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Over in the gold patch things went from disinterested and downright antagonistic (A Notable Lack of Interest in Gold) to sleepy (Gold “Community” Crickets) to ferociously over bullish. Check.
Any long-time and right minded gold bug will tell you that the latter condition is usually a signal to prepare for some turbulence.Wednesday and Thursday brought the turbulence in the form of a reversal and pullback for gold, silver and the miners.
Since we became constructive on the gold sector in Q4 2018 (per the links above and especially NFTRH reports/updates) the groundswell of gold boosting (pom poms and all) has steadily risen since it became obvious that something bullish was going on in January. And it appears that last week’s breakout from various daily chart bull flags in gold, silver and the miners finally jerked ’em all in. Enter the Thursday pullback. (more…)
Note: This is not market analysis. This is a person writing words and inserting some funny pictures. It is a product of said person’s view of psychology and the modern market.
First off, my honest self-evaluation: I would be pleased to see the US stock market to go down again, not because I am positioned for it (I am not, yet, other than through fairly non-dramatic risk management like portfolio balancing, profit taking and keeping high cash levels as appropriate) but because I feel like the bull was cooked up by an evil man named Ben Bernanke.
When I write “the bull” I am not talking about the post-Christmas Eve rally. That had to happen and at the time I was buying the spiking fear and panic. I am talking about the post-2008 bull market.
Regarding Bernanke, evil is probably too strong a word but I consider the effects of his policy to have been purely evil, exponentially enriching the already rich and driving the middle class to the verge of… electing an American TV character who says the right things to those who want, no need to hear those right things after the Bernanke years of abuse (ironically, with the distribution to the rich taking place under a president thought of as a socialist redistributor… only in America). (more…)
I reserve most of the work on precious metals for NFTRH weekly reports and in-week updates because it is done on a consistent basis, with the work done previously key to the narrative making sense in real time and going forward. In other words, in order to not be out there stabbing in the dark you need to have an ongoing, adjustable plan that makes sense at all times with the macro markets around it.
So that said, let’s take a snapshot of where things stand currently with the understanding that this work will need future updates, which will probably not be made publicly. It is up to the reader to do the work required to put context to the picture. Meanwhile, this will free up more space in next week’s NFTRH 538 to focus on some quality miner charts, which sometimes take a back seat to the macro/sector stuff. (more…)
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As the stock market cracked on October 10th we noted…
Looks Who’s Holding Firm Amid the Carnage; the Gold Miners
And sure enough the GDX bottoming pattern noted in that post (and before that in an NFTRH subscriber update) played out perfectly amid the stock market carnage going on all around it.
Was I trying to predict something? Of course not. I was just following general rules we’ve had in place through all of NFTRH’s 10-plus year history and privately for myself since early in the bull market that began in 2001. Very simply, the counter-cyclical winds must blow and the Macrocosm must come front and center for a constructive fundamental view of the gold stock sector. That first crack in the stock market was a good start.
A ‘wild card’ segment has been added to NFTRH reports because I
wanted the freedom to go out of bounds in any direction, beyond our
usual areas of disciplined coverage. Last week it was a look at the
This week it is Fed policy with a side trip down memory lane,
trying once again to illustrate why today is not at all like the ZIRP
era and why the post-2015 re-connect between the Fed Funds rate and the stock market does not bode well for stocks, assuming the Fed really is going soft.
Excerpted from tomorrow’s edition of Notes From the Rabbit Hole, which will also include loads of actionable analysis along with the more theoretical stuff below…
As in January of 2013 (ahead of an economic up cycle) and Q4
2017-Q1 2018 (ahead of an economic ripple that began in 2018) the
Semiconductor sector and in particular its Semi Equipment sub-sector are
front and center in forming our analysis about coming events. Excerpted
from the January 20th edition of Notes From the Rabbit Hole, NFTRH 535…
Semiconductor Sector – Watch the Early Bird in 2019
This one is special for me. I started my work life many moons ago as a
participant with the Semi sector [circa 1983-1993], painfully learning
first hand how violent the cyclical turns can be. Dialing ahead a couple
decades, in January of 2013 NFTRH began a narrative that saw the then
up-turning Semi Equipment bookings (this data is unfortunately no longer
published) lead the sector, general manufacturing and eventually the
whole raft of components that make up the economy into a cyclical
Leaving aside our usual inclusion of macro fundamentals and market
ratios, today let’s take a simple technical look at the S&P 500 and
As the US stock market was becoming deeply oversold (and over-hated,
sentiment-wise) in December we planned for a holiday seasonal bounce,
which finally arrived with the immediate reversal after the Christmas
Eve massacre when the machines (and a few human casino patrons) drove it
to its downside climax. The bounce was almost a certainty, given the
sentiment backdrop of the moment.