Gold Market Update - COTs, Sentiment Super Bullish As Fed Set To Reverse Course...

August 26, 2018
Technical Analyst & Author

We are now seeing an overwhelming body of evidence coming together to suggest that gold and silver have hit bottom. And that even if they haven't, the bottom is very close as downside risk is very limited. On a more mundane level, the drop in gold and silver prices in the recent past is pushing many mines to the brink of becoming economic at a time of an impending supply crunch, a situation that must soon lead to higher prices. Whilst we were premature in calling a bottom earlier this year, it really does look like the time has come to "back up the truck" for reasons that we will now set out as briefly and succinctly as possible.

Starting with gold's 6-month chart, we see that on Friday it had its biggest up day for about 5-months, with a large white candle and "bullish engulfing pattern" which has made an approximate Double Bottom with the lows of about a week ago, with this occurring at a time when it is deeply oversold, as made clear by the low reading of its MACD indicator and the large gap with its moving averages.

Whilst gold has dropped back further than we would like to see on its 10-year chart, and further than we had earlier expected, it is noteworthy and important that it has not dropped below the support at its 2013 lows, which means that this is a good point for it to turn up.

The chances of gold turning up here are hugely enhanced by its latest COT and sentiment data. Its latest COT chart shows that the Large Specs have now abandoned all long positions and actually started going short for the 1st time in our memory and for the 1st time since gold's big bullmarket started in 2000 - 2001. This is viewed as exceptionally bullish because the Large Specs are overall always wrong.

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Moving on, we see that the Gold Optix, or optimism chart, is plumbing abysmally low levels, which is of course another sign that gold is probably at a bottom, because the great mass of investors are always negative and despondent at major market bottoms.

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Chart courtesy of sentimentrader.com

Joining the "gloom and doom" party we have the Gold Risk Levels chart, which is showing a reading of 2, that is close to the lowest it has ever got, which is 1.

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Chart courtesy of sentimentrader.com

Gold stocks took a beating in recent weeks and whilst shorter-term charts have looked really scary, the big picture shown on our 10-year chart for GDX looks nowhere near as disturbing. Although the drop of recent weeks was not of course what bulls wanted to see, it has not quite broken GDX below the important support level shown, and the chances of it reversing to the upside here are vastly improved by the current abyssmal sentiment towards the sector.

In retrospect we should have been able to tell from the Gold Miners Bullish % Index chart some weeks back that there was scope for further losses, but now, after the latest sector drop, it is looking a lot healthier, with the now very low level of bullishness making a rally a lot more likely...

Having figured out from all these charts that gold has probably hit bottom and is about ready to turn up, what might the fundamental reason for this be? Well, of course, the strongest reason would be if the dollar were to stop advancing and reverse to the downside, so how likely is that? - very likely as it happens, for as we had deduced several days back, the Treasury market is getting ready for a surprise big rally which means that rates in the US are set to drop, and falling rates will quickly kick out the props from under the dollar. The notion of a surprise Treasury rally is by no means wishful thinking - it is based on powerful technical evidence that has been building for many weeks - evidence which points to the Fed making a U-turn on rates, which it undoubtedly is coming under heavy pressure from The White House to do.

Let's look at this evidence again now. We start with the 5-year chart for the 1-year Treasury Note yield, which shows that the earlier vigorous advance in rates is now running out of steam, as evidenced by the MACD momentum indicator that has not been confirming recent new highs.

Next we see on the latest COT chart for the 10-year Treasury Note that normally wrong Large Specs have bought the hype and are now running record short positions by a country mile - they look set to get fleeced, and you don't need to be a genius to figure out who will walk off with the pie, as they always do - the Commercials - who have built up record long positions - perhaps they have some important friends at the Fed, as well as in the media.

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The latest Hedgers chart also for the 10-year Treasury Note is equally if not more astounding. It shows that Smart Money Commercial Hedgers have built up record net long positions in these Treasuries. What all this means is that a thundering great rally is probably building in Treasuries, that will knock rates back down and rip the rug from under the dollar.

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Chart courtesy of sentimentrader.com

Finally, there is one major inconsistency which we need to address. One of our biggest fears in the recent past and a deterrent to being more aggressively bullish the PM sector has been the lurking risk of a market crash. However, as we had started to figure out last week, a big Treasury rally is a growing probability, and that means a sizeable drop in rates, which will take the wind out of the dollar's sails and fuel a big recovery rally in gold and silver. In addition, a significant drop in rates will greatly lower the risk of a market crash in the foreseeable future. Although the stockmarket could drop for other reasons it is less likely to be so severe that it negatively impacts gold and silver which will be rising due a falling dollar. Instead, we may even see modest new highs in the stockmarket, but more likely is that it runs off sideways or enters a mild downtrend.

The conclusion is that it is time to back up the truck with the PM sector - assuming you still have a truck to back up, that is.

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Clive Maund

Clive P. Maund’s interest in markets started when, as an aimless youth searching for direction in his mid-20’s, he inherited some money. Unfortunately it was not enough to live a utopian lifestyle as a playboy or retire very young. Therefore on the advice of his brother, he bought a load of British Petroleum stock, which promptly went up 20% in the space of a few weeks. Clive sold them at the top…which really fired his imagination. The prospect of being able to buy securities and sell them later at a higher price, and make money for doing little or no work was most attractive – and so the quest began, especially as he had been further stoked up by watching from the sidelines with a mixture of fascination and envy as fortunes were made in the roaring gold and silver bull market of the late 70’s.

Clive furthered his education in Technical Analysis or charting by ordering various good books from the US and by applying what he learned at work on an everyday basis. He also obtained the UK Society of Technical Analysts’ Diploma.

The years following 2005 saw the boom phase of the Gold and Silver bull market, until they peaked in late 2011. While there is ongoing debate about whether that was the final high, it is not believed to be because of the continuing global debasement of fiat currency. The bear market since 2011 is viewed as being very similar to the 2-year reaction in the mid-70’s, which was preceded by a powerful advance and was followed by a gigantic parabolic price ramp. Moreover, Precious Metals should come back into their own when the various asset bubbles elsewhere burst, which looks set to happen anytime soon.

Visit Clive at his website: CliveMaund.com

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