Gold Prices Are Getting a Much-Needed Catalyst This Week

Gold prices need a catalyst to lift them out of their trading rut. And that’s just what they’ll get this week…

The price of gold tends to move dramatically before and after the U.S. Federal Reserve raises interest rates. The Fed is expected to hike rates during this week’s FOMC meeting, with experts giving a rate hike a 91.3% probability, according to the CME FedWatch Tool.

Gold Prices
Plus, the highly anticipated U.S.-North Korea summit is tonight (June 11), just as U.S. President Donald Trump has intensified the trade wars with Canada and the European Union. That makes for all the ingredients we need for higher gold prices.

Throw in a weakening dollar, and gold prices could explode even higher.

Right now, gold’s been trading in a narrow range, between $1,290 and $1,305, for three weeks.  Behind the scenes though, upward momentum has been building even if sentiment has remained weak.

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Ever since ending its five-year bear market in late 2015, gold has been making a distinct series of higher lows as it marched higher.  Now it needs to push through a distinct ceiling.

And this week’s catalyst could be just the push it needs to break out. I’ll show you exactly why – and how high gold prices can climb – just after I recap gold’s movement over the last week…

Gold Prices Built a New Launching Pad Last Week

Gold prices traded within a narrow range last week despite the dollar’s recent fluctuations. That’s a sign gold is consolidating, waiting for the right catalyst to burst higher.

After touching an intraday spot low of $1,290 on Tuesday (June 5), gold prices rocketed upward as the U.S. Dollar Index (DXY) made a final gasp to 94.3.

Take a look at the DXY’s brief spike on Tuesday before it fell again…

US Dollar index

Gold then rose on balance as the week progressed, inching its way toward $1,300, testing that price level multiple times, and even crossing it on Wednesday (June 6), Thursday (June 7), and Friday (June 8), before settling back in a very tight range between $1,298 and $1,299.

Not even some sizeable movement in the dollar was enough to affect gold’s steady, narrowing price range.

By late Friday afternoon, gold was still stuck at $1,299. It’s evident gold prices built a base to launch higher from. The catalyst, it would seem, still lays ahead.

Which is why this week could send gold prices surging to this bullish gold price target…

Why This Week Is Powering My Latest Gold Price Prediction

Like I mentioned earlier, the dollar does seem to be in a favorable mode for higher gold.

US Dollar Index Cash Settle

The DXY pullback I pointed to in the previous update continued this past week. That’s done plenty to correct the overbought condition evidenced by the RSI and MACD momentum indicators.

The Fed rate hike this week will likely support the dollar, lifting it back up. But odds are, much of that rate hike is already priced in. I’d expect any rally to be short-lived.

Ever since the recent, swift correction in mid May, when gold dropped from $1,320 to $1,290, the metal has essentially regained and held at $1,300.

Gold Chart

What’s more, action in both the RSI and MACD have been confirming strength in gold’s bounce back from $1,290.

I think gold is simply basing at $1,300, while pressure builds for a new leg up. The first hurdle will be $1,320, then around $1,350. But the prize will be around $1,365 (the ceiling since late January), because from there the $1,400 psychological barrier will be within easy reach.

As for gold stocks, they too have been moving sideways for the past two months and in fact are still where they were back in October.

GDX Gold Miners Chart

Notice that the RSI and MACD have nearly flatlined for the past month and have had neither a bearish nor bullish bias.

And relative to gold, gold stocks have also been essentially moving sideways, providing no real clues as to where they may be headed next.

GDX Gold Miners Chart

But with gold speculators in a neutral-to-(contrarian)-bullish stance with their futures positions, according to the latest Commitments of Traders report, I think this week’s likely Fed rate hike will be the trigger.

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