• 16 hours Gold Miners Are Having A Stellar Second Half
  • 2 days How 3D Printing Is Turning Each And Every Industry On Its Head
  • 2 days Is The $3.5 Trillion Healthcare Industry About To Get Much More Transparent?
  • 2 days Gamblers Are Betting Big On Trump’s Impeachment
  • 3 days Even Banks Can't Answer Aramco's Trillion Dollar Question
  • 3 days Will Bezos Buy The Seattle Seahawks?
  • 4 days 6 Tech Trends Transforming The Travel Industry
  • 4 days Ousted Uber CEO Cashes Out $500 Million In Stock
  • 5 days Trump Prepares For Another Key Tariff Decision
  • 5 days The Free Money Bubble Is About To Burst
  • 5 days The Crushing Reality Of Poverty In America
  • 6 days Should You Buy Into The World’s Largest IPO?
  • 6 days The Infinite Possibilities Of Cosmic Energy
  • 6 days Analysts Link Walking To Economic Growth
  • 8 days Will Japan Turn Its Back On The Aramco IPO?
  • 8 days Global Debt Soars To $188 Trillion
  • 9 days The World's Largest Gold Miners Are Getting Creative
  • 9 days Twitter: The Saudi Spy Tool To Bring Down Dissidents
  • 10 days Broad Commodity Funds Don’t Give Enough Exposure To Gold
  • 10 days Here We Go Again: Another Giant Telecoms Mega-Merger
Zombie Foreclosures On The Rise In The U.S.

Zombie Foreclosures On The Rise In The U.S.

During the quarter there were…

Is The Bull Market On Its Last Legs?

Is The Bull Market On Its Last Legs?

This aging bull market may…

Another Retail Giant Bites The Dust

Another Retail Giant Bites The Dust

Forever 21 filed for Chapter…

  1. Home
  2. Markets
  3. Other

How Much Longer Will The Gold-Mining Bear Market Last?

This post is an excerpt from a recent TSI commentary.


 

Intermediate-term rallies in the gold-mining sector can happen during general equity bull markets and general equity bear markets, but on a long-term basis the gold-mining sector trends in the opposite direction to the broad stock market. An implication is that to get a new bull market in gold-mining stocks there will probably have to be a new broad-based equity bear market.

A good argument could be made that an equity bear market got underway last July, but at this stage the vast majority of market participants still believe that the bull market is intact. In general, people are very nervous about the short-term while remaining optimistic about the stock market's long-term prospects. What would shake the long-term optimism of a critical mass of investors?

Based on what happened in 2000, an SPX break below the August-2015 low that was not quickly reversed would probably do it. This is the point we are trying to make with the following chart comparison. The chart compares the HUI and the SPX during the 12-month period beginning March-2000, or the 12-month period commencing just prior to the start of a cyclical stock-market decline.

Notice that the SPX bear market began with a sharp decline from a March high to an April low, after which there was a 4-5 month period of choppy trading that resulted in a test of the March high. At the time the March high was being tested hardly anyone believed that a bear market was underway. The market then began to trend downward and in October the SPX traded below its April low, but the downside breakout was quickly negated and there was a collective sigh of relief. It was still apparent to almost all market participants that they were dealing with a bull-market correction. Then, in November, the SPX again breached its April low and the breakout was not quickly negated. This was the point of recognition -- the point when a critical mass of investors came to suspect that an equity bear market was in progress. This was also the point when the gold-mining sector commenced a bull market.

SPX and Gold Bug Index 2000 Charts

One of the reasons that the bear market in the gold-mining sector has been unusually long is that the general equity bull market has been unusually long. The general equity bull market is probably over, but very few people know it yet. Enough people to provoke a major trend change in the gold-mining sector will probably know it after the SPX makes a sustained break below the August-2015 low.

 

Back to homepage

Leave a comment

Leave a comment