Folks, this chart is from yesterday’s close. Commodities are down hard again today. They are also deeply over sold, yet I still want nothing to do with them (note to self… don’t let silver drop too far with those calls still in hand). 500 is the key level per this weekly NFTRH chart we have used since well before CCI’s breakout early in the year.
It is time to be considering that the age of inflation or more accurately its cost-effects may be over.
It is time to be considering that inflation gurus set up a cottage industry in scaring everybody about hyper inflation.
It is time to be considering that for now the US economy and stock markets benefit from a transitional Goldilocks phase.
It is also time to consider the message that commodities may be sending for a day when that pendulum (the lack of inflation expectations) swings too far.
Listen folks, this is an economic indicator. While legions of gold bugs continually obsess on the metal itself as some sort of Idol, it is actually just a simple counter cyclical asset. When it is measured against cyclical assets like commodities, it can give macro signals.
The message here is that Au-CCI has broken above some moving averages that have held it down since 2012. If these moving averages cross, it would mean a condition is in place that indicated the US financial crisis and the acute phase of the Euro crisis.
Gold rooters and gold stock boosters may be chomping at the bit to get bullish, but they are going to need to be patient. This macro stuff plays out of time and we as humans tend to see things on the day-to-day.
Today’s Employment Report and the anecdotal information I have on machine tools may (repeat may) be initial signs of a better environment for the gold sector (Au-CCI is up today, not shown on the chart above), but… patience please. We have to get rid of all the bugs that think Ukraine has anything to do with anything and Indian Wedding Season is the big driver.
Using monthly charts I want to update more big picture views of where we stand in the financial markets. This is just a brief summary [edit; okay it's not so brief. In fact it had to be ended abruptly or else it would have just kept on rambling] and not meant as in depth analysis with finite conclusions.
I was listening to Martin Armstrong talk about his ‘economic confidence’ model and realized that the way he views gold is similar to the way I do (and very dis-similar to the way inflationists and ‘death of the dollar’ promoters do). I don’t love the way he writes, and I usually avoid these weird interview sites, but checked it out (linked at 321Gold) anyway and found him enjoyable to listen to.
Anyway, this prompted another big picture look at gold vs. the S&P 500 and as with the shorter-term views, the picture is not pretty.
Well, it is pretty if you have patience and no need to promote gold as a casino play. Gold will be ready when gold is ready and that will not be until confidence in policy making and by extension the stock market, starts to unwind.
Gold vs. SPX has meandered out of a long Falling Wedge (blue dotted) with 2008’s Fear Gap still lower. On the big picture the risk vs. reward is with gold over the stock market. But it is a funny thing about big pictures; they move real sloooow. A fill of that gap may not feel so good to anyone vested in an immediate conclusion to gold’s bear market vs. SPX.
Moving on, let’s look at some ratios of components of the stock market…
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.
Inflation bulls* avert eyes…
DBC new lows…
USO at lows (a weekly chart of WTIC in NFTRH 303 noted crude is at a ‘if crude is going to rally it needs to do it now’ level)…
Ssssshhhhh, while the hype and noise goes on in the broad markets about the big drop in stocks, we want to very quietly continue to follow macro indicators so that we do not get lost in any hysteria. Gold vs. CCI (commodity index) has broken out of a bullish Falling Wedge (by weekly chart) and is bull flagging with weekly RSI above 50. So far so good.
Now of course people are going to say that it is the Agriculturals that are weighing down the CCI and I agree. But the Ag’s went up hard at the beginning of the year to break CCI out of its long-term downtrend and now they, like every bubble or speculative momentum play, have popped. It’s a net neutral on the CCI, which in nominal terms has dropped exactly to where NFTRH has been targeting per this weekly chart since it topped out at resistance…
Just a friendly reminder from your friends here at biiwii.com that we are in an economic contraction, not an expansion when viewing the big picture. Indeed, it is this site that has highlighted the little post-2012 expansion more vigorously than any other bearish leaning entity that I have seen, and earlier than most bullish entities I might add.
That was because of the Semiconductor Equipment ramp up → Palladium-Gold ratio → ISM upturn → Jobs upturn continuum we have been on. But that is a positive cycle within a much larger cycle that is very negative. Here’s the updated view of counter cyclical gold vs. cyclical commodities, which may be starting its next up turn.
If I am right to be using this road map then I am also right in thinking that lots of people are going to find out one day what a bill of goods they bought when they (finally) bought this cyclical recovery sold to them by conventional analysis from the conventional financial services and media complexes.
Well the media always need to have a reason and this morning the reason for the hard down in the stock market is apparently second thoughts by investors on the Fed Minutes and QE tapering (with a side of Portugal/European problems).
What is actually happening is that it was time for a summer disturbance (at best) due to the factors we noted in the NFTRH excerpt on Monday. At worst the bull market is ending, but the favored plan is for a significant – possibly scary – drop that refuels the bull for one more thrust.
But that preference does not have a lot of conviction behind it. The only conviction I have right now is that the market is/was due for a July breather and this could be it.
People should have been prepared for this.
You will probably be seeing a lot of charts like this all over the internet going forward. The now obvious breakout in silver is going to get a lot of airplay as players take yesterday as a signal of a coming bullish phase. I mean, think about the Black Boxes and their ‘if/then’ code. What might the ‘then’ statement do in response to this week’s ‘if’?
The breakout is not surprising. NFTRH had been noting for the last many weeks that silver was going to “break out or break down” and that it was going to do it in this general time frame. Since I am not a Swami I refrain from making guesses, but simply try to dig up as much pertinent information as possible and get it into the analysis. *
Guest Post by Michael Ashton
The recent, aggressive ECB ease, combined with some mild Fed growls about increasing rates “at some point,” ought to be good news for the dollar against the Euro. And so it has been, although as you see in this weekly chart (source: Bloomberg) the weakening of the Euro has been (a) mild and (b) started more than a month before the ECB actually took action. (Note that the units here are dollars per Euro).
I ask you again dear gold stock enthusiasts, please think about tuning out the wise guys with all the answers, especially when they are ranting about inflation, India, China or the coming collapse of the USD. Please filter this, for your own financial well being.
Gold must out perform commodities, stock markets and other assets for a real bull to generate in the stocks. Here’s the state of GLD vs. DBC today. It is one fundamental indicator with a chance to reverse upward if this support level holds. There are others that must do so as well.