Gold Chart of The Week

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Weekly Gold Report (April 1 through April 5th)

After reviewing notes and performance from last week in the markets, one cannot help but be impressed by the US stock indexes. Despite reaching record levels on the charts, despite mediocre reports, and despite continued concerns about the ripple effect of Cyprus, the buy switch continued to stay on. The same big question still remains, “when will the market retrace”?

I believe that the stock indexes in the US will begin a gradual decline once European news begins to flow again. It has been too long since we heard the likes of Angela Merkel, Francois Hollande, and Mario Draghi. I think back to last year when these three may as well have been the President, Vice President, and Speaker of the House in the US with all of the press they had here. Yet suddenly, they have seemingly disappeared from all news lately.

This week, that may change as we are scheduled for several reports from Europe that should have an impact on markets before the Unemployment Report in the US at the end of the week. Be on the lookout early Tuesday morning for manufacturing data out of Germany, Spain, France and Italy as well as Consumer Price Index in Germany. On Thursday Europe also has an Interest Rate Decision which will likely report as unchanged, but it always important to keep track of the language used after the decision as forecasts are made that normally provide directional movement in the Euro. If these reports are bad, it should drag on markets across the board. Past Thursdays European reports, all eyes will focus on the Non Farm Payroll here in the States because we found out recently that the FED is still basing much of their future participation on the unemployment rate.

The plan for the week would be to look for shorter term trades in the markets ahead of Thursday and Fridays numbers as I anticipate quite a bit of positioning leading up to the last two days of the week. Once the Interest Rate Decision and Unemployment figures are in, we should have enough information to base a longer term trade from.

The June Gold Futures continue to be relatively quiet. In the month of March, Gold futures only traded in a $60 range and have been too quiet for my taste. One can only assume Gold prices have been quiet lately because so much emphasis has been put on the stock indexes and the recent climb in the US Dollar. Until we have all of this week’s data behind us, I am reluctant to commit to a direction in Gold. If somehow prices happened to dip below the March low near $1560, and found support closer to $1550, only then  would I be interested in looking at long positions.

Thank you for your interest,
Brian Booth
Senior Market Strategist
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3 thoughts on “Gold Chart of The Week

  1. Steve, we've heard the same year in and year out for decades now. Yet here we all are, and yet here gold did absolutely nothing with the dollar falling to 78 just a couple of months ago. Not to mention failing to maintain price after QE3 news, failing to maintain during the Obama/Bernanke re-election, and utter failure to perform as a "safety hedge" during the worst of the Euro crisis last year.

    If none of that and more moves gold, what happens when they actually pull back on the $85 billion, after all they will continue to show 2% inflation and the masses will believe it.

    Nice script you wrote, but you can interchange 2013 for any other year going back decades, and all we do is get older and the actors don't follow the neat little script.

  2. With $85 billion being pumped into Treasuries *every month*, combined with zero regulation of massive naked shorting of precious metals, along with trillions of dollars continuing to be poured into the European dollar swap facility, you can count on all markets and data to be thoroughly manipulated ad infinitum here in the US.

    This won't last much longer. There is a global move to abandon the dollar as the reserve currency. When that gets into full swing, the Treasuries will be dumped full force. At some point, the Saudis will join in the move, accepting a basket of currencies for oil, marking the end of the petrodollar. This will lead to the final collapse of the Treasury bubble and a US default on its debt.

    1. Steve,
      That last paragraph does not make much sense. A dollar dump is just what the US needs to get out from under.
      I doubt the currency basket thing is going to happen. It would have been done by now.

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