When Juniors Fall Too Much, a Buying Opportunity Arises

What a difference a day can make! Everything was just SO bearish, and now… Well, some things changed.

They changed quite profitably, as we just took profits off the table with GDXJ at $33.26. And right now, it seems that long positions might actually be justified from the risk-to-reward point of view.

How come? Because no market moves up or down in a straight line, regardless of the bigger trend. And when things get too excessive on one end of the spectrum (bullish or bearish), the odds are that we’ll see a countertrend move. That’s just how markets work. Because that’s just how emotions work. Once the fear or greed gets extreme, they burn themselves out – everyone who was ready to make a transaction based on that emotion at a given point in time, has already done so, and now the price is likely to reverse. That’s how markets always worked (as long as they are free to a considerable extent), as that’s how emotions always worked. And since humans will continue to be driven by emotions, this behavior won’t change anytime soon.

The difficult part is to detect the moments where the emotions get excessive. Fortunately, we have technical analysis, with all its sub-parts, techniques, and indicators, and it’s helpful in detecting the extremes. One needs to know where to look, though.

For instance, during yesterday’s trading, something very odd happened in the case of the junior mining stocks and in the case of silver, and it was particularly visible in the first part of the session. While silver jumped up considerably, junior miners were down. Yes, those things happen every now and then, but they usually happen at the end of a rally. And right now, both markets are after a few-week-long decline. So, what really happened? Was it normal? Or was something excessive, and it actually meant something that we could use in our trading decisions?

One of the great ways to check a given market’s (works with ETFs or stocks, too) relative performance is to look at its ratio and how it performs. Then, we can analyze if the ratio itself is doing something regular or something meaningful. And we can estimate how effective it was to follow any indications that this ratio gave us.

Let’s do exactly what with the junior miners to silver ratio. To get an apples-to-apples comparison (with the same closing hours), I’m going to use the GDXJ and SLV ETFs.

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Yes, the drop in the ratio was excessive – that’s clear at first sight. But was it too excessive?

Yes! That’s what the RSI indicator is showing us. Indicators are a very useful way to detect if what we see now is normal or if it’s something that’s likely too much (or too little). In essence, they are mathematical transformations of price movements (sometimes volume is taken into account) so that they isolate what’s most important.

What’s important in our case is that the RSI moved below 30 in a clear manner. That happened only a couple of times in the recent past and in almost all cases (3 out of 4), sizable rallies in the GDXJ followed.

That’s what happened at the May 2022 bottom, at the September 2022 bottom (which was also the yearly bottom), and at the December 2022 bottom. And it’s likely to happen also this time.

There was one time – in the second half of June 2022 – when the move below 30 in the RSI triggered only a tiny and brief upswing, but that was when gold was about to slide, and the USD Index was about to soar.

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The vertical green line shows that it was right before the USD Index shot up higher after a brief consolidation.

Right now, the USD Index is after a short-term rally, and the RSI based on it just (almost) touched the 70 level. Back in June 2022, the RSI was close to the middle of its trading range. Consequently, those two situations are not alike, and thus, the link between now and then is not really strong.

Therefore, the odds are that the excessive move lower in the GDXJ to SLV ratio (dramatic underperformance of juniors as compared to silver price) is truly a very bullish development, just like it was in the three cases that I mentioned above.

There are other factors that are also in play right now and that can help us pinpoint the target price for this rally, but the GDXJ to SLV ratio alone is a major factor contributing to the current bullish outlook (for the short-term only, but still).

In yesterday’s Gold Trading Alert, I commented on the very near-term pictures of the USD Index and stocks in the following way:

Namely, gold moved a above its very short-term support line and the same happened in the S&P 500 futures. The USD Index invalidated its small breakout above its July high. This means that while this might or might not be the local bottom, the chances for it are quite high.

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Stocks verified the breakout and are now moving even higher.

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The USD Index moved below the rising support line in a quite decisive manner, and – unlike in mid-August – this time, the breakdown was not immediately invalidated. The implications are bearish.

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Gold broke higher, and it didn’t move back down. It looks like the short-term rally is just starting.

Ok, so how high can the GDXJ go before turning south again?

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Back in June, during the similar rally (preceded by similar action), juniors kept on rallying until they corrected 38.2% of the decline. The 38.2% Fibonacci retracement is the classic resistance level, anyway, and the fact that it just worked just a couple of months ago makes it even more likely that it’s going to work again.

This level corresponds to the mid-August high, and it seems that this is where we could see the next top. However, once we zoom out, we see something else as a nearby likely target.

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The neck level of the previously broken head-and-shoulders pattern (marked with blue) is at about $35, and before GDXJ is likely to reach it, it’s likely to be slightly above $35.

Now, this target is particularly important and strong as it’s based on the two most important bottoms of this year.

Consequently, I’m going to place the binding profit-take target level slightly below $35. And yes, once the GDXJ reaches this level, I plan to automatically get back on the short side of the market.

So, once again, congratulations on profits from the (unleveraged) position in the GDXJ that you took yesterday, and I’m looking forward to the next round of profits with GDXJ close to $35.

Now, please keep in mind that this is a short-term trade only, so if you planned to focus on the medium-term move only, feel free to keep your short position intact, as I don’t think that this is anything more than a short-term corrective upswing within a much bigger decline. It’s your capital, and it’s your decision what you decided to do with it.

Also, I’m keeping the current (additional) short position in the FCX intact.


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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 it seems that we are going to see a notable, counter-trend short-term upswing, and in consequence, I think that a long position in the junior mining stocks is now justified from the risk to reward point of view.

In other words, I plan to “catch” the correction by making money on the upside and then to re-enter into the short position at higher levels in order to increase the overall gains even more.


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To summarize:

Trading capital (supplementary part of the portfolio; our opinion): Small speculative long positions (50% 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: $34.89; stop-loss: none.

Alternatively, if one seeks leverage, we’re providing the binding profit-take levels for the JNUG (2x leveraged). The binding exit level for the JNUG: $30.38; stop-loss for the JNUG: 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: (I have no specific target for silver – the current trade is too small for a silver play in my view)

Gold futures upside exit price: $1,943 (stop-loss: none)

Spot gold upside exit price: $1,914 (stop-loss: none)

HGU.TO – alternative (Canadian) 2x leveraged gold stocks ETF – the exit price: $12.68 (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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