Gold prices appear to be headed higher, given the fact that price has broken above the 20- and 50-day moving averages. However, the charts are looking even better for the miners, as they show price being squeezed in a narrow range between the 200- and 50-day moving averages, and when that happens price tends to react violently—either up or down.
This triangular pattern is apparent on both the BUGS (HUI) and Philadelphia Gold and Silver (XAU) indices. I'm more bullish on the shares of the gold miners than gold itself, based on what I’ve seen on the 10 year GDX:$/GOLD chart. That's a ratio which compares the stock prices of the majors with gold futures.
Some good analysis of that came to me last week from Richard Rhodes of Rhodes Capital, courtesy of Chartwatchers.
Richard notes a large trading range from top to bottom, with each level tested multiple times in sequence. Also, we've got two large, almost identical bottoms (2000 and 2008), which suggest the next move will be a repeat of what happened after 2001 when we hit that subsequent top. The full stochastic (bottom) shows that a bullish phase came in 2001 after hitting a midpoint, which is where we are now.
Bullish Correction Looming for Gold Shares
Source: Seeking Alpha, Kevin Barker (2/25/10)
". . .the charts are looking even better for the miners"