Something amazing has happened from October of 2011 until present day - The Dow has actually been outperforming gold (the HUI, the GDX and the GDXJ, as pictured below). Do not expert this divergence to last long. As you see, the juniors (GDXJ) outperformed all from 2010 to 2011, hitting $44 at one point.
The Dow and the S&P (GSPC) started the divergence early December of 2011. It is in my strong opinion that the GDX and GDXJ are in very oversold territory - both are trading near 52 week lows. And it is in my opinion that the Dow is very overbought!
In the long run, it is not even close...gold has been king.
I also believe that, whether it's in 2 months, 6 months, a year, that gold stocks will start outperforming physical, especially the juniors.
From 2005 to 2008, the GLD and HUI traded virtually side by side...the crash of 2008 changed that and GLD has outperformed since then....
I do expect them to meet again, I just do not know when. I will say this - the miners pay dividends and will most certainly be increasing them in the coming years. The miners are all pretty undervalued at the moment as well. Maybe its when people finally realize this, will the gap start to close. Or maybe when they realize the GLD doesn't really have any gold! I do believe the investment mentality on gold stocks will change, it is only a matter of time. Just keep buying at these insane valuations and buy the dips!
I am long GDX and GDXJ.
Charts courtesy of Yahoo! Finance