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Gold Bulls Will Be Disappointed (Again) at Trader’s Narrative

Before I delve into this, let me go back to my previous call in this sector (blog accountability and all that jazz). Last year, at the beginning of July, I wrote that the gold sector was in for a rough patch. At that time, the AMEX Gold Bugs Index was trading at around ~340. I drew a neat little head and shoulders pattern, implying that it would head down to form the right shoulder.

The HUI did carve that right-hand shoulder but it didn’t complete the measured move, instead it bounced off the neckline. All in all a pretty good call. I’d say it deserves atleast an A- — but I’m biased ;-)

Today, the picture isn’t any brigher. If you’re a gold bug, I’m afraid you’re in for some (more) disappointment.

Although gold futures have bounced a bit, they’ve bumped their heads on serious resistance in the $700-$725 level. If you look at the relative performance to the equities market, you notice that things have been very lukewarm for gold bugs. As well, there is the recent matter of a massive short position by the commercials . According to the latest commitment of trader’s report, they’re as short as they have been at previous intermediate highs: late February 2007 and May 2006. One thing you do not want to do, is to bet against the commercials in any commodity. Unless you actually want to lose money.

gold futures chart April 2007.png

The gold equities (as shown by the AMEX Gold Bugs Index) have been pretty much mirroring the commodity. Unless we see a decisive breakout from this range, money in this sector is wasted. Again, notice the relative performance compared to the S&P 500 Index.

If we combine the two graphs we get the k-ratio (not shown). And it is telling us the same story. Not a good time to be in the gold market. The breadth of the sector also confirms this with 60% of gold stocks being above their 200 day moving average. The best thing we can look forward to is more meandering.

gold bugs HUI index April 2007.png

But gold bugs are nothing if not tenacious. So while the equities are partying like its 1999 — with the Dow blasting through 13,000 today — a select few will choose to be “smart” and sit on their long positions in gold or gold shares, sneering at the equity bulls. Oh well, I guess that’s what makes a market.

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8 Responses to “Gold Bulls Will Be Disappointed (Again)”  

  1. 1 Declan Fallon

    Optimists would look to the higher lows as increased demand! Although you are in good company; Jack Chan on his Stockchart list has a sell signal for XAU and HUI

    As for the general market - what a pain in the ass. Too high to buy, but look at those gains.


    Best wishes,

  2. 2 Babak

    thanks for the link. btw I forgot to mention in the post but the flip side is I think the dollar will bottom here near the long term support ~80

  3. 3 Tom

    i have to disagree with you. Sure the technical picture might agree with your theory but fundamentally we have situation where the average guy is feeling inflation with crappy job prospects. Add onto this 1.3% GDP growth and $65 oil and we got the beginnings of stagflation. With our weak political position in the world, I’m surprised that Gold isn’t at $1000. Perhaps the market gremlins are keeping gold down low, because $1000/oz gold would really freak people out.

    Still though, my outlook for Gold is bullish and I’m a prudent buyer. Yep, this is what makes a market, I’m buying what you’re selling! :)

  4. 4 Babak

    since I approach things from a TA point of view, I don’t really care about the fundamental reasons like GDP, stagflation, etc… We’ll see in a bit how things pan out. Please drop by and remind me in case I forget to do a follow-up.

  5. 5 Tom


    Sure, let’s check in again in a few months. Who knows, maybe I’ll be crying golden tears. :)

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