By Daniela Cambone| TheStreet.com
NEW YORK (Kitco News) – Gold hit a 12-month high above $1,260 an ounce on Thursday as a spooked world marketplace prompted safe-haven demand for the metal.
Analysts are suggesting that on a near-term technical basis, the recent price action has been very impressive and significantly bullish. “Gold prices peaked at $1,900 per ounce in September 2011. It was the end of a spectacular, decade-long bull market, during which the precious metal’s value increased a phenomenal 645 percent,” explained Frank Holmes, CEO of U.S. Global Investors.
“Since then, gold has struggled to regain momentum as an ever-climbing stock market has drawn more and more affection from investors. But, after posting three straight years of losses, it looks ready to shake off this trend,” he said in an interview with Kitco News.
Holmes said that not only is the metal trading at 12-month highs, it’s also on course for its longest winning streak since the glory days of 2011. He reminded investors that just a short while ago, some gold market watchers were proclaiming the yellow metal had forever lost its safe-haven allure. As it appears to have turned out, those proclamations were just a part of the psychology of the marketplace, he said.
Gold’s hardships started in the spring of 2013 when former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke first mentioned a pullback on monthly bond purchases. Janet Yellen, now Fed chair, added pressure to gold by tightening monetary policy late last year with the first interest rate rise in nearly a decade.
However, expectations about the pace of U.S. rate rises have scaled back, most recently by Yellen noting that the tighter credit markets and volatile financial markets have raised risks to the U.S. economy. This has been a major factor supporting gold prices.
This article is commentary by an independent contributor. At the time of publication, the author held no positions in the stocks mentioned.
View on The Street.com