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Gold at very short term support (1062 - 1066)

08 Dec 2015 9:31 AM | Bill Downey (Administrator)


​Gold does not have to move Lower on Rate Hike

by Peter Arendas 

There are a lot of reasons why to expect that if there is any interest rate hike this December, it will be only symbolical and it will probably take quite a lot of time before another hike will occur. There are various economists who have the same opinion and they don't see any good reason to increase the interest rate right now. One of them is Peter Schiff who expects that the Fed will leave the interest rate unchanged or it will raise it by 0.25%. He assumes that both of the outcomes will be positive for gold, as the markets have already factored in substantially more than a 0.25% interest rate growth.

How did GLD share price react in the past?

Although theory says that GLD price should decline after an interest rate hike and it should grow after an interest rate cut, history shows that this anticipation is often wrong. The financial markets always try to predict the future development, and the interest rate change is often reflected by the asset prices before the rate change itself is officially announced. And if there was a strong trend before the rate change, the trend may get disrupted for some time, although it tends to resume after the dust settles down.

22 interest changes occurred since the inception of GLD. In 12 cases, the interest rate was increased and in 10 cases it was decreased. The table below shows the development of GLD share price 20, 10 and 5 trading days before the rate change and 5, 10 and 20 days after the rate change.

It is interesting that on average, GLD price grew before the interest rate change and it was in a slight decline 5 and 10 trading days after the rate change. But 20 trading days after the rate change, it was back in green numbers.

Only in 4 out of 12 cases (33.33%), the GLD price recorded any losses 20 trading days after the interest rate hike. It declined by 4.73% on average. On the other hand, in 66.66% of cases, the GLD price recorded gains (5.08% on average). In 4 cases (33.33%), the GLD price just kept on growing, without any reaction on the interest rate hike.

After the Fed started to cut the interest rates, GLD was down in 50% of the cases after 20 trading days. After the interest rate cuts on March 18, 2008, October 8, 2008 and December 16, 2008, a strong growth trend turned into a steep decline. It shows that GLD often reacts contrary to the theory not only after interest rate hikes but also after interest rate cuts.

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Source: own processing, using data of Yahoo Finance and the Fed

Conclusion

If the Fed hikes the interest rate during its meeting on December 15/16, it doesn't mean that gold and GLD prices must crash. The official macroeconomic data don't indicate that the U.S. economy should start to overheat anytime soon; moreover, a too strong USD may hurt not only the U.S. economy. Any rate hike will be only symbolical and it will probably take a long time before another one will occur. The markets may actually welcome that the more than a year long saga is finally over, and the GLD price may react positively. As the not-so-distant history shows, it wouldn't be the first time when GLD price grows after an interest rate hike. Adding to it the problems the gold miners have to face at the current gold prices and the high demand for physical gold, GLD presents an interesting contrarian opportunity.

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Gold Short Term (by Goldtrends)

Gold has pulled back to the 50% retracement from the pop from last week.  Odds favor support will come in near 1062-1066 and will attempt to support.  That's the level we need to hold.  There is one final support (again short term) at 1055 but it would be better for gold to hold at 1062-1066.  Resistance remains 1085-1095 and then 1102.   In summary,  odds favor support at 1062-1066 at the moment. 



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