Gold Bulls Are In A Precarious Position (GLD)

From Chris Kimble: After a strong rally to start 2018, gold prices have fizzled out… again. Will this ordinary decline turn into a more significant one?

It very well could… especially for those holding in US dollars.

In the 2-pack of charts below, we can see the recent pain for gold bulls.

They had an opportunity earlier this year to breakout above resistance but that was foiled by a reversal pattern – you can see this in the first chart of the Gold to US Dollar ratio (point 2). That reversal came at dual resistance (2), marked by 2018 highs and the underside of a prior downtrend channel.

The Gold to US Dollar ratio has declined sharply over the past ten weeks, making new 2018 lows and breaking down through important horizontal support (3).

US Dollar strength (NYSEARCA:UUP) has always been a thorn in the Gold Bulls side. Though it is just one of several variables that effect the price of gold, it is an important one.

In the US Dollar to Gold ratio chart below (the inverse of the first chart), we can see that the ratio is threatening to break out of a down-trending channel (A) at point (3). A breakout to the upside would signal US Dollar strength, as well as another headwind for gold bulls.

US Dollar to Gold Ratio Chart

The SPDR Gold Trust ETF (GLD) rose $0.19 (+0.16%) in premarket trading Friday. Year-to-date, GLD has declined -6.34%, versus a 5.34% rise in the benchmark S&P 500 index during the same period.

GLD currently has an ETF Daily News SMART Grade of A (Strong Buy), and is ranked #1 of 34 ETFs in the Precious Metals ETFs category.

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