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Analysts at TD Securities explain that after spending the majority of the summer in the gutter as the bears piled on record short positions, it took a 10% correction in equities to convince these shorts to finally start covering.

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“This round of short covering did well to lift the yellow metal off the lows, and even to as high as $1243.48/oz last week, but we are wary of the staying power this latest uptick, especially as the US dollar continues to grind higher.”

“If equity sentiment remains on edge, especially as US-China trade rhetoric begins to pick up again, we wouldn’t be surprised to see gold hang around the recent highs, but we do not expect gold to break sustainably above $1230/oz. With that said, TD Securities short/medium term outlook on gold is slightly bearish, as without equity weakness propping up the shiny metal up, we see little reason for the yellow metal to remain north of $1230/oz.”

“With the DXY looking to test the highs of the year, the CNH slowly creeping toward the 7 handle and the hawkishness of the Fed, relative to other western central banks, the yellow metal could very easily revert back to $1200/oz if these topics become the focus once again. Indeed, key technical support and CTA selling triggers stand in the $1220-1215/oz region, and breaks of these levels could swiftly bring prices back to $1200/oz.”

“Given that the short term performance of precious metals will rely heavily on how equity markets perform this week, this weeks earnings releases will be of the utmost importance.”