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There’s a case to be made that gold could experience a bigger drop in the short term. | Image: shutterstock.com

The gold price has been on a decline despite reports of negative economic data. According to SaxoBank head of commodity strategy Ole Hansen, it could drop by another 13%.

In a recent tweet, Hansen said:

Hansen noted that the last time the gold price rose by 13% above the 200-day moving average (DMA), it proceeded to fall by 13% below the key level.

How gold could drop substantially from its current level

Gold has struggled to maintain above a key resistance level at $1,465 following the slump in U.S. manufacturing . As such, expectations for a short term gold rally to $1,500 started to subside.

The retest of the 200 DMA—currently hovering at around $1,400—is not likely right now, so it’s still too early to predict a 20% drop from $1,460.

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The gold price dropped from around $1,534 to $1,463 within just over two months. Source: tradingview.com

As the U.S. and China move towards the finalization of a phase one deal, gold could struggle to remain above $1,460 as demand for risk assets outshines bullion.

China could be a variable

China has also started to release positive economic data, which has led major Asian stock markets to rally.

Following a bad several weeks for Chinese President Xi Jinping and his party, China has begun to see some signs of economic stabilization.

For months, the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) has reportedly faced difficulty in balancing the introduction of new economic stimuli and long term economic stability.

Xinhua, the official state-run news agency of the People’s Republic of China, reported that China’s purchasing managers’ index (PMI) surpassed expectations of analysts.

With the newly released data, the Bank of China Research Institute said that it is cautiously optimistic regarding China’s economy.

If gold is unable to demonstrate upward movement in the short term, a trade deal would continue to boost the U.S. and Chinese economies, making an extended rally for bullion less likely.

Positive scenario for gold

Last week, the gold futures market saw millions of dollars worth of trades betting in favor of the gold price tripling to above $4,000 in the next three years.

The near term trajectory of gold is considered to be gloomy by most technical analysts, but investors remain optimistic on the macro trend of the safe haven asset.

For gold to grow exponentially over the next two to three years, a major event that triggers a significant global economic slowdown would have to emerge.

As of now, the two major factors for an extended gold rally are an abrupt breakdown of the trade talks and recession in major global economies like the United States, Eurozone and Japan.

This article was edited by Sam Bourgi.

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