Briefly: in our opinion, full (300% of the regular position size) speculative short positions in junior mining stocks (GDXJ) are justified from the risk/reward point of view at the moment of publishing this Alert.
Some might consider an additional (short) position in the FCX.
Silver shot up again! Excited? And right so, because it’s a very important indication.
It’s not one that most investors think, though. At least not what those unfamiliar with the specifics of the precious metals think. In some cases, an increase in momentum is a bullish thing, as it shows that a given market is strong. This doesn’t have to be the case, and rallies are not inherently bullish, but many people believe that to be the case.
In the case of the white metal, it’s the opposite, and what I wrote about this mechanism previously remains up-to-date:
Moving to silver, those who have been following my analyses and/or the precious metals for some time, know that when silver soars relative to gold, it’s likely time to buckle up and prepare for a price drop. That’s simply what the silver market does.
The silver market is considerably smaller than the gold market and it’s more popular among individual investors (compared to the interest from institutions), which means that as investment public gets excited, it’s likely to push the silver market more than the gold market. And when does the investment public get particularly excited? That’s right – at the tops, or very close to them.
We saw that signal once again yesterday. No, it’s highly unlikely that this pattern was broken. It’s much more likely that the top that is being formed now is very significant, and thus, it’s being confirmed by more and more signals. Or one could say that one signal (silver’s short-term strength relative to gold) is much clearer.
While silver is considerably over its October high, gold is testing that high, and during yesterday’s session, the yellow metal reversed after touching that high.
What does it mean, given gold’s move above $2,000?
It means that the history is likely to rhyme, and gold’s breakout above this very round number is likely about to be invalidated. This, in turn, is likely to lead to bigger declines, just like it was the case when gold declined after previous invalidations of its attempts to break above $2,000. The gold forecast remains bearish.
And just as the gold chart features a small, unconfirmed breakout, we see the same thing on the GDXJ ETF chart.
Junior miners closed a bit above their rising resistance line, and the move was not confirmed.
The odds are that it won’t be confirmed and that we’ll see another decline, and it’s not just because of what we see in silver and gold.
One of the foundations of the technical analysis is that history tends to repeat itself to a considerable degree. This doesn’t change over time, regardless of the economic conditions, because this rule is rooted in the fact that people react in the same way to similar price/volume patterns. And they react with similar fear or greed – this doesn’t change over time.
If you look at the RSI indicator, you’ll notice that it’s currently at more or less the same level at which it topped in July. This is a moderately accurate indication of a decline on its own, but the bearishness increases dramatically when we consider what happened before both short-term rallies.
In both cases, the market was surprised by low CPI numbers. That triggered corrective rallies.
Now, since both rallies were triggered by a similar event, it’s quite likely that they would end somehow similarly. The analogous position of the RSI shows exactly that – those moves are analogous and… This means that the current move is likely over or about to be over.
Given the situation in gold and silver, as well as the attempt to break higher in gold and miners, it seems that we’re about to see a decline shortly.
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Overview of the Upcoming Part of the Decline
- It seems that the recent – and probably final – corrective upswing in the precious metals sector is over.
- If we see a situation where miners slide in a meaningful and volatile way while silver doesn’t (it just declines moderately), I plan to – once again – switch from short positions in miners to short positions in silver. At this time, it’s too early to say at what price levels this could take place and if we get this kind of opportunity at all.
- I plan to switch from the short positions in junior mining stocks or silver (whichever I’ll have at that moment) to long positions in junior mining stocks when gold / mining stocks move to their 2020 lows (approximately). While I’m probably not going to write about it at this stage yet, this is when some investors might consider getting back in with their long-term investing capital (or perhaps 1/3 or 1/2 thereof).
- I plan to return to short positions in junior mining stocks after a rebound – and the rebound could take gold from about $1,450 to about $1,550, and it could take the GDXJ from about $20 to about $24. In other words, I’m currently planning to go long when GDXJ is close to $20 (which might take place when gold is close to $1,450), and I’m planning to exit this long position and re-enter the short position once we see a corrective rally to $24 in the GDXJ (which might take place when gold is close to $1,550).
- I plan to exit all remaining short positions once gold shows substantial strength relative to the USD Index while the latter is still rallying. This may be the case with gold prices close to $1,400 and GDXJ close to $15 . This moment (when gold performs very strongly against the rallying USD and miners are strong relative to gold after its substantial decline) is likely to be the best entry point for long-term investments, in my view. This can also happen with gold close to $1,400, but at the moment it’s too early to say with certainty.
- The above is based on the information available today, and it might change in the following days/weeks.
You will find my general overview of the outlook for gold on the chart below:
Please note that the above timing details are relatively broad and “for general overview only” – so that you know more or less what I think and how volatile I think the moves are likely to be – on an approximate basis. These time targets are not binding nor clear enough for me to think that they should be used for purchasing options, warrants, or similar instruments.
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To summarize, the medium-term trend in the precious metals sector remains clearly down, and given that the fear has most likely peaked and the current technical indications point to lower precious metals prices, it seems that we won’t have to wait for much lower prices for long. The same goes for the FCX stock price.
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Trading capital (supplementary part of the portfolio; our opinion): Full speculative short positions (300% of the full position) in junior mining stocks are justified from the risk to reward point of view with the following binding exit profit-take price levels:
Mining stocks (price levels for the GDXJ ETF): binding profit-take exit price: $28.12; stop-loss: none.
Alternatively, if one seeks leverage, we’re providing the binding profit-take levels for the JDST (2x leveraged). The binding exit level for the JDST: $10.54; stop-loss for the JDST: none.
For-your-information targets (our opinion; we continue to think that mining stocks are the preferred way of taking advantage of the upcoming price move, but if for whatever reason one wants / has to use silver or gold for this trade, we are providing the details anyway.):
Silver futures downside exit price: $20.22 (stop-loss: none)
SLV exit price: $18.62 (stop-loss: none)
ZSL exit price: $24.98 (stop-loss: none)
Gold futures downside exit price: $1,812 (stop-loss: none)
Spot gold downside exit price: $1,792 (stop-loss: none)
HGD.TO – alternative (Canadian) 2x inverse leveraged gold stocks ETF – the exit price: $8.43 (stop-loss: none)
HZD.TO – alternative (Canadian) 2x inverse leveraged silver ETF – the exit price: $19.49 (stop-loss: none)
Optional / additional trade idea that I think is justified from the risk to reward point of view:
Short position in the FCX with $27.13 as the short-term profit-take level.
Long-term capital (core part of the portfolio; our opinion): No positions (in other words: cash)
Insurance capital (core part of the portfolio; our opinion): Full position
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Please note that we describe the situation for the day that the alert is posted in the trading section. In other words, if we are writing about a speculative position, it means that it is up-to-date on the day it was posted. We are also featuring the initial target prices to decide whether keeping a position on a given day is in tune with your approach (some moves are too small for medium-term traders, and some might appear too big for day-traders).
Additionally, you might want to read why our stop-loss orders are usually relatively far from the current price.
Please note that a full position doesn't mean using all of the capital for a given trade. You will find details on our thoughts on gold portfolio structuring in the Key Insights section on our website.
As a reminder - "initial target price" means exactly that - an "initial" one. It's not a price level at which we suggest closing positions. If this becomes the case (as it did in the previous trade), we will refer to these levels as levels of exit orders (exactly as we've done previously). Stop-loss levels, however, are naturally not "initial", but something that, in our opinion, might be entered as an order.
Since it is impossible to synchronize target prices and stop-loss levels for all the ETFs and ETNs with the main markets that we provide these levels for (gold, silver and mining stocks - the GDX ETF), the stop-loss levels and target prices for other ETNs and ETF (among other: UGL, GLL, AGQ, ZSL, NUGT, DUST, JNUG, JDST) are provided as supplementary, and not as "final". This means that if a stop-loss or a target level is reached for any of the "additional instruments" (GLL for instance), but not for the "main instrument" (gold in this case), we will view positions in both gold and GLL as still open and the stop-loss for GLL would have to be moved lower. On the other hand, if gold moves to a stop-loss level but GLL doesn't, then we will view both positions (in gold and GLL) as closed. In other words, since it's not possible to be 100% certain that each related instrument moves to a given level when the underlying instrument does, we can't provide levels that would be binding. The levels that we do provide are our best estimate of the levels that will correspond to the levels in the underlying assets, but it will be the underlying assets that one will need to focus on regarding the signs pointing to closing a given position or keeping it open. We might adjust the levels in the "additional instruments" without adjusting the levels in the "main instruments", which will simply mean that we have improved our estimation of these levels, not that we changed our outlook on the markets. We are already working on a tool that would update these levels daily for the most popular ETFs, ETNs and individual mining stocks.
Our preferred ways to invest in and to trade gold along with the reasoning can be found in the how to buy gold section. Furthermore, our preferred ETFs and ETNs can be found in our Gold & Silver ETF Ranking.
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Przemyslaw K. Radomski, CFA