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Suffering Gold

Gold continues to suffer under a cloud of bearish expectations.  Its price has been trending lower for some 20 months now - and, at recent lows, it is off some 30 percent from the September 2011 all-time high of $1924. A growing number of investors, analysts, and journalists are already writing obituaries for the decade-long bull market and foresee only a grim future for the yellow metal.  These naysayers, most prominently economist Nouriel Roubini who gained some renown for predicting the financial-market debacle of 2008, point to a number factors to support their bearish ...

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Captive Gold: A Quick Note on the Current Market

For now, gold remains captive to the flow of U.S. and global economic indicators and prospects . . . especially those that may influence Federal Reserve monetary policy. With the U.S. economy far from a satisfactory and self-sustaining recovery, the news is likely to become increasingly positive for gold -- with diminishing expectations of imminent "tapering" (that is scaling back the Fed's monthly bond-buying program) eventually replaced with talk of additional monetary stimulus of one sort or another. Home in the Range At the moment, however, gold appears range-bound between $1370 and ...

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Time for Contrary Thinking . . . and an Asset Allocation Adjustment

Sentiment in the gold market - especially among the hedge funds and institutional speculators - is already EXTREMELY NEGATIVE.   Market psychology can't get much worse.  Even the gold bugs are dumbfounded.  But, contrarians say this unbalanced situation could be signaling an approaching upturn in prices. The downward pressure on prices emanates from two distinct sources of selling:  First, trading by the gold dealing firms and institutional speculators in the regulated futures markets and the unregulated over-the-counter markets often guided by complex computer algorithms.  These are the ...

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GOLD — What’s Going On?

Gold prices have caved today under pressure from dollar appreciation and wave of technical selling at key chart points - selling aggravated by continued flow of funds from gold (and commodity indexes) to equities. Just as the rising price trend in the equity indexes has attracting more buying, the renewed downward momentum in gold is engendering short sales and more outflows from gold ETFs. Importantly, program trading and other technical strategies have added to the downward pressure on gold - and continue to do so.  (See my previous commentary posted earlier today for more on program ...

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Dark Pools, Program Trading and the Decline of Gold

Day after day, gold trading has been, and continues to be, dominated by institutional trading in the "dark pools" where over-the-counter dealer and interbank activity goes largely unseen. Don't under-estimate the influence of trading in the dark pools where "invisible" institutional trading can - in a flash - knock gold to the mat, leaving most gold-market participants and observers wondering what happened. Indeed, much of this activity in the interbank and dealer market goes unreported - but buy-sell transactions, high-frequency, and other program trading in these dark pools, often at ...

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GOLD — Confounded by the Machines and Dark Pools

Gold continues to confound, dropping another $25 an ounce this morning as technical and computer-driven program trading triggers selling on U.S. derivative markets, all despite favorable fundamentals and what should be seen as favorable economic and geopolitical developments. Gold Lower Despite Bullish News This morning's dispatches from India and China, the two biggest gold-consuming nations, report that demand in these markets continues unabated . . . and coin dealers report still-strong retail demand for bullion coins and small bars in the Western markets. News from the Middle East -- ...

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QUICK MARKET COMMENTARY

Despite further gold ETF liquidation in recent days and some short spec selling on futures exchanges, gold prices are moving higher on unrelenting physical demand for small bars, coins, and jewelry from the gold-friendly Asian markets as well as retail investment demand in US and European, especially for gold (and silver) bullion coins. It is particularly encouraging to see gold move higher despite the stronger dollar (against the euro and yen, for example) . . . and at a time when equities are moving lower (or at least are not moving higher). In the past year and a half, the continuing ...

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FUELING GOLD’S FUTURE ASCENT

Gold has certainly taken a beating in recent days, giving up all of the gains attained during the Cyprus crisis -- and down nearly 20 percent from its all-time high back in September 2011. And, now having suffered two consecutive quarterly declines for the first time since early 2001, some analysts and investors are abandoning the yellow metal, proclaiming that gold's decade-long bull market has run its course. I'm no "gold bug" – but I couldn't disagree more . . . based on solid reasoning and objective analysis. Short-Term Shock Therapy What the gold market needs to move higher is a ...

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GOLD BEARS BEWARE

Gold bears have been a gleeful group of late, pointing to the recent decline in gold exchange-traded fund holdings as evidence of investor disinterest in the yellow metal.  Gold bears also see the market's rather lackluster performance over the past year and a half - and the failure of prices to move higher - as further evidence the decade-long bull market has run its course. Yes, gold has retreated some 20 percent from its September 2011 all-time high (near $1,924 an ounce) to its subsequent low (just over $1,520). Yes, Gold ETFs have seen some substantial and high-profile withdrawals in ...

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GOLD: Talking Points

In my view, there is a very high probability gold will surpass $2000 an ounce by year-end 2013 - and it could go much higher.  Moreover, by mid-decade, the metal's price could double or even triple from recent levels. Looking backward, gold is off some $250-$260 from its September 2011 all-time high of $1924 an ounce.  This is a decline of roughly 13 percent - in line with past bull-market corrections. In the weeks ahead, much depends on institutional speculators at the big banks and hedge funds.  In the past year or so, these large-scale players have made good money trading futures, ...

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