Gold and gold stocks took a tumble this week following the Federal Reserves highly-anticipated interest rate hike. The SPDR Gold Trust (ETF) (NYSE:GLD) is down 2.1 percent this week, while the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSE:GDX) is down 6.8 percent. Triple-levered inverse gold ETF Direxion Shares Exchange Traded Fund Trust (NYSE:JDST) is up 31.8 percent.
Traders looking to figure out how to time the rate-hike gold trade can look back to the trading action following last Decembers rate hike. In the first three-plus weeks following the 2015 rate hike, the GLD traded up 4.2 percent, the GDX jumped 9.7 percent and the JDST fell 29.3 percent.
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However, the tide quickly turned for gold. From January 719, the GLD dropped 2.0 percent and the GDX plummeted 16.2 percent. The JDST jumped 68.7 percent in that period.
After bottoming out on January 19, gold then rebounded in a big way. From January 19 to February 15, the GLD jumped 13.8 percent, the GDX spiked 51.0 percent, and the JDST plummeted 72.2.
Investors And Volatility
What can gold traders glean from last years action? First of all, if last years trading is any indication, there could be some major volatility in the gold market in the next two months. Of course, there was also major volatility in the S&P 500 as well during the same period last year.
However, despite some bumps in the road along the way, gold ultimately demonstrated major strength in the months following last years rate hike. Historically, commodities have out-performed in the first six months following the beginning of a Federal Reserve tightening cycle. That history suggests traders should consider buying any rate hike dips in gold in coming days.
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