GLD, reported a very sizeable jump in reported gold holdings this afternoon, something which I felt has enough significance that it should be noted. Holdings were at 776.89 tons as of last Friday but jumped to 785.28 tons this afternoon. After all, an 8.39 ton increase is not a small matter.
Let's keep an eye on this, especially if gold continues to descend lower. It would indicate some buying from some larger players if this sort of buying is more than a one day wonder. Reported holdings are now back to the levels that they were back at the start of this month.
They were at 798.22 tons to start off the year so the holdings are down by some 1.6% so far this year.
I have had my share of dealings with those from the gold bug community who have continually dismissed my notice of falling gold ETF holdings as if it bore no connection whatsoever to the fall in the price of gold over at the Comex. I maintain it is a measure of Western-based investment demand and as long as it is falling, gold is not going to be able to mount any sort of sustained rally.
If GLD reports holdings that begin to increase REGULARLY, then the downside for gold from this point, will be limited. If however the reported holdings begin to drop again after today, and continue to do so for the remainder of the week, gold has more downside left in it.
I still am concerned about the number of speculators who remain on the net long side of this market. Maybe today flushed a goodly number of them out but as I stated in the earlier comments from today, I would feel much better about this market moving forward if I could see speculative sentiment become bearish over at the Comex. It is not there as the specs remain bullish at this point.
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