What To Expect Ahead From Gold Mining ETFs?

gold miner pickInvesting in gold has been pretty rough this year. The pain became more acute when it came to investing in gold mining ETFs as these often trade as leveraged plays on gold. The precious metal was badly beaten down in the first nine months of the year be it in physical or equity form.

Let’s see how things shaping up now for the near-term and long-term investment purpose:

Thanks to the lingering uncertainty in the taper timeline, especially after the Fed’s latest comments that a scale back in QE might be in the cards in next few FOMC meetings, investors fled precious metals in droves.

As we all can understand, a trimming in the easy monetary policy will likely send the price of the greenback higher and dampen the safe haven status of the yellow metal. As per the Fed officials, though the economy is still far from the level where it can stand on its own feet, the economic indicators significantly improved from the year-ago level.

Reflecting the Fed’s recent comments, the gold miners ETF plunged to its 5-year low, and is within striking distance of their all-time lows as well (read: A Comprehensive Guide to Gold Mining ETFs).

A Technical Look at Gold Mining ETF- GDX

While we take a look at Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEARCA:GDX) – one of the popular gold mining ETFs on the market with AUM of $4.25 billion and a trading volume of roughly 38 million shares a day – the downtrend gets more visible.

The fund was down over 8.5% since November 20 and lost more than 50% in the year-to-date frame. GDX is currently hovering around its 52-week low and might hit another low in the near term. Its short-term moving average is well below the long-term average as depicted by the 200-Day SMA in the chart below. This suggests continued bearishness for this ETF.

This is further confirmed by the downturn in the Parabolic SAR. The current price of GDX is trading below the parabolic SAR (PSAR) indicating a bearish trend for the product.

While a near-term bearishness in warranted in the wake of the Fed’s taper concerns, we believe the picture is not that gloomy. The Relative strength Index for GDX stood at close to 29.5 reflecting a somewhat oversold position mainly due to the panic selling and the fund fell to the undervalued territory.

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