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Gold to Get More Precious


Spike in price bound to occur.

COMEX open interest rose once again on Monday, by nearly 1%, to 375,875 contracts. And once again, this rise in open interest occurred on a day in which gold fell.

Thus, it's a good bet that the shorts added to their positions again on Monday. And remember, these 2x short gold ETFs (GLL, DZZ, etc.) -- which appear to be the primary drivers of the short-selling in the yellow metal -- in the futures show up as "commercials" in the COT report, not "specs" - which is what they actually are.

Some are shorting gold because they're dollar deflationists; others have a long oil/short gold trade on; some are shorting gold simply because they think gold is a put on stocks or that it only rises when people are "afraid." All of these are poor reasons to be short gold at present, and it's the setup for a big squeeze at some point soon.

With gold having returned to its lows since the peak of 13 trading days ago, let's once again revisit the case for a short squeeze in gold by looking at what happened during a prior squeeze. Typically, the gold price and COMEX open interest will go in the same direction for obvious reasons, but on rare occasions, they won't - which typically indicates a building of speculative short interest. After comparing gold's price to COMEX open interest over the past several years, the last time we saw a sustained rise in open interest (despite a sustained decline in the gold price) was curiously back in September.

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As you can see from the chart above of gold vs. COMEX open interest, what followed that September rise in open interest, in the face of a decline in the gold price, was a 5-day, $200 short squeeze, when the gold price finally stopped falling and these shorts were squeezed. With the gold price in a downtrend at the time, though, and the financial markets seeing widespread liquidation, there weren't enough new longs to come in and keep the rally going once the shorts had covered.
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