Gold Price Didn’t Peak Yet, But Something Else Did…

Briefly: in our opinion, no speculative short positions in the precious metals sector are justified from the risk/reward point of view at the moment of publishing this Alert. I’m adding an entry level for shorting the GDXJ ETF.

Some might consider an additional (short) position in the FCX.

The price of gold soared once again yesterday, but there are important signs suggesting that this rally is close to being over.

The current action in the precious metal sector continues to be determined by the increasing concern/interest in war, so that’s what I’m going to start today’s chart analysis with.

The below chart features the interest in war in Google News in the U.S.

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The current situation is analogous to what we saw right before and right after the Russian invasion in 2022.

Now, since the market generally “buys the rumor and sells the fact”, gold is rallying primarily based on increasing fear or uncertainty, which is connected to, but no the same thing as actual events.

This concern can be measured by how frequently the term “war” is being searched in Google (in particular, in Google News – this part of Google’s service is used to get… well, news, which helps to isolate the concern with the current conflict).

The key thing that is happening this week is that after last week’s peak, it seems that this week’s interest is about to decline a bit. We still have just partial data as the week is not over yet, but it’s enough to see how analogous the situation is to the Feb 27 – Mar 5, 2022 week.

And guess what happened in gold at that time…

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Just a brief gold price analysis reveals that it peaked but not exactly when the concerns did. Gold price continued to move higher after that lower-interest week for a few more days, and then it topped.

This is in tune with what I’ve been expecting the precious metals market to do right now – to move higher in the short run but then top and resume its medium-term downtrend.

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As you can see on the above chart, gold is currently soaring – just like it’s been soaring back in early 2022. If it is to continue to rally for a couple of days, it could move close to the $2,000 level before topping, providing a great shorting opportunity (we took profits from the previous short position before this rally picked up pace).

This would make the current rally symmetrical to the early-2023 decline, and it would make the entire 2023 (so far) one big head-and-shoulders pattern. Of course, that pattern would need to be confirmed by gold’s decline, but we already know that this is likely to happen based on the current sentiment analysis.

The triangle-vertex-based reversal is due in several days, so gold might indeed have some room to rally.

Interestingly, gold moved higher despite the fact that the USD Index moved higher, too.

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Why did this take place? Because both gold and the U.S. dollar are viewed as safe-haven assets, and given the concerns regarding war in the Middle East, both are bought.

Whether the USD Index moves lower from here or higher doesn’t necessarily matter, as investors’ focus is on something else. Once the “war concern” peaks and then declines, in all likelihood, the USD Index will once again become an important driver of gold prices.

For now, the outlook for gold remains bullish, but it’s likely to change soon.

While gold moved higher, silver rallied too but we didn’t see a massive outperformance of the latter.

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This means that the precious metals sector might not have topped yet, as the white metal tends to outperform the yellow one right before turnarounds.

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Now, GDXJ’s very weak performance yesterday might suggest that the top is already in, and… It might be in for the GDXJ, but I still think that we’ll see a move even higher in the near term – or at least back to yesterday’s intraday high.

One of the reasons is the situation in gold that I already outlined above. The second reason is that junior miners’ triangle-vertex-based reversal point is very close, so miners might top before gold does. This is quite likely, as miners are likely to underperform gold close to the top (which we just saw).

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Zooming in allows us to see that the GDXJ declined after moving to the rising red resistance line, but it then closed above the declining red support line, thus verifying it as support.

Yesterday’s weak performance of mining stocks might be at least partially explained by the weak performance of the general stock market.

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The latter is moving back and forth, and yesterday’s session took the S&P 500 Index 1.34% lower. This movement is around two rising support lines, which makes those moves particularly important.

If stocks break lower from this consolidation, the breakdowns will be confirmed, and the road to new lows will be open.

That’s quite likely to happen within the next days and, if not, then weeks.

If stocks decline but gold rallies, we might see some erratic performance in mining stocks – similar to what we saw on Wednesday. In this case, miners could rally on the intraday basis once again and then decline before the closing bell.

The important thing is that all this is short-term smoke and mirrors. The medium-term trend remains extremely bearish, and even a brief look at world stocks confirms that.

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The situation right now is just like it was in 2008, right before the enormous, very volatile slide. The price itself (its shape) and RSI confirm that. The implications for mining stocks (visible on the lower part of the above chart) remain extremely bearish. The main difference between the two situations is that this time, miners start from much lower levels (even though gold is much higher).

Also, while we’re focusing on the big picture, let’s take a look at what the junior mining stocks are doing from the really long-term point of view.

Enter the Toronto Stock Exchange Venture Index. That’s also a proxy for junior miners because so many juniors are included in this index.

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In short, the index is in a freefall. Juniors plunged after the breakdown below the rising, long-term support line that happened earlier this year. The same happened in early 2013.

The mining stocks then declined in the medium term while correcting every now and then. That’s exactly what we see now, and it puts the current move higher in the proper perspective.

This is not a change in the big downtrend – it’s part thereof.

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From the long-term point of view, the analogy in gold between now and 2013 remains intact, with the small exception that the current rally includes a war-premium bonus, so it’s natural that it’s bigger than the previous ones and somewhat bigger than the ones that we saw in 2013.

And since it seems that the peak fear is already behind us… The rally is likely to start reversing soon. In consequence, the link between 2013 and now is likely to return with full force, pushing gold prices lower.

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Meanwhile, copper moved a bit higher recently, but very insignificantly so. It remains below its rising resistance line, and since the breakdown below it was already confirmed, the outlook remains bearish.

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The same goes for the big copper and gold producer – FCX. It corrected a bit after breaking below the rising, red resistance line, but the breakdown wasn’t invalidated. The outlook remains clearly bearish.

What does it all mean for the precious metals market? That the extremely bearish outlook remains in place for the medium term, and thanks to the bullish outlook for the very short term, it seems that we’ll be able to re-enter our short positions at higher levels, which would imply increasing our overall profits from the medium-term decline.

Since the GDXJ is above our previous exit price, the above seems very likely.

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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 but based on the possible escalations of the conflict in the Middle East and the current sentiment, it seems that we might see an additional upswing in the near term but a bigger decline later.

In other words, the extremely bearish outlook remains in place for the medium term, and thanks to the bullish outlook for the very short term, it seems that we’ll be able to re-enter our short positions at higher levels, which would imply increasing our overall profits from the medium-term decline.

As we’re likely getting close to the tops, in my opinion, placing entry orders for the short position in the GDXJ seems justified from the risk to reward point of view.

When GDXJ moves to $35.57, I think that (automatically, without an extra confirmation from me) opening short positions in the GDXJ will be justified from the risk to reward point of view. If someone seeks leverage (this is not necessarily the best idea for most investors), then the analogous price level for the JDST ETF is $6.67.


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To summarize:

Trading capital (supplementary part of the portfolio; our opinion): No speculative in the precious metals market are currently justified from the risk to reward point of view.


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