Lets go through these one at a time.
Some time ago I had you take a look at the symbol “TLT” which tracks the value of the 20 year U.S treasury bond. When we start to see bond prices falling – it’s likely that stocks are not far behind. Keep in mind this is a WEEKLY chart, so the trend demands considerable respect.
Please remember – these “big ships” take weeks to turn – and this kind of macro intermarket analysis does not produce an immediate “buy or sell” signal.
It would be my view that regardless of short-term action/volatility – it would take a “considerable move” to actually reverse the weekly downtrend in TLT. Hence – the required “precursor” to lower stock prices No?
Lets look at the Commodities Index.
We’ve taken a real beating here – but this sets things up quite perfectly for another “intermarket dynamic” we’ve come to learn. When the “price of stuff” starts climbing higher ( or possibly “rockets” higher ) – what direction is USD moving ? (as commodities are priced in USD) You’ve got it – Commods up = USD down.
Here is a previously posted chart of the SP500 – and the obvious area of resistance. I can’t really add much more in that – I believe the easy gains in U.S equities have now passed and for the most part from here on in – it may trade flat to down, with little chance of doing more for your account than grinding it to pieces.
Stocks will get volatile and create the illusion (many times over) that further gains are in the cards, drawing in as much new money as possible while grinding sideways. Short of being a “master stock picker” like the fellows over at Ibankcoin.com – I can only suggest being cautious…very, very cautious.
Finally the U.S Dollar.
Not much else to add here as the intermarket analysis above pretty much outlines the direction for the U.S Dollar. I feel we will likely see a time very soon, when U.S bonds, U.S stocks as well as the U.S Dollar all fall together.
Ideas on how to play it? Let’s look at those next.