"We're buyers of gold," Wells Fargo head of real asset strategy John LaForge said this week. "After a great seven-month run, gold cooled off in August and September. Gold spot prices today are about $200 lower than its all-time high of $2075, per ounce set in August."
At the time of writing, December Comex gold futures were trading at $1897.70, up 0.82% on the day and spot gold was at $1893.10, up 0.64% on the day.
The strength of the US dollar over the past few weeks has been the reason behind gold's retreat, noted LaForge.
"We believe that this 10% pullback is partly due to froth and partly due to the US dollar. From the froth perspective, gold's 37% year-to-date rally through the August 7 high had been quite dramatic. It was warranted, but dramatic nonetheless."
Gold's correction was bound to happen after the 2011-high was breached and prices rose above $2070 an ounce in August.
"Only five times since 1980 has gold seen 37%-plus rallies in such a short amount of time. These types of rallies are hard to hold onto, and gold was due to cool off some," LaForge said.
Before September, the US dollar was in a downtrend, which helped gold climb to its new record highs.
"Starting in early August, though, the US dollar stopped moving lower. And in recent weeks, it has even started moving higher," LaForge said.
However, Wells Fargo's optimistic view on gold has not changed with the bank remaining bullish on the yellow metal.
"The fundamental backdrop looks good. Interest rates remain low, money supplies excessive (quantitative easing), and we are doubtful that the US dollar's September rally has long legs. We view gold at these prices as a good buying opportunity and, as evidenced by our 2021 year-end targets, expect higher gold prices," LaForge said.
In July, Wells Fargo released its updated gold price forecasts, stating that gold could rise all the way up to $2200 to $2300 by the end of next year, which means there is still a lot of upside potential.