There is still no sign of any serious buying occurring in the gold mining sector. The HUI continues to plummet lower and has fallen to levels last seen in October and November of 2002! This is simply astonishing for its ferocity.
In trying to ascertain where support might emerge I have had to use the 1999 highs which also happen to correspond closely to the August 2002 and October 2002 lows. That level comes in near 103 and extends to 100.
I find it hard to believe that I am even writing about levels of this magnitude (or LESSertude - if there is such a word). What makes matters even more difficult when attempting to ascertain at what price gold might finally level out, is the fact that the HUI / Gold ratio is at HISTORIC LOWS. In other words, either the gold stocks need to rally to bring this ratio back somewhat to a norm or the price of gold needs to fall farther.
I suspect we are finally going to see even some of the die hard gold bugs throwing in the towel at this point. After watching one's life savings evaporate, savings that so many have worked so long and so hard to secure for themselves, the emotional toll is too much for many people to stand.
Please understand that while we traders and chart watchers can see these lines on the price chart and try to approach these markets somewhat objectively, every line lower means more heartache, pain, despair and grief for the thousands of poor souls who have been utterly ruined by the shameless, conscienceless gold hucksters and their perma bullish stance on gold, no matter what the charts were warning them.
We are talking about wrecked lives, perhaps wrecked families and maybe even worse. There were college educations for their children, retirement dreams, health needs, etc, that were all tied up in these investments in this miserable mining sector. That is what so deeply affects me knowing that every bit of it was preventable had the victims of these flim-flam con men simply learned to ignore these quacks and "expert market analysts", phony predictors, etc. and learned to think for themselves based on what the action in the price chart was telling them.
I just hope that enough of these poor folks have some money left over so that they are not completely ruined and thus subject to despair and even the temptation of giving up on life. Please, if any of you who have been so affected in such a matter, do not yield to that temptation. Life will go on; more challenging, but if you have your health, and your family that loves you around you, you are still a blessed man or woman.
My prayers go up for your well-being and safety.