US Stock Market Update + Gold & Silver
As expected, the DJIA saw 2 new all-time highs last week on Thursday and Friday.
The Big Q: How much higher can the stock market go?
The Big A: On a point basis I really don’t know, could be enough to surprise me. But on a practical basis, for only as long as the central banks making this happen can continue manipulating market values higher without discrediting the faith-based systems their “monetary policy” and units of currencies are based on.
I have seen market commentators claim that central banks have been monetizing hundreds of billions of dollars of stocks and bonds a month for years. I believe it.
One thing is for sure, one day either these central bankers or Mr Bear is going to pull the plug on the liquidity the financial markets are floating ever higher on, and then it becomes a whole new game.
The Dow Jones ended last week on all-time highs, so we can say the bull box seen below is now closed.
But looking at the Dow Jones (Blue Plot below) from years past, there have been times where it advanced with more enthusiasm than we are seeing at the end of last week.
From November 2016 to March of this year was a standout advance for the Dow Jones.
Currently this market looks more like a contented cow chewing its cud than a rampaging bull. Now after an 8 year +, 14,659 point advance, how much more can we expect?
The Dow Jones Total Market Groups (DJTMG) saw 29 of the 74 groups I follow reach new all-time highs this week. For the market advance that began in March 2009, this series peaked at 30 in Barron’s 20 May 2013 issue. Normally, that should have been that as the bull market matured and then expired in the years that followed.
But these are not normal times.
Four years after May 2013’s peak, is the DJTMG going to see a new and even higher peak in new all-time highs?
I wouldn’t rule it out. But if that happens, and most likely it will, it won’t be a good sign. Quite the opposite, as it will be a liquidity driven (inflationary) market extreme that 1 day must be corrected for by Mr Bear.
The DJTMG’s top 20 (chart below) isn’t showing any signs of increasing market strength. This week the top 20 ended at 47; still a good ways from the post March 2009 market high of 52 seen in the Summer of 2014. This tells us the current market advance isn’t broadening to other groups currently out of favor.
So, if you’re thinking of making an investment in an out of favor sector because it’s currently “cheap”, chances are that it’s going become even cheaper until after the conclusion of the next bear market.
If you’re going to risk your money in this market, play what is already going up, and be ready to exit just as fast at the 1st sign of market distress.
The exception to that rule would be the precious metals miners and royalty streamers; a sector that’s historically counter-cyclical to the general stock market. In past times, the gold and silver miners and royalty streamers have been the place to be during the big declines in the general market.
So, there’s no reason to believe this will not prove to be true in the next deflationary market decline.
Next is the frequency table for the Top 20 and new all-time highs plotted in the charts above. Obviously nothing spectacular is happening with the Top 20. Though we saw 29 new all-time highs last week, they are from the same groups that have been in the Top 20 for months.
We don’t see any groups making their way up from the sub -30% columns in the table below, which is an indication the current bull market is an aging one. The next big thing to happen in the Top 20 chart above is for it to begin going down, as it did during the high-tech and mortgage bear markets.
The tricky part of that prediction is forecasting when, and I don’t have a clue how to do that.
But bad things in the market happen during the September/October frame.
Should the Top 20 plot above begin to decline in July/August, this would be something to follow very closely. Note how the Top 20 (chart above) caught the top of the subprime mortgage market bubble. In Barron’s 18 June 2007 issue it peaked at 54, and began declining 4 months before the Dow Jones October 2007 peak. I’m expecting something similar will happen in the coming market down turn.
Another factor arguing against the bulls in the market is the DJTMG’s Net 52Wk Highs – Lows. It peaked in Barron’s 20 May 2013 issue at 63. This week the DJTMG’s 52Wk H-L Net was only 26.
Looking at the DJTMG’s 52Wk H-L Nets plotted below, at the end of last week we did not see anything remarkable. The thought that occurs in my mind is how long before we see this 52Wk H-L Net become negative.
Between where 52Wk H-L Nets are now (+26), and the -51 seen in Barron’s 18 January 2016 issue, is a whole lot of central bank inflation in market valuation for the stock market. And, Yes it is that simple.
The way to use this information is to understand that when things look really bullish, one should be looking for an excuse to sell. And when things look really bearish (the big negative bottoms in the DJTMG’s 52Wk H-L data) one should be looking for reasons to buy.
Here’s the table showing the performance for DJTMG’s 52Wk High Low data. The percentages given in the Green (High) tab show the group’s decline from its 52Wk High. The percentages given in the Blue (Low) tab show the group’s advance from its 52Wk Low.
Looking at the #1 performing group (digital equipment), it’s up 62.62% from its 52Wk Low, but off -0.53% from its 52Wk High. Airlines (#2) are up 61.55%, and made a new 52Wk high (0.00%) last week.
The worst performing sectors (#74,75 & 76) are all Crude Oil based, and all made 52Wk Lows this week, and are off 13% to 22% from their 52Wk Highs.
The DJIA is up 23.72% from its 52Wk Low; that would place it between #32 & #33 in the table above. For those in the right stock groups, the past year has been very generous to them with gains of over 25% common. However, annual gains of 25% are hard to get on a regular basis.
The gold miners (#60) were leaders all last Summer, advancing 130% from their 52Wk Lows in this table from a year ago. A year later they are down 21% from their 52Wk High.
After last year, it’s only fair to expect that they would take a rest. I expect good things to come for the miners in the years to come.
Moving on to gold and its step sum below, I’m beginning to look more favorably towards gold.
Look at gold and its step sum plot over the past month; once again they’re going up together. Maybe not as fast as you or I would have them if we had our way, but going up nonetheless. Like the lows of December 2015 & 2016, I expect the lows we saw in May will also prove to be a hard bottom.
But as noted in past articles, what the gold and silver markets need are major advances from these levels.
For example, for the price of gold above to take out last Summer’s highs with authority.
Someday this will happen; hopefully this Summer.
However, until the financial and real estate markets once again begin to deflate (rising bond yields and mortgage rates), motivating flight capital to flow into the old monetary metals, the market action in the metals and their miners will remain subdued.
Below we see gold’s step sum advancing in the past 25 trading days; its 15 count has been 5 or 7 for the past few trading days. And for all that the price of gold has advanced by only $10 since April 28th.
Well, there is always next week.
The Dow Jones has seen more down days than has gold in the table, yet ended the week posting 2 new all-time highs (0.00% in BEV column).
President Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord, and its pending tax on carbon emissions. Like the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), this was just another international agreement which, by intent, was designed to hobble the American economy by the global elitist currently running Washington and the EU.
The punitive clauses in the agreement largely applied to the United States and Western Europe; everyone else got a “free pass”.
As The Obama Administration never bothered processing this agreement into a treaty as specified in the US Constitution, it was perfectly legal for President Trump to cancel it.
Like he said in the clip below, he was elected to represent Pittsburgh, not Paris. Good job Mr. President!
These treaties harm the average American through higher prices and lost job opportunities. The effects of Obama’s war on coal (to comply with the Paris Climate Accord) can be seen in the Dow Jones Total Market Groups (DJTMG) coal mining BEV chart below.
A year before The Trump Inaugural (January 2016) the coal mining group had collapsed by 98% as government bureaucrats in the EPA and elsewhere bankrupted an entire industry that provided tens of thousands of high-wage jobs, cheap electricity and a tax base for local government. It was no surprise Kentucky, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, former Democratic strongholds, voted for Donald Trump last November.
The whole notion of “global warming” is bogus.
The “scientific evidence” for it is derived from computer models that do not take into consideration cloud cover, and who knows what else? Certainty not Earth’s polar ice caps which NASA tells us are at all-time highs.
So why are we continually assaulted with hysterical claims of “global warming?”
Because the bulk of the funding for climate research is targeted at “global warming.” University researchers wishing to refute the premise of global warming will do so on their own money, and off campus. This proves that “global warming research” isn’t actually science, but political science.
And what do the politicians, and the university system that’s in on this scam want?
The C (carbon) tax the proponents of global warming are demanding. This tax on carbon would be a global tax, the 1st (but not last) of its kind if these people ever get what they want.
Anyway, the more global warming skeptics investigate the political science of “global warming” the shakier their claims become.
Lord Monckton on Flaws in Global Warming Models.
Puerto Rico is seeing a brain drain. Educated professionals and skilled workers are fleeing the island, exactly as happened in Detroit Michigan in past years. And for the same reason: the Democrats have driven the island into bankruptcy.
It’s a sign of our times; everyone managing Puerto Rico’s government were all trained in the American university system, and they drove that islands’ finances right into the ground. The same is true with Illinois, a state whose bonds are at risk of becoming rated as junk grade. For the same reasons, it won’t be any different for Uncle Sam’s IOU trading in the treasury market sometime in the future.
The weight of debt the global economy is currently carrying will eventually bring down more than just a tiny island in the Caribbean Sea. Governments, corporations and private citizens the world over will also see their day in bankruptcy court.
Before Mr Bear is finished taking out the trash Wall Street sold to money managers and investors, DEBT will become just another Four Letter word.
By Mark J. Lundeen
Paul Ebelng, Editor
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