Gold Miners’ Extraordinary Slide and Opportunity

Were you waiting for yet ANOTHER sign? You know, the one confirming that mining stocks (along with gold and silver) are about to slide? Here it is.

The breakdown below the rising trend channel was followed by a decline that was big enough to confirm it, even though it was just the second close below it.

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That’s right, even though this important piece of news didn’t make it to the headlines, the breakdown below the rising trend channel actually materialized last week. Even though I’m normally not posting anything during U.S. market holidays, I posted a Labor Day Special in which (in addition to increasing the size of the short position) I wrote the following about GDXJ’s breakdown:

This is a bigger deal than it may seem at the first sight. This breakdown – if confirmed – will mean that the corrective upswing that started in late August is over. This, in turn, will mean that the huge downtrend has just resumed and it will serve as the final chance for everyone to get out of their long positions and perhaps enter short ones. As it’s often the case, very few will notice while the signs are obvious, but the overall sentiment is still positive. And then they will change their mind after the big decline already takes place, thus missing it.

But you know.

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Zooming out shows that yesterday’s decline was big enough to take junior mining stocks below their rising blue support line.

Previously, this breakdown was invalidated, but since we’re already after a corrective upswing, it seems that this time the slide can continue. And that’s not the most important indication pointing to this bearish gold forecast.

The key thing is…

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The key thing is that junior miners are so remarkably weak relative to both its drivers: gold and stocks!

The orange rectangle emphasizes just how severe this underperformance is. While both the GLD and SPY ETFs (proxy for gold and stocks, respectively) are up in the marked period, the GDXJ is down – and quite substantially so.

And when miners are so weak, lower – oftentimes much lower – prices follow. And this is the case not only with regard to miners, but also in case of the prices of underlying metals: gold and silver.

Will a correction in the USD Index save the day?

I wouldn’t count on that.

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The USD Index just moved above its May highs, and even though the RSI is close to 70, I don’t see a decline from here as a likely outcome.


Because of the invalidation of the breakdown to new yearly lows that we saw in July. Back then, I wrote that this event was much more important than it seemed at first sight, and that the implications will be visible in the many weeks to come.

It’s true that the USD Index tends to reverse its course close to the turn of the month, but that already happened. We saw a small correction, and the USD Index rallied shortly thereafter.

Besides, given the importance of the above-mentioned invalidation, it’s likely that a much bigger rally is ahead, and when we saw one in 2021 and 2022, when RSI was in a similar position, we haven’t necessarily saw huge declines.

I marked two similar cases with red, dotted lines. Back in November 2021, it was actually a local top in gold and silver. And back in April 2022, a big, medium-term decline following in the precious metals sector, while the USD Index soared.

So, while I’m not saying that the RSI at 70 is bullish on its own (it isn’t), I am saying that in the current market juncture, it’s not necessarily a reason to be concerned, especially given many other factors and gold’s tendency to slide after the U.S. Labor Day.

Quoting my Monday’s Gold Trading Alert:

Here’s what gold tends to do after the U.S. Labor Days.

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It almost always declines!

This pattern has been remarkably stable throughout the recent years, and the only two times when gold didn’t decline in a really visible manner after the U.S. Labor Day… Were times when it declined anyway, but not significantly so.

This kind of reliability of this simple tendency is outstanding especially given the fact that gold moved higher on average in the past decade – this means that it was much easier to catch bottoms than tops. And yet, this rule proved to be very useful.

So, what’s likely to happen? Junior miners are likely to slide, and our profits from the short position in them are likely to increase.

Given the above-mentioned bearish indications and the extraordinary weakness in junior miners, I’m once again increasing the size of current short position in junior miners.


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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 clearly down, and it seems that the corrective upswing is already over and the profits on our current short position are going to increase. We just caught the 10th profitable trade in a row – congratulations. The outlook for the short positions in junior miners and in the FCX remains very favorable.


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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: $26.12; 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: $12.18; 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: $10.38 (stop-loss: none)

HZD.TO – alternative (Canadian) 2x inverse leveraged silver ETF – the exit price: $18.87 (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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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.

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Thank you.

Przemyslaw K. Radomski, CFA
Founder, Editor-in-chief