Briefly: In our opinion short speculative positions (half) in silver and mining stocks are justified from the risk/reward perspective.
We previously emphasized that the situation in Ukraine was the main bullish factor for higher precious metals prices (mainly for the price of gold) and that remains to be the case. However, even though the situation didn’t improve, precious metals moved decisively lower on Friday. This does not bode well for the precious metals market, but let’s examine the key charts before making the final call (charts courtesy of http://stockcharts.com):
The volume was very low during yesterday’s upswing, which has bearish implications. We wrote the same yesterday, but this time the implications are clearer as the rally was clearer as well. Bigger rally + very low volume have more bearish implications than a rather small rally on the same volume levels.
The same was the case in the silver market and for mining stocks. Let’s take a look at the latter.
The USD Index declined below the previous 2014 low (while gold, silver, and mining stocks didn’t move above their 2014 highs), but this “breakdown” doesn’t really have bearish implications. Similar “breakdowns” were followed by significant rallies back in October and December 2013. The breakdown is not confirmed in a technical sense, and it seems doubtful that it will be followed by more weakness or that it will really be sustainable.
All in all, what we wrote previously about the outlook for the precious metals sector remains up-to-date. It doesn’t seem that keeping a full long position in the investment category is justified at this point in our view. Based on last week’s events and what had happened over the weekend it was likely that gold would move much higher – but its reaction has been very weak. It looks like there will be no rally in gold before a bigger decline. We are keeping half of the funds in gold, though, just in case the next days bring improvement (or perhaps the tensions in Ukraine would increase). If not – things will become even more bearish and we will likely adjust the position once again.
We might suggest changing the short-term speculative position and / or the long-term investment one shortly, based on how the markets react and what happens in Ukraine.
In other news, we have recently posted an important report on the role of rebalancing in the case of the mining stocks sector. You can often read that one should do “some rebalancing” but we went much further than that. We dedicated months of research to comparing the classic buy and hold approach with rebalancing and you will find results in our latest report. It’s available free of charge.
Trading capital (our opinion): Short position (half): silver and mining stocks.
- Silver: $22.60
- GDX ETF: $28.9
Long-term capital (our opinion): Half position in gold, no positions in silver, platinum and mining stocks.
Insurance capital (our opinion): Full position
You will find details on our thoughts on gold portfolio structuring in the Key Insights section on our website.
Again, our latest report on mining stocks rebalancing is available free of charge and we encourage you to read it.
Przemyslaw Radomski, CFA
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