Friday we wrote about the US Dollar breaking out to 1-year highs and why it’s one of the most important charts we’re watching from an intermarket perspective. With that said, we always look at both sides of the story, and while the US Dollar breakout certainly adds to the bear case for Precious Metals, I want to use this post to explore all of the current bullish and bearish characteristics of the space.
Sponsored by Investor’s Business Daily – Todd Sohn does amazing work on a daily basis. We’re constantly communicating and sharing ideas with one another. I can tell you for a fact, there are few people in this world who look through as many charts as Todd. Our process is similar so I have really been looking forward to this conversation. We covered a lot of topics in this episode including U.S. Stocks and the sector rotation we’ve been seeing underneath the surface. Sentiment is a big part of their work over at Strategas and I find it really interesting how he incorporates analyst ratings to find ideas in the market. This is a good one! [Read more…]
We’re witnessing yet another breakout attempt in the commodities market, and this time it’s Cotton. This post is going to take a look at the setup, how it may develop, and how we can take advantage of it.
Monday afternoon I was down in San Francisco, so I went by the Bloomberg West studios to do a quick hit with Catherine Murray. She asked me about the S&P500, Technology, Financials and the underperformance of Consumer Staples. We also discussed sector rotation and Crude Oil during the segment.
Here is the interview in full: [Read more…]
From the Desk of Tom Bruni
Commodity strength has been a clear theme over the intermediate term, with the energy complex and base metals doing a majority of the heavy lifting in helping the CRB Index break out of its 2+ year range. The 41% of the index made up of Agricultural commodities has seen mixed performance, with Cotton and Cocoa leading and Sugar and Coffee struggling to put in any sort of meaningful bottom. However, there has been some improvement in the action in Soybeans and Soybean Meal, as well as Corn and Wheat which should support the CRB Index in moving higher. With that being said, this post is going to focus on the three Soy related commodities. [Read more…]
This is the most valuable analysis I do every month. When you sit there with some music on and just rip through monthly charts, it really gives you perspective. We’re taking a step back and reanalyzing the trends. It’s easy to get caught in the day-to-day noise. This exercise helps avoid getting whipped around. I encourage everyone to make their own list of Monthly Candles. [Read more…]
Over 90% of the time, sentiment data is completely useless to me. I only care about it when we see it at or near extremes, which is not often. Some people dismiss sentiment data altogether in favor of tools that can be used more frequently. Not me. I’ll stay patient all day and just wait for my pitch. The unwinds from extremes in sentiment can be very powerful and last much longer than investors usually expect.
Currently, we’re seeing an interesting setup in Silver. Commercial Hedgers, which are traditionally the “Smart Money”, have on pretty much their smallest hedges of all-time. In fact, Commercial Hedgers, who are always short Silver Futures, it’s just how short, are now almost net long! That never ever happens. So it’s got my attention. [Read more…]
As homo sapiens we’re hard wired to feel the need to gossip. This goes back hundreds of thousands of years throughout evolution. We still see it today and through the speed of communication technology, that gossip gets amplified. While some would argue the issues of today’s society are unique, anyone who studies history knows that none of what we’re seeing today is new.
It’s our job as investors to be aware of this cognitive behavior flaw and work on avoiding the potentially disastrous implications of allowing our evolutionary gossip habits to enter into our portfolio decision making process. I’ve seen some amazing technicians and traders let their political opinions get in the way of their “process” and watched their horrible downfall. It’s been heart wrenching to watch, but the lessons learned by witnessing their collapse is something that will stay with me forever.
The current political and economic environment is unique in it’s own way, but they always are. Rather than focusing on the noise, I’ve found it extremely valuable to pay attention to the only thing that actually pays us: price.
I rip through 5000 charts a week, and most of the time even more than that. We’re talking U.S. Stocks and Sectors, European stocks, indexes and sectors, India, Southeast Asia and Latin America. I’m searching far and wide for signs of all of these troubles that I keep hearing about in the
gossip news outlets. I just don’t see it. To the contrary, I see healthy sector rotation, consistency in positive breadth and momentum, and an overwhelming amount of bullish signs relative to any bearish ones.
You guys know which stocks and sectors I like. That hasn’t changed at all in the past week. So rather than reiterate some of the more favorable risk vs reward opportunists I see out there, the Trade Ideas page is available for Premium Members here. Instead, today I want to focus on a few things I see out in the world that make me look at the glass half full, rather than half empty like so many people I see doing out there. [Read more…]