Jordan Roy-Byrne: Recently we’ve been writing that another opportunity is coming to buy gold stocks. While this is still the case, the facts have changed and we have to tweak our view. The evidence argues that the mining stocks are now likely to retest their lows. Rather than that buying opportunity being days away, we now feel it is weeks away. Investors and speculators need to have more patience. In this missive we discuss why a retest is coming but why it could mark a final bottom and a tremendous buying opportunity.
The first reason I expect a retest is the current recovery has veered off historical course. At the current juncture three of the four similar recoveries (chart below) were at a new recovery high and the fourth closed at a new high next week. Simply put, last week was the turning point. This is confirmed by the stocks slicing through their 50-day moving averages rather than holding.
Second, the monthly chart has also veered off course. Until the end of August, the June to August pattern resembled that of the October to December pattern in 2008. However, gold stocks reversed course at the end of August and are down 9% this month. This is not the type of action you see following a major bottom.
The third point is that I made an error in my last editorial. In 1976 Gold made a V shaped bottom because it declined for 18 months without any multi-month interruption. Sure, precious metals have been extremely oversold as the current bear market is two years old. However, I neglected the obvious fact that there was a huge reprieve in 2012. Gold rallied back to $1800 and many stocks reached new all-time highs. From this vantage point, precious metals have been very oversold for less than a year and thus not enough to produce a bottom without a retest.
Hours before the late June bottom I penned an editorial discussing why I felt a major bottom was imminent. Bearish sentiment was rampant. The gold stocks were nearing 9-year support. Moreover, the large caps had lost about two-thirds of their value. My historical analysis showed that only one bear market exceeded 70% and that was the cyclical bear which followed the end of the 1980 bubble and a 20-year bull market in gold stocks.(...)Click here to continue reading the original ETFDailyNews.com article: Historic Buying Opportunity Coming In Gold StocksYou are viewing an abbreviated republication of ETF Daily News content. You can find full ETF Daily News articles on (www.etfdailynews.com)
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