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Gold futures are up 19.1% for the year to date and yet the precious metal is lagging the stock gains of four major gold miners. Goldl miners have suddenly become safe haven investments.

For the year, Barrick Gold (ABX)  shares have gained 80.6% and is up 125.5% since bottoming at $5.91 on Sept. 23. Yamana Gold (AUY) - Get Yamana Gold Inc. Report , an "option on survival" did not bottom until trading as low as $1.38 on Jan. 19. Yamana has a gain of 67.7% for the year to date and is up 126.1% since the low. Goldcorp (GG) did not bottom until trading as low as $9.46 on Jan. 21 and is up 34.6% year to date and 64.5% off the low. Newmont Mining (NEM) - Get Newmont Corporation Report was the first to bottom and did so at $15.39 on Aug, 26 and is up 68.2% since then, and is up 43.9% year to date.

Here's a scorecard for gold, the exchange-traded fund that tracks gold and these four gold miners' charts.


The weekly charts are show below: The red line through the weekly price bars is the key weekly moving average (a 5-week modified moving average). The green line is the 200-week simple moving average considered the "reversion to the mean". The study in red along the bottom of the chart is weekly momentum (a 12x3x3 weekly slow stochastic), which scales between 00.00 and 100.00, where readings above 80.00 indicates overbought and readings below 20.00 indicates oversold. A negative weekly chart shows the stock below its key weekly moving average with weekly momentum declining below 80.00 in a trend towards 20.00.

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Here's the weekly chart for Barrick Gold.


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The weekly chart for Barrick Gold is positive but overbought with the stock above its key weekly moving average of $11.82, but well below its 200-week simple moving average of $19.25. Weekly momentum is projected to slip to 87.69 this week down from 89.13 on March 4, but both readings are well above the overbought threshold of 80.00.

On the daily chart (not shown) a "golden cross" was confirmed on Feb. 17. A "golden cross" is confirmed when the 50-day simple moving average rises above its 200-day simple moving average indicating that higher prices lie ahead. The 2016 high of $14.80 was set on March 4. The 50-day and 200-day simple moving averages are levels at which to buy on weakness at $10.44 and $8.76, respectively.

Investors looking to reduce holdings could have done so when the stock first tested $14.11, which is a key level on technical charts until the end of 2016.

Here's the weekly chart for Yamana Gold.


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The weekly chart for Yamana Gold is positive but overbought with the stock above its key weekly moving average of $2.58 with its 200-week simple moving average way up at $8.71. The weekly momentum reading is projected to rise to 81.32 this week up from 77.28 on March 4 as this reading rises above the overbought threshold of 80.00.

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On the daily chart (not shown) a "golden cross" could be confirmed soon as the 50-day and 200-day simple moving averages are converging as levels at which to buy on weakness at $2.20 and $2.28, respectively.

As an "option on survival" investors should consider buying the stock on weakness to technical levels below $3 a share. This week's key level of $2.74 is the first level at which to buy on weakness. Investors looking to reduce holdings should consider doing so on strength to $4.87, which is a key level on technical charts for all of 2016.

Here's the weekly chart for Goldcorp.


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The weekly chart for Goldcorp is positive with the stock above its key weekly moving average of $14.08 with the stock well below its 200-week simple moving average of $25.33. The weekly momentum reading is projected to rise to 74.48 this week 73.45 on March 4.

On the daily chart (not shown) a "golden cross" could be confirmed soon as the 50-day and 200-day simple moving averages are converging as levels at which to buy on weakness at $12.92 and $13.78, respectively.

Investors looking to reduce holdings could have done so at $14.75, which is a key level on technical charts until the end of March. The next key level to the upside is $24.09, which is in play until the end of 2016.

Here's the weekly chart for Newmont Mining.


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The weekly chart for Newmont Mining is positive but overbought with the stock above its key weekly moving average of $23.65, but below its 200-week simple moving average of $29.45. The weekly momentum reading is projected to rise to 83.47 this week up from 82.43 from March 4, with both readings well above the overbought threshold of 80.00.

On the daily chart (not shown) a "golden cross" was confirmed on Feb. 23. A "golden cross" is confirmed when the 50-day simple moving average rises above its 200-day simple moving average indicating that higher prices lie ahead. The 2016 high of $27.98 was set on March 4. The 50-day and 200-day simple moving averages are levels at which to buy on weakness at $21.50 and $19.93, respectively.

Investors looking to reduce holdings could have done so on strength to $25.35, which is a key level on technical charts until the end of 2016. This week's key level is $27.98, which was the high on March 4.

This article is commentary by an independent contributor. At the time of publication, the author held no positions in the stocks mentioned.