By Adam Hamilton – Re-Blogged From Gold Eagle
The gold miners’ stocks have slumped in January, tilting sentiment back to bearish. This sector’s strong December upward momentum was checked by gold’s own upleg stalling out. Gold investment demand growth slowed on the blistering stock-market rally. But uplegs always flow and ebb, and this young gold-stock upleg merely paused. The gold miners’ gains will likely resume soon, rekindling bullish psychology.
Most investors and analysts track the gold-mining sector with its leading ETF, the GDX VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF. GDX was this sector’s pioneering ETF birthed in May 2006, creating a huge first-mover advantage that is insurmountable. This week GDX’s net assets of $9.9b were an incredible 56.7x larger than the next-biggest 1x-long major-gold-miners ETF! GDX dominates this space with little competition.