Below 1,000 or Above 1,400? 2017 Gold Outlook

Despite a dismal second half, gold finished 2016 up 8.7% gain, the biggest annual gain since 2011.

The chart below shows gold’s performance since the December 2, 2015 low at 1,045.70. From there we’ll ascertain what’s ahead for 2017.

Below $1,000/oz?

In late 2015, gold analysts expected price to drop below 1,000:

  • CNBC: “Unable to get a bid, gold is going to $900” – December 4, 2015
  • Reuters: “Gold traders raise bets prices will soon drop to $1,000” – December 8, 2015

The November 15, 2015 Profit Radar Report stated that: “A move towards 1,050 is still possibly, but the mid-term up side potential outweighs the short-term down side risk.”

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The December 2 Profit Radar Report observed that: “Gold futures fell to a new low today. There are three different bullish RSI divergences. The odds of a bounce seem to increase with every tic lower.”

Gold prices raced higher the first half of 2016.

By July 6, 2016, gold traded as high as 1,377.6, up as much as 32.74%.

The July 7, 2016 Profit Radar Report stated that gold almost reached the minimum up side target (see chart below) and warned of a pullback.

The BIG QUESTION was whether the gold rally was over for good, or if gold would rally above 1,380 following its correction.

Below $1,000/oz Now?

In the second half of 2016, gold fell from 1,377 to 1,124 (on December 15).

We expected gold to find support around 1,200 (horizontal red bar), but it did not.

The December 18, 2016 Profit Radar Report featured the chart below and commented: “Gold is approaching longer-term support at 1,120 – 1,105. Based on seasonality, cycles and short-term sentiment, there is a very good chance gold will find support, and rally from, the 1,120 – 1,105 range.”

$1,400/oz or below $1,000/oz?

Gold bounced from 1,124.5 and rallied over $90 since.

The BIG QUESTION now is whether gold will complete its ‘unfinished business’ and move above 1,380, or relapse below 1,000.

Short-term, gold is in the red resistance zone (see first chart) and seems due for a digestive pullback. If such a pullback looks corrective, gold has a good shot of surpassing 1,380 in 2017 (this is our preferred scenario).

Trade above 1,380 would likely present a great opportunity to go short and lead to a drop below $1,000/oz.

Continuous gold analysis is available via the Profit Radar Report.

Simon Maierhofer is the founder of iSPYETF and the publisher of the Profit Radar Report. Barron’s rated iSPYETF as a “trader with a good track record” (click here for Barron’s profile of the Profit Radar Report). The Profit Radar Report presents complex market analysis (S&P 500, Dow Jones, gold, silver, euro and bonds) in an easy format. Technical analysis, sentiment indicators, seasonal patterns and common sense are all wrapped up into two or more easy-to-read weekly updates. All Profit Radar Report recommendations resulted in a 59.51% net gain in 2013, 17.59% in 2014, and 24.52% in 2015.

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Long-and Short-term S&P 500 Outlook

At the same time last year, the S&P 500 was in the early stages of a 270-point drop and logged one of the worst Januaries in history.

On January 20, and February 11, the S&P was as low as 1,810. Headlines, such as the one below, sprouted up everywhere (talk about financial bloopers):

  • “Warning: The Stealth Bear Market is About to Show its Teeth” – MarketWatch
  • “Here Comes the Recession and Bear Market” – Forbes
  • “Marc Faber: Assets will Crash like Titanic” – Bloomberg
  • “Soros: It’s the 2008 Crisis all Over Again” – CNBC
  • “Gartman: It’s Definitely a Bear Market this Time” – CNBC
  • “The Bear Market in Stocks has Finally Arrived” – MarketWatch
  • “Market could Go from Bear to Worse” – TheStreet
  • What a difference a year makes.

The chart below plots the S&P 500 against six different investor sentiment gauges. Sentiment has gone from extremely bearish in January/February 2016 (green bar) to extremely bullish today.

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Here is the elephant in the room: From a contrarian perspective, is investor sentiment bullish enough to cause a significant drop right now?

When viewed in isolation, the answer is: Yes. By some measures, today’s sentiment extremes rival extremes seen in late 2007 (December 31 Profit Radar Report includes a comparison between investor sentiment in 2007 and 2016).

We never rely on any one single indicator, and other indicators – which predicted this rally before it started – continue to point higher (our longer-term bullish indicators were discussed here: S&P 500 – Expect the ‘Abnormal’ – Comprehensive S&P 500 Analysis).

The S&P 500 has yet to reach the up side target published by the August 5 Profit Radar Report (see chart below).

There are times where stocks continue to climb despite sentiment extremes. Now may be such a time.

Short-term Outlook

The December 14 PRR stated that: “Yesterday’s high could be the end of wave 3 (perhaps a wave 3 within a larger wave 3), to be followed by a choppy wave 4 correction with much sideways action (sideways action following strong moves has certainly been a pattern in 2016).”

After three weeks of choppy trading, the market did what it does best. It fooled the crowd by briefly dropping below the 20-day SMA and double trend line support at 2,245.

This drop triggered another set of buy signals for the S&P 500 SPDR ETF (SPY) and Nasdaq QQQ ETF (QQQ), and the January 2 PRR stated that: “The S&P 500 broke below support at 2,245. This may just be a fakeout move. The DJIA, Russell 2000 and Nasdaq are at support. We will allow stocks to regain their footing and move higher from around current levels.”

The strongest part of this rally is behind us, but further gains are still likely. Instead of straight up, future gains will probably take the shape of ‘two steps forward, one step back.’

Continuous updates with actual buy/sell recommendation are available via the Profit Radar Report.

Simon Maierhofer is the founder of iSPYETF and the publisher of the Profit Radar Report. Barron’s rated iSPYETF as a “trader with a good track record” (click here for Barron’s profile of the Profit Radar Report). The Profit Radar Report presents complex market analysis (S&P 500, Dow Jones, gold, silver, euro and bonds) in an easy format. Technical analysis, sentiment indicators, seasonal patterns and common sense are all wrapped up into two or more easy-to-read weekly updates. All Profit Radar Report recommendations resulted in a 59.51% net gain in 2013, 17.59% in 2014, and 24.52% in 2015.

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