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How Gold, Oil, and Syria Really Mix… Plus "3 Strikes Against Apple"
The markets are very complicated at the moment, which is why now's an ideal time to reach into the Money Morning Mailbag and address your concerns.
The goal here is simple: To provide understandable, actionable, and, of course, profitable answers to your thoughtful and extremely insightful questions.
The "Smart Money" Is Buying Hard-Hit Gold Stocks Now
Part of the recent move up in gold prices to more than $1,400 an ounce and the uptick in gold stocks is a response to the crisis in Syria.
However, there is a lot more occurring just beneath the surface than geopolitics.
But investors would never get that sense from Wall Street, which is still in the midst of its perennial "hate gold" campaign.
Gold Price News Today
Today the gold price seems to be taking a break from its recent run-up, but not before briefly pushing past the psychologically important $1,400 level.
Following a 1.8% surge on Friday, gold prices hit $1,407 in trading in Asia early this morning (Monday) and then pulled back to $1,390 before settling at about $1,395 an ounce.
Experts Predict 30-Day Window for Gold
We've been studying the resource markets - and gold in particular - for over 30 years. And have seen almost every cycle the yellow metal has gone through.
One thing is certain in our opinion: International investors, central banks and corporations are all looking to buy gold... And these slow summer months are likely providing the best price.
Asian investors, especially in China and India, are buying coins and bullion like mad. Sales are up 22% annually in China and 52% in India.
Short-Term Gold Price Outlook is Bullish
Gold continues its short-term rally as assurances from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke that QE3 remains alive kept the precious metal on track for its first weekly advance in a month.
After Bernanke's pronouncements, gold prices jumped by 2.6% to $1,299 per ounce, marking a fourth winning day in a row - gold's longest winning streak since mid-March.
In turn, the U.S. dollar dropped sharply because Bernanke indicated the Fed isn't in any hurry to raise interest rates.
You see, gold prices and the dollar are connected: a weaker dollar helps dollar-denominated commodities because it makes them less expensive to buy for holders of other types of currencies. Demand also increases for gold as a hedge against a drop in the dollar's value.
Why Gold Prices Are Going Down Today
The answer to why gold prices are going down today isn't hard to find - it's a testament to the power behind Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke.
Comex August gold fell $76.50, or 5.56%, to 1,229.50 in early morning trading Thursday. The August contract traded as low as $1,285.00 in overnight trading as the U.S. dollar rose to the highest in more than a week against six major currencies.
Gold prices plunged Thursday to near three-year lows as precious metals investors took a "risk-off" stance following Wednesday's FOMC meeting. Bernanke announced that the current $85 billion worth of monthly bond purchases could slow near the end of this year, and end in 2014, if the economy keeps improving.
He said interest rates could increase "far in the future."