For the past three weeks we ran:
Some of them are still singing, but technically markets seem to have finished the hymns of praise.
Signs Of The Times
Our list of "Boom Sayer" exclamations has been accompanied by technical readings of momentum and sentiment usually found at important tops. Last week, Market Vane's Bullish Consensus reached the highest reading since 2007. Also, as we have been discussing insider selling has reached significant levels.
We have been looking for a rolling top whereby not all sectors peak at the same time. This seems to be working out with cyclicals such as base metal miners and S&P Energy setting their highs in late February. Of Dow Theory importance, the Transports set their high in early February and the bounce seems like a failed test.
Overseas, the DAX, FTSE, Shanghai and Hong Kong set highs earlier in March and have recorded downtrends.
More recently, technical work such as yesterday's "Bearish Divergences" provides confirmation of a topping stock market from an unusual point of view.
Under such conditions it has been prudent to sell the rallies.
The U.S. Dollar is in a technical pattern leading to an outstanding rally. Historically, one of the features of the post-bubble condition has been a chronically firm senior currency. That's against most currencies and most commodities, for most of the time.
In momentum and enthusiasm, the CRB has been replicating the action in 1Q2011, but at lower levels on the index and in excitement. This year's high was 326 set in the third week of February. At 306 today, taking out 305 would extend the downtrend.
This would confirm that last year's high of 371 was, indeed, a cyclical peak.
The action in longer maturities stopped favourable trends in mid-February. Over the past two weeks, a turn for the worse has started. The price on the sub-prime mortgage bond has broken down.
This has serious implications, as does the action in sovereign debt. As an example, yields for the Spanish bond has been rising since early March, taking out technical resistance. Taking out 5.75% will be a serious event. The chart follows.
Since the middle of March, yields and spreads for junk and high-yield have been moderately adverse.
Representing shorter maturities, the Ted-spread stopped narrowing in late February and the chart seems to be "bottoming" since.
And it is worth keeping in mind that after there has been joyous action in spread markets in the first part of the year, the seasonal reversal in May can lead to disaster in the fall.
GOLD AND SILVER SECTOR
Our policy over the past few years has been to trade the sector off of the Chartworks overboughts and oversolds. Last week, this page reviewed how cheap golds were to the bullion price and that gold was also cheap relative to crude oil. The advice was to begin accumulating gold stocks for more of a longer term position.
Monday's ChartWorks included the chart of golds relative to the general stock market. The HUI/Gold is the most oversold since the 2008 crash. For HUI/S&P the weekly RSI is the most oversold since 2004.
It seems that market forces are poised to change in gold's favour. It is worth noting that one of the key features of the lengthy post-bubble contraction is that gold, gold mining and gold exploration become the hottest games in town.
Continue to accumulate gold stocks from large to small.
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