I think we can expect continued small manipulations from time to time to manufacture minor sell offs and artificial daily cycle bottoms, similar to what happened last week with the Tuesday take down that stretched the daily cycle and temporarily drove gold back below $1300.
In fact I think we are probably going to experience some kind of manipulation this week as we move towards options expiration. But from now on I think these will just be brief to tangle cycle counts, or run short term stops, and allow big money insiders slightly better entries. The major manipulation is complete. It has accomplished its goal.
In my opinion, the last eight months had nothing to do with the Fed trying to suppress the price of gold, and only a little bit to do with moving physical metal from west to east.
As usual, this was mostly about big-money insiders manipulating the market to generate maximum profit potential during the next leg of the secular bull market (which in my opinion will probably turn out to be the bubble phase of the bull market). They've managed to lower the starting point considerably below the natural bottom in October of $1675. The bear raid has massively increased the upside percentage potential during the next leg of the bull market, along with generating some pretty decent short side gains as they set up what I expect will be the trade of the decade.