We had the US dollar in a bullish pattern back in July and wouldn’t you know a sharp rise came in concert with a stock market drop. The US market, like others in the developed world keys off of policy making and its ability or willingness to [pick one... mute, compromise, repress, devalue...] the currency. So the sharp rise in July did not go down well with asset markets.
As the stock market bounces it is not surprising that Uncle Buck has consolidated above the pattern neckline. MACD and RSI look suspect and if USD rolls over the stock market could continue to benefit. A strong visual support area is noted at the moving averages.
Well, Unc has been rallying hard lately. At least part of this must be in anticipation of some hawkish talk expected to emanate from Jawbones shortly. But what if they continue to glad hand the market? The over bought US dollar could be vulnerable to some extent.
[ed: Excerpted from NFTRH 301's opening segment. Those looking for paint by numbers directions and casino game instructions (talking to readers at a certain site that may or may not re-publish this article) feel free to just skip the article. You will not get what you are looking for. The balance of NFTRH 301 did the nuts and bolts technical work on the relevant US and global markets, precious metals, currencies, etc.]
[edit 2] Based on reader feedback from another site, it appears I do not understand inflation, nor that gold’s purchasing power is superior to that of the USD over the long term. What I take from this is that if you post anything positive (like USD’s ‘price’ potential) about the buck and/or negative (like gold’s price vulnerabilities) about gold certain handbook carrying people in the gold ‘community’ are going to lash out first, and read/consider second. In other words SSDD.
Take a look around the gold bull landscape and tell me how many of them are featuring a chart like this, showing the US dollar in a bullish short-term stance (to go with the weekly bullish stance we have noted for so long in the ‘Currencies’ segment).
This is not to say that the US dollar has real value. How can it when it is hopelessly dragged down by a national debt-for-growth obsession. But as with gold, value is one thing and price is quite another. It is just that one (USD) receives a price bid due to a ‘nowhere else to hide’ sort of mentality by the majority when asset market liquidity becomes constrained and the other (Gold) receives a more solid value bid, over time.
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).
Guest Post by EWI
Very few people know that the United States did not create a monetary unit pegged to “buy” some amount of metal, as if the dollar were some kind of money independent of metal.
In 1792, Congress passed the U.S. Coinage Act, which defined a dollar as a coin containing 371.25 grains of silver and 44.75 grains of alloy. Congress did not say a dollar was worth that amount of metal; it was that amount of metal. A dollar, then, was a unit of weight, like a gram, ounce or pound. Since the alloy portion of the coin was nearly worthless, a dollar was essentially defined as 371.25 grains — equal to 24.057 grams, or 0.7734 Troy oz. — of pure silver. (15.43 grains = 1 gram, and 480 grains = 1 Troy ounce.)
It appears that two anti-USD market participants have dropped out of the running since we last checked in. So now it is shaping up like SPY, Euro and commodities against Uncle Buck. Emerging Markets could be thrown in there too. Gold and silver? Palookaville. This can’t make the ‘Dollar Collapse’ cult very happy.
The ‘all one market’ vs. the US dollar scenario is breaking up a bit. Commodities and the Euro are doing well. Gold is hanging around and the US stock market? Not liking the weak dollar so much. The precious metals want to see silver get off the floor, but it’s got a heavy open interest sitting on it. This is a tough market, folks.
Guest Analysis by Bob Hoye
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One is dropping below its MA 50′s and the other is popping above, after the ECB sat on its hands with rates but made a lot of Jawboning about ‘unconventional’ stimulus in the battle against the dreaded deflation.
It is unbelievable the degree to which people still have confidence in these clowns (including the ones packed into the little clown car here in the US), but apparently they do.
It remains all one market vs. the US dollar, AKA the anti-market. SPY has actually remained somewhat on its own course over the last week, but the others are strictly in anti-USD mode right on down to the little hook upward this morning as Uncle Buck hooks down. Silver, which I got longer on yesterday, is the most sensitive.
Since February 1 it’s all one market arrayed against one market, Uncle Buck. Maybe it should be called the ‘all but one market’ market. Whatever…