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Wow, what a ride! The AMEX Gold Bugs Index (HUI) rallied 100% within two months. I was bearish on gold in October 2008 but saw technical support around 175 which is where the most recent rally lifted off from.
The funny thing is that gold has clearly shown itself to be just another commodity to be traded and not “real money” during this crisis. You can’t but help notice the resemblance of gold stock prices to general stock market prices. If you are still a dyed in the wool $2000 an oz. gold bug, then you have to re-examine your stance when the threat of total global credit and financial meltdown can’t push gold up.
In any case, looking at gold sentiment, it seems that this recent rally has given too many, too much optimism about the metal. And this usually means that it is the end of the ride.
According to the Hulbert Gold Newsletter Sentiment Index (HGNSI), the average exposure that market timing newsletters are suggesting for gold is 75.2%. To put that in perspective, that’s an almost 4 year high. It is even more gloomy when you consider that when gold was nearing $1000, this same sentiment measure was only 64.3%. Obviously gold is now much lower, but this 100% rally has made many people become “believers” yet again.
Another sentiment measure is also finding too much excitement for gold. The chart below shows the Central Gold Trust (GTU) share price with the premium/discount to NAV plotted below. Since the trust simply holds gold and silver, it is easy to calculate what it should be trading at. But right now, people are paying astronomical amounts over and above the real value of this security:
You can read more about Decision Point’s discussion of gold here.
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