Stocks have been on a roller coaster ride over the past couple of weeks. Bond yields are creeping higher. And it looks like that's created the perfect conditions for gold to regain favor with investors.
Gold prices nudged back above $1,400 an ounce for the first time in two weeks Thursday. That may not seem that dramatic, but for an asset that investors had been shunning lately, it may signal more gains lie ahead.
What a difference a month makes.
Gold prices plunged to a 2-year low April 15 in their biggest one day sell-off in decades. The culprit? Worries about China growth.
Those worries haven't gone away but for now, they seem to have shifted to the back burner as investors watch the market gyrations and look for a place to park off until things settle down.
StockTwits traders were cheering the yellow metal on.
That could be an understatement. Just looking at the chart above shows how rough May has been for gold bugs. But I'd keep the champagne on ice for now.
That was a good call ivanhoff. Looks like the miners are getting a pretty big boost today. Makes me wonder if this is a trend or if we're in for more choppiness heading into the summer.
Ahh yes, who could forget the World Gold Council. Any sign of rising demand from Asia would be enough to spark interest. Couple that with the volatility we're seeing in stocks, and you've got a pretty good case for buying.
The gold bugs have come out to play.
Gold bounced back Monday after taking a massive beating over the past week or so.
Early Monday, gold prices popped back above $1,400 for the first time in a week. Prices are still a far cry from their record $1,900 level but the modest bounce is encouraging for gold bugs.
It was exactly one week ago that gold prices plunged more than 9% in their MORECatherine Tymkiw - Apr 22, 2013 12:02 PM ET
Gold prices dropped to a 7-month low Wednesday, and are on the verge of hitting a technical level that could signal more bearishness ahead.
Gold, which has tumbled more than $200, or 12%, since early October is close to forming a so-called death cross, the term for when the 50-day moving average breaks below the 200-day moving average.
The last time gold prices entered into death cross territory was in April MOREHibah Yousuf - Feb 20, 2013 2:27 PM ET
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