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Templeton Funds And Druckenmiller Get Burned on Barrick

As reported on Bloomberg TV:  “Barrick Gold Corp was back in favor with fund managers last quarter, before the world’s biggest bullion producer reported disappointing earnings and rising costs…Billionaire investor Stan Druckenmiller’s Duquense Family Office LLC bought 2.85 million shares in Barrick” in the 1st quarter.

Apparently Templeton and Druckenmiller have not done their home work on mining stocks.  Anyone with any knowledge and experience investing in mining stocks knows that companies like Barrick and Goldcorp and are poorly managed, highly bureaucratic organizations.  As such, they are terrible vehicles with which to express a leveraged view on the precious metals market.

Barrick has all kinds of problems that will affect its profitability, including a pile-on of class action lawsuits that hit recently.   Anyone with experience in this sector already knows this. Rather than investing in the largest mining stocks, the best returns in the sector will be made by investing in the companies that will be acquired by these large caps.  A good example is the recent takeover of Exeter Resources (XRA) by Goldcorp:

If Stanley Druckenmiller had been a subscriber to the Mining Stock Journal, he would have known to buy XRA in early September (presented in the Sept 1, 2016 issue) at $1.16. The stock popped up to $1.80 when XRA and GG announced the merger. That’s a 55% ROR in 7 months. MSJ subscribers were also shown Mariana Resources in the December 22, 2016 issue at 82 cents. Mariana agreed to acquired by Sandstorm Gold in a deal valued at $1.41. Because of the heavy stock component, SAND traded lower and Mariana traded up to $1.24. A 51% ROR in four months. The new stock idea presented in mid-April is up 19% and has a lot more room to run.

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Will Physical Gold/Silver Demand Prevent A Bigger Sell-Off?

The precious metals market has been under attack for the last two weeks by the Comex banks who have once again built-up an extreme net short position in their paper gold and silver positions.  In fact the open interest in paper silver recently set a new record high, exceeding the previous high set in 2011, when the price of gold was approaching $50.  That it took a record amount of paper silver creation to keep the price of silver below $20  a sense of desperation by the banking cartel in its effort to keep gold and silver “irrelevant” as an investment.

But the price action of the metals is behaving somewhat differently from past cycles when the banks decide to flex their muscles and trample on the precious metals market by bombarding the Comex with thousands of gold and silver contracts in order to disgorge the long positions held by hedge funds and create intermittent “waterfall” sell-offs.

Eric Dubin (The News Doctors) and the “Doc” (Silver Doctors) invited me back on to their “Metals and Markets” weekly show sponsored by SD Bullion to chat about the precious metals, junior mining stocks and geopolitical current events:

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Flash News: Junior Miners Are Not Going To Implode

On Monday IRD published a reply to an article that was posted on Goldseek.com which theorized that capital was going to stop flowing to the junior mining stock sector because of the changes occurring at the GDXJ and JNUG ETF: No, The Junior Mining Stocks Are Not Going To Implode.

In that reply I stated that,  in the course of doing research for the Mining Stock Journal,  that several junior mining stock CEO’s had recently told me that there was an enormous amount of capital coming into the sector from sophisticate pools of institutional investors and strategic players (other mining companies, private equity etc).

This morning the “proof of concept” in my commentary was offered when Sandstorm Gold and Mariana Resources announced a merger deal – this update was sent out to Mining Stock Journal subscribers:

Mariana Resource / Sandstorm Merger Proposal

In the December 22, 2016 issue, I presented Mariana Resources. At the time of publication the stock was at $0.82. (click image to enlarge)

This morning Mariana and Sandstorm Gold (SAND) announced a proposed merger transaction in which Sandstorm acquires MARL in a cash and stock transaction. The value offered based on SAND’s closing price yesterday (April 25th) of $4.04 is $1.41 (MRLDF basis). Mariana shareholders would end up holding 19% of the combined entity.

Currently MRLDF is trading up 67.5% from yesterday’s close at $1.24 (C$1.70, up 67.5%). SAND is trading down 8% at $3.71 (down 33 cents), which is why MRLDF/MARL.V is trading at a discount to the proposed terms at yesterday’s closing price for SAND.

If you want to remain an owner of SAND, the Mining Stock Journal would recommend holding on to MRLDF/MARL. With the drop in SAND’s stock price, I don’t know if Mariana shareholders will be able to coerce a revised to offer in order to bring the value back up to the value as presented in the announcement of the deal. MSJ has not conducted a thorough review of SAND and therefore is not in a position to recommend owning SAND going forward. I will probably issue an opinion in the next issue of MSJ (May 4th).

For some reason the stock market hits the stock price of the acquiring company in mining stock deals that involve share issuance. This offer encompasses shares plus cash. If this were a transaction in any other sector of the market, the acquirer’s stock would be up in value this morning.

I do believe that once the price of gold and silver head higher again, the price of SAND’s stock will recover. If that’s the case, there’s an easy 12% left in MRLDF.

The Mining Stock Journal specializes in finding highly undervalued junior mining shares. It’s a bi-monthly, email-delivery based subscription service.  You can find out more about subscribing using this link:  Mining Stock Journal.   Currently I am sending out all back issues to new subscribers.

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Animal Spirits Are Percolating In The Gold Market

The use of the term “animal spirits” is most commonly attributed to John Maynard Keynes. But it originates from the Latin term, “spiritus animales” in reference to the spirit that drives human thought, feeling and action. We saw animal spirits at work in gold and silver on Tuesday this past week when the Dow dropped 237 points and gold quickly popped up $16. Silver jumped 72 cents, much to Wall Street’s surprise, on March 16th after the FOMC issued its latest monetary policy statement despite an assurance that the Fed would raise rates three more times this year.

At some point the paper control of the gold market is going to fall prey to animal spirits. I think the reaction of the metals after the FOMC policy release and when the Dow plunged are evidence that “animal spirits” are percolating in the precious metals market. (Excerpt from yesterday’s issue of the Mining Stock Journal)

In the latest issue of the Mining Stock Journal I review a junior mining stock that was heavily promoted last summer ahead of a big issuance of stock. Many of you may own it thinking you sitting on junior with close to 20 million ounces of gold in the ground. What I found when I examined the background of management and quality of the alleged mineralization on the company’s properties, with no plans for advancing the properties, might shock you. This stock is down 50% from its highs last summer and insiders were dumping shares in September before the stock sold off. This is a stock you want to avoid and you can find out more about it by subscribing:  Mining Stock Journal subscription info.

When I asked a colleague and subscriber who invests in junior mining stocks and participates in select financings if he had an opinion on the above-mentioned company, this was his partial response: “No, I have never looked at it principally because of the people behind it, who are well-known to front run their own subscribers.”

Trump Will Be Great For Gold And Silver (If Nothing Else)

I love days like today when both gold and the dollar are green. Historically, some of the best moves in gold occur as gold and the dollar move up together for short period of time. Today, of course, is just one day. And there’s no question that the Trump Government will need a significantly lower dollar in order to stimulate U.S. industry, assuming the latter is at all possible anymore.

On the other hand, if somehow Trump manages to get Congress to pass his border control and excise tax proposals, consumer prices on the products being imported at prices much lower than the same products can be produced domestically will soar. Let’s not forget, gold loves inflation.

In terms of the fundamentals supporting gold, the Fed’s unanimous decision to leave rates unchanged confirms my suspicion that the likely next move sometime later this year will be some sort of loosening of monetary policy. Consumer liquidity continues to dry up. This is especially evident in the retail sales reports plus the big drop reported for January auto sales.

In addition, various price inflation reports are starting to emerge. On Feb 1st, Bloomberg reported that the Citigroup Inflation Surprise Index, which is a global index that measures price surprises relative to market expectations, is at its highest in more than five years. Even the Government-produced inflation reports in the U.S. have been coming in “hotter” than expected. This is a difficult feat given all of the hedonic adjustments plus other various gimmicks the Government statisticians inflict on the data in order to mute the ability of the index to measure true inflation (note: the manipulation of the CPI was implemented by the Arthur Burns-led Federal Reserve shortly after Nixon closed the gold window – they knew what was coming, which was massive money supply expansion and the resulting price inflation).

In other words, even the Government will be unable to hide fully the effect that trillions of QE and credit expansion is having on consumer prices. This will act as a turbo-booster on the price of gold when this reality eventually grips the capital markets.

In the physical markets, despite China’s week-long closure to observe the Chinese New Year (Year of the Rooster), the eastern hemisphere markets continue to “consume” a lot of physical gold. Premiums all week in India have been high enough to reflect moderate to heavy legal kilo bar importation. Dore bar imports have been flowing steadily for several weeks.  Additionally, Vietnamese were paying $135 over world spot gold, indicating voracious demand.

The latest official Swiss gold export report for December shows that the Swiss exported 154 tonnes of gold to mainland China in December. This was almost four times higher than exports to Hong Kong and more than three times the amount of gold shipped from from HK into China’s mainland. This would be the gold that enters China via Beijing and Shanghai that goes unaccounted for by the World Gold Council and the GFMS data-keepers. Additionally, East and South Asian countries accounted for 87% of Swiss gold exports in December.

Thus, contrary to the popular mainstream financial fake news, China’s appetite for gold remains voracious. Needless to say, all the “stars are aligning” for what could be a spectacular year for the precious metals and mining stocks. Not the least of which is the unpredictability of, and the undefinable nature of, the Trump presidency.

Most of the above commentary was an excerpt from the February 2nd Mining Stock Journal.  In that issue I reviewed five previous names presented, of which three are significantly higher from when the MSJ presented the idea.  Of the other two, one is down about the same amount as the sector since August and the other one is a silver exploration company that is percolating on top of what may turn out to be one of the larger silver deposits in the world in addition to containing large quantities of zinc, lead and gold. I also mentioned an emerging producer that may be acquired before summer.

You can subscribe to the MSJ here:  Mining Stock Journal.  The publication is a bi-weekly newsletter with unique insight on the gold and silver market that also focuses on undervalued junior exploration and emerging producer ideas.  New subscribers, for now, will receive all of the back-issues.

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“Gold Is Money – And Nothing Else”

– JP Morgan on December 18, 1912 in testimony to Congress

Crush The Street’s Kenneth Ameduri invited to discuss why I believe the current stock market is the most overvalued in history.  We also chatted about the movement by western Governments to a digital currency system and, of course, the precious metals market.  It’s my view that the pullback in the precious metals sector that began in late July was over by the end of December.  I also believe that there’s good probability that the next move in the sector will be more powerful than the 2016 move.

You can listen to our conversation here:

If you want to have access to my proprietary precious metals market analysis and junior mining stock ideas you can subscribe to the Mining Journal with this link:  MSJ Subscription Link.   The subscription is email-based and new subscribers get all of the back-issues.  The next issue will be published Thursday this week and I have an extraordinarily intriguing high risk / high return, 10-bagger potential stock idea.

 

Fundamentals Will Take Gold & Silver Higher Now

In the absence of the extreme degree of price intervention being conducted by the western Central Banks and bullion banks in the paper gold and silver markets, the price of both precious metals would be several multiples higher.  That this intervention occurs not only has become overtly visible to all market participants, but recent prosecution/settlement events have rendered this assertion indisputable.

After a massive move that started in mid-December 2015, the sector began selling-off in early July.  This correction was a function of both characteristic market technicals and conspicuous paper market manipulation in the New York and London paper gold/silver “markets.”

But after nearly five years of oppressive, unfettered market manipulation, the physical market has put a floor beneath the market.  After a price “correction” of 8% in gold and 16% in silver, the metals are now ready to go higher from here.  This was “telegraphed” by the recent price-action in the junior mining stocks as represented by the GDXJ junior mining stock index:

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The junior mining stocks – especially the smaller exploration companies – similarly signaled the move higher in the metals ahead of the rest of the sector beginning in early December 2015.

While the Central Banks would love nothing more right now than to take gold and silver down to zero, the markets – driven by the physical deliver bullion markets in the eastern hemisphere, appear to want the market to move higher.  The sequence of trading events beginning yesterday through today illustrates this dynamic.

After a big rally in the mining stocks and metals in the first half of the trading on Wednesday, the miners slammed after the FOMC meeting statement was released in the afternoon.  The HUI was taken down from its high of 226 (up 7 pts) to close down down 4 points at 215.   This signaled a likely price ambush in the metals, which occurred just after midnight EST, taking December gold down $14 from $1301 to $1287 – silver was taken below $18.

The mind-set going into the NYSE was that the HUI would get slammed again.  But the market had different ideas.   The HUI began moving up at the open.  It’s been up as much as 2.5% from yesterday’s close.  Shortly thereafter, the metals began to rally as well. Historically, after a reversal like yesterday, the metals and miners typically continue lower for at least few days.   But with the mining stocks leading the way, it is highly probable that the next move from here will be higher (with plenty of manipulated volatility, of course).

In today’s episode of the Shadow of Truth, we explain why the precious metals sector has shifted into a trend in which every price pullback should be used to accumulate and add to positions in gold, silver and your favorite mining stocks.

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Gold And The Dollar Moving In Tandem?

One interesting occurrence that has not been written about in the precious metals alternative media or blog space yet is that gold has been quietly moving in tandem with the dollar over the past several trading sessions. It has been quite pronounced during the past four trading days, today inclusive. In the previous 15 years, gold’s best periods of return have occurred when gold and the dollar move in tandem higher for a brief period of time, followed by a period of time when the dollar heads south and gold continues higher.

If you look at graphs of both gold and the dollar side by side, you’ll see that this occurred in late 2005 into early 2006, when gold moved higher until May while the dollar fell and again in late 2008. It’s too early tell if that will happen now, but suffice it to say that both are moving in tandem right now and it’s worth watching to see if it continues. My theory is that there’s flight to safety into gold and the dollar ahead of an adverse economic event. As the event unfolds, the dollar begins to sell off but capital continues to flow into gold as the ultimate wealth preservation asset.

The above analysis is an excerpt from the latest issue of IRD’s Mining Stock Journal which was released last night.   Earlier today, Bill “Midas” Murphy poked his head out of the New Orleans Investment Conference and asked me why the metals were acting “so goofy” this morning, to which I replied:

Interestingly, gold and the dollar have been moving in tandem the past several days. Not perfect correlation but I bet its 80-85%. I discussed this in the latest issue of my Mining Stock Journal. Over the last 15 years, gold has had some of its best performance periods when it moved in tandem with the dollar for a bit then took off higher while the dollar sold off. It’s been moving in tandem with the dollar today as well.

The manipulated correction is over. India and China are buying a LOT of gold right now. Two days ago nearly 100 tonnes were delivered onto the SGE. I don’t think the cartel can take gold lower and I think right now they are merely trying to keep the “beachball” from popping above the surface of the water. Every time gold pops up, they hit it, but gold bounces back like one of those punching clowns.

At some point they are going to have to go back into “managed retreat.” Maybe once the election is over.

You’ll note that there’s now been a complete reversal in the precious metals sector, with gold, silver and the HUI running higher and the SPX/Dow headed south.   MSJ subscribers have been getting analysis like this since early March.  In addition, my picks have been substantially outperforming the sector. MSJ is $20/month, with no minimum commitment period.   You can access this content by clicking here:  Mining Stock Journal.

You’ve got a great journal for an amazing price  – James, happy subscriber

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Junior Miners: Gold And Silver Are Ready To Rumble

Massive one-shot selling of non-physical gold on Tuesday, October 4th, appeared to be typical of gold-price-depressing market interventions seen repeatedly in recent years. Those interventions have been orchestrated regularly by central banks…Post-election, the Fed likely will face economic and liquidity circumstance more conducive to expanded quantitative easing, than to meaningful rate hikes. Reverting now to obvious market manipulation of the price of gold could be a leading indicator of pending central-bank policy otherwise shifting towards intensified U.S. dollar debasement.  – John Williams, Shadowstats.com

The Fed was overtly aggressive in its attack on gold and silver during the past few weeks.  As John Williams observes in the quote above, it’s probable that the Fed has made every effort to suppress the price of gold ahead of the implementation of more QE in some form (dollar debasement).

Several analysts have been offering up theories with regard to the performance of gold based on the winner of the presidential election.  But the truth is, gold and silver will do well for the foreseeable future regardless of which candidate wins.   Perhaps this chart created by Twitter @thingtankcharts, with my edits, will explain my view:

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The graphic above shows the three massive bubbles blown by the Fed, the last two of which hit exhaustion and were followed by a collapse in the stock market.  The third bubble is by far the biggest and will likely be followed by a stunning stock market collapse unless the Fed blows even harder with a bigger QE program than was implemented in 2008.  Either way, gold and silver will soar.

Right now, of course, India and China have stepped up ot their seasonal gold feeding trough with healthy appetites. Jewelers in India see a 10-20% rise in demand for this year’s festival season – Economic Times.

Away from the activity in the physical gold market, another indicator has perked up:  the junior mining stocks.  Not necessarily the junior segment as a whole, but the smaller cap juniors which potentially have high-payoff deposits and the cash to fund exploration.

The fund I co-manage owns several of these so I happened to notice that trading volumes in these stocks began to spike up in mid-late December, around the time that gold and silver began to move higher but in advance of the universe of mining stocks.  The volume in these stocks began spiking up late last week and early this week. As examples, volumes on the TSX listing for Rye Patch Gold, Alamadex Minerals, Barkerville Gold, Arizona Mining and Treasury Metals spiked up considerably this week.  This is just a few examples.

The junior exploration stocks tend to be largely off the radar screen of most mining stock investors.  But I also believe that the smartest hedge funds who play in the mining stock sandbox are well aware that the smallest juniors have the most upside leverage to rising gold and silver prices.   In other words, “really smart money” smells another moving coming the precious metals – likely in anticipation of further dollar devaluation policies implemented by the Fed and Government.

We know that whoever is the next President will ramp up Government spending in an attempt to revive an economy that is on the verge of depression.  The only way this can be enabled, in light of the fact that China and other major Central Banks are dumping Treasuries, is for the Fed to step up and monetize the debt that will have to be issued by the Government to fund even more fiscal spending
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The number one and two priorities will be a Federal bailout of Obamacare and a move to prop up the largest State and Federal retirement funds, including Social Security, all of which are badly underfunded and will collapse if the Government does not intervene.  The money printing that is coming will drive the precious metals and miners a lot higher from here.

You can subscribe to the Mining Stock Journal by clicking on this LINK or by clicking on the graphic below.  For now, I am distributing the previous two issues (March 4th was the debut issue) published.  Each bi-monthly issue contains what I believe to be unique commentary and analysis on the gold/silver market plus a thoroughly researched mining stock idea – mostly juniors but I’ll present an occasional large cap idea, especially if I believe it presents a good short term trading opportunity.

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Here’s an excerpt from the last issue:

For me, the best indicators that the worst is over are: 1) India and China are transitioning into their largest seasonal period of physical gold buying; 2) the “excess” Comex open interest appears to have substantially liquidated; 3) the stock charts are extremely oversold and some technical indicators are turning up.

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In this issue I presented a couple of large cap ideas that have been extremely oversold, including some ideas for using options. I also updated some of my recent junior picks based on recent events that could drive these stocks higher.

Gold Will Soar Regardless Who’s President

We can ignore reality but we can’t ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.   – Ayn Rand

Perhaps the most infuriating aspect of last night’s final “debate” is the suppression of the truth.  Throughout all three debtes, Hillary overtly avoided answering any direct quetions regarding her infamous emails, thankfully put on display for all to see by Wikileaks.

Last night she pivoted right to blaming it on the Russians.  Talk about conspiracy theory. It is highly improbable that the Russians hacked her illegal email accounts for the purpose of influencing the election.  But Hillary used this sound-byte to deflect away from the Truth.  All of the Truths exposed by the leaked emails which point to Hillary’s criminal activity, including collusion with the media (CNN specifically) to rig the outcome of her primary race and selling access to the State Dept and to Wall Street Banks for donations to the Clinton Foundation.  Those are just two of many acts of criminality exposed by the emails.

But in Hillary’s world, Truth is a liability which would prevent her from ascending to the Oval Office where she can peddle and steal  her way from an 8-figure net worth to a 9-figure net worth. Maybe her nickname will be “three commas.”

That said, we hope Hillary is elected because her supporters will not only end up regretting their choice, but it will adversely affect them and their families forever.

Regardless of who wins the election, gold  and silver are getting ready for another surprising move higher.   The Harry Dent  Jr’s of the world will be left grasping for excuses for why their prediction for a much lower gold price is so horribly wrong.

We discuss the tragic U.S. Presidential election and the reason why gold is getting ready to take off again in today’s episode of the Shadow of Truth: