Why are stocks and gold both under so much selling pressure?

Why are stocks and gold both under so much selling pressure?

Over this entire trading week analysts, traders and investors have remained bewildered not so much at the extent of the selloff, but analysts and investors were even more perplexed at the major selloff that occurred in gold in tandem with an asset class that traditionally carries a negative correlation. With so much warranted selling pressure in global equities many have been perplexed as to why gold found no support and not only sold in tandem with risk on assets, but had deep and severe drawdowns at a time when many believed investors would flock to the safety of gold.

Over the last two days I have been speaking about the last time market participants witness this kind of carnage in both risk on and safe haven assets simultaneously; that was 2008 immediately following the financial crisis created from the banking crisis. I remember that during the 2008 – 2009 financial recession we witnessed the simultaneous mass liquidation in both equities and gold.

In 2008 analysts explained that the unique phenomenon was a result of mass liquidation of all assets to cover margin calls as well as a major component of fear resulting in the liquidation of any investment vehicle that wasn’t bonds or cash.

That being said today’s dramatic $55 decline in gold futures is extremely hard to fathom in light of the first real correction in U.S. equities since 2008. This week the markets lost approximately 13%, with the Dow Jones industrial average down 12% on the week. This kind of selling hysteria has not occurred for over 12 years.

Before gold began its historical climb to the record high of $1900, gold first hit an all-time high of $1000 per ounce, before retracing a full 30% to $700. It was only after that deep correction occurred that market participants interest in gold accumulation and investment interest reemerged.

Which brings me to the following assumption, this most current selloff is much different than the financial crisis of 2008. Unlike a recession caused by a fragile economic scenario, the world has never experienced a full-blown pandemic since 1918. Although there were isolated and smaller pandemics in 1930,1940, and 1950, they all pale in comparison to the influenza pandemic which is considered the most severe pandemic in recent history. The 1918 pandemic resulted in an estimated 500 million people, or roughly 1/3 of the world population becoming infected by the virus. By the conclusion of this pandemic at least 50 million individuals worldwide died including 675,000 deaths occurring in the United States.

The similarities between then and 1918 are shockingly similar in that there is no vaccine to protect against this type of influenza.

The only silver lining to any comparison of 1918 pandemic to the potential of the current epidemic becoming a full-scale pandemic is that modern science and medicine is grown by leaps and bounds over the last 100 years. That allows the world population much more hope that it is still possible to contain this formerly unknown contagion.

However, until a vaccine is developed the current fear of a potential pandemic is alarmingly real, and completely a viable outcome. So, we hope for the best and prepare for the worst and realize that in between the markets could experience continued extended volatility and deeper price corrections.

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Wishing you as always, good trading,


By Gary Wagner

Contributing to kitco.com

Shark Tank’s Robert Herjavec: the scariest threat to safety is not just coronavirus

Shark Tank's Robert Herjavec: the scariest threat to safety is not just coronavirus

The coronavirus has not only left the world paralyzed with fear of getting sick, but also presents new opportunities for hackers to attack the private sector, this according to Robert Herjavec, founder and CEO of Herjavec Group and star of Shark Tank.

“Robert Mueller had a great saying, which was ‘there’s only two types of companies, those that have been hacked and those that are about to be hacked,’” Herjavec told Kitco News. “What I tell people is, ‘I can’t stop you from being hacked, but I can create an ecosystem [such] that when you have an intrusion, you can quickly know it’s going on.’”

Herjavec, who helms a cyber security solutions company, said that a large number of cyberattacks come in the form of email phishing.

“My general rule for people that work at companies is anything that isn’t business oriented, that you don’t know the source of, you probably shouldn’t be opening it up at work,” he said, adding that a personal email account that gets phished can be an inconvenience, but exposing an entire company to such a risk can be “really bad.”

The security compromises from the U.S. presidential elections in 2016 have put cyberattacks at the nationwide level on the public’s radar, thereby lowering the chances of electronic voting taking place in the near future, Herjavec said.

“My big hope was that we’re going to have electronic voting, because if I can vote from my phone, from an app, guess what? You’re going to have voting rates way above 30%. With what happened last election, what it’s made people realize is it’s fundamentally not safe,” he said.

Catching gold’s elusive 1700 level: Prices eye coronavirus cases US Super Tuesday Pepperstone

Catching gold's elusive $1,700 level: Prices eye coronavirus cases, U.S. Super Tuesday — Pepperstone

The pullback in gold prices offers a buying opportunity, according to Pepperstone, which remains bullish on the yellow metal as it looks to add longs on a move through $1,660 an ounce.

“Investment case hasn’t changed. We are seeing more compelling signs playing through. Gold is trading as a currency in its own right,” Pepperstone’s head of research, Chris Weston, said on Wednesday.

Gold has made solid gains in all kinds of currencies and when there is “too much euphoria” around the gold price it is natural to see some profit-taking, Weston pointed out.

“Gold in theory should be going higher,” he said.

There is fear that coronavirus could spread throughout Europe and the U.S., impacting the supply chains further.

“In this environment, when bond yields continue to make new lows, implied volatility is high, and chances that we are going to need to see not just emerging market central banks coming to the party but also the Federal Reserve cutting rates … gold will trade higher,” he said.

A key level to keep an eye on is a $1,635 downside, Weston noted. “Until a price can close below there on a daily basis, we continue to expect higher levels playing through,” he stated.

If gold can remain above $1,635, then the market can continue to build a base and trading can get its bullish momentum back, Weston added, noting that a move above $1,660 could be enough to get gold to $1,689 and then possibly to even $1,700.

“We are still holding that bullish bias in the short term. In fact if we get a move back above $1,660, we would have more confidence that we can make a move back at $1,689 and perhaps into elusive $1,700 level,” he said.

The investment backdrop is positive for gold going forward, according to Weston, who is watching how the coronavirus spreads from here.

“The coronavirus is causing major concerns, and just when the market feels comfortable that recovery rates are improving in China and business slowly comes back towards normal production, the threat of outbreaks in Germany, and the U.S. grip markets – we are already seeing the number of cases in Italy, Korea and the Middle East increasing and stringent measures to contain the spread will impact economics here.”

Gold investors should also be paying attention to the U.S. Super Tuesday on March 3, especially with Bernie Sanders doing well in the polls, Weston noted.

“On the political side we gear up for Super Tuesday (3 March), with expectations high that Bernie Sanders will do well here – gold is our clear hedge against political angst here,” he said. “My theory at the moment is buy the dips in gold prices, break below $1,600 on the downside probably changes that.”


By Anna Golubova
For Kitco News

Looking to 2000 gold price: Coronavirus is the straw that broke the camel’s back’ Sprott CEO

Looking to $2,000 gold price: Coronavirus is the ‘straw that broke the camel’s back’ — Sprott CEO

The coronavirus was the shock that gold was waiting for before moving to higher levels with charts now pointing to an eventual breach of $2,000 an ounce, according to Peter Grosskopf, CEO of Sprott Inc.

“What the coronavirus added [was] a shock to the economy. I would call it a straw that broke the camel’s back. Economies were already at best shuffling along with a lot of weakness in Europe and China, and this is going to just push things over the edge,” Grosskopf told Kitco News on Monday.

Gold is an anti-confidence thermometer and when the precious metal is going up along with the U.S. dollar, it shows that the confidence is starting to break, Grosskopf said.

Dealing with the coronavirus fallout means that the central banks around the world will need to go back to heavy easing mode, which is beneficial for gold, Sprott CEO noted.

“China already pumped a massive amount of liquidity into their system in order to offset the shock to the banking system there. They are already printing as fast as they can. Now, you are going to get the same sort of thing in Europe with Italy taking a major hit to GDP,” he said. “You don’t need to be an economist or a student of macro markets to understand that this was not in the plan.”

But in order to fully gauge where gold could go from here, investors need to understand the big picture, which is engrained in too much debt.

“Gold is underpinned by a growing belief that there is too much debt in the government sector and the easing that the central banks have been aiming at the markets are going to continue to be required just to sustain those debt levels,” Grosskopf explained.

The CEO pointed to the Federal Reserve pumping all kinds of liquidity into the system when repo rates spiked in 2019.

“There is so much debt now and they continue to create more and more debt through budget deficits. It is just a fact that no central bank can sustain higher interest rates, so they need to keep printing money to keep what’s currently there going. That’s the bigger picture,” he said.

What this means for gold is a major move higher, including a possible breach of $2,000.

“I recently reviewed a charting package from Cornerstone Macro. The charts almost all unanimously point to between $1,800-$2,000 easily. Gold’s sentiment right now is running very strong. And usually when sentiment runs very strong, there is room for a bit of a short-term correction but nothing major. I would say pretty confidently that the charts point to $2,000 plus,” Grosskopf said.

In terms of investment opportunities, Sprott CEO highlighted small cap gold equities and silver as having the most potential at the moment.

“The big caps gold equities have already reflected increased investor interest. But a lot of the smaller caps are still left behind and ignored. I would say pick a portfolio of smaller capped gold stocks that are leveraged to the gold price and you would probably get 3x the participation of bullion itself,” he noted.

Grosskopf sees silver catching up to gold in a major way due to its industrial and investment components.

“When gold moves, silver usually moves more, it is a smaller market. There is an industrial market for silver, which is a big percentage of the market. Conversely, the investment potion of silver is a very small portion of the market. But when gold is running, investment dollars flood into silver and squeeze it a lot quicker than gold,” he said.

“[Also], silver is mostly a byproduct of lead and zinc and if the economy is slowing and base metals prices are down, which is the case currently, a lot of those base metal mines slow down or cease production. So, all of a sudden, there is not as much silver being produced,” he added.

By Anna Golubova
For Kitco News

Volatility ramps up in gold as COVID-19 spreads

Volatility ramps up in gold as COVID-19 spreads

On Friday gold futures closed up in double digits with a net gain of over $20 on the day. This led to the only time we see gold prices gap extremely higher, or lower; the weekend. As gold reopened Monday morning in Australia it did so with a powerful upside move. After closing just above $1643 per ounce on Friday, gold prices opened at $1656 and then began a substantial, but short-lived rally, taking prices to $1691.70.

Obviously, this is the highest price gold has traded to this year. Even more significant though is the fact that you have to go back to February 2013 to see the last time gold had challenged $1700 an ounce, the current elusive brass ring.

As of 4:15 PM EST, Gold futures bases the most active April contract is up $13.40, or (+0.81%) and fixed at $1662.20. The dollar index is basically neutral today currently up +0.02% and pegged at 99.21. This indicates that the large increase in price was due completely to traders bidding the precious metal higher.

This spike occurred as the Dow Jones Industrial Average sold off sharply losing 1031.61 points and closing at 27,960.80. Essentially U.S. equities sustained losses greater than the gains achieved during 2020. On a technical basis the retracement of today’s move alone occurred at the 78% Fibonacci retracement level after the Dow gave up 3.56% of value today.

While the World Health Organization is currently acknowledging that the COVID -19 continues to spread to other countries, they are hesitant in relabeling this epidemic which occurred in China as a pandemic which would mean that it is spreading worldwide.

As reported in MarketWatch, “The World Health Organization (WHO) said Monday that the coronavirus that broke out in Wuhan, China, late last year is not a pandemic. WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the virus, named COVID-19, is not spreading in an uncontained way. "What we are seeing are epidemics in different parts of the world," he told reporters on a conference call. The WHO said earlier there are now 79,407 cases of COVID-19 in 30 countries and 2,622 deaths. The rapid uptick in the number of COVID-19 cases in Iran, Italy, and South Korea over the weekend sent markets tumbling Monday over concerns that the outbreak would turn into a pandemic.”

However, there are those experts that gravely disagree with the forecast from the WHO. Today Yahoo! News reported that Harvard University epidemiologist Marc Lipsitch is predicting the coronavirus “will ultimately not be containable” and within a year, “will infect somewhere between 40 and 70 percent of humanity.”

Lipsitch does not believe the virus can be contained because it differs from viruses like SARS and MERS, in that infected individuals do not show symptoms for an extended period of time allowing them to infect others. In fact, according to the Atlantic epidemiologist Marc Lipsitch is not alone, and there is emerging consensus that the outbreak will eventually morph into a new seasonal disease which could one day turn the cold and flu season into the cold and flu and COVID-19 season.

If these predictions come into fruition, we could see an extended and major global impact on economic growth which would pressure global equities and be extremely bullish for the safe haven assets such as gold and bonds.

Wishing you as always, good trading,


By Gary Wagner
Contributing to kitco.com

Gold price today rises 1 on safe haven demand as Coronavirus spreads

Gold price today rises 1% on safe haven demand as Coronavirus spreads

At 9.07 am, April gold futures were trading 0.87 per cent higher at Rs 43,037 per 10 grams on MCX.

EW DELHI: Gold futures for April delivery rose nearly 1 per cent in Monday’s trade amid concerns over the spread of coronavirus outside of China and its impact on the global economic growth.

Silver futures for April delivery were ruling at Rs 48,615 per 1 kg on the exchange.

“Bullion counter can continue its upside momentum as yellow metal continued to hover around its seven-year peak in COMEX midst panic regarding coronavirus outbreak as central banks prepare more easing measures to prop up sagging economies,” SMC Global said in a note.

Safe haven demand is pushing gold prices higher globally. Data showed coronavirus is spreading outside China rapidly. Cases in South Korea have touched 763, with eight deaths till date. In Italy, the virus cases have jumped to 150. Iran, which announced its first two cases on Wednesday, has 43 confirmed cases and 8 deaths.

Globally, gold prices climbed more than 2 per cent to their highest since February 2013, as a spike in coronavirus cases prompted a flight to safe havens.

Spot gold was up 1.1 per cent at $1,661.86 per ounce, after climbing to $1,678.58 earlier in the session. US gold futures rose 1 per cent to 1,664.60.

Among other precious metals, palladium eased 0.5% $2,690.52 per ounce. Silver rose 1.2% to $18.69 an ounce, while platinum fell 0.7% to $966.54.

Asian stock markets are seeing panic selling today and India is no exception.

In a sign of panic, E-minis for the S&P500 dropped 1 per cent in early Asian trade on Monday while Nikkei futures slipped more than 1 per cent too. Australia's benchmark index slid 1.6 per cent while New Zealand was down about 1 per cent. South Korea's KOSPI index fell 2.2 per cent. Japanese markets were closed for a public holiday.

Gold and palladium both have a historical week

Gold and palladium both have a historical week

This was truly an historical week for traders of the precious metals. Both gold and palladium made substantial and strong upside moves resulting in a all-time new record high for palladium, and gold reaching a seven-year high.

There are distinct differences in the rationale and reasons that these two metals had such strong gains. In the case of palladium, it is a simple issue which revolves around a growing demand, and a diminishing supply. A report published by Johnson Matthey, one of the largest refineries of precious metals worldwide stated that the deficit between production and demand for palladium will continue to grow, and widen in 2020. It is for that reason that we have seen palladium prices rise in a parabolic manner since July 2018. In fact, the low achieved on a monthly chart during July 2018 was just above $800 per troy ounce.

Currently palladium closed today at $2,614, after factoring in today’s gain of 1.56% or $40.10. On a monthly chart it has hit an all-time record high of $2,746, just $132 above today’s closing price. Based upon the information contained in the report by Johnson Matthey we could see palladium continue to rise in price.

The rationale is that both Europe and China have begun to implement higher standards in terms of emissions released from cars and trucks containing internal combustion engines. Palladium continues to be the most effective way to reduce hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides which are byproducts of burning fossil fuels.

Palladium is one of the few precious metals that has a price dictated almost completely by supply versus demand. According to the Visual Capitalist, “The current price of palladium is driven by fundamental supply and demand issues, not investor speculation. Between 2012 and 2018, an accumulated deficit of five million ounces has placed pressures on readily available supplies of above-ground palladium.”

Gold also had a historical breakthrough when early this week it broke and closed well above the elusive and psychological level of $1600 per ounce. The reason behind this move is completely different than palladium’s reason.

With the coronavirus continuing to spread not only throughout China, but now slowly to other parts of the world. There is a genuine concern that this will lead to a global issue. Currently there is no vaccine or cure for this epidemic and although it has been primarily been affecting China, this week many other countries reported new cases of the disease.

Today the New York Times reported that the coronavirus outbreak deepened its toll on global business. It cited the fact that “The disruption of China’s manufacturing network, and slowdown of its economy, has rippled through to the airlines, automakers, tech companies and more.

Until this epidemic can be contained from spreading it will continue to have the potential to disrupt economies around the world. More than 76,000 cases have been reported worldwide, and although the vast majority are from China.

Wishing you as always, good trading,


By Gary Wagner

Contributing to kitco.com

Wheaton Precious Metals NYSE: WPM exceeded its year end guidance in its production report released tonight

Wheaton Precious Metals (NYSE: WPM) exceeded its year end guidance in its production report released tonight.

In 2019 gold equivalent ounces came in at 706,900, up from 690,000 forecast for the year.

The gold equivalent ounces was made up of gold at 406,604 oz, silver at 22,544 ounces and palladium at 21,993 ounces.

The 2020 forecast is for 685,000 to 725,000 gold equivalent ounces.

"In 2020, gold production is forecast to remain strong primarily driven by Salobo and San Dimas. Silver production in 2020 should be stable as growth from Peñasquito is expected to be partially offset by slight decreases at Antamina and Constancia due to mine planning. Palladium production is expected to increase in 2020 as the Blitz project at the Stillwater mine continues to ramp up," writes the company.

Looking five years ahead Wheaton Precious Metals expects production growth from Peñasquito, Constancia and Stillwater as well as the commencement of the Voisey's Bay stream in 2021. Wheaton will be entitled to receive from Vale an amount of cobalt equal to 42.4% of the Voisey's Bay mine cobalt production.


By Michael McCrae
For Kitco News

Gold prices today hit record highs for third day in a row silver rates jump

Gold prices today hit record highs for third day in a row, silver rates jump

The investment demand for gold continues to grow

Silver rates also moved higher today

Gold prices in India rose to a new high today, extending their record-setting run to the third day in a row. On MCX, April gold futures rose as much as 0.5% to ₹41,798 per 10 gram, before giving up some gains. Domestic gold prices tracked gains in global rates which are hovering around seven-year highs. Silver rates also tracked higher today with March futures on MCX rising 0.54% to ₹47,825 per kg.

Gold can move towards ₹41,900 while taking support near ₹41,600 while silver can head towards ₹48,300 while taking support near ₹47,500, SMC Global said in a note.

In global markets, gold prices were near a seven-year high as investors weigh the impact of coronavirus on global growth. Gold is up about 6% this year in global markets amid mounting concern over the effects of the virus. Spot gold was steady at $1,610.43 an ounce.

Meanwhile, China today announced that it would cut interest rates in a bid to boost the economy which has been battered by the economic fallout of the coronavirus outbreak. There are expectations that the China could announce more measures to support the economy. China's central bank had earlier said that it would offer a $43 billion boost to help businesses involved in fighting the epidemic.

Some analysts say that gold prices could top $1,650 over the coming weeks.

China's central Hubei province, the epicentre of coronavirus outbreak, on Wednesday reported 349 new confirmed cases, down from 1,693 a day earlier and the lowest since January 25, although it was accompanied by a change in methodology.

The investment demand for gold continues to grow. Holdings of the world's largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, SPDR Gold Trust, rose 0.2% to 931.60 tonnes on Wednesday.

US central bank policymakers remain cautiously optimistic about their ability to hold interest rates steady this year, even as they acknowledged new risks caused by the coronavirus outbreak, according to the minutes of US Federal Reserve's last policy meeting released yesterday. Lower interest rates boost the appeal of non-yielding asset classes like gold. (With Agency Inputs)


Edited By Surajit Dasgupta
Updated: 20 Feb 2020, 10:37 AM IST

Gold price pushes above 1600 what’s next?

Gold price pushes above $1,600, what's next?

For a lot of analysts it was only a matter of time before gold prices breached $1,600 an ounce and with that target achieved, those professionals say that the precious metal has room to run a little further.

Gold price have been climbing steadily higher Tuesday as fear sentiment picked up after investors saw the impact the spreading coronavirus was having on the global economy. Overnight, Apple warned that earnings won ’t meet guidance for the first quarter. The tech company said that production and sales have dropped because of the coronavirus.

“The gold market has just been waiting for a big name to crack to push price higher,” said Phillip Streible, chief market strategist at Blue Line Futures.

Streible added that if feels like sentiment in equity markets is starting to shift and that will continue to support gold prices. The comments come as April gold futures rally more than 1% on the day, last trading at $1,604.30 an ounce.

Streible noted that valuations in equity markets have been unaligned with reality for a long time and a potential correction could be significant.

As for how high gold prices can go, Streible said that he is looking at initial resistance at $1,620 with his next target at $1,650.

In the near-term, Kitco.com ’s senior technical analyst Jim Wyckoff said that he is watching initial resistance at $1,619.60 an ounce, which was the seven-year high hit in January. “If that is breached on the upside it would open up another solid leg up in prices,” he said.

Bart Melek, head of commodity strategy at TD Securities, said that he is also bullish on gold, reiterating the firm’s target at $1,700 an ounce.

However, in the near-term Melek said that he is watching resistance at $1,614 an ounce and at $1,632.

“The Apple news is not going to be the only bad report out there. We are going to get more weak data and that will force markets to price in more rate cuts from central banks,” said Bart.

“We are going to see more equity volatility and more uncertainty,” he said. “I suspect that that if needed central banks and even governments will be ready to pump liquidity into markets to support economic growth and that is going to be good for gold.”

Even after Apple’s announcement, many economists have noted that the full impact of the coronavirus is still unknown. Currently, more than 73,000 people around the world have been infected and more than 1,800 have died.

Colin Cieszynski, chief market strategist at SIA Wealth Management, said that with gold’s new breakout, the yellow metal can push to between $1,670 and $1,680.


He added that he is watching to see how the coronavirus impacts the global economy and how central banks react to any potential weakness.

“Gold and the coronavirus is not about money flows. It more than just the daily shifts between fear and greed,” he said. “The fact is that because of the impact the virus is expected to have on economic growth, it will be difficult for any central bank tighten monetary policy.”


By Neils Christensen
For Kitco News