Hello traders everywhere. Gold hit its highest levels since late September on Tuesday, extending a year-end rally that saw the metal rise 6.3% in the last three weeks of 2017. An early morning drop by the Dollar helped drive gold prices above $1,315 an ounce in early trading.
The weaker dollar, which posted its most significant annual drop since 2003 last year, helped to lift gold by more than 11% in 2017. The metal surged $78 an ounce over the last three weeks of the year alone.
After ending the year on a down note, falling from an all-time high above $19,000, Bitcoin is fighting back this afternoon after opening the year lower on Monday and is currently trading up 3% on the day trading at the $13,800 level.
Key levels to watch this week: Continue reading "Gold's Strong Move Continues Into 2018"
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We've asked Michael Seery of SEERYFUTURES.COM to give our INO readers a weekly recap of the Futures market. He has been Senior Analyst for close to 15 years and has extensive knowledge of all of the commodity and option markets.
Michael frequently appears on multiple business networks including Bloomberg news, Fox Business, CNBC Worldwide, CNN Business, and Bloomberg TV. He is also a guest on First Business, which is a national and internationally syndicated business show.
Gold futures in the February contract settled last Friday in New York at 1,257 while currently trading at 1,272 an ounce up about $15 for the trading week right near a 3-week high. I'm currently not involved in this market as the trend remains mixed. Gold prices are trading above their 20-day moving average but still far below their 100-day as this market remains extremely choppy as all the interest lies in the S&P 500 and the equity markets which hit all-time highs once again this week. Interest also lies in the Bitcoin cyber currency phenomenon, however that currency was down $6,000 this week as trading began on Sunday night at the CME. The U.S. dollar has experienced extremely low volatility over the last several weeks lending very little influence on gold prices, and I'm advising clients to avoid this market as we will see what 2018 brings. I'm not sure where prices are headed at the current time. In my opinion, I still think the path of least resistance is to the downside as we might retest recent lows around 1,238 as political tensions with North Korea have eased over the last several months. This is basically a technical trade at this time so look at other markets with a better potential and a much stronger trend as this market keeps flip-flopping on a daily basis which is difficult to trade successfully.
CHART STRUCTURE: SOLID
Continue reading "Weekly Futures Recap With Mike Seery"
Hello traders everywhere. The darling investment of the month is experiencing a significant sell-off, in fact, the worst sell-off since 2013. Bitcoin (BRTI) opened the week at 19,046.70 and hit a session low of 12,291.06 this morning, a -35% loss, but it has backed off the lows to trade around the 13,000 level.
Coinbase, one of the biggest bitcoin marketplaces, announced at 11 am this morning that all buying and selling is temporarily disabled amid the price rout making it impossible for investors to cash out of their trades. This isn't a new phenomenon for Coinbase, as they have struggled in recent months to keep up with high demand. On Dec. 12, the company temporarily suspended buys and sells of Ethereum twice in one day.
Is this panic selling by new investors or business as usual for Bitcoin? New investors in Bitcoin may not realize how volatile the cryptocurrency has been it's entire life to this point. It's not uncommon to a significant sell-off that can last months, only to see the trend reverse and head higher. Bitcoin itself is exceptionally resilient.
Key levels to watch next week: Continue reading "Bitcoin Headed For Worst Week Since 2013"