With all due caveats about the non-stellar gold CoT data, I wanted to note a constructive situation in gold vs. oil, which is a key sector fundamental consideration. Now, there is still a constructive situation in play for nominal crude oil, so take this post for perspective more than anything.
Au/WTI bottomed in December of 2016 as the sector bottomed that same month. The first positive signal was a rise above the daily EMA 10. That is what Au/WTI did this week (until today, as it pulls back below the EMA 10, in-day). Pullbacks will happen even if this is a successful bottoming process. The relative downside volume into an oversold RSI (14) and even higher upside relative volume out of the oversold reading is interesting.
Here is a longer-term view showing that situation, which came in tandem with only a moderate rally in HUI (shaded in the background) that failed, seemingly on schedule (to our indicators at the time) this past summer. But this chart dials back to before the key January 2016 time frame when HUI put in a low that preceded the impulsive bull leg in the first half of 2016.
There is talk among certain TA practitioners that fundamentals don’t matter in this sector. I assure you, they do. The bottom in early 2016 came in tandem with a rapidly improving gold/oil sector fundamental. Other macro fundamentals soon followed and it was off on what may well one day prove to have been the first move to a new bull market in gold stocks.
But look at how the rally took place against a gold/oil ratio that had topped, reversed and dropped hard. If you recall silver was leading and a greater risk ‘on’ inflation trade (including commodities and stock markets) was getting a shot in the arm at that time. That is when inflation-fixated gold bugs tout and lead the sheep astray. We noted danger at the time with this and other posts.
Gold/Oil was just one of several bearish markers developing. So if we are going to use fundamentals to warn of danger, we are also going to be aware of them when scouting bullish opportunity. The charts above are only meant for perspective in looking at one indicator to see what would be needed to switch to a bullish orientation. Just as an up sector was vulnerable to a negative reversal in fundamentals, a down sector is a candidate to go up on a positive reversal in the fundamentals.