Don't Give Up on Gold Just Yet

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...the SPDR Gold Trust (GLD), the largest exchange-traded fund (ETF) that invests in the yellow metal, noted that it now holds 755.06 tons of gold in trust, up 6.12 tons from the prior week. This is significant because authorized market participants like GLD have to add metal and increase their trading float when buying pressure is higher than selling pressure. This suggests that gold may be reaching the end of its downside run...

...This time, we again suspect that the dollar is rising too far too fast and that the spike we’ve seen in recent months may be nothing more than a flameout in the making.

However, given the relationship between the greenback and the yellow metal, this leads us to believe that gold could move higher next year if investors lose faith that the dollar merits their nearly exclusive attention right now.

Two pieces of closely related information appear to support this theory:

First, even though gold prices have tanked – a reality that under ordinary circumstances would mean more supply is available – dealers of gold bullion have experienced widespread physical shortages during the third quarter, according to the World Gold Council, a top trade association for the gold-mining industry. That, in turn, led dealers to both charge more and pay more than the spot price would indicate. Particularly strong demand was noted in China, India and the Middle East.

According to a Nov. 19 press release, the World Gold Council also noted that identifiable investment demand for gold in the third quarter was up $10.7 billion to 382 tons – double the levels of a year ago. At the same time, retail investment demand rose 121% to 232 tons, especially for gold bars and gold coins as reported in the Swiss, German and U.S. markets.

At the same time, the SPDR Gold Trust (GLD) – the largest exchange-traded fund (ETF) that invests in the yellow metal – noted that it now holds 755.06 tons of gold in trust, up 6.12 tons from the prior week. This is significant because authorized market participants like GLD have to add metal and increase their trading float when buying pressure is higher than selling pressure. This suggests that gold may be reaching the end of its downside run and that it may behave more like investors expect it to in the months ahead...

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