As Asia continues to report soaring CPI statistics, with Vietnam’s 22% inflation rate as the most recent evidence of the Fed’s QE2 “liquidity” rippling through the world’s economies, legendary technician Louis Yamada told King World News (KWN) the precious metals are set to takeoff again as a result of Bernanke’s monetary actions.
Yamada’s fame as the market technician with a track record of “getting it right,” began as director and head of technical research at Smith Barney (now of Citigroup (NYSE: C)). After being voted as the leading market technician in 2001-2004, she went off to found her own research group, Louis Yamada Technical Research Advisors, in 2005.
“Gold continues to be in an uptrend in our work,” Yamada told KWN. “You had a little bit of a consolidation, seasonality would suggest a rise into the fall. The primary support level remains at $1,475 … Our next target is $2,000, and we did a gold special in our last piece that suggested from a very long-term perspective … we could see $5,200 on gold.”
Yamada is the latest of a raft of highly credible analysts, money managers and bullion dealers coming out during the past two weeks to tell KWN and other news organizations of the imminent explosion in the price of precious metals. James Turk, Jim Sinclair, John Taylor, Ben Davies, John Embry, Peter Schiff, and Jim Rogers (who announced he is adding insult to injury to the U.S. dollar fiasco by shorting U.S. Treasuries) have all advised to go long the anti-dollar trade.
The lone hold-out of considerable import to the precious metals market is Marc Faber, the favorite go-to guy for the most steamy of quotes and anti-establishment rhetoric of all hard money advocates. His forecast for this summer is for the monetary metals to succumb to the 30-year track record of weakness and relatively thin volume.
As gold makes new highs above $1,600 and silver makes its way past $40 amid a fierce “250 million ounces of silver in 1 minute” smack down attempt by the cartel last week, according to Precious Metal Stock Review’s Warren Bevan, the majority of our favorite talking heads, so far, have it right, and Marc Faber has it wrong. But the summer isn’t over yet, and Faber hasn’t budged from his forecast for the metals.
Yamada, who, incidentally, didn’t offer a time frame for her targets for the gold and silver price, said her next target for silver is for a double “over time” from the $40 print.
“We hit part of our silver targets at $50, (expect) $65, even $80, $85 over time,” speculated Yamada in the KWN interview. “We had an 88% rally in a very short period of time from January and a one third retracement, 34% down, so that was pretty normal. We saw some support at $33 and would loved to have seen it go sideways a little bit longer to be honest with you,” noting considerable dollar weakness in light of the sovereign debt crisis with the PIIGS of Europe has revealed the dollar’s diminished status as the world’s safe haven currency.
“I think that one of the observations that one has to take into consideration is that with each of the Euro financial crises and our own financial crisis in 2008 to 2009, the dollar has rallied less!” she said.
“In other words you had a rally in 2009 that carried 25%,” Yamada explained. “Then, in early 2010, the rally was only 19%. And the second one in 2010 was only 7%. And this time, you haven’t even seen 7% with the crisis that has evolved. So that suggests to us that it (the dollar) is becoming less and less considered a really safe haven.”
While the systemic problems with the euro and dollar come fully into focus, we should be mindful of U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner’s recent comment on Meet the Press of July 10, when he said, for a lot of people, “it’s going to feel very hard, harder than anything they’ve experienced in their lifetimes now, for a long time to come.” Bloomberg reported that Geithner may step down from the head of the Treasury.
As of 12:36 in New York, gold trades at $1,612.79 and silver at $40.05.