Commodities have made a bullish breakout, with copper the latest to join.
As we stand, soybeans, wheat, gold and silver have all reached levels of overbullish sentiment. A consolidation may therefore be ahead.
The US dollar broke down beneath rising support, and the Euro broke up. That’s supportive for commodities.
10 year Treasury yields continue to make an inverse Head and Shoulders pattern.
Gas and crude oil inventories continue to fall back towards their longer term averages. Although both are still out of their historical ranges, the trend in both is of a shrinking of stocks.
That perhaps reflects an improving US economy, as evidenced by ECRI leading indicators and Citigroup economic surprises both moving into the positive:
The key question is, is the US about to roll over and join countries such as China, Germany and Japan in economic weakness (coincident and leading) or are the latter about to turn up and make for a global reflation? Conference Board and OECD data later this week will provide more clues on that, but the trends in certain key stock indices, commodities and currencies are currently pointing to reflation. Also, by solar cycles, growthflation is the norm into the solar peak – both growth and inflation – therefore a reflation would also fit.
The improvement in the USA does not prevent the Fed from delivering stimulus this Thursday. It has a dual mandate and they are clearly not happy with the jobs part. The markets are anticipating QE3 (likelihood from Bloomberg indicator now 99%) and this is because the last two Fed communications have more heavily hinted towards it.
I believe that QE anticipation, together with the upward pressure into the new moon, and the technical breakouts of late last week, all should support pro-risk leading into this Thursday’s FOMC outputs. What I am looking to see is, do we arrive there overbought and overbullish. If we reach those levels in stocks pre-FOMC-outputs, I will be looking to take some profits.
Looking at sentiment, bullish percent over put/call ratio has a little room to move higher, compared to previous peaks, and to oscillate in that kind of region for longer.
SP500 stocks above 50MA can also push a little higher, and oscillate there for a period.
Sentimentrader indicators at a bullish extreme could also rise a little higher yet.
All three show stocks at bullish sentiment levels, but not quite at extremes that would signify a reversal. Tom De Mark’s target for the SP500 is now 1478. I suspect that by that kind of level we would see these sentiment readings at historic extremes, and combined that would make a strong case for profit-taking.
Whilst the SP500 broke out, the Dow and the Russ 2k are still flirting with quadruple tops, so it is not a done deal that stocks accelerate upwards here. Whilst the Dow Transports showed continued bullishness yesterday…
…the Nasdaq reversed most of its breakout gains and is delicately poised, suggestive of either a successful backtest of the breakout or a breakdown back into the range, leaving a bearish fakeout that is the opposite of the Tran fakeout shown above.
To sum it up, I am sat on my long commodities, long stocks indices and short treasuries positions, with no compelling reason to exit any of them currently. Of the three, I am still looking to exit long stock indices as priority, as per my secular/solar projections. I believe stocks will be supported into this thursday’s FOMC, and I believe the greater likelihood is of Fed stimulus at that meeting. However, given the high levels of expectation, there is the risk of disappointment and a sell-off. I am watching to see how pro-risk fares the next couple of days, and waiting for the latest global leading indicators and will then judge whether to take any profits into the FOMC. If the Nasdaq were to break down today/tomorrow, back below the yearly highs and making for a failed breakout or fakeout, I would judge that as significant, and may trim back. If on the other hand stocks push higher, the remaining US indices break up, and we hit the Demark price and sentiment extremes zones pre-FOMC, I would also be looking to take some profits.