Just Another Head-Fake In Gold?

June 3, 2019

Gold’s $30 run-up over the last two sessions is the sharpest we’ve seen in a while. Was it just a knee-jerk reaction to continuing weakness in U.S. stocks? Probably. But we’ll keep a close eye on it nevertheless, since gold sentiment is so negative, sometimes verging on despair.

Many investors who have followed bullion’s bear market closely since prices peaked eight years ago just above $1900 seem to get their hopes up every time gold rallies moderately. Disappointment has invariably followed, and then something worse as prices receded back into a rut. And yet, quotes have been too stubbornly buoyant for bears to triumph. Gold has been in a holding pattern for six years, defying predictions of a plunge below $1000 to shake out weak hands once and for all. It is a consolidation to be endured — but also closely watched, so that we do not mistake the start of a bull market for yet another tiresome and vexatious head fake. In practice, for now, that will mean focusing on the three ‘external’ peaks shown in the chart. If this move exceeds all of them without much of a pullback on the intraday charts, that could be a sign that we are witnessing something more than just a tease. 

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