Price Prepping for New 7-Yr Highs?
Happy New Year! We are kicking off the New Year with stocks at all-time highs, oil prices spiking on Middle East tensions, and the precious metals complex following through nicely for our November/December videos. If you haven’t had a chance to watch those videos, they offer a helpful background on the technical setup for metals and the price action we are seeing today.
Resolution Coming in 2020?
The US dollar has frustrated bulls and bears for the past several years, as it has traded inside a historically narrow range without a clear long term directional bias. However, in both the near term and long term charts, it would appear a larger, secular move is coming.
Which Asset Class Will Outperform?
In advance of tomorrow’s Fed meeting and decision on interest rates, I am closely monitoring the S&P500 priced in gold. The S&P500 has broken out to all-time highs and has successfully retested the breakout, while gold has retreated ~$100 from its highs in August, either setting up a washout to a new near term bottom (possibly backtesting the entire breakout from $1380), or preparing for a rally to retest the $1580 level after a multi-month bull flag.
Mining Stocks Leading Gold Higher?
I produced this video on the gold and silver mining sector last night, and as of this morning gold is up significantly and all of the mining stocks continue to follow through. Gold (see chart above) just broke above horizontal resistance and is now looking to break up from the August downtrend channel. A move above $1495 would resume the uptrend from 4Q18, where channel support recently held. As presented in early November, I continue to believe this is a Wave 4 of 5, and that we will retest the highs at $1560-$1580. A close above $1495 would confirm it.
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The Monthly Close Above the 261.8 Fib Extension is Significant
The month of November was a significant expression of bullishness in the markets, as the S&P500 knifed through the 261.8% Fibonacci extension with a strong monthly candle close to new all-time highs. Taking a longer term view, the technical tailwind appears to be supporting a run to 4500+ to the 461.8% extension – nearly 50% higher. It is a number that would shock those who already view the market to be in bubble territory. While many are calling for a recession or an outright market crash, this interest rate supported, debt-fueled market shows underlying technical strength, and the US market remains the strongest globally. There has also been recent follow through among small caps and micro caps. The technical picture remains bullish.
However, per the chart above, I want to point out that we are now retesting a two-decade trend line that has acted as support and resistance eight times since late 1997, and is now being tested again. I suspect we may see a bit of a pause here and a likely pullback into the 3060 zone in the coming weeks. Stocks are overbought on the daily RSI, which is encouraging long term, but likely a signal that we could see some softness before the next leg higher.
If you’re looking for a buy signal, a weekly close above the long term trend line should signal that the thrust to the 461.8 extension is underway. Conversely, a significant correction and monthly close below the 261.8 fib extension could indicate the November move was a false breakout. We are at a great juncture for establishing a favorable risk/reward setup right around this long term trend line and fib extension.
Bitcoin Remains Above Long Term Trend line
In this video, I analyze the Bitcoin chart. Opinions on bitcoin tend to be very polarized; some believe bitcoin will rise to over $100,000 per coin, or even a million dollars. Others believe bitcoin is headed for zero and into the dustbin of history. In this video I try to take a balanced view and simply look at the long term chart and where price is trending. I overlay this chart with Fibonacci and Elliott Wave analysis to arrive at the conclusion that bitcoin is still very much in a long term uptrend.
What do you think? We’d love to hear your feedback.
S&P500 Meeting Up with Long Term Resistance
In this video, I analyze the S&P500 chart, which is now meeting up with 20-year long term resistance and the upper bound of its year long channel, but is also breaking out above the 261.8% Fibonacci extension from the 2007 peak to the 2009 bottom in equities. My short term view is bearish, as I think overhead resistance is stout and the RSI is overbought. However, longer term, the break above the 261.8% extension is significant and supportive of higher equity prices in the coming months.
Gold Price – Breakdown, or Another Leg Higher?
Picking up from last week’s video, I wanted to do a deep dive into gold, particularly because there is a diversity of opinions regarding whether we break down from here or we make another leg higher. In this video, I address a recent chart from JC Parets at All Star Charts and my opinion regarding his analysis in the short term.
The big question is whether gold has completed a fifth wave from the $1170 low (setting up and A-B-C correction), or whether the recent high was only wave 3, setting up a fifth wave higher. I am of the latter opinion.
As always, we would love to hear your feedback whether you agree or disagree.
Gold, Silver, Platinum, Palladium, and Copper
In this week’s video I take a look at the charts of gold, silver, platinum, palladium, and copper and offer some thoughts on where I see prices moving next. In the case of gold, which has enjoyed a fantastic run-up from $1180 to $1570 this year (in the process breaking out of a six year base), price is pulling back and bull flagging at the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement. Does it make a push down to $1400 to backtest the entire move? Will silver find support at $16.60 or are we moving lower? Will palladium continue its historic march hire, or will it meet resistance at future levels?
I discuss all this and more in today’s ten minute video. As always, whether you agree or disagree with my analysis, I would love to hear your feedback.
A-B-C Correction At Key Level
After a brief hiatus from posting, I am just now getting back into the swing of things. On a personal note, my wife and I moved the family cross country from Texas to Idaho this past month, and that is an adventure I hope to never again repeat! But life is settling down a bit now . . .
The bond market is a good place to dust off the charts. I closely follow the iShares 20-Year Treasury Bond ETF, $TLT, and my analysis continues to confirm the the correct application of the Fibonacci levels should begin with the secondary high from the 2016 peak, not the primary high. I share some prior thoughts here.
In doing so, we see $TLT honoring multiple Fibonacci levels of support and resistance throughout the last three years.
The breakout from the secondary high occurred in August and failed to close above the 1.236 Fibonacci extension. It has since had an A-B-C correction and is retesting the break of that secondary high, which also coincides with rising channel support. The move from here will dictate the direction for the next few weeks/month. If support does not hold we should expect a retest of 134.50. Otherwise, a move back towards 150 seems very likely. My bias is to the bullish side.
A more granular look on the daily chart from the September high shows a measured move higher, with price retracing to the .618 level, pulling back to .382, pushing higher to .786, and now sitting at .236 (higher low from the September bottom).
Lastly, for anyone interested in learning more about how to apply Fibonacci levels, please join me this Sunday, October 13th, 2019 at 6pm EST for a webinar with my friends at Trendspider. A link to the webinar is here.
Ratio Poised to Break to the Upside?
I have focused much of my time on the gold market recently because of the significance of the May breakout above $1365/oz, which had acted as key resistance for six years, and what the breakout is communicating about the forward trajectory of global markets. Gold is a risk-off asset; a flight to safety. Its tight correlation recently to the bond market reinforces how investors have been positioning away from risk assets. (more…)