Gold Stocks: Are We Witnessing the Onset of a Major Collapse?
April 25, 2022 (Investorideas.com Newswire) After gold ran out of steam, the market was flooded by a wave of invalidated breakouts. Can anything keep the precious metals from nosediving?
Remember when gold tried to rally above $2,000? It was just a week ago. Now, it's likely about to drop below $1,900, silver and mining stocks are sliding too. While the white metal has been weak for a while now, mining stocks finally woke up to the reality and appear to be catching up with gold's and stocks' declines.
Boy, they sure have some catching up to do! Even though last week's ~10% decline might appear terrific, let's keep in mind that this is most likely just the beginning of a huge slide, probably quite similar to what we saw in 2012, 2013, and in 2008.
We saw a powerful weekly reversal, a decline in the RSI indicator from about 70, which confirmed the previous sell signal, and a fresh medium-term sell signal from the stochastic indicator.
In particular, the weekly reversal and the sell signal from stochastic are important, as they closely link last week with what we saw right after the final top in 2008 and 2012.
History is likely about to rhyme, and the implications are extremely bearish for mining stocks for the next few months.
Let's zoom in.
While senior gold stocks declined by a bit less than 10%, junior miners fell by a bit more than 10% last week.
However, that's the least important fact about this sector.
The key thing is that practically all the seemingly bullish breakouts that we saw recently were just invalidated.
The breakout above the declining red resistance line was invalidated.
The breakout above the late-2021 high was invalidated.
The breakout above the 50% Fibonacci retracement level based on the 2020-2022 decline had been (earlier) invalidated.
The breakout above the upper border of the previous triangle pattern was invalidated.
The breakout above the lower border of the previous triangle pattern was invalidated.
That's a sell signal on top of a sell signal, on top of a sell signal, on top of a sell signal, on top of a sell signal.
We saw sell signals from the GDXJ-based MACD indicator too.
Speaking of the triangle on the above chart, its vertex is at the end of April, so we might see some kind of turnaround then - perhaps a volatile comeback, which is then followed by another - even bigger - slide.
This would fit the gold chart too.
Gold has a triangle-vertex-based reversal point nearby, so they both confirm each other.
In the case of gold, please note how it followed its self-similarity to the post-2020 top trading patterns. The yellow metal moved slightly above its initial post-top bottom, and then it immediately turned south.
The support lines cross at about $1,845, so that's where we might see the next short-term rebound, but let's keep in mind that it's not likely to be anything more than that - a corrective rebound that is then followed by another move lower.
Silver declined profoundly recently, and just like miners, it invalidated multiple previous breakouts. Most interestingly, though, it now clearly invalidates the breakout above its January 2022 high.
The next strong support is based on the previous lows, close to the $22 level. That's where silver might correct before moving much lower.
Why are mining stocks and silver declining so much nowadays?
It is quite likely due to their connection with the general stock market.
I've been writing about the stock market's incoming demise for quite some time, and that's what we're finally seeing. Both silver and miners (especially junior miners) are responding accordingly.
Provided that stocks continue to decline, silver and miners are likely to fall even more than gold.
Let's keep in mind what happened in the previous cases when stocks declined profoundly - in early 2020 and in 2008. Miners and silver declined in a truly epic manner, and yes, the same is likely to take place in the following months, as markets wake up to the reality, which is that the USD Index and real interest rates are going up.
Speaking of the USD Index, after invalidating the breakout below the multi-year head-and-shoulders pattern, the USDX is poised to soar, just like I've been expecting it to do for more than a year ago.
The RSI is above 70, but since the USDX is in a medium-term rally and is already after a visible correction, it can rally further. Please note that we saw the same thing in 2008 and in 2014. I marked the corrections with blue rectangles.
The next strong resistance is at the previous highs - close to the 104 level.
It doesn't mean that the USD Index's rally is likely to end there. It's not - but the USDX could take a breather when it reaches 104. Then, after many investors think that the top has been reached as the USDX corrects, the big rally is likely to continue.
All in all, the technical picture for mining stocks is extremely bearish for the following months, even though we might see a short-term correction close to the end of April.
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Przemyslaw Radomski, CFA
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