They have been what looks like gold and silver stocks before years end and the waiting upon US fiscal cliff.. The metals oversold and the shorts soon enough have to cover..JMHO

Gold Ends Sharply Lower amid Improving U.S. Economic Data, More Technical Selling - Kitco News, Dec 20 2012 2:45PM

Metals Slump On Year-End Liquidation, Scaled-Back Fed Expectations After GDP - Kitco News, Dec 20 2012 11:47AM