Newmont Hits Trend, Heads Lower

It’s about two hours after the open.

Newmont (NEM) has already tested upward into its trend-line.

Then, it reversed and makes a new daily low.

Not good for the bullish case.

The daily chart shows three hits on the right side line as well as a possible trading channel.

It seems hard to believe. It looks like NEM has seen its highs for the year and possibly much longer.

As always, anything can happen.  It’s still very early in the session and there could be a reversal … although a low probability.

Stay tuned.

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What’s wrong with this picture?

The good part about danger point areas is, price action does not need to go far to confirm or negate the trade.

We’re at that point now with precious metals and more specifically, the junior mining sector, GDXJ.

A brief search for YouTube “gold higher”, turns up the list below. 

The amount of bullish biased videos is easy to find.  Everybody’s doing it.

Gold To Explode

Embrace The Dip

Growing Debt, Gold higher

Ray Dalio, Gold Price Up

Expect $2,500 Gold Price

Peter Grandich, 100% In On Mining Stocks

Silver Price Will See Explosion

Silver, Time To Buy is Now

How High Will Silver Go?

$36 Silver By End Of 2020

Who wants to hear that a favorite investment or market is heading lower?  

Getting to the chart of GDXJ and what’s wrong; it’s obvious.  

There’s a huge non-confirmation.  

The gold tracking fund, GLD is back at or near all time highs and yet GDXJ (the junior sector), is down -58.8%.

There is no way to paint this in a positive light.  Down nearly 60% is massive. 

One way to look at it is, the junior sector does not believe gold (and silver) prices can be sustained at current levels.

Or, if they are sustained, there must be something else at work that would prevent them form obtaining a substantial profit.

Either way, the last report on the sector stepped through the current price action.  We’re at the danger point for GDXJ.

A move higher in the coming week will put a dent in (or negate) the bearish scenario and a move lower will help to confirm.

Stay tuned

Long Bond Short: Largest, Ever

As reported by Steven Van Metre, here, the long bond speculators have an historic, all-time massive short position. 

He shows their net position is four standard deviations away from norm.  The chart he references can also be found at Zero Hedge, here.

So, just how significant is that?

The bell curve chart shows the typical 3-standard deviations cover 99.97% of all data observations. 

We may as well say that four standard deviations cover all data:  100%.

The speculators are so convinced bond price are going lower (interest rates up), the have amassed a huge position.

Now, it gets interesting. 

The chart below of TLT (long bond), has bonds currently declining in a measured move that projects to the 152.5-level.  Feeding into the speculator’s positions (giving them a gain thus far).

We also have a Fibonacci time sequence in effect for TLT.

It that’s met in the coming week (and we get a new low), it will be a Fibonacci 34 weeks from the high set during the week of March 13th.

If TLT penetrates the low set on Week 13, and depending on how far below support that penetration goes, it will set up a Wyckoff spring condition … setting up the TLT to move higher.

Moving higher is against the speculator’s positions.  They are short and the index would be moving up.

It could potentially be the largest short-squeeze of all time.

If that happens, think about what will happen to the markets, the dollar and the precious metals markets.

Stay tuned.

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Newmont: Wedge Breakout

The entire precious metals sector may be about to take an unexpected hit.

Prior updates have discussed the Newmont (NEM) bearish divergence and reversal.  This update shows a rising wedge breakout to the downside.

Using standard analysis techniques on the chart below, we get a measured move to the vicinity of 47 for NEM.

A decline of that magnitude, a drop of over 22%, may be the catalyst for a whole other bearish scenario.

Just based on empirical observation and analysis generally available (YouTube, et al), it’s pretty safe to say that no-one is prepared for a significant decline.

Well, almost no-one.  As reported back in late September, the only YouTube analyst (that was located) proposing the idea of a decline was Sajad, in this report.

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EIA Report: Tight Supplies

The EIA report write up says that natural gas inventories are tight.

For your reading enjoyment, there’s a quote saying to the effect; ‘we do not anticipate a cold winter’.

Well, getting back to the front line of what’s really happening; even now in October, there’s already record cold in Cheyenne

Let’s see what happens next. 

As of this post, 12:58 p.m. EST, UNG is moving higher (at UNG 12.58) and off the lows of the day.

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Step by Step: Shorting GDXJ

Let’s walk through the junior gold miner’s index (GDXJ), reversal one step at a time.

The following discussion refers to the five number points on the daily chart below, with an expandable version of that chart here.

Before we start … the stage was already set over the weekend with the ‘Newmont’ update.  We showed that it’s in reversal.

The junior index (GDXJ) does not look obvious at this point.  In the markets things (usually) never look clear-cut at the exact inflection point.

Let’s begin:

First, the gold miners have been in an uptrend along with the rest of the markets since the recent bottom in March of this year.


Data Point No. 1

Price action penetrates deep below established support with the second largest down volume shown on the chart.  This can be interpreted as either a shake-out or the beginning of distribution.

The next day has a reversal bar that closes right at the support level.  Volume is heavy, but not as heavy as the prior down session.

The day after that, the inside day, is the first indication that something’s wrong.  If this index is really in a screaming bull market it’s not going to allow anyone to get aboard comfortably. 

The following days show price action laboring to move higher until the next down-thrust.

Data Point No. 2

The down thrust pushed just below the support level shown and closed lower.  Again, the next day is a tight range inside day … instead of a sharp move higher.

This action is more indication there’s not enough demand to push prices immediately higher.

Note:  When price action penetrates support, it sets up what’s called a Wyckoff ‘spring condition’.  It’s a market set-up where prices are expected to rise dramatically.

Instead of dramatic, it took four trading days for GDXJ to rise into the next data point.

Data Point No. 3

We’re at previous resistance and we can see price action stall. It then retraces back to the 57-area (black dashed line), and made another attempt at an upside breakout.

That attempt only lasts one day before we begin a decline into the next data point

Data Point No. 4

Price action pushes below the previous minor support at the 57-area and forms a reversal bar … which was yesterday.  That brings us to today.

Data Point No. 5

Another attempt to breakout higher results in what looks like at this point, a failed attempt.

This is the danger point.

Price action closed off the high of the day.  This indicates there’s not enough demand to keep the close at higher levels.

It’s at this location, a short position was opened (not advice, not a recommendation) via JDST with a stop near the day’s low (for JDST).

It’s a tight stop.

The expectation is for price action in GDXJ to decline from these levels.

We’ve shown how there is not enough demand to drive price higher.  The cacophony of so called hyper-inflation ‘experts’, is all part of the picture.

If everyone’s long silver/gold miners … who’s left to buy?

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Fail: Gold Miner Indexes

When in an uptrend and prices start to flag, it’s a warning that energy is lost.

The Newmont update showed the heavy hitter was in a reversal.  That update gave specifics on how or when the reversal would be negated (and back into an uptrend).

It’s not happening. The upside hasn’t showed … or, at least not yet.

The next trading day, Newmont (NEM) lost 1.5%. The day after that (yesterday), was another down day with a loss of nearly 1%.

Today, NEM is attempting to move higher. However, the weekly bar is still in reversal.

The mining indexes themselves are not so clear.  The junior index with its weekly chart below, has it reversing last week and now attempting to move higher.

It’s losing steam.  It’s no secret that failed moves can be the most dynamic of all price action.

The market is ‘supposed’ to go one way … in the case of the silver/gold miner’s, they’re supposed to be moving higher; Hyperinflation and everything, right?

What if everyone’s on the wrong side of the trade?

What if the expected hyperinflation is years away? 

This juncture right now, appears (not advice, not a recommendation) to be a low risk area to go short.

In the case of the junior index GDXJ, if price action closes up for the week, the bull market may continue.

If not, and GDXJ closes down for the week, the up-trend looks like it’s failing and the entire sector could fall apart.

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Nat-Gas: Trend Contact

Nat-gas, UNG contacts its trend-line on a low volume day.

The daily chart is modified to show pre-market activity. It has UNG posting a low of 10.66, about one hour before the regular session, October 2nd.

With that low, we can see three trend line contact points … which includes today’s contact.

The expectation is for nat-gas to inflect upward at this point and continue higher as we head into the fall and winter months.

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Lying In Wait

That’s exactly what’s happening with biotech (IBB) and more specifically Amgen (AMGN).

Just like with Newmont and GDX from the previous update, Amgen’s the heavy hitter for the biotech sector.

What we see on the daily chart below and expandable version here, is that AMGN’s at the danger point.

Price action penetrated well established support and then stopped dead (so far).

If that’s the case, we’re looking for price action to rebound and move toward the 242 – 244 area; a 50% retrace from current levels.

If that point is reached, depending on the behavior of price action itself, the expectation is for a long-term reversal.

There have been several trades using BIS and LABD with the overall result being about break-even to slightly down.

More important than outright profit is the trading insight (over several months) into the sector itself.  That insight can only come from active positions. 

No amount of ‘paper trading’ or external analysis will provide a visceral feel for the market.

Summary: 

We’re waiting for price action in AMGN and the overall IBB, to counter-trend upward as we head into November.

If there’s an obvious reversal at that time (not advice, not a recommendation) the risk on a short position may be at its lowest.

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Newmont Mining (NEM) Reversal

Newmont Mining (NEM) is the heavy hitter. 

Newmont’s in the Senior Mining Sector GDX with a market cap that’s equal to the next six mining operations combined.

If Newmont has reversed, the entire sector is likely to follow suit.

At this juncture, that’s exactly what’s happened. 

The chart below shows a weekly MACD bearish reversal in-effect.  In-effect means the technical indication is correlating with the price action result.

Newmont appears to have made its high and is now heading lower.

Of course, the gold miners reversing and heading lower is completely opposite the established narrative.

Price is always the leader.  Price action in NEM has probabilities pointed to the downside.

So, how will we know if the direction changes and resumes an up-ward course?  What price level must be reached to negate the current reversal scenario?

Since we’re right at the edge, the danger point, small fluctuations change the outlook significantly.

Recall in a prior update, the quote from Wyckoff that effectively said:

‘At pivot points, price action can go either way.  It’s as if the weight of a feather can determine the next likely direction.’

That’s where NEM is now.  Price action is tight.  The picture changes to the upside if we get a push above last week’s high:  NEM, 64.33.

That’s just 1.66, points, or a 2.65% move from were NEM closed last Friday.

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