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Gold & the Bull Market
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Gold & the Bull Market

Gold experienced a spectacular bull market run from its low at $250 an ounce in 2001 to its peak above $1,900 an ounce in 2011. Its long bull market was largely supported by expectations that the Fed’s easy money policies would create spiraling inflation, of which gold, the historical hedge against inflation, would be the big benefactor, The Market Oracle reported Sunday.

However, spiraling inflation did not materialize. In fact, inflation remained quite benign, and in 2011 gold gave up on the idea. It rolled over into a 37% bear market decline to $1,200 an ounce.
As with most bear markets, it was not a straight line down. There were rally attempts that kept hopes alive, but they ended at lower highs, followed by declines to lower lows.
For the past 18 months, although the lower highs continued, there were no further lows. It looked like gold might actually be establishing a base from which to launch a new bull market.
A significant decline in the US dollar supported that hope. Gold and the dollar have an inverse-relationship, gold usually rising when the dollar is declining, and falling when the dollar is rising.
However, our technical indicators triggered a new sell signal on gold, and it fell back beneath its 30-week m.a., and has continued lower.
Also among the fundamentals, the previous inflation concerns moved even further out of the picture. Recent reports of even lower PPI and CPI inflation in the US and in the euro-zone have concerns rising that the real problem may even become global deflation.
It also became more apparent that gold was in trouble when it was unable to rally to any extent as a safe haven in reaction to the growing number of global hotspots and uprisings in recent months.
Gold had been confined in a symmetrical triangle formation. The direction of the breakout from such a formation usually determines the next sustained direction.
So, it was not a positive for gold when it broke out of that formation to the downside and immediately headed lower.
With the U.S. dollar spiking up further in reaction to Friday’s employment report, gold has been trading as low as $1,189 an ounce.
With some technical indicators, both short-term and intermediate-term, remaining on sell signals, it is believe gold is headed lower. If so, it looks like next potential support is just under $1,000 an ounce.

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