Australian gold stocks rally despite stronger Dollar

Interesting turn in the gold/dollar saga.

The US Dollar Index is strengthening, testing resistance at 91. Bullish divergence on the Trend Index indicates buying pressure.

Dollar Index

The Dollar is strengthening despite rising crude prices which generally weaken the Dollar.

WTI Light Crude

Spot Gold is retreating from resistance at $1350/ounce. Bearish divergence on the Trend Index warns of selling pressure. Expect a test of $1300.

Spot Gold

But Australian gold stocks are strengthening. The All Ordinaries Gold Index is rallying to test resistance between 5000 and 5100.

All Ordinaries Gold Index

That’s because the Australian Dollar is falling at a faster rate than the Dollar Index is strengthening.

AUDUSD

So the price of gold in Australian Dollars is actually rising.

Spot Gold in Australian Dollars

Leaving Australian gold stocks unperturbed by the strengthening US Dollar.

Rising crude bullish for Gold

Rising Crude prices continue to weaken the Dollar.

Dollar Index

The Dollar Index is consolidating between 89 and 91. Bullish divergence on the Trend Index suggests solid support but continued rise in crude prices or threat of a trade war could undermine this.

Dollar Index

Gold has been testing resistance at $1350/$1360 per ounce over the last 3 months, catching bulls several times with a false break followed by a hasty retreat. But follow-through above $1360 would indicate commitment from buyers. And retracement that respects a new support level at $1350 would confirm the breakout, signaling another primary advance. A weaker Dollar would fuel demand for Gold.

Spot Gold

There are two wild cards that could cause an upward spike in gold: a trade war with China and rising geo-political tensions. The former would weaken the Dollar if Chinese purchases of foreign reserves are scaled back, while the latter would directly increase safe-haven demand for gold.

Gold, Crude, the Dollar and Donald Trump

Since the 1970s, gold and crude oil have tended to rise and fall together as illustrated by the chart below, with gold and crude prices adjusted for inflation.

Spot Gold and WTI Light Crude

The reason is not hard to find. When crude prices rise the Dollar weakens. The chart below compares crude, adjusted for inflation, against an inverted Dollar Index. Major rises in crude are normally accompanied by a similar rise in the inverted Dollar index (signaling Dollar weakness).

WTI Light Crude and inverted Dollar Index

However, the inverse is not always true. The 1986 Plaza Accord — where Japan and Germany agreed to scale back Dollar purchases — caused a sharp fall in the Dollar without a corresponding rise in crude.

If Donald Trump successfully negotiates a new trade deal with China, cessation of Chinese purchases could spark a similar decline of the Dollar.

Dollar Index

The Dollar Index is currently consolidating between 88.50 and 91. I suggested last week that it may be forming a base. But rising Crude prices add downward pressure on the Dollar.

Dollar Index

And Gold is the likely beneficiary.

Spot Gold

Breakout above $1375/ounce would signal a strong advance.

We can’t blame Donald Trump for the rise in geo-political tensions around the world. Those are more a legacy of the previous administration’s failure to enforce red lines. But Trump’s communication style does tend to inflame issues and tensions in Syria, North Korea, South China Sea, Ukraine, the Balkans and Baltic states — to name but a few — are also likely to fuel demand for gold as a safe haven.

Crude headed for $30/barrel

Crude futures (Light Crude January 2016 – CLF2016) broke primary support at $40/barrel, offering a target of $30/barrel*.

WTI Light Crude January 2016 Futures

* Target calculation: 40 – ( 50 – 40 ) = 30

Crude testing support at $40/barrel

Crude futures (Light Crude January 2016 – CLF2016) are headed for another test of primary support at $40/barrel. Breach is likely and would signal another decline, with a target of $30/barrel*.

WTI Light Crude January 2016 Futures

* Target calculation: 40 – ( 50 – 40 ) = 30

Crude futures target $32/barrel

Crude futures (Light Crude March 2016 – CLH2016) are consolidating in a narrow band below the former support level at $45/barrel. Breach of $43 is likely and would indicate a test of the August low at $41.20. Follow-through below $41 would warn of another decline, with a target of $32/barrel*.

WTI Light Crude March 2016 Futures

* Target calculation: 42 – ( 52 – 42 ) = 32

Crude tests $40/barrel

Crude futures (Light Crude December 2015 – CLZ2015) are testing primary support at $40/barrel. Breach is likely — and would signal a decline to $30*. Respect of support would indicate another bear rally.

WTI Light Crude December 2015 Futures

* Target calculation: 40 – ( 50 – 40 ) = 30

Crude heading for $40/barrel

Crude futures (Light Crude December 2015 – CLZ2015) broke support at $44.70 per barrel, warning of another test of primary support at $40. Follow-through below $43 would confirm. Supply continues to exceed demand and breach of $40 would offer a (long-term) target of $30*. Recovery above $50 per barrel is most unlikely unless there is a serious disruption to supply.

WTI Light Crude December 2015 Futures

* Target calculation: 40 – ( 50 – 40 ) = 30

Crude: Another bear rally

Crude futures (Light Crude November 2015 – CLX2015) are testing resistance at $50 per barrel. Respect is likely and would indicate another test of support at $40. Breach of medium-term support at $44 would confirm. Failure of $40 would offer a (long-term) target of $30*. Recovery above the descending trendline and resistance at $52 per barrel is unlikely, but would suggest that a bottom is forming.

WTI Light Crude November 2015 Futures

* Target calculation: 40 – ( 50 – 40 ) = 30

Gold-Oil ratio warns of further selling

The Gold-Oil ratio, comparing the price of bullion ($/ounce) to Brent crude ($/barrel), has long been used as an indication of whether gold is in a bull or bear market. When the oil price is high, demand for gold, anticipating rising inflation, is normally strong. The current plunge in oil prices indicates the opposite: weak inflation and low demand for gold. Bullion prices are falling but not fast enough to keep pace with crude, driving the Gold-Oil ratio to an overbought position above 20. Expect a long-term bear market for gold.

Gold-Oil ratio

Spot Gold is consolidating in a narrow rectangle below $1100/ounce. This is a bearish sign, with buyers unable to break the first level of resistance. Breach of support at $1080 is likely and would signal a decline to $1000/ounce*. Declining 13-week Twiggs Momentum below zero confirms a strong primary down-trend.

Spot Gold

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

The Gold Bugs Index, representing un-hedged gold stocks, has fallen close to 30 percent since breaking support five weeks ago.

Gold Bugs Index

Barrick Gold, one of the largest global gold producers, is falling even faster.

Barrick Gold

If long-term crude prices continue to fall, like the June 2017 (CLM2017) futures depicted below, gold is likely to follow and support at $1000/ounce will not hold.

WTI Light Crude June 2017 Futures

Commodities weak except for crude

  • Chinese stocks test long-term support
  • Commodities weaken
  • Crude oil remains high

China’s Shanghai Composite Index continues to test long-term support. 13-Week Twiggs Momentum holding below zero suggests continuation of the primary down-trend.

Shanghai Composite Index

Commodity prices are weakening, with Dow Jones-UBS Commodity Index breaking support at 133 to warn of another test of long-term support at 122/124. Reversal of 13-week Twiggs Momentum below zero would strengthen the signal.

Dow Jones UBS Commodities Index

Crude oil remains strong. The chart below plots WTI Light Crude over the consumer price index. The ratio is well above the historical average and is acting as a significant hand-brake on the post-GFC recovery.

Nymex WTI Crude

Considering the holes made in GDP (the green line) by crude oil spikes over the last 40 years, you can understand why Janet Yellen is reluctant to raise interest rates despite falling unemployment.

Nymex WTI Crude

Brent oil on tear with Iran sanctions, Europe winters – Commodities – Futures Magazine

PHIL FLYNN: The Brent crude versus WTI spread has blown out to the highest levels since last October surging over $20 on a combination of gluts, cuts and nuts. As U.S. refiners go into hibernation against a backdrop of weak demand, supply in the U.S. continues to rise. Refiners are cutting runs dramatically at a time when we are seeing rising Canadian oil sand production as well as shale liquids that is creating a glut of crude that seems to be getting more glutinous by the minute. Weak refining margins and the approaching shoulder season are weighing in on the West Texas Intermediate.

On the other hand, Europe scrambles as fears that the nuts in Iran may do something crazy in response to the tightening economic noose around their necks. Add to that a wickedly cold winter and Asian refiners hoarding supply, and we have Brent crude on a tear….

via Brent oil on tear with Iran sanctions, Europe winters – Commodities – Futures Magazine.

Gold and crude suffer from strong dollar

Spot Gold is testing support at its initial target of $1600/ounce. The long tail is evidence of buying support, but failure would test $1500. The primary trend direction remains up and, despite gold experiencing a strong correction, is unlikely to change.

Spot Gold

* Target calculation: 1750 – ( 1900 – 1750 ) = 1600

Brent crude is testing support at $104/barrel while Nymex WTI crude is at $80/barrel. There is no sign of the divergence between the two grades closing. Both have signaled a primary down-trend, though Brent has yet to confirm with a break of its rising trendline.

Crude Oil

* Target calculation: 105 – ( 120 – 105 ) = 90

Brent Crude ignores good news

Brent crude is stubbornly holding above support at $104/$105 per barrel despite the promise of an early resolution to the conflict in Libya. Even WTI Light crude [lime] recovered slightly after improved manufacturing orders in the US. But the primary trend is down and failure of support at $104 would offer a target of $90 per barrel.

Brent Crude and WTI Light Crude Oil

* Target calculation: 105 – ( 120 – 105 ) = 90