Gold & Silver advance

The Dollar Index is testing primary support between 92 and 93. Expect consolidation or a weak rally but Twiggs Trend Index warns of sustained selling pressure. Breach of support would signal another primary decline, offering a long-term target between 83 and 84* — a bullish sign for gold.

Dollar Index

*Target: 93 – ( 103 – 93 ) = 83

Crude respected resistance at $50/barrel, suggesting another test of support at $40/barrel, continuing the primary down-trend. Twiggs Trend Index again warns of selling pressure. Breakout above $50 is now unlikely.

Nymex Light Crude

Gold is headed for a test of resistance at $1300/ounce, while a rising Twiggs Trend Index signals buying pressure. Breakout above $1300 is likely and would indicate another primary advance, with a target of $1400*. Reversal below $1250 is now unlikely but would warn of another test of primary support at $1200.

Spot Gold

Target 1300 + ( 1300 – 1200 ) = 1400

Silver broke through resistance at $17/ounce, a bullish sign for gold. Retracement that respects the new support level would strengthen the bull signal, indicating a test of the April high at 18.50.

Spot Silver

Gold responds to crude strength and Dollar support

The Dollar Index is testing primary support between 92 and 93. Breach of support would offer a long-term target between 83 and 84* — a bullish sign for gold.

Dollar Index

*Target: 93 – ( 103 – 93 ) = 83

Crude continues to test resistance at $50/barrel. Respect would indicate another test of the lower trend channel, around $40/barrel, continuing the primary down-trend. Follow-through above $50 would suggest that a bottom has formed and the next correction is likely to be higher than the last low at $42.

Nymex Light Crude

Gold retraced to test support at $1250/ounce — in line with crude strength and Dollar support. Respect of support is more likely and would indicate another test of $1300. Reversal below $1250 is unlikely but would warn of another test of primary support at $1200.

Spot Gold

Silver also retraced and is likely to test primary support at $15.50. Rising Twiggs Trend Index suggests that another test of resistance at $17 remains likely. Breakout above $17 would be bullish for gold.

Spot Silver

Gold rallies as Crude rises and Dollar falls

The Dollar Index is testing primary support between 92 and 93; bullish for gold. Breach of support would offer a long-term target between 83 and 84*.

Dollar Index

*Target: 93 – ( 103 – 93 ) = 83

Crude rallied strongly this week, with Nymex light crude testing its upper trend channel at $50/barrel. Respect would indicate another test of the lower trend channel, around $40/barrel, continuing the primary down-trend. Follow-through above $50 would suggest that a bottom has formed and the next correction is unlikely to reach the last low of $42.

Nymex Light Crude

Gold followed through above $1260 after a brief retracement, indicating another test of $1300. Reversal below $1250 is unlikely but would be a bearish sign, warning of another test of primary support.

Spot Gold

The accompanying rally in Silver is testing the descending trendline at $17/ounce. Penetration would suggest that a bottom is forming and the primary down-trend is near an end; a bullish sign for gold.

Spot Silver

Gold rallies as Dollar plunges

The Dollar Index is in a primary down-trend. Its decline accelerated in the last week, headed for the next level of primary support between 92 and 93, which is bullish for gold.

Dollar Index

Falling crude prices, however, have a bearish influence on gold. Nymex light crude recently staged a rally but ran into resistance at $47.50/barrel. Expect another decline to test the lower trend channel at $42, continuing the primary down-trend.

Nymex Light Crude

Gold broke resistance at $1250/ounce. Follow-through above $1260 would signal another test of resistance at $1300. Reversal below $1250, on the other hand, would be a bearish sign.

Spot Gold

Silver rallied off primary support at $15.50/ounce but only a break above the descending trendline (at $17/ounce) would flag a reversal in the primary down-trend.

Spot Silver

Gold tests resolve

The Dollar Index is in a primary down-trend. Short-term support is unlikely to hold. The long-term target is the 2016 low between 92 and 93.

Dollar Index

Silver often acts as a lead indicator gold. Testing primary support at $15.50/15.60 per ounce, breach would warn of a primary down-trend.

Silver

I have been bullish on gold since the election of Donald Trump as president. My comment last week was:

“Let me put it this way: recovery of gold above $1250 would not be a surprise. And would test resistance at $1300….”

Gold is trending lower, breach of $1215 warning of a test of primary support at $1200.

From a fundamental viewpoint, I can find no strong argument to support a lower gold price:

So I remain bullish on the long-term outlook for gold. But a peak below zero on Twiggs Trend Index warns of weakness. Breach of primary support at $1200 would mean that all bets are off.

Spot Gold

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: 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.

Gold: The final nail

Gold respected its new resistance level after a brief retracement and is again testing short-term support at $1065/ounce. 13-Week Twiggs Momentum peaks below zero indicate a strong primary down-trend. Breach of support is likely and would provide further confirmation of a decline to $1000/ounce*.

Spot Gold

* Target calculation: 1100 – ( 1200 – 1100 ) = 1000

Spot silver has also broken long-term support, reinforcing the gold signal.

Spot Silver

The Gold Bugs Index, representing un-hedged gold stocks, is testing primary support at 105. Failure of support is likely and would be the final nail in the coffin (for gold).

Gold Bugs Index

The stronger Dollar is weakening demand for gold, with the Dollar Index testing resistance its 12-year high at 100. Rising 13-week Twiggs Momentum indicates a healthy (primary) up-trend. Breakout above 100 is very likely and would signal an advance to 107*.

Dollar Index

* Target calculation: 100 + ( 100 – 93 ) = 107

Gold Bugs warn of a bear market

Silver is testing long-term support at $15/ounce. Breach is likely, with 13-week Twiggs Momentum peaking below zero, indicating continuation of the down-trend.

Silver

Gold is similarly testing primary support at $1140/ounce. 13-Week Twiggs Momentum also peaked below zero, suggesting continuation of the down-trend. Breach of support would offer a target of $1000*.

Spot Gold

* Target calculation: 1200 – ( 1400 – 1200 ) = 1000

Stocks of major producers like Barrick Gold are also testing primary support. 13-week Twiggs Money Flow below zero indicates a primary down-trend.

Barrick Gold

The Gold Bugs Index, representing un-hedged gold stocks, has already departed. Breach of the band of primary support between 150 and 155 warns of a bear market for gold.

Gold Bugs Index

Silver tests primary support at $15

Spot Silver is testing support at $15 per ounce. Breach would signal a primary down-trend.

Spot Silver

And warn of a bear market for gold.

Gold Bugs and Silver warn of further weakness

Low interest rates strengthen demand for gold as they reduce the carrying cost. A rising dollar, however, would reduce demand.

Gold encountered stubborn resistance at $1250/ounce. Respect would confirm the primary down-trend. Another 13-week Twiggs Momentum peak below zero would strengthen the signal. Breach of primary support at $1180 would offer a long-term target of $1000*. Recovery above $1250 is unlikely, but would test the descending trendline around $1300.

Spot Gold

* Target calculation: 1200 – ( 1400 – 1200 ) = 1000

Gold Bugs Index, representing un-hedged gold stocks, broke long-term support at 190, signaling another primary decline. Gold is likely to follow.

Gold Bugs Index

Silver failed to rally in concert with gold, instead consolidating in a narrow range which suggests further weakness. Another bearish sign for gold.

Silver

Bears eye gold

Gold is testing resistance at $1250/ounce after a two-week retracement. 13-Week Twiggs Momentum (below zero) continues to indicate a primary down-trend. Respect of resistance at $1250 would confirm this. And breach of primary support at $1180 would offer a long-term target of $1000*.

Spot Gold

* Target calculation: 1200 – ( 1400 – 1200 ) = 1000

Silver has already broken long-term support, signaling another primary decline. Gold is likely to follow.

Gold Bugs Index, representing un-hedged gold stocks, is also testing long-term support (at 190). Breach of support would strengthen the bear signal for gold.

Gold Bugs Index

Gold finds support

Gold rallied off support at $1180 and is likely to test $1250/ounce. But the primary trend, as indicated by 13-week Twiggs Momentum (below zero), remains down. Respect of resistance at $1250 would confirm this. Breach of primary support at $1180 would offer a long-term target of $1000*.

Spot Gold

* Target calculation: 1200 – ( 1400 – 1200 ) = 1000

Silver is also in a primary down-trend, retracing to test the new resistance level at $18.50/$19.00 per ounce. Respect would confirm the target of $15.50/ounce*.

Spot Silver

* Target calculation: 18.5 – ( 21.5 – 18.5 ) = 15.5

Gold breaks support

Spot gold broke support at $1200/ounce, warning of a primary down-trend to test $1000*. Follow-through below $1180 would confirm. 13-Week Twiggs Momentum below zero already signals a primary down-trend.

S&P 500 VIX

* Target calculation: 1200 – ( 1400 – 1200 ) = 1000

Spot silver has already broken primary support and gold is expected to follow.

S&P 500 VIX

Gold threatens four-year low

Gold & Silver

Silver broke long-term support at $18.50 per ounce, offering a target of $15.50/ounce*. First, expect retracement to respect the new resistance level. Gold is likely to follow Silver to a new four-year low.

Spot Silver

* Target calculation: 18.5 – ( 21.5 – 18.5 ) = 15.5

Gold respected the new resistance level at $1240/ounce and is now testing $1200. Follow-through below $1180 would offer a long-term target of $1000*, while respect would suggest another rally to $1240. Declining 13-week Twiggs Momentum, below zero, further strengthens the bear signal.

Spot Gold

* Target calculation: 1200 – ( 1400 – 1200 ) = 1000

Gold Bugs Index (representing un-hedged gold stocks) is also testing long-term support. Breach of support at 200 would strengthen the bear signal for Gold.

Gold Bugs Index

Interest Rates and the Dollar

Rising Treasury yields and a stronger Dollar both add downward pressure to Gold. Higher interest rates increase the carrying cost of gold, while the Dollar competes with Gold both as a safe haven and as an appreciating asset (against other currencies).

The Dollar Index broke through resistance at the 2013 high of 84.75. Rising 13-week Twiggs Momentum, above zero, signals a primary up-trend. Expect retracement to test the new support level. Respect is likely and would offer a long-term target of 89*. Reversal below 84.50 is unlikely, but would warn of a correction.

Dollar Index

* Target calculation: 84 + ( 84 – 79 ) = 89.00

The yield on ten-year Treasury Notes respected resistance at 2.65 percent and is retracing to test support at 2.50. Follow-through above 2.70 would signal an advance to 3.00, but 13-week Twiggs Momentum below zero continues to suggest a primary down-trend. Failure of support at 2.50 would indicate another test of primary support at 2.30.

10-Year Treasury Yields

* Target calculation: 2.30 – ( 2.60 – 2.30 ) = 2.00

Gold and silver fall

Gold respected the new resistance level at $1240 after a brief retracement, confirming a primary down-trend. Declining 13-week Twiggs Momentum below zero strengthens the bear signal. Expect further support at $1200/ounce, breach would add further confirmation.

Spot Gold

* Target calculation: 1200 – ( 1400 – 1200 ) = 1000

Silver is testing primary support at $18.50 per ounce. Breach of support would signal a down-trend and strengthen the bear signal for gold. Respect is unlikely, but would suggest further consolidation.

Spot Silver

Interest Rates and the Dollar

A rising Dollar and rising Treasury yields both put downward pressure on gold.

The Dollar Index is testing resistance at the 2013 high of 84.50. Rising 13-week Twiggs Momentum above zero signals a primary up-trend. Reversal below 81.50 is most unlikely. Upward breakout would offer a long-term target of 89*.

Dollar Index

* Target calculation: 84 + ( 84 – 79 ) = 89.00

The yield on ten-year Treasury Notes broke resistance at 2.50 percent and is now consolidating at 2.60. Follow-through above 2.65 would signal an advance to 3.00. Respect would signal a decline to 2.00 percent*. 13-Week Twiggs Momentum recovery above zero would suggest a primary up-trend.

10-Year Treasury Yields

* Target calculation: 2.65 + ( 2.65 – 2.30 ) = 3.00

Gold Declines as the Dollar rises

A rising dollar, falling crude prices and low inflation all favor a down-trend for gold, while falling long-term interest rates are the only alleviating factor at present.

Gold broke support at $1280, indicating another test of primary support at $1200/ounce. Declining 13-week Twiggs Momentum below zero suggests a primary down-trend. Failure of medium-term support at $1240 would strengthen the bear signal. Breach of primary support would confirm.

Spot Gold

* Target calculation: 1200 – ( 1400 – 1200 ) = 1000

Gold Bugs Index, representing un-hedged gold stocks, has not yet followed. Breach of support at 235 would confirm another test of primary support at 205. Reversal of 13-week Twiggs Momentum below zero would strengthen the signal.

Gold Bugs Index

Silver, on the other hand is already testing primary support at $18.50/$19.00 per ounce. Breach of support would strengthen the bear signal for gold, while respect would suggest further consolidation.

Spot Silver

Gold faces conflicting forces

  • Treasury yields are falling
  • The Dollar is weakening
  • Inflation expectations are falling
  • Gold and silver are testing support

Interest Rates and the Dollar

The yield on ten-year Treasury Notes closed below support at 2.60 percent, warning of another decline. Follow-through below 2.50 percent would signal a primary down-trend, with an immediate target of 2.00 percent*. Reversal of 13-week Twiggs Momentum below zero also suggests weakness. Recovery above 2.80 is unlikely at present, but would indicate another advance.

10-Year Treasury Yields

* Target calculation: 2.50 – ( 3.00 – 2.50 ) = 2.00

The Dollar Index is heading for a test of primary support at 79.00. Peaks below the zero line on 13-week Twiggs Momentum signal a primary down-trend. Breach of primary support at 79.00 would confirm, offering a target of 76.50*. Recovery above 80.50 is unlikely, but would signal that the index has bottomed.

Dollar Index

* Target calculation: 79.0 – ( 81.5 – 79.0 ) = 76.5

Gold and Silver

Gold faces conflicting forces: low inflation reduces demand for precious metals, but low interest rates and a weaker Dollar increase demand.

Spot gold continues to test support at $1300/$1280 per ounce. Failure of support would indicate a test of primary support at $1200, but long tails and 13-week Twiggs Momentum recovery above zero indicate that another test of $1400 remains as likely.

Spot Gold

Silver is more bearish and failure of primary support at $19/ounce would offer a target of $16*. Respect of the zero line (from below) by 13-week Twiggs Momentum suggests continuation of the primary down-trend. A down-swing on silver would be likely to be followed by gold. Recovery above $22/ounce is less likely, but would signal a primary up-trend.

Spot Silver

* Target calculation: 19 – ( 22 – 19 ) = 16