Gold prices took another beating last week, but sentiment may have finally hit an intermediate-term bottom. That was actually predictable, and it could make right now one of the best buying opportunities you’ll see…
The precious metal will often mark a low sometime around a Fed rate hike. This time, it may be as much as a week later.
We have the bounce in the dollar on the fear of trade wars and a “hawkish” Fed to blame. This past Wednesday, Fed Chair Jerome Powell said the U.S. jobs picture was not especially tight, setting the stage for gradual rate hikes to keep inflation and economic growth in check.
Add to that increasing calls for gold’s demise, with worries about the “death cross” chart pattern and the metal’s lack of a “safe-haven” response to market risks, and you have a perfect storm of “hate” on gold.
That sentiment punished gold, but it has likely laid the groundwork for the price of gold to return to rally mode.
You see, gold has an amazing way of soaring, often dramatically from lows, when everyone who wants to sell has sold, leaving buyers to take charge.
Here’s why gold prices have reached their bottom and why the coming rally could send prices soaring right to my latest gold price prediction…
Why We’ve Reached a Bottom for Gold Prices
There’s no way to sugarcoat what was an ugly week for gold. The yellow metal started out at $1,278 and ended near $1,270 after reaching an intraday low on Thursday (June 21) near $1,260.
And this came after the previous week, when gold essentially backed off from $1,300 to lose $21 and close at $1,279.
Gold had already started out on Monday (June 18), then followed on Tuesday (June 19) with weakness, thanks to a surge in the DXY that took the index from near 94.5 rapidly higher to 95.25 in a matter of hours. From there, it pulled back to 95, but the damage to gold was done.
Here’s the DXY over the past week…
On Wednesday (June 20), gold dropped further to $1,267 along with the Dow, which lost 400 points at its worst that day. Powell’s comments that the jobs market would not preclude maintaining a gradual pace of interest rate hikes weighed on gold.
Then on Thursday, the greenback backed off but maintained firmness with U.S. bond yields. That’s when it looks like gold may have hit its bottom, testing $1,260, then quickly rebounding to $1,269 before closing at $1,267.
To end the week, gold spent the day testing $1,270 on the upside while holding mostly above $1,268.
That’s why I’m seeing the possibility for a big breakout for the yellow metal…
How High This Gold Price Rally Will Go
The dollar managed to run higher than I expected. This week’s late rally took the dollar all the way up to test 95.5, but that was only intraday and temporary.
It does seem as though the dollar’s buying has become at least temporarily exhausted. The relative strength index (RSI) just turned lower after touching 70, and the moving average convergence/divergence (MACD) also appears to have downward momentum.
As for gold, its current price is at its lowest point since 2018 began…
We can tell from the RSI and the MACD that gold has become quite oversold, which bodes well for a possible strong bounce from this point.
And even with gold’s obvious selloff of the past week, gold stocks have managed to hold up well on a relative basis.
The gold stocks to gold ratio remains above its 50-day moving average, which continues to trend higher.
Gold’s drop to a six-month low on Thursday brought the metal into oversold territory. Given the weakness in stocks over the past two weeks, participants expected gold to hold up better. But as it turns out, the strong-dollar surge countered gold and kept any advance at bay.
We could, however, have seen a top in the DXY, and that may help gold advance, as it often does through the summer.
Gold needs to regain the $1,310 level, where its 50-day and 200-day moving averages currently converge. From there, further advances could come pretty quickly and may allow a retest of $1,360 by summer’s end.
— Peter Krauth
Source: Money Morning