Beware the Bearish Signal From Metals

Bloomberg ran a piece this morning titled, Gold Bears Retreat as Price Reaches Two-Month High. It was filled with the usual… some data, some commentary on well-known investors (Soros and Paulson), and a general lack of conclusions or actionable advice.

Fair enough. Bloomberg is a newswire.

Yet, I got all I needed from that headline, which tells me: “GO SHORT!”

Analysts love to “call” a bottom. It’s an ego-driven endeavor. And it’s usually a foolish one.

Sure, gold at a two-month high is notable. And those quick to call the gold sell-off over are hoping a two-month high soon turns into a three-month high, then a six-month high… and eventually we’ll be back to the $1,900-an-ounce good ol’ days.

As a trader, I usually see trends resolve differently. They rarely turn so suddenly. Instead, what value investors call “a move off the bottom,” ends up being just another bear-market rally, giving traders higher prices from which to sell short.

I suspect that’s the case for gold now.

Here are charts of the four major metal markets: gold, silver, platinum and copper. They all point to the same (bearish) conclusion.

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I see three good reasons to make a tactical bet against metals right now:

  1. Prices hitting resistance levels: gold at $1,375, silver at $24, copper at $3.38 and platinum at $1,520.
  2. The Relative Strength Indicator (RSI) shows a near-term overbought condition.
  3. The bearish two-day and three-day candlestick patterns.

This isn’t the place to elaborate on those technical elements. All you need to know is, if you’re looking to trade WITH the trend (which has been down for the metals markets), the two-month price highs are merely a bounce that serves as a good entry point for short positions.

I think anyone trying to call this a bottom will be proven wrong before long. We see gold prices going as low as $750, so this is just the beginning!

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Adam O'Dell has one purpose in mind: to find and bring to subscribers investment opportunities that return the maximum profit with the minimum risk. Adam has worked as a Prop Trader for a spot Forex firm. While there, he learned the fundamentals of trading in the world’s largest market. He excelled at trading the volatile currency markets by seeking out low-risk entry points for trades with high profit potential. An MBA graduate and Affiliate Member of the Market Technicians Association, Adam is a lifelong student of the markets. He is editor of our hugely successful trading service, Cycle 9 Alert.


  1. Joan Ruddell 22 August, 2013, 19:31

    Have you heard that Bloomberg is comprimised in what it is allowed to report or is this just another rumor? It is tiring to try and sort out truths from lies in these already difficult times. Why add to it? Are the markets going to crash or not? Is gold going to tank or not? If not an absolute on these predictions, give them a probability weighting so we can make valid judgments. Everyone is running around like chickens out here. I have realized over 8500 with. 50k investment in small gold stocks this month due only to cyclicals – a no brainer. When will this collapse happen and what is the probability.

    Thanks for your kind comsiderations. I look forward to your response.

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