Since the end of December we’ve been writing about the coming bottom in precious metals. Our forecast for 2013 was to see a low in Q1 and then continued consolidation until the end of the summer in which Gold could be in good position to break $1,800. That forecast remains largely intact, although it appears the mining stocks will bottom quite a bit lower than we thought two months ago and even five months ago. Three weeks ago we noted that a potential final bottom was on the way. After beating around the bush we are ready to say that now is the time to begin buying and we’ll show you why.
In our article three weeks ago we noted this major trendline support for the gold stocks. The market is about 6% from this major trendline which also coincides with the 62% retracement of the 2008 to 2011 cyclical bull.
Let’s zoom in on the short-term for GDX as we prefer it to the HUI above. We already know the major support trendline (for the sector) is nearby. The sector is approaching that support in an extreme oversold condition. GDX has shed 31% in the past five months and 18% in just 21 days. Moreover, note the three open gaps and how they’ve occurred following an already substantial decline. Hence, these gaps are a reflection of emotion which leads to panic. If we see a final gap then it is likely to be an exhaustion gap which would signal a reversal is imminent.