1. Twin highs in the SP500 and Nasdaq in 2012 roughly 6 months apart are similar to the mid-year action in 2010, highlighted below. In 2010 when the indices revisited the high, they needed a couple of weeks to consolidate before making a second attempt and successful breakthrough. So let’s see how the current action shapes. Next Friday ‘s Jackson Hole has the potential to be a catalyst for a breakout roughly 2 weeks later (if QE intentions announced) – or of course a disappointment.

2. Below I show how Conference Board leading indicators have developed in recent weeks. Japan and Korea are bad, sticking below -1. Euro are as a whole has remained at -0.3, but within that Spain picking up and Germany dropping. Australia has improved,  US and China have oscillated, but the latest table has doubled its ‘greens’ to 4. It’s still a more negative picture than positive, but the key is whether a positive global trend can emerge.

24 August:

31 July:

17 July:

Source: Conference Board

3. The gold price in Euros has popped over its multi-month declining resistance.

Source: Goldprice


19 thoughts on “Updates

  1. QE3? The US economy is stronger until jun12, so FED no action. DOW target, 9.000-8.500? end 2012 or beginning 2013, after recovery until 0,618, or 0,76 in 2013.

    I´m sorry, John, but my point of view is so different, but thanks for your work.

    Now, from South Spain, Marbella

    1. I believe the last statement by the Fed regarding the economy is that it’s not performing the way they would like it to, especially regarding employment. If unemployment were lower or at least trending lower, I believe you’d be right, there would be no chance of QE. But with the employment situation the way it is, I think the question of action/no action from the Fed at this point is a toss up.

  2. The 2011-12 drop in gold looks like a bear trap bottom with a rounded base, before the big surge up to end this secular bull. One thing I don’t quite get is how gold bulls claim Gold price rallies are triggered by fear, whilst others say gold rallies happen in stable economic climates.

    This could make the timing of the parabolic surge very difficult to calculate. John, do you think the parabolic rise will happen during a period of panic like 2008 or a period of stability?

    1. It should be growth, inflation and speculation into and around the solar peak, then recession afterwards. As stocks normally turn down ahead of a recession, that fits my forecast of them topping first. Energy and agri and metals rapidly rising should do the job of tipping us into recession. Gold should make its parabolic rise based on inflation (other commodities rising) – rather than a deflationary hedge. There may be supply side push in terms of war in oil sensitive regions and further climate based agri push.

    1. That’s right, but I don’t come to the same conclusions as you. Draw together the last 3 secular commodities bulls, not just the 1970s and here is the aggregated forecast for this one:

  3. Some thoughts…

    The SKEW to VIX ratio has touched the 9 level three times in the past two years. Overlaying the chart of the S&P 500 shows that when this occurs, the index has fallen 250 points in 2011 and then 120 points in 2012 just a few days after this occurred (closing prices).

    On 8/17, we crossed that 9 threshold yet again, for the third time. I suspect we could retest the 1260 before we get QE3 or something from some central bank (ECB, PBOC, etc).

    Also, if you overlay a chart of the quantity of stocks above their 200 day moving average and the S&P 500 over a 5 year period, one finds that in this rally since 2009, each time the S&P makes a new high in each leg of the rally, stocks above their 200 day ma does not (making lower highs unlike the market which is making higher highs). This is an obvious sign of internal weakness.

    In due time…

  4. Sorry about the double post here but in regards to the SKEW to VIX ratio – in 2012 it took a couple of weeks for the SPX to make new highs before we had the April correction, where in 2011 it took 8 days – to be more specific as we come up on day 7 of the ratio hitting the 9 threshold.

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