In what was a rough period for equities in general, Gold managed to have a great week, following through on its breakout. Oil continued to hold in the 50s, while the $USD made a second lower high on the daily line chart. The story in bonds continues with the 1-5 year yields inverting. The 10-year has moved dramatically lower. With the China-America tariff discussions raging, the equities had some wild swings, finally stalling above the 200-day moving average again. Breaking into the equities charts, the 40-week moving average was last week's close. This week, the S&P 500 finished all the way down at the bottom of the recent range.
The NASDAQ 100 ($NDX) has a similar range trade going on. The daily chart below illustrates this tension. The light volume on Friday might suggest the selling is exhausted; we'll be monitoring that over the next week.
The next few charts are about bonds. The first is the 7-10 year bond ETF (IEF). The unadjusted box means the dividends have been removed from the price chart. The PPO is also breaking the downtrend. This move is just getting started.
The $USD is rolling over at 97.5. You'll notice that, on this weekly chart, the PPO is turned down. The KST is also hanging above a sell signal.
I have been focused on this 97.5 level for a long time, as those of you who have watched some of the previous videos should be aware. The chart below shows how important this level is. You can also see the two lower highs on the daily chart just under the 97.5. The Special K indicator is Martin Pring's design. The trend lines on the Special K are very important. Currently, the Special K line is trending down for two years. If it turns further down from this low level, that would probably mark the start of a larger move down for the $USD.
If the $USD is going to break down, we would expect precious metals to move higher. Gold really accelerated this week as the dollar made the second lower high.
Below is a video produced this week by our video producer Gretchen Pitluk and narrated by Erin Swenlin. I found it very informative, so I thought I would share it here.
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Greg Schnell, CMT, MFTA
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