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While gold and silver are in long-term secular bull markets, they have experienced price weakness in the last few months of 2011. The technical picture indicates that they are likely to remain pressured for a while longer before recovering in 2012.
GLD (the major ETF for gold) fell below its 200-day simple moving average earlier in December and at the time, I pointed out in a previous article that this indicated lower prices in the future and it would next fall to the 325-day. After bouncing back up to the 200-day, gold did indeed fall to 148 on December 29th, which was the 325-day moving average. At the time that gold was breaking its 200-day, the DMI (directional moving indicator) also gave a sell signal on the daily charts. The RSI (relative strength index) fell below 50 and MACD (moving average convergence divergence) below the zero line -- both bearish. The sell signal on the DMI does not seem to be exhausted just yet.
The moving average picture overall still indicates that gold is in a short-term bull market. For this to turn negative, the 50-day would have to fall below the 200-day moving average and even then it shouldn't be considered as serious unless it was confirmed by a cross below the 325-day. The gives gold a lot of room to fall, even if the chart remains bullish. Even though a short rally in the beginning of 2012 is indeed possible, lower prices are likely to follow. A break of the 325-day moving average should be considered significant and would next bring GLD down to the 140 level. The 40-month simple moving average however is the most solid support below the 325-day.
Silver shows greater weakness than gold on its charts with the selling much more advanced. Unlike gold, silver has hit new yearly lows and when this happens the first time, it is likely that a series of new lows will then be made, although short rallies frequently take place first. For SLV, the major silver ETF, the 50-day moving average already fell below the 200-day in October and the bearish pattern was confirmed when the 50-day then fell below the 325-day at the end of November. On the daily charts, the DMI is on a sell signal and this seems to be only halfway done at this point. The other technical indicators are also bearish. SLV is currently being held up by support around 26. Much stronger support exists around 21 (really a band of support between 18 and 21).
The recent drops in gold and silver should be considered to be buying opportunities, although investors with a longer-term horizon should not be pushing the buy button just yet. The charts do not indicate a definitive bottom has been put in, nor that this is likely to happen in the next few weeks. Secular bull markets tend to last for around 20 years and this indicates the ultimate high for gold and silver will be around 2020. While there is always a higher high in the future during secular bulls that doesn't mean that there aren't major reversals along the way. The stock market secular bull between 1982 and 2000 had the 1987 crash, the 1989 and 1997 flash crashes, the 1990/91 bear market and the 1998 bear market. Smart investors used these declines as buying opportunities and made lots of money when they did. The same will be true for gold and silver for the rest of this decade.
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