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  • Looking At The DUST Chart While Marking Time To Let The DUST Settle 4 comments
    Aug 16, 2013 4:53 PM | about stocks: DUST, NUGT, GDX, GLD

    This Is The second article I wrote today on DUST. You can find my earlier article here. I decided to write again to make some comments about the DUST inverse triple ETF proxy for the gold miners GDX. Take a look at the Daily Chart of DUST.

    (click to enlarge)

    We have not closed yet so the last price of 47.62 may not be the close. We just completed three down days, one up day, two down days, and finally an up day is looking good for today, Friday, August 16, 2013. I felt it was unlikely today would be a down day because it would mean 6 out of 7 down days for DUST. Three down days followed by one up day and another three down days, I could not even find on the chart and I went back a year.

    DUST should get some support at $40

    Looking at the chart, it is amazing the amount this ETF has fallen in such a short time. Just seven weeks ago the high of $166.50 was hit on DUST, and today we hit a low of $43.44. What is important to understand, is that DUST did not go straight down, and will not go straight down, even though this week looks absolutely horrific if you were long like I got to be especially the last couple days.

    The first sell off from the $166.50 top, stopped in just three days at $109, a drop of $57.50 from the top. Then we rallied $34 to $143. The retracement of $34 was 59% of the $57.50 drop that just occurred. Then we fell again and stopped at $67, a drop of $76, that was followed by a $40 rally to $107.00. This $40 retracement rally represents 52.6% of the $76 fall to the recent $67 low.

    Now we have started another fall from $107 that so far has bottomed at $43.50, a drop of $63.50 and counting. If we drop a bit farther on Monday, say to $40, then we should bounce about 50 to 60% of the fall of $67, to about $73 to $80. If GDX tops here around the $31 resistance then, it is quite feasible that buying this week from $45 to $70, with an average price of $55 to $60, one could still hold for a profit if we stop rallying in gold. Although gold continued higher today to the $1375 to $1380 area, there is significant resistance at $1400 to $1415. I would expect gold to face significant headwinds in the near future and begin a small correction that should turn GDX south. GDX stock is 29% off the $24 low at today's high of nearly $31, and nearly 38% off the $22.50 low of the year.

    Even After This Week's Action, I Prefer DUST over NUGT

    One reason I still favor playing DUST over NUGT is that the long-term trend in GDX remains down, despite the short covering rally we got this week. If Goldman Sachs and others are correct in their predictions that the price of gold is lower in 2014 and still lower in 2015, then DUST might eventually make new highs and might soar to over $200 at some point. Several sources have reported that the true value of gold is closer to $800 when one subtracts out the hype. In any case, after the bloodbath we had earlier this year, I cannot imagine how we just rally straight up in gold from here, without at least retesting $1250 if not $1200 in gold, at some future point. Even if gold stabilizes in this area, the miners are going to have a difficult time making money due to political, environmental, and energy costs that continue increasing out of control and will weigh on profits for years to come. It is just days ago that several mining companies had large write-offs. The fundamental picture for mining profits has not improved much over the past week. We are seeing a technical bounce, that is occurring in August, a seasonally strong month for gold. The Egypt unrest also helped gold catch a bid, and the dollar has been faltering a bit. However, the seeds for a gold sell off have already been sewn and it is just a matter of time before DUST finds its footing.

    Also, it is much safer playing DUST at $40 than playing at $80 or $100. If I am long with 100 shares at $60 in DUST, I can buy 200 shares for the same money at $30. Then instead of having to get $45 as the breakeven, $40 will be enough. Another example, suppose I own 100 shares of DUST at $60, 200 shares at $30, and 300 shares at $20. My average price is $30. By scale trading, DUST only has to rally back 1/3 of the way instead of half way, to break even. When NUGT does the 1 for 10 reverse split next week, it could mark a top, as who wants to buy NUGT for $90. Again, we have been down 7 weeks from the all time 166.50 DUST high, and on a time basis we could be looking at the very bottom for awhile. The April 17, 2013 high of $119.63, counting to the June 6, 2013 low of 71, was also seven weeks. In less than three weeks after that low we hit the all time high of 166.50 in DUST on June 26, 2013. I am hopeful that in the next three weeks, we could be back to $73 to $80, if not much higher.

    Disclosure: I am long DUST.

    Stocks: DUST, NUGT, GDX, GLD
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  • Dr. Ken Kapur
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    If you use the trend following approch, you would have bought (NUGT) last Friday & sold (DUST) at the same time. You will be up 40% this week. Making predictions based on fundamental analyses never helps. All the fundamentals are built into the chart. If you are right, s in about two weeks (NUGT) may give a SELL signal probably around 20. In the mean time (DUST) will go to 20 & you can buy it then. If you see my profile you can find link to my Blog & the book
    17 Aug 2013, 03:26 AM Reply Like
  • Robert Edwards
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    Author’s reply » If $1350 had held in as resistance this week, it would have been fine getting in DUST around $54 or $55. When gold exploded through $1350 in the afternoon of Thursday, Aug. 15th, that is when the trade turned bad. I stopped out of 200 shares of my 300 share position at $53.50 and bought back at $48.50 later in the day. On Friday, I dumped those shares, so I am only hung up on 100 shares around $60 rather than $300 like is described in my previous article. But not everyone can watch constantly and be as nimble as me.


    Now as far as DUST going to $20, that is not a foregone conclusion. If GDX breaks through $31 then I will buy gold futures to hedge. Others can buy GLD. Gold might rally to $1400 this coming week and GDX may underperform and have trouble getting past $32, making $40 the low in DUST and then DUST bottoms there and gets back to $70.
    18 Aug 2013, 09:34 AM Reply Like
  • Robert Edwards
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    Author’s reply » I just checked out your website and marked it in my favorites. I will also check out your book. Thanks for posting. It will be fun to see where we go in the next couple weeks.
    18 Aug 2013, 09:41 AM Reply Like
  • akm907
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    I agree with Robert on this. DUST/NUGT moves much faster higher/lower especially when the price of gold reverses the direction. So if you look at this pattern, DUST is oversold pretty much faster than the GOLD direction increase initially when the direction of gold changed from 1275$ - 1310$ - 1340$ ...


    If you observe the reversal of trend yesterday, though gold rallied, DUST kept higher this is a good sign of reversal of direction of DUST. And when Gold drops even 7$-10$, DUST might see a 12%-15% or much higher increase.


    Trading should be done only when the reversal of direction to take maximum advantage of this reversals in these two ETFs.
    17 Aug 2013, 02:00 PM Reply Like
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