China’s Yuan retreated against the Dollar, encountering resistance at 14.35 US cents as the seemingly endless trade talks hit another rough patch. Breach of recent support 14.15 would warn of another test of primary support at 14 cents.
Chinese purchases have weakened 10-Year Treasury yields in the last two weeks. A Yuan at 14 cents is likely to result in 10-year yields testing support at 1.50%. The disconnect between long-term and short-term rates in the US is growing, with long-term rates increasingly dictated by actions at the PBOC.
Declining yields strengthen demand for Gold as it lowers the opportunity cost. Expect continued support at $1450/ounce and a possible test of the descending trendline at $1500. Breach of support is unlikely unless Treasury yields again test resistance at 2.0%.
Silver is similarly testing support at $17.00/ounce but we are unlikely to see a follow-through unless Treasury yields strengthen.
Australia’s All Ordinaries Gold Index continues in a downward trend channel, headed for secondary support at 6000. Declining Trend Index peaks warn of strong selling pressure. Respect of 6000 would signal that the primary up-trend is intact, while breach and a test of primary support at 5400 would warn of trend weakness.
Gold remains in a long-term up-trend. A correction may offer an attractive entry point but we first need to confirm that the up-trend is intact before increasing exposure to gold stocks.