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Talking Points:

- A stronger US Dollar on the back of higher US Treasury yields (both nominal and real) has paved the way for lower Gold prices.

- Gold’s symmetrical triangle, previously eying topside resolution, has failed and broken to the downside.

- Sentiment for the US Dollarhas started to turn contrarian bullishmidway though Q2’18.

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Gold prices broke below their March 1 swing low at 1302.68 today, setting up a break to fresh 2018 lows and a break of the symmetrical triangle in place since mid-January all in one fell swoop.

Concurrently, the break of the uptrend from the December 2016, July 2017, and March 2018 has now definitely broken to the downside, after the failed return to the trendline last week. Now, bearish momentum is accelerating, with Gold prices below their daily 8-, 13-, and 21-EMAs, and both MACD and Slow Stochastics trending lower in bearish territory.

Gold Price: Daily Timeframe (September 2016 to April 2018) (Chart 1)

Gold Price Drops as US Treasury Yields Push Higher

What has been the catalyst to this break lower by bullion? A stronger US Dollar on the back of higher US Treasury yields (both nominal and real) has paved the way for lower Gold prices.

Gold Price versus US Real 10-year Yield: Daily Timeframe (May 2017 to May 2018) (Chart 2)

Gold Price Drops as US Treasury Yields Push Higher

Presently, rising US real yields means that the spread between Treasury yields and inflation rates are increasing. If Gold yields nothing, has an estimated cost of carry of -2.4%, and only can return capital appreciation, it faces a difficult situation when US real yields rise.

That is, gold’s appeal as an inflation hedge relative to the US Dollar increases not in an environment when inflation is just rising, but when inflation is rising and nominal interest rates are not rising at the same pace; or in sum when US real interest rates are dropping. This has not been the case.

Currently, the 50-day correlation between Gold prices and the US real 10-year yield has reached its strongest negative correlation since the end of November 2017. That’s to say that as US Treasury yields continue to push higher, assuming inflation stays at its same rate or drops, then US real yields will continue to rise, undercutting Gold’s price even further.

Read more: US Dollar Pacing to Fresh Yearly Highs as US Yields Jump

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--- Written by Christopher Vecchio, CFA, Senior Currency Strategist

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