The S&P 500 Recovery Hits The Precious Metals Stocks

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  • There are pros and cons for each sector of the market and sooner or later they all have their day in the sun.
  • We could argue that "the time to buy is when there's blood in the streets." A saying that is attributed to Baron Rothschild, a member of the Rothschild banking family.
  • Gold and silver and their associated stocks need an ignition to set this sector on fire.
  • There is the possibility of a trade war between the U.S. and China which could derail the markets.
  • The Federal Reserve may implement a rate cut followed by the reintroduction of Quantitative Easing which would devalue the U.S. dollar and be supportive of gold heralding in a new rally in this tiny sector.


In today's modern world of investment opportunities, there are a myriad of attractions for an investor's hard earned funds. There are pros and cons for each one of them and sooner or later they all have their day in the sun. Investments on offer include but are not limited to; currencies, real estate, land, art, antiques, bonds, stocks, coins, various funds, cryptocurrencies, etc.

Our particular interest is the precious metals mining sector which unfortunately has been battered over the last five or six years and remains very much in the unwanted category. However, we could argue that "the time to buy is when there's blood in the streets." A saying that is attributed to Baron Rothschild, a member of the Rothschild banking family. He made a fortune by investing in the uncertainty that followed the Battle of Waterloo against France when his peers were disposing of their holdings. Is the precious metals sector bleeding at the moment? We don't think so, but this sector is most certainly close to it and worthy of further consideration.

The Gold Bugs Index (HUI) Chart

The chart below shows that there is strong resistance at the 180 level and despite a number of attempts to break out the precious metals mining stocks have failed to do so. The technical indicators such as the MACD and the STO are in the oversold zone with the RSI sitting just above the 30 level which is regarded by some technicians as a buy signal should the stocks drop below this level.

The recent sell-off from 180 to 150 wiped 16% of the value of this index and it coincided with the recovery of the S&P 500 which experienced a pullback in the fourth quarter of 2018. Those losses were regained in the first half of 2019 as the

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Bob Kirtley has traded options and stocks since 1980. Bob Kirtley spent many years working on Oil projects including some in Alberta, such as the tar sands installations in Fort McMurray. He lived and worked in many different countries, as that is the nature of the construction business. Planning and cost control are key to a projects success and he tries to apply those disciplines on a daily basis when dealing with investments. His training in such areas as SWOT and Risk analysis can be applied from time to time. His qualifications include being chartered in the United Kingdom, which is similar to that of a Professional Engineer in Canada, along with a Masters Degree in Project Management from South Bank University, London, England. He has been working for a number of years on a full time basis representing a group of investors in England.

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