A Year End Rally for Gold

December 29, 2016 - 5:53pm

 by Gary Wagner

Gold finished solidly higher today, gaining  $18 on the day, with Comex Futures closing at $1159 (as of 4:30 PM EST). According to Kitco News, this year-end rally is a combination of short covering and bargain hunting. The weak US dollar is also contributing to the gains. Today’s strong upside move, along with recent price action, has given us an indication that gold prices might have finally found support.

Considering that bearish sentiment over the last five years has taken gold prices from $1900 to $1050, to say that gold prices were becoming oversold would be an understatement. However, without technical confirmation that a key reversal has occurred, trying to pick a bottom is synonymous with trying to catch a falling knife. Which beckons the following question:

How Do You Grab a Falling Knife?

  1. With both hands
  2. Very carefully
  3. Wait until it hits the ground and then pick it up

We believe the answer is A, B and C, with the emphasis on C, waiting until the knife hits the ground before picking it up. Without the knowledge of where the ground is, attempting to grab a falling knife is extremely dangerous. In the same way, attempting to forecast a bottom in gold pricing is an extremely dangerous and risky move.

The Signs Up Ahead

During the last few weeks, we have seen the first signs on a technical basis that gold pricing has reached a potential bottom, found support, and more importantly, is signaling an end to the long correction.

A Year In Review: Gold 2016

Last Friday on our Weekend Review, we looked at price activity during 2016. Our overall conclusion was that this year was pivotal for gold, with a key distinction separating it from the last five years. More importantly, this year’s price action contained a key pivot, or key reversal, from extremely bearish sentiment to bullish sentiment.

For the first time since gold traded to $1900 in 2011, we saw technical evidence indicating that there was the real possibility that the long-sustained correction had run its course. We based our conclusion on the following fact: 2016 was the first year in which gold traded to a higher high, and a higher low, than the previous year. On a technical basis, that is the necessary criteria to indicate bullish momentum.  However, this optimism was muted when there was no clear follow-through, and gold prices began to trade lower from July until now.

Over the last two weeks, we have been talking about the distinct possibility that gold prices not only have become extremely oversold, but also are actually showing signs of a potential bottom forming, with support at the recent lows. Exactly 2 weeks ago, on December 15, gold prices fell to an intraday low of approximately $1123. That price point, $1123, corresponds precisely to a 75% retracement of the rally that started at the beginning of this year at $1050, and concluded in July at $1380.

Gold Forecast 2017

Recent price action has moved gold off of those lows, indicating at least on a short-term basis, that gold prices have found a level of support. Whether or not this bounce is an indication of higher pricing ahead and a conclusion to the protracted correction will be the primary topic of tomorrow’s Weekend Review, which will contain our gold forecast for 2017.

This video will be available for viewing on Friday, after 7 o’clock Eastern Standard Time.

Wishing you as always, good trading,

Gary S. Wagner - Executive Producer

Gold Forecast: Proper Action
We are currently flat with no active trades in gold or silver.
 
However, as we have said all week, we have seen the first signs of a potential bottom and support.
 
Today's bounce off of recent lows adds more weight to that hypothesis.
 
This most recent action brings us much closer to issuing a buy signal in gold.
 
See market forecast and view today’s video report for more details.
Gold Market Forecast

The overall characteristics of gold pricing over the last five years has been extremely bearish, with a multiyear correction that moved gold prices almost 50% lower from their historical high of $1900.

Year in and year out, gold traded to a lower low, and a lower high than the previous year. That was up until 2016 when gold broke its long standing bearish sentiment.

That being said we can now say that this year has been a transformational year. The key reversal which occurred at the beginning of this year might in fact be the last hurrah of this multiyear correction.

On today's video report we will once again look at recent price activity as we review the year in gold for 2016. This being a precursor to tomorrow show which will contain our gold forecast 2017.

Trending Markets Forecast

US equities finished fractionally lower today. Although the today's selloff was extremely shallow, it has moved the Dow's current pricing farther away from that elusive milestone of 20,000. With only one trading day remaining in 2016, the probability that this milestone will be reached in this calendar year has become much more remote.

The US dollar had a substantial selloff today, resulting in a loss of .6% in value. The real question is whether or not this most recent bearish sentiment is a sign that a key reversal and dollar strength is at hand, or if it is simply a consolidation before the US dollar once again trades higher.