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Traders continue to bid yields higher in spite of the Federal Reserve statement

March 18, 2021 - 7:04pm

 by Gary Wagner

“There’s something happening here, what it is ain’t exactly clear” - Stephen Stills

 

Immediately following the conclusion of the FOMC meeting yesterday, we saw gold stage a strong rally moving from roughly unchanged to close higher by double digits. Many analysts interpreted the gains as a direct result of the Federal Reserve statement, which included the most current “dot plot,” indicating that interest rates most likely will stay where they are through 2023.

However, in trading overseas, gold continued to climb higher as it opened in Australia on Thursday morning but then began selling under pressure as it moved into Hong Kong and London. The primary events that caused gold prices to weaken were dollar strength and higher yields in U.S, Treasury notes. In fact, the 10-year Treasury yield gained in excess of nine basis points, moving the current return to 1.73%. An absolute negative factor for gold placing bearish pressure on the metal.

This signals that even with the definitive tone of Chairman Powell once again conveying the Federal Reserve’s intent to keep interest rates where they are for a long time. While market participants looking at good economic data nonetheless continued to bid yields higher in anticipation of a rate hike disregarding the dot plot produced by the Federal Reserve as well as Jerome Powell statements during the press conference yesterday.

However, by the close of trading in New York gold basis, the most active April 2021 Comex contract gained significant ground. And although it closed well off of its high, which was $1754, it did gain $7.50, or 0.43%, and is currently fixed at $1734.60. Concurrently the uptick in gold occurred with extreme dollar strength, which was also up approximately .045%. That means if the dollar had been neutral today, we would have seen a gold rise by approximately $15.

Another interesting aspect was the negative correlation in terms of price change between spot or Forex gold and gold futures. Although spot gold is still slightly above the price of April’s futures contract, the net change on the day was a decline of nine dollars in spot compared to a positive gain of $7.50 in gold futures. According to the KGX (Kitco Gold Index), today’s decline of $9.00 is a combination of dollar strength and selling pressure. The vast majority of today’s change occurred because of dollar strength which accounted for $7.85 of the decline, with the remaining $1.15 resulting in spot gold at $1736.50.

At least for today, gold futures were able to overcome both dollar strength and higher yields on U.S. treasuries which rose to a 14-month high. Many analysts believe that unless the Fed intervenes to address the differential between short-term and long-term bonds and notes that the yield in the 10-year note could trade as high as 2%. That is only 0.02% off of the pre-pandemic yield, which was at 2.2%.

There is no doubt that analysts, market participants as well as traders are still gleaming through the statement released yesterday and working through the statements made by Chairman Powell, not only focusing on the words but the demeanor. Although he has been emphatic about keeping interest rates near zero for at least two years, it seems market sentiment does not agree with that assessment. There are those analysts that believe that if solid economic data continues to be forthcoming, it will force the hand of the Fed to raise rates sooner than they had anticipated.

This is contrary to the statements and determination of the Federal Reserve to not make the same mistakes that didn’t 2008 by raising rates too quickly. In the words of Chairman Powell, it will be the pandemic that dictates action by the Federal Reserve, and they will not act in a way that could hinder a full recovery in the fastest period of time.

Wishing you, as always, good trading and good health,

Gary S. Wagner - Executive Producer

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Gold Forecast: Proper Action

On March 10th we issued trade alert to buy gold and silver.

On March 16 we raised stops to

Futures: GC 1690. SI 25.3 ----- Forex: . XAUUSD 1690. XAGUSD 25.3 -------- ETF's: GLD 159.35. SLV 23.5

Futures contracts:
Buy April 2021 gold (GC J21) @ the market current $1722.80. Place stop at $1690
Buy May 2021 (SI K21) @ the market current $26.26. Place stop at $25.30

Electronically Traded Funds:
Buy GLD at the market current $161.55. Place stop at $159.35
Buy SLV at the market current $24.24. Place stop at $23.50

Forex / spot markets:
Buy Forex gold @ the market current $1724.40. Place stop at $1690
Buy Forex silver @ the market current $26.17. Place stop at $25.30

On February 18 we entered a long April Platinum trade. In at $1282. Our stop was hit today (02/26/21) @ at $1217.00
SILVER FUTURES MARCH: Entry at $27.36, and then closed the trade later @ $27.45.
XAGUSD: Entry at $27.26,, our stop was hit at $27.39

We closed our positions in SLV:
First leg SLV: @ 22.95 .out at @ $24.99
Second leg SLV @ 24.60. out at @ $24.99

On Thursday February 4 stops were hit on our long GLD ETF. We entered at 172.14. Our stop was hit at $168.29 (the open on Thursday) for a $3.85 loss per share.

GOLD FUTURES APRIL: Entry at 1845 - 1859 . Stop hit at 1813 - average loss $3900 per contract
XAUSUD: Entry at 1845 - 1857 . Stop hit at 1813 - average loss of $38 per oz
SILVER FUTURES MARCH: Entry at 25.42 - 25.46 . Stop hit at 24.11 - average loss $6650 per contract
XAGUSD: Entry at 25.33 - 25.40 - Stop hit at 24.11 - average loss $1.3 per oz
long February gold @ $1890.00 and stop hit @ $1902.20, for a profit of $1202.00 per contract
long Forex gold @ $1886.00 and stop hit @ $1898 for a profit of $12.00 per OZ
long March silver @ $26.31 and stop hit @ $26.41 for a profit of $500.00 per contract
long GLD @ $177.26 and stop hit @ $178.00 for a profit of $0.71 per share
long SLV @ $24.67 and stop hit @ 25.00 for a profit of $0.33 per share
long February Gold Futures at $1860-$1866 and stop hit at at $1869. Average profit $600 per contract
long XAUUSD at $1856-$1862 and stop hit at $1866. Average profit $6
long March Silver Futures at $25.16 - $25.25 and stop hit at $25.30. Average profit $450 per contract
long GLD @ $174.12 and stop hit at $175.78 for a profit of $1.66 per share
long GLD @ $174.12 and stop hit at $175.78 for a profit of $1.66 per share
long February Gold Futures at $1830 -$1843 and out at $1850 for a profit of $700 to $2000.00 per contract
long XAUUSD at $1841 and out at $1850 for a profit of $90.00 per mini 10 oz contract
long March Silver Futures at $24.29 and out @ $24.40 for a profit of $550.00 per comex contract
long GLD @ 1$71.50 and out @ $173.00 for a profit of $1.50 per share
long SLV @ $22.30 and out @ $22.50 for a profit of $0.20 per share
Long December gold at $1899. Stop hit at $1918, for a $1900 profit
Long forex gold at $1896.00. Stop hit at $1912, for a $1600 profit
Long December silver at $24.21. Stop hit at $25.07 for a $4300 profit
Long GLD at $180.46 and stop hit at $176.42 for a loss of $4.04 per share
Long SLV at $23.23 and stop at $22.78 for a loss of $0.40 per share
Long December Gold Futures at $1926 and stop hit at $1907.30 for a loss of $18.70 per ounce
Long Forex Gold at $1922 and stop hit at $1903 for a loss of $19.00 per ounce
Long December Silver Futures at $25.13 and stop hit at $24.73 for a loss of $0.40 per ounce
Long December gold at $1890, out at $1909.30 for a profit of $1,930.00
Long December silver at $23.95, out at $24.50 for a profit of $2,750.00
Long Forex gold at $1883.68, out $1907 for a profit of $23.32 per ounce
Long GLD ETF at $178.03, out at $179.80 for a profit of $1.77 per share
Long SLV ETF at $22.66, out at $22.03 for a loss of $0.63 per share

Gold Market Forecast

In light of the market forces working against gold moving higher, specifically a stronger US dollar and higher yields on 10-year Treasury notes, gold held up rather well today. Today’s show will have a different focus in that we will discuss alternative models through the use of Elliott wave theory. Elliott waves are all a series of fractals that fit within each other kind of like Russian dolls. That is to say there are different degrees of waves.

 

The largest is labeled a grand super cycle, next comes a super cycle, then a cycle, primary, intermediate, minor and so on. If you’re looking at an intermediate motive phase which is composed of five impulse waves labeled one, two, three, four and five. All five waves can be combined into a single primary wave.

We will present to models that we haven’t discussed before one looking at the fractal quality and moving from intermediate to primary by using weekly charts rather than daily charts. The other model that we will look at assumes that the correction from the highs of August to the recent lows were a complete A, B, C correction. This will allow us to better understand the nuances of the moves where witnessing in gold.

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