Intermarket analysis shows strength in bonds and gold, but weakness in the Dollar and oil. Strange days indeed. The Intermarket Perfchart below shows performance over the last sixty days, from June 11th to September 3rd. Relative strength in bonds is the first thing that jumps out. Performance for the 20+ Year Treasury ETF (TLT) has been positive the entire time (60 days). In contrast to bonds, oil is the weakest of the intermarket players. Except for a positive blip in early June, performance for the US Oil Fund ETF (light blue) has been negative since mid June. While bonds are up over 10%, oil is down over 10%. Could this be a sign of deflation? For one reason or another, money is clearly moving into bonds. It could be deflationary pressures, slower economic growth or a flight to safety. It is also interesting to note that oil moved lower even as the US Dollar moved lower. Oil usually benefits from weakness in the Dollar. The green line shows the Dollar Bullish ETF (UUP) working its way lower from mid June to early September. Weakness in the Dollar is, however, helping gold, which surged over the last few weeks (pink line).

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Arthur Hill
About the author: , CMT, is the Chief Technical Strategist at Focusing predominantly on US equities and ETFs, his systematic approach of identifying trend, finding signals within the trend, and setting key price levels has made him an esteemed market technician. Arthur has written articles for numerous financial publications including Barrons and Stocks & Commodities Magazine. In addition to his Chartered Market Technician (CMT) designation, he holds an MBA from the Cass Business School at City University in London. Learn More
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