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Commodities / Gold & Silver Stocks Mar 19, 2012 - 01:14 AM GMT

By: Jordan_Roy_Byrne

Commodities

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleNormally, decoupling from the stock market is a good thing. In recent turbulent times, many have wondered if emerging markets would decouple or if gold stocks would decouple. Its surprising to see gold stocks decouple from a strong stock market. Many wondered if the sector would decouple from a weak market. Yet, the decoupling now could be positive long-term provided the decoupling continues when the stock market peaks just below the 2007-2008 highs.


Below we plot the S&P 500 and the HUI Gold Bugs Index. At the bottom we show the 100-day correlation between the two markets. Note that the correlation has been trending down since the end of 2010. The broad stock market (S&P 500) appears to be headed for a test of major resistance at 1500 while the large cap gold stocks just closed at a 52-week low.

Although large cap gold stocks have closed at a new low, the rest of the sector has not followed suit. The chart below shows GDXJ, the CDNX (Canadian venture exchange) and SIL (silver stocks ETF). While the HUI has closed at a new low, the other markets remain well above their December lows. The CDNX and SIL are showing a strong divergence since October.

Should most of the precious metals sector hold its December lows then it will be very encouraging for the sector even with the large caps breaking to new lows. One can recall 2007-2008 when the speculative side of the sector fell to new lows well ahead of the metals and the large cap gold stocks. One should also keep the 1970s in mind. Large cap miners experienced significant gains at the start of the bull market but not at the end. Sure, the large caps performed well from 1974-1980 but it was the speculative side of the sector that captured the vast majority of the gains.

Presently, the precious metals sector has underperformed badly as the stock market has continued to move higher. We know that it is highly unlikely the S&P 500 is going to make new highs. In fact, in two of the previous three secular bear markets, the market in the second half of the bear rallied to within 5% of the all-time high before falling back into a mild 4-5 year bear market. This happened in 1909 and 1976. Profit margins, the most mean reverting statistic in finance are already at record highs. Higher interest rates and higher inflation will cut into profit margins.

Everyone loves stocks now and the masses can forget about gold stocks. This is a perfect contrarian opportunity for precious metals investors. The S&P 500 is nearing resistance and the precious metals sector is testing its December low. A successful retest of the low in many markets (juniors, metals, silver stocks) should be a signal that the market has confirmed its bottom. Unless you feel the bull market in precious metals is over then you should use this opportunity to be a contrarian. We may not get another buying opportunity like this for a few years.

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Comments

James Hovland
20 Mar 12, 17:54
Safe Haven

It doesn't make a lick of sense for gold to rise with any positive economic indicator. The main reason given for golds bull run was that everything else was falling apart. You now... The sky is falling, the sky is falling! What do you do? Buy gold of course. Well, the sky didn't fall. The fact that gold continued to rise is easy to explain. Gold bugs didn't stop spreading fear that the sky was falling. It worked for a while, but do they really have any credibility left? No. We could still see gold climb again for two very closely related reasons. Oil is threatening us with inflation or the Fed could announce more QE, but barring those two possibilities, the gold bubble is about to pop. If the CFTC manages to finally do their job and enforce position limits, oil falls. That would most likely crush all hopes for more QE. I'd watch the CFTC. If those position limits are enforced, bail!


Gold bull
26 Mar 12, 15:45
RE:Safe haven

James,

You misunderstand the macro factors, QE will continue (regardless of oil falls/rises) as it is required to deflate the national debt as well as to help an export driven recovery. Just a brief glance of the debt levels will show that QE is an inevitability over the medium/long term, the only question is of timing (which may be be influenced by factors such as oil price). Money floods the markets, Gold & Silver go up, simple.


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