The action in the precious metals raises interest, especially in the maze created by a fear-driven market. Gold at this time is participating in a runaway move past resistance. Although gold has reached new record highs, it may begin stalling in its attempt to continue moving parabolically, while the undervalued miners play catch-up. What may this hesitation signal and shrinking of the divergence between miners and bullion mean to you?
Technically, it may be informing us that the bull move so many analysts are expecting is somewhat mature in gold bullion, but miners are just beginning to break out. Much like a sprinter who first moves backward in his running block in order to propel his thrust forward, gold may initially have to come down from its technical heights in order to amass the energy required for a more pronounced forward move. Bullion may have to take a time-out to rest, while miners such as Goldcorp (GG), Newmont (NEM) and Barrick (ABX) play catch-up; they look poised to break out of the running blocks.
It's been a long run for the bullion since my firm's late January 2011 buy signal. Make no mistake, it will rise though, refreshed to make another run to higher highs. A brief retreat for gold bullion to long-term trend support would be of no surprise. Indeed, it may represent a healthy and necessary correction in what my firm views as the ongoing highway of the long secular rise. These thoughts should not be regarded as bearish analysis at all. Instead they are being presented as a technical and healthy possibility to eliminate current media-hyped precious metals euphoria and avoid buying gold bullion at an interim top. Instead we suggest looking into the undervalued miners that are just beginning a potential major move.
We must include any and all eventualities. How pleasant it would be if the ultimate path to riches was one straight move higher. Investing doesn't work like that, though. Markets are fickle and they do everything they can to confuse, misdirect and obfuscate the speculator. Precious metals investors must follow bullion and the mining equities as everything has its season. It appears to be the miners' time in the sun.
US Treasuries have reached record highs reflecting the irrational fear of U.S. debt as a safe haven. Gold markets are ebullient as the media scares us with the bugaboos of horrific possibilities that may never come to pass. Your attention is also called to the falling U.S. dollar, which appears to be on the verge of breaking into record lows. It remains to be seen whether the panic in the greenback is just around the corner, as investors fear what impact QE3 will have on the currency. One might have expected the U.S. dollar to be an ironclad safe haven during the market decline in August, but it was not.
Such negative action may mirror inflationary decisions regardless of whatever compromises are reached. There is a sense that inflation is in the offing and that now only a Band-Aid will be applied to staunch the bleeding of an economy in trouble.
In the background is the ever-present figure of the Fed, which is taking whatever steps necessary to prime the pump to give us de facto quantitative easing in whatever guise necessary. For the present, a compromise may materialize, sufficient to take us to the next election in 2012, when the whole song and dance will be reprised in a repetitious third act.
Preparations are being made for further downgrades of the U.S. AAA credit rating, which may affect the security of treasuries as a safe haven. As speculators are entrapped by the fear of bad news, there may be a rush to the safe havens of gold and silver miners, and possibly uranium and rare earth miners as well. Such developments may be leaving these sectors as the only players left standing on the field.
Editor's Note: Read more from Jeb Handwerger at Gold Stock Trades.