end of the year. As a result, the individual nets $2 (104 – 102) due to the inflation rate exceeding the nominal interest rate. And as it relates to the present situation, if the FED keeps real yields negative, then asset price inflation and economic growth should outpace nominal interest rates and allow the U.S. government to ‘inflate away’ its debt.

However, the strategy is not without fault. For one, financial repression occurs at the expense of bondholders. And with pension funds still required to meet the guaranteed outlays for retirees, suppressing bond yields hampers their ability to match assets and liabilities without incurring more risk.

More importantly, though, the FED doesn’t control the long end of the U.S. yield curve. For one, the FED owns roughly 23% of the U.S. Treasury market, and it has a monopoly on confidence, not long-term interest rates. Second, the U.S. 10-Year Treasury yield has dropped because investors fear that the Delta variant and/or the FED’s forthcoming taper will depress the U.S. economy. And eager to front-run the potential outcome, bond investors have positioned for slower growth, lower inflation, and, eventually, a reenactment of the FED cutting interest rates.

For context, even Powell himself admitted on Jul. 28 that the decline has caught him off-guard:

Source: Bloomberg

Likewise, following WW2, the U.S. government implemented structural reforms that are not present today. For example, prudent fiscal policy emerged in the late 1940s, with the government reducing spending and prioritizing debt reduction. In stark contrast, today’s U.S. government is already finalizing an infrastructure package and the federal deficit as a percentage of GDP is still growing. For context, a deficit occurs when the governments’ outlays (expenditures) exceed its tax receipts (revenues).

Please see below:

To explain, the green line above tracks the U.S. federal surplus/deficit as a percentage of GDP. If you focus on the period from 1943 to 1950, you can see that after the deficit peaked in 1943, reduced spending and strong GDP growth allowed the green line to move sharply higher. Conversely, if you analyze the right side of the chart, you can see that current spending still outpaces GDP growth (green line moving lower), and stoking inflation is unlikely to solve the problem.

U.S. 10-Year Treasury Yield Decouples… By a Lot

Circling back to the bond market, the U.S. 10-Year Treasury yield currently trades at an all-time low relative to realized inflation.

Please see below:

To explain, the scatterplot above depicts the relationship between the headline Consumer Price Index (CPI) and the U.S. 10-Year Treasury yield (available data dates back to 1967). For context, the headline CPI is plotted on the horizontal axis, while the U.S. 10-Year Treasury yield is plotted on the vertical axis. If you analyze the dot labeled “Current Reading,” you can see that the U.S. 10-Year Treasury yield has never been lower when the headline CPI has risen by 5% or more year-over-year (YoY). In fact, even if the headline CPI declined to the FED’s 2% YoY target, the U.S. 10-Year Treasury yield at 1.27% would still be the lowest relative reading of all time.

However, it’s important to remember that different paths can still lead to the same destination. For example, if inflation turns out to be a paper tiger, a profound decline in inflation expectations will have the same negative impact on the PMs as a sharp rise in the U.S. 10-Year Treasury yield.

Please see below:

To explain, the green line above tracks the U.S. 10-Year Treasury yield, while the red line above tracks the U.S. 10-Year breakeven inflation rate. If you analyze the gap on the right side of the chart, it’s a decoupling of the ages. However, while the two lines are destined to reconnect at some point, if the red line falls off a cliff, the impact on the PMs will likely mirror the 2013 taper tantrum. For context, gold fell by more than $500 in less than six months during the event.

Finally, and most importantly, U.S. Treasury yields are only one piece of the PMs’ bearish puzzle. Knowing that one shouldn’t put all their eggs in one basket, betting the farm on the U.S. 10-Year Treasury yield would be investing malpractice. That’s why self-similar patterns, ratios, technical indicators, the relative behavior of the gold miners, the USD Index and the FED’s taper timeline are all prudently considered when forming our investment thesis.

As an example, if gold had a perfect correlation with the U.S. 10-Year real yield, the yellow metal would be trading at roughly $1,940. However, with many other factors worthy of our attention, gold’s material underperformance indicates that a mosaic of headwinds undermines its medium-term outlook.

In conclusion, Powell’s party was in full swing on Jul. 29, as the PMs and the USD Index headed in opposite directions. However, with the yellow metal still confronted with a tough road ahead, the fundamental outlook remains dicey over the next few months. For example, with the all-time imbalance in the U.S. Treasury market eliciting little optimism, it took Powell’s dovish remarks to ignite the recent fervor. And with both developments likely to reverse in the coming months, the PMs’ upside catalysts may fade with the summer sun.

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Silver Price Daily Forecast – Test Of Resistance At $25.60

Silver Gains Ground Ahead Of The Weekend

Silver continues its attempts to settle above the 20 EMA at $25.60 while the U.S. dollar is gaining ground against a broad basket of currencies.

The U.S. Dollar Index is currently located in the range between the support at the 50 EMA at 91.90 and the resistance at the 92 level. If the U.S. Dollar Index manages to settle back above the 92 level, it will move towards the resistance at 92.15 which will be bearish for silver and gold price today. Stronger dollar is bearish for precious metals as it makes them more expensive for buyers who have other currencies.

Gold failed to settle above the resistance level at $1835 and pulled back towards $1825. The nearest significant support level for gold is located at the 50 EMA at $1815. If gold gets to the test of this level, silver will find itself under pressure.

Gold/silver ratio did not manage to settle back above 71.50 and is slowly moving towards the 71 level. In case gold/silver ratio manages to test the 71 level, silver will get more support.

Technical Analysis

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Silver is currently testing the resistance level at the 20 EMA at $25.60. If silver manages to get above the 20 EMA, it will gain additional upside momentum and head towards the next resistance level which is located at yesterday’s highs at $25.80.

A move above the resistance at $25.80 will push silver towards the next resistance at the 50 EMA at $26.10. If silver manages to settle above the 50 EMA at $26.10, it will head towards the resistance level which is located at $26.30.

On the support side, the nearest support level for silver is located at $25.50. If silver declines below this level, it will move towards the support at $25.30. A move below the support at $25.30 will open the way to the test of the support at $25.00. In case silver gets below $25.00, it will move towards the next support level at $24.70.

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Daily Gold News: Friday, July 30 – Gold Broke Above Consolidation

The gold futures contract gained 2.01% on Thursday, as it broke above its July 15 high of $1,835. Precious metals’ prices have followed weakening U.S. dollar after Wednesday’s FOMC Statement release. This morning gold is retracing some of yesterday’s advance, as we can see on the daily chart (the chart includes today’s intraday data):

Today gold is 0.4% lower, as it’s trading slightly below $1,830 mark. What about the other precious metals? Silver is 0.1% higher, platinum is 1.1% lower and palladium is 0.5% higher. So precious metals’ prices are mixed this morning.

Yesterday’s Advance GDP and the Unemployment Claims releases have been worse than expected. Today we will get Personal Income, Personal Spending and Chicago PMI Releases, among others.

Where would the price of gold go following Wednesday’s FOMC news? We’ve compiled the data since January of 2017, a 53-month-long period of time that contains of thirty six FOMC releases. The following chart shows average gold price path before and after the FOMC releases for the past 36 releases. The market was usually declining ahead of the FOMC day. Then it was going up for a week-long period. We can see that on average, gold price was 0.49% higher 10 days after the FOMC Statement announcement.

Below you will find our Gold, Silver, and Mining Stocks economic news schedule for today:

Friday, July 30

  • 4:00 a.m. Eurozone – German Preliminary GDP q/q
  • 8:30 a.m. U.S. – Personal Income m/m, Personal Spending m/m, Core PCE Price Index m/m, Employment Cost Index q/q
  • 8:30 a.m. Canada – GDP m/m, IPPI m/m, RMPI m/m
  • 9:45 a.m. U.S. – Chicago PMI
  • 10:00 a.m. U.S. – Revised UoM Consumer Sentiment, Revised UoM Inflation Expectations
  • 9:00 p.m. China – Manufacturing PMI, Non-Manufacturing PMI

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Will Silver Outperform Gold In Q3 2021?

Sentiment towards the precious metals complex turned bullish after Fed Chair Jerome Powell stated that the rising cases of the Delta variant may weigh on a recovery in the labour market and that the central bank was still “along away” from considering raising interest rates.

The main takeaway from the Federal Reserve’s July policy meeting was that the central bank remains firmly committed to their massive quantitative easing program, while allowing inflation to run hotter than usual, for some time yet.

Currently, Silver prices are trading near $25 an ounce, which presents an incredible opportunity for traders to gain exposure in the metal before it really takes off.

Silver is not only an excellent inflation hedge, but it’s also a key component in everything from electric vehicles, renewable energy to 5G technology. Based on our proprietary research, photovoltaic demand for silver could exceed 3000 tonnes in 2021, while the 5G rollout – which is only just beginning – will be a major driver of demand for years to come.

Goldman Sachs see silver prices rising to $33 an ounce in H2 2021, boosted both investment and industrial demand for the precious metal – and our research suggests similar.

In my opinion, Silver is still definitely the best trade right now and any substantial pullbacks should be viewed as buying opportunities heading into August.

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Federal Reserve’s Monetary Policy Moves Gold Substantially Higher

Yesterday’s release of the Federal Reserve’s current monetary policy, coupled with statements made during the press conference by Chairman Powell, signaled a continuation of the extremely accommodative stance. By keeping interest rates (Fed funds) near zero, and their ongoing purchases of mortgage-backed securities and U.S. debt. The Federal Reserve has had the enormous task of reigniting a $20 trillion economy that was brought to its knees as a direct result of the global pandemic which caused a global recession.

Chairman Powell made it clear that they will continue to support the economy until their goal of maximum employment is reached. He added that the jobs market in the United States still had “ground to cover” before they would begin to normalize rates and begin to taper their asset purchases. He also maintained the assumption that the vast majority of the current inflation rate is transitory.

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However, the CPI (Consumer Price Index) is currently at 5.4%, and that high of an inflation level has not been seen since 2008. The Federal Reserve’s go-to inflation index the PCE (Personal Consumption Expenditures), is now at 3.4%. This is well above what the Federal Reserve anticipated when they decided to focus on the labor market, and let inflationary pressures run hot.

The economy in the United States is growing rapidly as businesses reopen. The U.S. economy is bigger now than it was before Covid, according to the Commerce Department through the St. Louis Federal Reserve. GDP is currently at 6.5% at an annual pace in the second quarter of 2021. This follows the GDP of the first quarter which came in at 6.3%. However, economists polled by the Wall Street Journal had estimated that there would be a 9.1% growth rate in the GDP.

What is alarming is the steps that were necessary to take the battered economy in the United States to its current strong GDP numbers. Fiscal stimulus in 2019 was approximately $1 trillion. This was followed by an additional $4 trillion allocated for fiscal stimulus in 2020. In the first quarter, the new administration added $1.2 trillion in fiscal stimulus. Collectively the programs created by the United States government have raised our national debt, which is now hovering close to $30 trillion. In February 2020 the national debt was at $23.3 trillion. Even Chairman Powell acknowledge last month our current spending and debt level is not sustainable.

The Federal Reserve’s balance sheet of assets has now swelled over $8 trillion. During the 2009 recession, the Federal Reserve’s balance sheet swelled to approximately $4.5 trillion, which was reduced by tapering to $3.7 trillion. The Fed balance sheet has more than doubled in the last two years.

Simply put, the enormous debt that the United States has to carry has a tremendous cost in terms of interest payments even at the current extremely low rates. The ramifications of the United States servicing of higher interest rates is that it will put tremendous pressure on the ability of the U.S. treasury to service that debt.

The extreme level of debt could easily continue to pressure the U.S. dollar lower and that in turn would move gold higher as investors turn to the safe-haven asset class which has protected investors against inflation for hundreds of years and most likely will continue to do that for many years to come…

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Asia-Pacific Markets Called Higher on Opening as Investors Hope to Ride Wall Street’s Bullish Wave

A strong performance on Wall Street on Thursday and a rebound in Hong Kong the previous session following a steep plunge earlier in the week is expected to lead to stronger openings in the Asia-Pacific region on Friday.

In the U.S., the major stock indexes rose to record levels as investors shrugged off economic data pointing toward slower-than-expected growth. Investors also showed a delayed reaction to dovish news from the Federal Reserve the previous session.

Many investors were relieved that the Federal Reserve signaled no imminent plans for dialing back asset purchases. Fed Chairman Jerome Powell cautioned that although the economy is making progress towards its goals, it has a ways to go before the central bank would actually adjust its easy policies.

In economic news, U.S. second-quarter gross domestic product accelerated 6.5% on an annualized basis, considerably less than the 8.4% Dow Jones estimate.

Meanwhile, a separate data point showed that 400,000 people filed initial claims for unemployment benefits for the week ended July 24. That level is nearly double the pre-pandemic norm and above a Dow Jones estimate of 385,000.

Asia-Pacific Investors Hoping to Feed Off Wall Street’s Gains

Asia-Pacific investors are hoping to build on gains from Thursday fueled by a rebound in Hong Kong from a two-day slump earlier in the week and after the U.S. Federal Reserve left its benchmark interest rate near zero.

On Thursday, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index jumped 3.3% to close at 26,315.32. The index had dived more than 8% over two days early this week.

Meanwhile, Chinese tech stocks in Hong Kong, which were hit hard by the market rout earlier in the week, soared. Shares of Tencent jumped 10.02% while Alibaba gained 7.7% and Meituan climbed 9.49%. The Hang Seng Tech Index soared 8% to 6,958.77.

Helping to ease concerns in the region was the news that China’s securities regulators told brokerages late Wednesday that the country will allow Chinese firms to go public in the U.S. as long as they meet listing requirements, a source familiar with the matter told CNBC.

Traders should pay particular attention to the Australian stock market. Prices should firm because of strength in the energy and gold sectors due to strong gains on Thursday. Crude oil futures settled 1.41% higher. Gold futures posted a 1.54% gain.

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Gold Price Prediction – Prices Surge on Dollar Weakness

Gold prices surged higher as the dollar tumbled following a softer than expected Q2 GDP report. Since gold is quoted in dollars, a weaker greenback generally leads to higher gold prices. The GDP report was the first look at growth in the U.S., but it showed the lack of inventory restocking, which record-high shipping rates have hampered. This report followed the Fed’s decision on Wednesday to keep interest rates unchanged.  GDP accelerated 6.5% on an annualized basis, less than the 8.4% expected by economists. The result was slightly better than the 6.3% gain in the first quarter, which was revised narrowly.

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Technical analysis

Gold prices surged higher on Thursday, increasing slightly more than 1.25%.  Support is seen near the 10-day moving average at 1,808. Momentum is positive as the fast stochastic generated a crossover buy signal.  Medium-term momentum has positive as the MACD (moving average convergence divergence) index generated a crossover buy signal. This signal occurs as the MACD line (the 12-day moving average minus the 26-day moving average) crosses above the MACD signal line (the 9-day moving average of the MACD line). The MACD histogram also generated a crossover buy signal pushing through the zero-index with a rising trajectory which points to higher prices.

Pending Home Sales Fall

According to the National Association of Realtors, pending home sales fell 1.9% in June. The pending home indicator is a measure of contracts signed which is a future gauge of existing home sales. High existing home sale prices continue to generate a choppy sales market. Prices in May were up nearly 17% compared with May 2020, according to the latest reading from the S&P Case-Shiller national home price index.

Gold Price Futures (GC) Technical Analysis – Decision Time for Gold Bulls at $1839.00 – $1839.90

Gold futures are trading more than 1% higher on Thursday at its highest level since July 15 on the back of dovish comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell who suggested late Wednesday the central bank was unlikely to hike rates anytime soon. Powell based this suggestion on the notion that the U.S. job market still had “some ground to cover” before it would be time to pullback support to the economy.

At 18:18 GMT, December Comex gold futures are at $1835.10, up $30.50 or +1.69%.

After trading sideways for about two weeks, pent-up demand took over, triggering a spike to the upside which began with a mild reversal bottom late Wednesday. Fundamentally, the move is being supported by a plunge in the U.S. Dollar. Traders could also be showing a delayed reaction to the recent news that showed U.S. Real Treasury yields hit an all-time low.

Daily Swing Chart Technical Analysis

The main trend is up according to the daily swing chart. The trend turned up earlier in the session when buyers took out $1814.50. The trend will change back to down if sellers take out the two main bottoms at $1795.60 and $1793.10.

The main range is $1910.10 to $1754.50. Its retracement zone at $1839.90 to $1859.70 is the next upside target zone. Trader reaction to this zone could determine the near-term direction of the market.

On the downside, support is lined up at $1816.10 and $1795.00.

Daily Swing Chart Technical Forecast

The late session momentum indicates that December Comex gold has a clean shot at the cluster formed by the main top at $1839.00 and the main 50% level at $1839.90.

Sellers could show up on the first test of $1839.00 – $1839.90. However, the latter is also a trigger point for an acceleration into the next potential upside target at $1859.70.

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Behavior of Inflation and Bond Yields Seems… Contradictory

The markets hide many mysteries. One of them is the recent slide in the long-term bond yields. As the chart below shows, both the nominal interest rates and the real interest rates have been in a downside trend since March (with a short-lived rebound in June). Indeed, the 10-year Treasury yield reached almost 1.75% at the end of March, and by July it decreased to about 1.25%, while the inflation-adjusted yield dropped from -0.63% to about -1%.

What’s intriguing, this drop happened despite the surge in inflation. As you can see in the chart below, the seasonally adjusted annual CPI inflation rate surged to 5.3% in June, the highest level since the Great Recession. Even as inflation soared, the bond yields declined.

Why is that? Are bond traders blind? Don’t they see that the real interest rates are deeply negative? Indeed, the TIPS yields are the lowest in the history of the series (which began in 2003), while the difference between the nominal 10-year Treasury yields and the CPI annual rates is the lowest since June 1980, as the chart below shows.

The pundits say that the decline in the bond yields suggests that inflation will only be temporary and there is nothing to worry about. This is what the central bankers repeat and what investors believe. However, history teaches us that the bond market often lags behind inflation, allowing the real interest rates to plunge. This happened, for example, in the 1970s (see the chart above), when the bond market was clearly surprised by stagflation.

Another issue here is that the central banks heavily influence the bond markets through manipulation of interest rates and quantitative easing, preventing them from properly reacting to inflation. Actually, some analysts say that the bond market is the most manipulated market in the world. So, it doesn’t have to predict inflation properly.

Implications for Gold

What does the divergence between the bond yields and inflation imply for gold? Well, as an economist, I’m tempted to say “it depends”. You see, if inflation is really temporary, it will start declining later this year, making the real interest rates rise. In that case, gold would suffer (unless inflation decreases together with the pace of economic growth).

It might also be the case that the divergence will narrow as a result of the increase in the nominal interest rates. Such a move would boost the real interest rates and create downward pressure on gold.

However, if inflation turns out to be more persistent than expected, investors will fear an inflation tail risk, and they will be more eager to buy gold as an inflation hedge. As I’ve explained, the decline in the bond yields doesn’t have to mean low inflation expectations. It may also indicate expectations of slower economic growth. Combined with high inflation, it would imply stagflation, a pleasant environment for gold.

Another bullish argument for gold is the observation that the price of gold has recently lagged the drop in the real interest rates, as the chart below shows. So, it might be somewhat undervalued from the fundamental point of view.

However, given the upcoming Fed’s tightening cycle and the record low level of real interest rates, I would bet that the above-mentioned rates will increase later this year, which should send gold prices lower. But if they rise too much, it could make the markets worry about excessive indebtedness and release some recessionary forces. Then, the current reflation could transform into stagflation, making gold shine. So, gold could decline before it rallies again.

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Gold Price Forecast – Gold Markets Have Explosive Move for Thursday

Gold markets have rallied rather significantly during the course of the trading session on Thursday, gapping higher and then simply never looked back. We are now well above the 200 day EMA, so now the question is whether or not we can take out the most recent high. If we can, then the market is likely to go looking towards the top of the gap, which is closer to the $1860 region. Breaking above there would of course be a very bullish sign but at this point in time I think that sure target to begin with.

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Ultimately, this market could pull back from here but at this point in time I think it is only a matter of time before a certain amount of buying pressure could reenter the market. That being said, we could simply stick in the same consolidation area that we have been in, so it will be interesting to see whether or not we can break above the top of the most recent high. If we do, that would be a very bullish sign to say the least, and as a result the markets would continue to see more momentum to the upside. Pay close attention to the US Dollar Index, because of the dollar does of course continue to suffer, that could also push gold higher by proxy.

I think the one thing you can probably count on is going to be a lot of choppy behavior in this general vicinity so that is something that you should be very cognizant of. At this point the question is whether or not this massive move has wiped out all of the sellers, or is it simply going to be faded again? I suspect we will know by the weekend.

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Silver Price Daily Forecast – Silver Rallies As Dollar Dives After Fed’s Comments

Weak Dollar And Dovish Fed Provided Strong Support To Silver

Silver is currently trying to settle above the 20 EMA at $25.60 while the U.S. dollar is losing ground against a broad basket of currencies.

The U.S. Dollar Index is currently trying to get to the test of the 50 EMA at 91.90. If the U.S. Dollar Index manages to settle below the 50 EMA, it will gain additional downside momentum which will be bullish for silver and gold price today. Weak dollar is bullish for precious metals as it makes them cheaper for buyers who have other currencies.

Gold also enjoys support from weak dollar. Gold has recently managed to get above the 50 EMA at $1810 and is moving towards July highs near $1835. A move above the resistance at $1835 will open the way to the test of the $1850 level which will be bullish for silver and other precious metals.

Gold/silver ratio gained significant downside momentum and is moving towards the 71 level. If gold/silver ratio declines below this level, it will continue its downside move and head towards the 20 EMA at 70.60 which will be bullish for silver.

Technical Analysis

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Silver has recently managed to get above the resistance at $25.50 and is testing the next resistance level which is located at the 20 EMA at $25.60. RSI remains in the moderate territory despite the strength of the current upside move, and there is plenty of room to gain additional upside momentum in case the right catalysts emerge.

If silver settles above the 20 EMA, it will get to the test of the next resistance level at $25.80. A move above this level will open the way to the test of the resistance at the 50 EMA at $26.10. In case silver gets above the 50 EMA, it will move towards the resistance at $26.30.

On the support side, a move below $25.50 will push silver towards the support at $25.30. If silver declines below this level, it will head towards the next support which is located at $25.00. A successful test of this level will open the way to the test of the support at $24.70.

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