Day Two and the Bulls Attempt to Stage a Comeback – Gold Stocks Back on the Radar – Time to Begin Buying?
The markets followed through on Tuesday’s selling finishing what I’m considering the initial (first) leg down. Interestingly though, when the bulls moved in to stage their comeback, the volatility indexes were first on the firing line. By the close a decent bounce higher was in place. I’m not so sure the markets are convinced though that the drop off of recent highs was just an apparition, with the bulk of the closing madness being on the sell side. The initial leg down remains in progress and while there may be additional buying tomorrow with the potential for an up day not off the table. Even the last minute marking battle favored the bears leaving the bulls to push the futures and ETFs after the close. What a joy it is to know that the exchanges still have a soft spot for their larger players giving them an extra 15 minutes to hedge – yeah right! Current parameters remain valid for the broader indexes. Tesla, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, and Groupon reported earnings after the close. TSLA jumped $18, GMCR fell $6 and GPRN popped up $2.50. The saying “Only the Good Die Young” is somehow now more believable.
Bonds put in a solid rally today and managed to hold it through most of the day’s gyrations in the equity and forex markets. Expectations remain in place for a continued recovery rally to unfold before the next leg down takes over. Again, any clues to direction will likely begin in the 10-year note. The Dollar got caught between a rock and hard place as the British Pound was pounded into submission after comments from the Bank of England. The rally in the Euro was again contained to the first hour of U.S. trade with most of the action being within the European sessions. Most of the U.S. trade was held to a slightly expanded range of 20 ticks.
Gold and gold stocks are back on my active radar after the latest bashing brought the gold stocks to gold ratio to a long-term low, further bashing would likely lead to this ratio testing the 2001 lows. The damage is deep across the board. Since January 2013 gold has dropped from $1700 to $1180 and gold stocks have fallen more than 50% and that would be amongst what are considered to be the titans within the mining sectors. Weaker companies were cut off at the knees loosing up to 75%.
The AMEX Gold BUGS (Basket of Unhedged Gold Stocks) Index is a modified equal dollar weighted index. The component companies are involved in gold mining. HUI is one of the most watched indices and retains titan status next to the XAU index. The unhedged part of the index name is the basis for the index. Its component companies do not hedge their gold production beyond 1.5 years. The table below lists the current company components and their weighting.
|Component Companies (HUI)|
|Goldcorp Inc||NYSE: GG||
|Barrick Gold||NYSE: ABX||
|Newmont Mining||NYSE: NEM||
|Harmony Gold Mining Adr||NYSE: HMY||
|Coeur d’Alene Mines||NYSE: CDE||
|Yamana Gold||NYSE: AUY||
|Anglogold Ashanti Ltd Ads||NYSE: AU||
|Gold Fields Ltd Adr||NYSE: GFI||
|Randgold Resources Ads||NASDAQ: GOLD||
|Eldorado Gold Corp||NYSE: EGO||
|Hecla Mining||NYSE: HL||
|Comp de Minas Buenaventura Ads||NYSE: BVN||
|New Gold Inc||NYSE MKT: NGD||
|Kinross Gold||NYSE: KGC||
|Agnico Eagle Mines||NYSE: AEM||
The HUI Index has been hammered, as the component companies have been sold in step with the decline in physical gold. Off of the September 2012 high the HUI has dropped 323 points (60%). Currently 2013 has not seen any favoritism towards the HUI. But that may be about ready to change.
The weekly chart below details the decline beginning off of the September 2011 highs. The pattern in place, which encompasses the rally off of the 206.66 June 2013 low to the July high at 263, took a lot of momentum to achieve less than 60 points. The sharp decline in the last two weeks may be the beginning of an exhaustion decline, which could set the stage for a more sustained and dynamic rally. The stochastic oscillator has again slipped into oversold readings, but has not shown any signs of turning yet. Currently the HUI is likely to drop to a new low under 206.66 before the next sustained rally phase takes over.
An additional important measure of value for gold stocks is the HUI – gold ratio. The HUI-gold ratio is an expression, which compares the HUI index to the price of gold. The ratio is calculated by dividing the value of the HUI Index by the price of gold. Yes, it really is that simple – and here’s the kicker – when this ratio is very high, it correlates to gold stocks being expensive in relationship to gold. Conversely when the ratio is very low, it correlates to gold stocks being relatively cheap relative to the price of gold. The HUI-gold ratio bottomed in 2001 reaching a top in 2004. Progressively deeper major lows have occurred in late 2005, late 2008 and June 2013 as the bear market likely moves into its final stages.
Bollinger Bands™ measure the “high” or “low” of the price relative to previous trades and are considered a volatility indicator. Therefore by definition prices are high at the upper band and low at the lower band. This definition can help in pattern recognition and when combined with additional indicators help to arrive at decisions as to direction or trend.
The chart below keeps in perspective just how far the HUI has dropped and is likely in the finishing stages before a trend change takes place.
It is time to move Gold, the HUI Index, and gold stocks back on the radar. Opportunities are already presenting themselves and traders that already trade gold via one of the DTS “birds” should find solid profitable opportunities as the bear market finishes and the bull takes the reins. I will be adding to our list below as this sector jumps back.
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Here is an updated (7/31/2013) list of the markets where I have found that DTS (all three birds) are producing numerous signals. Continue to bear in mind that there are days when trading opportunities are not as plentiful. These are days when not trading is likely more profitable than attempting to “force” a trade”:
- DJIA future (e-mini available) – highly recommended for experienced traders
- S&P-500 future (e-mini available) – highly recommended large intraday moves.
- Russell 2000 future (e-mini available) – highly recommended can lead in either direction.
- NASDAQ 100 future (e-mini available) very highly recommended and dominated by AAPL, AMZN, NFLX, GOOG, and TSLA
- US$/Euro futures (e-mini available) – very highly recommended – easy to trade afterhours as well.
- V (Visa) – stock and options – recommended – large swings in both direction likely
- MA (MasterCard) stock and options – recommended – $600 stock – large swings likely
- GS (Goldman Sachs) – good two way volume –
- AAPL (Apple Computer) – highly recommended – Options trading as well
- GOOG (Google) – highly recommended
- LNKD (LinkedIn) – solid intraday range
- NFLX (Netflix) – solid intraday range
- TSLA (Tesla Motors) – highly recommended
- 30-yr Treasury Bond future – highly recommended
- 10-yr Treasury Note future – solid two way trade
- TLT (Treasury Bond Long ETF) – very active
- TBT (Treasury Bond Short ETF) – very active (moves inversely to TLT)
- Gold (futures and ETF – GLD) very active – not suitable for all traders
- Silver (futures and ETF – SLV) – very active – not suitable for all traders
- EURO FX (futures, mini and micro contracts available) very active suitable for all account sizes