Precious Metals Still in Strong Uptrend (by Springheel Jack)

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I was planning this as a post this weekend, but as it is possible that
the targets I'm looking at may be hit before then, I've decided to bring
it forward.

I was reading John Murphy's post last week talking about serious
technical damage done to the GDX uptrend, and then assorted suggestions
of imminent distaster in precious metals in various places, but notably
yesterday in Clusterstock
Chart of the Day

For me the essential driver in the long precious metals rally is the
loss of confidence in fiat money due to the easy money policies of the
last decade, and the wild printing of new money to support economic
growth in the last two years. There is little sign of this ending in the
US particularly, and every chance that it may accelerate if we see the
weakness in equities this summer that I am expecting, so I had a careful
look at GDX, silver and gold to see whether I could see any sign of a
significant reversal.

On gold we have a two year old rising channel and while we are falling
towards the lower trendline of that rising channel, until it breaks we
are just looking at a potential opportunity to buy at support in the
1153 – 1160 area. Here it is on the Gold Futures (Aug) daily chart:


On silver I see the same two year rising channel with a potential
opportunity to buy at support in the 16.60 area, here
it is on the Silver Futures (Aug) daily chart:


On GDX, I see an eighteen month old support trendline that will give
strong support in the 46 area, but I also see what may well be a
rectangle, with a recent partial decline. These rectangle 'tops' break
upwards 68% of the time, and a partial decline predicts an upward
breakout 89% of the time. If rising trendline support at 46 breaks, then
rectangle support should be found in the 40 – 41 area.

On an upward break of this rectangle the upside target would be almost
70, though I would add that the rectangle needs more crosses within it
to be a stronger pattern, and that rectangles that take more than six
months to form tend to be less likely to reach target.

Here it is on the GDX weekly chart:


All in all I'm not seeing any sign of weakness yet in gold, silver or
GDX. I am seeing a rare opportunity coming to buy at longer term

Only if these channels and patterns break would we be seeing a real