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Is it time for the precious metals now

As you may know, there has been a brutal start of the year 2016. Equities has plummeted and the volcano have hit the bank stocks hard. All in all, we can see the stock market is down while the precious metal is up.

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Bank stocks bounced back on friday and they remain in green so far on Tuesday. Good for stocks, but not for the precious metals. A sell-off will keep the gold in a bearish trend and it is time to be cautious in the commodity market again.

In my technical analysis, the stock market is oversold while gold is heavily overbought, which means gold will continue within its long-term bearish trend. That being said, gold is trading below the upper bound of the trend channel, so we are not far away from the bull.

Technical momentum is signaling a momentum shift and for all I know, it can go way below 1000. The sell-off today is a profit taking from a strong gain last week that saw gold prices hit a 12-month high at $1,260.

Investors fear a slowdown in China, a volatile oil price and most of all; negative interest rate. The tide have changed. Increased risk appetite leads to a declining gold price, and Asian markets rallied on Tuesday. So did the European markets.

It`s not a bad start for the U.S stock markets on Tuesday either. The day after the Presidents Day long weekend is up (13.30 pm New York). Gold can consolidate around $1,210, but if it breaks the support level of $1,180 an ounce, it would negate the rally. The fear in the market is probably overdone. We are not in a recession, and if we should fear something, it should be the fear itself.

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Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are those of the author and may not reflect those of Shiny bull. The author has made every effort to ensure accuracy of information provided; however, neither Shiny bull nor the author can guarantee such accuracy. This article is strictly for informational purposes only. It is not a solicitation to make any exchange in precious metal products, commodities, securities or other financial instruments. Shiny bull and the author of this article do not accept culpability for losses and/ or damages arising from the use of this publication.

 

 

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What`s up with Euro, Dollar and Gold?

Gold is still in a bearish market and the precious metal is declining and hit a 3,5 month low today. At the same time we can see a strong rally in the U.S dollar, hitting a twelve years high. Gold is trading at $1,147,70.

The U.S dollar is soaring and the Euro is plummeting. When the U.S dollar hits a new twelve years high, the Euro hits a twelve-year low. Some analysts are betting that the euro can sink to the same level as the U.S dollar.

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The euro started to fall sharply last summer when the ECB president Mario Draghi laid the groundwork for QE, but the euro has fallen even sharper since the €60 billion-a-month bond-buying programme started on monday this week.

The U.S dollar started the rally at the same time last summer, boosted by strong hints from the Fed that it could start to raise interest rates later this year. EUR/USD is trading at $1,0545 on Wednesday, and that is below $1,06 for the first time since April 2003.

Mario Draghi said cheaper borrowing costs for some eurozone countries suggested that QE – which tends to drive up the value of bonds, and thus depress their yields (which moves in the opposite direction), was already having an effect.

Some analysts have questioned whether the ECB will be able to find sufficient bonds to buy to hit its monthly target. German 10-year bond yields hit a record low of 0,2% on Wednesday. Other Eurozone countries bond yields are also at or near record lows.

The German bond yields at record lows is mainly due to safe-heaven demand from investors, while the other European country bond yields falling is due to the ECB`s plans to buy sovereign bonds as part of its QE of it monetary policy.

A strong dollar is good for the U.S consumers. They can buy cheap things from Europe and Asia, and at the same they have low gas prices. It sounds like party to me. One dollar now buys almost 16 pesos.

The Turkish lira, the Mexican peso, hit an all-time low to the dollar. The Indonesia rupiah hit a 17-year low of 13,1 to the dollar. The Norwegian krone hit a 13-year low and the Brazilian real just hit a 10-year low to the dollar.

The broad Dollar Index (DXY) has now wopped by 23 percent since last summer. That`s the most aggressive rise in more than 34 years! Some of the indicators is more overbought now than at any point in modern history.

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(Picture: DXY Index)

As you can see from the chart in RSI, it is overbought. More than we were at the depths of the 2008 credit crisis. That crises caused an immense flight to safety rally in the buck, along with the biggest rally in U.S Treasury prices ever. DXY`s previous close is 99,68.

The dollar rally is now broadly pressuring emerging markets, hurting commodity prices, and undermining the profits of multinational U.S corporations. As the dollar increase, commodities and emerging markets cry.

The problem is that the dollar rally is getting out of control!

 


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Inflation and Gold

Investors buy gold because they think that gold is a hedge against inflation. The value of the paper currency falls in terms of the goods and services that it can buy and inflation goes in the opposite direction; up.

Investors love gold when inflation is high and as you may know, gold has a direct relationship with inflation. So when inflation goes up so does the demand for gold. Imminent hyper inflation was expected during the QE program, but that is not the reality right now.

You can track inflation using the Consumer Price Index (CPI). This index measures how the price of a basket of consumer goods and services changes. CPI will give you a picture of the increase in the level of prices.

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This data is released by the U.S Bureau of Labor statistics on a monthly basis. U.S inflation rate is -0,09%, (released Feb 26, 2015), compared to 0,76% in December and 1,58% last year. This is lower than the long-term average of 3,32%. Down -111,8%.

Inflation fell in January for a third straight month as U.S consumers continued to spend less on gas, food prices flattened and as costs retreated for new vehicles,used cars and trucks, household furnishings and operations, airline fares, alcohol and tobacco. U.S inflation turned negative for the first time since 2009.

The CPI measures what American pays for everything from cloths, airline tickets, fruits and vegetables to cars. Declines were again led by energy as prices at the pump tumbled about 19%. Gasoline prices have plunged 35% over the past 12 months.

A slower pace of inflation means consumers can buy more with their money, but a sustained decline over and extended period (deflation), can wreak havoc on an economy. Falling energy prices are beginning to filter down into other areas.

Core US inflation advanced 1,6% over the last 12 months, and the core 12-month reading is the benchmark inflation figure monitored by the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) as it helps in deciding where to set the key interests rate.

«We think inflation is going to move lower before it moves higher. Declining oil prices have had a very major influence,» Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen said in a testimony.

The current level remains below the Fed`s 2% annual inflation target. In written remarks read to Congress, Janet Yellen stated:

“The Committee expects inflation to decline further in the near term before rising gradually toward 2 percent over the medium term as the labor market improves further and the transitory effects of lower energy prices and other factors dissipate, but we will continue to monitor inflation developments closely.”

Consumer Price Index data for February inflation and the annual period is scheduled for release on March 24, 2015.

 


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Cautious Stock Market Investors

U.S markets will be closed today in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr holiday. Some markets will be open like futures, but I will stay away from the market today because of the lack of volume and liquidity.

I will follow oil and gold prices and all the commodity traders should keep in mind that Crude Oil inventories will be released on Thursday at 11:00am, instead of the normal Wednesday 10:30 am release due to Monday`s holiday.

Gold is on the move and can go up about 25%, and the precious metal is the best performing asset class so far this year. It`s golden days for day traders. Take a look at the oil price. It`s like roller coaster, jumping up and down, and oil had the biggest gain in 2 1/2 years, ending the trading session of friday 5,82% higher.

The reason why the stock market didn`t follow the oil price on friday can be the disappointing retail sales report in early trading on friday. Retail sales dropped 0,9% vs a 2% forecast. The S&P ended Friday with a 27 point gain, and ended the week 25 points lower. That`s down 1,24% for the week.

The Dow saw triple digit profits on Friday with a 191 point gain, and it closed at 17511,57, wrapping up the week with a 226 point loss. Friday`s Preliminary Consumer Confidence report was a beacon of hope for the bulls. The report not only beat expectations. That`s the highest level in 11 years!

A number of questions marks seem to have investors leaning back on their heals this year. This is; plummeting oil prices, geopolitical turmoil and continued divergence between the world`s major economies like Japan, China, U.S and the Euro zone.

All the investors eyes are on the world`s central banks. The Davos meeting later on this week will be interesting, and the ECB is expected to deliver a stimulus package later this month. Investors will wait for definitive word from the ECB regarding its widely anticipated stimulus plan.

Bond market rose across the board as interest rates dropped lower, with the 10-year Treasury rate falling below 2%. The downtrend in rates is not good, and is a symptom of deflationary pressures which is worse than inflation. Plummeting energy prices are adding fuel to the fire.

The U.S dollar continued its bullish climb last week, putting downward pressure on the commodity sector as a whole. This trend can last awhile longer.

Investors are cautions and it seems everyone is a bit hesitant to commit to new, bullish positions until some questions are resolved. I will wait for a clearer trend to emerge and 1,200 in small-cap stocks need to break before I call the bullish trend in equities alive.

 

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Switzerland said no to Gold

The central banks are holding the gold prices up, and without their buying power the prices would probably trade lower, so the central banks are one of the greatest demand components for the gold prices.

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Yesterday, Switzerland could boost the gold price, but they didn`t. Switzerland had a referendum yesterday, and voters rejected a referendum requiring the Swiss National Bank to hold 20% of its 520 bullion franc balance sheet in Gold. Switzerland already have the worlds highest amount of bullion per capita.

If they voted yes, they would have to purchase at least 1,500 metric tons of gold over the next five years, and could have helped the gold price to skyrocket. Two third of the population in Switzerland voted no, and with lower oil prices, and imminent raising rates in the U.S, the demand for gold is declining as a hedge against inflation.

There was some support for the gold right before the vote, and there is some pressure on gold now. Right now, the gold is trading at $1,171,00 and is down followed by silver which is plummeting at the moment. The outlook for gold is not looking good right now, and signs of dangerous deflation have also made the gold less attractive.

Gold is also a reliable safety net that a country can have against an impending crises or a currency meltdown, but that is not the scenario right now, because the U.S dollar is increasing. The U.S dollar has been your safe heaven for months, not the gold which I talked about months ago.

The investor sentiment is negative and gold prices are once again headed for the trading area at $1,150, which is a support level that have been in focus for a while now.

It shouldn`t be like that, because what we see now is massive quantitative easing, Ebola, turmoil in the Middle East and rebellion in Ukraine. This is normally enough to make the gold prices to skyrocket, but not this time.

The question is when the gold price will start to climb, not if. Unfortunately, I don`t think that the price will increase next week or in the near future. I like gold, but I can`t hide the fact that the gold has been in a bear market for years.

We are at levels putting many producers in a dangerous zone which is below break-even. We know the demand for gold is there. Huge demand from China and India, but more important is to look at the supply.

You buy gold when there`s less supply than demand. You buy gold when the U.S dollar and other currencies are doomed to lose value due to inflation. You buy gold when the money printing machine is heating up, and you buy gold when the debt is increasing.

This is the key. Take a look at the supply, and you know that this will change in the future. It is the opposite of what we see in the oil market right now. The oil shale revolution added billion of barrels of supply to the oil market that have pushed the oil prices down.

The supply in the gold market will not increase. Many gold miners will face problems when the gold price is declining and it is too expensive to start a new mine which cost hundreds of millions. I will look for bold bullion, gold ETF and quality gold stocks as a solid play in the future. Bearish in a short-term, bullish in a long run.

 

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