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Commodities / Gold and Silver 2018 Jul 12, 2018 - 12:53 PM GMT

By: Jordan_Roy_Byrne

Commodities

It has been a tough spring and summer for precious metals. Gold failed to breakout when it had the chance and it closed the second quarter in ominous and weak fashion. It was the lowest monthly close in more than a year. Silver has performed better but only because it has not declined to the degree Gold has. The one technical positive for the sector is the positive divergence in the miners. They did not make new lows in the second quarter. That is encouraging but only time will tell us how sustainable and significant that might be.


As the chart below shows, the gold stocks held up quite well as Gold broke below its spring low (around $1300/oz). Gold declined 5.5% in the second quarter yet both GDX and GDXJ gained 1.5% and 1.7% respectively (while the HUI was down marginally).

Gold, HUI, GDX, GDXJ

That relative strength is certainly encouraging, but does it indicate the sector is about to explode higher?

Recent history shows two other examples of a positive divergence with respect to gold stock performance against Gold. In the summer of 2014, the various gold stock indices relative to Gold made higher highs while Gold didn’t even come close to its earlier 2014 high. That resolved terribly if you were a gold bull. However, at the end of 2016, the gold stocks relative to Gold did not make a new low while Gold did. That resolved wonderfully for gold bulls.

Gold, Gold Stocks vs. Gold Ratios & GDX A/D

The GDX advance decline line (plotted at the bottom of the chart) argues that the sector is unlikely on the cusp of another 2016 upside explosion. Over the past few months it has declined while the gold stocks relative to Gold have trended higher. The current relative strength in the gold stocks would be much more encouraging if it was matched by the same type of positive divergence in the advance decline line.

Ultimately, there are two ways the current setup will resolve.

Gold will either rally back to and overtake major resistance at $1300-$1310 or roll over after approaching said resistance.

In the rollover scenario (which is more likely) we will find out if the current relative strength in the gold stocks can be sustained. If it can, even as Gold moves lower, that would be significant. But at present and without a similar positive divergence in the advance decline line it is too soon to deem the relative strength as significant or bullish (beyond the short term).

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Bio: Jordan Roy-Byrne, CMT  is a Chartered Market Technician, a member of the Market Technicians Association and from 2010-2014 an official contributor to the CME Group, the largest futures exchange in the world. He is the publisher and editor of TheDailyGold Premium, a publication which emphaszies market timing and stock selection for the sophisticated investor.  Jordan's work has been featured in CNBC, Barrons, Financial Times Alphaville, and his editorials are regularly published in 321gold, Gold-Eagle, FinancialSense, GoldSeek, Kitco and Yahoo Finance. He is quoted regularly in Barrons. Jordan was a speaker at PDAC 2012, the largest mining conference in the world.

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