The Direxion Daily Gold Miners Index Bull 2X Shares NUGT was trading down Thursday, in tandem with spot gold, which was declining about 1.5% to trade near the $1,785 mark.
The gold miners sector, which often moves in tandem with gold prices, recently enjoyed a bull cycle that began on Nov. 4 and caused NUGT to soar almost 68% higher between that date and Dec. 13. Since then, NUGT has entered a downtrend.
Since Dec. 1, gold has been trading near the 200-day simple moving average and the commodity most recently crossed above the level on Tuesday. On Thursday, gold was retracing to test the 200-day SMA as support. If it can hold above the area, NUGT could make another run north.
NUGT is a double leveraged fund that is designed to outperform the NYSE Arca Gold Miners Index. The ETF tracks a number of gold and silver mining companies through its holdings, with Dreyfus Government Cash Management Funds Institutional weighted at 62.34%.
It should be noted that leveraged ETFs are meant to be used as a trading vehicle as opposed to a long-term investment by experienced traders. Leveraged ETFs should never be used by an investor with a buy and hold strategy or those who have low risk appetites.
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The NUGT Chart: NUGT reversed into a downtrend on Dec. 13, confirmed by printing a lower high at the $36.12 mark on Wednesday. On Thursday, the ETF fell lower but may have formed a higher low on the daily chart to negate the downtrend.
- On Thursday, NUGT was working to print a hammer candlestick on the daily chart, which could indicate higher prices are in the cards for Friday. If that occurs, traders would like to see the ETF surge up above $37, which would confirm a new uptrend.
- If NUGT trades higher on Friday, traders want to see the ETF regain the eight-day exponential moving average (EMA) as support. If the ETF can’t pop up above the level, the eight-day EMA will cross below the 21-day EMA, which would be bearish.
- NUGT has resistance above at $37.68 and $41.31 and support below at $33 and $28.13.
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