Price of Gold in 2017 Will Rally on This "Trump Factor"

As investors continue to try and size up markets, they're continuing to flock to gold. This has pushed the price of gold in 2017 up 9.2% to $1,260 since the start of the year.

And that's happened in the face of factors that would normally act as headwinds for gold prices.

The U.S. dollar has been regaining some strength, and the Fed's been touting more interest rate hikes in 2017. Both of these items would normally be weighing on the gold price, as a stronger dollar competes with the metals and higher rates should make short-term Treasury bonds more attractive.

But what we've been witnessing instead is a gold price that has moved in a tight consolidation between $1,220 and $1,240 over the past two weeks.

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An even bigger gold anomaly is its gain in the face of a surging Dow Jones Industrial Average. Historically, the first year of a presidential term is typically challenging for stock markets. This may not be the case for Trump if he stimulates the economy through infrastructure spending and tax cuts as promised.

Will the price of gold in 2017 break out of the $1,220 to $1,240 range, especially in the face of a roaring market?

Considering gold has already done that this past week, we're confident that will continue...

Why Gold Prices Are Up 2.1% This Week

The Dow Jones has closed at record highs for 10 consecutive sessions. While you'd think that'd send investors out of gold and into the markets, gold prices are still on track for a weekly gain of 2.1%.

After closing the previous week at $1,234, the gold price opened slightly higher on Monday, Feb. 20, at $1,236. It was a mostly boring session with gold trading sideways to close at $1,237 for a 0.1% gain.

Tuesday brought out the sellers in gold as they anticipated the release of the January FOMC minutes. That spurred strength in the U.S. Dollar Index (DXY), which touched 101.5 early in the day. The surge in the dollar dragged the price of gold down to $1,230 at the open. But the DXY eased up a little and let gold regain some of its losses. The metal settled at $1,235 for a slight 0.2% loss.

Here's the action in the DXY over the past five trading days...

price of gold in 2017

On Wednesday, Feb. 22, gold prices dipped to $1,232 by midday as traders reacted to the Fed saying it would raise rates sooner than later. The dollar popped to about 101.7, but the initial reaction was short-lived. The DXY retreated to about 101.2, and the gold price gained 0.2% to $1,237.

But the price of gold saw its biggest gain on Thursday after the U.S. government released initial weekly jobless claims numbers. Despite being close to forecasts, the DXY dropped in early morning trading from around 101.35 to 101. This decreased the probability of a Fed rate hike in March to 22%. Gold prices jumped 1.1% to close the day at $1,251.

As of 9:20 a.m., the gold price today (Friday, Feb. 24) is up another 0.6% and trading at $1,260 - the highest since Nov. 10. That puts it on track for a weekly gain of 2.1%.

And I see gold hitting a very high price target in 2017 - no matter what happens with Trump and the stock market.

Here's why...

This "Trump Factor" Reaffirms Our Target for the Price of Gold in 2017

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Even if the stock market keeps rallying on Trump's economic stimulus plans, gold's upside may already be priced in.

You see, the gold price has gained an average of 15% during every president's first term since the 1970s. The only exception was 1981. But remember - that was right after the preceding decade-long bull market. From there, gold had entered its next bear market.

Gold currently hovers at a three-and-a-half month high as its safe-haven status gains appeal in the face of a soaring stock market. Money continues to flow steadily into gold ETFs. The desire to own gold is gaining traction, and that's getting more difficult to deny.

Thursday's action has pushed gold above its recent range of $1,220 to $1,240. I'm not ready yet to say we'll stay above the range given gold's strength of the last two months. It may be due for rest first.

This chart indicates where the price of gold could stay in the near term...

price of gold in 2017

But gold's 200-day moving average is $1,265, which is just $15 above the high end of that range. I think that's looking like the next near-term level.

Still, I think we'll hit our target of $1,365 sometime in the second half of 2017. Beyond that, the price of gold could reach $1,400 before the end of the year.

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