If this chart plays out to what technical analysis is pointing to then we could see the precious metals sector put in a bottom and rally within the next week or two. If this is the case then silver-miner stocks should provide the most opportunity going forward. Precious Metals Trading Conclusion: In short, what you need to focus on is the yellow consolidation box on the monthly gold chart. A breaking in either direction will trigger a massive move that should last six to 18 months. Until then long-term investors can simply sit back and watch the sector while they put their money to work in other active sectors. From a short-term traders point of view, I am looking for a signs of a bottom on the daily chart to get my money working earlier to play the bounce/rally that takes place, and actively managing the position until a breakout occurs. The charts overall are not that clear as to when a breakout will take place. Metals could start to rally next week or in a few months and all we can do is wait for a reversal to the upside before we get active. Knowing the big picture trends and patterns at play along with major support and resistance levels (breakout levels) is crucial for success and piece of mind. This article was written by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage.