Well this week has certainly played out as expected, hasn't it? The question now is: Will tomorrow be the final piece of the puzzle? Will price rally off of a lousy BLSBS report? I'm quite sure that it will. Come on in and I'll explain why.
At the risk of seeming to beat a dead horse, regular readers of TFMR (and subscribers to TTM) know that this week is playing out almost entirely as expected. Last Friday, I had hoped that his week would be an UP week but I put the chances at just 25%. The more likely outcome was an early-week rally, followed by a mid-week beatdown, followed by a Friday rally that leaves the week virtually unchanged. If you haven't yet, you can read all about it here (complete with the obligatory images of the spec sheep being sheared).
So what do we have so far? The early week gold rally never quite materialized as prices mainly attempted to consolidate last week's gains. Silver rallied though, rising by 54c back on Monday. But the rally toward the top of the ranges never happened because the HFTs decided to front-run the Fed and they began to sell in earnest Tuesday afternoon. From there, the gold price fell over $30 from Tuesday high to Wednesday trough and the selling has continued today. After a brief, Draghi-induced rise toward $1615 this morning, The Gold Cartel was able to smash price and even succeeded, by around noon or so, to drop price back through the 50-day MA, which is currently near $1593. Further HFT/algo selling ensued and, before you know it, price dropped all the way to $1583. With the HFTs and assorted other specs sufficiently short, price has reversed and stabilized just below $1590.
So, why do I expect a rally tomorrow?
- Well, first of all, why not?? So far, the week has played out almost exactly as forecast so why wouldn't it continue? Seriously. The BLSBS will likely drive price back UP through the 50-day MA...which will inspire short-covering...which will push price back above $1600...which will inspire even more short-covering...and so on and so on.
- Physical demand in London remains robust sub-$1600 in gold and near $27 in silver. This demand continues to put a floor under the paper price and will soon cause another rebound, as well.
- And look at these charts. The correlation is undeniable. Note that, over the past month, every single time the RSI drops below 40 on these 6-hour charts, price almost instantly rebounds. The average short-term bounce in silver is around 85c and the average bounce in gold is around $30.
The final part of the "prediction" from last Friday was that, in the end, price would finish roughly unchanged for the week. (Upon further review, I'd expect The Cartels to step in late in the day with the intention of assuring a slightly down week and a red candle on the weekly chart.) Last Friday, the Oct12 gold closed at $1618. An "average" rally tomorrow would push it back to...drum roll, please... $1618. Last Friday, the Sep12 silver closed at $27.50. An "average" rally would push it back toward $27.75, up on the week but still below the early week highs near $28.30.
Of course, how would I have any idea what the NFP number will be tomorrow? I'm not a Fed governor or sleazeball, WallSt banker with inside info. I'm simply stating that, because the metals markets are so grossly manipulated on a daily basis, sometimes it's rather easy to predict what will happen next. We'll see.
Of course, if tomorrow does, in fact, play out almost exactly as forecast above, I will graciously accept all platitudes and honoraria. If it doesn't...well, I'll simply delete this post and pretend that I never typed it.
Have a great evening! TF
5:00 pm EDT UPDATE:
I can't confirm it yet but it appears that silver margins are being reduced on Monday. Keep checking the comments of this thread for updates and/or confirmation.
Also, I just came across this GoldMoney podcast. Alasdair Macleod interviews John Butler. I haven't had a chance to listen to it yet but I'm supremely confident that is is well worth your time.