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Juniors – Buy of a Lifetime – Part II

By: Eric Hommelberg

-- Posted Tuesday, 19 February 2008 | Digg This ArticleDigg It! | Source:

- Gold on its way to $1000+ short term
- IMF threatens selling gold again, same old song, same result


Gold: $904 - HUI: 435


In my piece Juniors - Buy of a Lifetime part I I noted the extreme undervaluation of the junior sector against gold and concluded that a buy opportunity of a lifetime could be staring right here into our eyes. Now three weeks later nothing has changed my view. Yes, there's a growing sense of frustration among the junior share holders but the simple truth is that major bottoms are characterized by sentiment like this. Some investors are throwing in the towel because they are so demoralized by the fact that most juniors were trading higher in December 2003 than they are now. What these investors fail to recognize however is the cycle of over-valuation/under-valuation. It's simple, back in December 2003 the shares were extremely overvalued against gold and in February 2008 they are extremely undervalued against gold. So the only thing investors need to know is how to recognize significant BUY opportunities which are characterized by extreme undervaluation and severe over-sold technical indicators.


It's only a matter of time before the junior under-valuation will morph itself into a severe over-valuation against gold again, the only question remains when. When looking back at the bull market of the seventies we see that the gold shares really took off in the very latest stages of the bull market. It wasn't until early 1979 before most gold shares went ballistic. What does it tell you? Well, it tells you that most junior shares are likely to take off seriously when investors realize that gold is going ballistic. Needless to say we are not there yet since the mainstream view has been bearish towards gold ever since 2001. The gold bears keep singing their popular bear tunes over and over again and to be honest they have been quite successful in order to prevent any kind of excitement to evolve in the gold arena.


Some popular bear-tunes:


Bear-tune: China's gold production will increase and will off set the terminal decline in South Africa. The net result will be an increase in world gold production thereby bringing down the price of gold.


Comment: CPM is playing this tune ever since $430 gold. Now how would you have felt when you'd sold out your gold positions in 2005 at $430 because CPM had said that world gold production was going up which would bring down the price of gold? The simple fact is that gold production is not going up and has not been going up ever since 2001. China is not coming to the rescue either since China is looking all over the world itself in order to secure future gold supply. They have to since China's own gold reserves could be very well depleted within the next 6 years.


Bear-tune: The US will slip into a recession which will hurt demand for gold.


Comment: The US is not the center stage of world physical gold demand. Total US gold demand is only about 300 t/year. Compared to India's gold demand of about 1000 t/year the US amount is not significant. If you want to get a glimpse of future physical gold demand then look at India/China and Middle East, not the US. Demand trends are clearly up, not down!


Bear-tune: Most gold is used for Jewelry. If gold prices rise then jewelry demand slows down thereby reducing overall demand for gold which in turn will lead to lower gold prices.


Comment: Really? If that were the case indeed then why has gold demand soared dramatically by world's greatest jewelry consumer (India) over the last 5 years on the back of sky-rocketing gold prices?  And what about the Middle East? Well, the World Gold Council just reported a total Middle East gold consumption of 10%. This despite a 15% rise in gold!


I could go on and on but the key thing is that again most mainstream analysts fail to recognize the 'BIG' picture which is a bankrupt nation (US) refusing to deal with the consequences. A tsunami of inflation is heading towards the US which will destroy the value of the dollar and catapult the gold price into the stratosphere. The US is facing fiscal liabilities exceeding $50 trillion dollars and still no politician dares to touch this painful subject (exception Ron Paul). The only politician who did address this issue was former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill but obviously president Bush didn't like the message so O'Neill got fired. I've covered this subject in detail in chapter III Gold & Inflation of my Gold Drivers Report written in May 2005 but the reason why I come up with it now is that finally some Americans are waking up and bringing this subject to the public. I strongly urge you to view this YouTube clip in which CNN's Glenn Beck addresses the $50+ trillion fiscal liability and a technical bankrupt US.


It's quite obvious that the US government has tried to maintain the illusion of a strong dollar all these years by suppressing the gold price but it seems that they've lost control over the gold market and as GATA clearly documented, losing control over the gold price could lead to an upward explosion of the gold price up to several thousands of dollars per ounce in the years to come. It goes far beyond the scope of this article to discuss what GATA knows but readers interested could visit GATA's website at


The bottom line is that as long as the US government won't be implementing a policy in order to halt the dollar's slide and to reverse the current account deficits the dollar will continue its terminal decline and gold continues to rise. Keep this in mind during the next correction in gold because the bears will be all over you again urging you to sell your gold based on the bear-tunes mentioned above.


Now the latest popular bear-tune is the one of selling IMF gold (3000 tonnes) which will bring gold prices down. The timing is quite obvious since gold was heading towards $1000 fast and a fast rising gold price is something our beloved politicians don't want to see. They don't want to see sky-rocketing gold prices since it will undermine the illusion of a strong dollar, it's as simple as that! It's like deja vu all over again, former FED president Paul Volcker said in his memoirs (referring to the dollar crisis of the 70's):

Paul Volcker, Former FED president:

Joint intervention in gold sales to prevent a steep rise in the price of gold, however, was not undertaken. That was a mistake. Through March, the price of gold rose rapidly, and that knocked the psychological props out from under the dollar." END.

The US government tried to prevent a dollar collapse (partly) by gold sales before. The Wall Street Journal reported in Jan '05 (referring to the dollar crisis of the seventies):

Jan 17, 2005

Worried the falling dollar was undermining its anti-inflation efforts, the Carter administration announced a multi-part support package on Nov. 1, 1978: The Treasury would use gold sales and foreign borrowing and draw on its reserves with the International Monetary Fund to defend the dollar. At the same time the Federal Reserve raised its discount rate a full point." END.

So there it is, the US government used gold sales in order to support the falling dollar. As said above, it's like deja-vu all over again and you still wonder why the IMF came up last week with their brilliant idea of selling its gold?

The bottom line is it didn't work in the seventies and it won't work now, gold is heading towards its inflation adjusted all time high of $2250 and beyond and nothing will stop it. Whether we'll see $2250+ gold in 2012, 2011 or 2010 I don't know but $1000+ gold in 2008 seems to be a sure bet to me.

As mentioned above at some point when investors realize that gold is going ballistic indeed then the high quality juniors will wake up and start rising to levels hard to imagine these days. It's just a law of nature, all items swing from one side to the other, in this case juniors will swing from a severe under-valuation to a severe over-valuation. Again, during the bull market of the seventies most junior shares were hardly moving at all until 1979. Many juniors appreciated by a multiple of 1000% in the final gold blow which took less than a year!

Again, it's hard to predict when the juniors will take off but the only thing that is relevant right now is to recognize the extreme under-valuation of the junior sector and as the saying goes, 'BUY LOW and SELL HIGH'!

In my piece 'Juniors - Buy of a Lifetime' of January 25 I pointed towards the extreme undervaluation of the junior gold shares against gold and suggested that a tremendous 'BUY' opportunity could be right here right and now indeed.

Now let's examine the charts of January 25 again and see what ever happened next:

CDNX/GOLD CHART - weekly, January 24, 2008


On January 25 we suggested a bottom for the juniors could be near since the CDNX/GOLD ratio had reached such extremes to the down-side that a bounce upward could be expected within a short period of time.


Well, after three weeks it seems we've seen the bottom of the CDNX/GOLD ratio indeed which could translate itself into juniors catching up on gold in the months to come, see chart below:

This chart suggests a bottom indeed for the CDNX/GOLD ratio and history shows that after severe bottoms like these a multi month up-trend can't be ruled out.


Now let's take a peek at the monthly chart of the CDNX/GOLD ratio, this one is really stunning:


CDNX/GOLD RATIO CHART - Monthly, January 25, 2008

This monthly chart showed us a very similar set-up as in December 2002. Remember that the year of 2003 has proven itself the best year for the junior miners so far.  Now let's take a peek at the current chart and see how things unfold:


CDNX/GOLD RATIO CHART - Monthly - February 15, 2008


Also the monthly chart suggests a bottom might be in. Furthermore it should be noted that big up-moves often emerge from deep over-sold conditions. Well, the setup here couldn't be any better and is almost identical as the one of December 2002. If history could be any guide for us then the next 12 months could turn into a banner year for the juniors again.


Enough said about the juniors and their under-valuation, what about the short-term direction for gold and its shares? Well, panic selling started kicking in on February 01 when gold retreated form its near all time high. As always I urge our members when corrections like these occur to step back a bit and to stay with the facts. What I want to say is that an up-trend isn't broken until it is broken, in other words, gold's up-trend which started in September 2007 is still alive and well. The chart below was sent out to our members on Feb 01:




Although the technicals turned bearish the major up-trend which started in September 2007 wasn't challenged for a bit. Yes, gold retreated back to our projected possibility of $888 indeed and finds itself in a new Flag formation which if it could breach to the up-side $1000 will be in the cards, see the chart below:



It's obvious we have to be patient here and wait until gold's current Flag formation (AB) will resolve itself. The $888 - $871 area remains a solid support area. This formation will most probably resolve itself before the end of this month.


Now what about the gold shares (HUI)? Are they likely to bottom out in current regions?


Well, it seems that there is not much further down-side potential left at current levels but we have to be patient until the HUI breaches its current down-trend to the up-side, see chart below:



Although it seems that there is little down-side potential left for gold and its shares we have to be patient in order to see how gold's current Flag formation will resolve itself. This formation will resolve itself within weeks from now, if gold could breach this formation to the up-side then $1000 gold will be in the cards and gold shares will fly.

So what are we supposed to do from here?

Well, if you are a believer in gold's future then these are the times to increase your gold share positions since the gold shares are still selling at fire sale prices. In other words, downside risk is low. Higher gold prices the years ahead will lift the entire gold share sector but the most exciting rewards will come from junior mining companies making new discoveries.

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Eric Hommelberg
The Gold Drivers Report

-- Posted Tuesday, 19 February 2008 | Digg This Article | Source:


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