Gold & Precious Metals

The Case AGAINST One Last, Vicious Shakedown in Gold

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Posted by Rick Ackerman

on Friday, 11 May 2018 08:58


Is one last hellish plunge necessary to shake out the weak hands in the Gold Market before it takes off for new highs? In this analysis Rick Acekerman makes the case that the long, frustrating 6 year sideways Gold movement has already done the trick - R. Zurrer for Money Talks

Is gold headed below $1000?  I doubt it. Like every other bullion investor who has tired of watching gold’s price meander sideways for nearly six years, I’ve grown increasingly disappointed and frustrated. But also concerned, as many apparently are, that one last, hellish plunge may be necessary to shake out the weak hands. However, looking at the long-term chart, I’m persuaded that bulls still have the edge, if not a big one. That’s because the ‘impulsive’ leap gold took between October 2008 and August 2011 was so powerful, pushing the price of an ounce from $680 to $1912. Although the subsequent retracement took 70% of it back with the $1046 low that occurred in December 2015, bears have been challenged ever since to win the skirmishes that prefigure changes in the long-term trend.

By my analysis, gold ‘should have’ fallen to $821 at its correction low.  It could still get there, and that target will remain valid in any event until such time as 1432.50 is exceeded to the upside. But there is nothing in the chart that implies bulls are going to give up that much ground. To the contrary, they took a shot across bears’ bow with a $328 thrust in 2016 that tripped a theoretical long-term ‘buy’ signal at the green line (see inset).  The move exceeded no fewer than four ‘external’ peaks on the daily chart, and that’s why the bad guys have struggled so hard to push gold back down. They may be able to crush the spirit of bulls, and to do so repeatedly. But this is not the same as crushing prior lows that continue to provide ‘structural’ and psychological support on the long-term charts.

Set an Alert at 1208

If you want a warning signal that the tide could be turning in bears’ favor, simply watch for downtrends that exceed two or more prior lows on the monthly chart without a significant correction. At the moment, that would imply a sell-off exceeding 1208.60.  Even that wouldn’t necessarily mean gold is headed below $1000 — only that we should be especially mindful of downtrending abcd patterns on the lesser charts that start to exceed their ‘d’ targets. That would be warning that the bear is gaining the upper hand. We should also watch for ABCD uptrends that fail to reach their targets. This has actually been happening, and it needs to be monitored. But the effect is not so pronounced as to suggest any more than chronic-but-not-fatal fatigue on bulls’ part.  One more thing concerning the big picture:  Gold would need to push above 1662 to suggest that a move to the 2278 target is likely. That is a midpoint Hidden Pivot, and unless 1046 is exceeded to the downside, it will remain crucial to price action in the months or even years ahead.


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The Precious Metals Conundrum

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Posted by Avi Gilburt - ElliottwaveTrader.net

on Friday, 11 May 2018 08:48

The bearishness is extreme in the GLD market that has corrected sideways for 1 1/2 years. Avi sees the Bulls stepping up to the plate and sending bullish spikes up in the miners as well as Gold & Silver. He sees bullish patterns in many miners, as well as silver and GLD, and they are all near their respective support levels R Zurrer for Money Talks

Published on Sun May 6, 2018 for subscribers: A sideways correction lasting a year and a half certainly does a lot to sour investors on a market.  And, even though we have not dropped below 20 in GDX this entire time and the GLD has been consolidating just under its breakout region for months, the bearishness and frustration in the complex is palpable.  In fact, I have even seen people calling for sub $1000 gold again, and we have not even broken a single support level yet.  For me, this is a head scratcher.

As for me, I see bullish patterns in many miners, as well as silver and GLD, and they are all over their respective support levels.  So, until those supports break or those larger degree bullish set ups break, reason suggests that I should be looking up and not down (other than for a little more of a pullback).

When I review the daily GLD chart, I see a clear a-b-c structure off the January high, with the c-wave either having ended, or needing just one more lower low before it completes.  And, as long as we do not break below the 119/121 support on this chart, this is retaining a very bullish set up.

Moreover, both the RSI and MACD are in the same bottoming zone we have seen before each of the other rallies over the last year. And, the next rally that develops in the GLD will likely break it out of this consolidation, based upon the i-ii, 1-2, (1)(2) structure, of which we are about to complete that final (2).  That would suggest the next break out “should” finally be the heart of the 3rd wave off the late 2015 low.

But, silver looks to have bottoming already.  I noted this past week how silver looks to be a micro 5 wave structure off the low struck this past week.  In fact, earlier this past week, I sent out Alerts to our members noting that the 144-minute MACD, which has signaled impending rallies on this chart successfully almost 100% of the time, was suggesting an impending bottoming in silver.  So, after a 5 wave rally, I am looking for silver to pullback correctively a bit more, and then rally up towards the market pivot noted on my chart.

As far as GDX is concerned, I am sorry to say that there is nothing clear I can yet glean out of the GDX.  But, if I had to be forced to pick one count over the other, I would almost have to give the yellow count a slight edge for now.  And, that is purely because I am still looking for a wave (ii) pullback in ABX.

When we look to the daily ABX chart, you will notice how well the “buy” zone I placed on this chart at the end of last year has worked out for now.  Stops should now be placed just below the 11.07 low.  AS you can see from the daily MACD, we have broken through the initial declining trend line in the MACD, and we are now just below the secondary downtrend line in the MACD.  I think this secondary line may keep us in check, and have us top out in wave (i) off the lows, with a wave (ii) pullback likely to follow.  And, I think this wave (ii) will likely see the MACD retest the top of the prior downtrend line in the MACD from which we just broke out. Moreover, it is because of the wave (ii) pullback I expect in the ABX that I think we may see a bit more weakness in the GDX, as noted above. 

So, based upon much of what we are seeing, I cannot say that the weight of evidence yet suggests that we are ready to break out. While silver can certainly take the lead here and move higher to complete wave i in green, I am not as confident that GDX is yet ready to follow.  In fact, it would seem that the real break out may not occur for a few more months, as silver still needs to complete its i-ii, and ABX still likely needs its wave (ii) pullback. But, as long as we hold supports and these patterns continue to fill in over the coming weeks, it certainly seems like we are setting up for some fireworks later this year.

See charts illustrating the wave counts on the GLD, GDX, Silver (YI) and ABX.

Avi Gilburt is a widely followed Elliott Wave technical analyst and author of ElliottWaveTrader.net (www.elliottwavetrader.net), a live Trading Room featuring his intraday market analysis (including emini S&P 500, metals, oil, USD & VXX), interactive member-analyst forum, and detailed library of Elliott Wave education.


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Silver Squeeze

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Posted by Jordan Byrne

on Tuesday, 24 April 2018 11:14

It was an interesting week in the precious metals complex. There appeared to be the start of a short squeeze in Silver (hedge funds were heavily short) but it ceased at important resistance. Meanwhile, Gold closed the week on a weak note, losing $1340-$1350. The gold stocks, like Silver closed the week below technical resistance. The price action in the complex continues to suggest that a breakout in Gold is the key to unleashing strong outperformance from Silver and the gold stocks.

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Global Silver Scrap Supply Falls To 26-Year Low

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Posted by Steve St. Angelo - SRSRocco Report

on Tuesday, 17 April 2018 06:59

This analyst posits that Silver supply will not be adequate when investment demand surges since the 4th largest Silver producer mine supply down 20%, only two mines supply half Of U.S. Silver Production & the global silver scrap supply has plunged from its 2011 high silver  - R. Zurrer for Money Talks 

Global silver scrap supply fell to its lowest level in 26 years.  World silver recycling in 2017 dropped by nearly 50% since its peak in 2011.  According to the 2018 World Silver Survey, global silver scrap supply declined to 138 million oz (Moz) compared to 261 Moz in 2011.  While the lower silver price is partly responsible for the large drop in silver recycling, there are other market dynamics.

For example, silver recycling from the photography sector has declined since consumption peaked in 1999.  The photography industry was using 228 Moz of silver in 1999 compared to the 44 Moz last year.  Thus, silver consumption in photography has declined by 80% in nearly two decades… and along with it, a great deal of recycled silver supply.

Furthermore, a lot of silverware was recycled during the period of rising prices (2007-2012).   A lot of Millennials who inherited their parent’s (and grandparents) silverware decided it was much easier to pawn it rather than spending a lot of time polishing it for holiday gatherings.  Which means, a lot of available stocks of silver scrap have already been recycled.


As we can see in the chart above, even though the $17 silver price in 2017 was four times higher than in 1991 ($3.91), global silver scrap supply is less than it was 26 years ago.  Moreover, world silver scrap was over 200 Moz a year (2005-2009) when the average annual price was much less than it was last year.

Now according to the Metal Focus Silver Scrap Report published in 2015, they forecasted the following percentages of silver scrap from the various sectors:

Industry = 60%

Silverware = 16%

Photographic = 12%

Jewelry = 10%

Coin = 2%

While it is well known that the majority of silver scrap comes from recycling of industrial silver waste, due to the industrial sector being the largest user of silver, jewelry only accounts for 10% but is the second largest consumer.  For example, the 2018 World Silver Survey reported that the industrial sector consumed nearly 600 Moz of silver in 2017 while jewelry fabricators used 209 Moz.  However, silverware and the photographic sectors only consumed 102 Moz, but account for 28% of silver scrap supply.

What this tells us is that owners of silver jewelry are not that motivated to pawn their silver jewelry because there just isn’t enough monetary value.  So, a large supply of potential silver scrap will likely never make it to the market, even at much higher prices, due to the relatively small value of silver jewelry held by individuals.

As for gold jewelry, it’s quite the opposite.  Nearly 90% of global gold scrap supply comes from recycled gold jewelry.  Thus, a significant increase in the gold price would result in higher gold jewelry recycling, whereas a higher silver price would not generate much of an increase in silver jewelry scrap supplies.  So, each year about 200 Moz of silver are used in silver jewelry fabrication, but only a small amount is ever recycled.

Lastly, annual gold scrap accounts for 28% of total global gold supply compared to only 14% for the silver market.  Even at much higher silver prices, global silver recycling will not be able to supply enough metal when investment demand surges as the broader markets collapse.

Also from Steve: Two Mines Supply Half Of U.S. Silver Production & The Real Cost To Produce Silver




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Juniors are Close to Breaking Downtrend

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Posted by Jordan Roy Byrne - The Daily Gold

on Monday, 16 April 2018 06:57

A few weeks ago we wrote that it may not be Gold’s time yet but a few recent developments suggest its time could be sooner than we anticipated. Although Gold failed to breakout last week, we should note the positive action in the miners. Over the past seven trading days the miners have strongly outperformed Gold. That includes the juniors, which appear very close to breaking out of the downtrend that has been in effect for over 12 months. 

In the chart below we plot the three major junior ETFs: GDXJ, GOEX (explorers) and SILJ (silver juniors). The juniors have trended lower since February 2017 but are now threatening to break trendline resistance. Since December 2017 the juniors have traded in an increasingly tighter and tighter range which indicates a break is coming very soon. Also, note how the 200-day moving averages are flat and no longer sloping lower. That reflects a mature correction and the potential for a new uptrend if the juniors break above resistance in a strong fashion. 


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