Tag Archives: Commodities

Gold and Silver, and…

By Biiwii

[edit] Whoa!

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This is odd, but not illogical, given the dynamics in play for the gold and silver CoT data and a possible counter-trend setup we have been watching for in the ‘inflation trade’.

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Here is the CoT chart for silver that was used in NFTRH 348.  Not so bad is it?  The extreme was set at the first set of arrows, but Silver CoT has improved greatly over the last couple of weeks.

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Courtesy of COTbase

Silver would likely lead gold if a bounce in commodities and certain global markets were to take place.  Meanwhile, the actual bullish stuff is elsewhere as the US stock market has re-found its momentum leaders and Europe declines to the upper end of its buy range.

NFTRH 348 Out Now

By Biiwii

A good report, as usual.  That may sound smug but #348 is another report helped me personally because as usual I don’t go into these things so much trying to put what I think down on virtual paper.  I go into them seeking answers or at least, clarity.  Check.

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Pivotal Events

By Bob Hoye

Bond Bear Threatens Central Bank Reserves

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Anti-USD & Euro QE ‘Me Too!’ Trades Updated

By Biiwii

Hey, I know I always seem to need to give these things nicknames (Armageddon ’08, Fiscal Cliff Kabuki Dance, etc.).  Maybe that is a reflection of how non-seriously I take modern finance on a fundamental level.  What we have here are policy and media driven hysterias, both to the positive side and the negative, swaying an emotional collection of players to and fro.  It is more of a game than a science or well heeled, buttoned down profession.

So currently, on an interim basis we are working the ‘Anti-USD inflation trade’ (a bounce in inflation expectations and associated ‘hard’ assets) and the Euro QE ‘Me Too!’ trade, with its template being the US QE that has worked to hyper boost (stock) asset prices.

It appears that the mealy mouthed Fed, still refusing to bail out any savers that are left (both of them), has kicked another leg out from under the US dollar, which had for some reason been discounting a Fed that would begin raising the Funds Rate by now like a normal entity in a normal post-crash bailout environment would have done upon achievement of its objectives.

‘But no, we just need to tweak a few more positive data points out of it or wait until we see the white’s of inflation’s eyes’ implies the Fed.  Whatever, the dollar is down this morning and the anti-USD inflation trade should get a bounce in its step, in line with one of our main themes.  If the May low is violated, Uncle Buck could take a pretty deep correction.

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Gold’s Ratio Signals

By NFTRH.com

A brief snapshot of counter-cyclical gold’s macro signals vs. other metals (and broad commodities) that are more positively correlated to economies, using weekly charts…

Each week NFTRH updates many charts of nominal US and global stock markets, commodities, precious metals and currencies over multiple time frames.  But we also cover economic data and indicators, with the first macro chart below (Palladium vs. Gold) still barely holding its economic ‘UP’ signal from January, 2013.  At that time a coming economic up phase did not seem likely, but PALL-Gold and fundamental information gleaned from a personal source in the Semiconductor Equipment sector gave us a good risk vs. reward on that stance.

While it can be argued that using an indicator like Palladium (positive economic correlation) to Gold (counter cyclical) is subject to the discrete supply/demand fundamentals of the two assets, it has worked to signal up and down economic phases, with the most recent shown in Q1 2013 (green arrow).  This indicator has been whipsawing since topping out a year ago and the moving averages are near a trigger point.

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A related indicator is Gold vs. Commodities.  Gold-CRB made an impulsive rise in late 2014 as the global deflationary phase topped out.  As policy makers (ECB, BoJ, China Central Planning and US with ongoing ZIRP) continue to promote inflation 24/7, 365 Gold-CRB has dropped as it should when inflation is starting to ‘work’ and inflation expectations start to take hold.  But a problem for hopeful inflationists is that so far at least, counter-cyclical Gold-CRB appears to be in a bullish consolidation.

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If cyclical PALL-Gold were to break down and counter-cyclical Gold-CRB to hold support and resume its uptrend the indication for the global economy would be negative.

Another chart worth considering is Gold vs. Copper, the traditionally cyclical red industrial metal.  A series of higher highs and higher lows began in late 2013 and is still in play.

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To put perspective on this, behold how bearish nominal Copper is and has been by viewing this monthly chart similar to those we have reviewed in NFTRH for years now to maintain a big picture bearish outlook on this metal.  We have allowed for the current bounce/rally/bear flag, but until $3/lb. is exceeded and held, this is a very bearish picture.

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Finally, let’s review Gold vs. its primary running mate, Silver.  Actually, flipping Gold vs. Silver over to the Silver-Gold ratio works best visually at this time.

We are allowing for a bounce in Silver vs. Gold.  This could come about if the Fed rolls over again today and plays nice with its language.  Or it could just come about simply because it is due.  This would go hand in hand with a resumption of the mini inflation bounce implied in TIPs vs. regular Treasury bonds and in nominal Treasury bond yields.  The message of Silver-Gold however, is similar to the charts above on the bigger picture because it is locked below very strong resistance.

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Bottom Line

I consider Gold vs. Palladium and Gold vs. Copper to be indicators on the global economy whereas Silver vs. Gold is more an early indicator on inflationary pressure.

The conclusion is that the economy is in danger of decelerating (Pd-Au, Au-CRB, Au-Cu) amidst a dis-inflationary environment (Ag-Au).  The timing could be by this fall.  First, a resumed bounce in the ‘inflation trade’ has a chance to get reanimated.  But that is not the dominant longer-term trend.

NFTRH 347 Out Now

By Biiwii

There is short-term and there is long-term.  Short-term, an indicator of positive inflationary cyclicality looks set to bounce.  Long-term, it is locked well below key resistance.  Joining this long-term Gloomy Gus indicator is another that we used in 2013 to gauge an oncoming economic UP cycle.  It is working its way toward economic DOWN, slowly but surely over many months.

There’s lots of other valuable stuff in #347 as well, including market calls/opinions, stock highlights, interest rates and well, the most comprehensive kit and kaboodle you’re going to find out there.  But then, I am biased.

NFTRH 347 really helped me get my orientations focused.  That’s why I love doing this work.

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Pivotal Events

By Bob Hoye

Shanghai Needs Another Upside Exhaustion Reading
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Stocks Upbeat, US Dollar Downbeat

By Biiwii

US stocks poised for upbeat day as dollar slumps

Well okay, the media has its rationalization, but stocks were obviously at a bounce point yesterday.

Stepping away from the stupid noise that the media inject each and every day, there is a tie-in between the US dollars’s resumed correction, a speculated upon ‘C’ leg up in commodities, the fact that silver vs. gold has room to bounce (but is big picture bearish) and oh yes, this chart’s all-important message…

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‘Inflation expectations’ appear to still be well in play.  But at around the time the ‘Continuum’ above reaches the limiter (AKA 100 month EMA), other indicators should also be at potential termination points.  We finely detailed the plan in an NFTRH update this morning, but for our purposes here, we’ll just note that all of this is counter-trend as it stands now.  So don’t get lost along the way.  Stay on your indicators.

Gold Isn’t Cheap…

By Steve Saville

Gold Isn’t Cheap, but nor Should it Be

Although it is not possible to determine an objective value for gold (the value of everything is subjective), by looking at how the metal has performed relative to other things throughout history it is possible to arrive at some reasonable conclusions as to whether gold is currently expensive, cheap, or ‘in the right ballpark’. In particular, gold’s market price can be measured relative to the prices of other commodities, the stock market, the price of an average house, the earnings of an average worker, and the real (purchasing-power-adjusted) money supply. In a recent TSI commentary I looked at the last of these, that is, I looked at gold’s price relative to the real money supply, and arrived at the conclusion that gold’s current price was about 20% above ‘fair value’. I’ll now take a look at gold relative to other commodities.

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NFTRH 346 Out Now

By Biiwii

Here is the note from the email to subscribers that accompanied the full report…

“I thought is was time to bulk up a bit to a 30+ page report this week. We review some of the key indicators and try to clearly define the status of US and global stocks, precious metals, commodities, currencies and even interest rates. In fact, I think US long-term interest rates are a key so many other items. The ‘Continuum’ AKA the monthly view of the 30 year yield is back front and center in the analysis, with a target of 3.6% to 3.7%. But yields are not near an indication of what the media will hype as a new bear market in Treasury bonds and an age of rising interest rates. Not saying it can’t happen, it sure can. But I am saying that it is not nearly indicated, just as it was not indicated during the last rate hysteria or the one before that or the one before that…”

Well, interest rates were just a component of this comprehensive report.  But they are a key.

NFTRH 346 out now.

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Pivotal Events

By Bob Hoye

“The Trading Floor Cynic”

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