Gold-Oil ratio warns of further easing

I don’t attach much significance to the Gold-Oil ratio on its own but it’s back in overbought territory, above 25.

Spot Gold/Light Crude

The chart below — plotting inflation-adjusted prices (over CPI) — far better depicts the relationship between gold and crude oil. Each major spike in crude prices over the last 50 years has been followed by a rising gold price.

Spot Gold/Brent Crude

Falling crude prices are likely to weaken demand for gold over the next few years, both through lower inflation and declining foreign reserves of major oil producing nations.

Gold finds support at $1250

The Dollar Index continues to test support at 96.50. The primary trend is down and breach of support is likely, signaling a decline to test the 2016 low at 92/93.

Dollar Index

Spot Gold found support at $1250. A weaker Dollar and rising political uncertainty both favor an up-trend but rising interest rates are expected to weaken demand. Respect of support at $1250 would confirm the up-trend, while breach of $1200 would warn of another decline.

Spot Gold

Gold and the Dollar test support

The Dollar Index is finding support at 96.50/97; the latest long tail on the weekly chart signaling buying pressure. But the primary trend is down and breach of support would signal a decline to test the 2016 low at 92/93.

Dollar Index

Spot Gold is testing support at $1250. Fundamentals, like a weaker Dollar and rising political uncertainty, still favor an up-trend. Respect of support at $1250 would confirm. Breach of $1200 is unlikely but would warn of another decline.

Spot Gold

Gold retraces to test $1250

The Dollar Index found short-term support at 96.50/97 but the primary trend is down. Breach of support is likely and would signal another decline. The medium-term target is the 2016 low at 92/93.

Dollar Index

Spot Gold encountered resistance at $1300/ounce and is retracing to test support at $1250. Fundamentals, like a weaker Dollar and rising political uncertainty, still favor a continued up-trend. Respect of support at $1250 would confirm.

Spot Gold

Dollar slides, Gold strengthens

The Dollar Index continues its downward slide. Breach of support at 97 indicates another decline. The medium-term target is the 2016 low at 92/93.

Dollar Index

Spot Gold is advancing strongly, having broken resistance at $1260. The immediate target is $1300.

Spot Gold

Gold advances as the Dollar falls

The Dollar Index continues its downward spiral. Narrow consolidation at 97 is a bearish sign. Breach of support is likely and would indicate another decline. The primary down-trend has a medium-term target of the 2016 low at 92/93.

Dollar Index

Spot Gold broke resistance at $1260, signaling another advance, with a target of $1300. Reversal below $1250 is unlikely but would warn of trend weakness.

Spot Gold

Gold finds support as the Dollar falls

The Dollar Index crashed on this week’s Trump turmoil. Follow-through below 98.50 confirms a primary down-trend with a medium-term target of the 2016 low at 93.

Dollar Index

* Target: 99 – ( 104 – 99 ) = 94

Spot Gold found support at $1250 after Thursday’s retracement. Follow-through above $1260 would indicate another primary advance, with a target of $1300. Reversal below $1220 is unlikely but would signal a primary down-trend.

Spot Gold

Trump Turmoil

Discussion of a possible impeachment action against President Donald Trump is rife in the media and seems to have spooked financial markets.

The Dollar Index fell through support at 98.50, signaling another decline. The long-term target is 93.00.

Dollar Index

Gold rallied, breaking through resistance at $1250/ounce. Follow-through above $1300 would signal another advance, with a target of the 2016 high at $1375.

Spot Gold

Dow Jones Industrial Average retreated from resistance at 21000. Expect a test of medium-term support at 20400. Reversal below 20000 would be cause for concern.

Dow Jones Industrial Average

The S&P 500 is headed for a test of medium-term support at 2320. Breach would likewise signal a strong correction.

S&P 500

We are likely to get a secondary correction but I expect the bull market to continue. Impeachment of Trump would be a temporary setback and would make me more bullish on the long-term outlook.

It’s probably better to have him inside the tent pissing out,
than outside the tent pissing in.

~ President Lyndon Johnson on FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover whom he mistrusted

Gold hesitates

The Dollar Index rally ran into resistance at 100. Reversal below last week’s low would signal a medium-term decline to 94*.

Dollar Index

* Target: 99 – ( 104 – 99 ) = 94

Spot Gold found short-term support at $1220. Recovery above $1250 would signal resumption of the primary up-trend but a test of $1200 is more likely and breach would signal reversal to a primary down-trend.

Spot Gold

Gold falls despite weak Dollar

Commodities are falling, with the DJ-UBS Commodity Index testing support at 82.

DJ-UBS Commodity Index

Despite the Dollar Index breaking support at 100.

Dollar Index

Spot Gold followed, breaking medium-term support at $1240/$1250. A test of primary support at $1200/ounce is now likely.

Spot Gold

Breach of $1200 would signal a primary down-trend. Respect would confirm the primary up-trend. I still view gold stocks as a form of “Trump insurance” and am reluctant to part with exposure to this sector.

Weak Dollar strengthens gold outlook

The Dollar Index broke support at 100 despite strengthening interest rates, warning of a down-trend. Target for a decline would be the May 2016 low of 93.

Dollar Index

China has burned through a trillion dollars of foreign reserves in the last 3 years, attempting to support the yuan. I believe the sell-off is unlikely to abate and plays a major part in the Dollar’s weakness.

China: Foreign Reserves

A falling Dollar would strengthen demand for gold. Spot Gold is retracing from resistance at $1300/ounce and is likely to find support at $1240/$1250. Respect of support would suggest another advance; confirmed if gold breaks $1300.

Spot Gold

Spot Silver displays a more bearish medium-term outlook, however, with a stronger correction testing support at $17.00/ounce. Breach of support would test the primary level at $15.65 and warn of further gold weakness.

Spot Silver

Gold advance likely

The Dollar Index continues to test support at 100 despite strengthening interest rates. China’s sell-off of foreign reserves to support the Yuan may be contributing to this weakness.

Dollar Index

Spot Gold is consolidating below resistance at $1300/ounce. A more confrontational US foreign policy is contributing to global uncertainty and demand for precious metals.

Spot Gold

Breakout above $1300 is likely and would signal a test of the 2016 high at $1375.

Gold surges on North Korea fears

The Dollar Index is testing support at 100 on fears of further escalation in the stand-off with North Korea.

Dollar Index

Spot Gold broke resistance at $1260/ounce, offering an immediate target of $1300. Recovery of 13-week Twiggs Momentum above zero signals resumption of the primary up-trend.

Spot Gold

Gold meets resistance

Spot Gold continues to test support at $1240/$1250 an ounce. Respect, indicated by recovery above $1260, is likely and would signal an advance to $1300.

Spot Gold

Is the Donald long gold?

Don’t know if he is long, but Donald Trump is doing his best to drive up demand for gold.

From the FT overnight:

Donald Trump has warned that the US will take unilateral action to eliminate the nuclear threat from North Korea unless China increases pressure on the regime in Pyongyang.

In an interview with the Financial Times, the US president said he would discuss the growing threat from Kim Jong Un’s nuclear programme with Xi Jinping when he hosts the Chinese president at his Florida resort this week, in their first meeting. “China has great influence over North Korea. And China will either decide to help us with North Korea, or they won’t,” Mr Trump said in the Oval Office.

“If they do, that will be very good for China, and if they don’t, it won’t be good for anyone.”

But he made clear that he would deal with North Korea with or without China’s help. Asked if he would consider a “grand bargain” — where China pressures Pyongyang in exchange for a guarantee that the US would later remove troops from the Korean peninsula — Mr Trump said:

“Well if China is not going to solve North Korea, we will. That is all I am telling you.”

Nothing like the threat of nuclear war to drive up the price of portable assets. Not that it would do much good if you are on the receiving end.

Spot Gold broke resistance at $1250 an ounce. Follow-through above $1260 is likely and would signal an advance to $1300.

Spot Gold

Theresa May had a calmer, less belligerent approach: “….encourage China to look at this issue of North Korea and play a more significant role in terms of North Korea … I think that’s where our attention should focus.”

Gold benefits from Dollar fall

The Dollar Index continues its downward path, having breached support at 100. Follow-through below the rising trendline at 99 would warn of a test of primary support at 93.

Dollar Index

Spot Gold has benefited. Currently testing resistance at $1250/ounce, narrow consolidation is a bullish sign. Follow-through above $1260 would confirm a target of $1300. Crossover of 13-week Momentum to above zero is also bullish, suggesting a primary up-trend.

Spot Gold

Gold rallies as Dollar falls

The Dollar Index rally is falling despite rising interest rates. Chinese sell-off of foreign reserves to support the Yuan may be a factor.

Dollar Index

Spot Gold rallied off support at $1200/ounce. Recovery above $1250 would confirm an up-trend, with the next target at $1300.

Spot Gold

Gold bears grow as Fed hints at rate hike

The Fed is expected to hike interest rates next week. 10-year Treasury yields broke resistance at 2.5 percent, signaling an advance to the 2013/2014 high of 3.0 percent. Breakout above 3.0 percent is still a way off but would complete a large double bottom signaling the end of the 30-year secular bull market in bonds. Rising interest rates are bearish for gold.

10-year Treasury Yields

The Dollar Index rally continues to meet resistance, with tall shadows on the last four weekly candles signaling selling pressure. Rising interest rates could strengthen the advance, with bearish consequences for gold, but Chinese sell-off of foreign reserves (to support the Yuan) is working against this.

Dollar Index

Spot Gold is testing support at $1200/ounce. Recovery above $1250 would indicate that the recent down-trend has ended. But breach of support is more likely and would warn of another test of long-term support at $1050/ounce.

Spot Gold