Gold and silver are bouncing modestly out of the oversold conditions. I was anticipating gold prices to remain below $1,170 and silver below $16.60. Miners, on the other hand, have exceeded my expectations for an oversold rally and could be signaling a bottom.
If the miners take out key levels (outlined below), I’ll change my expectations for an 8-year cycle low and begin looking higher. However, if prices fail to take out the key resistance levels, it could set up the final capitulation phase into an 8-year cycle low.
Note: There was significant selling-on-strength numbers in GDX today.
Data provided by the Wall Street Journal.
-US DOLLAR- The dollar closed below the 10-day EMA and prices are dropping into a cycle low. Support arrives between 100.50 and 101.50.
-GOLD- Prices are finally bouncing and closed above the 10-day EMA for the first times since early November. It would take consecutive closes above the 50-day EMA to signal a potential bottom.
-SILVER- If this is just a bounce before a sharp selloff, daily silver prices shouldn’t close above $16.60. However, It would take a move above the previous common cycle high of $17.30 to signal a significant low.
-HUI_1- The HUI needs consecutive closes above the 198 level to signal an end to the correction that began in August.
-HUI_2- Prices failing to take out this level could setup the final selloff and capitulation phase into an 8-year cycle low.
-HUI WEEKLY- Besides the neckline at 195, there is a confluence of long-term moving averages converging between 198 and 202. It would take a weekly close above these moving averages to confirm an important low.
-GDX- Prices need to rally and then stay above the neckline at $22.75 to signal a major bottom at $18.58.
-GDX WEEKLY- The 20-week and 50-week EMA’s are crossing over and meeting the neckline at $22.75; this is the critical level in GDX.
-GDXJ- The junior mining ETF needs to take out and stay above the $35.26 high of the previous common cycle to turn things bullish.
-SPY- Stocks are testing the lower boundary of the consolidation box and prices could correct down to the 220 level before turning higher.
-WTIC- Nothing new in crude oil. I still expect a drop in January and a close below the 10-day EMA will signal an interim top.
Metals and miners are bouncing, but they have significant hurdles to overcome before turning the charts bullish. Furthermore, we are entering the critical period for a potential 8-year cycle low where a capitulation selloff could begin anytime. For those reasons, prices must take out the key levels mentioned above before I consider going long.
I will pay particular attention to miners as they may be leading gold and silver. Prices moving sharply above the $22.75 level in GDX will suggest that an important low was established. In that event, I will buy whichever sector is lagging, possibly silver.
Investors are becoming anxious, fearing they missed the bottom. Nevertheless, caution is warranted until the 8-year window passes (after the first quarter of 2017). There will be plenty of time to invest once a confirmed low is established.
If miners falter at resistance, I may consider shorting into the February/March timeframe. I’ll inform members if I see a setup.