The problem with technical buying, as we saw at the end of 2010 and early 2011, is that those buyers are fickle. They are typically not term holders but in it for a short term trade evidenced by gold 7.5% selloff in January as fund managers dumped positions. Another culprit is late-buying from China. The country is kicking off its New Year celebration today and George Gero, senior vice president at RBC Capital Markets said "oversold gold was discovered by bargain hunters trying to satisfy orders resulting from China being closed this Lunar holiday week." The last finger was pointed at Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, who reiterated his commitment to keep rates low for the long term in his speech at the National Press Club. Some analysts were predicting the Fed could raise rates sooner than expected in light of strong economic data, but Bernanke killed that idea. Bernanke touched on inflation saying "we have recently seen significant increases in some highly visible prices ... Nevertheless, overall inflation remains quite low." The U.S. inflation reading, factoring in food and energy, is up 1.5%, the lowest reading from all its peers.
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