Gold And Silver Making Breakout Move As Fed Prepares QE3

by: Jeb Handwerger

Silver is breaking out past $32 and the trend is moving higher as the Fed signals that it is now ready to pull the trigger and boost the economy, possibly as early as the next Open Market Meeting in the middle of September. Silver is regaining the 200 day moving average on a breathtaking move we called a few weeks ago. Even though we have the general equity markets at record highs, economic conditions all around the world are not showing evidence of a recovery yet.

The equity markets rallying higher during an economic contraction may be forecasting a reflationary turnaround. Remember, a rising equity and bond market historically precedes an inflationary scenario.

Silver, which was by far the most receptive to QE2, broke out earlier this week and is continuing higher breaking resistance and downtrends. Learning from the silver price move after QE2, our readers have been informed for many weeks that we would believe the $26 area would hold and we would see an upside reversal breakout above $30.

This technical breakout has occurred and is very bullish. Now it hits the newswires that Bernanke may discuss a new large scale asset purchase program (QE3). Many who sold their precious metals and mining stocks hoping to get in at lower prices are now scrambling to buy back in at higher prices. Thus we see a parabolic move in precious metals. However, the major miners and the small explorers are just beginning to make major breakout.

We have maintained the motto of patience and fortitude as other respected analysts abandoned the precious metals ship. We witnessed over the past few weeks a major transition of gold, silver and mining stocks from weak hands to strong hands.

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Gold is now at a six month high as the mainstream begins to realize that the Fed will announce something big. The Fed needs to bring down unemployment before the elections in order to keep its own jobs.

As we have been saying for many weeks, QE3 is closer than most expected and that the Fed must do whatever it can to devalue the dollar to pay down soaring debts. This is extremely bullish for our precious metals and mining stock selections.

The Fed may follow China and other countries around the globe in making accommodative moves. This summer China began cutting interest rates for the first time in years. Do not forget two years ago at the end of August, Bernanke announced QE2, flooding the markets with $600 billion. Silver soared from $18 to $50. It seems that investors have already prepared for such a move as gold and silver stage technical breakouts, while the miners are just beginning to play catch up.

Disclosure: I am long GLD, SLV, GDX. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.