Many times in our previous essays we have written that if you want to be an effective and profitable investor, you should look at the situation from different perspectives and make sure that the actions that you are about to take are really justified. Therefore, at the beginning of the month we examined gold and silver mining stocks to find out what kind of impact they could have on precious metals’ future moves. Back then, we concluded that the medium-term outlook for gold was bearish and mining stocks seemed to be leading gold lower. To make sure that our assumptions were correct, we decided to check the chart featuring gold’s price from the non-USD perspective and also from the European perspective. You could read the conclusions in our essay from Dec. 6, 2013.
A week ago we introduced you to 3 signs of gold’s upcoming decline. At that time we wrote in the summary:
(…) the medium-term outlook for gold remains bearish and it seems that we might see another sizable downswing shortly.
In the following days, after the essay was posted, gold, silver and mining stocks reversed and started their recent declines. Day by day, we saw lower values of gold, silver and mining stock indices. With this downward move, the yellow metal, the HUI Index and the AXU Index declined below their December’s lows (to be precise: at the same time silver dropped to slightly above its previous low).
Taking these circumstances into account, you are probably wondering whether the recent declines will continue or not. Although we saw a small rebound in the early European session, we clearly see that the precious metal sector remains weak.
As we emphasized in our previous essays, many times in the past the situation in the U.S. dollar and the euro gave us important clues about future precious metals’ moves. Therefore, today we’ll examine the US Dollar Index (from many perspectives) and the Euro Index to see if there’s anything on the horizon that could drive the precious metal market higher or lower in the near future. We’ll start with the medium-term USD Index chart (charts courtesy by http://stockcharts.com).
Looking at the above chart, we see that earlier this week we had a similar situation to the one that we saw last week. Just like a week ago, the USD Index broke below the medium-term support line based on the February 2012, September 2012 and January 2013 lows (the bold black line) and the lower medium-term line based on the September 2012 and the January 2013 lows (the thin black line). However, once again this deterioration was only temporary. The dollar quickly rebounded and invalidated the breakdown below both medium-term support/resistance lines, which is a sign of strength and a bullish factor. From this perspective, there was no true breakdown and the trend remains up.