Chris’ note: Gold and gold stocks fell hard today.

Gold prices dropped 2%. And gold stocks – measured by the VanEck Vectors Gold Miners Fund (GDX) – fell even further, down 5%.

Now, if you’ve been reading the Dispatch, you know we believe we’re in the early innings of the next great bull market in gold. All signs still point to this being the “motherlode of all gold rallies.”

But that doesn’t mean it will be a straight shot higher.

You’re seeing that firsthand today. Remember, gold stocks are extremely volatile. That’s why we always tell you to manage your risk. Never bet more money than you can afford to lose. And take profits as they come.

If you follow these principles, you’ll be able to take full advantage of the coming boom… without exposing yourself to devastating losses.

And as you’ll see today, gold stocks could be due for some more pain in the next couple weeks.

That’s according to master trader Jeff Clark, who just sent an urgent gold update this morning. Like us, Jeff believes gold stocks are a smart bet for the long term. But as a trader, Jeff’s more focused on the short term.

Jeff was spot-on with his call for a gold downturn this morning… and he says we’re not in the clear yet.

As a colleague of Jeff’s, I highly respect his work… and I want all Dispatch readers to see the technicals behind what’s going on right now.

It all has to do with a specific chart… which he’s calling “the most vulnerable-looking chart in the stock market right now”…

By Jeff Clark, editor, Delta Report

Jeff Clark

Buying into the gold sector right now is a mistake. You’ll have a better chance to do so in the weeks ahead.

Let’s be clear… Gold stocks are in a new, long-term bull market. They will be higher several months from now than where they are today. But, in the short term, they’re most likely headed lower.

Take a look at this chart of the VanEck Vectors Gold Miners Fund (GDX)…


This is perhaps the most vulnerable-looking chart in the stock market right now.

The action in GDX over the past few weeks has formed a “rising wedge” pattern on the chart, with negative divergence on the momentum indicators. In other words, as GDX has rallied to slightly higher highs, the various momentum indicators at the bottom of the chart have been making lower highs.

This indicates that the momentum behind the rally is fading. And, it’s often an early warning sign of an impending decline.

Admittedly, the chart of GDX also showed negative divergence back in mid-July. And the gold sector was able to rally higher despite that divergence. But the rally is now six weeks older. GDX is now about 10% higher. And, the negative divergence is even more pronounced.

Add to this the near-record short interest among the commercial traders (the so-called “smart money”), and the potential for a Gold Miners Bullish Percent Index ($BPGDM) sell signal, and you have the makings of a several-week-long decline in the gold sector.

If GDX breaks the rising wedge pattern to the downside, then the minimum target would be a move down to the August low at about $28 per share. But I think it could go deeper than that. 

The late-July low at about $26 looks like a more reasonable target. And, if the selling pressure really kicks into gear, then GDX could decline all the way back to where it was in early July and hit $25 per share.

Understand, though… a decline to any of those targets isn’t going to change the longer-term bullish outlook for the gold sector. GDX will still be up nicely on the year. It will still be in a longer-term bullish pattern. Traders should be looking to buy into the gold sector as GDX reaches one of those lower targets.

For now, though, the gold sector looks vulnerable to a decline.

Best regards and good trading,

Jeff Clark
Editor, Delta Report

P.S. I hesitated to go public with this…

As some of you might know, I’m a private guy. I’m not interested in the spotlight. All I want is to help everyday folks make money in the stock market – no matter which way it turns.

But when I saw the action in the gold market recently, I knew I had to put this out there. Too many folks are simply “buying and holding” gold stocks, hoping they’ll keep running higher… when really, there’s a simple technique that could potentially earn you 10x more money in the gold market without even touching gold stocks.

Get all the details right here.