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Will the Breakout in the USD Index Hurt Gold?

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A look at the US dollar's current technical situation, and its implications for gold and silver.

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Finally, let's zoom in even further and see how the short-term situation looks like.



In the short-term USD Index chart, we see that the index declined immediately after the cyclical turning point. A sharp move lower has been seen over the past few days, though this did reverse on an intra-day basis on Thursday (perhaps forex traders acted on the bullish 3-month confirmation of the long-term breakout). This could in fact be a reversal, as moves to the upside appear possible now. It is, however, a bit unclear at this time. What should have happened due to the bearish impact of the cyclical turning point has probably already been seen. All in all, the situation is unclear for the short term.


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In the long-term Euro Index chart, we see that the index bottomed within our target area and then moved higher. What's ahead for the Euro Index is a bit unclear right now. An analogy to previous patterns suggests a move to the upside here.

With respect to gold, previous similar Euro Index trading patterns (such as in late 2010) coincided with gold moving lower initially and then rallying strongly (note the decline in late 2010 and early 2011). It seems that gold could once again move lower before rallying significantly.

Now, let's take a look at the intermarket correlations to see how the situation in currencies may translate into the precious metals market.



The Correlation Matrix is a tool which my firm has developed to analyze the impact of the currency markets and the general stock market upon the precious metals sector, (namely: gold correlations and silver correlations). The short-term impact on the precious metals by other markets has been very unclear. On a medium-term basis, the impact from the currency markets is negative. The final bottom for gold, silver and the mining stocks may very well be ahead. In the long run, the effect of these other markets is close to zero, and we expect the secular bull market for precious metals to continue even though the rally may not be seen right away.

Summing up, the long-term outlook for the USD Index is now bullish, and this could damage the precious metals markets, at least temporarily. The very long-term correlations between the dollar and the precious metals have been pretty non-existent. A medium-term impact will likely be seen however if the USD Index rallies (expect "there was no bull market in gold, only the bear market in the dollar which just ended" and similar comments – look at the non-USD gold chart for proof that there was much more to gold's rally than dollar's decline). The metals will probably respond negatively at first, and then go along with their main secular trend, which is to the upside.

For the full version of this essay and more, visit Sunshine Profits' website.

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