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Stock Market Crash Season & Gold

President of Graceland Investment Management
July 16, 2013

Oil may hold the key to the next big move in gold.  On the geopolitical front, the Iranian government’s nuclear program could trigger an attack from Israel, and that could cause oil to surge higher. 

Syria and Egypt are two more “hotspots” that could cause traders to buy oil aggressively, if military action intensifies. 


You are looking at the monthly oil chart, and it could be argued that a major upside breakout is now in play.

I’ve highlighted a symmetrical triangle on that chart.  The technical target is about $145, which is close to the all-time highs in the $147 area.

If oil surges higher because of a geopolitical shock, gold is likely to follow.

Despite the breakout, there is strong HSR (horizontal support and resistance) in the $110 - $115 area.  Oil is likely to hesitate there.

If there is no intensification of military action in Iran, Syria, or Egypt, and the US economy shows growing inflationary pressures while slowing down, value-based fund managers could move funds from the general stock market to gold.

Monday’s retail sales report was disappointing, and today the key CPI (Consumer Price Index) report will be released, followed by the Fed’s industrial production report. 

In the eyes of mainstream fund managers, today’s reports are important economic barometers, and if economic production is disappointing, they could buy gold aggressively.  That could push the price to $1300, or higher.

I’ve suggested that traders should be sellers in the $1280 - $1340 price zone.  If today’s reports cause gold to rally, book some profit.



That’s the daily gold chart.  Note the position of the lead line of my stokeillator.  It’s risen to about the 70 level.  Minor market trends tend to last for about one to three weeks.  My stokeillator is arguably ideal for identifying the potential start and end of these price movements.

In the “minor trend picture”, profit booking is the current theme, because the move to the upside is getting a little long in the tooth.  When the stokeillator gives a sell signal, the price can turn lower or just drift sideways.

In the biggest picture, events in India have become very important to the gold price.  A ban on gold coin and bar sales to all citizens is in effect now, and it is being enforced.

Almost 40% of the Indian population makes less than two dollars a day, yet they are the largest gold buyers in the world.  The industrialization of India will dramatically increase the gold-buying power of Indians, and I expect that Indian demand for physical gold will exceed global mine supply by around the year 2020.  Also, I believe the current coin and bar sales ban in India will be lifted fairly quickly.  Here’s why:

The government blames the current account deficit on gold imports.  I blame it on foreign investment outflows and government corruption.  Regardless, the Indian government seems to be working quickly to not only halt the outflows, but reverse them.  Legislation is pending that should increase FDI (foreign direct investment).  Foreign ownership restrictions are set to be chopped, in a big way.

If that happens while US stock markets enter the dangerous “crash season” of September – October, institutions could pour a lot of money into India.



You are looking at the daily chart of the dollar versus the rupee.  As the dollar has surged, money has poured out of India, but you can see that the dollar just broke the uptrend line. 

The rupee is already stabilizing, and a stable currency, regardless of the price level, attracts foreign investment.

As I mentioned earlier, if oil surges on a geopolitical shock, gold should leap higher too.  If it falls on economic downturn news, while the rupee is stable, it will help India’s current account deficit, because the nation is a massive importer of oil.  The price action of oil, up or down, is likely to be a “win win” situation for the gold community!

India’s central bank hiked short term lending rates yesterday, further stabilizing the rupee.  It’s highly likely that Indian finance minister CP Chidambaram and central bank governor Duvvuri Subbarao will gain global support for their plan to stabilize the currency, and increase FDI.  The G20 central bank and finance minister meeting in Russia is only two days away, and I think Chidambaram and Subbarao will make it very clear to the rest of the G20, that India is critically important to the health of the global economy.

While India is probably the “prime mover” of the gold price for now, events in America are also important.   Ben Bernanke makes it pretty clear that he has major concerns about deflation and the US economy.  The longer that QE continues, whether tapered or not, the more diluted the US dollar becomes.  The weakening of the dollar is a much longer term process than most analysts realize, but it is very real.

My recommendation every year is for US stock market investors to sell all holdings around August 7th.  Stay on the sidelines until the market either crashes, or to the end of October.  Historically, the cost of taking a two or three month break from the stock market has been very small, and most of the worst crashes tend to occur in September and October.  Also, I think it is good for the spirit, not just for the pocketbook, to take a break from playing the stock market.



This weekly chart compares the Dow to GDX (gold stocks).  I’ve highlighted an RSI technical non-confirmation.  It doesn’t suggest that the Dow is about to crash, but it does suggest that investors may be wise to sell the Dow and buy gold stocks. 



You are looking at the daily GDX chart.  Note the hesitation at $25, highlighted with a blue HSR line.  Also, there may be a bullish wedge pattern forming; note the black trend lines that are converging.  The technical action on this short term chart adds weight to the argument that gold stocks could be the best asset to hold, going into stock market crash season!    


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Stewart Thomson

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