Signs of a Bottom in Gold and Gold Stocks

By: David Chapman | Wed, Oct 5, 2011
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Chart created using Omega TradeStation 2000i. Chart data supplied by Dial Data.

With gold correcting back roughly 16% from its recent all-time highs it sometimes pays to put things in a little perspective.

This is a weekly chart of gold dating back to the start of the bull market in 2001. As can be seen gold has been in a relentless uptrend since its double bottom lows near $250 in 2001. Based on the current price that is a gain of 540%. Gold is up about 460% since the beginning of the millennium. Compare that with the S&P TSX Composite that is up 33% and the S&P 500 who is down some 23% since the beginning of the millennium.

As this chart shows gold has also had numerous corrections over the past 11 years. Many of them have been quite sharp. However, a couple of things stand out. First gold tends to find significant support at or near the 40 week MA. Second gold appears to find good support when the weekly RSI falls to around the 50 level. All of these points have been marked with an X.

There has been an exception. The 2008 financial collapse took Gold well below the 40 week MA and the RSI fell significantly under 50. As TC has noted in the past gold follows what appears to be a 8.5 year cycle with a range of 7 to 11 years. Based on the 2001 low that low was due August 2009 + or - 17 months. The low of October 2008 fell in that period suggesting that was the 8.5 year cycle low. Confirmation came when gold took out the highs of March 2008 going from $1000 to $1900. As TC has suggested this current correction is probably the 34 month cycle (subdivision of the 8.5 year cycle by a factor of 3) low that is due July 2011 + or - 3 months.

With the exception of the 2008 collapse gold has found support near the 40 week MA and an RSI of 50. Confirmation would come that the low had been made with new highs above $1910. Some have suggested that gold is in the process of forming an ascending wedge triangle. The slope of the triangle is not particularly steep and to date there has been only one test of the top of the channel. There is considerable room to move higher in the triangle and make another test of the top of the channel. If it is an ascending wedge triangle then it needs further confirmation.

Gold has done a good job of holding its bull uptrend lines. The suggestion here is that this should be the case once again. An area that would cause concern if broken on the downside is around $1480. This was the July 2011 lows. That level should hold on this current pullback.

Bonus Chart

Chart created using Omega TradeStation 2000i. Chart data supplied by Dial Data.

If gold has been beat up this past month the gold stocks have been equally beat up. The chart of the HUI shows that the gold index has fallen to the levels seen in January and June 2011. This has many concerned that the HUI could crash right through and begin a more substantial collapse. Up until the past week the gold stocks had been holding well even as gold (and silver) plunged. Not so late last week and with the broader market falling sharply late last week the HUI plunged as well to new lows for the current down move.

Despite the current 22% correction the HUI is still up 578% since the beginning of the millennium. The daily chart of the HUI shows that it has fallen to a broad base of support connecting the highs of March 2008 with the highs of December 2009. The index is also at extremes seen numerous times over the past 3 years (denoted by the elliptical gray area on both the index and the CCI indicator). This is not to suggest that the lows are at hand but only that at a minimum a good rebound could soon get underway. Any rebound that takes the HUI to new highs would confirm that the low was in. In the interim as mentioned in the weekend report the HUI needs to regain above 580 to suggest that the recent highs could fall.

If gold rebounds from the current levels as is expected then the HUI would follow. Given the plunge of the S&P 500 back towards the levels seen back in July 2010 this suggests that all of the gains since QE2 have been effectively wiped out. Is QE3 about to arrive to save the markets once again?

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TC also notes that in looking at the TSX Venture Exchange/Gold ratio that the ratio is back at levels seen at the depths of the 2008 financial crash. If the past is portend of the future this suggests that the junior gold mining exploration stocks are as cheap now as they were at the depths of the 2008 financial crash. Many are trading for less than the value of their holdings in the ground and some are even trading below the amount of cash held in the bank.

All of the above are signs that suggest gold, the gold stocks and the junior miners could soon be rising again.

Note: Some of the charts above are based on similar ones seen at



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