Gold Companies & Basic Gold Fundamentals Updated
Source: Neil Charnock, www.goldoz.com.au (9/29/09)
Gold companies, gold stocks, gold shares—for sale and on sale Down Under now! We correctly called a small correction at GoldOz on the 21st. . .This dip presents another fantastic opportunity to get set at low prices as we reach the October buying season.
October can be a time of intense nerves in equity markets and so profit taking may have seemed prudent for some investors at this time. Gold however took off in early September in 2005 and 2007 as shown in the circles on the chart below embarking both times on powerful rallies.
Gold has corrected briefly again and so have the gold stocks but this correction will not go deep in my opinion. It was most likely a reaction to the re-test of this record price level and some technically based gold trader profit taking.
Gold could easily be headed up and away right now and merely taking a quick breather before it takes its run at the new price range. We will soon know and I have taken the stance that I need some shares and some cash right at this moment just to be cautious. Bullion is a long-term hold and a core capital protection position.
Of course I am watching support levels with appropriate caution, but technical and fundamental considerations lead me to look to the upside once this brief correction has run its course. I am delighted it is happening at this time as it provides a classic entry point for new investors and traders alike.
On the fundamental side, I like to keep it simple. The world has changed because the U.S. consumer has been tapped out. The asset bubble in U.S. housing that led the home equity borrowing and spending spree burst and is long over and is not coming back.
The areas of economic growth remaining are in India, China, Russia, Brazil and countries that can supply the raw materials needed to roll out infrastructure, such as Australia. Curiously these are major gold-buying capitals hence upward pressure on gold prices.
Buying pressure is likely to come from those countries that hold U.S. treasuries as a hedge. Buying pressure from the USA is also likely to be a highly significant factor because the USA citizens, corporate sector and government require a hedge against the U.S. dollar weakness themselves.
Over 18 months ago I noted that the USD could become the next carry trade, and now this has come to pass and is a well accepted reality. I had not seen it written anywhere it was just a logical assumption based on a comment by my former newsletter editor who had seen carry trade after carry trade over his long banking career. Here is what I had to say at the time:
"I have another theory too—we had a similar problem in Japan and they had a deflating property market and interest rates went to very low levels and this only created the Yen carry trade thanks to the globalization of the investment markets. Then we have seen the gold carry trade so are we going to see a USD carry trade next? Of course the current U.S. situation is not exactly like Japan experienced and the global backdrop is vastly different too however I hope you see my point—if we get a severely weak US interest rate as they desperately try to stimulate their local economy (and let the USD go to hell in a bucket) during a period of strong growth elsewhere. . .we may get a USD carry trade next"
Not strictly correct—there was not strong growth elsewhere, only pockets of firm growth thanks to massive stimulation. However, this was relatively stronger in other economies other than the USA—especially China and Australia. At the same time, I am very happy to have called this ahead of the event.
Carry trade activity is commonplace and one trade will replace another causing upheaval in their wake as the commodity or currency will be short sold causing massive continued weakness.
So in a period of USD weakness we are likely to see Euro strength and gold strength. One investor questioned me recently on Aussie Dollar strength, but this currency will no longer keep pace with Euro and gold in this type of environment. Euro investment in gold, however, is likely to be more subdued than elsewhere and if I was in Europe I would tend to look to gold equities around the world as a more attractive asset class to participate in the rally.
A few weeks back, the Australian gold stocks broke out with volume and have made a new relative high—the highest RSI level this year and this is good news. The gold stock behavior is the most exciting I have seen in three years.
The last time our gold sector acted like this was in 2005 when the small-, mid- and large-cap stocks surged higher. In 2005, the larger cap stocks took off in the first quarter and this is identical to this year also. That year the stocks lead the way and gold followed to make new highs in mid September.
Last year we endured a severe meltdown in gold equities, which culminated in October to November and was on the back of a yearlong downturn. Leveraged gold equity and general equity positions were unwound and this event is highly unlikely to happen this year. Instead we see strength this year—not weakness—and that bear trap in gold equities is long gone.
Will we see another down wave in the global economy? The answer is yes in my opinion; I cannot say when, however it will be somewhat different next time. I will leave this explanation for another time and believe this will not happen until some time next year at this stage. I am more interested in the job and opportunity at hand currently, which is gold and related equities.
To illustrate how well the smaller stocks are doing now I have included the chart below on the junior Aussie gold stocks. Look how low they are now and wonder how high they will go when gold really takes off over the US$1,030 level and beyond.
Now one could predict that—based on the high base in gold, fundamental & technical factors and gold stock behavior—that we have an excellent gold rally in front of us and that this gold stock run is by no means over.
I see U.S. gold at US$1,400 over the coming six to eight months and the Aussie dollar continuing with strength against the USD—but reaching similar or slightly better levels in our currency terms. This is highly profitable proposition for Australian gold miners as shown in our Ratings Tables, which is a file in the Gold Members area at GoldOz.
Of course circumstances can change quickly in the investment game so you have to be on the ball and willing to admit you were wrong and liquidate if necessary. This is called "cutting your losses" and, if handled correctly, you can be wrong and not lose your shirt—able to fight on another day and recover those losses. Investors must always keep this in the back of their minds. At this point, I am confident this gold stock prediction is on track.
One is only as good as one's latest trade and only as good as one's latest thesis in this game, so let's take a quick look at another investor's view of all these Australian gold stocks. I spoke to a very savvy fund manager in the USA last week—as a consultant, which I undertake sometimes.
I will keep his identity a secret of course as this is not public knowledge. I can tell you he was amazed when I took him through the leading lesser-known producers and told him about their fundamental condition. Large greenstone belts, large reserves (yes even by North American standards), some with zero debt and no hedge books—only thing missing was the expected valuation.
Great enthusiasm was evident as we discussed some of these stocks and their ground positions—and we hardly scratched the surface as we only spoke for 40 minutes. The smaller-cap bargains are stupendous in some instances. I am talking about moderate producers in the 60k to 100k oz per annum range. Some of them are so cheap that when you take their cash and tangible aboveground assets into consideration you are getting their gold in the ground for nothing.
The prognosis—"Aussie stocks are on sale." Need I say anymore? In two to three years from now, this will be ancient history and many of us may in fact be multi-millionaires. Because of our significant success in our recent Gold Membership drive, I have decided to allow the bonus time component to remain in the subscriptions at GoldOz. We are offering a free month with an annual and 2 weeks with a 6 month—one free week with a 3 month subscription but only for the Gold Membership category.
Get on board with us if you want—or at minimum, consider the Australian gold sector as there is opportunity to protect your capital and opportunity to make serious profits. We produced a special file many weeks back with all the offshore codes in the various exchanges around the world if you want to invest in your own time zone. Our special discount offer for Gold Membership with additional free bonus time runs out at the end of November if you want to take advantage of it, no pressure—details are at our website.
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