Technical observations of RossClark@shaw.ca
The January 23rd breakout of the symmetrical triangle in gold created a minimal rally and by February 3rd we lowered our expectations on the upside potential for the second leg of the rally; however the timing for a high remained unchanged, looking for an overbought CCI(8) reading around February 26th √. The divergence with the mining stocks and the high COT numbers made the likelihood of a correction imminent √.
The 8% break has likely established a lasting interim low, and now gold is in a position to push through to a multi-year high. The COT numbers show that the net speculative long position has declined by 46k to 96k while the commercial shorts are down by 53k to 131k. The price has retraced to the breakout line from the triangle and successfully tested it on March 14th.
The worldwide selling of most liquid investments following the peak of the 8.6 year Economic Confidence Cycle surrounding the weekend of February 23rd to 26th included gold. While most analysts anticipate all safe haven investments to rise at times such as this, gold has a history of creating a short lived peak on panic buying and then getting hit badly. This time was no different.
In May '05 we expanded upon the work of Dr. John Hussman examining the ratio of Gold to the XAU (see below). Basically, when the ratio moves above 5 the mining stocks are deemed to be undervalued and have a history of doing well over the coming months. In the eight months following the last alert in 2005 the XAU rallied 77%. As of March 13th the ratio was 5.05 (the first time above 5 since May 23, 2005). This helps corroborate our conclusion that the next significant move in the sector will be to the upside.
Mining stocks have unperformed bullion since January 2006. While we think the latest interim low for gold is now in, there is a 50:50 possibility there is one more decline to test the gold low that could potentially allow shares in some miners to make an 'undercut' low relative to their recent March 2007 lows.
For those who want to play for another test of the lows, if one more decline brings the CCI(8) below - 150 then gold and mining stocks become a gift . . . OR if the CCI(8) only declines below -100 and then reverses back above -100 after March 26th it will be time to enter.
May 3, 2005
Dr. John Hussman of the Hussman Funds is reported to have presented an excellent analysis of the XAU as related to the gold price. Having only read a few quoted paragraphs I put together the following charts. The twelve times the ratio crossed over 5.0 after having been below 4.50 are noted with arrows. In ten instances the XAU was at a good valuation point and staged an excellent rally starting within weeks. In 1986 the XAU took twelve weeks to bottom out (dropping 11.5%), but was 197% higher within a year. The only poor signal occurred in 2000.
When combining this valuation model with my recent analysis it would appear that an upside reversal in the sector should not be too far around the corner.
CHARTWORKS - MARCH 20, 2007
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