Best of the Week
Most Popular
1. The Trump Stock Market Trap May Be Triggered - Barry_M_Ferguson
2.Why are Central Banks Buying Gold and Dumping Dollars? - Richard_Mills
3.US China War - Thucydides Trap and gold - Richard_Mills
4.Gold Price Trend Forcast to End September 2019 - Nadeem_Walayat
5.Money Saving Kids Gardening Growing Giant Sunflowers Summer Fun - Anika_Walayat
6.US Dollar Breakdown Begins, Gold Price to Bolt Higher - Jim_Willie_CB
7.INTEL (INTC) Stock Investing to Profit From AI Machine Learning Boom - Nadeem_Walayat
8.Will Google AI Kill Us? Man vs Machine Intelligence - N_Walayat
9.US Prepares for Currency War with China - Richard_Mills
10.Gold Price Epochal Breakout Will Not Be Negated by a Correction - Clive Maund
Last 7 days
Learning Artificial Intelligence - What is a Neural Network? - 20th Sep 19
Precious Metals Setting Up Another Momentum Base/Bottom - 20th Sep 19
Small Marketing Budget? No Problem! - 20th Sep 19
The Many Forex Trading Opportunities the Fed Day Has Dealt Us - 19th Sep 19
Fed Cuts Interest Rates and Gold Drops. Again - 19th Sep 19
Silver Still Cheap Relative to Gold, Trend Forecast Update Video - 19th Sep 19
Baby Boomers Are the Worst Investors in the World - 19th Sep 19
Your $1,229 FREE Tticket to Elliott Market Analysis & Trading Set-ups - 19th Sep 19
Is The Stock Market Other Shoe About To Drop With Fed News? - 19th Sep 19
Bitcoin Price 2019 Trend Current State - 18th Sep 19
No More Realtors… These Start-ups Will Buy Your House in Less than 20 Days - 18th Sep 19
Gold Bugs And Manipulation Theorists Unite – Another “Manipulation” Indictment - 18th Sep 19
Central Bankers' Desperate Grab for Power - 18th Sep 19
Oil Shock! Will War Drums, Inflation Fears Ignite Gold and Silver Markets? - 18th Sep 19
Importance Of Internal Rate Of Return For A Business - 18th Sep 19
Gold Bull Market Ultimate Upside Target - 17th Sep 19
Gold Spikes on the Saudi Oil Attacks: Can It Last? - 17th Sep 19
Stock Market VIX To Begin A New Uptrend and What it Means - 17th Sep 19
Philippines, China and US: Joint Exploration Vs Rearmament and Nuclear Weapons - 17th Sep 19
What Are The Real Upside Targets For Crude Oil Price Post Drone Attack? - 17th Sep 19
Curse of Technology Weapons - 17th Sep 19
Media Hypes Recession Whilst Trump Proposes a Tax on Savings - 17th Sep 19
Understanding Ways To Stretch Your Investments Further - 17th Sep 19
Trading Natural Gas As The Season Changes - 16th Sep 19
Cameco Crash, Uranium Sector Won’t Catch a break - 16th Sep 19
These Indicators Point to an Early 2020 Economic Downturn - 16th Sep 19
Gold When Global Insanity Prevails - 16th Sep 19
Stock Market Looking Toppy - 16th Sep 19
Is the Stocks Bull Market Nearing an End? - 16th Sep 19
US Stock Market Indexes Continue to Rally Within A Defined Range - 16th Sep 19
What If Gold Is NOT In A New Bull Market? - 16th Sep 19
A History Lesson For Pundits Who Don’t Believe Stocks Are Overvalued - 16th Sep 19
The Disconnect Between Millennials and Real Estate - 16th Sep 19
Tech Giants Will Crash in the Next Stock Market Downturn - 15th Sep 19
Will Draghi’s Swan Song Revive the Eurozone? And Gold? - 15th Sep 19
The Race to Depreciate Fiat Currencies Is Accelerating - 15th Sep 19
Can Crypto casino beat Hybrid casino - 15th Sep 19
British Pound GBP vs Brexit Chaos Timeline - 14th Sep 19
Recession 2020 Forecast : The New Risks & New Profits Of A Grand Experiment - 14th Sep 19
War Gaming the US-China Trade War - 14th Sep 19
Buying a Budgie, Parakeet for the First Time from a Pet Shop - Jollyes UK - 14th Sep 19
Crude Oil Price Setting Up For A Downside Price Rotation - 13th Sep 19
A “Looming” Recession Is a Gold Golden Opportunity - 13th Sep 19
Is 2019 Similar to 2007? What Does It Mean For Gold? - 13th Sep 19
How Did the Philippines Establish Itself as a World Leader in Call Centre Outsourcing? - 13th Sep 19
UK General Election Forecast 2019 - Betting Market Odds - 13th Sep 19
Energy Sector Reaches Key Low Point – Start Looking For The Next Move - 13th Sep 19
Weakening Shale Productivity "VERY Bullish" For Oil Prices - 13th Sep 19
Stock Market Dow to 38,000 by 2022 - 13th Sep 19 - readtheticker
Gold under NIRP? | Negative Interest Rates vs Bullion - 12th Sep 19
Land Rover Discovery Sport Brake Pads and Discs's Replace, Dealer Check and Cost - 12th Sep 19
Stock Market Crash Black Swan Event Set Up Sept 12th? - 12th Sep 19
Increased Pension Liabilities During the Coming Stock Market Crash - 12th Sep 19
Gold at Support: the Upcoming Move - 12th Sep 19
Precious Metals, US Dollar, Stocks – How It All Relates – Part II - 12th Sep 19
Boris Johnson's "Do or Die, Dead in a Ditch" Brexit Strategy - 11th Sep 19
Precious Metals, US Dollar: How It All Relates – Part I - 11th Sep 19
Bank of England’s Carney Delivers Dollar Shocker at Jackson Hole meeting - 11th Sep 19
Gold and Silver Wounded Animals, Indeed - 11th Sep 19
Boris Johnson a Crippled Prime Minister - 11th Sep 19
Gold Significant Correction Has Started - 11th Sep 19
Reasons To Follow Experienced Traders In Automated Trading - 11th Sep 19
Silver's Sharp Reaction Back - 11th Sep 19
2020 Will Be the Most Volatile Market Year in History - 11th Sep 19
Westminister BrExit Extreme Chaos Puts Britain into a Pre-Civil War State - 10th Sep 19
Gold to Correct as Stocks Rally - 10th Sep 19
Market Decline Will Lead To Pension Collapse, USD Devaluation, And NWO - 10th Sep 19
Stock Market Sector Rotation Giving Mixed Signals About The Future - 10th Sep 19
The Online Gaming Industry is Going Up - 10th Sep 19

Market Oracle FREE Newsletter

Nadeem Walayat Financial Markets Analysiis and Trend Forecasts

Precious Metals' Fake Rally or Beginning of Another Strong Move Up?

Commodities / Gold and Silver 2010 Feb 19, 2010 - 02:59 PM GMT

By: Przemyslaw_Radomski

Commodities

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleInvesting your money in a long-term position can be likened to navigating a ship to port. The compass (fundamental and technical analysis) points you in the right direction as you head out to sea. Even if your ship is sturdy (you have made the right call and are heading in the right direction) every once in a while a big, unexpected wave seems to push you off course.

And without question, since the beginning of the economic crisis, the seas have become especially turbulent.


One such wave was the announcement this Wednesday by the IMF that it would begin phased open-market sales of the remaining 191.3 tons of gold it plans to sell under a program launched last year to raise money for lending. The price of gold dropped 1 percent on the news.

To remind you, this comes nearly four months after India purchased 200 tons from the IMF, news that helped push the price of gold up. So what is the difference?

The IMF had announced last year that it would sell 403.3 tons of gold, about one-eighth of its total stock. Until now, the gold has been made available only to central banks on a first-come-first-serve basis. So far, India -- the world's biggest consumer of gold -- Mauritius and Sri Lanka have purchased a total of 212 tons of IMF gold. The average price for the three sales was a little over $1,050 an ounce, generating about $7.2 billion in proceeds.

In a carefully worded press release, the IMF said that “in accordance with the priority of avoiding disruption of the gold market, the on-market sales will be conducted in a phased manner over time.”

The press release further noted that this does not preclude off-market sales directly to interested central banks.

It is well known that China is interested in increasing its gold reserves. China is sitting on top of a huge mountain of dollar reserves. In fact, a day before the IMF announcement, the US Treasury Department released data showing that Japan overtook China to become the world's biggest foreign holder of U.S. Treasury debt, reclaiming the title for the first time in more than a year. China shed more than $34 billion in long-and-short-term Treasury debt in December, while Japan added $11.5 billion, according to the monthly Treasury International Capital report.

So, it wouldn’t surprise anyone if China steps in and buys some of the IMF gold. Perhaps, as was mentioned in last week’s Premium Update, China is waiting for a better price. 

We believe that the IMF announcement will have a negligible effect on the long-term price of gold. The IMF said it would stagger the sales. But even if it were to dump all the tons at once, it seems that they would be almost immediately absorbed by China, Russia, Middle Eastern sovereign funds and other central banks.

In this case, it seems that we don’t need a confirmation that gold is still a very-long-term buy in the form of the news that George Soros charged into gold during the fourth quarter even despite the fact that gold prices had already run up substantially. He doubled the stake of his fund in the world's largest gold ETF, becoming the fourth- largest holder in the SPDR Gold Trust. As of December 31, gold is Soros’s largest single investment.

Moving back to the analogy from the beginning of this update - we have set our course and we will keep a close eye on the charts to get us safely to port. This week, we prepared two charts for you - one featuring gold, and the second one with one of our unique indicators. Let's begin with the gold market (charts courtesy of http://stockcharts.com.)

In the previous essay we wrote the following:

(…) we see that the similarity that was present during the latest decline is still present after gold bottomed. This time, however, it suggests that gold may soon need to consolidate for a week or so - just like it took place in the past. Please take a look at the areas marked with red rectangles - gold paused when it moved to the declining short-term resistance line (April 2009), or it broke above it and then verified it as support (October 2008, July 2009). Should history repeat once again, we can see a similar pattern also this time (…)

These comments are up-to-date also this week, only this time we already know that gold moved above the declining resistance line, just like it did in July 2009 and September 2008. This means that gold may need to form a temporary top here, which would take gold lower, most likely to the $105 - $107 area in the GLD ETF.

Is gold likely to have topped right now? Not necessarily, based on the situation in the RSI indicator. In the past this particular indicator needed to move to the level marked with the dashed red line before the temporary top was in. Currently, the RSI indicator is visibly below it, so we may see additional several days of higher prices before gold declines significantly.

The Stochastic indicator is above the 80 level, just like it was the case in the past during local tops, but it has also stayed there for some time before the top has been put, so it is a necessary factor, but not sufficient one. In other words, if Stochastic wasn't above 80 level, we would be reluctant to say that we may see a temporary top soon, but since it is above 80 it doesn't mean that the top is in. 

Given the historical performance of the yellow metal, we might expect the consecutive decline to be rather small (the preceding downswing is not even close to being as dramatic as the 2008 one), so it seems that it is not much of an opportunity for shorting the precious metals market, unless we see a confirmation that general stock market's decline can cause PMs to plunge.

The last chart that we would like to feature this week is the one featuring one of our own indicators - the SP Gold Bottom Indicator.


 
According to its name, the above indicator provides buy signals for gold. The buy signal is given, when indicator breaks down lower dashed line, or when it breaks up through the upper dashed line. Since it has just moved above the lower line, it means that it will move below it sooner or later, most likely during the coming small correction, thus generating a buy signal.

Summing up, the precious metals market has moved higher, and it appears that it will need to take a small breather relatively soon. Gold, silver, and PM stocks are currently following the general stock market more closely than the follow the USD Index. This is a positive factor in the very-short-term (main stock indices are rising), but negative in the long run because the situation on the general stock market is still bearish from the long-term point of view.

Meanwhile, one of our unique indicators is about to flash a buy signal. This is positive news for the whole precious metals market, not only for gold itself, but we still need to monitor the situation on the general stock market and check how gold corresponds. Several days of divergence between PMs and the main stock indices will most likely be enough to let us know that PMs are ready to rise once again. For now, we must remain cautious. Naturally, we will keep our Subscribers updated.

To make sure that you are notified once the new features are implemented, and get immediate access to my free thoughts on the market, including information not available publicly, I urge you to sign up for my free e-mail list. Sign up today and you'll also get free, 7-day access to the Premium Sections on my website, including valuable tools and charts dedicated to serious PM Investors and Speculators. It's free and you may unsubscribe at any time.

Thank you for reading. Have a great and profitable week!

P. Radomski
Editor
Sunshine Profits

    Interested in increasing your profits in the PM sector? Want to know which stocks to buy? Would you like to improve your risk/reward ratio?

    Sunshine Profits provides professional support for precious metals Investors and Traders.

    Apart from weekly Premium Updates and quick Market Alerts, members of the Sunshine Profits’ Premium Service gain access to Charts, Tools and Key Principles sections. Click the following link to find out how many benefits this means to you. Naturally, you may browse the sample version and easily sing-up for a free trial to see if the Premium Service meets your expectations.

    All essays, research and information found above represent analyses and opinions of Mr. Radomski and Sunshine Profits' associates only. As such, it may prove wrong and be a subject to change without notice. Opinions and analyses were based on data available to authors of respective essays at the time of writing. Although the information provided above is based on careful research and sources that are believed to be accurate, Mr. Radomski and his associates do not guarantee the accuracy or thoroughness of the data or information reported. The opinions published above belong to Mr. Radomski or respective associates and are neither an offer nor a recommendation to purchase or sell securities. Mr. Radomski is not a Registered Securities Advisor. Mr. Radomski does not recommend services, products, business or investment in any company mentioned in any of his essays or reports. Materials published above have been prepared for your private use and their sole purpose is to educate readers about various investments.

    By reading Mr. Radomski's essays or reports you fully agree that he will not be held responsible or liable for any decisions you make regarding any information provided in these essays or reports. Investing, trading and speculation in any financial markets may involve high risk of loss. We strongly advise that you consult a certified investment advisor and we encourage you to do your own research before making any investment decision. Mr. Radomski, Sunshine Profits' employees and affiliates as well as members of their families may have a short or long position in any securities, including those mentioned in any of the reports or essays, and may make additional purchases and/or sales of those securities without notice.

Przemyslaw Radomski Archive

© 2005-2019 http://www.MarketOracle.co.uk - The Market Oracle is a FREE Daily Financial Markets Analysis & Forecasting online publication.


Post Comment

Only logged in users are allowed to post comments. Register/ Log in

6 Critical Money Making Rules