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  • Sunshine Profits: Silver And Mining Stocks – Resistance Has Been Reached

    Silver and Mining Stocks - Resistance Has Been Reached

    In our previous commentary we discussed the implications that the most recent moves in the USD Index and the general stock market are likely to have on the precious metals market. Today, we will briefly discuss two parts of the PM market: silver and mining stocks (precisely: SLV and GDX ETFs). We summarized the previous essay in the following way:

    (...) the impact that the USD Index and the general stock markets are likely to have on the precious metals market is weak and bullish on a short-term basis, but more meaningful and bearish in the medium term.

    Since that essay was posted, we saw have seen a small move higher, which was in perfect tune with the above. Now, however, it seems that it is the medium-term decline that we should focus on as the resistance levels have already been reached in case of silver and mining stocks. That was's the case with gold as well.

    Let's take a look at the SLV ETF chart (charts courtesy of stockcharts.com.)

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    Looking at the above chart we see that the SLV ETF moved above the 50-day moving average and reached the medium-term declining resistance line (based on daily closing prices - February and August highs) in the previous week.

    Although silver closed the week slightly above its 50-day moving average, which is a bullish sign, we didn't see a breakout above the medium-term declining resistance line in the following days. On top of that, we saw a move lower after silver reached it.

    From this point of view, it seems that further increases will likely be limited, especially when we take into account the fact that silver's cyclical turning point is just around the corner. Therefore, it's quite possible that we will see its impact on silver in the coming days. This can lead to a pause or even stop further increases.

    Can we see a confirmation of the above in the chart featuring mining stocks? Let's have a look at the whole senior mining stocks sector with Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF as a proxy.

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    On a short-term basis, we have seen strong performance since mid-October. Additionally, in the previous week the GDX ETF broke above the declining resistance line and continued its rally in the following days. In this way, yesterday, it reached a resistance line - the neck level of the previously completed head and shoulders pattern. The 50-day moving average was not successfully broken and the temporary move above the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement level was invalidated. The latter provides us with bearish implications for the short term. In other words, it looks like the rally that was likely to happen, is already behind us or quite close to being over (we wouldn't rule out another move to the „neck" level, but we don't think that we will see a confirmed breakout above it).

    Summing up, although we've saw seen an upward move in silver in the recent days, it didn't hasn't changed much from the medium-term perspective. When we factor in the impact of the USD Index and the general stock market that we discussed in the previous essay, silver's cyclical turning point, which is just around the corner, and the fact that the short-term resistance lines were have already been reached in case of the GDX ETF, we can presume that the top of the recent upward move in the precious metals may be already in (or is very close to being in). In fact, we have suggested closing speculative long positions in yesterday's Market Alert.

    To make sure that you are notified once the new features are implemented, and get immediate access to our free thoughts on the market, including information not available publicly, we urge you to sign up for our free gold investment newsletter. Sign up today and you'll also get free, 7-day access to the Premium Sections on our website, including valuable tools and charts dedicated to serious Precious Metals Investors and Traders along with our 14 best gold investment practices. It's free and you may unsubscribe at any time.

    Thank you for reading. Have a great and profitable week!

    Przemyslaw Radomski, CFA

    Founder, Editor-in-chief

    Gold Trading and Gold Investment Website - SunshineProfits.com

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    About Sunshine Profits

    Sunshine Profits enables anyone to forecast market changes with a level of accuracy that was once only available to closed-door institutions. It provides free trial access to its best investment tools (including lists of best gold stocks and silver stocks), proprietary gold & silver indicators, buy & sell signals, weekly newsletter, and more. Seeing is believing.

    Disclaimer

    All essays, research and information found above represent analyses and opinions of Przemyslaw Radomski, CFA and Sunshine Profits' associates only. As such, it may prove wrong and be a subject to change without notice. Opinions and analyses were based on data available to authors of respective essays at the time of writing. Although the information provided above is based on careful research and sources that are believed to be accurate, Przemyslaw Radomski, CFA and his associates do not guarantee the accuracy or thoroughness of the data or information reported. The opinions published above are neither an offer nor a recommendation to purchase or sell any securities. Mr. Radomski is not a Registered Securities Advisor. By reading Przemyslaw Radomski's, CFA reports you fully agree that he will not be held responsible or liable for any decisions you make regarding any information provided in these reports. Investing, trading and speculation in any financial markets may involve high risk of loss. Przemyslaw Radomski, CFA, Sunshine Profits' employees and affiliates as well as members of their families may have a short or long position in any securities, including those mentioned in any of the reports or essays, and may make additional purchases and/or sales of those securities without notice.

    Oct 30 1:11 PM | Link | Comment!
  • Sunshine Profits: Dollar's Breakdown, Stocks' Breakout And Implications For Gold

    Dollar's Breakdown, Stocks' Breakout and Implications for Gold

    After 12 years of gains, gold has fallen nearly 20% this year. The price of gold has been pressured for much of this year by the view that the Fed would end its stimulus program soon because of strength in the U.S. economy. However, some recent (weaker than expected) economic data, along with the 16-day U.S. government shutdown, have suggested that the central bank may keep its bond purchase in place for longer and increased gold's safe-haven appeal.

    What impact did these circumstances have on the yellow metal?

    In less than two weeks, gold has rallied 8% (nearly $100 an ounce) and it seems that the shiny metal will end higher for a second straight week.

    On Thursday, the price of gold climbed to a one-month high after preliminary data showed that U.S. manufacturing activity fell to a 12-month low of 51.1 in October from a reading of 52.8 in September. Additionally analysts had expected U.S. jobless claims to fall by 22,000 to 340,000 last week. Meanwhile, a separate report from the U.S. Department of Labor showed that the number of individuals filing for initial jobless benefits declined by 12,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 350,000. The above (weaker than expected) numbers raised expectations for continued easy-money policies from the Federal Reserve.

    Taking into account the fact that yesterday gold reached its highest level since Sept. 20., the big question is: will it keep rallying?

    Today, we'll examine the US Dollar Index from many perspectives and take a look at the long-term S&P 500 chart to see if there's anything on the horizon that could drive gold prices higher or lower in the near future. We'll start with the long-term USD Index chart (charts courtesy by stockcharts.com)

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    The situation in the long-term chart hasn't changed much recently. The long-term breakout above the declining long-term support line was not invalidated. Therefore, even if we see further deterioration in the USD Index it will still remain in an uptrend in the long-term. From this perspective, it seems that the downward move will be quite limited because the long-term support line will likely stop the decline.

    Now, let's examine the weekly chart.

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    On the above chart, we see that the USD Index broke below the medium-term support line based on the February 2012, September 2012 and January 2013 lows (a bold black line) and reached the lower part of the target area. Additionally, the dollar slipped below the medium-term line based on the September 2012 and the January 2013 lows. In spite of this drop, the next support zone is quite close - slightly below the 79 level. From this perspective, it seems that the USD Index will not drop much further. Even if we see another downward move, the dollar will remain above the final medium-term support at the 78 level.

    Naturally, what's small on a long- or medium-term chart can be quite a visible move on the short-term chart. Let's check the short-term outlook.

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    On the daily chart, we see that the USD Index broke below the previous October's low and reached the short-term support line based on the August 8 and the October 3 lows.

    As can be seen on the above chart, there is a cyclical turning point just around the corner. Therefore, we could see a reversal of the current bearish tendency in coming weeks. This can lead to a bigger pullback, especially when we take into account the fact that the USD Index remains in a short-term downtrend. On the other hand, let's also keep in mind that the cyclical turning points work on a "near to" basis, so the bottom could be a week away and it would still be in tune with those indications. Given the current momentum, one week of declines could mean visibly lower USD values.

    Having discussed the current situation in the U.S currency, let's now move on to the general stock market and try to find out what kind of impact stocks can have on gold's future price.

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    Looking at the above chart, we see that the situation hasn't changed much recently as far as medium-term trends are concerned. Earlier this week, stocks moved higher, but they erased gains in the following days and reached levels that we saw at the beginning of the week. In this way stocks formed a bearish gravestone candlestick pattern. Therefore we might see some weakness in the short term.

    Taking into account the fact that the S&P 500 is up 23% so far this year, investors are probably wondering what's next? Can the True Seasonal patterns give us any clues? Let's check.

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    Taking a look at the True Seasonal patterns for the stock market reveals that the situation has been developing quite in tune with them this year. We saw a correction at the beginning of October which was followed by a sharp move back up. The rally now continues. What's next? Please note that there are no clear short-term indications from the seasonality and derivatives' expiration effect (two things that are combined on the above chart), but the overall trend is higher. The quality of projection starts to increase in the final part of the month along with the projected price, which means that the price at the end of the month is likely to be higher than where it was at the beginning of the month (and where it is now), but it's rather unclear how it gets there. It seems that one would need to use other techniques to detect the very short-term price moves.

    Overall, the medium-term outlook is bullish and - as you will see in our Correlation Matrix the implications for gold are bearish.

    Please note that the Correlation Matrix is a tool designed to measure, present and provide interpretations of correlations between various parts of the precious metals sector and key markets that impact it - specifically, at the USD Index and the general stock market.

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    On a short-term basis (the 30-day column) the coefficients are quite insignificant and declining. Looking at the 10-day column, we see that they are moving back to their regular values, but it is too early to discuss these implications, as the 30-day coefficients haven't changed so far. This means that the negative link between the U.S. dollar and the precious metals could be just a temporary phenomenon and not a change in the tendency. That's why we described currencies' impact on the precious metals as only mildly bullish for the short term.

    Consequently, the implications of non-precious metal markets on forthe precious metals seem to be more important on the medium term basis and this time the influence seems to be bearish.

    Summing up, taking into account the current situation in the USD Index and the negative link between the U.S. dollar and the yellow metal, we are likely to see some more strength in gold in to several days. However, despite this fact, the medium-term outlook for gold remains bearish and the implications of the general stock market for gold are bearish.

    To make sure that you are notified once the new features are implemented, and get immediate access to our free thoughts on the market, including information not available publicly, we urge you to sign up for our free silver and gold newsletter. Sign up today and you'll also get free, 7-day access to the Premium Sections on our website, including valuable tools and charts dedicated to serious Precious Metals Investors and Traders along with our 14 best gold investment practices. It's free and you may unsubscribe at any time.

    Thank you for reading. Have a great and profitable week!

    Przemyslaw Radomski, CFA

    Founder, Editor-in-chief

    Gold Trading & Gold Investment Website - SunshineProfits.com

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    About Sunshine Profits

    Sunshine Profits enables anyone to forecast market changes with a level of accuracy that was once only available to closed-door institutions. It provides free trial access to its best investment tools (including lists of best gold stocks and silver stocks), proprietary gold & silver indicators, buy & sell signals, weekly newsletter, and more. Seeing is believing.

    Disclaimer

    All essays, research and information found above represent analyses and opinions of Przemyslaw Radomski, CFA and Sunshine Profits' associates only. As such, it may prove wrong and be a subject to change without notice. Opinions and analyses were based on data available to authors of respective essays at the time of writing. Although the information provided above is based on careful research and sources that are believed to be accurate, Przemyslaw Radomski, CFA and his associates do not guarantee the accuracy or thoroughness of the data or information reported. The opinions published above are neither an offer nor a recommendation to purchase or sell any securities. Mr. Radomski is not a Registered Securities Advisor. By reading Przemyslaw Radomski's, CFA reports you fully agree that he will not be held responsible or liable for any decisions you make regarding any information provided in these reports. Investing, trading and speculation in any financial markets may involve high risk of loss. Przemyslaw Radomski, CFA, Sunshine Profits' employees and affiliates as well as members of their families may have a short or long position in any securities, including those mentioned in any of the reports or essays, and may make additional purchases and/or sales of those securities without notice.

    Oct 30 1:08 PM | Link | Comment!
  • Sunshine Profits: Is The Rising Stock Market Bullish Or Bearish News For Gold?

    Is the Rising Stock Market Bullish or Bearish News for Gold?

    On Thursday, the S&P 500 closed at a new high and its intraday record of 1733.45 broke the all-time high set Sept. 19. Over 80 percent of stocks traded on the New York Stock Exchange rose. According to FactSet, companies in the S&P 500 index are on track for third-quarter earnings growth of 1.1% from last year. Excluding J.P. Morgan Chase's loss, they would be on pace for 3.6% growth. Please note that at the beginning of earnings season, analysts expected earnings growth of 3%.

    Taking into account the fact that there are no technical resistance levels at the moment, it seems that stocks could continue their rally in the coming weeks or even months. Additionally, with Janet Yellen scheduled to take over as chief of the Fed, the stock market should increase as long as inflation remains low and unemployment remains elevated.

    And speaking of the Fed… According to Reuters, many investors think that damage done to the U.S. economy by the 16-day government shutdown and uncertainty over the next round of budget and debt negotiations may keep the Fed from withdrawing monetary stimulus until at least a few months into next year.

    The Fed's taper decision will ultimately be tied to the economic data. In the coming week all eyes will be on the crucial nonfarm payrolls report. The report was originally scheduled for release on Oct. 4, but because of the government shutdown, it will be released next Tuesday.

    It seems that the U.S. debt deal and a rather unlikely reduction of Fed asset purchases are positive for both gold and the general stock market. However, let's not forget that these two markets used to move in the opposite directions in the past few weeks. The question becomes - how will the current situation in the general stock market impact the gold market? Before we try to answer these questions, let's take a closer look at the charts to find out what the current situation in the general stock market is (charts courtesy of stockcharts.com).

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    Looking at the above chart, we see that the invalidation of the breakdown below the rising medium-term support line has indeed triggered the expected rally in the past few days. The S&P 500 rose and actually moved above its September 18 top. There was no analogous breakout in case of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, though.

    The outlook is bullish and - as you will see in the section about gold & silver correlations - the implications for gold are bearish.

    Let's turn now to the financial sector, which in the past used to lead the rest of the general stock market.

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    As we wrote in previous essay on the general stock market on October 15:

    (…) since the support created by the 2011 high is relatively close, we will likely not see another major decline.

    On the above chart, we clearly see that, in spite of the last week's downward move, the financial stocks didn't invalidate the breakout above the level of 130. These positive circumstances triggered an upward move this week, which took the financials to slightly below the September high.

    Consequently, the medium-term outlook remains bullish. Please note that the financial stocks proved once again to be a reliable indicator in estimating whether the trend is about to change or not.

    Once we know the current situation in the general stock market, let's see how it may translate into the precious metals market. Let's take a look at our Correlation Matrix - a tool designed to measure, present and provide interpretations of correlations between various parts of the precious metals sector and key markets that impact it - specifically, at the USD Index and the general stock market.

    (click to enlarge)

    In the previous week, the correlations have turned upside -down in the short-term (30-days) column. The most interesting thing about these coefficients is what actually caused them to reversebe upside down. In the case of the USD Index - it was the fact that metals managed to decline even when the dollar declined (bearish implications). In the case of the general stock market, - it was the fact that the metals managed to decline along with a decline in the case of stocks.

    The Stocks' bullish invalidation of the breakdown in stocks and this week's breakout are so important because of the significant and negative correlation with gold and silver. Naturally, the bullish action ion the stock market is bearish for the precious metals sector.

    Recently (mainly on Thursday), we have seen some strength in the cases of precious metals and mining stocks, but these wereis was not enough to change the most important correlations. In the case of gold, silver and the general stock market, they the correlations remain strongly negative. Although the correlation between miners and the S&P500 is weaker, mining stocks are not likely to move anywhere without metals moving in the same direction, so the negative impact of the stock market's rally should also be seen in case of the mining stocks - if not directly, then most likely indirectly, and if not immediately, then eventually. On a side note, correlation does not imply causation by itself, we estimate the direction of the impact relationship (for instance that the general stock market impacts mining stocks, not the other way around) based on fundamental information and our experience.

    Summing up, the long-term, medium-term and short-term outlooks for the stock market remains bullish which is a bearish factor for the precious metals market.

    Thank you for reading. Have a great and profitable week!

    Przemyslaw Radomski, CFA

    Founder, Editor-in-chief

    Gold Price Prediction Website - SunshineProfits.com

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    About Sunshine Profits

    Sunshine Profits enables anyone to forecast market changes with a level of accuracy that was once only available to closed-door institutions. It provides free trial access to its best investment tools (including lists of best gold stocks and silver stocks), proprietary gold & silver indicators, buy & sell signals, weekly newsletter, and more. Seeing is believing.

    Disclaimer

    All essays, research and information found above represent analyses and opinions of Przemyslaw Radomski, CFA and Sunshine Profits' associates only. As such, it may prove wrong and be a subject to change without notice. Opinions and analyses were based on data available to authors of respective essays at the time of writing. Although the information provided above is based on careful research and sources that are believed to be accurate, Przemyslaw Radomski, CFA and his associates do not guarantee the accuracy or thoroughness of the data or information reported. The opinions published above are neither an offer nor a recommendation to purchase or sell any securities. Mr. Radomski is not a Registered Securities Advisor. By reading Przemyslaw Radomski's, CFA reports you fully agree that he will not be held responsible or liable for any decisions you make regarding any information provided in these reports. Investing, trading and speculation in any financial markets may involve high risk of loss. Przemyslaw Radomski, CFA, Sunshine Profits' employees and affiliates as well as members of their families may have a short or long position in any securities, including those mentioned in any of the reports or essays, and may make additional purchases and/or sales of those securities without notice.

    Oct 19 7:57 AM | Link | Comment!
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