Bank failures coupled with the anticipation of the Fed pivot pushed Gold to new monthly and quarterly highs, but the breakout move through $2,100/oz has remained elusive.
Multiple failures around $2050/oz and a rebound in the Dollar and bond yields are sending precious metals lower.
Moreover, a small breakout in the stock market likely cements an interim peak in precious metals.
The S&P 500 has broken out from a three-and-a-half-month consolidation to a nine-month high. It could run to 4300 to 4400 or even slightly higher before the recession hits.
A stronger stock market pushes out Fed rate cuts and leads to higher real interest rates in the short term. Furthermore, the US Dollar is rebounding. All of these factors could pressure precious metals into summer.
In February, we wrote about how Gold should break out when the recession hits. The worst declines in bear markets are associated with the start of recessions.
In the chart below, we mark key lows in Gold (blue lines) and the associated declines in the stock market (yellow). The next slide in the stock market should set the stage for Gold to make its breakout.
Gold has a confluence of strong support around the mid $1800s. It will not retest or break to a new all-time high until the stock market rolls over again. A market downturn is needed for the Fed to start easing.
As for silver and the mining stocks, they will outperform Gold in earnest only when Gold surpasses $2100/oz.
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