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Patience Needed in Precious Metals

Gold has weathered the US Dollar's strong upturn. But it's also failed to break higher...
PRECIOUS METALS continue to be a conundrum, writes Jordan Roy-Byrne at The Daily Gold.
While gold has trended lower it has failed to break below $1100 as so many expect. It is very strong against foreign currencies and did not break to a new low even as the US Dollar index rallied from 87 to 100.
On the other hand, gold has failed to sustain any bullish momentum. The gold stocks are even more oversold and have formed some higher lows since last November. Yet they have failed to sustain any bullish developments and are far from reaching a higher high.
Only time will tell which way the sector will break and how its bear market will conclude. But there are several things in the chart below to discuss.
Aside from the price action in gold, we plot the net position in gold futures contracts held by speculative traders, as per the weekly Commitment of Traders report from regulator the CFTC. To that we add gold's volatility index (GVZ).
One reason gold has struggled to get traction to the upside could be the relatively high net speculative position. If the net position was much lower then gold would encounter much less selling after every rally or pop higher. Whether by time or price, the speculative position needs to decline for gold to have a better shot at sustaining a rebound. 
Gold's volatility has declined since last November and is nearing the important lows seen in summer 2014 and early 2013. Periods of low volatility will ultimately lead to periods of rising volatility. That can accelerate market moves. Keep an eye on May and June as to when volatility could begin to increase. 
Meanwhile, the gold miner stocks are looking more constructive than gold and that should not be a surprise. The mining sector peaked months before gold in 2011 and also should benefit from the collapse in oil as well as severe weakness in local currencies. 
The key for the miners (GDX in this case) is the confluence of resistance at $22.50. The 80-week moving average has been very important support and resistance dating back to 2010. If GDX can break above $20 then it would have a chance to test the 80-week moving average for the third time in the past 11 months. That would be the sign of a market transitioning from bear to bull. 
The bear market in precious metals is essentially four years old and a change is soon to be at hand. The question is will it end through a slow transition in the months ahead or will it end soon after gold loses $1150 and plunges below $1100?
Either scenario presents an opportunity. If gold breaks lower, that would ultimately provide an excellent buying opportunity. If the miners can rally up to the 80-week moving average then that would indicate the sector is in gradual transition from bear to bull. In either case, traders and investors will need to have some patience. Consider learning more about TheDailyGold's premium service, including our current favorite junior miners which we expect to outperform in the second half of 2015.

Jordan Roy-Byrne, CMT is a Chartered Market Technician, and a member of the Market Technicians Association. A former official contributor to world-leading futures exchange CME Group, Jordan Roy-Byrne now edits The Daily Gold website.

His work has been featured by a wide range of respected financial outlets, including Barrons , CNBC, FT Alphaville, and Yahoo Finance.

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