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The Precious Metals Sector Is At A Terrific Buy Spot

Technical Analyst & Author
February 3, 2022

In this update we are going to do something that we haven’t done for a while, which is to examine the charts for the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF, code GDX, in an effort to figure out where it is in its cycle, and as we will see there is every reason to be positive about its future outlook.

Generally speaking, the Precious Metals sector has been dull for a long time, since early August 2020 to be exact and it has seriously underperformed the market as a whole, which is a positive in the sense that this makes it more undervalued with more upside.

In recent months, as we can see on the latest 6-month chart, GDX has been pretty much rangebound above a strong support level, with its overall trend being neutral to slightly lower. Over the past couple of weeks it has dropped quite sharply, which of course was partly in sympathy with the sharp drop in the broad market, and it is looking more of a buy here with the appearance of a bull hammer on Friday close to the support.

Apart from these observations, this chart is of little use technically, so we will now proceed to look at the 2-year chart, which gives us more of an idea what’s going on.

On the 2-year chart we can see that following the strong advance out of the March 2020 panic lows the sector peaked in August of that year and then went into a long grueling corrective phase with the low of last September probably being the final low for the correction, so that in recent months it has been in a basing trading range. The S&P500 index has been added at the top of this chart so that you can see how the sector has underperformed the broad stock market since the August 2020 peak.

The extent to which the PM sector has underperformed the broad stock market is made dramatically clear by the next chart which shows GDX divided by the S&P500 index. As we can see it has been cut in half compared to the broad market, and that means opportunity.

While the 2-year chart for GDX looks more encouraging than the 6-month chart, it is on the 5-year chart that we really get a sense of what’s going on and what time it is on the market clock for this sector. On this chart the entire downtrend from the August 2020 highs looks like a correction to the big rally from the 2020 lows, especially as it has taken the form of a bullish Falling Wedge that has brought the price back down into a zone of particularly strong support where it is now believed to be basing.

For the PM sector to take off higher again from here, we will need to see the broad stock market play its part by “not putting a spanner in the works” and crashing, so how does that look? The sharp drop in the broad stock market in the middle of this month still looks like a correction, even though, as we can see on the latest 6-month chart for the S&P500 index, it did take it some way below its rising 200-day moving average, causing some technical damage.

However, it did stop at the support level at its early October lows, where a prominent bull hammer appeared as we noted at the time, and after bouncing around it had another good day on Friday. So at this point it looks set to recover and the key factor is the debt market which doesn’t look set to blow up yet with the Fed intent on creating still more debt with which to buy up the world.

The conclusion to all this is that the broad stock market doesn’t look like it wants to crash yet, and the PM sector meanwhile looks like it is at a great “buy spot” being down on strong support that looks set to generate a breakout before much longer from its bullish Falling Wedge.

As ever it is best to be selective about buying gold and silver stocks, going for the ones that look stronger and set to go up for reasons of their own, like the one we looked at yesterday. It is because of the hitherto frail condition of the sector that we haven’t looked at larger gold and silver stocks in the recent past, but that will change as it becomes more evident that a major sector uptrend is building.

Posted on at 9.45 am EST on 31st January 22.

Clive Maund has been president of, a successful resource sector website, since its inception in 2003. He has 30 years' experience in technical analysis and has worked for banks, commodity brokers and stockbrokers in the City of London. He holds a Diploma in Technical Analysis from the UK Society of Technical Analysts.

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Clive Maund

Clive P. Maund’s interest in markets started when, as an aimless youth searching for direction in his mid-20’s, he inherited some money. Unfortunately it was not enough to live a utopian lifestyle as a playboy or retire very young. Therefore on the advice of his brother, he bought a load of British Petroleum stock, which promptly went up 20% in the space of a few weeks. Clive sold them at the top…which really fired his imagination. The prospect of being able to buy securities and sell them later at a higher price, and make money for doing little or no work was most attractive – and so the quest began, especially as he had been further stoked up by watching from the sidelines with a mixture of fascination and envy as fortunes were made in the roaring gold and silver bull market of the late 70’s.

Clive furthered his education in Technical Analysis or charting by ordering various good books from the US and by applying what he learned at work on an everyday basis. He also obtained the UK Society of Technical Analysts’ Diploma.

The years following 2005 saw the boom phase of the Gold and Silver bull market, until they peaked in late 2011. While there is ongoing debate about whether that was the final high, it is not believed to be because of the continuing global debasement of fiat currency. The bear market since 2011 is viewed as being very similar to the 2-year reaction in the mid-70’s, which was preceded by a powerful advance and was followed by a gigantic parabolic price ramp. Moreover, Precious Metals should come back into their own when the various asset bubbles elsewhere burst, which looks set to happen anytime soon.

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