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The Gold Flash Crash

Morris Hubbartt
Weekly Market Update Excerpt
posted Apr 19, 2013

US Dollar Lost Soul Chart

  • To gain perspective on a currency, it is necessary to consider the longer term point of view. The US dollar continues to be diluted, and the US economy cannot function without large amounts of liquidity.
  • The current QE program involves printing money at the astounding rate of $1 trillion dollars per year, and Fed governor Bullard said this week that he is in favor of increasing it.
  • When you look back 12 years, it’s clear that the dollar is gradually being debased. Note the Fibonacci retracement numbers that I’ve highlighted on this monthly chart.
  • Even if the dollar were to rally to the 100 area, it would not change the primary trend, which is down. The dollar is like a lost soul wandering across a desert. Austerity, not more QE, is the drink of water that my country’s fiat currency needs.

Gold Fibonacci Arc Chart

  • Any correction like the one that just happened in gold, is enough to shake even the staunchest bull’s confidence. Investors must think carefully about why they own physical metals.
  • There has been a party on Wall Street, driven by liquidity, not economic growth. The US economy is addicted to stimulus. More citizens are applying for government handouts. This is not how to build a strong currency. Gold ultimately moves in the opposite direction to the dollar. So, own gold. Physical gold.
  • I have identified Fibonacci support areas on this gold chart. $1302 is the 50% retracement line, and gold stopped declining at about $1320.
  • Also, RSI is very low. Although gold looks like it is bottoming here, I am watching the $1260 area carefully, which also offers very good support. This market seems very similar to 2008, where a V-type bottom was made, and prices quickly moved higher.

Gold Shakeout Chart

  • My $1350 “shakeout” target was acquired. From either the current $1320 area lows, or from $1250, I am projecting a slow grind higher, towards the $1500 resistance area.
  • Even large banks have said that this flash crash is “overdone”. The gold market is far from safe, but it does offer value.
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HUI Arc Chart

  • Several weeks ago, I mentioned the 250-300 support area on the HUI chart, as a possible target price. That target was acquired.
  • What I want to see now, on the upside, is a price advance on heavy volume. On the downside, the next area of support is the 175-150 area.
  • Compared to gold, most gold stocks are now cheaper than they were at the low of the 2008 market bottom.
  • Note how close the HUI is now, to the 3rd and largest Fibonacci arc, on this chart. Strong rallies can occur from this type of set-up.

GDX Filling The Gap Chart

  • Whether you are a bull or a bear, I think the next price objective for GDX is the top of the gap in the $32.50 area.
  • Bulls should buy now, with a $32.50 target, and bears could place some light short positions around $32-$33.
  • Note the massive panic volume. There’s a chance that an “ultimate low” is here, but the bottom callers (including me) have been wrong so many times, we look like a bear’s Swiss cheese sandwich.
  • Regardless, the use of proper money management techniques has allowed professional gold stock accumulators to continue to buy this carnage, with a reasonable degree of comfort. Never allocate large amounts of money to any single trade.

GDXJ Channel Backtest Chart

  • In this sector, unless you are an aggressive trader, this is a time to stand back and let the dust settle. If you are an accumulator, this type of weakness must be bought, but preferably only “after the dust settles”.
  • I’m looking for a rally back to the downtrend channel line, in the $13.50 area.
  • From there, I’ll be watching the volume patterns. Volume must start increasing, if junior stocks are going to put on a substantial rally.

Silver Support Zone Chart

  • This week, silver has come down, like many other assets. Having said that, none of the bars I own have gotten any smaller!
  • Perhaps the main lesson from this huge “flash crash” is that investors need to think carefully about how much leverage to use, when purchasing silver.
  • When the support at $26 failed, it was disappointing, but there is good support in the $19-$23 area.

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Apr 19, 2013
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