This will ‘unlock the cage for well-rested gold bulls’
With the price bottom nearly in place, gold bulls appear to be ready for action again, according to Bloomberg Intelligence.
Key factors in gold’s recovery will be the U.S. stock market and the greenback, Bloomberg Intelligence senior commodity strategist Mike McGlone said in the Bloomberg Commodity Index Outlook for September.
“The dip in the metals bull market appears near its nadir … Gold has declined 15% from its peak this year, yet remains in a rising trajectory in this rate-hike cycle despite the stronger trade-weighted broad dollar and record-setting stock market,” McGlone wrote. “A bit of sustained mean reversion in the stock market or dollar should unlock the cage for the well-rested gold bull.”
The Federal Reserve meeting on September 25-26 could be one of the positive triggers for gold prices, McGlone pointed out.
Currently, markets are pricing in a 99.8% chance of another rate hike in September, according to the CME FedWatch tool
“Getting past the expected Federal Reserve rate hike in September should be positive for gold, in recovery mode from good support near $1,165 an ounce,” McGlone said. “Looking at what gold ETFs have done during this Federal Reserve tightening cycle, we believe prices are likely to rise soon.”
McGlone compared today’s gold price set-up to the period just preceding the almost 34% three-week rally in 1999, pointing to the net-short positioning within the gold ETF space.