The attack in Syria and the poor jobs report cannot get gold to stay above its 200-day moving average at $ 1256.25 spot – number that all traders see as a level of support that must be maintained for gold to trade higher.
Subsequently, we are now back to the levels seen before the Syrian attack and the jobs reports were released.
Wall Street gold traders didn’t take the bait and remained silent for the most part during these events.
The dollar and Ten-Year Treasuries are trading sideways, keeping a lid on the price of gold.
Financial advisors and their clients seem content with President Trump’s economic agenda and are pretty comfortable as viewed by volatility levels across asset classes, especially with the dovish tone revealed most recently by the Fed.
At this juncture, with such calm equity markets, we see very few investors buying volatility protection against a downturn in the market – So much so, that the Implied Stock Volatility index is near historic lows. Still ahead, is the European elections and the continued turmoil in Congress on whatever President Trump puts before them. I can’t see the volatility remaining this low for too long as Russia and Iran are flexing their muscles with comments that they will respond with force to any future American aggression.
One spark, one trigger point can move our calm equity markets into a tailspin and give the price of gold a boost as witnessed last week with the Syrian attack. We will have to wait and see if the equity market can keep its rally alive, but I for one believe all the news of late is just the calm before the storm. As one financial advisor put it, “At this time I’m taking a cautious approach and asking my clients for their risk tolerance levels. Then I am moving forward protecting their profits realized since the election in the event something happens. Smart investors ride their profits and put scaling stop losses to protect what they already earned.” Sound advice for sure.
So today we watch the dollar and the treasuries as those two markets are the driving force for any future price movement in our metal markets ahead.
In the meantime:
Have a wonderful Monday.
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