Pendulum Experiment No.4: The First Failure

Aibek Burabayev - Contributor - Metals

Another year has passed, and we have started 2018 looking for new opportunities and facing new challenges. It is time to see the result of the 4th Pendulum swing published in the middle of 2017. To remind you, we had pitted palladium against orange juice in that race and below are your bets for that experiment.

Chart 1. Poll results Traders Blog Poll
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These poll results show a good split of opinions as it wasn’t ultra-biased in favor of the metal. The majority of readers hit it right as their prediction came true and palladium (+23.5%) could easily beat not only the orange juice (1.7%) but most of the futures over the last half of the year, ranking the 6th. Moreover, this is the first failure of the experiment as it was thought that the previous loser orange juice would beat the last winner palladium, but it didn’t happen.

I am not upset about this outcome because when you start an experiment, you like to see how your hypothesis works out. Any success or failure is the part of a test, and quite often you find out something genuinely new, which is outside of your initial thought. Many things in this world are invented during the experiments that were meant to find something different.

From the very beginning, I knew that one thing was inevitably imperfect in this experiment, I always choose the top performing/underperforming metal instead of the top losing/gaining futures against the other futures to stay focused on the metals. Another thing is the period of the experiment. This is also a crucial variable of the experiment. So far it works pretty well, and I would tune only the first imperfection to let the futures, not metal to be picked against each other from now on. Continue reading "Pendulum Experiment No.4: The First Failure"

S&P 500 Vs. Gold: Someone's Gain, Someone's Pain

Aibek Burabayev - Contributor - Metals

In May I recommended that gold bugs think about buying stocks for gold to enjoy the bullish momentum on the market. This call paid well as S&P 500 index almost gained 6 grams of gold (10%) since then.

In terms of dollars, the index did even better by hitting the projected target of $2650 set in the May chart. Back in those days the S&P 500 was flirting with the $2400 mark, and the target level looked so distant then.

In this post, I will update the S&P 500/Gold ratio chart and see if there is more room to the upside.

Chart 1. S&P 500 Monthly In Grams Of Gold

S&P 500 Monthly In Grams Of Gold
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Gold & Silver: Silver Hits Support As Gold Cracks Consolidation

Aibek Burabayev - Contributor - Metals

The recent collapse of the top precious metals shouldn't be a surprise if you read my previous Gold & Silver update in November, where I called for the upcoming “storm” after the “calm.” In this post, I’ll share with you the updated charts of both metals.

I changed the order of the charts, and this time I would start with silver as it reached the first decision point ahead of gold.

Chart 1. Silver Daily: First Target Reached

Daily Silver Chart (XAGUSDO)
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Silver has a strong bearish structure as the red long-term trendline keeps the pressure on silver. The second leg of consolidation within the black parallel channel lacked power as the price couldn’t reach even the top of the first leg established in October at the $17.47 per oz. It stalled at the $17.39 per oz. and then collapsed for more than a half of a dollar to check the consolidation support. Continue reading "Gold & Silver: Silver Hits Support As Gold Cracks Consolidation"

Top Silver Miners Are Vulnerable As Silver Hits Refreshed Low

Aibek Burabayev - Contributor - Metals

Silver (FOREX:XAGUSDO) hit the previous low set in October at the end of last week in line with my expectations posted earlier. It undoubtedly affects the silver mining companies’ stocks, and in this post, I would like to update their performance for you.

The top silver mining stocks filtered last time by ROE are SSR Mining Inc. (NASDAQ:SSRM) (former ticker SSRI), Coeur Mining Inc. (NYSE:CDE) and Pan American Silver Corp. (NASDAQ:PAAS).

Chart 1. Top Silver Stocks By ROE Vs. Silver: No Winners

Silver vs. Silver Miners
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The chart above begins on the 8th of September, 2017 when silver shaped the peak and started to drop. For the past three months, there are no winners here. Silver (black) lost the least, but still a significant -8.5% for this short period. If you read my earlier post about the top gold stocks’ performance you found that there was at least one stock (Golden Star (GSS)) with the positive dynamics. Continue reading "Top Silver Miners Are Vulnerable As Silver Hits Refreshed Low"

Gold Stocks Are Under Pressure Except For One

Aibek Burabayev - Contributor - Metals

Gold is under pressure after it couldn’t break above the previous major top and the gold stocks couldn’t escape the same fate. Last time I filtered the gold stocks by ROE and in this piece, I would like to make an update on their price performance for you.

To remind you, the top stock tickers are ABX (Barrick Gold), SBGL (Sibanye Gold), IAG (IAMGOLD), GSS (Golden Star) and HMY (Harmony Gold Mining).

Chart 1. Top Gold Stocks Vs. Gold: The Brightest Star Is The Golden Star

Gold vs. Gold Stocks
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Gold topped on the 8th of September at the $1357 level, and that’s where I have started the chart. Gold (black) lost more than 4% from that peak. Three of the five stocks lost more in price than gold did: HMY (green) fell for more than 13%, your favorite (see chart #3) ABX (red) dropped almost 21%, and the worst performer is IAG (purple) with -21% drop, which was the top gainer in the previous update. Continue reading "Gold Stocks Are Under Pressure Except For One"