Gold & Silver Hammered Lower- Negative Momentum Getting Extreme
Gold and silver dropped to new two-year and nearly three-year lows. The futures markets have again seen the liquidation of “weak-handed” longs and continued technical short selling as the market reacts to the prospect of a stronger U.S. economy triggering the Federal Reserve to begin to scale back its monetary stimulus program. Tuesday’s economic data strengthened the argument of the FED weaning the economy from the easy money policies that have supported a continued bullish stance on the raw commodities sector including precious metals.
Adding fuel to the shorts argument was the continuing “cash crunch” in China further weakening demand for gold and the government of India placing additional duties on the import of gold. China remains the center of attention though as the world’s second largest economy grapples with its own growing pains.
Both gold and silver have dropped into extreme oversold readings (monthly charts), which supports the bear market reaching a bottom. As is so often the case, a market is the most bearish at the bottom or most bullish at the top (price) – just before things turn around. If you believe the old trading adage that “the majority of traders are wrong most of the time” and currently it appears that the majority of the gold and silver traders are bearish then a strong argument can be made from a market psychology perspective that the bottom must be close.
Gold (futures – monthly chart)
The break below $1300 and subsequent break below $1250 have cleared the path for a likely test of the $1155 area, which is a short $75 from current levels. If the bears continue to press through support at $1155 it would raise the potential for the decline to reach $950 before all is said and done. Resistance of any strength should be found at the $1300 level. Note the stochastic oscillator is registering extreme oversold. With the majority of traders appearing to be short I would suspect that downside as well as any turn to be very volatile under increased volume. Day trading remains my preferred trading strategy as many of the moves start during either in Asian or European trading. The strength of the moves keeps all three DTS platforms (Hawk Scalper, Falcon Swing, and Eagle Trend) in play for now.
Silver (futures – monthly chart)
The bear market is silver also remains relentless as longs are liquidated and shorts fill in the gaps. The market is in danger of dropping back below $10 if next support at the $17.15 area doesn’t hold. Support below would be at $8.25 that is basically the starting point for the bull run that ended at $49.80 in 2011.
The stochastic oscillator is also into extreme oversold readings so I am beginning to look for signs of a market turn – which haven’t appeared yet – and I would not recommend getting in front of the pent up downside momentum in silver.
Margin requirements are high in Silver ($15,000 per contract), but the alternative for trading would be SLV (silver ETF), which trades in step with the futures and is very liquid.
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Here is an updated list of the markets where I have found that DTS (all three birds) are producing numerous signals:
- DJIA future (e-mini available) – Highly recommended
- S&P-500 future (e-mini available) – highly recommended
- Russell 2000 future (e-mini available) – highly recommended
- NASDAQ 100 future (e-mini available) very highly recommended
- US$/Euro futures (e-mini available) – very highly recommended
- GS (Goldman Sachs) – good two way volume –
- AAPL (Apple Computer) – highly recommended
- GOOG (Google) – highly recommended
- LNKD (LinkedIn) – solid intraday range
- NFLX (Netflix) – solid intraday range
- TSLA (Tesla Motors) – highly recommended
- 30-yr Treasury Bond future – highly recommended
- 10-yr Treasury Note future
- TLT (Treasury Bond Long ETF)
- TBT (Treasury Bond Short ETF)
- Gold (futures and ETF – GLD) very active – not suitable for all traders
- Silver (futures and ETF – SLV) – very active – not suitable for all traders