Gold finds short-term support

The greenback continues its bear market rally, assisted by the new tax bill and the December Fed rate hike. Breakout above resistance at 95 would signal a primary up-trend, a strong bear signal for gold, but the Dollar still has to overcome concerns over North Korea.

Dollar Index

Gold found short-term support at $1240/ounce and recovery above the descending trendline would indicate that the down-trend is weakening. Breach of primary support at $1200 is unlikely but would be a strong bear signal, warn of a primary down-trend.

Spot Gold

The All Ords Gold Index is also correcting. Breach of primary support at 4300 would warn of a primary down-trend.

All Ordinaries Gold Index

But I expect this to be cushioned by further weakness on the Aussie Dollar.

Australian Dollar/USD

Helped in part by a declining yield differential between Australian and US government bonds.

Differential between Australian and US 10-year Government Bonds

Gold falls

Gold broke support at $1250/ounce, warning of a test of primary support at $1200. Breach of primary support at $1260 remains unlikely but would warn of long-term down-trend.

Spot Gold

The greenback rallied on passing of the new tax bill. A test of resistance at 95 is now likely. Breakout above 95 would signal a primary up-trend, bearish for gold.

Dollar Index

Long-term Treasury yields are gradually strengthening, with the 10-year expected to test resistance at 2.50%. Breakout above 2.5/2.6 would signal a primary up-trend which again would be bearish for gold.

10-Year Treasury Yield

A long-term chart of gold shows the precious metal retains its bullish bias. There is strong resistance at $1350 opposed by a broad band of support between $1050 and $1200. Respect of $1200 would signal another test of resistance, while breach of $1150 would warn of a primary down-trend.

Spot Gold

The All Ords Gold Index is also correcting but is somewhat cushioned by the falling Australian Dollar, now at 75 US cents. Respect of the rising trendline would be bullish, while breach of primary support at 4300 would warn of a down-trend.

All Ordinaries Gold Index

Gold rallies as Dollar falls

The greenback is weakening. The Dollar Index retracement respected resistance at 94, confirming a decline to test primary support at the September low of 91. Follow-through below secondary support at 93 would strengthen the signal.

Dollar Index

The falling Dollar strengthened demand for gold which is testing the band of resistance around $1300/ounce. Upward breakout is likely (Twiggs Trend Index holding above zero indicates buying pressure) and would target the September high of $1350. Breach of primary support at $1260 is most unlikely but would be a strong bear signal for gold.

Spot Gold

The All Ordinaries Gold Index is headed for a test of long-term resistance at 5000 in response to the falling Aussie Dollar and rising gold prices in USD.

All Ordinaries Gold Index

Gold and crude oil tend to rise and fall in unison over the long-term. The primary up-trend in crude prices improves the long-term outlook for gold.

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Falling Aussie Dollar boosts Gold stocks

The Aussie Dollar is tanking, falling from a September high of 81 US cents to below 76 US cents. Test of support at 73.50 is likely.

Australian Dollar AUDUSD

The All Ords Gold Index ($XGD) responded to the weakening Aussie Dollar, despite a lackluster performance from gold. Breakout above 5000 would signal a new primary advance, offering a target of 5650*.

All Ords Gold Index ($XGD)

* Target calculation: 5000 + ( 5000 – 4350 ) = 5650

Gold: Further weakness likely

US Treasury yields are rising, with the 10-year yield breaking through 1.80 percent to signal a test of 2.0 percent. Further rises are likely on the back of stronger GDP figures for the last quarter.

10-year Treasury Yields

The Chinese Yuan continues to depreciate against the Dollar in anticipation of another rate rise from the Fed.

USDCNY

Spot gold displays a weak retracement off support at $1250/ounce, with short candles indicating a lack of conviction. Another primary decline is likely and would test primary support at $1200.

Spot Gold

The ASX All Ordinaries Gold Index respected the descending trendline, suggesting another decline. Reversal below 4300 would confirm, offering a target of 4000.

All Ordinaries Gold Index

Gold selling pressure continues

Selling pressure on gold continues, with the SPDR Gold [GLD] ETF consolidating in a bearish narrow band above support at 119. Twiggs Money Flow below zero warns of long-term selling pressure. Continuation of the down-trend is likely and breach of 119 would signal another decline.

SPDR Gold

Spot gold displays a similar narrow consolidation at $1250/ounce. Continuation is likely and would test primary support at $1200.

Spot Gold

The ASX All Ordinaries Gold Index recovered above resistance at 4500 but has so far respected the descending trendline. Respect is likely and reversal below 4300 would signal a decline to 4000.

All Ordinaries Gold Index

Gold: The importance of $1200/ounce

Interest rates are rising, driving gold lower. Long-term Treasury yields are heading for a test of resistance at 2.0 percent but a lot depends on continued stability in financial markets.

10-Year Treasury Yields

The Chinese Yuan continues its devaluation against the Dollar. Any sharp movements would spur global instability and increase demand for gold. But at present Dollar appreciation proceeds at a measured pace.

USDCNY

Selling pressure on gold has increased, reflected by the steep fall of Twiggs Money Flow on the SPDR Gold [GLD] ETF. A larger (TMF) peak near zero would warn of a long-term sell-off.

SPDR Gold

Spot gold has paused in its descent, with a short candle on the weekly chart reflecting short-term support at $1250/ounce, but expect a test of primary support at $1200.

Spot Gold

A long-term monthly chart of gold reflects the importance of support at $1200. The high of 2009, the lows of 2013, and the recent lows in April and June, all reinforce strength at $1200. Breach of this level would signal a long-term down-trend.

Spot Gold

The ASX All Ordinaries Gold Index retraced to test resistance at 4500 after the recent breakout. Respect is likely and would signal decline to 4000.

All Ordinaries Gold Index

Gold breaches $1300/ounce

Spot gold broke support at $1300/ounce warning of a test of primary support at $1200. The up-trend has lost momentum, reflected by penetration of the rising trendline, but consolidation above $1200 would suggest that the trend is intact. Breach of $1200 is now as likely, however, and would warn of a test of the 2015 low at $1050/ounce.

Spot Gold

The ASX All Ordinaries Gold Index is testing support at 4500. Breach is likely and would warn of a primary down-trend.

All Ordinaries Gold Index

Gold approaches a watershed

Expectations of interest rate rises are growing, with 10-year Treasury yields advancing towards 2.0 percent after breaking out above 1.60.

10-Year Treasury Yields

The Chinese Yuan is easing against the US Dollar, in a managed process from the PBOC which will use up foreign reserves more slowly than a direct peg. It is also likely to minimize selling pressure on the Yuan, both from capital flight and from Chinese borrowers covering on Dollar-denominated loans.

USDCNY

Spot gold is easing, in a falling wedge formation, towards a test of medium-term support at $1300/ounce. This is a watershed moment. Breach of $1300 would warn of a test of primary support at $1200. But respect of support would suggest another test of the July high at $1375.

Spot Gold

* Target calculation: 1375 + ( 1375 – 1300 ) = 1450

Rising interest rates and low inflation increase downward pressure on gold but uncertainty over US elections, Europe/Brexit, and the path of the Chinese economy contribute to buying support. Gold stocks serve as a useful counter-balance to growth stocks in a portfolio. If there are positive outcomes and a return to economic stability, then growth stocks will do well and gold is likely to underperform. If things goes wrong and growth stocks do poorly, gold stocks are likely to outperform.

In Australia the All Ordinaries Gold Index ($XGD) continues to test support at 4500. Respect (recovery above 5000) would signal another test of the recent highs at 5600. A weakening Australian Dollar/US Dollar would tend to mitigate the impact of a fed rate hike. Breach of 4500 is less likely but would confirm a primary down-trend.

All Ordinaries Gold Index $XGD

* Target calculation: 4500 – ( 5000 – 4500 ) = 4000

Gold finds support

Spot Gold found support at $1325/ounce after retracing from resistance at $1350. Short candles suggest weak selling pressure. Respect of support at $1325 would signal another test of the July high at $1375. Follow-through above $1350 would confirm. Breakout above $1375 would offer a target of $1450* but expect strong resistance if the Fed appears intent on raising interest rates. Breach of support at $1300 is unlikely but would warn of a test of primary support at $1200/ounce.

Spot Gold

* Target calculation: 1375 + ( 1375 – 1300 ) = 1450

In Australia the All Ordinaries Gold Index ($XGD) is testing support at 4500. Respect is likely and would signal a test of the recent highs around 5600. A weakening Australian Dollar/US Dollar would tend to mitigate the impact of a fed rate hike. Breach of 4500 is unlikely but would warn of trend reversal.

All Ordinaries Gold Index $XGD

* Target calculation: 5500 + ( 5500 – 4500 ) = 6500

Gold rallies

Spot Gold rallied to test resistance at $1350/ounce. Momentum above zero continues to indicate a primary up-trend. Short retracement (short candles and short duration) would signal a test of the July 2016 high at $1375. Breakout above $1375 would offer a target of $1450*. Breach of support at $1300 is unlikely but would warn of a test of primary support at $1200/ounce.

Spot Gold

* Target calculation: 1375 + ( 1375 – 1300 ) = 1450

In Australia the All Ordinaries Gold Index ($XGD) found support at 4500. Expect a test of the recent highs around 5500. The Index is likely to follow the spot gold price, provided the Australian Dollar/US Dollar remains fairly stable. Breakout above 5500 would signal a fresh advance, with a target of 6500*. Breach of 4500 is unlikely but would warn of trend reversal.

All Ordinaries Gold Index $XGD

* Target calculation: 5500 + ( 5500 – 4500 ) = 6500

Gold strengthens as Dollar weakens

Long-term interest rates continue their decline, with 10-year Treasury yields testing support at 1.65 to 1.70 percent. Breach would signal a test of the all-time (July 2012) low of 1.40 percent.

10-year Treasury yields

Gold rallied in response, breaking initial resistance at $1250/ounce to signal a test of $1300.

Gold

The Chinese appear to have resumed selling foreign reserves to support the Yuan, with USDCNY running into resistance at 6.60. PBOC sale of reserves would weaken the Dollar, boosting demand for Gold. Failure to support the Yuan is unlikely, but would increase safe haven demand for Gold from Chinese investors.

USDCNY

The Dollar Index, representing predominantly the Euro and Yen crosses, fell sharply. Breach of support at 93 would confirm the primary down-trend earlier signaled by 13-week Momentum below zero.

Dollar Index

The Australian All Ordinaries Gold Index broke through 4500 to signal another advance, with the weakening Australian Dollar adding further impetus. Gaps between trough lows (orange line) and preceding highs (brown line) indicate strong buying pressure.

All Ordinaries Gold Index

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Gold: Is it flagging?

Gold is now in the fourth week of a flag formation and is testing support at $1250/ounce. The best flag signals are in weeks 3 or 4. With no immediate prospect of a breakout, this raises the question: is gold losing momentum?

Gold

Increased likelihood of a Fed interest rate hike has certainly taken some wind from the sails …..as has recent Chinese stimulus which at least postponed (but not averted) Yuan devaluation against the Dollar. While this affected short to medium-term prospects, factors driving long-term demand for gold are unaltered. From a technical view, narrow candle ranges over the last 4 days suggest increased buying at the $1250 support level. And breakout above the flag remains a buy signal ……at least into the fifth week.

Silver experienced a much sharper sell-off, but on the weekly chart still looks likely to respect support at $16.00/ounce. Respect would suggest another test of resistance at $18.00 to $18.50.

Silver

On the weekly chart gold remains on track for a test of $1300/ounce. For as long as support at $1200 holds, we retain our bullish view on gold.

Gold

* Target calculation: 1300 + ( 1300 – 1050 ) = 1550

With the added incentive of a weakening Aussie Dollar, Australian gold stocks, represented here by the All Ords Gold Index (XGD), remain in a strong primary up-trend. A 13-week Twiggs Money Flow trough above zero and breakout above the recent trend channel are both bullish signs.

All Ords Gold Index (XGD)

Disclosure: Our Australian managed portfolios are invested in gold stocks.

Aussie gold stocks shine

Australian gold stocks have had a good run since the index (XGD) broke resistance at 2800. At some stage there is bound to be a correction but the up-trend now looks pretty robust, rising 13-week Money Flow confirming buying pressure.

XGD