Showing posts with label technical analysis. Show all posts
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Sunday, May 17, 2020

WEEKEND WRAP: Stocks Split, Dow Suffers; Gold, Silver May Be Headed For Record Prices

The week just past was not a particularly enthralling one for stock investors, as the Dow and NYSE Composite took it on the chin while the S&P and NASDAQ put up fractional, unsubstantial gains.

As economic and COVID-19 developments were concerned, it was mostly politicking over substance, as President Trump backhanded Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the CDC, over predictions related to states' reopening their economies and the potential for a second wave of the virus in the coming fall or winter.

For the most part, stocks refrained from further insane advances, though the gains toward the back end of the week reeked of malingering by the Federal Reserve, moving stocks off their lows into green territory in both Thursday and Friday's sessions. With the Dow Jones Industrial Average forming a pretty obvious short-term head-and-shoulders pattern, the equity markets are set up for a breakout either higher or lower, though the least resistant path may be down another six to eight percent over the next week to two weeks. With the traditional third Friday of the month options expiry in the rear view mirror (May 15), the markets will need some kind of catalyst to move forward. Otherwise, expect the Dow and NYSE Composite to both head back below the bear market defined level of -20 percent.

If that were to happen, the NASDAQ, already ridiculously valued, and S&P should fall in sympathy with the Blue Chips.

The week was a very solid one for oil, though the June contract is set to expire on Tuesday (May 18). Producers do not want to see a repeat of the May futures expiration when the price went negative and buyers were being paid to haul oil off to the tune of $41 a barrel.

June futures closed last Friday (May 8) at $24.61 a barrel and this week at $29.43. Monday will likely give a signal as to whether another collapse is imminent, though with US states and most of Europe reopening their economies, it would appear that the massive glut has at least partially abated and demand is rising. There is still no open air for the futures to fly in, however, as the spread between the current month all the way out to the December 2021 contract is pretty slim. 35.78 is the last quoted price for December 2021.

Yields on treasuries continued lower through the week and are presumptuously headed below zero, into the brave new world of negative rates. With the two-year yielding 0.16% and the five-year at 0.31, it would seem only a matter of when, not if rates go underwater. With deflationary forces at work, the low yields on short-dates bills and notes may be attractive as a hedge against asset price declines. Yields cannot fall much more from these levels before going negative in real terms. Those seeing inflation ahead could easily be urged into paying to hold capital.

Gold and silver absolutely exploded this week on eBay, a market where true price discovery can be ascertained.

For the first time since Money Daily began tracking prices a month ago for one troy ounce gold and silver coins and bars, one ounce gold coins sold for more than the all-time record closing spot price ($1895.00, September 5 and 6, 2011) on an average and median basis. The average price for a one ounce gold coin on eBay was $1,917.41, and for a one ounce bar, $1,898.62. Buyers are looking at a premium of over $150 for either coins or bars. Notably, smaller denominations of gold coins and bars (1/10 ounce to 1/2 ounce) are routinely selling at prices that relate to over $225 per ounce.

These actual sale prices are in stark contrast to the easily-corrupted gold COMEX prices where gold closed with a bid of $1742.20 on Friday afternoon.

Silver also showed enormous gains over last week as the average price of a one ounce coin gained from $30.50 on May 10 to $33.71 this Sunday. Price appreciation for silver bars was even more dramatic, gaining from last week's average price of $26.77 to $34.57 this week. That is more than double the COMEX paper silver price bid of $16.61 as of Friday's close.

We employ the same methodology, looking at the most recently-closed sales on eBay, eliminating any coins or bars that may have numismatic or collectible value as best as possible to come up with a standard, reliable price tracking model.

Here are the most recent prices:

Item: Low / High / Average / Median
1 oz silver coin: 20.51 / 47.00 / 33.71 / 32.42
1 oz silver bar: 26.25 / 44.50 / 34.57 / 34.50
1 oz gold coin: 1,833.08 / 2,030.50 / 1,917.41 / 1,907.02
1 oz gold bar: 1,845.37 / 2,035.00 / 1,898.62 / 1,874.09

Parts of Saturday and Sunday mornings were spent viewing some very interesting and important videos.

Mike Maloney's narrative over charts from offers an historic perspective of the American condition.

Refinitiv shares a wide-ranging interview with Real Vision’s CEO and co-founder, Raoul Pal, who provides distinct trading strategies and a serious view of what's ahead for the world's economies.

Gregory Mannarino supplies a look ahead for Stocks, Bitcoin, Gold and Silver.

Something to make note of as the world cascades through the covid crisis and beyond is that all of the important videos on youtube and various websites are being made by people who are generally shunned by mainstream media.'s Mike Maloney, Adam Taggert and Chris Martenson of Peak Prosperity, Real Vision's Raoul Pal, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert of the Kaiser Report, and, to a lesser extent, various guests of Keith McCullough's Hedgeye can be seen only on the internet, while Fed officials, government bigwigs like Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and old line investors like Warren Buffett are the staple of mainstream TV media.

It's quite a contrast when you view it from that perspective and realize that the stories being told and the predictions being made about the future of the crisis and of the world are radically different. There's a choice to be made. Just which narrative are you going to believe? Who's advice will you follow, and where will you end up, socially, politically, and financially.

At the Close, Friday, May 15, 2020:
Dow Jones Industrial Average: 23,685.42, +60.12 (+0.25%)
NASDAQ: 9,014.56, +70.84 (+0.79%)
S&P 500: 2,863.70, +11.20 (+0.39%)
NYSE: 10,947.32, +19.92 (+0.18%)

For the Week:
Dow: -645.90 (-2.65%)
NASDAQ: +70.84 (+0.79%)
S&P 500: +11.20 (+0.39%)
NYSE: -407.02 (-3.58%)

Sunday, November 11, 2018

WEEKEND WRAP: TA (Technical Analysis) Shows Split Indices, Preferences

By most accounts, the week past was very solid. Midterm elections went to a split decision, the Fed Held firm on interest rates and stocks generally responded with gains. Apparently, Wall Street is perfectly satisfied with Donald J. Trump in the White House, Republicans in control of the Senate, and Democrats holding sway in the House of Representatives. The Dow, in particular, was the big winner, posting its second straight week on the upside, leading the majors with a gain of 2.84%, suggesting that big business is still the motif of the Republican party.

On the slightly more moribund side of the ledger, the NASDAQ, thanks largely to a selloff in tech equities, fared the worst, though still registering a gain of two-thirds of a percent.

What is striking to those steeped in charting discipline is the variegated construction of the major indices. In the interest of brevity and clarity, a table serves best to understand where stock indices are currently residing.

The table below shows where each of the major indices stand in relation to their various moving averages.

Index 50-day MA 200-Day MA 40-Week MA
Dow Above Above Above
NASDAQ Below Below Below
S&P 500 Below Above Above
NYSE COMP. Below Below Below
Dow Trans. Below Below Below

Obviously, the Dow is presently the favored index, having cleared all the hurdles which allow it to be pointed for more success. On the other hand, the NASDAQ, NYSE Composite and Dow Transportation Index are all trending negatively, offering signals in broad swathes that all is not as well as the Dow would have us believe.

The S&P hovers in no-man's land, below the 50-day, but above the 200-day. The 500 major stocks represented cumulatively are offering value, though direction is far from assured.

The Dow Transports have been included because of its unique relationship to the Industrials. Transportation issues are largely overlooked by the financial media, though their importance in general markets should not be undersold. If the companies that move goods, services and people are struggling - even in the face of dramatic declines in fuel prices - something is not right.

What should this suggest to the investor?

Perhaps it is nothing more than big money preferring to buy well-known names with solid track records (the 30 Dow stocks) while shunning the lesser-known companies represented in the broader indices. The S&P probably offered the best indication: that, according to current sentiment, stocks are somewhat fairly valued. Continued divergences such as are showing in the table cannot last for long. Either the positive vibe from the Dow will serve to lift other areas and sectors, or the broadly-defined mid and small-cap stocks in the composite indices (and the transports) will pull all boats crashing into the shoals.

One might expect these divergences to be resolved in short order, though markets today are guided so much by programmatic trading and headline-chasing algorithms, it's difficult to pinpoint where the breaks are actually occurring and in just what direction they are going to move.

A related article by Bernie Schaeffer of Schaeffers Research offers some insight into how well the Dow Industrials and Transports perform under various conditions. The article references November, 2016, and readers should know well what happened in the weeks and months following the general presidential election. Stocks soared, with numerous record highs met and broken.

Should this period - after a midterm election - respond similarly? Technical analysis would say yes, though, as the wizards of Wall Street are always keen to remind: past performance in no indication of future results.

Caveat Emptor indeed.

Dow Jones Industrial Average November Scorecard:

Date Close Gain/Loss Cum. G/L
11/1/18 25,380.74 +264.98 +264.98
11/2/18 25,270.83 -109.91 +155.07
11/5/18 25,461.70 +190.87 +345.94
11/6/18 25,635.01 +173.31 +519.25
11/7/18 26,180.30 +545.29 +1064.54
11/8/18 26,191.22 +10.92 +1075.46
11/9/18 25,989.30 -201.92 +873.54

At the Close, Friday, November 9, 2018:
Dow Jones Industrial Average: 25,989.30, -201.92 (-0.77%)
NASDAQ: 7,406.90, -123.98 (-1.65%)
S&P 500: 2,781.01, -25.82 (-0.92%)
NYSE Composite: 12,537.53, -84.51 (-0.67%)

For the Week:
Dow: +718.47 (+2.84%)
NASDAQ: +49.91 (+0.68%)
S&P 500: +57.95 (+2.13%)
NYSE Composite: +215.73 (+1.75%)