Gold and Silver Current Thoughts 8-18-2015

From the Trading Desk

Chinese equities made headlines yet again overnight with the Shanghai composite index selling off by more than 6%.  The commodity space as a whole was dragged lower and copper and crude made six year lows.  Gold managed to hold on surprisingly well given the broader pain commodities were feeling.  Gold was trending lower heading into the NY trading day but found bids to lift it back near session highs immediately following the PM fix.  It’s been a quiet week of consolidation for the yellow metal with resistance at $1,130 and support coming in right above $1,100.  Silver demonstrated its base metal trading properties by selling off with copper by more than 3% today.  After ultimately failing to maintain a sustained move above $15.50 for three days in a row, it looks like silver will test lower to $14.50.

Keep any eye out for the FOMC minutes tomorrow at 11 AM PST.

Gold fell hard early and recovered a bit by mid-day. Silver simply got hammered and has been weaker of late. Things don’t look rosy for the precious metals at present. As I said in Sunday nights report, what a pathetic attempt at a reversal.

I have described many times that the week of the Fed meetings and release of minutes are typically very volatile weeks. This is where the market makers (the professionals) will try and move traders out of their position by moving the price up and down to extremes. You can see this in the chart of SVXY today which is below.

volatile day svxy

You can see from this chart that SVXY went down a little at the open, then moved higher immediately, then lower immediately and then proceeded to break to a higher high, only followed by a pullback that eventually led to a lower low and then lingered the rest of the day. How would you have made any real money today with this type of movement?

While gold and silver do look weak with the early smackdown, I would still look to what the dollar does tomorrow and even though they don’t trade perfectly inverse of each other, I would jump on gold long if dollar stays below 97 and gold short if it keeps moving above. This is deja-vu to where we were a couple weeks ago.

dollar Index 8-18

Hedge Funds Buying Gold?

There are stories floating around of hedge funds buying gold. Might I remind you that hedge fund managers on average couldn’t beat a dart throwing monkey at picking investments. I reveal more of this in my next book, “Illusions of Wealth.” You want to lose money, invest in a hedge fund.


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