Awakening to Gold

Market Analyst & Author
October 15, 2023

Now before we all get too excited out there about Gold having yesterday (Friday) posted its largest one-day net gain since 17 March by both percentage +3.4% and points +64, let us acknowledge that price is right where ’twas a mere 14 trading days ago on 26 September.  So in settling out the week at 1946, for you “three-week” price charters, Gold for said stint is essentially “unch”.  Or as we oft quip:  change is an illusion whereas price is the truth.  And at 1946:  truth = cheap.

Still, yesterday’s robust move was gratefully appreciated.  Save also for 17 March, Gold hadn’t had such a single session up move since a smattering of days when the 2020 COVID scare got underway (from 23 March – 09 April that year), prior to which was a +4.7% day’s net gain on 24 June 2016.  Too, in measuring the Gold futures by MoneyFlow (change x volume), yesterday’s inflow ranked third-best year-to-date.  (And further for those of you curiously scoring at home, yesterday’s +3.4% net Gold gain ranks 27th-best century-to-date, the most being +9.0% away back on 17 September 2008 upon ol’ Black Swanee’s song about everything else going wrong).

Impressively however, as we’ve pointed out over these many years, Gold — unlike other major markets –has a tendency to rise faster than it falls.  To wit:  most recently from high-to-low, price dropped -112 points in nine trading days (26 September – 06 October).  Yet from just Friday a week ago – i.e. six trading days — +123 points was price’s gain:  don’t miss the Gold Train!

‘Course by the benefits of debasement, foresight, and a new geo-political catalyst, Gold this past week “got off the schneid” in fast fashion.  To quickly encapsulate these three Gold positives:

► By debasement Gold remains ridiculously undervalued vis-à-vis the above Scoreboard; priced now at “the market is never wrong” level of 1946, ’tis nonetheless -48% below the Dollar debasement value of 3725, which given historical price-to-value reversion shall eventually be reached.

► By foresight as herein starkly charted a week ago, Gold vis-à-vis its smooth valuation line (per the website’s Market Values page) was nearly -100 points ‘low’, historically an extreme that begs for reversion up to the mean”.  Moreover for four consecutive sessions (02-05 October) Gold settled at least -100 points below said line.  Now ’tis +39 points above it … reversion swiftly wins again.

► By geo-politics came the incursion into Israël whilst we were putting pen to paper at this time a week ago.  Obviously then followed — as anticipated by a material amount — Gold gapping higher at Sunday night’s open whilst the S&P futures gapped lower.

“But in the past, mmb, you’ve gone on about how geo-political price spikes then come all the way back down…“

We’ve detailed in prior missives examples of that typically being Gold’s case, Squire.  But (to risk a terribly overused phrase) perhaps “it’s different this time”, especially per the just cited realities of debasement and foresight, the wake-up catalyst now being geo-political.

The point is:  Gold has been priced way too low for way too long, pure and simple.  And as the Investing Age of Stoopid seemingly unravels, those paying attention may finally be awakening to Gold.

“And you read what Grantham said, eh mmb?“

Our good man Squire really is on a roll today.  Yes, we swerved past a Bloomy piece which teased Jeremy Grantham Says No One Should Invest in the US (as culled from a FinMedia television interview).  And admittedly, we chuckled over the interviewee’s referring to the small-cap Russell 2000 as being replete with horribly high-debt “zombie” stocks.

But neither let us rule out the ongoing overvaluation of the large-cap S&P 500.  That “mightiest of the mighty” index still maintains many sky-high silly valuations, the “live” cap-weighted price/earnings ratio settling the week at 38.2x; (recall 10 years ago it being -33% lower at a still expensive 25.4x … scary).  

And do you remember how overvalued shares fared notably in ’87, ’02, and ’09?  To quote Jonathan Winters in the role of Lennie Pike:  I hope you turn away … that you just look the other way” –[It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World; United Artists, ’63].  For per yesterday’s settles, 101 of the 503 S&P constituents now have P/Es of 40.0x or more.  Repeat:  scary.  As for “fear”?  Yesterday the S&P netted a loss of -0.5% … but the MoneyFlow regressed into S&P points dropped -1.0%.  And as you website followers know, Flow leads dough.  Repeat:  “fear”.

‘Course as is Gold’s wont, it can benefit from the “fear” trade.  Oh to be sure, Gold’s weekly parabolic trend remains Short (as does that for Silver).  But in turning to Gold’s weekly bars from one year ago-to-date, such Short trend had a big chomp taken out of it per the rightmost bar.  As for the flip-to-Long level for the enusing week being 1968, ’tis well within Gold’s current “expected weekly trading range”, now 48 points.  Three strikes and out for the red-dotted Short trend?  Here’s the graphic:

Too, especially for those of you who’ve been with us across better than a decade, there’s the ol’ 300-day moving average for Gold.  Historically it typically marked significant support or resistance for Gold, although much of that “reliance” has since waned.  Still, if only by coincidence, in this next graphic of Gold’s daily closes for some dozen years, that average (in blue) shows as support per the rightmost price bounce.  And as usual, the “triple top” remains there for the taking should the investing world ever awaken to reality:

As to the reality of the StateSide economy, its “yo-yo-ing” has built in a somewhat positive slant from about mid-point (this past April)-to-date in our year-over-year view of the Economic Barometer:

Tell-tale signs of ongoing “Dollar strength” influenced the Baro’s incoming metrics as the week unfolded.  September’s Import Prices shrank whilst those for Export increased.  And inflation at both the wholesale and retail levels came in bit hotter than consensus expectation.  As for the consumer, The University of Michigan “Go Blue!” Sentiment Survey took quite a hit in declining from September’s 68.1 reading to only 63.0 for October, the third-largest monthly decline in the past 16 months.  Indeed, oh that “Dollar strength”, the “Dixie” recording its 11th up week of the past 13.  Yet if you query:  “How then can Gold have also gone up?”  Re-read last week’s piece.

Reading below into Gold’s two-panel graphic we see the daily bars from three months ago-to-date on the left and 10-day Market Profile on the right.  Note that Gold’s “Baby Blues” of trend consistency are on the up move:  because they still are below the 0% axis, the trend mathematically remains down, however ’tis rotating toward turning positive.  And because Gold settled on its high price for the past two weeks, the present “white bar” is barely discernable at the top of the stack.  (Are those the Gold Shorts we hear yelling “Hobson close!  Hobson close!”?  Always a pleasure to have them take the other side of the trade):  

Next we’ve the like display for Silver, her daily bars at left and Profile at right.  Clearly her recent rally whilst robust visually appears a bit dwarfed vis-à-vis that for Gold.  Mais au contraire as Gold’s recent low-to-high gain is +6.7% whereas that for Silver is +10.3%.  Thus be thee not discouraged, Sister Silver!

We now close on a memorializing note for James E. Sinclair.

We were honoured to meet “Mr. Gold” in San Francisco some nine years ago on 15 November 2014.  Long-time readers of The Gold Update know ’tis infrequent that we read the fine writings of other Gold analysts (so as not to bias our own thinking and interpretation of data).  Jim was an exception with whom we occasionally corresponded, and he’d always reply.  And his thorough understanding of The Gold Story was rarely paralleled.  Thanks for the awakening, Jim.

In his memory, let’s indeed add a word to this moving ’73 Pink Floyd piece, his now resting at The Great GOLD Gig in the Sky”:

Cheers to Jim!

and now on Twitter(“X”):  @deMeadvillePro


Mark Mead Baillie

Mark Mead Baillie has had an extensive business career beginning in banking and financial services for two years with Banque Nationale de Paris to corporate research for three years at Barclays Bank and then for six years as an analyst and corporate lender with Société Générale.
For the last 22 years he has expanded his financial expertise by creating his own financial services company, de Meadville International, which comprehensively follows his BEGOS complex of markets (Bond/Euro/Gold/Oil/S&P) and the trading of the futures therein. He is recognized within the financial community of demonstrating creative technical skills that surpass industry standards toward making highly informed market assessments and his work is featured in Merrill Lynch Wealth Management client presentations.  He has adapted such skills into becoming the popular author each week of the prolific “The Gold Update” and is known in the financial website community as “mmb” and “deMeadville”.
Mr. Baillie holds a BS in Business from the University of Southern California and an MBA in Finance from Golden Gate University.

Gold was first discovered in U.S. at the Reed farm in North Carolina in 1799, a 17-pound nugget.
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