Yup, improved a gain. A lot of good it did precious metals bulls today, but we can bet that the goons covered shorts again today (data are only through Tuesday) and I would assume speculators continued to puke. Got to play the game folks, in the casino at least. This has nothing what so ever to do with real physical gold. Note the open interest on silver; that is in line with the power of today’s thumpage. A coming low in these metals should be very interesting. Click the graphics to de-minify them.
What kind of FOMC week would it be without some gold obsession in the headlines of the mainstream media?
Gold may drop to $1,200 an ounce, possibly breaching the key support level, thanks to a resurgent U.S. dollar and higher Treasury yields on expectations that the U.S. Federal Reserve could signal tighter policy this week, CNBC’s latest survey of strategists, analysts and traders shows.
“In the shorter term I believe gold tests $1,200, trades as low as $1,190 or so, after which the bargain-hunters will come in and move the price back to the $1,240 to $1,250 level,” said Anthony Grisanti, President of GRZ Energy in a September 15 commentary. “Geopolitical has been quiet and all major economies are easing one way or another. And that makes the Greenback the strongest buck on the block. My bias for gold is lower.”
Oh, says Anthony Grisanti. Okay. Well even just mentioning “geopolitical” disqualifies Mr. Grisanti because it has nothing to do with gold. But for the sake of argument, gold has already lost support per this alternate chart I am using due to stockcharts.com being on the fritz this morning.
See that low at a nice, crisp 1240? That was a loss of support. Before that gold dumped out of a Symmetrical Triangle, targeting below 1200. I am flying naked here without stockcharts.com, but I don’t recall any notable support at 1200. The strategist wouldn’t be talking about ’round number’ support just to fill some headlines on FOMC week, would he?
Warning… Condescension ensues… NFTRH 307’s opening segment, dated 9.7.14:
From a post on the HUI at the site last week:
“There are worse things that could happen than filling a gap and scattering the wrong kind of gold bugs back out. Then it would be up to the longer-term charts to do the heavy lifting if the daily does fulfill this downside potential.”
The gap was filled, the top end of the anticipated support zone was reached and indeed, the wrong [i.e. momentum players] kind of gold bugs are scattering back out. The hard sell down on Thursday was very likely due in large part to the selling by traders with a fetish about gold as a geopolitical or terror hedge.
Listen folks, this is an economic indicator. While legions of gold bugs continually obsess on the metal itself as some sort of Idol, it is actually just a simple counter cyclical asset. When it is measured against cyclical assets like commodities, it can give macro signals.
The message here is that Au-CCI has broken above some moving averages that have held it down since 2012. If these moving averages cross, it would mean a condition is in place that indicated the US financial crisis and the acute phase of the Euro crisis.
Gold rooters and gold stock boosters may be chomping at the bit to get bullish, but they are going to need to be patient. This macro stuff plays out of time and we as humans tend to see things on the day-to-day.
Today’s Employment Report and the anecdotal information I have on machine tools may (repeat may) be initial signs of a better environment for the gold sector (Au-CCI is up today, not shown on the chart above), but… patience please. We have to get rid of all the bugs that think Ukraine has anything to do with anything and Indian Wedding Season is the big driver.
Using monthly charts I want to update more big picture views of where we stand in the financial markets. This is just a brief summary [edit; okay it's not so brief. In fact it had to be ended abruptly or else it would have just kept on rambling] and not meant as in depth analysis with finite conclusions.
I was listening to Martin Armstrong talk about his ‘economic confidence’ model and realized that the way he views gold is similar to the way I do (and very dis-similar to the way inflationists and ‘death of the dollar’ promoters do). I don’t love the way he writes, and I usually avoid these weird interview sites, but checked it out (linked at 321Gold) anyway and found him enjoyable to listen to.
Anyway, this prompted another big picture look at gold vs. the S&P 500 and as with the shorter-term views, the picture is not pretty.
Well, it is pretty if you have patience and no need to promote gold as a casino play. Gold will be ready when gold is ready and that will not be until confidence in policy making and by extension the stock market, starts to unwind.
Gold vs. SPX has meandered out of a long Falling Wedge (blue dotted) with 2008’s Fear Gap still lower. On the big picture the risk vs. reward is with gold over the stock market. But it is a funny thing about big pictures; they move real sloooow. A fill of that gap may not feel so good to anyone vested in an immediate conclusion to gold’s bear market vs. SPX.
Moving on, let’s look at some ratios of components of the stock market…
As expected, there was improvement this week in the gold and silver CoT data. Silver did not do much but it had been improving much more steadily than gold, which mysteriously (ha ha ha) took a sizable hit a week ago Thursday. This data includes that hit. The goons did some covering on that day. Click graphics for full view…
Guest Post by Ino.com
Gold, Silver & Copper
We are operating to parameters on a would-be gold sector bottoming process, which has been a year+ long grind (‘grind is good’ as it absolutely ruins peoples’ nerves over time) and which by the way, everyone sees now as either a final bottom or a consolidation before the final and spirit destroying wipe out, depending on their Team’s hopes and aspirations (bull or bear).
About a year ago NFTRH projected two possibilities (within the context that it was only in the realm of potential) and they were a ‘W’ bottom or failing that (it promptly failed) an Inverted Head & Shoulders on the HUI. Today a new pattern has joined the IH&S and it is a Symmetrical Triangle, which would be a consolidation before the final crash.
While we have been charting a constructive gold vs. commodities big picture view, we have also kept track of a disgusting gold vs. SPX big picture view as gold has been “boxed in” as it grinds around looking to close the gap from 2007. That was the kickoff to the financial crisis as the first institutions began melting down.
This cycle really has done amazing work in repairing (some, including myself would say sweeping under the rug) the damage and resetting the gold bug psyche as well. It is important to remember that gold bugs were the kings of everything back then, with their ideology unquestioned. But these are the markets and they don’t care about egos. Actually yes they do, they care about crushing inflated ones. The job appears to be in its final stages.
A good question would be which is more valid as a leading economic indicator, Palladium vs. Gold or broad Commodities vs. Gold?
PALL-Gold continues to indicate economic strength as positively correlated Palladium has just made a new high vs. Gold. This chart along with information I got on the Semiconductor equipment sector pointed to a coming up cycle well over a year ago.
CCI-Gold is in a more precarious position. These indicators do not always correlate well but have eventually come in line with each other for important economic up and down cycles. Today PALL-Gold is flying high while CCI-Gold rolls over.