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December 2012

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GOLD AND THE DOLLAR ARE FALLING TOGETHER

by John Murphy

One of the most consistent intermarket principles is that gold (and most commodities) usually trend in the opposite direction of the U.S. Dollar. That inverse relationship has broken down of late. Chart 1 compares the Gold Trust (GLD) to the Dollar Index (UUP) over the last year. Both markets have trended in opposite direction throughout most of the year -- until recently. The dollar bottom during October coincided with a peak in gold which is normal. What isn't normal is that both market have fallen together over the last month. The 20-day Correlation Coefficient (below chart) shows Read More 

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SMALL CAPS LEADING THE DECEMBER CHARGE - AGAIN

by Tom Bowley

To historians, this doesn't come as a surprise.  Since 1987, the Russell 2000 has produced annualized returns during the month of December of 43.38%.  April is the next best month for small caps with its annualized return of 21.84%, a very distant second.  Over the past 25 years, the Russell 2000 has fallen during December only 3 times.  In 2007, they fell 0.23%.  In 2005, they fell 0.60%.  The only poor December that small caps have experienced came in 2002 when they tumbled 5.72%.  Certainly part of that decline resulted from the 8.80% climb a month Read More 

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KEEPING AN EYE ON GOLD

by Richard Rhodes

In the past several weeks, the FOMC has voted to "expand" its balance sheet until which time economic growth is strong and getting stronger ($45 billion long-term treasuries/$45 MBS). One would have reasonably thought that Gold prices ($GOLD) would have rallied rather sharply - we certainly were of the opinion. But it did not happen given the gamesmanship exhibited by President Obama and House Speaker Boehner. However, the "game" is not over; there is still time for gold to find its footing and finally move to higher highs above $2000/ox upon which the media shall be all over this Read More 

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GOLD'S WEAKNESS PERSISTS

by Carl Swenlin

About a month ago I wrote an article stating that I thought that gold was resuming its long-term up trend, but that belief was conditioned upon price moving above the October top. That did not happen. Instead, after putting in a lower top in November, price has dropped below the November low, establishing a three-month down trend. The weekly chart shows that price has dropped below a long-term rising trend line, but I think the trading range (consolidation) between 1540 and 1800 is the dominant feature on the chart. It has held for over a year, and is considered to be a Read More 

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Finance Sector Leads and Regional Banks Come to Life

by Arthur Hill

2012 is ending with a bang for banking stocks as sentiment towards this sector improved significantly in December.  Perhaps the big banks are looking forward to open-ended quantitative easing in 2013. The chart below shows the Finance SPDR (XLF) breaking above its autumn highs to record a 52-week high. In addition, the price relative (XLF:SPY ratio) recorded a 52-week high as XLF led the market higher. On the price chart, broken resistance in the 15.75-16.25 area turns into the first support zone to watch on any throwback (pullback). XLF is a bit overbought after a 10% advance since Read More 

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HOMEBUILDERS SEEING CRACKS IN THE FOUNDATION

by Tom Bowley

Homebuilders have been a leading industry group throughout the S&P 500 rally off the 2009 lows.  This strength has been particularly obvious over the past year.  Looking strictly at a shorter-term chart, technical indicators couldn't look much better.  Check it out:   While homebuilders did fall below their 50 day SMA a month ago and the most recent attempt to move back through that 50 day SMA failed, it looks strikingly similar to what we saw in early June, just before a huge 27% one month rally.  Trendline support continues to Read More 

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TRANSPORTATION ON THE VERGE OF BREAKOUT

by Richard Rhodes

The Dow Jones Transportation Index ($DJT) is on the verge of a major breakout that could see prices rise by up to +20%. Quite simply, the developing bullish pennant pattern would suggest that once a breakout of trendline resistance materializes, then a measured towards the 6000 to 6200 zone becomes a reality. In further support of this viewpoint, note the 20-week stochastic has turned higher from near the 50-level, while the 65-week moving average continues to provide major support to declines. Collectively, the risk-reward of long $DJT positions is rather good given one can measure their Read More 

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FOREIGN STOCKS NEAR UPSIDE BREAKOUT

by John Murphy

Foreign stocks look technically stronger than the U.S. at the moment. Tuesday's message showed EAFE iShares testing their spring high. Emerging markets are rising as well. A more comprehensive measure of foreign stocks that includes developed and emerging markets is shown below. Chart 1 shows the Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-US ETF (VEU) in the process of testing highs formed during the spring of this year. An upside breakout would give a boost to foreign stocks. The dotted line overlaid on the chart is a relative strength ratio of the VEU divided by the S&P 500. As I suggested on Read More 

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Gasoline Breaks Down as Oil Forms Bear Flag

by Arthur Hill

Gasoline Jan13 (^RBF13) formed a lower high and broke support with a sharp decline this week. First, notice that the trend since mid September is down with a series of lower lows and lower highs taking shape the last few months. This week’s breakdown signals a continuation of the medium-term downtrend and targets a move to the lower channel trend line. Potential support in the 2.50 area is confirmed by the 50-62% retracement zone. The indicator window shows MACD turning bearish with a move below its signal line and into negative territory. ETF traders can refer to the US Gasoline Fund Read More