Briefly: In our opinion short speculative positions (half) in silver and mining stocks are justified from the risk/reward perspective. We are closing half of the long-term investment position in gold.
As you know, we had been expecting the tensions in Ukraine to cause a significant rally in gold (not necessarily in the rest of the precious metals sector). Not only wasn’t that the case on Monday – the rally indeed took place, but it was rather average, but gold managed to decline on Tuesday while there was no visible improvement in the situation in Ukraine and on the Crimea peninsula.
Gold is not performing as strongly as it should. That is a major bearish factor. Let’s examine the situation more closely (charts courtesy of http://stockcharts.com):
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The move above the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement level was invalidated yesterday. The move lower took place on low volume, which doesn’t confirm the rally. However, that’s not the most important thing to focus on – gold’s performance in light of the most recent events is. As mentioned earlier, it didn’t rally. In fact it’s more or less where it was a week ago. The implications are bearish.
From the gold to bonds perspective, the downtrend simply remains in place. There has been no breakout above the declining resistance line (marked in red), so the precious metals market is still likely to decline once again.
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Silver’s performance has been weak, if not very weak. Not only did it not really rally on Monday, but it declined more on Tuesday than it had rallied on Monday and it’s now 0.42% lower than it was last week.
Some might say that the white metal is almost flat, and that is correct, but the point is that it’s almost flat (on the south side of being flat) when the geopolitical tensions are rising significantly. This is a significant underperformance relative to what’s going on in the world.
What we wrote yesterday remains up-to-date:
Meanwhile, silver invalidated the breakout above the 50-week moving average, the 2008 high and the 61.8% retracement level based on the entire bull market. The weekly volume is highest in months, which confirms the significance of the invalidation. Actually, the last time we saw volume that was similar was at the beginning of the previous decline in mid-2013.
Silver is still above the declining red support line, but drawing an analogous line in mid-2013 would also have given us a breakout that turned out to be a fake one.
The situation in silver was bearish based on Friday’s closing prices and it has further deteriorated based on the lack of rally this week despite reasons to make a move higher.
Not too long ago we wrote that the juniors to stocks ratio could indicate local tops in the precious metals market if one looked at it correctly. The things that we were focusing on were spikes in volume (we have seen a major one) and sell signals from the ROC indicator (a decline after being above the 10 level) and the Stochastic indicator. We have seen both recently. Consequently, it seems that the precious metals market will move lower sooner rather than later.
The USD Index moved a bit higher and mining stocks declined, both of which confirm the above bearish indications.
All in all, it doesn’t seem that keeping the full long position in the investment category is justified at this point in our view. Based on this weekend’s events it was likely that gold would move much higher – but its reaction has been very weak. It looks like there will be no rally in gold before a bigger decline. We are keeping half of the funds in gold, though, just in case the next days bring improvement. If not – things will become even more bearish and we will likely adjust the position once again.
We might suggest changing the short-term speculative position and / or the long-term investment one shortly, based on how the markets react and what happens in Ukraine.
Trading capital (our opinion): Short position (half): silver and mining stocks.
- Silver: $22.60
- GDX ETF: $28.90
Long-term capital (our opinion): Half position in gold, no positions in silver, platinum and mining stocks.
Insurance capital (our opinion): Full position
You will find details on our thoughts on gold portfolio structuring in the Key Insights section on our website.
Przemyslaw Radomski, CFA of Sunshine Profits, Guest Contributor to MiningFeeds.com
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