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After a massive 8.7% rally since July 7, gold prices were due for some weakness. That weakness finally arrived last week, as prices dropped 1.9% between Friday, Sept. 8, and Friday, Sept. 15.
Fortunately, I had been warning investors that we should expect a pullback…
You see, the rally from Aug. 22 into Friday, Sept. 8, took the price of gold from $1,291 all the way to $1,351. That's a massive 4.6% gain in just over two weeks.
I said those gains had to be digested. I also pointed out that the U.S. dollar had sold off too far, with the U.S. Dollar Index (DXY) falling to a 32-month low of 91.35 on Sept. 8. Since it had become technically oversold, we were due for some sort of near-term bounce, and now the DXY is back up to 91.88 today (Monday, Sept. 18).
Both the DXY rebound and gold price correction are still running their course. I think we could see more consolidation, or even a bit more weakness, for the gold price in the interim.
But this decline will be brief, as gold prepares to resume its uptrend. Today, I'm going to show you just how much more gold prices will rally through the end of the year.
Before I get into my gold price forecast, let's look at gold's performance last week…
Gold Prices Post First Weekly Loss in a Month (Sept. 8-15)
After closing at $1,351 on Friday, Sept. 8, the price of gold started Monday, Sept. 11, with a sell-off. The metal fell to $1,335 by the open as the DXY rose from 91.50 to a peak of 92. However, gold managed to recover those losses and ended the session flat at $1,351.
Tuesday was more of the same behavior, as gold prices endured weakness early in the session before recovering by the close. They opened lower at $1,325 and climbed higher throughout the day, settling back at $1,351 for no gain.
But the gold price took a beating on Wednesday, as the dollar rallied toward 92.50. That caused a sell-off in gold, which started the day lower at $1,333 and closed at $1,328 for a 1.7% loss on the day.
Here's a look at the DXY's strength last week…
On Thursday, Sept. 14, gold managed to claw back somewhat. The DXY retreated from 92.50 to 92 on the day. This bumped the gold price just 0.1% higher to close the session at $1,329.
But weakness returned on Friday, Sept. 15, even as the dollar sold off below the 92 level. The price of gold fell 0.3% that day to close at $1,325. With that, gold posted a weekly decline of 1.9%.
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The gold price today (Monday, Sept. 18) is down another 0.8% and trading at $1,315. This comes despite the dollar trading near the same 92 level it was at on Friday.
Right now, all eyes are on the dollar to see if it can actually maintain this rebound from two-and-a-half-year lows. I think it could keep pushing higher in the short term, but it should start to lose steam as we get deeper into the last quarter of 2017. This will open up some profit opportunities for gold investors.
Here's my bullish gold price target for the end of 2017…
Gold Prices Could Rally to This Target by the End of Q4 2017
About the Author
Peter Krauth is the Resource Specialist for Money Map Press and has contributed some of the most popular and highly regarded investing articles on Money Morning. Peter is headquartered in resource-rich Canada, but he travels around the world to dig up the very best profit opportunity, whether it's in gold, silver, oil, coal, or even potash.