Corrections, Declines, or Rallies Ahead for Gold Price?

Gold price moves back and forth, but it doesn’t mean the trend changed, and the USD Index confirms it.

Thursday’s big decline in the precious metals sector, metals, and miners took a breather – that’s normal and doesn’t change the bearish implications. I previously wrote that gold, silver, and mining stocks were very likely to slide based on i.a. on their weekly reversals (and the opposite was the case for the USD Index), and that’s exactly what we saw last week. Besides, based on today’s pre-market price moves, it seems that the corrective upswing is already over.

Gold Corrects but Nothing More

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The move up that we saw (chart courtesy of was rather negligible compared to the size of the preceding slide, and it didn’t change anything.

The same with the USD Index.

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The U.S. currency moved back-and-forth and ended the day pretty much unchanged.

The breakdown below the previous 2023 lows was clearly invalidated in weekly closing price terms. This implies much higher USD Index values in the following weeks, regardless of whether we see a daily rally today or in the following days (and it’s quite likely that we’ll see higher USDX values, anyway).

Getting back to the gold price and zooming out allows us to see something additional.

Heads and Shoulders

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Gold (and more precisely, GLD, which I’m using today, as our data provider seems to have trouble with the gold chart today) appears to be forming the right shoulder of a bearish head-and-shoulders pattern.

So far, this formation is just potential, but given the situation in the USD Index, it’s very likely that the right shoulder of the formation will be completed as the gold price continues to move lower.

The important implication is that once gold breaks below the neck level of the pattern (at about $1,925 in gold futures and at about $178 in GLD) and then verifies this breakdown, the next target will be over $150 lower – close to the October 2022 high and the mid-November 2022 low. That’s a powerful short-term slide that we’re likely seeing in the not-too-distant future – perhaps as early as August.

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The same is likely for the GDXJ – a proxy for junior mining stocks, but this time, the target is not that new.

The targets based on the head-and-shoulders pattern are created by duplicating the size of the head of the pattern and adding it to the place where the price breaks the neck level. Assuming that it’s going to happen sometime in August (I assumed early August, but it doesn’t matter that much for the sake of this estimation), this implies the next serious downside target at about $26.

Sounds familiar? It should because this is the level that I described as the next really major downside target for junior miners – that’s where the 2022 lows formed.

And you know what is common after the breakdowns below the head-and-shoulders patterns? Small verifications of those moves.

For example, right now, we could see the above-mentioned breakdown, then a decline to about $33 (the 2023 lows), followed by a corrective rally to about $35 (the neck level of the pattern), and the huge slide would start once this correction is over.

Is this a move that’s tradable? This will depend on what happens in other markets – for example, whether the USD Index is overbought on a short-term basis at that time. As always, we’ll keep the Gold Trading Alert subscribers informed – also via intraday Alerts whenever the situation requires them.

The huge profits that we recently reaped in the FCX recently are likely to be joined by massive profits from the current short positions in the junior mining stocks and in the FCX.

Overview of the Upcoming Part of the Decline

  1. It seems that the recent – and probably final – corrective upswing in the precious metals sector is over.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. 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).
  5. 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.
  6. 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:

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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 down, and it seems that the next short-term downswing is already underway. In mid-July, we saw major reversals, and the following decline in precious metals and miners took place exactly as it was supposed to.

What we saw in the USD Index, gold, silver, and – in particular – mining stocks, as well as the way gold reacted to the USD Index’s decline (it almost didn’t) along with a specific relative performance of silver (strength) and miners (weakness) all suggests that the top in the precious metals market is in.

We might see an opportunity to take profits from the current short position in the GDXJ (and perhaps go long) if it moves below $33 after a quick downswing or at lower levels – but it’s too early to say for sure at this moment.

While I can’t promise any kind of return (nobody can), in my opinion, the recent profitable position in the FCX will soon be joined by even more profits from the current positions in GDXJ and FCX and the winning streak of trades that started in early 2022 (so far 8 trades in a row), will continue.

If I didn’t have a short position in junior mining stocks, I would be entering it now.

As always, we'll keep you – our subscribers – informed.

To summarize:

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: $26.13; stop-loss: none.

Alternatively, if one seeks leverage, we’re providing the binding profit-take levels for the JDST (2x leveraged). The binding profit-take level for the JDST: $13.87; 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 profit-take exit price: $17.83 (stop-loss: none)

SLV profit-take exit price: $16.73 (stop-loss: none)

ZSL profit-take exit price: $32.97 (stop-loss: none)

Gold futures downside profit-take exit price: $1,743 (stop-loss: none)

HGD.TO – alternative (Canadian) 2x inverse leveraged gold stocks ETF – the upside profit-take exit price: $10.97 (stop-loss: none due to vague link in the short term with the U.S.-traded GDXJ)

HZD.TO – alternative (Canadian) 2x inverse leveraged silver ETF – the upside profit-take exit price: $25.47 (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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