PALL-Gold vs. CCI-Gold

A good question would be which is more valid as a leading economic indicator, Palladium vs. Gold or broad Commodities vs. Gold?

PALL-Gold continues to indicate economic strength as positively correlated Palladium has just made a new high vs. Gold.  This chart along with information I got on the Semiconductor equipment sector pointed to a coming up cycle well over a year ago.

CCI-Gold is in a more precarious position.  These indicators do not always correlate well but have eventually come in line with each other for important economic up and down cycles.  Today PALL-Gold is flying high while CCI-Gold rolls over.

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Intel Still on Target

I sold half of my INTC position so as not to be greedy, but am going to hold the other half for a run at the target.  This has been a fabulous NFTRH+ trade.  There have also been some clunkers (PPLT, CCJ, JNPR) with losses limited, some aborts (SIMG, LSCC, SLV) as funda or technicals changed before buy targets activated and a few decently profitable (CORN, LIT, DBB, SNY, CTRL, SQQQ) ones.  Also, BBRY put on a bearish engulfing candle today after my little show of bravado yesterday.  Still holding that one.  Anyway, here’s Intel improbably enough steaming toward target in a near vertical manner.


Gold, Monthly Perspective

Reference the recent post using monthly views of HUI, Gold and Silver.  It is linked above for review.  Today I have taken the updated gold chart from that post and marked it up with a (blue) line showing gold’s current price.  Note the strategic small Symmetrical Triangle.  If that lower Triangle breaks down, gold is done.  If not, we grind forward.  The original post gives upside and downside targets.


Cue Jackson Hole Jawbone

Just setting the table for the Jaw Bone of Jackson Hole?  You know, if you look at the markets with a certain sense of humor it can be very funny.  I mean, I don’t know who da boyz is dat is behind da scenes but my late friend Jon used to know all of them; all da COMEX boyz.  He sat on dat deer COMEX after all.

Anyway, all I know is that it is awfully convenient as a table setting measure that we have no inflation effects (see, look at gold bowing below… look at commodities, look at TIP-TLT… look at silver!) as the Jawbone warms up this week.  Just the imagery alone makes me laugh.  There is no inflation!  Ha ha ha…  ZIRP infinity?



Inflation Stuff

In the previous post’s video Esther George talked about how it is difficult to know what is ahead with regard to a build up of inflationary pressure.  She rightly wants to make sure policy is out ahead of it, although I suspect that if the inflationary horse is going to get out of the barn it will not be put back in an orderly manner that catch-up policy can handle.

In this post we present a couple tools for viewing the inflationary backdrop (or more accurately, the current lack of one) and also a guest post by ‘Inflation Trader’ Michael Ashton.

First, here is the Silver-Gold ratio, which simply must bottom if commodities and the inflation trade are going to get a boost.  It is no coincidence that commodities are on a tiny bounce along with the same situation in the Silver-Gold ratio.


Next is the TIP-TLT (inflation protected vs. unprotected Treasuries) ratio, still burrowing southward…

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Ms. George & Yield Curve

Here is a Bloomberg interview with Esther George from Jackson Hole that I thought you might find interesting.

Separately, here is today’s yield curve, with the 10′s and 5′s basically flat but rising vs. the 2′s, which means a rising 10yr-2yr curve today.  FWIW…


Googling Home Automation

I ended up swapping out GOOGL for CTRL, which was bought yesterday on a potential bottom scenario.  A mega tech stock of high quality for a company in a market that I am not overly excited about, trying to grab some of the ‘internet of things’ (IoT) hype out there.

It is probably a gap fill play around 17 with a stop below the August lows.  CTRL got beat up on earnings as it is pretty richly valued, but the company also has acquisition hype surrounding it (like Google or Apple with respect to the IoT).  We’ll see.


Make Way for Uncle Buck

Hey guess what?  The Fed had some Minutes out today in which they ruminated about the employment market and inflation targets.  Mr. Plosser was the rational one as usual, talking about what could happen if rates needed to be raised sooner than the market anticipated and other Gloomy Gus stuff like that.

Anyway, Unc got a new spring in his already bouncy step.  The self-explanatory daily chart is from this morning’s pre-market NFTRH key ETF update, created before this latest burst obviously.  The US dollar – so doubted by so many only a couple months ago – is now getting over bought.


BBRY a Sell?

“We rate BLACKBERRY LTD (BBRY) a SELL. This is driven by a few notable weaknesses, which we believe should have a greater impact than any strengths, and could make it more difficult for investors to achieve positive results compared to most of the stocks we cover. The company’s weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.”  –

Why BBRY Stock is Gaining Today

Really  A sell after the stock has already been bombed out for the reasons you cite?  Really?  What were you saying about it at $140 or even $70 a share?  Was it a sell then?  Seriously, I don’t know and don’t have the time or inclination to look.  But I’d have my doubts TSC that you were calling ‘sell’ back then.

NFTRH+ had a completely different view the other day.  Of course, it was a technical view, not a fundamental one.  BBRY is a turnaround play with John Chen at the helm.  Indeed, now we find out that they are segregating the future from the past as the re-branding of this device dinosaur moves ahead.

Needless to say, today’s activity is thus far on the plan we laid out by daily and weekly charts in that + update (not linked because it is password protected).  Here’s the daily chart from that update, although the weekly is even more interesting in its message.