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Gold Stocks Pause, But Not For Long

Stewart Thomson

Jan 14, 2014

  1. Most junior gold and silver stocks have taken a horrific beating over the past few years, even while gold prices have remained relatively elevated.

  2. Bank analysts suggest that high mining costs are largely to blame for this sell-off. 

  3. Recently, naked shorting seems to have diminished. Gold stocks have rallied very strongly over the past month, on enormous volume.

  4. Can the rally continue, and is it related to lower mining costs? In the short term, there’s no question that gold and gold stocks are technically overbought.

  5. Please click here now . Note the position of my stokeilllator (14,7,7 Stochastics series) on this daily gold chart. After reaching about 90, the lead line is rolling over.

  6. It could be said that this key oscillator has a nosebleed, from altitude sickness.

  7. So, light trading profits in gold and related items should be booked by aggressive investors now.

  8. In the bigger picture, a rise above the light blue trend line in the $1270 area could attract strong technical buying, initiating a very powerful move to the upside.

  9. From a fundamental perspective, the cost of energy is very important to mining companies. Lower mining costs, combined with a relatively stable gold price, mean more profits for mining companies. Larger profits can attract very strong institutional buying of high quality gold shares.

  10. Please click here now . This interesting weekly chart compares GDXJ to oil. The 14,3,3 Stochastics and RSI oscillators are both very bullish, and volume is powerful.

  11. Against oil prices, junior gold stocks appear to have broken out to the upside. A short term pullback after such a strong breakout is to be expected, followed by a much bigger rally.

  12. I’ve compared the recent price performance of junior gold stocks to heavyweight boxer George Foreman, because they are crushing every other asset in their path.

  13. Please click here now . This daily chart shows that over the past month, GDXJ has gained about 25% against the Dow.

  14. It’s now running into some overhead HSR (horizontal support and resistance). I’ve marked that in red colour on the chart. After such a powerful move to the upside, a brief pause is perfectly normal.

  15. The “health” of an intermediate trend rally is maintained by the occurrence of regular minor trend sell-offs. If that doesn’t happen, a much more painful sell-off often ensues.

  16. Many investors sold gold stocks for a “tax write-off” in December, and some of them bought the Dow with the proceeds of that transaction. I think investors should sell gold stocks at a profit, not a loss, and I wouldn’t buy the Dow with any of those profits.

  17. As 2014 progresses, the Fed will probably taper more aggressively, because money supply velocity (via M1V and M2V) is likely to accelerate, catching the Fed by surprise.

  18. That accelerated taper is likely to cause the economy to slow a bit, weighing on energy prices.

  19. Institutional money managers would then be quite likely to move funds from the Dow into gold stocks.

  20. Yesterday was a US holiday, and stock markets were closed. The Toronto market was open, and gold stocks had a good day of trading.

  21. Please click here now . Double-click to enlarge. This daily ZJG.TO chart (Bank of Montreal junior gold stocks ETF) is the Canadian version of GDXJ. Investors in Canadian gold stocks should book light trading profits, but be open to the possibility that a much bigger rally will follow any pullback.

  22. The US markets are all open again today. Where should US junior gold stock investors look to re-enter the market, using the GDXJ chart?

  23. For the likely answer, please click here now . On this two hour bars chart, I’ve highlighted three key re-buy price zones. Gamblers could buy in the $34.99 area, with an optional stoploss order placed under the minor trend low at $33.20. I don’t use stoplosses, and I’m not a big gambler, but I will lightly buy that $34.99 area.

  24. On any potential pullback for junior gold stocks, the buy-side HSR at $33.40 is what should be the “meat and potatoes” buy zone. It’s where junior gold stock investors may want to re-buy GDXJ, and their favourite individual stocks, with a bit more size!

Jan 21, 2014
Stewart Thomson
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