Over the last 14 months, the gold mining shares, as represented by the HUI, have been trapped in a very broad range bounded by 600 on the top side and supported by 500 on the bottom side. The fact that this range has continued for such a long period of time and has repeatedly reinforced itself underscores how important from a technical perspective it is should anything occur which forces a violation of this range.
Having moved down to the bottom of this range in today's session it has of this hour bounced rather strongly off of that level once again. That is reinforcing the significance of the 500 level on the technical price charts and makes it all the more critical that the HUI not close substantially below this level.
A weekly close below 485 - 480 would therefore signify that something significant has changed in regards to investor/trader sentiments towards the precious metals sector as buyers pull back on their bids expecting lower prices. Owners of these shares will want to monitor trading action closely to see how this sector reacts as we move to the end of the year. Odds favor a continuation of the sideways trading pattern but if sentiment sours further as traders fear inaction by the monetary authorities, support levels could give way. We just have to wait and see what the market tells us.
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