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Gold And GDX Intermediate Cycle Update

February 11, 2018

First, let’s start off this weekend’s update remembering that gold is the ultimate cycle driver across the broader PM complex. Friday’s late afternoon post shows you this and how volatility in the Stock Market can impact silver and the miners. However, If gold remains bullish, the rest of the sector should eventually follow.  For that to play out however, Friday’s lows will likely need to hold. It is time to be careful, however, and the USD will also likely need to roll over early next week to facilitate all this so I will be watching all that closely and providing you with my thought via intraday posts.

There is no doubt that GDX and HUI index had a failed Intermediate Cycle based on Friday’s price action but the XAU index and GDXJ did not just yet, which highlights that the mix of miners with the various ETF an Indexes represents a mixed bag so to speak.  My last post on Friday also shows you that we have seen this act before, particularly at the early 2016 Jan undercut low by GDX.  Price simply exploded higher almost non-stop for 8 months into Aug 2016 so this shows us that a failed ICL in the Miners is not the end of the world.  As I have mentioned many times, gold is the real Cycle driver across the PM complex and so far, its chart is still very bullish.  My first gold chart is a 1+ year weekly that shows the importance of the 10wma in determining if gold’s Intermediate Cycle has topped. The 10wma held this week but next week will be crucial, IMO. My second gold chart is a close up daily showing how it is still very much in a bullish posture.  Again, next week is very important.


Regarding the Miners, Friday’s very strong reversal near the close was interesting and may signal that this was just a “stop run” undercut low…but we won’t really know for sure until next week.  I will be watching the price action on the USD, gold and various PM indexes closely for signs of a bottom.  Gold is the key, IMO. My first set of charts are 2-month Daily charts on GDX and the XAU index showing that GDX has a failed Intermediate Cycle while the XAU, so far, has not.  Both had strong intraday reversals into the close.  GDXJ was also second on the WSJ’s Buying on Weakness report and GLD was 7th, I believe.


The next set of miner charts are 2+ year weeklies showing where price has found support thus far.  So outside of a cycle failure, Price is at critical support. For the charts to remain constructive for more bullish price action, however, these lows need to hold, IMO, and start to bounce next week.  If not, the Gold Miner sector could get ugly.




Surf City is a pseudonym for a 60-year-old retired Information Technology Executive and Software start-up Entrepreneur living near the beach in California.   He has been an active investor and trader since the mid-1980s. Analytical by nature, his sound investments over the years allowed him to retire at a relatively early age of 55. In addition to the standard Technical Analysis tools of Edwards and Magee, Surf is a disciple of Walter Bressert’s Cycle Methodology and Stan Weinstein’s Stage 4 Market analysis.  Surf combines these skills to develop his unique “Cycle Price Channels.”  Some call them “Surf’s ForkCycles.

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