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Big Picture Views

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With all the hype and noise built in to daily and weekly market management, sometimes it is worthwhile to dial out, calm things down and touch base with markets on the big picture. Here are views on various markets (with limited commentary) by way of some NFTRH monthly charts.

Let’s start with currencies, since they are a reflection upon global policy making, which has been unprecedented in its direct market interference over the last few years.

Nominal Charts – Currency

We noted the hot air patch in the Canada dollar last year. I had thought CDW might stop and find support at 85, which is a measurement from the topping pattern; but so far, no dice.



Inverse Drumbeat for Yield and Gold

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A combination of factors — oil & copper prices, sluggish wage growth, weakness in equities today — are pressuring 10-year Yield, which is now at 1.93%, or 10 bps below Friday’s Jobs Report recovery high.

Only a sharp rally above 2.03% will argue technically that Yield has put in a meaningful bottom in and around the 1.90% area.

Conversely, Gold, it is acting extremely well, given the constant headwind of a rising US Dollar (DXY) and otherwise growing deflationary perceptions.

Something is going on in the Gold market that is grinding it higher in an impressive display of relative strength.

My next optimal target zone is $1240-$1244. Key near-term support rests at $1218.00.

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