Current USERX price = 13.32, Up $1.24 (10.3%) since the last report 3 weeks ago.
Introduction (repeated from prior Reports):
I have been using my unique SKI indices to predict price changes in the precious metals' market for more than two decades. And my indices continue to mark the critical points. I have initiated a subscription website since 1/13/06 (yes, Friday the 13th) after having posted free updates for years at www.321gold.com. SKI is a timing service; although almost everyone seems to believe that market timing is impossible, that IS what the SKI indices have done for 36 years.
The SKI indices contain short-term (16-20 trading days), intermediate-term (35-39 trading days), and long-term (92-96 trading days) indices. A more comprehensive description of these mathematical indices and their history is found here. Basically, the indices compare today's price to prices from a specified prior time period. The name of the index specifies the time period (e.g., 92-96 index = compare today's price to prices from 96, 95, 94, 93, and 92 trading days earlier). Although I use the oldest gold mutual fund, USERX, for analyses, the predictions are applicable to the broad precious metals' market. I do not recommend or analyze specific stocks, but my subscribers from around the world regularly discuss individual issues on our Forum. In addition to the truly unique SKI indices, I also use "run patterns" to guesstimate turning points in the precious metals' market. A "run" refers to a pattern of daily up and down market closing prices. If the market has 3 consecutive days of higher closing prices, the run is "3 up". If prices then decline for 2 consecutive days, the run becomes "3 up and 2 down". If prices then close higher the next day, the run changes to "2 down and 1 up". Some people have referred to run patterns as "worms". A run pattern is only completed after the direction of closing prices has changed. I have compiled a listing of every run pattern that has ever occurred and generated probabilities that the end of the run marks a high or a low, moderated by the indices themselves.
The last SKI Report, written on 3/28/21, described how Mechanical SKI had been “activated”: The first resistance 16-20 index’s sell signal had generated at the 3/17/21 high and hit/touched the resistance 35-39 and 92-96 indices. That meant that Mechanical SKI would (100% mathematical certainty) buy on a decline to below the prices from 16-20 trading days earlier (likely at new multi-month low) OR that prices would rise a little more into actual 35-39 and/or 92-96 index “buy” signals. I also wrote how it was totally possible that “THE” multi-month corrective low had already occurred on 3/04/21 at USERX 11.43, but the perfect buy would occur on one more drop for a “wash-out/capitulation low” into a 16-20 index buy signal at a lower low. A decline during the next week was the expectation and the recommended time to join SKI.
The ensuing 2-day plunge in gold and USERX smashed the 16-20 index towards the “nirvana” buy signal. Note how the HUI and GDX actually rose a little on 3/29/21, but USERX dropped 1.5% and gold dropped $20.10, before plunging the next day. Once again, Jeff says “Follow USERX”.
A further plunge for 2 trading days, to a new multi-month low at below USERX 11.43, would have generated the rather perfect 16-20 index buy signal, but the gold stocks rebounded strongly during the next 2 trading days. The small gold stock GDXJ index DID make a new multi-month low, USERX came within 6 cents of making a new low, gold basically tied its multi-month low, and other indices (such as the strong Australian XGD index; USERX has 10+% in Australian gold stocks) made a higher low. Therefore, the SKI-perfect buy signal was avoided. The following chart of the SKI indices shows how USERX’s prices (the black dots) declined to the supportive blue line 16-20 index but did not go below the line for the “perfect” buy signal as of the end of that week. That’s because the prices from 16-20 trading days earlier were exactly at the prior 11.43 low. NOTE HOW THE SUPPORTIVE BLUE 16-20 INDEX LINE HAD BOTTOMED AND THE SUPPORT WAS RISING. Click here. That rising support, whereby any brief decline would generate a 16-20 index buy signal, allowed SKIers to buy after those first 2 daily rises. SKI had missed buying the exact low because most gold stocks only challenged the prior low and did not make a new low, but we had a nice entry opportunity.
The subsequent rise was supposed to and did go up to the 92-96 and 35-39 indices as simple index math (and history) had forecast in the 3/28/21 public SKI Update. The 92-96 index generated its buy signal on 4/09/21 when USERX rose to 12.87. And the 35-39 index executed its buy signal on 4/14/21 at USERX 12.73, along with the HUI executing a new bullish 221 index buy signal PLUS a new bullish 35-39 index buy signal. NOTE how USERX went right back up to just above the 3/14/21 high at 12.87 that had generated the 16-20 index’s sell signal described in the 3/28/21 public Update. That was normal historical behavior.
The only thing that matters now is the SKI sell-stop: A decline to below the prices from 92-96 trading days earlier. On this past Thursday (4/15/21), that index’s back prices rose to USERX 13.12. USERX rose from 12.73 to 13.16 on that exact day to stay above the 92-96 index’s rising back prices. And there were all of those index buy signals on 4/12/21-4/14/21 that should and DID rather exactly mark THE next technical “spot” (that’s what the index signals “do”; I don’t know “why” or “how”, but it just keeps happening since 1974).
The exact rise to above USERX 13.12 on 4/15/21 is likely to have been the next bullish break-out for a rise to (above) the nice RISING sell-stop. The green line 92-96 index is rising over the next month to the early January2021 top of 14.32. Sell if USERX fails to stay above that rising index. Jeff expects that when I write the next public Update in 3 weeks, USERX will still be above that rising master 92-96 index. But again, Jeff’s “prediction” of a continuing rise is much less important than having and using the RISING objective sell-stop.
Best wishes, Jeff
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