The past week has to be one of the most volatile yet surprising, both up and down, in a while for gold – so where is the gold price headed next?
On Black Friday, gold took a beating to become one of the best "sale items" on offer, as it hit $1,055.90 per ounce and the U.S. Dollar Index (USDX) closed above the 100 mark.
Then by Monday, Nov. 30, gold had risen to close at $1,064.50 in New York trading on a stronger dollar. On Dec. 1, it was mostly unchanged, bouncing between $1,065 and $1,070.
But the real action for gold prices lay ahead…
What Is Happening to the Gold Price Now
By Wednesday, Dec. 2, gold began to sell off around 8 a.m., dropping from $1,067 to $1,055 by 10 a.m.
The most likely culprit was the strength in the U.S. dollar. That same day, the USDX (or DXY) traded all the way up to 100.51 intraday, which put pressure squarely on the gold price.
Here's how the DXY looked over the past five trading days:
But that wasn't the only source of pressure. Sentiment worked surreptitiously in the background to weigh even heavier on gold.
That same day saw the SPDR Gold Trust ETF (NYSE Arca: GLD) experience an outflow of 2.4% in the number tonnes of gold held by the trust. A large single-day sell-off of this magnitude points towards capitulation.
Interestingly, there was a notable divergence between gold and gold stocks.
While the gold price was hitting a new low, the HUI Gold Bugs Index had managed to stay 5% above its own lows. According to Sentimentrader.com, this has happened three other times since 1996.
And get this – each of those times, the HUI gold stocks index averaged gains of 20% over the next three months.
So based on the HUI's behavior in the same circumstances over last 20 years, we could be in for a healthy run-up in gold stocks starting now.
Then came Thursday, Dec. 3…
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