Today’s stock rally includes strong precious metals with base metals being flat. Jim O’Neal coined the term BRIC and now says “The big commodity play on China is finished.” (Bloomberg video). The BRIC nations stock markets are minor disasters (Kimble Charting). Six indicators pointing to China’s deteriorating conditions at Sober Look. Decision time has arrived for copper (chart).
The Independent Stock Analysis thesis continues to be precious metals over materials and base metals. Western world money printing (Reuters) is primarily gold and silver positive, with oil another beneficiary. Base metal and material prices need China growth to re-accelerate on meaningful fiscal stimulus, something unlikely in the near term (Marketwatch).
Doug Kass startled me saying “It now appears that China’s third-quarter real GDP growth might be 6.5% or lower.” (The Street). Become accustomed to headlines like this: Low demand from China dampening Asian coking coal outlook in short term: UBS at Platts.
The $HUI and GDX are approaching their 200 day moving averages. Perhaps some digestion occurs next week on the charts. ISA has been covering the precious metals ad nauseum on our gold page.
The royalty stocks are fundamentally superior. With FNV and RGLD having stretched valuations my current favorite is Silver Wheaton. SLW presents this afternoon. An alternative view on silver: chart. Silver breakout from Daily Wealth:
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