THE DAILY FORK FULL
The Asian markets are ahead of the US so FXI, the US ETF for large-cap Chinese stocks, was able to respond Friday to the big drop in China. The reaction was mild with price gapping down only 2.1% on the open and dropping another 33 cents during the day.
Regardless of the hot air being blown by the Fed, interest rates are rising. While they like to pretend that they are in charge, the markets are raising rates now and not waiting "until September" like the Fed is saying.
This large-cap energy stock is considered relatively safe as stocks go, and with a yield of 3.4% it throws off a respectable amount of income. We will have to see if investors continue to hold the stock at $70 or if we see a large capitulation as they puke their shares into the market.
NASDAQ briefly touched 5132.52 in March of 2000 and then backed off before the close. Today price reached 5143.32 before backing off. The close today at 5132.95 was still above the prior high.
Dr. Copper doesn't care how much fiat currency gets printed or how many quantitative easings occur, he is only interested in the real economy where people are either building things or they aren't.
The blue modified-Schiff fork has identified support and resistance levels throughout oil's decline from $100+ down to sub-$50 and it continues to mark the upper end of oil's current price range
We will find out pretty quickly what the Transports are going to do next. Price is right at the upper median line of the Andrews pitchfork and this is a proven resistance level.
The only thing holding the US economy together at this point (besides spit and bubble-gum) is low interest rates. The strong rise in TNX is definitely a cause for concern.
The Dollar is demonstrating a great deal of strength and we should be very cautious about assuming that it is rolling over at this point.
The Fed keeps saying they will raise rates eventually but rates appear to be rising without the Fed's intervention.
This particular doji occurred on the third day that price was pushing against resistance at the median line of the pink Andrews pitchfork. Having the doji at an obvious resistance level suggests topping and not just hesitation.
Instead of spending more time questioning the social media phenomena, let's focus on the stocks of the four biggest companies in the sector and see what the market thinks. After all, from our perspective as traders and investors, the market is where the rubber meets the road.
Gold is up about $35 in the last few days. Price has risen to the 50 day exponential moving average and is now pulling back a little to consolidate the fairly substantial rise.
Bull rallies don't end all at once, they end one stock at a time. Seeing signs of topping in a major stock like AAPL contributes to the idea that the current bull is getting tired of running.
Remember that VALUG is a broad, equally weighted index with about 1700 components. The fact that this index is exhibiting "slow steady grind higher" behavior suggests that we can expect all of the indexes to do the same thing, although the behavior will look different in each index.
Helicopter money is necessary because the banks have already purchased and are purchasing all of the government bonds being issued as well as a significant portion of corporate bonds. With no bonds available for their printing-press money they have to find a new path for debasing their fiat currencies - hence, "helicopter money", or pumping their worthless fiat currency directly into the economy.
Gold has pulled back to support. As much as gold bugs would like to see the yellow metal jump up to $10,000 per ounce overnight, it is actually healthier to have this steady climb higher. Remember that parabolic moves are not sustainable. Have patience knowing that Gold is heading to well over $5,000 per ounce in the next few years.
In the financial markets nobody rings a bell at the top or the bottom. Anybody waiting for a decisive pullback in the mining stocks has missed their opportunity as price is now pushing above the previous highs. In a bull market pullbacks tend to be mild and they quickly reverse to the upside. As Richard Russell always said, the bull does everything he can to keep people from riding his back.
The Value Line index continues with its breakout above the neck line of the head & shoulders pattern. Remember that this index has 1700 unweighted components so it provides a good indication of what the overall markets are up to.
The best strategy at this point, from the perspective of the 1%, is to continue the Keynesian money-printing and even take it up a notch (or ten). They will do this to prevent the inevitable collapse of a hollowed-out global economy fueled by garbage fiat currencies. Regardless of what they do in the near term, the end-game remains the same: reinstating Gold and Silver as real money at whatever price per ounce is required to balance the books.
Another saying of Richard's was, "There's no fever like Gold fever." When the third phase of the PM bull starts running, every stock with "Gold" or "Silver" in its name will get bought - even the trash will reach prices that seem silly. If you believe that, and want to add some stocks to your portfolio, I'm going to suggest a strategy.
According to the late Richard Russell, prices in a bull market run far higher than even the staunchest of bulls can imagine. If I am envisioning $600/ounce silver, what price per ounce is required to satisfy Richard's rule of thumb ($3,000)? As a reminder, Mr. Russell watched all of the markets on a daily basis for well over 60 years so he might know a thing or two about bull markets. On this 4th of July, thank you, Richard, for sharing your wisdom and insight with me over the years - rest in peace.
The markets made big moves Friday. I started to say "decisive moves" but that would actually be a misnomer so I'll stick with "big". My hesitancy with "decisive" is that in the case of the equity markets nothing has been decided. We still have a global flight to quality and yield, so the US equity markets (dividend stocks in particular) have an undeserved bid. The decisive moves on Friday were into the US Dollar, and the only real money on this planet, Gold.
The equity markets have some uncertainty to deal with: the upcoming BrExit vote and the FOMC meeting Wednesday. This uncertainty along with price pressing against stiff resistance led to profit taking on Friday.
In the weekly timeframe price formed a doji candle which suggests hesitation and indecision. That behavior isn't surprising given the recent bullshit from the Fed about raising rates and a speech from Janet Yellen coming tomorrow (June 6). Bullshit is the only tool the Fed has left in its toolbox - any material rise in interest rates will cause the equity markets and the economy to implode.
Basically we want a new low in the $1160 to $1195 zone and then a new high above $1300. A higher low and higher high in the monthly timeframe will prove that the bear market in the precious metals has ended. If this occurs it will be time to back up the truck on every pullback and invest fully in the sector.
In my opinion all the Fed has in the way of tools at this point is hot air and a printing press. They can blow hot air and attempt to control the markets or they can print money and inflate the markets. Neither course of action will succeed forever. Raising rates in June could send the S&P 500 down to the 1850 level again or even down to test major support around 1550.
The equity markets continue to waffle sideways to down in a choppy fashion. Remember that tops are a process and bottoms are an event.
If there is a theme for this week's letter it is that price tends to move through a support/resistance level and then retest that level from the other side.
When price moves through a support or resistance level it is very common that the level will be retested from the other side. This is what happened this week when SPX lost support along the lower median line of the blue Andrews fork and then retested that level multiple times from below.
At some point Gold is going to retake its position as the only true money on this planet. Central bankers are doing everything they can to prevent this from occurring but they can't postpone the inevitable forever.
The current correction, assuming it is complete, has been much shorter and shallower than the previous corrections. The tweezers candlestick formation suggests a bottom but has this correction really restored the markets to the point where another multi-year advance is possible? I'd like to say, "no", but we are living in an era where the central banks of the world are trying to control every market, so anything is possible.
The mining stocks showed great strength across the board last week. NEM is one of the leaders and it managed to break above the $28 level on increased volume. This breakout in a market leader should bring additional institutional money into the tiny precious metals sector, which could easily drive the next upleg. Remember that global assets are measured in trillions of dollars while the precious metals sector is measured in billions - a tiny change in money flows can cause a big change in how the mining stocks and the physical metal performs.
The COTs are just another data point when we look at the markets and, as usual, there is a bigger picture to consider. During a bull market the number of futures contracts outstanding increases dramatically. While the current COTs picture looks bearish based on the last few years of bear market behavior, the picture changes dramatically when we look at COT behavior during a bull market.