From the Trading Desk
Yesterday, economic data showed that sales of existing US homes rose by the highest amount since 2013. The figure came in at 5.19 million annualized for the month of March which beat the median forecast by economists of 5.04 million. The Mortgage Bankers Association also reported a 2.3% increase in mortgage applications on the week after a decrease for the previous week.
The positive US data sent gold immediately lower. Stops were triggered around $1,192 and gold made a swift move to the low of the day at $1,185 basis the active June gold futures contract. Far East physical buying helped lift the yellow metal from the lows and it traded sideways for the rest of the trading session though. The $1,180 – $1,185 area has now been tested and has held on six separate occasions over the past month. This is a key area to watch and if it gives way, there is no major technical support until $1,150. Silver decisively moved below $16 yesterday and this has now become near term resistance. Silver’s trend has been lower of late though and any rallies will likely be viewed as opportunities for traders to establish or increase short positioning.
Today’s economic data was nothing but good for gold all the way around yet the yellow metal couldn’t get past yesterday’s highs. The dollar did fall and a break of 97 on the index may get us off to the races in gold.
Initial jobless claims came in lower than expected along with the manufacturing PMI and new home sales. The trifecta for gold! The data continues to disappoint, but the stock market doesn’t seem to care. It has a life of its own. I will note however that Google’s earnings and revenue’s missed expectations after hours while Amazon and Microsoft topped expectations. .
Up tomorrow is the durable goods orders data which is expected to be negative.
I still see a break of $1,178.65 as trouble for anyone long gold or gold mining stocks but as I have said the last 3 days, I don’t lean this way. I still lean long for the short term. Please don’t get this confused with my thinking that we will not continue to fall because I do still think we break $1,000 an ounce in gold. This will only be another dead cat bounce if it comes.
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