HUI Is Testing Support, XAU Is Yet To Try

Aibek Burabayev - Contributor - Metals

Much to my dismay, I’ve never covered these hot indices in my posts. I detected some interesting chart patterns as well as significant price actions and thought if it might be interesting to cover and discuss.

These indices have a long trading history as well as great companies that are tracked by each index. The NYSE Arca Gold BUGS Index (HUI) and Philadelphia Gold and Silver Index (XAU) are the two most watched gold indices on the market. The main difference between them is that the HUI Index’s components are only gold producers (17 companies) whereas the XAU Index includes both gold and silver miners (30 names). Below is the table of listings for comparison.

Table 1. Current Composition of Indices

XAU and HUI Index Listings

I highlighted the matching companies in green so you can easily see the difference between the indices. It is evident that the HUI index almost entirely sits in the XAU index (15 out of 17 names are in), the latter in its turn covers broader the precious metals market. Let us see in the charts below their dynamics and possible price action. Continue reading "HUI Is Testing Support, XAU Is Yet To Try"

Gold Update: Triangular Consolidation

Aibek Burabayev - Contributor - Metals

In the previous Gold & Silver update I warned you about the possible correction ahead. Indeed, both top metals showed weakness, but I didn’t think it would be that severe as we quickly reached seemingly distant supports both in gold and silver. Later I shared with you my concerns about golds outlook as the Fed starts cutting its massive balance sheet this month. This could be a real game changer as market wizards call for another perfect storm for the financial markets. In the charts below I try to model this change for you.

I would like to start with the U.S. 10-year Treasury notes (UST) chart as this instrument has a strong relationship with gold, which I already showed you in August.

Chart 1. U.S. 10-year Treasury Notes Daily: Bear Flag Works Out

U.S. 10-year Treasury Notes Daily
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Above is an updated and zoomed in chart from my last post. I chose a daily time frame to focus on the tactical move to see how the chart structure of the instrument develops over the time. Continue reading "Gold Update: Triangular Consolidation"

Fed Takes On Gold Unintentionally

Aibek Burabayev - Contributor - Metals

In my previous Gold & Silver post published earlier this month, I promised to update a long-term chart of Gold as I observed some interesting price behavior in a related instrument. But before I do that, let me speak about the Fed’s decision last Wednesday and that “related to gold” instrument first.

The positive dynamics of the US economy underpinned the Fed’s decision to finally start to trim its huge balance sheet next month, besides that there is a big chance of another rate hike this December. It wasn’t a shock to the market, and some big players already started their game weeks before the Fed moved from rhetoric to action.

The Fed’s decision could have a double impact on US interest rates as falling US Treasury notes increase the yields, and the impending rate hike could secure that situation. I was writing about the high possibility of this almost a month ago and last Wednesday we received a first-hand confirmation from the Fed. Continue reading "Fed Takes On Gold Unintentionally"

A Tumbling Copper Could Hit The Floor

Aibek Burabayev - Contributor - Metals

Greed is one of the strongest human motivators. It is easy to get greedy, but it is hard to push it down after it gets extreme. The main point of my previous update in August was to focus your attention on the price action in the $3 area as the price could hit this psychological level and then retreat. My advice was to book profits and wait to see what would happen next.

I hope that you heeded my advice and didn’t get greedy as copper was pushed down below the $3 level very quickly.

In the same post, I thought that this upside move in the metal that had started last year could just be a consolidation before another drop down. In the chart below I go into more details about it.

Chart 1. Copper Monthly

Monthly Chart Copper
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Gold & Silver: Beware Of Correction

Aibek Burabayev - Contributor - Metals

What goes up should come down. The precious metals are in a good bullish move, but one should be prepared for the possible downside corrections ahead as the natural phases of market cycles change again and again.

Chart 1. Gold Daily: Channel’s Top Hurdle

Daily Gold Chart
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When it comes to money, people start to excel in math, even if they didn’t in school. And so did I when it came to the market analysis, I started to understand both the beauty and power of geometry in the trends even though I didn’t like this subject in the school.

The price of gold made a tiny puncture on the upper side of the blue ascending channel but then retraced to close below it It’s another illustration of how powerful the trend channels can be. However, even if it gets broken, again, it will add more value as evidence of an even stronger price move.

There's almost $17 left for gold to hit the previous major top, but it vanished behind the channel’s top as does a setting sun behind the mountains. What’s next? It’s the perpetual question in the markets. Continue reading "Gold & Silver: Beware Of Correction"