There’s a lot of energy building up in the gold sector. There’s a big move coming.
But, I won’t be trading it – because the options market has already priced in the move.
Let me explain…
GDX is set up to make a big move in one direction or the other. But, the options are priced so that the risk of being wrong outweighs the potential reward for being right. That’s not a good setup for a trade.
Take a look at this chart of GDX…
GDX peaked in mid-May at just above $37 per share. Since then, the stock has made a series of lower highs and lower lows. GDX closed Wednesday right on the support line near $32.70 per share. All of the various moving averages (the squiggly lines) have coiled together. So, there’s lots of energy to fuel the next big move.
If GDX breaks below support, then it will likely drop to the next support line at about $30. On the other hand, if GDX holds support and bounces from here, then it could quickly rally back up to where it started the month, near $35 per share.
So, there’s the potential for about an 8% move in either direction.
But, there’s no way to trade it because the option prices are already discounting the move.
For example, the GDX July 17 $32.50 call option closed Wednesday at about $1.95. If GDX rallies to $35 per share over the next month, this option will be worth $2.50. That would be a gain of 28% – which is okay.
But, it doesn’t make any sense when you consider you’d be risking 100% of the option premium in order to make that 28%.
The GDX July 17 $32.50 put option is trading for about $1.60. If GDX breaks support and falls to $30 per share over the next month, this option will be worth $2.50. That’s a gain of 56% – which is much better than the potential result of the call option.
But, it’s still a poor risk/reward setup since we’d be risking 100% in order to make 56%.
So, like I said… there’s no trade here. Traders are better off waiting until GDX either rallies towards the next resistance level at $35 or declines to support at $30.
If it hits those levels while creating overbought, or oversold, conditions then we’ll have a better setup in which to trade it.
Best regards and good trading,
P.S. On Monday I’ll be holding the next quarterly Q&A session for my Jeff Clark Trader subscribers. There, I’ll answer my readers’ most-asked questions about the next move for stocks, gold, and my specific trading strategies.
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In today’s mailbag, Trent shares an interesting situation he spotted…
Greetings Mr. Clark. The action in coffee looks notable. It’s near a low only visited a few times in the last several years. My understanding is that at less than a dollar, farmers are near-unable to make money.
As far as Arabica beans go, volatility in the Brazilian Real may be masking the ability of the price to go lower. I’m writing to request that you write about coffee in one of your Market Minute updates in the near future. Many thanks.
And Dan responds to last Saturday’s Market Minute…
Thank you, Michael, for sharing your FOMO moment with us. I’m sure most readers have made their own trading mistakes, and I sincerely appreciate you sharing yours.
I’ve been investing for about four years and have made every mistake that I’ve eventually read about. So, it’s nice to hear that people “in the biz” occasionally make mistakes too.
Still, learning is half the fun, and I’m learning not to beat myself up when I make a new mistake. I’ll save that for when I make a repeat mistake. Thanks again for the great post.
Thank you, as always, for your thoughtful comments. We look forward to reading them every day. Keep them coming at [email protected].
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You can see it in the chart below. That big spike.
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