Looking for a fundamental reason to own gold? Keep looking.
Simply put, the fundamentals do not look good for the metal. Inflation is tame, interest rates have risen and stocks remain buoyant. Gold has lost more than 30 percent of its value over the last nine months, which has washed out many of the weaker hands.
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However, no market moves in a straight line forever, and gold has fallen to a level from which it could enjoy a corrective move. If August gold futures were to trade down to $1,257 today or tomorrow, that would indicate to me that a bounce is imminent. For this trade, I would target a move up to $1,285, and a subsequent trade to $1,237 would convince me that my thesis is wrong and that gold has further downside.
Many times, an initial push is required to get the ball rolling, and that could come in the form of another negative headline from Egypt or some backtracking from Chairman Bernanke tomorrow. Nonetheless, one thing I'm sure of is that there are many short positions that have jumped along for this dramatic decline and at any moment some big players could decide to cover. When this short-covering begins, the move to the upside could be quite sharp.