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…
As expected, there was improvement this week in the gold and silver CoT data. Silver did not do much but it had been improving much more steadily than gold, which mysteriously (ha ha ha) took a sizable hit a week ago Thursday. This data includes that hit. The goons did some covering on that day. Click graphics for full view…
Au Commitments of Traders
Ag Commitments of Traders
We are operating to parameters on a would-be gold sector bottoming process, which has been a year+ long grind (‘grind is good’ as it absolutely ruins peoples’ nerves over time) and which by the way, everyone sees now as either a final bottom or a consolidation before the final and spirit destroying wipe out, depending on their Team’s hopes and aspirations (bull or bear).
About a year ago NFTRH projected two possibilities (within the context that it was only in the realm of potential) and they were a ‘W’ bottom or failing that (it promptly failed) an Inverted Head & Shoulders on the HUI. Today a new pattern has joined the IH&S and it is a Symmetrical Triangle, which would be a consolidation before the final crash.
While we have been charting a constructive gold vs. commodities big picture view, we have also kept track of a disgusting gold vs. SPX big picture view as gold has been “boxed in” as it grinds around looking to close the gap from 2007. That was the kickoff to the financial crisis as the first institutions began melting down.
This cycle really has done amazing work in repairing (some, including myself would say sweeping under the rug) the damage and resetting the gold bug psyche as well. It is important to remember that gold bugs were the kings of everything back then, with their ideology unquestioned. But these are the markets and they don’t care about egos. Actually yes they do, they care about crushing inflated ones. The job appears to be in its final stages.
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.
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.
Outside of the sound practice that is physical gold ownership in a time of monetary gamesmanship, the precious metals sector is all about speculation, at least according to 9 out of 10 chart jockeys and momentum junkies micro managing every short-term twist and turn.
Indeed, NFTRH manages gold, silver and the gold stocks on down to the short-term views as well, but that is only because the long-term views have stated that this is a time to be paying attention. Do we pay attention because we have waited so long to promote our orthodoxy and finally be right as gold bugs? No. We pay attention when a chart tells us to pay attention.
While we manage the shorter-term views (both macro fundamental and technical) rigorously in the weekly report and interim updates, here I’d like to dial out to the big monthly picture with 3 large (click to expand as needed) charts of HUI, Gold and Silver to see their stories, which are the reasons we are managing shorter-term views.
HUI Gold Bugs Index
First HUI monthly reviews the warnings to the analysis from 2012 and 2013. They were very clear and should have kept people out of much of harm’s way with respect to gold stock speculation.
Guess who’s now getting over sold at a support area after becoming hysterically over bought as a short-term caution signal for precious metals (and broad market) investors back in late June? Why, it’s old friend the Silver-Gold (SLV-GLD) ratio, now reset and no longer an issue from an over done speculation standpoint.
Also of interest is that the gold miners (and even the silver miners ETF) did not break down from similar looking patterns.
Of more interest still? Will the stock market gain a favorable tail wind if silver starts leading gold? That is the traditional correlation, but there has not been much traditional in that relationship over the last couple of years, so we’ll let it play out. For now, we are on a stock bounce that is sticking to its original goals as we laid out well ahead of time.
Way #1 sees the HUI Gold Ratio (HGR) below the lateral breakout line (neckline interpretation #1).
Way #2 sees it breaking neckline interpretation #2 this week.
What’s it mean? Why, gold stocks have been stronger than gold for 2.5 months now! It also means that a break above the red line would be very bullish and there is already some bullish stuff going on with this chart (ref. the panel indicators and the positive divergence to price in December and their 0+ and 50+ status).
AROON is a party pooper as it turned down due to the time this ratio – like so many other aspects of the precious metals complex – has taken taken in slogging through its potential bottoming process.
First off, I want to acknowledge the passing of Robin Williams here on this site that almost never (aside from Friday afternoons) goes off topic. Considering Williams’ passing along with that of Philip Seymour Hoffman, there is now a gaping hole in the artistic landscape. It always seems so stunning when brilliant people die too young, especially when it happens in ways that we might think could have been avoided.
Back here in the looney bin, here comes CNBC wondering about why gold cannot “find the vigor usually associated with rising fear” with respect to ongoing geopolitical strife. You know, the more I read the mainstream media, the more I believe the writers just need to churn out the info bites. Some might think it is all planted disinformation but I think it is just the watered down Zombie that is the MSM having to make quota on information, and the greater the pap quotient the better for easy digestion by millions of eyeballs.