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Gold: Breakdown Or Simple Overshoot?

Stewart Thomson

Jul 21, 2015

  1. As a group, gold stocks are trading like the entire sector is going “off the board”. Is that going to happen?

  2. Perhaps, but I’m a solid buyer anyways! Please click here now. That’s the quarterly bars ratio chart of the XAU gold stocks index, versus the price of gold.

  3. It’s clear that gold stocks are trading lower now against gold than when gold was under $300 an ounce! Some analysts argue that gold is going to $5000 or more, yet they suggest investors should not buy any gold, silver, or gold stocks now. They claim that gold might fall another few hundred dollars, so it should be “avoided” until it goes to their personal price targets.

  4. I don’t think those analysts have a proper understanding of risk and reward. If gold has thousands of dollars of upside potential reward, and a few hundred dollars of real risk, any professional investor is likely to be a buyer in this general price area.

  5. Amateur investors spend most of their time trying to forecast the next short term price action. They believe their forecasts will create wealth, and eliminate risk. They are mistaken.

  6. Professional investors simply respond to price action. Strength is sold. Weakness is bought. 

  7. On that note, please click here now. That’s the daily gold chart. Perhaps gold will form a double bottom pattern in the $1080 area, and then move higher.

  8. Note the huge “wow factor” volume in play yesterday. The August gold contract volume exceeded 200,000 contracts, in just one day!

  9. To understand the difference between the action of a professional gold investor and an emotional amateur one, please click here now. That’s the most recent COT report for gold. It ends with the close of trading on July 14. The professional investors (mainly banks) are the commercial group. As of July 14, they held about 257,000 gold “longs”.

  10. It’s my professional opinion that the price and volume action on Friday, Sunday, and Monday has produced a historic moment, with the commercial traders now holding a net long position in gold! If they are not net long, they are very close to being so.

  11. Mike Kahn is arguably the world’s greatest market technician. He is former director of the Market Technicians Association. He’s written three books on technical analysis, and he writes for Barron’s.

  12. To read what Mike had to say about gold yesterday afternoon, please click here now.

  13. To view his take on the gold chart, please click here now. The green circles on his chart are mine.

  14. Mike highlights the “target” price that most amateur technicians focus on, but he is open to the possibility that gold is actually in “overshoot” mode now. I’ve often spoken about the importance of differentiating between chart patterns and meaningless chart shapes.

  15. Amateur technicians tend to think every shape on a chart is an important pattern, and this can get them into serious trouble when dealing with phenomenal assets like gold. No technical pattern on a gold chart is more important than the nature of gold as an asset.

  16. So, I would issue a word of caution to gold investors who are shorting gold now, betting against the banks, and predicting lower prices. With the banks buying gold, and apparently buying with unprecedented aggression, Mike Kahn’s overshoot scenario gains serious credence.

  17. I’m a buyer of this price weakness alongside the banks, simply because it is price weakness that is occurring in the world’s greatest asset. The banks have very deep pockets, so they can buy with stunning size. It’s important for amateur investors to buy the current price weakness, but in size that is “smaller than they know is rational”.

  18. Investors should always buy when they are personally afraid of lower prices, particularly when the banks are buying. Buying the fear of others won’t make an investor richer. To succeed, investors must buy their own fear.

  19. Please click here now. That’s the gold versus silver ratio chart, using monthly bars. For another important look at that same ratio chart, please click here now. Against silver, gold appeared to stage a technical “support failure” in early 2011. I viewed it more as an “overshoot”.

  20. So, I sold one third of my silver in early 2011, and bought gold “money” with the proceeds. In 2014, I sold that gold, and re-bought silver with the proceeds of the transaction. At the 2011 highs for gold and silver, silver began failing to confirm the new highs for gold.

  21. Now, silver is not decisively confirming the new lows for gold.

  22. Against the background of strong bank buying, and the outrageous fear of lower prices shown by most amateur gold analysts, this budding non-confirmation of silver versus gold gives me confidence that both silver and gold are poised to move higher, with silver leading the way.

  23. I don’t believe most investors in the Western gold community want to look at an endless series of gold and silver charts that have downside price targets painted all over them. I do short GLD-NYSE and GDX-NYSE at my trading service site. I try not to overly hype it, even though we’re sitting on pretty fat profits right now from the latest trade on the short side, with a system track record going back to 2011. If you want details of the service, send me an email at and I’ll send it to you. Thanks.

  24. Trading should be just one modest component of a total gold asset portfolio. The prudent precious metals investor is a steady accumulator now, alongside the banks. The sun will shine for years to come, for investors who focus not on calling turns, but accumulating the sector, because of the overall quality of the asset!

Jul 21, 2015
Stewart Thomson
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