Gold Rallies, Dollar Drops as Trump Says U.S. Currency is ‘Too Strong’

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Th24hGold - Gold Rallies, Dollar...e dollar weakened after president-elect Trump called the U.S. currency “too strong” and the pound rallied on British Prime Minister Theresa May’s plans to leave the European Union. This sent the gold price higher Tuesday morning, climbing back above key psychological resistance at $1,200.

Gold is currently up $15 or 1% to $1,215 per ounce. Silver has doubled that gain at 2% so far today, up $0.33 to $17.11 per ounce. I believe prices for both metals will move significantly higher in the weeks and months ahead.

Donald Trump’s comments about the dollar being too strong were told in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. Part of the reason is because China artificially holds down its own currency, thus inflating the relative value of the dollar.

The greenback is the only major currency whose current strength has coincided with rallies in its domestic equity market. Kit Juckes, global strategist at Societe Generale says there’s a “real dearth” of drivers to continue the greenback’s uptrend.

“It evokes memories of a year ago when the market got bullish dollar after the first Fed hike of the cycle, but the dollar subsequently traded lower into May after global market turbulence early in the year cut off Fed rate expectations at the knees.”

Long dollar positioning is the most crowded trade in global markets, with the USD reaching recently hitting overbought levels. It has since corrected sharply, dropping over 3% from the start of 2017. The USD index is now resting at the critical support level of 100, which had acted as resistance multiple times over the past few years.

A drop below this level would be very bearish for the USD, as the index would fall back into it’s long-term consolidation trend channel. Many analysts would then question whether the dollar rally over the past few months was a false breakout. With significant political changes afoot, much will depend on the words and actions of the Trump administration in his first six months of office.

The gold price has rebounded sharply as the dollar rally has fizzled. It is important from a technical perspective to note that the recent drop registered a higher low versus the December 2015 low. This is a bullish indicator that we would like to see confirmed with a new higher high above $1,375 in the months ahead.

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Jason Hamlin is the founder of Gold Stock Bull, a site providing investment strategies for profiting on the bull markets in Gold, Silver and Alternative Energy. Jason has a background in market research with ACNielsen, and has developed an expertise at analyzing data, charts and market trends for several Fortune 500 companies around the world. Jason has an in-depth knowledge of investing, has passed the Series 65 Uniform Investment Adviser Law Examination and has been tracking the secular bull market in precious metals since its inception.
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