The world is awash in central bank money printing, with Japan this week joining the US and the EU central banks in announcing new stimulus efforts. As long as these programs continue, investors should be bullish on gold, silver and their miners and look to accumulate on any pullback (the same can be said for other inflation-related assets as well).
While there are a number of options for buying gold, silver, and their mining stocks it is best to analyze them using the GLD for gold, SLV for silver, and GDX and GDXJ for miners. All are ETFs with GDX representing a portfolio of senior miners and GDXJ junior miners (companies doing exploration and those in pre-production). More aggressive investors can buy leveraged products such as DGL and UGLD for gold, AGQ and USLV for silver and NUGT for miners.
Technically speaking, the charts for gold, silver and the miners are strong and getting stronger. The 50-day SMA (simple moving average) of GLD crossed the 200-day SMA on Thursday. This is considered a major buy signal among technicians and ironically it's known as the golden cross. SLV hasn’t made this cross yet, but it is a mathematical certainty that it will do so. This will most likely happen by the end of next week. The miners GDX and GDXJ are somewhat behind SLV and it looks like the cross might not take place until the beginning of October. As long as the 50-day moves above the 200-day and stays above it, the bull move is confirmed.
The DMI technical indicators however already gave buy signals for GLD, SLV, GDX and GDXJ in late August. The positioning of the indicator was bullish and the trend line moved up sharply. The RSI and MACD were also properly situated to support a bullish interpretation of all the daily charts. In the last few days, the trend line has gotten too high and has moved sideways or slightly down for GLD and SLV. It is still moving up for GDX and GDXJ.
While the DMI is indicating some pullback should be coming soon, the RSI offers even more support for this view. The RSI on SLV became overbought in late August and really overbought in early September. It reached the overbought point for GLD twice in September and recently for GDX. It is high, but not overbought for GDXJ. This pattern is bullish in the intermediate term and indicates a multi-month rally is likely, but it is bearish in the short-term. Too much buying has taken place too quickly and some pressure needs to be taken off. A drop down to the 50-day SMA would be healthy at this point.
There is also a very distinctive chart pattern for GLD and SLV that should be noted by investors. So far, GLD has made a textbook perfect cup and SLV has almost as good a match (GDX and GDXJ need to build the right side of the cup more). Ordinarily, this would be followed by a handle and then a breakout from the handle and the ensuing rally should last for some time (seasonally gold tends to peak around March). A drop of say 3%-7% soon would complete the textbook pattern.
Investors have every reason to be bullish on the monetary metals and their miners. Both the fundamental backdrop (money printing from here to eternity) and the technical picture look good. This doesn't mean that they will be going straight up without occasional drops. Just use the drops to increase your positions. Of course, like all rallies, this one too will eventually come to an end. I will be providing regular updates until it does.
Disclosure: Long UGLD, USLV, and NUGT
Author: "Inflation Investing - A Guide for the 2010s"
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This posting is editorial opinion. There is no intention to endorse the purchase or sale of any security.