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Richards Russell thinks a bottom in precious metals likely
Last Friday precious metals rebound off the lows did not go unnoticed to Richard Russell, of the Dow Theory Letters. He thinks that sentiment towards the metals is black bearish, which is usually the kind of sentiment found at market bottoms. I feel Russell may be right.
Personally, and I think Russell would agree with me, I'd wait until the Dow Theory or one's pet indicator, turns bullish. Why risk catching a falling knife? I prefer to forego the first 10-15% of a new primary bull market by not trying to call a bottom and wait until the primary trend turns bullish, as a trade-off for the enhanced probability of higher prices ahead.
Until now, my reluctance to try to call bottoms in the precious metal's debacle has served me well by avoiding temptation (in spite of being lured by the likes of Sinclair).
How much should GDX and SIL rally in order to signal the existence of a primary bull market?
If we judge according to today's price structure (which may change if the rally lasts more than 10 days without breaking up the last recorded secondary reaction highs), a primary bull market signal would be signaled if the 06/03/2013 closing highs (last secondary reaction closing highs) were jointly broken up.
Look at the horizontal blue lines on the chart below. They show the level to be penetrated for a new primary bull market to exist. If a new secondary reaction develops followed by a pullback, then the relevant highs to be violated will be the still-to-happen secondary reaction closing highs.
In the meantime, we patiently wait.
The SPY, Industrials, and Transports closed up.
Today's volume was lower than Friday's, which is bearish as volume contracted. The overall pattern of volume is very bearish for the reasons explained here. Here you have a chart that shows lots of red arrows (bearish). You can notice that the last five days (3 "up" and 2 "down) not been confirmed by volume, which resulted in 5 red arrows. The updated chart below shows clearly that the trend of volume is clearly bearish: Ascending when prices decline and descending when prices rally.
Gold and Silver
Eventually, one of these primary bear market re-confirmations will be proven false. In the meantime, it is better not to fight the trend, and wait for a primary bull market signal in order to make a commitment on the long side.
The Dow Theorist