|The Amex Gold Bugs Index (.HUI) has been in a steady, very powerful uptrend since July 24, 2012, and is up by more than 35% since then. The mania aspect of this rally appears to be the driving force now, at least in the near term, with a sharp but short-lived pullback due -- probably sooner than later. Here's a closer look at one of the precious metals mining stocks that is looking especially vulnerable to a pullback in the next week or so.|
|FIGURE 1: CDE, DAILY. Analysis of CDE's medium-term money flow histogram and its nominal 40-day price cycle suggests that the stock is going to correct in the very near future. The stock's 21-day EMA near 25.17 should offer some support on its initial leg down.|
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|Coeur D'Alene Mines Corp. (CDE) has also risen sharply since late July 2012 -- up by more than 96% in two months -- far outperforming most of its peers in the .HUI. While that's great news for those who had the foresight to actually buy the stock nine weeks ago, a closer analysis of CDE's money flow situation reveals that the stock is ripe for a near-term pullback before moving on to even higher valuations. |
If you look at the 34-day Chaikin money flow histograms (CMF), you see that the histogram has reached peaks not previously seen during 2004-12. This strongly suggests that what we are witnessing on CDE's daily chart (Figure 1) is actually a short-term blowoff top in the making, one that could catch a lot of latecomers to this rally off-guard.
On the histogram window you see the red overbought/oversold lines. Most of the time, when CDE's money flow histogram crosses above this threshold, a correction in price soon follows; some are large and others are of a minor nature, depending on which combinations of price cycles are driving the stock at a given time. Clearly, CDE's 34-day Chaikin money flow histogram level is at an ultra-extreme level, one that really can't be sustained much longer before some short-term profit-taking ensues. See Figure 2.
|FIGURE 2: PRECIOUS METALS. Precious metals stocks take a beating during the morning trading session on Friday September 21 2012.|
|Graphic provided by: Interactive Brokers TWS Market Scanner.|
|CDE's price cycles are also confirming that the stock is due to make a nominal 40-day cycle low between September 26 and October 11. The minimum price target for low of the pullback is 21.35, which is a nearly $8 per share decline over the next three weeks. At a very minimum, money flow and price cycle analysis are strongly suggesting that existing longs in CDE start aggressively protecting their positions, if not to actually start selling/scaling out altogether. |
Practically speaking, if Thursday's low of 28.42 is taken out on strong volume, look for CDE to make a quick run south toward its 21-day exponential moving average (EMA), currently near 25.17. The December '12 $29.00 puts are selling for $2.55 and could be a great way to play an upcoming decline in CDE. Using the 21-day EMA as a price target and strict trade management (sell the long put if it doubles in price or declines by 50% after purchase) gives you an objective and sane way to potentially profit on a decline in the stock, without having the same amount of risk as an outright short stock position. Just make sure you limit your risk to 1% to 2% of your account value and don't let your emotions or biases control your trading decisions.
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