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.
The very recent hours in gold were calm, but don’t let that fool you. After testing new highs, gold is likely to move far, up or down.
Previously, I wrote that the price of gold was about to decline after its massive reversal and that’s exactly what happened. The decline is now likely to continue, but there’s a good chance that we’ll see at least a small rebound from $2,000 or slightly higher levels.
The above chart shows why. The rising support line and the July and October highs are there, and $2,000 is a very round number, making it important psychologically, so the odds are that we’ll see some rebound from the $2,000 - $2,020 area.
Now, whether it will just be a tiny blip on the radar screen or another massive rally that takes gold to new highs is a different pattern. For now, the bearish scenario remains more probable, but if we see the bullish signals that I had outlined in my previous Gold Trading Alerts, the rally could be much bigger.
Remember when I wrote that silver was known for fake breakouts and that its move above the early January 2023 high was likely to be invalidated?
That’s exactly what we just saw. The white metal went back below this year’s highs. And you know what happened next in each previous case after this happened? Silver price plunged.
The first pause was at about $23. That’s where we might see some short-term support also this time, but if gold moves below its rising support line, silver is likely to slide as well. In consequence, silver’s pause is unlikely to be anything more than just that. Not a major bottom, not the start of a new, powerful rally, but a pause.
Yesterday, I wrote that junior mining stocks have just invalidated their breakout above the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement level, and we didn’t have to wait for the GDXJ to move below its 50% retracement, too.
Yes, the decline will likely continue and take mining stocks to new yearly lows. It’s often difficult to see a big decline as a real possibility after a short-term rally, especially if it was sharp, but that’s exactly what is likely now. In particular, when you look at the red arrows that mark moments when junior miners were similarly – extremely – overbought.
The RSI above 70 is something suggesting that stocks are topping here as well. As it was the case previously, miners are declining more than other stocks (same with FCX). This is in tune with what’s been happening for months (marked with a red rectangle) – it’s simply been more visible in the last few days.
When stocks decline much more (as they are likely to based i.a. on the high interest rate environment and problems that it is causing), miners’ prices are likely to truly slide.
Meanwhile, the USD Index corrected to its 61.8% Fibonacci retracement after rallying profoundly earlier this year, and it now appears to be ready to soar once again. In fact, it’s already moving higher.
The RSI that was just at 30 suggests that the size of this rally is not going to be minor. The last time we saw RSI this low was when the yearly bottom formed, and then the USDX rallied by about 7 index points. So far, it has rallied by just 2 index points.
Summing up, the situation now is very bearish for the mining stocks, but – as I emphasized earlier – it’s possible that we’ll see a bullish turnaround, and the same indications that I described previously might launch a big rally.
Of course, just because something is possible doesn’t mean it’s likely.
IF gold breaks to new highs (at least in terms of the daily closing prices) and then confirms its breakout by at least three consecutive closes above its 2020 high, and we see strength in the miners, and we don’t see significant outperformance of silver, the situation might become bullish.
Again, the likely outcome is seeing a huge decline from here. I previously wrote that it was likely that we would see gold’s invalidation, and that’s exactly what happened. The decline is likely to follow, even if it doesn’t follow today or tomorrow.
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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 short-term corrective upswing in the mining stocks is likely either over or about to be over, just as the corrective decline in the USD Index is likely either over or about to be over. It seems that we won’t have to wait for much lower prices for long. It seems that gold’s quick move to new highs is going to be invalidated any day – or hour – now and that miners will decline significantly as a result.
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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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.
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