|English: President Barack Obama confers with Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke following their meeting at the White House. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Chicago, Jun.25, trading stocks .- Each Week Longleaftrading.com will be providing us a chart of the week as analyzed by a member of their team. We hope that you enjoy and learn from this new feature. Weekly Gold Report (June 24th through June 28th).
Selling pressure carries over from last week to begin the last five trading days of June. If the FOMC statement weren’t enough for market bears, China added fuel to the fire with alarming overnight news from their banking sector. With a busy week ahead of economic data, coupled with a daily dose of speeches from US FED members, we should have enough news to give the markets some nice volatility to trade.
When Ben Bernanke spoke last week, he was careful in giving the markets enough news without giving away everything. While rates remained again unchanged and the FED decided to maintain their bond buying program, there was mention of a timeline for retreat from quantitative easing. This was just enough news to pressure markets across the board. For the second half of the week, quote boards were a sea of red.
Many futures prices closed the week at predictable support levels, but are now sliding further after China released news that their policy bank was cancelling a scheduled bond auction after it was recognized that funds were not properly allocated. This unfortunate news may have squashed the hopes of an early week support bounce.
But fear not, this week is littered with economic data in the US and more importantly, full of speeches from FED Members who will most certainly provide color and insight into the potential exit timeline of quantitative easing.
As far as the price of Gold is concerned, it should be noted that the relationship of Gold prices to the US Dollar continues to be a non-factor. The relationship of Gold prices to stock indexes also continues to be a non-factor. So what exactly is Gold tied to? I suggest…….nothing at this point!
My thoughts on the price of Gold is this. When Precious Metals like Gold are once again considered a bargain for hedge funds, the Precious Metals will rally, plain and simple. Until then, we will have to listen to the same Summer lullaby that we hear in the Metals year after year. I expect choppy prices in Gold to continue this week and would not be all that excited about scaling in until the market shows technical closes that suggest the buy is back on. Until then, there are plenty of opportunities outside of this commodity that are much more rewarding.