Gold stocks did exactly what they needed to do yesterday – and exactly what the gold bulls were hoping for – in order to keep the potential for a strong move higher alive.

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The VanEck Vectors Gold Miners Fund (GDX) recovered everything it lost on Tuesday, and then some. It closed above the downtrending resistance line on the chart. And it established another higher low – which keeps intact the uptrend that began in early July.

Here’s the updated chart…

If GDX can follow through today and close above last week’s high of $23.18, then we’ll have a decisive breakout on this chart. That should lead to an immediate run higher towards the next resistance line near $23.80.

On the other hand, if GDX turns lower today, then keep an eye on Tuesday’s low at $22.50. A close below that level would break the pattern of higher lows and eliminate the bullish setup on this chart.

For my money, I favor the upside here for the gold sector for one main reason…

The GDX/Gold ratio chart broke out to the upside yesterday as well. Here’s an updated look at it…

Remember, this chart compares the action in gold stocks to the action in the metal. The gold sector always does better when this chart is moving higher – meaning gold stocks are performing better than gold.

This chart has broken out to the upside of a three-month-long consolidating triangle pattern. There’s lots of energy to fuel a sustained move higher.

Of course, it looked like this chart had broken out to the upside last month. But that breakout turned into a “fakeout” and the gold sector remained in its choppy, tight trading range.

This time, the breakout is more likely to be for real.

The support and resistance lines of the triangle pattern have come much closer together. That lessens the chance for a false breakout this time around. And last month’s “fakeout” shook a lot of weak hands out of the gold stock trade. Those folks are likely to buy back in as the breakout accelerates – thereby pushing gold stock prices even higher.

Gold stocks did exactly what they needed to do yesterday. For today, they just need to close above the $23.18 level to shift the rally into second gear.

Best regards and good trading,

Jeff Clark

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