Thursday, July 31, 2008
Gold stock holders are by no means out of the woods and irritatingly, they went up because oil went up. In the latest letter it was speculated this might happen but I am bearish on oil beyond a relief rally and until gold stocks confirm some kind of trend independent of oil, the fundamentals are not fully locked and loaded. Hence, the outlook is cloudy. Gold and the gold stocks should be about money, or should I say funny MUNNY. Period.
Separately, here is the daily status of the broad stock market as represented by the S&P 500. I put this in just to break the gold stock monotony this blog has displayed recently. This is a bear market rally until the major trend is broken, and we are nowhere near that point.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Experience is a good thing to have and I am not talking about last summer when - due to holding a core of gold stocks - I was down significantly at this time but finished the year with a respectable 11% gain. What I considered 'wrong' with last year was gold and gold stocks rising and falling with everything else; stock market, commodity complex, etc. My discomfort with that situation was noted in this space many times.
This time around, watching the hopeful stock market puff out its chest while the PM's take a continued drubbing, we realize the positive market correlation is being remedied. The Gold-Oil Ratio is still on track as well. This reminds me very much of the 2001-2004 time frame, before gold got caught up in the go-go 'inflation trade' where everything went up; houses, stocks, commodities, developing nations and human greed/ignorance. PM's are now contrary to hopeful markets for better or worse, just as they should be.
I did some selling to raise cash earlier this month (another familiar experience is that it never seems like enough ;-) and in hindsight it isn't) but I have been here before. Last August's puke fest and the buying I did was responsible for the yearly profits. But more importantly, I remember the volatile and sometimes painful periods back in '02-'04 (I came along in '02). Back then, as precious metals were going along their jagged, market-contrary path I learned that returns could be diminished by over-trading as opposed to holding quality miners for longer periods.
Last year I dumped the heavy trading routine as the fundamentals began to change in the global 'all one inflation trade' casino but one must always have significant cash to take advantage of opportunities. The trick is in divining opportunity vs. knife catching when looking to bottom feed. The charts have been laid out in an ongoing manner with short and long term parameters. We are near the point where support gives way to panic. The wash-rinse-repeat cycle turned on high. Know and believe in your fundamentals and experience - which may well be different from mine - and keep emotion under wraps.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
But the daily chart shows a mixed bag. Worst case (for a continued bullish outcome) parameters are still intact but it has not been easy. On the plus side we certainly do have a series of higher lows and higher highs and the SMA 300 makes this look routine, but the daily trend by AROON (not shown) has now turned negative joining the weekly (monthly remains positive). There is a bearish cross of the MA's (which I do not usually give much weight to but it's there so why not toss it in?) and I have dredged up the old potential H&S top scenario that I conjured up over on the COW back in May. I do not think it is an H&S however as it would tell me my fundamentals are out the window and that thing is ill-formed to be a shoulder. Still, the would-be neck line shown on the chart - cutting through the low 390's area - had better not be taken out as it represents support.
The panel indicators also present a mixed bag. MACD is triggered down and breaking below zero and dat ain't good. Trixy is triggered down but still in healthy territory but that guy is a laggard remember. MACD needs to arrest itself right now and not drop lower than June's low. As for RSI & CCI, they sport fledgling upturns from what 'could' be bottoms but if Cramer is right instead of a contrary indicator, the ensuing washout will take out those levels down to the lowest readings around 30 on RSI and near -300 on CCI.
The chart shows the parameters we have been watching from a daily point of view. A review of the big picture monthly chart shows the drop to kiss the bull market backbone (EMA 18 @ 397) as a thing of beauty. Note however that before each new leg up the backbone was broken in a final washout before a quick reversal. The bullish sentiment so prevalent at the reverse symmetrical triangle top in March has been wrung out. The question remains, is the bottom in or not? Unfortunately, that is not yet conclusive. Bearing in mind that we cannot control emotional markets, the next few days should be interesting. Risk managers manage risk. Gamblers gamble. Investors and traders do whatever they do... it will be interesting.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
Have a good weekend!
Here we have a bearish picture of the daily BKX with resistance that corresponds nicely with the long term resistance from the hugely bearish monthly chart posted the other day. There is room for additional upside for this Ponzi scheme although that is surely not a given.
Conversely, the GDX (gold stock etf used here because it shows gaps and volume) has additional downside potential despite an okay looking candle and gap fill. The blue [neck] line would correspond to around HUI 390. Although neither is this a given. Bottom picking, a tough racket. Those so inclined might watch individual stocks and buy all in and around as they are barfed up.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
I am bearish oil beyond a near term bounce. It should be obvious I am BKX and US financial system bearish as well, despite the attempted socialist cleanup of the toxic mess. Therefore I am bullish gold. Can't be any other way. The oil hysteria is a negative issue short term but as gold continues to outperform crude, and as the financial rot overpowers officials' attempts to sweep it under the rug, the gold miners will benefit. Meanwhile, attempting to pick the exact bottom is difficult. Different stocks will bottom at different times. That is why my bottom feeder MO is to buy all in and around these reactions. Weekly HUI chart included for reference now that the daily has broken down.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Daily GLD chart shows a couple pullback possibilities. One would like to think the confluence of support just under 90 would hold (neck line, 62% retrace, 50 day SMA, lateral support). But in emotional markets what one would like has a funny way of being the last thing the market cares about. The 1980 highs mentioned in this morning's post are coming into view on the daily as well.
Speaking of big pictures, remember yesterday's monthly chart of gold? Well, we may not be in danger of a blowoff and in fact may meet the 'backbone' EMA 18 down the road a bit at around the 850 area, conveniently providing another test of the manic 1980 top. Be ready just in case. That would be no brainer territory in my opinion as the media trumpet inflation defeated even as the next inflation cycle kicks in. In the small picture, today would pretty much need to be the reversal day (up) or we are going to get dunked for a while I think.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Here are daily, weekly & monthly charts for the metal. The daily remains in the uptrend channel toward our target of the March highs out of an inverted head & shoulders pattern. Nope, nothin' wrong here.
The weekly chart shows a bull market beyond question, though so many seem so insistent on questioning it. This is a human behavioral issue in that it is driven by pure emotion instead of fundamental rationality and technical analysis. I put a fork in here just for fun.
Then there is the monthly. I remember back late last year when Goldman issued a warning on gold based on their technical analysts' view that monthly momentum was fading. Their target? 600. I had a chuckle then and wrote something along the lines of 'gold may indeed correct, but it certainly won't be due to declining monthly momo'. If you are still like the majority and taking market cues from the main stream media you might want to reconsider this tact. It does not work. Got that? Monthly gold is super healthy and in fact, is in 'danger' of an upside blowoff as the herd begins to sweat. Watch the EMA 18 which has been the backbone of the entire bull market. Too far above that average and we will be subject to wild swings.
Monday, July 21, 2008
We have finally gotten our break in oil. That is a major fundamental relief because with manic oil bulls stampeding, congress and the administration fretting (and plotting hair brained solutions) and the Fed stuck in a box made with walls of Greenspan's easy money policy (inflation) and the effects of that policy (escalated prices), all of us - from the average guy going paycheck to paycheck to precious metals investors - were being held in suspended animation.
The Fed is not simply pretending to be concerned about inflation in this scenario, they ARE concerned because a price explosion like that of oil - and especially the one likely in gold at a later date - threatens to discredit the institution for all to see as they pray to the munny gods for the ability to ease policy while at the same time some moonshot asset class slaps them upside the head day after day.
Unfortunately, a major break in crude may also mean a confirmation of a crippled global economy and for precious metals investors, as I have mentioned endlessly, it could mean a mass exodus of the dreaded 'all the same commodity complex' bulls. See John Hussman's Total Return Fund. Once he became acutely bearish on oil, he dumped his precious metals shares. Since this is an analyst whose opinions I respect, I move forward with this in mind much as I have with Prechter's gold bearish view for years now.
Anyway, enough words. Here are the charts; a daily and a weekly of nominal oil and a daily and weekly of the gold-oil ratio (GOR). We keep in mind that money policy is not improving and that oil is a major cost driver to precious metals miners. We are either right or we are wrong but we remain on a bullish course as long as the fundamentals in which we believe hold true - and as long as the HUI - per Friday's chart - remains intact.
Oil has broken down on the daily but the weekly shows a longer term bull market that could remain intact as long as the current monetary system remains stitched together. The GOR has bottomed and turned up with violence but I would not be surprised to see oil rebound here in nominal as well as gold terms. The charts tell the story:
click to expand charts
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
Separately, I understand times may be difficult and hence the err, muted response to my gratuitous pitch for PayPal donations. No harm no foul. I ended up shelfing the Les Paul idea (already have an SG with all the humbucking bite I need anyway) and cycled website commissions into a less expensive but more versatile Strat. I needed a trem bar anyway and this FrankenStrat is fitted with a humbucker as a bridge pickup!
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Thursday, July 17, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
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First up is gold. As you can see yeller started getting a bit impulsive after the successful retest of the inverted H&S neckline just as the herd's fear began whipping into a frenzy. It remains in an uptrend channel and I expect the noted target to be hit near term although the ride could get bumpy from here. Remember the possible scenario I mentioned for HUI? The same could be said for the metal. It would serve as a shakeout but prove very bullish ultimately if we double top and decline to the lower line of a would-be ascending triangle or maybe even a handle to a cup.
Next up is the Gold-Oil Ratio (GOR). This baby lurched higher in an impulsive manner yesterday, again due to the massive rush for liquidity (and away from the casino) in progress. It would be favorable for gold to turn the noted resistance line into support vs. oil. The ongoing bullish divergence we have been watching is in the process of being hammered into a genuine bottom for GOR.
One of the more notable events of the day was Huey's reversal in sympathy to the large oil decline. This is of course an illogical response on the part of traders since rising oil does not create inflation and in fact it does create a drag on miners' bottom lines. But a consistent theme here has been caution about what will happen when these automatons begin selling. They apparently did yesterday and I would not be surprised to see HUI tag the lower line of the new uptrend channel.
Okay, here is the part that the battered equity bulls (both of you) have been waiting for. Yesterday I had to slap my hand away from pushing the 'buy the cubes!' button. I held off because the VIX has not yet hit our target in the 36-38 range and a look at the $CPC equity put/call ratio shows the 20 day ema typically has higher to climb before a solid - if temporary - bottom in stocks can be had. Still, volumes were high and the markets tried to reverse before fading into the close. On this chart from May it was noted that the $NDX - for which QQQQ is a proxy - had filled a gap in a bearish rising wedge and would now likely decline to fill some downside gaps. Well, mission accomplished or nearly so. With the relative strength of these large cap techs and their overall healthy financial condition, this is the market I wish to play on any counter-bear market rally that may erupt. As I mentioned, I held off buying yesterday as I am hopeful of a final plunge in all major markets. But I am getting itchy to buy. After all, the public is excessively bearish and Suze Ormand and her cartoon-like cautiousness has replaced those snickering Fast Money players on CNBC's prime time slot. I am getting bullish for a trade in the big techs.
Edit (9:50) Long the cubes @ 44.44. Bought back JAG shares @ 1.50 discount to those dumped yesterday. Getting killed on FVI.v but gulp... holding. Oil continues to break down and unlike most inflationistas, I like it. We need to shake out those oil and commodity bulls and shake 'em hard. Edit (10:21) Note that the bottom line of the HUI uptrend channel mentioned above would also be an all important 'higher low' at around 420-430 (which has also been an important lateral support/resistance level) which would be necessary to keep the picture routine and a-okay.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
PS: Oh look, USO looks like Jed just put his shotgun to it. Down 4.7%. I thought Otto's email line said it best: gary "broken clock" biiwii calls oil right at last
It is not to say that things will necessarily degrade into anarchy or Jim Kunstler's vision of the future, but it is also not to say it won't. But being a former boy scout, I guess I got 'be prepared' drilled into my cranium. Every once in a while you are going to get these kind of posts here. After all, the charting... the trading... that's all part of a macro casino. You must be aware of the nasty potentials that threaten the enchilada.
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an incredible $5 trillion of mortgage guarantees.
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collapsed; Freddie's decline last week was from $14.50 to $4.28.
This time last year it stood at $55.
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and is still falling.
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everywhere, and gold's investment purchasing power rose 17 times.
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Sunday, July 13, 2008
But at some point the paralyzing fear gripping the markets will produce a temporary bottom and a return of that oh so human emotion, hope. Who knows what the trigger will be - perhaps just an exhaustion of negativity and a little spin. But I can see the gold stocks approaching or marginally breaking above all time highs only to be repelled at the same time the broad market finally bottoms for a bear market rally. I have drawn a would-be ascending triangle on the weekly chart to show a possible pull back point (up trend line) before any real fireworks begin. I have written many times I am uncomfortable about gold running with the oil hysteria. That remains the case.
I did a teeny bit of profit taking on Friday and I might do much more of it near HUI 520, depending on the macro scenario at the time. We shall see.
Friday, July 11, 2008
Thinking up some thoughts on her disposition
Such a fortunate juxtaposition
Sitting and waiting on a mountain of tar
Just cross the border - it isn't too far
Thank God for Canada,
Thank God for Canada,
I vote for Canada,
Queen on a dollar, Queen on the dime,
When it comes to revolution, she takes her own sweet time.
Takin' a cold shot for the North America team.
Mexico is way too hot,
And we're right here in between.
Thank God for Canada,
Thank God for Canada,
I vote for Canada,
Comedians and beautiful girls,
Polar bears and most of the wolves,
So damn cold I froze my toes;
Let's warm it up and build some condos.
When we find we're needing to fight for our might
She tries to help us out, even when she knows it's half right
She helps to feed the jaws of our celebrity machine
Washes her hands again, and still feels unclean
Thank God for Canada,
I vote for Canada,
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What these clowns don't get is that the chain reaction is in progress and sticking fingers in the dike is not going to work - least of all with the public's money, as the public is going to need every penny it can scrimp together going forward. Again, I will ask where was everybody 2, 3, 4 years ago? I was running around looking for safe banks. FSO, 321, G-E, Safehaven, etc. have been publishing sound advice from sane authors for years. Who listened? It comes down to this; the heads of these companies were either criminals or retarded. They have golden parachuted to cushy retirement - many owning gold bullion no doubt - while the public gets the shit end of the stick... again.
Just because I write stuff that appears on financial websites and have firm convictions on certain things, it doesn't mean I am not human and as a human it is wearing on me that oil is trading the way it is. It reminds me of the Nasdaq bubble in 2000. Oil bulls are stampeding across the planet; commercial hedgers, the media, the public (their bullishness takes the form of revulsion at the pump) and maybe perhaps a dreaded 'speculator' or two. But in the case of speculators I would bet many of them are helping drive the price by covering shorts.
Anyway, the gold-oil ratio is still in a bottoming process and as long as that remains the case I am okay in my stance (long gold miners). But it is grating. If the USD loses 72 say goodnight and get ready to tuck your dear old Uncle Buck in for a dirt nap. Edit (8:27) Ah, here we go: Crude Oil Rises to Record on Speculation Israel May Attack Iran. Instant oil hype on demand. Also, we are apparently nowhere near the point where war, terrorism and other non-financial events cease to mess with the gold market. I notice it spiking this morning and if it is due to this news I do not like it one damn bit. These events, whether real or imagined tend to obfuscate the real fundamental underpinning of gold; debased paper. Edit (9:55) Now this news I can deal with: Fannie, Freddie Tumble on Takeover Option. Honestly, why most people refused to see this mess coming years ago I just don't know. Gold BOOOLISH. Wall Street greed, government stupidity and public apathy/ignorance combined to commit terrorist acts upon the financial system.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
So with all that said, I do not take Michael Panzner's 'Inflationistas Coming Around' lightly. I have permission from Mr. Panzner to publish anything of his that I find of value and in this piece I find lots of value because it gets to the heart of the matter; it gets to the definitions of inflation and deflation. If you believe inflation is rising prices then of course you believe deflation is declining prices. Here is a three year old email I sent to Rick Ackerman - reprinted on his site - in response to a provocative article Rick wrote on deflation. It gets to the heart of why I am one of the 'Inflationistas'. Especially these lines:
"In my view, the inflation game is played against the deflationary impulse or need to correct. It is the Fed and other forces pushing on a string, and one day they will find the string simply goes limp and all the inflated chickens will then come home to roost...
"deflation (at least in capital flowing to the US manufacturing sector) has been a good thing, driving progress and productivity; but it [deflation] has been perverted in recent years/decades to the point where it is cast as bad, while inflationary policy is cast as good...
Deflation is a wellspring of progress and resulting lower prices that has been poisoned by the easy money crowd."
The national (and global) front porch is loaded with chickens. Clucking, confused, bloated birds with nowhere else to go. The Fed is 'pushing on a string' and talk of deflation is growing by the week. In a genuine deflation 'scare', this needs to happen. But when you define inflation as increasing money supply - similar to that which Mr. Greenspan promoted earlier this decade, then that 'pushing on a string' can only be inflation, regardless of what prices on most goods and services do. The Fed is inflating and global policy makers stand ready to fight the dreaded forces of deflation (in prices) as well, although many developing regions are still dealing with the effects of the last inflation - booming prices.
Recall that Greenspan's inflation regime took some time to take hold (credit and housing bubbles) and it is far from a sure thing that today's policy makers will be successful in keeping the bubble economy alive. But that does not change the fact that we are in for a whopper of an inflation cycle. It's all in how you define inflation. If the Fed is successful, gold will pick up on it before positively correlated (to the economy) commodities and then under-perform as it did in the middle of this decade. If the policy does not succeed, the collapse predicted by the 'deflationistas' will indeed visit us, in which case there will be a continued mad scramble for liquidity, which means cash and gold. And one of those two will actually have intrinsic value in such a scenario. But the point is that there will be massive inflation (by policy) even as the collapse in credit and general liquidity continues.
I am not a gold bug. I would much rather be a sound US Economy bug. In fact there are productive segments of the US economy that are faring relatively well and benefiting from inflationary policy even as the US financial sector, arguably the former beneficiary of the greatest bubble (in confidence) of all time, continues its collapse. This is a confusing time. This is not a drill. It is time to get this right.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Here is the weekly $CDNX chart showing the pain... along with a declining volume march down to support and a falling wedge-like object (when disregarding the noise of the downward spikes and reversals of mid '07 and early '08.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
BTW, I just noticed on the chart under the 'ROC' sub-panel, I wrote Rate of chance bullish divergence. That is obviously 'Rate of CHANGE' although this whole enchilada is basically a play on chances, isn't it?
Monday, July 7, 2008
Sunday, July 6, 2008
This is the heart of the matter. Most of the world thinks of rising wages and rising prices as inflation. But of course these prices are really the result of the supply/demand dynamics of money. That is the heart of our current deflation scare; many people are already afraid of deflation and when oil finally breaks, many more will be as well. But the key to surviving and prospering through the deflation scare is in the realization that the prices of everything that the masses are getting hysterical about now are the results of the inflation that Sir Prints-a-lot promoted years ago. The 'deflation' in housing is simply the effects of Greenspan's previous bubble cycle wearing off. The same will probably happen in commodities, including oil. But our secular trend is one of inflation and currently the US Fed is pursuing a whopper of an inflationary policy as they are stuck between a rock (Greenspan's short sighted policies) and a hard place (the meltdown caused by same) as it is really their only way out - and it ain't much of a way out, now is it? It is just politically palatable in the short run.
Gold at 2000/oz. within the next 2 years is not only possible, in my book it is all but a done deal. First we will contend with the flight of the rampaging commodity bulls as they adhere to the mainstream thinking quoted above and that may ding gold. But the financial policies the Fed - and soon global CB's - are shoe horned into are going to be very bullish for the monetary metal because inflation is really [funny] munny supply on steroids and the declining prices that result from a slowing global economy near you are just what are needed to make the world cry for more inflation.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
But you know what? The flag is going to remain there because the website and blog are surely not 'hate America' sites. There is enough of that going around in other areas and while I am critical of the nonsensical way in which modern America goes about its business (see my first public commentary ever, 2004's FrankenMarket Lives which was really my first and last word on the subject), I realize how lucky I am to have been born and raised here with all the benefits of a 20th century during which the country spent the majority of its time in ascendancy.
Sadly, that is no longer the case and we have future generations to think about. Hard questions must be asked but in typical American fashion, we will roll up our sleeves - after the public becomes fully awake (and they're on their way) - and get on with it. If we hate ourselves... if we give in to the slovenly side of the culture that has increasingly held sway, we are truly done. My website was created as a reaction to what I saw in' FrankenMarket Lives' and it is done out of love for this country.
Oh, and if you are American, you might want to give that crank with no chance of winning the presidency, Ron Paul, a listen. It is your country and it is time to wake up. Can we ever go back to a Constitutional Republic? My oldest kid knows there ain't no Santa Claus. But it is vital that we get back to sound values and practices as a nation... and the flag stays.
Long time readers of the Biiwii.com blog know that I rely on ratio charts to the max. In fact, I find these ratios between different markets to be absolutely vital to being on the right side of the trade where macro themes are concerned. A recent example is the Dow/Gold ratio, which allowed me to navigate the oncoming - and entirely predictable - rally in stocks (both in nominal terms and in 'real' terms as measured in gold) that began in the fear filled days of March. Our April Letter from the main website, Reset/Recalibrate explained the process by which market sentiment needed to be reset. Here is the monthly ratio chart that was used in the letter:
Of interest now is the Gold/Oil Ratio, which appears to be in the bottoming process amid bullish divergence by RSI & MACD. This is an absolutely vital ratio to gold stock traders as oil is a major cost input to mining operations and with the likelihood of the ratio bottoming, gold miners' bottom lines stand to benefit as their product (gold) begins to outperform one of their major cost drivers (oil). Here is a current daily chart showing the status of the ratio. Gold, while having been pummeled in oil terms recently (along with nearly everything else), may well turn up from here in terms of crude:
I also routinely use the Gold/Silver Ratio to gauge general market confidence or lack thereof, along with more traditional sentiment indicators like the VIX and Put/Call Ratios. Other ratios which have appeared on the blog include the S&P500/Nikkei Ratio, NDX/Dow and even SOX/NDX. All provide hints as to sentiment and/or macro-fundamentals and hence future market direction.
To summarize, you can trade any market but it is very important to be aware of the major trends and turning points between different markets and asset classes so that you may be aware of whether or not you are on the right side of the trade in the bigger picture. As traders and investors, we need every edge we can get.