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Why I Won’t Be Buying Gold Anytime Soon

Commodities / Gold and Silver 2013 Sep 12, 2013 - 02:07 PM GMT

By: InvestmentContrarian

Commodities

George Leong writes: When gold surged to over $1,400 an ounce, I was still not a believer in its potential as a buying opportunity—rather, I thought it was more a trade against the possibility of an expanded conflict arising in Syria.

The gold bugs were suggesting the time for the yellow metal was here again, and I even heard a target price of $1,700 an ounce. Now, with the situation in Syria looking to be resolved, the safe haven’s gains over the past few weeks are beginning to fade away as the price falls below $1,400.


My feeling is that gold could move even lower and back towards $1,300-$1,325 if the Federal Reserve decides to rein in its bond buying at next week’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting. The numerous rounds of quantitative easing and lower interest rates drove down the value of the greenback and created an environment of easy money that helped to drive up the price of gold.

Now, with the Fed’s bond tapering around the corner and bond yields set to edge higher, the U.S. dollar will likely get stronger. And since gold is priced in U.S. dollars, the cost to buy U.S.-denominated gold will increase. The higher expected financing rates will also impact the carrying cost of buying the yellow metal, so I also expect demand to fall, which will help to drive down prices.

In the absence of a strike in Syria, I’m calling for gold prices to decline as we move forward.

The futures market is predicting gold will stay in the $1,300 range until mid-2015 and prices to break above $1,400 by the end of 2015, eventually moving to the $1,500 level by June 2019. That’s nearly six years from now, and with a cumulative 15% upside based on the futures market, I really don’t think I’d be buying and hoping for a big surge.


Chart courtesy of www.StockCharts.com

My thought is that prices will likely hold at the $1,200-$1,300 level and may spike on any negative news that causes investors to flee to safety; otherwise, I feel the upside is limited for the time being.

The chart does show a bullish ascending triangle, but failure to hold around $1,350 could see a breakdown, based on my technical analysis.

With this in mind, the mining sector could continue to face cost issues and the reluctance to explore and develop properties unless there is evidence that gold prices are heading higher and staying there. Based on the futures market, I wouldn’t be that anxious to run and buy gold.

This article Why I Won’t Be Buying Gold Anytime Soon was originally published at Investment Contrarians

By George Leong, BA, B. Comm.
www.investmentcontrarians.com

Investment Contrarians is our daily financial e-letter dedicated to helping investors make money by going against the “herd mentality.”

George Leong, B. Comm. is a Senior Editor at Lombardi Financial, and has been involved in analyzing the stock markets for two decades where he employs both fundamental and technical analysis. His overall market timing and trading knowledge is extensive in the areas of small-cap research and option trading. George is the editor of several of Lombardi’s popular financial newsletters, including The China Letter, Special Situations, and Obscene Profits, among others. He has written technical and fundamental columns for numerous stock market news web sites, and he is the author of Quick Wealth Options Strategy and Mastering 7 Proven Options Strategies. Prior to starting with Lombardi Financial, George was employed as a financial analyst with Globe Information Services. See George Leong Article Archives

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