The charts have been bullishly aligning for the majority of the commodities since the January/February lows. With the US Dollar trading between 93 and 100 for 19 months, the stability of the dollar has been helping some of the commodities regain some chart strength. With the $USD in the middle of the range, 8 commodities either lost the support of the 40 WMA or broke a support trendline in the last 2 weeks. That is not the action we would expect to see.
Gasoline ($GASO) lost 40 WMA support in the energy sector. Crude Oil ($WTIC and $HOIL) are still holding up above the 40 WMA...barely. Heating Oil ($HOIL) gave us a trend line backtest that looked successful but now looks unable to get back above trend. So these two start the parade.
Soybean ($SOYB) in the middle panel didn't have a good week either. It lost the $1050 support level in July, but now it has lost the 40 WMA as well. The good news for $CORN and there isn't much good news, is that it is near previous support and aggressive traders may trade using the $323 level to lean on. $WHEAT continues to sell off. At some point, the sellers should be exhausted, but that is not the case yet.
$COPPER let go of the 40 WMA early last week and is testing the lower trendline of the pennant. Aluminum (JJU ETF) is just the opposite it appears. It broke its trendline first and is now threatening to lose the 40 WMA next. The bottom line is the direction is down for both of these industrial metals.
The final chart is the Crude oil ($WTIC) and Natural Gas ($NATGAS) chart. West Texas ($WTIC) broke the uptrend and needs to close Friday near $45 to ensure the trend line holds. For Fibonacci friends, it is at the 61.8% retracement of the recent move up in August. $NATGAS continues to wobble around the $2.75 level.
Considering the US Dollar has been range bound for 19 months, having 8 commodities lose trendline or 40 WMA support in 2 weeks seems somewhat alarming for those who indulge in commodity related trades. As the current strength of the commodity relationships to equities and bonds is important as pointed out by Martin Pring and me on our webinar of August 23rd, the focus must remain steadfast for this critical state of affairs.
Interestingly, XLE held up rather well in the firestorm of the crude oil decline through the trend line yesterday. As crude oil closed below the trendline, XLE was largely unchanged even though crude oil fell over 3% on the day. Some of the individual oil stocks were up on the day which suggests some stability in the oil stocks. We'll watch to see if it continues.
Here is the chart of FRAK which represents the unconventional Oil and Gas exploration companies. It actually closed up on the day with Crude Oil down over 3%. The zoom box illustrates the price action more clearly, but the support trendline is currently in play in the main panel.
The webinar is provided below. Instead of reading the entire 60 minutes of commentary, I would encourage you to review the hour-long webinar over this long weekend to see the condition of the big picture.
Webinar // $CRB 0:00 // $CRB Components 9:00 // Baltac Dry Index 22:00 // XLE, FRAK, CRAK 22:00 // $WTIC 26:00 // $NATGAS 30:00 // Uranium 37:00 // SLX 38:00 // Gold, Silver 40:00 // BPI's 50:00 // Currencies 53:00 //
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