Precious Metals Race to the Bottom

06/10/2013 9:00 am EST


The price of gold, silver, and their related mining stocks have bucked the broad market uptrend and instead have been sinking to the bottom in terms of performance, writes Chris Vermeulen of

Earlier this week I posted a detailed report on the broad stock market and how it looks as though its uptrend will be coming to an end sooner than later. The good news is that precious metals have the exact flip side of that outlook. They appear to be bottoming as they churn at support zones.

While metals and miners remain in a downtrend, it is important to recognize and prepare for a reversal in the coming weeks or months. Let's take a look at the charts for a visual of where price is currently trading along with my analysis overlaid.

Weekly Price of Gold Futures
Gold has been under heavy selling pressure this year and it still may not be over. The technical patterns on the chart show continued weakness down to the $1300 per ounce, which would cleanse the market of remaining long positions before price rockets towards $1600+ per ounce.

There is a second major support zone drawn on the chart, which is a worst case scenario. But this would likely only happen if US equities start another major leg higher and rally through the summer.

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Weekly Price of Silver Futures
Silver is a little different than gold in terms of where it stands from a technical analysis point of view. The recent 10% dip in price, which shows on the chart as a long lower candlestick wick took place on very light volume. This, to me, shows the majority of weak positions have been shaken out of silver. Gold has not done this yet, and it typically happens before a bottom is put in.

While I figure gold will make one more minor new low, silver, I feel, will drift sideways to lower until gold works the bugs out of the chart.

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Silver Mining Stock ETF - Weekly Chart
Silver miners are oversold and trading at both horizontal support and its down support trendline. Volume remains light meaning traders and investors are not that interested in them and it should just be a matter of time (weeks/months) before they build a basing pattern and start to rally.

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Gold Mining Stock ETF - Weekly Chart
Gold mining stocks continue to be sold by investors with volume rising and price falling. Fear remains in control but that may not last much longer.

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Gold Junior Mining Stock ETF - Weekly Chart
Gold junior miners are in the same boat with the big boys. Overall, gold and gold miners are still being sold while silver and silver stocks are firming up.

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Precious Metals Trading Conclusion
In the coming weeks, we should see the broad stock market top out and for gold miners along with precious metals bottom. There are some decent gains to be had in this sector for the second half of the year but it will remain very dicey at best.

If selling in the broad market becomes intense and triggers a full blown bear market, money will be pulled out of most investments as cash is king. Gold is likely to hold up the best in terms of percentage points but mining stocks will get sucked down along with all other stocks for a period of time. This scenario is not likely to be of any issue for a few months yet but it's something to remember.

By Chris Vermeulen of

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