Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The gold bulls' final defense

OK, so gold had a very ugly day. For some perspective, here is the long-term chart of gold stretching back to the start of the last gold bull:

This precious metal recently dropped through one important uptrend (dotted line). There is, however, one ultimate last line of defense for the gold bulls, which represents the uptrend stretching back to 2001 (solid line). Uptrend support appears to be at roughly $1150.

There are a number of hopeful signs for gold, at least in the short-term. Tim Knight at The Slope of Hope indicated that silver may be forming a bottom at these levels:

As well, Ed Yardeni showed that there is a high level of correlation between gold prices and TIPS:

Here is a short-term chart of GLD and TIP. TIP rallied today, though GLD sold off. This represents a short-term divergence, though minor, that cannot go on forever.

In short, precious metals appear to be setting up for a relief rally at these levels. However, keep an eye on the longer term trend to judge whether the gold bulls' last stand is successful or not.

Cam Hui is a portfolio manager at Qwest Investment Fund Management Ltd. ("Qwest"). This article is prepared by Mr. Hui as an outside business activity. As such, Qwest does not review or approve materials presented herein. The opinions and any recommendations expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not reflect the opinions or recommendations of Qwest.

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