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Could the Stars Be Aligned for $1500 Gold?

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Posted by Frank Holmes - US Global Investors

on Thursday, 29 March 2018 07:06


Golds performance has outstripped the booming S&P 500 since the year 2000. Even with dividends reinvested, the soaring Stock Market is still trailing the yellow metal! That's even with Gold dribbling down $600 since its high of $1920 8 years ago. Definitely time to take a look at Gold's near and long term potential - R. Zurrer for Money TAlks 


In a January post, I showed how the price of gold rallied in the months following the 2015 and 2016 December interest rate hikes—as much as 29 percent in the former cycle, 17.8 percent in the latter. Gold ended 2017 up double digits, despite pressure from skyrocketing stocks and massive cryptocurrency speculation.

Will there be a fed rally in 2018
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I forecast then that we could see another "Fed rally" this year following the rate hike in December 2017. Hypothetically, if gold took a similar trajectory as the past two cycles, its price could climb as high as $1,500 this year.

As I told Kitco News’ Daniela Cambone last week, I stand by the $1,500 forecast. Before last week, investors might have been slightly disappointed by gold's mostly sideways performance so far this year. But now, in response to a number of factors, it's up close to 3 percent in 2018, compared to the S&P 500 Index, down 2.4 percent.

Living with Volatility

While I'm on the topic of equities, the S&P 500 dividend yield, for the first time in nearly a decade, is now below the yield on the two-year Treasury. Historically, the economy has slowed around six months after dividends stopped paying as much as short-dated government paper. This could spur some stock investors to trim their exposure and rotate into other asset classes, including not just bonds but also precious metals, which I believe might help gold revisit resistance from its 2016 high of $1,374 an ounce.

Two year treasury yeild is now higher than sp 500 dividened yield

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Volatility has also crept back into markets. It began with the positive wage growth report in February, implying the possibility of faster inflation. More recently, the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), or “fear gauge,” has surged on the departures of Gary Cohn as chief economic advisor and Rex Tillerson as secretary of state, as well as the application of tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. Last week, President Donald Trump ordered tariffs on at least $50 billion of Chinese goods, stoking new fears of a U.S.-China trade war. In response, the Asian giant proposed fresh duties on as much as $3 billion of U.S. products, including wine, fruits, nuts, ethanol and steel pipes.

Volatility has returned to markets after a calm 2017
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As I see it, there could be other contributing factors pushing up the price of gold. A good place to start is with Trump’s recent appointment of former CNBC star Larry Kudlow as White House chief economic advisor.

Kudlow’s Kerfuffle Over Gold



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Buy Bank, Gold, & Silver Stocks Now

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Posted by Stewart Thomson - Graceland Updates

on Tuesday, 27 March 2018 06:58


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One look at Stewart's chart above indicates that we are in a buying zone right here. That leaves the questions what will perform the best and how rising interest rates will effect this market in this 24 point analysis - R. Zurrer for Money Talks

Mar 27, 2018

  1. I’ve predicted that in 2018 the US stock market would suffer a series of crashes somewhat akin to the 1987 event, but smaller in size. 
  2. Please  Double-click the chart above for a larger version of this interesting chart of the US stock market. Clearly, these mini-crashes are starting to happen. 
  3. Having said that, I haven’t sold any of my US bank stocks and I have no plans to do so. 
  4. To understand why I’m still “long and strong” the bank stocks in this environment, please  click here now. Bank profits are soaring because of tax cuts, QT, and rate hikes.
  5. Corporate boards are still using the bulk of the profits for stock buybacks and bonuses for the “fat cats”, while throwing crumbs to the lower-paid workers. 
  6. As disgusting as that is, it’s a good environment to own stock market indexes, and a great environment to own bank stocks.
  7. This is the stage of the business cycle where “big growth” transitions to “decent growth with inflation”. Simply put, in this environment bank stocks do well, growth stocks stumble, and gold stocks start to get modest liquidity flows from institutions. 
  8. As the cycle moves to “inflation with low growth”, growth stocks crash, bank stocks fade, and gold stocks soar.
  9. Please  click here now. Double-click to enlarge this key T-bond chart. US interest rates are rising now and poised to rise relentlessly for the next several years. 
  10. There are “institutional thresholds” of importance in major markets. For the US stock market, institutions will generally continue to buy stocks until the ten-year yield reaches the 4%-5% range.
  11. Please  click here now. Double-click to enlarge.
  12. Goldman is predicting four rate hikes this year and I’m predicting a minimum of three. The yield should get close to 4% by the end of this year.
  13. I realise that most gold bugs are “stock market crash enthusiasts”. There’s no question that the US stock market has soared mainly because the “hot air” of QE and low rates has incentivized corporate boards to focus on stock market buybacks rather than worker wages and business expansion.
  14. Having said that, patience is required. Investors need to focus on the slow but steady cyclical transition from growth to inflation as the Fed pushes the enormous QE money ball out of government bonds and into the fractional reserve banking system.
  15. Please  click here now. Double-click to enlarge this fabulous daily gold chart. The rectangle pattern is flag-like, and suggests gold is coiling to burst above my key $1370 resistance zone.
  16. Short term traders who took my recommendation to buy the $1310 area should be sellers in this $1340-$1355 area. That’s because there could be quite a bit more coiling action before a true breakout above $1370 occurs. The bottom line is that investors need to be patient and traders need to book profits now!
  17. Looking at the big picture, the inflation trade is clearly becoming more positive for gold every day. The Trump decision to appoint John “The Hawk” Bolton to a key post in his administration makes the geopolitical trade for gold a positive one as well.
  18. What about the love trade? Well, please  click here now. The 2019 Indian elections are approaching and the Modi government is likely to win again.
  19. Modi is backed with “monster money” and to ensure he wins again he’s launching a huge farm income program called MSP. This program is inflationary because it boosts crop prices. That alone is positive for the global price of gold.
  20. The MSP program also is poised to create a massive boost in farmer income, and rural Indians always use extra income to buy more gold. Please  click here now. This MSP policy launch is happening at the same time as the influential Niti Aayog panel pushes the Modi government to implement a massive gold-positive policy agenda.
  21. I’ve been adamant that 2018 would see the absolute end of gold-negative policy from the Modi government, and the launch of positive policy. That’s clearly in play, and it’s going to exponentially accelerate relentlessly.
  22. Please  click here now. Double-click to enlarge this GDX chart. The technical action is superb, and investors should now be buyers of their favourite GDX and GDXJ component stocks on all two and three-day pullbacks.
  23. Please  click here now. Double click to enlarge. With food inflation set to surge in India and general wage and price inflation on the move in America, it’s time for investors to take a more serious interest in silver stocks. The big upside action won’t start until there’s a volume-based breakout from the bull wedge pattern on this silver stocks ETF chart. 
  24. Call option buyers should wait for that breakout before buying, but all silver stock enthusiasts should be buyers of key SIL component stocks right now. Use two and three-day pull backs to take buy-side action, in preparation for the imminent upside rocket ride!



Mar 27, 2018
Stewart Thomson  
Graceland Updates
website: www.gracelandupdates.com



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Gold sector macro fundamentals take a turn

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Posted by NFTRH & BiiWii

on Monday, 26 March 2018 05:28

Gold vs. major stock markets got impulsive to end the week. The case appears to be building, pending the macro relief that will come when fear and angst max out on the short-term - R. Zurrer for Money Talks

If you have followed my work for a while you probably know me as the guy who keeps insisting that the precious metals will not be ready until some strange interplanetary alignment comes into place. That would be the Macrocosm, our handy pictorial (rough) representation of the optimal backdrop for a real bull view on the gold sector.


See the biggest planet out front? Well, gold has started to make some inroads and if the stock market correction proceeds to its worst near-term potentials (options are a hold the 200 day averages and rally, or a decline to a clear SPX gap around 2460, which would open the possibility of a new intermediate downtrend) the gold sector would get a key macro fundamental underpinning. For reference, see today's article Gold's Fundamentals on the Move: PM Price Moves Should Follow.

In that article, we look at one economic/market cycle indicator on the verge of going negative. That is the ratio of gold (counter-cyclical) to Industrial Metals (cyclical).

But I would like to excerpt some of NFTRH 492's Precious Metals segment for eLetter readers to expand on the theme. The segment also went on to discuss gold and silver prices, CoT data (silver is now very compelling from a contrarian perspective) and review 29 daily charts of miners that I have interest in. 

Precious Metals



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Will Gold Breakout? 3 Things to Watch…

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Posted by Jordan Roy Byrne - The Daily Gold

on Friday, 23 March 2018 15:19

Watch for 3 three key numbers at next Friday's close: 1. The March Monthly/Quarterly/Next Friday close above the $1330.00 level (hasn't happened for 6 years, not since 2012. 2. Staying above the 200 day moving average at 12.92.07 3. Last, see if the GDX and GDXJ break above roughly $23 for GDX and $34 for GDXJ. - R. Zurrer for Money Talks

Gold has firmed above $1300 in recent days and is holding comfortably above $1300 for now. We think the market will break to the upside sometime this year. The question is when. Here are 3 things to watch that will tell us if Gold is on the cusp of that break-out soon or later. 

First, keep your eye on Gold’s close at the end of next week. It’s not only the end of the week and month but also the end of the quarter. While Gold has traded above $1350 multiple times in the past two years, it has not made a quarterly close above $1330 since 2012. Since this is a quarterly time frame, we would need to see a close above $1340 or even $1345 to mark a significant breakout. If Gold can make such a close next Friday then the odds are good that it could break above $1375 fairly soon.  



Gold Quarterly Chart

Second, (and I always beat this to death) Gold needs to break its downtrends relative to foreign currencies (FC) and equities. The Gold/equities ratio appears to be breaking out but needs follow through for confirmation. The 200-day moving average in that chart appears to have stopped declining. If the ratio can hold above the 200-day moving average then it’s obviously a bullish sign. Meanwhile, Gold/FC has work to do. Over the last 10 months, it has traded in a tighter and tighter range. That trendline resistance could go hand in hand with resistance at $1365-$1375.



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Record Low Volatility in Precious Metals and What it Means

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Posted by Jordan Roy Byrne - The Daily Gold

on Tuesday, 13 March 2018 06:39

Record-Low-Volatility-in-Precious-Metals02 opt1Usually the most naturally volatile of markets, Gold Stocks are showing  too are showing 14 - 25 year lows in long-term volatility in several indicators. It has been a tough time with the US Dollar rallying with the election of Donald Trump. Sooner or later extreme low volatility will change. Jordan estimates that will occur within the next 18-24 months. R. Zurrer for Money Talks

The past 18 months have been difficult for precious metals investors. If you had known Donald Trump would be elected and the US Dollar would soon begin a nearly 15% decline, you would have expected Gold to blow past its 2016 high. You would have been shocked to see the gold miners and junior gold stocks trading lower. Gold has fared okay but the gold stocks and Silver have lagged. As US equities have continued to power higher, precious metals have struggled to perform while volatility in the space has dwindled. Precious metals volatility has reached extremely low levels and this is a sign that a major move, while not necessarily imminent is surely on the horizon. 

We plot a weekly bar chart of Gold that includes a handful of volatility indicators such as the Gold Vix (GVZ), Average True Range (ATR) and several bollinger band widths (BBw). These indicators have touched major lows in recent months. The Gold Vix which began trading in 2010 recently touched its lowest level ever at 9. ATR recently touched its lowest level since 2007. The 40-week and 80-week BBw’s recently hit their lowest levels since 2005 while the 160-week BBw recently touched its lowest level since 2002.

Like Gold, Silver is showing significantly low levels of long-term volatility. Its ATR recently touched its lowest point since 2006. The BBw for three time frames (40 week, 80-week and 160-week) recently touched 14 year lows. 

Although the gold stocks are one of the most naturally volatile markets, they too are showing significantly low long-term volatility. Below we plot the NYSE Gold Miners Index, which is the parent index of GDX along with similar volatility indicators. The ATR indicator recently touched a 15 year low. Interestingly, both the 40-week and 80-week BBw’s recently hit some of the lowest points of the past 25 years. The 40-week BBw recently tied 2007 for the lowest point in the past 25 years while the 80-week BBw recently touched a 6-year low and its 3rd lowest point of the past 25 years. 



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