Gold miners have done this 2 times in 5 years

The long-term uptrend in gold may be teetering on the edge, which has a debatable tendency to lead to more weakness. When it comes to miners, they've gotten hit hard enough that on an average day over the past 2 weeks, only 20% of them were holding above their 200-day moving averages.

Putting this into context, it comes on the heels of a period when more than 85% of them were above their long-term average. They have cycled like this 2 other times in recent years.

Gold miner members above 200 day average

The group isn't just oversold (or getting there, anyway), they've consolidated after a major upward momentum burst. That's the kind of thing that hasn't rolled over easily in the past, at least judging by all similar patterns since 1986.

What else we're looking at

  • Full returns following a cycle in gold miner breadth since 1986
  • A monthly seasonal anomaly that few are aware of
  • Stocks hit new highs but on weaker participation
  • There has been a surge (again) in penny stock trading
  • The Equity Risk Premium is among the lowest levels in a decade

Stat Box

The S&P 500 showed a gain all 5 days last week, with at least 3 days with 1% gains. When hitting an all-time high, it managed an equivalent performance only 4 other times in its history.

Sentiment from other perspectives

The average person gets interested in the stock market after a major event that brings it into the wider consciousness via mainstream TV and newspapers. Not this time. This is really the first time in 15 years we've seen interest piqued by a rally and not a decline. Source: Google

google trends buy sell stocks

So, they're buying the S&P 500. There has been a surge in money flowing into the main ETFs that focus on the S&P, with record inflows last week. Source: Bloomberg TV

s&p 500 etf fund flow

Early bubble warning. This kind of activity has generated a higher probability that we're in a long-term bubble. Source: Financial Crisis Observatory

early bubble warning

The post titled Gold miners have done this 2 times in 5 years was originally published as on on 2021-02-08.

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