Wednesday, May 2, 2012
That being said I have no interest in a 15% rally in gold. The real money will be made as the mining stocks exit their bear market, re-enter the consolidation zone between 500 and 600, and move up to retest the old highs. It's not inconceivable that we could see a 30-45% gain in mining stocks over the next 2 1/2 months.
Sentiment in the mining index has reached the same levels of bearishness that were seen in the fall of 2008. That black pessimism drove a 300+ percent rally over the next two years. I have little doubt this time will be any different.
Now what we need to see is a change in character. We need the mining stocks to stop generating these sharp bear market rallies and transition into the wall of worry type rally that characterizes a bull market. So far that is exactly what is happening. The miners are rallying very hesitantly, and as long as this continues it will camouflage the move and keep sentiment depressed. That's exactly what we need to happen to drive a long sustained rally back up to the old highs.
The problem with the rocket launch type rallies we've seen over the last year and a half is that they swing sentiment very quickly to the bullish side and we run out of buyers.
As long as the bottoming process proceeds gradually I think there's a very good chance the HUI could break back above the 200 day moving average, and possibly test the 600 level by mid-July.
So far all of the pieces are starting to fall in place to initiate the very early stages of what I think will eventually become another huge momentum move similar to what happened in silver and gold last year. This scenario may well culminate in a parabolic blow-off top sometime in late 2014 as the dollar moves down into its next three year cycle low.
Posted by The Big Setup at 2:57 PM