Rising crude lifts all commodities?

Crude is rising, with Nymex Light Crude respecting its new support level at its former two-year high of $54/barrel, indicating a primary advance.

Nymex Light Crude

The general rule is that rising crude prices lift all commodities. Crude prices are a major factor in commodity prices due to the high energy costs of extraction (hard commodities), cultivation (soft commodities) and transport (both hard and soft).

The broad DJ-UBS Commodity Index is retracing but likely to respect the rising trendline, with a rally testing resistance at 90.

DJ UBS Commodity Index

Copper also shows some weakness at present but respect of primary support at 6400 would confirm the up-trend.

Copper Grade A

Iron ore is headed in the opposite direction, however, as the Chinese real estate market slows. But expect strong support between $48 and $54/tonne, especially if the rise in crude prices continues.

Iron Ore

Even gold prices tend to rise and fall in unison with crude over the long-term.

Crude retraces

Nymex Light Crude is retracing to test its new support level at the former two-year high of $54.50/barrel. Respect would confirm the primary advance.
Nymex Light Crude

Brent crude is similarly retracing, to test support around $60/barrel.

Brent Crude

Broad commodity prices are likely to follow crude, with the DJ-UBS Commodity Index heading for resistance at 90.

DJ UBS Commodity Index

Iron ore is more susceptible to cycles in the Chinese real estate market but is likely to respect primary support at $52.50/tonne.

Iron Ore

Even gold is likely to benefit in the long-term if crude prices rise.

Crude breakout warns of commodity rise

Most significant news of the week was Nymex Light Crude breaking resistance at its two-year high of $54.50/barrel, signaling a primary advance. Retracement that respects the new support level would confirm the up-trend.

Nymex Light Crude

The next major resistance level is at $60/barrel, shown on the 5-year chart below.

Nymex Light Crude

The breakout follows Brent crude’s earlier breakout above $55, signaling a primary up-trend.

Brent Crude

Crude prices are a major factor in commodity prices due to the high energy costs of extraction (hard commodities), cultivation (soft commodities) and transport (both hard and soft). Rising crude prices are likely to cause a broad rise in commodity prices, with the DJ-UBS Commodity Index testing resistance at 90.

DJ UBS Commodity Index

Iron ore is more susceptible to cycles in the Chinese real estate market but is likely to find support above $50/tonne if crude prices rise.

Iron Ore

Even gold would be likely to benefit as gold and crude prices tend to rise and fall in unison over the long-term.

Australia: ASX rallies

Iron ore is falling.

Iron Ore

And the broader DJ-UBS Commodity Index is testing support at 82. Breach would signal a decline to test the 2015 low at 74.

DJ-UBS Commodity Index

But the Aussie Dollar rallied Friday, the large engulfing candle suggesting another test of resistance at 75 US cents.

AUDUSD

Miners finished strongly, with the ASX 300 Metals & Mining index reflecting short-term buying pressure. 13-Week Twiggs Money Flow recovered above zero.

ASX 300 Metals & Mining

The ASX 200 is testing resistance at 5800. A 21-day Twiggs Money Flow trough above zero indicates medium-term buying pressure. Breakout above 5800 is likely and would suggest another test of 5950/6000.

ASX 200

Banks also rallied, with the ASX 300 Banks index headed for a test of 8500. Expect strong resistance.

ASX 300 Banks

Perhaps this UBS report had something to do with it.

I believe that the latest rally is a secondary reaction and that the ASX is headed for a down-turn, with miners and banks leading the way. But it’s no use arguing with the (ticker) tape.

A prudent speculator never argues with the tape. Markets are never wrong, opinions often are.

~ Jesse Livermore

Aussie meets resistance

The Aussie Dollar met resistance at the former support level of 75 US cents, with a tall shadow on Tuesday’s shooting star candlestick pattern. Respect of resistance is likely and would warn of another test of support at 73.50. Breach of support would offer a target of 72, putting pressure on ASX stocks as international investors retreat.

AUDUSD

The Aussie tends to take its direction from commodities. At present iron ore displays a weak rally that coincides with the rally on AUDUSD. Reversal through support at 60 is likely, and would warn of a decline to 50.

Iron Ore

Broad commodity indexes like the DJ-UBS Commodity Index are consolidating in a rectangle, between 82 and 90 on the chart below. Commodities have been trending lower since 2011, as shown yesterday. Breakout above 90 is unlikely but would signal a primary up-trend. Breach of support is more likely and would indicate a decline to test support at the January 2016 low, between 72 and 74.

DJ-UBS Commodity Index

Australia: Lean years ahead

Growth in total monthly hours worked has slowed to 1.3% for the 12 months to April 2017. In fact, growth has been pretty lean over the last 5 years, except for the period January 2015 to February 2016.

ABS: Hours Worked & GDP growth

High commodity prices in 2004 to 2008 and 2010 to 2011 coincide with periods of strong employment and GDP growth, as indicated on the chart above.

DJ-UBS Commodity Index

The current down-trend in commodity prices, depicted on the DJ-UBS Commodity Index above, and low growth in hours worked both point to anemic employment (and GDP) growth ahead.

Gold falls despite weak Dollar

Commodities are falling, with the DJ-UBS Commodity Index testing support at 82.

DJ-UBS Commodity Index

Despite the Dollar Index breaking support at 100.

Dollar Index

Spot Gold followed, breaking medium-term support at $1240/$1250. A test of primary support at $1200/ounce is now likely.

Spot Gold

Breach of $1200 would signal a primary down-trend. Respect would confirm the primary up-trend. I still view gold stocks as a form of “Trump insurance” and am reluctant to part with exposure to this sector.

Commodities break support

Dow Jones-UBS Commodity Index broke primary support at 136, signaling another down-swing. Target for the breakout is the 2012 low at 126. A peak below zero on 63-day Twiggs Momentum already warns of a primary down-trend.

US Dollar Index

* Target calculation: 136 – ( 144 – 136 ) = 128

A fall in commodities warns of slack global demand and a bearish outlook for stocks. The large divergence between DJ-UBS Commodity Index and the S&P 500 should be treated as a caution.
US Dollar Index

Falling commodities: Bearish for stocks

Dow Jones-UBS Commodity Index is testing primary support at 136. Breach would signal a decline to the 2012 low at 126. The peak below zero on 63-day Twiggs Momentum already warns of a primary down-trend. Recovery above 140 is unlikely but would suggest that a bottom is forming.

US Dollar Index

A fall in commodities would warn of slack global demand and a bearish outlook for stocks.

Commodities down

Dow Jones-UBS Commodity Index is headed for a test of primary support at 136. Breach would signal a decline to the 2012 low at 126. The peak below zero on 63-day Twiggs Momentum already warns of a primary down-trend. Recovery above 144 is unlikely but would suggest a rally to 152.

US Dollar Index

A fall in commodities would warn of slack global demand and a bearish outlook for stocks.

Commodities declining

63-day Twiggs Momentum is forming another peak below zero, warning of further downside on the Dow Jones-UBS Commodity Index. Reversal below -5% would strengthen the bear signal. Failure of support at 136 would warn of another test of the 2012 low at 126. Recovery above 144 is unlikely but would suggest a rally to 152.

US Dollar Index

* Target calculation: 150 + ( 150 – 125 ) = 175

Rising commodities — other than gold and oil where other factors need to be considered — would suggest a recovering global economy and further gains for stocks in the year ahead. A fall in commodities, however, would warn of slack global demand and a more bearish outlook for stocks.

Gold and commodities rising

Gold is forming a base between $1650 and $1700/ounce on the daily chart. Upward breakout would offer an initial target of $1750/ounce. Oscillation of 63-day Twiggs Momentum close to the zero line indicates consolidation but beware of a peak below zero — or reversal below $1650 on the spot chart — which would warn of another down-swing.

Spot Gold

* Target calculation: 1700 + ( 1700 – 1650 ) = 1750

Silver displays a similar long-term pattern to gold, albeit with a sharper spike in 2011. Bullish divergence on 63-day Twiggs Momentum suggests an up-trend. Breakout above $35/ounce ($1800 in the case of gold) would signal a long-term advance.

Silver

Brent and Nymex crude both threaten an upward breakout from their recent consolidation — which would signal a primary advance to their 2012 highs.

Crude Oil

Commodity prices are also improving, with Dow Jones-UBS Commodity index displaying a bullish divergence on 63-day Twiggs Momentum. Breakout above 150 would complete an inverted head and shoulders reversal with a target of 175. Rising commodities — other than gold and oil where other factors need to be considered — would suggest a recovering global economy and further gains for stocks in the year ahead.

US Dollar Index

* Target calculation: 150 + ( 150 – 125 ) = 175

Is gold really undervalued?

I agree with James Turk that gold is a currency. It does not generate income and is simply a store of value. Demand for gold will rise in times of uncertainty and when fiat currencies, against which it is traded, are being debased by central bank balance sheet expansion. Now central banks have been printing money since the global financial crisis in 2008, so why is gold not soaring into the stratosphere as Turk predicts?

Spot Gold

The answer lies with global deleveraging. Central banks are attempting to counter the strong deflationary effect of private sector debt repayment. The inflationary effect of their activities is largely offset by deflationary forces emanating from the GFC. If we compare the performance of gold to the CRB and DJ-UBS Commodity Indices it is clear that most commodities have not risen in tandem with gold and there is little evidence of inflation.

US Dollar Index

Copper recovered after the GFC but also seems to have hit a ceiling.

US Dollar Index

Only Brent Crude shows similar price escalation to gold. Nymex WTI Crude is far more subdued.

US Dollar Index

Without strong inflation, gold is unlikely to continue its meteoric rise. More so if there is a down-turn in crude oil and copper. Watch closely.

Gold and commodities find support

A look at the long-term (monthly) chart shows gold undergoing a correction before encountering support at $1650/ounce. Recovery above $1700 would re-test resistance at $1800, the higher trough suggesting resumption of the primary up-trend. Breakout above $1800 would confirm. A 63-day Twiggs Momentum trough close to the zero line would strengthen the signal, while reversal below zero would suggest that the 5-year bull-trend is over and a test of primary support at $1500 likely.

Spot Gold

Commodity Prices are a good predictor of stock market performance. Dow Jones-UBS Commodity Index retreated from 150 but support around 140 would indicate another attempt at a breakout — and recovery above 144 would strengthen the signal. Rising Twiggs Momentum suggests a primary up-trend but only breakout above 152 would confirm.

US Dollar Index

Weaker commodities threaten down-turn

Commodities remain weak despite the softer dollar, with the DJ-UBS Commodity Index hovering above support at 140 on the weekly chart. Breach of support would test the primary level at 125/126, warning of a global economic down-turn. Reversal of 63-day Twiggs Momentum below zero would also suggest a down-trend.

DJ-UBS Commodity Index

The gap between Nymex WTI Light Crude and ICE Brent Crude  Middle East widened to $24/barrel as a result of tensions in the Middle East. 63-Day Twiggs Momentum holding below zero suggests a primary down-trend despite the weaker dollar.

Nymex WTI Light Crude

Gold long tail as dollar retreats

Yesterday’s long tail on the spot gold daily chart indicates support at $1700 per ounce. Recovery above $1750 would signal another test of $1800. 63-Day Twiggs Momentum well above zero continues to indicate a healthy up-trend. A weakening dollar would strengthen the signal.

Spot Gold

* Target calculation: 1800 + ( 1800 – 1700 ) = 1900

The Dollar Index (weekly chart) is testing medium-term support at 80. Failure would threaten a head-and-shoulders reversal. Breach of primary support at 78.50 would offer a target of 74*. 63-Day Twiggs Momentum holding below zero already suggests a primary down-trend. Recovery above 81.50 is unlikely but would indicate an advance to 84.

US Dollar Index

* Target calculation: 79 – ( 84 – 79 ) = 74

The DJ-UBS Commodity Index (weekly chart) respected support at 140, helped by the weaker dollar. 63-Day Twiggs Momentum above zero suggests a primary up-trend but reversal would re-test primary support at 126.

DJ-UBS Commodity Index

Nymex WTI Light Crude and ICE Brent Crude both trend downwards but the gap between the two is widening. Middle East tensions affect Brent Crude supply more than its West Texas cousin. 63-Day Twiggs Momentum holding below zero warns of a primary down-trend. Breach of primary support would confirm: WTI at $78 per barrel and Brent Crude at $90.

Nymex WTI Light Crude

Gold strengthens as dollar retreats

Long tails on the last two days of the spot gold daily chart indicate strong support at $1700 per ounce. Breakout above $1740 would indicate another test of $1800. 63-Day Twiggs Momentum well above zero suggests a healthy up-trend. A weakening dollar would strengthen the signal.

Spot Gold

* Target calculation: 1800 + ( 1800 – 1700 ) = 1900

The Dollar Index (weekly chart) retreated below resistance at 81. Follow-through below 80 would test primary support at 78.50, while failure of primary support would complete a head-and-shoulders reversal with a target of 74*. 63-Day Twiggs Momentum holding below zero already suggests a primary down-trend. Breakout above 81.50 is unlikely but would indicate an advance to 84.

US Dollar Index

* Target calculation: 79 – ( 84 – 79 ) = 74

The DJ-UBS Commodity Index (weekly chart) respected support at 140. The 63-day Twiggs Momentum trough above zero suggests a primary up-trend. A weakening dollar would strengthen the signal, while breakout above 152 would confirm. Breach of 140 is unlikely but would test primary support at 126.

DJ-UBS Commodity Index

Nymex WTI Light Crude and ICE Brent Crude are both trending downward. The 63-day Twiggs Momentum peak at zero warns of a primary down-trend. Breach of primary support would confirm: WTI at $78 per barrel and Brent Crude at $90.

Nymex WTI Light Crude

The Gold-Euro-Dollar conundrum Part II

Last week we discussed conflicting signals from the euro and US dollar. The Dollar Index and the euro are normally plotted inversely to each other.  I have reversed this on the chart below.  As expected, with the euro the largest component (57.6 percent) of the dollar index weighted basket of currencies, there is a strong correlation.  Divergences between the two seldom last as traders “arbitrage” the differences.

The rising Dollar Index is testing resistance at 81.50. Respect of resistance would threaten a head-and-shoulders reversal — with a target of 74* — following a breakout below primary support at 78.50. Falling 63-day Twiggs Momentum, below zero, already suggests a primary down-trend. But recovery above 81.50/82.00 would negate this, indicating another primary advance.

US Dollar Index

* Target calculation: 79 – ( 84 – 79 ) = 74

Spot gold (daily chart) is testing short-term support at $1700 per ounce. Respect of support would reinforce the earlier trendline break, suggesting another test of $1800. But a stronger dollar and failure of support at $1675 would indicate a more severe correction.

Spot Gold

* Target calculation: 1800 + ( 1800 – 1700 ) = 1900

The DJ-UBS Commodity Index (weekly chart) continues to test support at 140. A 63-day Twiggs Momentum trough above zero would indicate a primary up-trend. Recovery above 152 would confirm. A stronger dollar and breach of 140, however, would test primary support at 126.

DJ-UBS Commodity Index

Nymex WTI Light Crude and ICE Brent Crude are both headed for a test of primary support: WTI at $76/$78 per barrel and Brent Crude at $90. The 63-day Twiggs Momentum peak below zero warns of a primary down-trend.

Nymex WTI Light Crude