Lagging Gold Miners Signal Interim Top

A few weeks ago, we wrote that a correction was imminent. Wrong choice of words. However, we were just too early. 

As of the time of writing, GDX and GDXJ have corrected 8% and 10%, respectively. More downside is needed to confirm a correction is underway, but I think that will happen soon enough. There are a plethora of reasons the miners are going to correct. First, the miners have underperformed the metals severely in recent days.

Over the past nine or so trading days, gold and silver gained 7% and 16%, respectively, but the miners are up only 1% to 3%. GDX has gained 0.9%, GDXJ 1.8%, and SILJ 2.9%. When the stocks underperform the metals after weeks and weeks of substantial gains, they signal a coming shift.

Second, the miners hit very strong resistance levels and have formed back to back bearish candles on the weekly candle charts. GDX hit $45, which was the measured upside target from the 2016-2019 consolidation and 2018 low. Also, note that nearly $44 is the 62% retracement of the bear market. GDXJ peaked around the 38% retracement of its bear market, which also happens to be resistance from the 2010 and 2012 lows. 

GDX & GDXJ Weekly

Finally, breadth indicators have been at extremes for more than a few days. There are quite a few to list. A few days ago, the entire HUI and GDXJ (yes 100% of the stocks) were trading above their 50-day and 200-day moving averages.

The bullish percentage index, a breadth indicator, has ranged between 96% to 100% in recent weeks. Finally, new highs in both GDX and GDXJ (smoothed by a 20-day moving average) hit the same levels as they did at the 2019 and 2016 peaks.

So with that said, what do we do with this information? In recent editorials, I wrote that in bull markets, we buy and hold. Now is not the time to buy, but it could be soon enough. Considering the 2009 recovery analog (which miners may or may not be following), miners could correct at least 20%. 

Furthermore, in taking a look at the above chart of GDX and GDXJ, we can see potential strong support levels of $37 GDX and $50 GDXJ.  The metals will also correct, but what excites me is the potential floor in the metals (the coming lows) could be levels that were deemed high just a month or two ago.

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