From 2001 to 2011, would you have rather owned the S&P 500 or Gold Miners (Gold Bugs Index/HUI)? If you answered the Gold Bugs index, you would be correct. The left chart below compares the performance of the Gold Bugs Index and the S&P 500. From 2001 to 2011, the Gold Bugs index out performed the S&P 500 by 1,400% (left chart below).
Since 2011, miners have been weaker than the S&P 500 by a large percent. Could the stage be for another period where the mining stocks are going to be stronger than the broad markets again?
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Over the past couple of years, the Gold Bugs/SPY ratio could be forming a reversal pattern (bullish inverse head & shoulders). If the pattern read would happen to be correct (unproven at this time), the ratio needs to breakout at (1). If it does, it would reflect that miners are stronger than the S&P and it could attract buyers to this beat up sector.