GLD Update…Bear Watch

A line chart can give you a different perspective vs a bar chart which is why I like to use them both to help uncover a potential pattern. Line charts can often times give you a quicker heads when a stock is breaking out.

Below is a weekly line chart for GLD which shows you why I’m so concerned about the PM complex right now. As you can see this weekly line chart shows a triple top with the breakout in progress. My biggest concern is that we could see some reverse symmetry to the downside as shown by the blue arrows. Many times how a stock goes up is how it may come down over that same area especially when the move was strong.

Note the tops at the 2016 high at reversal point #1 and the 2018 top at reversal point #3 in the 2016 triangle. After the initial breakout from the top in 2016 the price action backtested the top trendline which produced the right shoulder of a bigger H&S top and then came the strong impulse move down. Some of you may remember the 2018 top  when GLD was trying to breakout to a new high but could muster up enough energy to do so. I said if the bulls were in charge that it was time for them to step up to the plate but after 4 hits of the top rail the bears finally won the battle with another strong impulse move to the downside.

At a bare minimum we currently have a reversal pattern in place, triple top, that is reversing the last impulse move up. There is not a lot of support to slow down a move lower which is why we could possibly see a strong move to the downside, reverse symmetry.

 

Weekend Report…Chartology vs Fundamentals

I’ve been holding off on writing this Weekend Report for the US stock markets until I got just a little more confirmation that the next impulse move higher is underway. Last weeks price action is strongly suggesting that the nearly 2 year consolidation phase is drawing to a close. Lets say I’m seeing some green shoots sprouting up in many different areas of the markets.

Most investors rely on the fundamentals in which to make their trading decisions because that is how its been since the beginning of trading the markets. Fundamentals do have a place in investing in the long term trend but they usually lag at the beginning of a major turn in the markets. Normally when the fundamentals turn up at the bottom of a bear market the price action has already turned up many months in advance. The same thing is also true at tops. Before the fundamentals turn down the smart money has already gotten out while those looking at the fundamentals are left holding the bag.

If what I’m seeing in the charts right now is correct then the Chartology is going to show you what the fundamentals will be like in 6 month or longer down the road. Most fundamentalist have been looking for the stock markets to crash based on their own interpretation of the fundamentals. At some point they will be right, but until then they have missed out on the biggest bull market in history which only comes around once or twice in a lifetime.

At this point in time Chartology is suggesting there will be some good fundamentals that will drive the stock markets higher over the next year or two. Right now investors who look at the fundamentals think that Europe and the emerging markets are on their death bed with no heartbeat, but the Chartology is strongly suggesting something entirely different is taking place. With weak energy prices and commodities in general that suggests a weak global economy which has only one direction to go which is down, but the Chartology is suggesting something else is brewing. We keep hearing that the Fed is going to blow another bubble in the money supply which is going to crash the markets this time, but this is the same story we’ve heard over the last 10 years. At some point the fundamentals are going to be correct, but at what point, one year, two years, five year maybe another ten years in the future? The fundamentals can’t tell you when that day of reckoning will come but Chartology will give you a much quicker heads up when some type of reversal pattern shows itself.

Keep in mind we still haven’t even seen the blow off phase in the stock markets yet which will be another good clue that the markets are becoming exhausted as everyone and their brother want in. If you were trading in the late 1990’s you know exactly what I mean. The pessimism right now with many investors is too strong for the bull market to end. When they finally relent and begin to turn bullish you will then know the bull market is living on borrowed time.

Lets start by looking at some mechanical trading systems we’ve been following for many years now which takes all the emotions out of the equation. Mechanical systems don’t care about interest rates, unemployment, currencies or anything else that can affect ones judgment. It’s pure and unbiased.

This first mechanical trading system is the 21 month trend follower chart which I won’t go into a lot of details as we’ve covered this chart for many years. It’s very simple and easy to understand. When the SPX is trading above its 21 month simple moving average you are on a long term buy signal and when the price action closes a month below the 21 month sma you are on a sell signal. This 25 year monthly chart shows just two outright sell signals, one in 2000 and the other in January of 2008. Note how the price action interacts with the 21 month sma which works like a moving trendline. After a breakout above or below the 21 month sma you will generally see a backtest to confirm either the buy or sell signal as shown by the red and green circles.

Over the last 25 years there were just four small whipsaws as shown by the blue circles. The first one occurred in 2011 that lasted just one month. The second one happened during the consolidation phase in 2015 which was a particularly touch correction when you live though it in real time. The last one took place about 10 months ago on Christmas Eve 2018 which lasted just one month.

As you can see this 21 month mechanical trading system has been on a buy signal since January of 2019. Note how well the 21 month sma has held support since the beginning of the year. At some point when this new impulse move gains strength we should see the SPX start accelerating away from the 21 month sma which it may be in the process of doing as this month is still young and the SPX is trading above the previous monthly bar. Currently the SPX would have to close this month below the 21 month sma which is at 2822 to confirm a new sell signal.

This shorter term monthly chart shows how the 21 month sma has done since the 2009 crash low. Keep in mind when the price action breaks below the 21 month sma you are on an automatic sell signal with confirmation when the backtest is complete. Just the opposite is true for a buy signal. Since the bear market low in 2009 the SPX has only spent 5 months on a closing basis below the 21 month sma which is pretty incredible when you think about it.

This second long term buy and sell signal chart I like to use in conjunction with the 21 month sma Trend Follower mechanical systems which uses the the MACD and blue Histogram. Again this mechanical system is very easy to understand. A long term buy signal is given when the black line crosses above the red line on the MACD, red circles. Confirmation of that buy signal is when the blue Histogram crosses above the zero line as shown by the green circles. Note how our latest buy signal was executed just 2 months ago in September which now confirms the 10 month January buy signal on the 21 month Trend Follower chart.

Back in 2015 when we were waiting for a new buy signal to take hold I compared how similar the 2015 low looked to the 2002 low. The point I was making at the 2015 low was how low the MACD was in comparison to the price action on the SPX. While the MACD was just crossing over to the bullish side, the SPX was trading right near its all time highs which strongly suggested that the SPX would experience a big move until the next sell signal showed up on the MACD which happened 2 years later in November of 2018. As you can see we have a very similar setup right now with the MACD just beginning to turn up while the SPX is trading in new all time high territory.

The last point I would like to make on this chart is the buy signals that occur on the RSI at the top of the chart. So far every buy signal over the last 25 years has occurred when the RSI broke above its down sloping black dashed line at the same time as the blue histogram bars and the MACD. As you can see the black dashed downtrend line on the RSI is currently giving way to another buy signal.

Generally the two weakest months of the year are in the stocks markets are September and October with October being regarded as the crash month. This year all we heard was how the markets were going to crash in October and the new bear market would begin and the world as we knew it was going to come to an end according to the fundamentals. A funny thing happened on the way to the crash scenario, the SPX ended up making a new all time high.

This next chart is a long term 10 year weekly chart in which I show the price action for each October going back to 2009. Generally speaking October is a great time to buy your favorite stock as the stock markets are entering into the strongest period of the year that usually runs until May of the following year. This years looks to be no different as the SPX is breaking out to new all time highs. I’ve been showing the H&S consolidation for quite some time now which is on the verge of breaking out which ties into the strong period of the stock markets. Note the impulse move that followed the breakout from the 2015 H&S consolidation pattern.

At the bottom of the chart there are 2 long term indicators that give long term buy and sell signals which I describe on the chart.

I’m just scratching the surface using charts to show you how the next impulse leg up is unfolding in the stock markets. I have some daily and weekly charts that I haven’t shown you yet that are strongly suggesting the breakout is underway. I realize that most only care about the PM complex but I believe that having some positions in both the stock markets and the PM complex is justified IMHO. I have many more charts that I will share with you in the Wednesday Report.

All the best…Rambus

 

 

Friday Sell/stops Update…

I’m going to hold all positions into next week.

There was little action in the PM complex today which can happen at important inflection points when investors are waiting for direction. This daily chart for the GDX shows today’s price action still trading at the potential neckline.

This daily chart shows the potential trading range building out with the GDX trying to establish a low for a rally up toward the top of the trading range.

And then we have this weekly chart for the GDX which shows the horizontal resistance line forming between the 2016 and 2019 highs at the 31 area. For now I’m viewing the 2016 – 2019 resistance line as bullish above and bearish below for the long term picture. Short term anything is possible.

I’am well aware of the possible falling wedge that many of the PM stocks and indexes are  building out. The real question will be how the falling wedges workout. Will they be a stand alone pattern, meaning they will show up as a bullish falling wedge halfway pattern in the next impulse move up? The other possibility is will they just be the first and second reversal points in a bigger consolidation pattern?

Below is a daily chart for AG which shows the falling wedge as a stand along or part of a bigger consolidation pattern?

AU shows another example.

As you know I used the 30 week ema as my sell/stops when I had the Gold Stock Portfolio fully invested earlier this year before I went to cash in September. This week I would have had to exit several more of my original positions if I had stayed long. What we are beginning to see is what PM stocks are holding up the best which I’ll be watching very closely when I’m ready to jump back in. For me personally I’m content to be in cash in the PM Stock Portfolio for now. I know there are going to be many more trades that are going to develop over the life of this bull market.

Below is the daily stock market combo chart for the US stock markets which shows most of the indices building out a 3 month trading range. The price action on some of  the indexes hit the top rail this week and is backing off which is to be expected on the initial hit. If the bull market is going to play out the first thing we’ll need to see is the top rail of these smaller consolidation patterns, which are part of a bigger consolidation pattern, breakout above their respective top rails.

 

Late Friday Night Chart..Perspective is Everything

Perspective is everything when it comes to the markets. It is always most important to look at the long term charts first and then work your way back to the shorter timeframes. Long term charts also show where major support and resistance resides that can have a calming affect on ones emotions when the inevitable corrections take place.

Its been several months or so since we last looked at this 30 year quarterly chart for Gold that gives us very clear roadmap of how the price action may play out over the intermediate to longer term. Looking at the massive double bottom which launched Gold’s 2000’s bull market you can see there were three quarters of price action that took place on the breakout above the double bottom trendline with the final backtest occurring during the 3rd quarter of the breakout.

Now compare our current breakout above the 6 year H&S neckline to the breakout above the double bottom trendline in 2002. How many PM investors do you think were waiting for the backtest to occur in 2002 so they could buy their favorite PM stock? The psychology is no different now then it was during the backtesting phase in 2002. Investors who bought the breakout back then became just as discouraged as many in the PM community are today that don’t understand what is taking place right now.

Everything is big when you look at big chart patterns from the patterns themselves, to the impulse move that follows, to the breaking out and backtesting process. A backtest to the six year neckline around the 1350 area would be perfectly normal and actually should be expected. I’ve mentioned previously that I would prefer to see a backtest to the neckline as that would confirm the massive H&S consolidation pattern and ensure a bull market that could last for years to come.

The last point to make on this 30 year quarterly chart is the ping pong move that is taking place between the neckline and the bottom rail of the 6 point rectangle consolidation pattern that formed at the bull market high in 2011 at 1550. So from a Chartology perspective we couldn’t ask for better price action taking place within the big picture look.

Big patterns lead to big moves. All the best…Rambus

 

Weekend Report…The Incredible World of Gold Stock Chartology

Tonight I would like to start out by looking at the old ratio combo chart that has the GOLD:XAU ratio chart on top with the XAU on the bottom. I’m not going to go over all the details the ratio combo chart has, only to emphasize the 20 year 6 point parabolic arc which shows how gold had been outperforming the XAU until the small double top at 24.33 in late 2015. When the parabolic arc was broken to the downside in early 2016 that strongly suggested that it was going to be the XAU’s turn to outperform gold.

Initially, you can see the sharp vertical move down that broke the back of gold outperforming the XAU at 12.50. From the low in early 2016 the ratio had been building out the blue rising flag until the bottom rail was broken to the downside just 3 months ago in June. Since then the ratio has been in backtest mode to the bottom rail of the rising flag which looks like it could be coming to an end which shows up better on the weekly chart we’ll look at later.

As you can see I’ve labeled the blue rising flag as a halfway pattern that could very well lead to a vertical move lower similar to the one we seen off the double top at 24.33. If that ends up being the case then the XAU, on the bottom chart, will be a halfway pattern to the upside. The big question regarding the GOLD:XAU ratio is, will the old trading range between 3.70 and 5.10 come back into play at some point in the future? If that is the case then the  XAU and PM stocks in general have a lot of catching up to do and should outperform gold in a big way going forward.

Next is the weekly line combo chart for the GOLD:XAU ratio on top with the XAU on the bottom that focuses in on the shorter term look. As you can see the ratio chart on top has clearly broken the bottom rail of the blue rising flag and has been in backtest mode. The XAU on the bottom chart has clearly broken out of its 2016 bullish falling wedge inversely to the ratio chart.

Below is the exact same combo chart as the one above but I’ve changed the setting to show a bar chart instead of a line chart. It looks like 2 weeks ago the price action backtested the bottom rail of the rising flag which may now be complete. You may have also noticed the massive H&S top on the ratio chart and the H&S bottom on the XAU that are still in play. Unlike gold which has already broken out of its 6 year H&S base the XAU along with the rest of the PM stock indexes have yet to breakout of their massive H&S bases which really puts things into perspective IMHO.

It’s been awhile since we last looked at this long term monthly chart for the HUI which shows its entire history and all the Chartology. You may recall that when the price action was still trading inside of the 2016 bullish falling wedge I was looking for a possible touch of the bottom rail of the major bull market uptrend channel that would have been hit around the 120 area. The actual low for the 2016 bullish falling wedge was about 10 points higher at the 130 area for the 4th reversal point.

You’ve often seen me point out the 2008 crash in the PM complex. If you were trading back then you know exactly what I mean by crash. On the other hand there are new investors in the PM complex that never felt the pain of that crash event which is unfortunate as it was a good learning lesson. You can see what the crash looks like on this history chart for the HUI.

For me personally I was able to see the 2008 H&S top forming well before it broke down. There were very few leveraged etf’s back then in the PM complex so I ended up buying DUG which is a 2 X short oil etf and SMN which is a 2 X short the basic materials sector. I was able to sidestep that crash and actually did very well with just those two 2 X etf’s.

Below is what that 2007 – 2008 H&S top looked like at the time. It seemed pretty obvious to me what was building out but keep in mind that was at the height of the bull market that had been underway since 2001. Emotions were running high and nobody could remotely imagine the PM complex crashing. Even though I saw the H&S top building out I had no idea the crash would be as severe as it was, I only knew that a top of some degree was forming.

I was posting at the tent ( Goldtent) back then and this chart shows how I charted out the 2008 crash in real time.I took a lot of flack for daring to consider a bearish scenario . Outside of the H&S top being the dominate chart pattern the blue bearish falling wedge was the 2nd most dominate chart pattern. As you can see the volatility was incredible, something that new investors would have a hard time understanding as shown by the blue bearish falling wedge halfway pattern. Note the breakout below the bottom rail of the blue falling wedge with a nice clean backtest that lasted just two days which led to the final low 5 days later. Over the next 4 weeks or so the HUI formed a double bottom which officially ended the crash which led to the final rally into the 2011 top which you can see on the long term history chart above.

Since we are looking at old charts tonight here is one for the HUI that shows the bull market as one giant bearish rising wedge with the 2011 H&S top forming at the 4th reversal point. Note the massive breakout move below the neckline of the 2011 H&S top and the bottom rail of the bull market bearish rising wedge. That marked the second crash in 2013 which really set the tone for the bear market that followed. Whenever you see a long bar around an important breakout area that is a very good clue the breakout is going to stick. As you can see there was never a backtest to the bottom rail of the rising wedge which trapped most investors that didn’t get out in time.

This next chart for the HUI is one we haven’t looked at in a long time which shows some interesting price structure. I can’t quite remember when I first discovered the link with each bear market rally being right at 39% as shown by the blue shaded areas and blue arrows. This all started with the height of the right shoulder high off the 2011 neckline blue #1. From that point on each bear market rally was right around 39%.

The first failure came at the 2016 low when the HUI rallied above the double bottom trendline labeled, failure. Note how the price action showed lower lows and lower highs from the right shoulder high to the 2016 low. That is classic bear market action. After the 2016 high was in place and the first decline finished the HUI was back to its old habit of a 39% bear market rally at #6. The HUI then began its last important decline which ended a year and half later in September of 2018.

What still blows me away is the fact that the HUI rallied 39% off the September 2018 low to the high at 180 labeled #7 and began to decline once more. This time though the decline stopped at the old crash low at 150 and began to rally. Once the price action rallied above 180 that created a higher high something that hadn’t been done since the HUI rallied above the double bottom trendline in 2016. You can see our latest rally off the previous low at 150 is now the 2nd biggest rally since the 2016 rally phase. Our current rally is also the 2nd biggest since the bear market began at the head of the 2011 head and shoulder top. To put that into context we are now enjoying only the second biggest rally the HUI has had since the bear market began over 8 years ago to the month.

The bottom line is that whenever you see a H&S top or even a H&S bottom forming for that matter, don’t let your emotions get in the way of what the Chartology is suggesting. Emotions are the #1 reason why many investors lose money in the stock markets. Our new bull market in the PM complex is really just getting started that should last for many years. You are going to be faced with some real issues all the way which you are going to have to deal with. If you see a H&S top forming of some degree don’t let the herd sway you from what the Chartology is suggesting. All the best…Rambus

 

 

UWT Update…

Last Thursday the price action tested the top rail of the April falling wedge and declined on Friday which told us the top rail was hot. Today the UWT gapped above the top rail which appears to be the breakout move. I’m going to take my second and last position and buy 400 shares at the market at 13.28 with the sell/stop just below the previous low at 9.98 for now which I’ll be raising shortly. This can be a very volatile eft so if you don’t want the leverage you can buy USO or UCO 2 X leverage.