Here is a look at the updated bear analogs for the gold stocks. We use the Barron’s Gold Mining Index as it has the longest history. The current bear is in line with the 1996-2000 bear. After declining 69% over two and a half years that bear mounted a rebound that lasted over a year. That was followed by a decline to new lows. The current bear is down 68% and at this point on the scale is in the worst shape relative to all the other bears.
For further comparison to the 1996-2000 bear, consider the figures for the other indices. Then the XAU declined 73%. At its recent low it was down 73%. Then the HUI declined 83%. It’s been down as much as 77% in this bear. The GDM index has lost 75% in this bear market and 77% in the 1996-2000 bear market. Meanwhile, GDXJ has lost up to 86% in the current bear market.
As we noted last week, the miners appear to be holding their November low and have a tradeable setup. The HUI is trading between 155 and 175 while GDX is trading between 17 and 20. A short-term rally to resistance is definitely possible. Given the current extreme oversold condition, are the miners ready to rebound through resistance and rally the way they did last January? On the other hand, will the metals cooperate? After 2013 tax loss selling, GDXJ rebounded over 50% within two months.