S O L A R C Y C L E S

With John Hampson

Into Year End

If the secular commodities finale is to play out as I predict, then this should be about the point that commodities, led by gold, start to outperform. Supporting this is Gann methodology, which suggests commodities should take off in a large up-move into 2013 as of around 21 November. Here is my suggested historical mirror, with the previous square showing how things might progress:

What could give commodities such a thrust? Strengthening in China for one, and we see this in the latest data. Industrial production rose 9.6% year on year, retail sales beat expectations at 14.5% year on year, and auto sales rebounded strongly from September’s weak number. Commodity technicals could also assist, with gold having bounced at the 200MA again which has largely supported the secular gold bull to date, soybeans having retraced sufficient of their mid year gains to reach just 8% bullish daily sentiment, and coffee having reached an all time record speculator short position.

Tame geomagnetism could also help, and it can be seen from the chart below that the geomagnetic model is finally showing an upturn into year end, as negligible geomagnetism is forecast (all models have been updated this morning):

Such tame geomagnetism should also be positive for equities, with Presidential seasonality too:

Source: Bespoke / Moneygame / My Update

Potentially we could see pro-risk wash out a little more in sentiment before take-off next week, but I predict the next move will be a rally in both stocks and commodities whereby equities (globally speaking) re-reach for their Q3 highs, but make negative divergences in internals (if they are to be topping out), whilst commodities outperform upwards. I am watching leading indicators to judge whether there is ‘sufficient’ growthflation ahead to enable this scenario. The rest should be fulfilled by the influence of solar maximum activity on humans collectively. 2013 is the big test for my solar theories.

I leave Kuala Lumpur tomorrow for 6 nights in Penang, continuing to explore Malaysia.

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11 comments on “Into Year End

  1. marketguy15
    November 13, 2012

    I’ve never seen Bespoke publish anything bearish fwiw…

  2. Tiho
    November 13, 2012

    Consider that Coffee doubled into 2011, due to huge supply shortages as Brazil only produced 1.9 million tonnes as opposed to almost 3 million they normally would do (my younger brother works in the Coffee industry by supplying Arabica roasted via his own business to merchants). Now that supplies have come back on stream, Coffee have reversed that spike from last year and is down a lot, currently trading around $1.55 per pound.

    Yes, hedge funds are extremely bearish, so naturally as contrarian I’m very bullish on Coffee (and all Softs), but I don’t see any major upside straight away. This is a longer term investment, because after such a huge sell off, usually prices tend to bottom and base for awhile. You normally don’t get a spike after a spike just occurred last year. At least I am failing to see it happen before and I got a 120 year chart of Coffee in front of me right now. The last double spike was in 1994 and in 1997. It takes at least a few years of basing before the rally continues in my opinion.

    Looking at the current price action of the rest of the market environment, two major assets stand out. Treasury bonds have negated the head & shoulder top as they continue to move higher, pricing in a global recession in my opinion. Everyone expected QE3 to create a rise in yields, and when everyone expects something, the opposite happens. There is no reflation yet, so Fed will need to get a lot more busier than just doing $40 billion per month…

    At the same time, Copper is confirming this too, by reversing all of the Fed QE3 gains out of September. We are back to $3.45 and Copper bulls got too optimistic too quickly. Korean KOSPI, barometer of global industrial activity and correlated highly to China, is looking rather weak in my opinion as it decided which way it will go in a triangle. I assume we will eventually break down.

    I rather believe Copper prices or price of KOPSI, than Chinese statistics published around the time of Communist leadership change. Honestly… who actually believes China is growing at 7% and IP is at 9.6%? Are you serious? I don’t believe in fairy tales or bed time stories, but I use to when I was a kid.

    market guy 15 – I’ve never seen Bespoke publish anything bearish either, I am a subscriber. They are as perma bull as it can get. Obviously in works in a bull market, but when the bull market ends… boy oh boy did they get hurt in 2008!

  3. Tiho
    November 13, 2012

    By the way, the actual Bespoke election year seasonal chart updated can be found on my blog – (chart here)

  4. John Hampson
    November 13, 2012

    That’s interesting guys. I’ve always found Bespoke to be a reliable purveyor of stats and facts rather than bias. Are you saying they only publish bullish-leaning findings?

    • marketguy15
      November 13, 2012

      I used to follow them quite a bit but they always see the world through bull colored glasses…imo anyhow….they sometimes post interesting factoids but they always seem to be bullish (especially in declining mkts).

  5. RyKnow (@Ryknow16)
    November 13, 2012

    Picking names here: I like Intel at these levels. Big company, global, and they produce something of value… well sorta. Valuations seem fair, some cheap relative to tech space so I am a buyer.

    I do not like Louisiana Pacific ($LPX). This company’s +165% price appreciation in 3 years is all well and fine but considering how this company has a negative ROE, margins are negative, revenues and earnings are down past 5 years, and the list goes on, it simply is overvalued. This is where sentiment leads fundamentals. Either fundies catch up and sentiment releases they are ahead of the true “growth”.

    Do not like First Majestic Silver ($AG) either, relative to the price of silver. Hedging play there.

    Equities (broad) and bonds are hated by me alike. Stocks (in general) are overvalued and the bond market is in a clear bubble via the Federal Reserve. This we all know.

    Pick ‘em wisely. I’m just picking up things I see along the way for the mean time.

    Chart below is one of my favorites: INTC to AG ratio. Yes, these companies have NOTHING in common (well, maybe a little), however a chart is a chart regardless of the ticker symbol. Blue line is the $SPX.

    http://charts.stocktwits.com/production/original_10520685.PNG?1352835771

  6. RyKnow (@Ryknow16)
    November 13, 2012

    “Potentially we could see pro-risk wash out a little more in sentiment before take-off next week, but I predict the next move will be a rally in both stocks and commodities whereby equities (globally speaking) re-reach for their Q3 highs, but make negative divergences in internals (if they are to be topping out), whilst commodities outperform upwards.”

    I agree fully here John.

    We need to see either a) some divergence in the markets at new highs or b) something really bad happen (e.g. debt downgrade, etc)

    I go with answer A before anything else …

    (maybe this is your key to fade your call though…. LOL)

  7. Edwin
    November 14, 2012

    $USHL5 says the market can go a bit lower before a rally. However, there is no positive divergence yet.

    $USHL5 gave its power buy signal (based on positive divergence to price) back in May-June 2012 and Aug-Oct 2011.

    I am patiently waiting. A failed rally today does not help the bull case.

    • Tiho
      November 15, 2012

      I remember you were buying Intel several weeks ago. Are you still long Intel Edwin? I notice it broke down even lower last few days.

  8. GAR
    November 14, 2012

    Bespoke ‏@bespokeinvest

    Bullish sentiment of newsletter writers dropped to its lowest level since June. Bearish sentiment rose to highest level since Feb.

  9. Tiho
    November 15, 2012

    I’m no technical guru and I cannot quote various impressive buy / sell signals every couple of days, but from a basic and simple observation, I have noticed that the VIX is now in a pressure cooker between 50 MA and 200 MA. It seems there could be a major burst in either direction soon and it’s decision time.

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