Yours wasn't the first post. Yahoo deleted the previous messages for some reason. There have been suspicious problems with various precious metal related stock message boards, such as SLV being unavailable at certain times.
Bt my first GDX almost 2 yrs ago at $18 and sold it a few months later for $35. Bt it back at $31.75 and held since. Now it's a LT core holding. Van Eck does a great job, imo.
I don't have nearly enough of GDX so want more, but have been waiting for my biggest holding (HL) to get out from under a pack of big shorts holding it down...push north coming soon. When HL moves back to 6.50-7 (I expect it in Oct or so), I'm going to move some $ into GDX and GDXJ, among a few other things I've been watching for a while. Unfortunately for me, as my HL moves up shortly, so will GDX & GDXJ be moving up... Timing - for the birds! ; )