Briefly: In our opinion no speculative short positions in gold, silver and mining stocks are currently justified from the risk/reward perspective.
The USD Index soared much higher on Friday, well above the previous high. With the USD Index being so high, it seems odd that gold managed to close higher and the same went for mining stocks, which even outperformed the yellow metal. Is the rally in gold around the corner?
Actually, it could be the case. We have been aiming to profit on the next decline in the precious metals market after a confirmation of the market’s weakness, most likely after a correction and continuation of a rally in the USD Index. However, the USD Index is already very high – well above the 90 level and relatively close to the resistance at 92.33. Since gold is not declining, it could be waiting for a bigger sign of weakness in the USD Index in order to start at least a short-term rally. This means that we might see an opportunity to go long very soon.
Let’s see why, starting with the USD Index chart (charts courtesy of http://stockcharts.com).
The resistance is just above the 92 level and the above chart is not the only one that tells us that this is the case.
Naturally, the USD Index could rally even higher, to the 96.11 level, but even if this is going to be the case, a corrective downswing after a move to 92.33 (or close to this level) is likely.
All in all, a short-term decline seems to be likely for the USD Index, but not necessarily right away. The USD Index will probably need to first rally once again by approximately as much as it rallied last week.
The events of the last three weeks didn’t change much as gold ended the previous week below $1,200 and – more importantly - well below the declining resistance line. The medium-term trend remains down.
Please note that the long-term turning point will come into play in a few months – it may be the case that this is when the final bottom will form.
However, another visible thing is that gold didn’t move below the previous lows while the USD Index was rallying. It seems likely that gold needs to move higher once again before it’s ready to move much lower.
For now, we can say that gold has been showing strength lately by refusing to decline in spite of the U.S. dollar’s rally.
The other important thing is that mining stocks moved higher by over 3% on Friday, which is significant as gold rallied only a little and the USD rallied strongly. This is bullish. The only reason that it’s not very bullish is that the volume that accompanied Friday’s rally was relatively low – it was not a huge-volume rally that would confirm the strength of the move.
Since all the recent attempts failed and history tends to repeat itself, we are quite likely to see another local top relatively soon.
Please note that even if miners rallied from here – say to the $20 level or so – it would not really change the bearish outlook for the medium term.
Summing up, if gold and mining stocks continue to show strength relative to the USD Index and the latter moves to the 92.33 level or very close to it, we will strongly consider (after examining other factors) opening speculative long positions in the precious metals sector. We are not at this point just yet. If, however, we see a confirmed breakdown below the head and shoulders formation in the GLD ETF, we will probably open a short position in the precious metals sector. Either way, we will be monitoring the market for additional signs and confirmations and report to you – our subscribers - accordingly.
Trading capital (our opinion): No positions
Long-term capital (our opinion): No positions
Insurance capital (our opinion): Full position
You will find details on our thoughts on gold portfolio structuring in the Key Insights section on our website.
Przemyslaw Radomski, CFA
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