Note: This article was published on CliveMaund.com on March 27.
I have not been happy about the pattern that has been forming in gold since it plunged rather rudely and sharply around the end of February. The concern that was engendered by that plunge and the accompanying momentum breakdown, that we can see on gold's latest 8-month chart below, were allayed by its managing to stabilize above its parabolic uptrend line and then rise off it. However, the rally this month has been hesitant and unconvincing, and it is now becoming clearer that it may be a B-wave bear Flag to be followed by a C-wave breakdown through the parabolic uptrend support line that would lead to a sharp drop probably towards or to the support shown in the $1240 area, where it would stabilize before later reversing to the upside again. If this is the scenario that is set to unfold, it is likely to happen soon, as the bear Flag looks about complete.
Obviously a near-term $70 or so drop by gold will inflict some pretty heavy damage on many precious metals stocks. We therefore require a strategy or strategies to deal with it. Basically the choice is to set close stops that take you out of most precious metals sector investments if gold breaches the parabolic uptrend, or alternatively, if you want to stay long, the losses can be cancelled out by hedging using Puts, using perhaps a mix of Puts in gold proxy GLD (SPDR Gold Trust) and in the gold miners 3X leveraged bull ETF NUGT (Direxion Daily Gold Miners Bull 3X Shares), where it should be noted that spreads are considerably wider than with GLD, and there are other possibilities.
If you get taken out of your positions due to such a drop, you then aim to buy them back at a better price as gold arrives at the support shown on our chart. Note that what is set out here overrides most comments made on individual stocks, which is because they are like sheep and tend to all move together during bigger sector moves. Finally, if you agree with what is set out here, you don't need to wait to take this evasive action, and sell at lower prices by being taken out by stops, and also pay higher prices for Puts, you can take evasive action immediately. The scenario set out here would only start to be negated by a gold breakout above the top line of its bear Flag.
Posted at 7.40 am EDT on 27th March 2019 on CliveMaund.com.
Clive Maund has been president of www.clivemaund.com, a successful resource sector website, since its inception in 2003. He has 30 years' experience in technical analysis and has worked for banks, commodity brokers and stockbrokers in the City of London. He holds a Diploma in Technical Analysis from the UK Society of Technical Analysts.[NLINSERT]
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