… And, More Gold Bulls …

Nascent GDX Reversal, Gathering Steam

Packed in like sardines, the gold bulls just keep on coming.

Once again, the latest from ZeroHedge:

Von Greyerz: Gold-O-Mania Is Coming!

The author is “convinced” gold is going to end the year higher than it is now.

Well, it could.

Does that mean the miners are going to end higher?

Gold Miners, GDX:

A marked up chart of leveraged inverse fund DUST (-2X GDX), is below.

Chart is on the 4-Hour scale:

We can see a potential trend.

When that area is expanded with contact points (below), it becomes even more convincing.

The actual metal, gold, may indeed rise over the coming months.

However, today, GLD is retracing to support. What happens now, is the key.

Bounce and continue (higher), or bounce and fail.

Positioning:

The short position via DUST (not advice, not a recommendation) was opened at the danger point when the direction of price action was unknown.

From the post on November 10th:

“As of this morning, we’re already positioned short this sector via DUST (not advice, not a recommendation).”

DUST has since moved higher (GDX, lower) and the trade is well in the green.

That means one can watch the battle take place at support for GLD, GDX and resistance for DUST from a (somewhat relaxed) position of profit.

Summary:

The final outcome of this short-trade is of course, unknown.

However, one of the objectives of these posts is to document the level of research and preparation involved for a ‘position’ trade.

Going short has been two months in the making.

From the initial ‘GLD Target‘ post to now, we’ve seen manipulation of GLD, GDX price action; making it look like a breakout was imminent.

That action was coupled with non-stop financial press herding of the easily influenced to the bull side.

How can it not be coordinated? Remember this post?

So, it looks like the bull trap has been set.

This trade could still fall apart for some unknown reason.

If it looks like the bulls are somehow re-gaining control, it will show up in the price action and we’ll exit accordingly (not advice, not a recommendation).

Stay Tuned

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Gold Bulls Continue On

Even As The Miners Reverse

After attempting to breakout higher over the past six trading sessions, the miners are posting signs of a nascent reversal.

Even so, the bull calls continue.

The latest round includes two more articles from ZeroHedge:

Gold Breakout Imminent !

The first part describes some technical details that are all true … after that, well, you decide.

Turns out, gold is going to skyrocket because of Russia !

I suppose, anything can happen.

We get fundamentals and anecdotal data as the reasoning for a Russia driven up-side breakout.

The problem with fundamentals is, they don’t work.

They never have worked.

Wyckoff discovered this a century ago when he said (from his autobiography) that ‘stocks move based on a power of their own. That power, has nothing to do with fundamentals.’

Trading genius Ed Seykota repeated that truth during his interview for ‘Market Wizards’.

He called them ‘funny mentals’ and went on to say he nearly, if not always lost money using them.

Gold shhh …

This article’s so good that I have to pay to read it.

From reading the shaded area, we can infer a similar (bullish) discussion to the first link above.

Sorry, not interested.

Summary

This time really could be different. Gold could launch into a sustained upward breakout.

However, the charts (GDX, GDXJ) at this juncture, are saying ‘not yet’.

Maintaining short (not advice, not a recommendation) via DUST … which is now in the green.

Stay Tuned

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Tech Talk, Gold & Gold Miners

Trend & Channel

Who’s taking the bull side on gold?

If we use the just released ZeroHedge articles listed below, the inference is the average investor’s on the bull side:

Investors overweight in stocks

Gold probes multi-month highs

Futures flat amid inflation jitters

Especially notable in the ‘Gold probes’ article is the statement, gold pushed above ‘key price resistance’.

That key resistance was first identified in this post as the target for potential major reversal.

This Is Now

So, here we are.

Gold (GLD) and the miners, GDX, GDXJ, have pushed above resistance levels. The bull/bear fight is on.

At this point, it’s not known who’s ultimately in control.

A retrace to breakout support for gold (GLD, GDX, GDXJ) is normal under either circumstance … bullish or bearish.

What happens at that support is the deciding factor. A bounce and continuation upward, the bulls are in charge.

A bounce, then failure, nods it to the bears.

That’s why we’re at The Danger Point.

It’s the location where price action hesitates. It’s unsure and can go either way.

The weekly chart (below) of GDX, is marked up with a modest sloping down-channel … declining approximately -26%, annualized:

From left to right, that right side contact’s been in the making for over a year.

Even worse (for the bulls) is the next chart:

Note the right side channel is an estimate and has not been confirmed with additional contact points.

We’ll zoom in on the possible new channel:

Price action made several contacts with the grey centerline and the entire channel structure looks symmetrical.

‘Transitory’ & The Elephant

The reason (supply chain) inflation may be transitory is that demand is going to collapse.

It’s already happening.

Now, that news is just starting to hit the mainstream.

They pretend like they’re not sure what’s it’s all about. So, let’s help them out with some facts.

Embedded within the article at this link, is an actual list of ‘strange anomalies’ that are occurring amongst the most athletically conditioned in the world.

If it’s happening with the athletes, it’s happening in the rest of the population.

Summary:

Early this session, Gold (GLD) and the miners, GDX, GDXJ have, or are testing their highs with inverse funds DUST and JDST testing the lows.

If this is a major transition from up to down for gold and the miners, this type of back and forth is normal.

Positions:

We’re still at the danger point but action can’t stay at these levels for too long. If it does, that would imply the bulls are gaining control and going to move the market to much higher levels.

Obviously, since we’re short (not advice, not a recommendation) via DUST, we’re on the other side of the gold bull trade.

A reasonable stop for DUST would be at, near, or just below yesterday’s low of 16.72 (not advice, not a recommendation).

As of this post, with DUST currently trading at DUST, 17.11, my firm’s position is down a modest – 1.82%.

Stay Tuned

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Gold Miner’s, Terminal ?

Possible Reversal In Gold Futures pre-Market

We’ll get straight to it … Gold futures, GCZ21 (December) look like they have posted an up-thrust and reversal in the early hours.

The Miner’s chart above, GDX has a potential terminating wedge as shown. The chart below zooms in on that area:

Pre-market action thirty minutes before the open has GDX about to open slightly higher.

If we’re in a reversal condition, the expectation is for the higher open to be retraced within the first 4-hours of the session … preferably within the first hour.

If price action persists higher, it’s an indication there is more oscillation to come and it’s probably time to stand aside (exit) a short position (not advice, not a recommendation).

Stay Tuned

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Bears Throw In The Towel

A Tale Of Two Bears

Back in the day during the dot-com boom, fund managers were throwing in the towel (‘value’ fund managers, if memory serves) because the markets as they said, “did not make sense anymore”.

Valuations were insane and managers with decades of experience decided the time had come to exit for good.

Of course, it was a contrarian indicator. Those lofty valuations and prices were at or near their peak.

It was not long after when the market cracked. There was a rebound of sorts but the stage was set for a long bear market.

History Repeating?

This is a brief update to document two bear managers that are quitting in separate ways.

One is shutting down his fund entirely. More information linked here.

The other has exited short positions which included getting out of Tesla (TSLA) just before it rolled over.

These types of high-profile events usually happen at or near a significant top.

If the overall markets continue to grind higher, there may be similar retirements and/or fund closures.

Gold (GLD) Update

Before a market can reverse to the downside, it has to stop going up.

Sounds obvious but with the bullish hysteria on gold, coupled with non-stop inflation talk, it may take a while for the bulls to exhaust themselves.

We’re still at the danger point for GLD as well as the miners GDX, GDXJ.

Items of note for the session:

GDX had a double top (same high as Friday) and the inverse fund DUST posted + 0.01, above its own Friday low.

It could mean we’re at the extreme(s) with no more directional thrust or just a pause before continuing with the existing trend.

Stay Tuned

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Random Notes

The Usual Suspects For The Week

No. 1

Institutional Destruction

The short video clip by Mark Dice, linked here, shows how former successful and possibly even meaningful (on a rare occasion) movie productions/franchises are being systematically destroyed.

This phenomenon is not just Hollywood but nationwide.

To be specific, the same type of destruction is occurring in the ‘wealth management’ industry.

One of the latest salvos is this ‘initiative’ to make that industry more diverse.

The comments section talks about the ‘talent going elsewhere’ to start their own business.

That may be true but remember, ‘Fiduciary Responsibility’ requirements make sure the person with the least amount of knowledge is in control … the client.

Which brings us to the next bullet item.

No. 2

The ‘Average Investor’

Years ago, somewhere around the early 1990s, Tony Robbins interviewed Robert Prechter Jr.

One of the questions Robbins asked was this:

‘What should the average investor do?’

Prechter’s response was timeless. He said:

‘Quit being the average investor’

Absolutely brutal but true.

It was a polite way of saying to get busy; stop being the ignorant, lazy, average American.

Study and learn the markets. That way you won’t be subject to the corruption and villainy that permeates the financial services industry.

Don’t think that statement’s true?

Just watch a couple of episodes of “American Greed” and see how many involve financial scams that fleece an unsuspecting investment public.

In the above link, our ‘professional’ positions short in a biotech company, Orexigen Therapeutics.

If there’s one thing an aspiring market trader speculator learns at the start, it’s never, never, never go short on biotech (at least the individual equity).

Anything can happen … and it did.

No. 3

Flash Crash Ready

This just out from ZeroHedge; Is another Flash-Crash in the cards?

First off, let’s review what a flash crash looks like.

Link to the 2010, crash.

“Paper” = Big institutional selling

’79s are trading … all the way down !!! ‘

Even way back in my SeekingAlpha days, I proposed the next major market hit would be like nothing else.

Possibly a 20% – 50%, drop overnight or something similar.

Is it not better to plan, analyze and position (not advice, not a recommendation) with a Black Swan event in mind or just go merrily along thinking you’re as close to the entry door as the exit?

Stay Tuned

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Inflation, Off The Chart ?

Or … Massive Supply Restriction

Use the miss-information and propaganda to your advantage.

The following items are just a partial list of recent inflation, so-called ‘news’.

$3,000 Gold Imminent

Gold & Dollar Soar, CPI Surge

Consumer Prices Soaring …

Gold & Crypto Surge

Transitory” Debate Is Over

That last one … is that like “The science is settled”?

To be fair, there is some truth in the articles. Prices are indeed rising. All types of costs are going up like food, gasoline and on.

Supply Restriction:

Here’s a strange bit of information from an unlikely source.

It turns out that copper (mining) supplies are being restricted in Minnesota. Go to time stamp 2:52, at this link and listen to the next 30-seconds.

Sure, it’s a data point of one but then again, what about all the talk of shutting down sources of oil production?

On it goes. This is supply restriction, not inflation.

It depends on what the definition of ‘inflation’ is.

Here we have one of the usual suspects parroting the now-accepted (but likely incorrect) definition of inflation. Go to time stamp 1:23.

I’m sticking with Robert Prechter Jr.’s definition of inflation and that is: Expansion of credit that causes increased spending that in turn causes demand to rise and then prices rise in turn.

Do we have expansion of credit now … or the destruction (or, soon to be) of credit? That’s called deflation.

Dollar … Still Not Dead

The dollar of course, is the wild-card.

Everybody’s expecting a collapse but darned if that’s just not happening. Actually, the opposite is taking place.

Now, all of a sudden it’s a “Contrarian Trade”. You can’t make this stuff up.

We’re coming up on the one-year anniversary of this post.

It postulated there was potential for a significant, medium-to-long term reversal in the dollar.

Getting The Picture

In a way, the dollar post and subsequent ZeroHedge one-year-later recognition of the obvious, define what this site’s all about.

As stated in the ‘About’ section, not every analysis works out. To borrow a quote from David Weis, ‘Sometimes I’m 100% wrong’.

Presented here are analysis, actions, course changes, attempting to maneuver through the largest economic and population collapse in world history.

The main focus is not to increase followership … although that is happening.

As the follower numbers increase, it’s a good sign that more are becoming aware of how manipulated and controlled is the entire narrative.

One way to separate from the effect of the falsehoods, is to become proficient at reading price action. As David Weis used to say, ‘What’s the market saying about itself?’

Which brings us to the current juncture. Gold

Gold, At A Crossroads ?

The current assessment of gold (i.e. bearish or reversal potential) is similar to the dollar from a year ago.

Different from the dollar, are the momentum (MACD, etc.) indicators … which are currently pointing higher.

In the dollar, there was a bullish weekly MACD divergence helping us along.

Not so with gold (GLD).

What we do have, and what the linked list above provides, is a look into a type of mass hysteria.

The ‘pegging the meter‘ article that came out late Friday caused only a blip higher in GLD and GDX.

If we’re at max persistent inflation already, is there any more upside left?

Stay Tuned

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Gold, In Mid-Air

We’ve Been Here Before

CME

As we’ll see in the charts below, gold (GLD) has pushed above resistance three times in the past.

Each time, GLD reversed.

Two of those had GLD print new post, 8/6/20, lows.

The average decline was -11.3%.

During that time, miners GDX, GDXJ, took the brunt of the action.

The last GLD draw-down (6/1/21 – 8/10/21), was about -10.2%, while GDX got whacked top-to-bottom with -28.2%.

At this juncture, miner’s downside price action looks to be leveraged by about 3:1, when compared with gold.

Gold (GLD) Analysis:

The un-marked chart:

The marked chart has the past three up-thrusts above resistance (magenta arrows) and our current potential; the orange arrow.

Note the typical distance price action traveled above the blue line resistance levels.

If GLD does not move any higher from this point, its current distance above resistance is typical when using the past three moves for reference.

Danger Point:

In the markets, anything can happen.

Price action in GLD and miners, GDX, GDXJ are each at their own danger points.

Counter-intuitively, this is where the risk of being wrong is least (not advice, not a recommendation).

Senior Miners, GDX:

Taking the hourly chart of GDX and inverting it, gives us a chart similar to inverse fund DUST but without the tracking (bias) errors.

The inverted hourly chart:

Net downward price action is narrowing; less and less downward progress with each thrust.

This is an indicator we may be nearing the end of the move.

Helping that assessment along, is the next chart. The circled area shows Force Index is also dissipating.

Today’s session thus far, has essentially no more thrust energy when compared to the last two sessions.

Summary:

Price action in DUST, has gone a little farther (lower) than desired.

However, the analysis above tells us there’s nothing, yet, that would indicate an exit of the short position (not advice, not a recommendation).

One has to remember who’s on the other side of this trade; that is, the bull side.

The general public has been led to believe inflation is rampant. The media and various YouTube personalities have whipped them into an inflation frenzy.

Its become some kind of psychosis

Costs are going higher. That part is true.

The reason they’re higher, or at least a different perspective, is available to everyone via Uneducated Economist and Steven Van Metre just to name two.

As Van Metre said about a year ago concerning the actions by the Fed (paraphrasing),

‘Do you think the Fed is going to educate the public and tell them Quantitative Easing is actually deflationary?

No, they will allow the public to have the false belief their (Fed) actions have the opposite effect.

Just a reminder of what the guys above are really all about; Some additional info is here.

Stay Tuned

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Gold … Bulls & Bears, Fight It Out

… And, In This Corner …

The fight is on.

Pre-market action in miners GDX, shows a slightly higher open with inverse fund DUST below yesterday’s low.

Is the short set-up busted?

In the markets, anything can happen but we don’t know who’s really in control … yet.

Even as the dollar powers higher, gold bulls could overpower deflationary conditions pushing gold and the mining sector up as well.

To do that, they’re going to need to overcome some significant resistance obstacles.

Let’s take a look at just a couple.

Senior Miners GDX

The un-marked chart:

The mark-up:

The mark-up shows the first two layers of resistance. The blue line is the Up-thrust (potential short) condition.

The dashed black line is not so easily discernable. It was formed way back in late July and early August.

The next two charts zoom into those areas of interest; providing evidence, getting above these levels may require a sustained effort by the bulls:

Summary:

The ‘inflation’ news is already out.

Price action in today’s session may let us know if we’re in a drawn out fight lasting day to weeks; or will the bulls reach exhaustion during the session.

Stay Tuned

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Gold … The Show Begins

Popcorn Ready … Asylum Freaks Out

You would think everybody’s escaped.

We have this link and this one and probably many more.

Those who’ve been monitoring this site already know, today has been in the planning stages for months.

This post was the first one to discuss the target area for a reversal in gold (GLD).

So, here we are.

So-called inflation is running rampant and it looks as if everybody’s in agreement.

Well, almost.

Turns out there’s a guy in the Pacific Northwest, a ‘boots on the ground’ type that sells lumber for a living.

Uneducated Economist never waivered on the fact, prices are rising as a result of supply constraints and not inflation.

There was one more as well.

Steven Van Metre has given his take on current monetary policies; they’re deflationary.

It’s a minority view.

Either way, we’re about to find out the truth.

Gold (GLD) Analysis

The fact GLD, has reached a target identified two months ago, gives credence to a potential reversal.

We’ll start first, with the un-marked weekly chart of GLD:

Now, the mark up:

It looks like we have a test of the original Up-Thrust (reversal).

In addition, today’s action (above black dashed- line) is another Up-Thrust.

Is this a reversal, within a reversal ?

The chart below zooms in on that area:

Everyone has their own investment/trading time-frame and method.

There’s no doubt, gold (GLD) is at the danger point. Price action can go either way.

Positioning:

The ‘inflation’ links above highlight current psychology and sentiment. The bull trap may be set.

As of this morning, we’re already positioned short this sector via DUST (not advice, not a recommendation).

Note:

A push below today’s DUST low of 17.27, does not necessarily negate the trade but it does (or will) bring it under scrutiny for potential exit (not advice, not a recommendation).

Stay Tuned

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