Energy & Commodities

A Short Term Look at Gold, Crude & Treasuries

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Posted by Rod David -

on Friday, 23 March 2018 06:18

With markets whipping back and forth this extreme volatility has generated unusual trading opportunities. Anticipating imminent price action in each of the markets examined below will refine entry/exit points & protect capital for long term investors, or generate short term trading profits. This analysis was gernerated mid-day March 22nd - R. Zurrer for Money Talks

scGold Apr Contract ( jUN ,  ETF: (GLD))
Rallying ahead of Wednesday's FOMC news and extending sharply higher after it as nonetheless retraced to test 1325.50 at Thursday's low. At least closing back under it was needed to reinstate the downside momentum. Now closing back under 1319.00 is the nearest signal.

Eurodollar Mar Contract (EC, ETF: (FXE, UUP))
Holding Wednesday's bounce at the 1.2390-1.2410 bounce limit didn't prevent probing higher overnight to test 1.2465. But that excess had disappeared by Thursday's open, which extended back down intraday to 1.2365. Closing any lower would confirm the corrective bounce had ended, so long as 1.2390-1.2410continues to hold as resistance.

Silver May Contract (SI, ETF: (SLV))
Probing sharply higher into and out of and after Wednesday's FOM events was retraced back down Thursday to test 16.40 down to 16.33. Just closing under 16.55 prevents launching a new upleg, and allows another close under 16.40 to resume the decline.

30-year Treasury Jun Contract (US, ETF: (TLT))
Ending Wednesday's volatility at 143-16 continued to prevent sellers from gaining traction for their third consecutive daily effort. Gapping up more than 1 point Thursday through Monday's 144-20 close was the consequence. It extended to probe last week's 145-06 highs intraday, but the resistance held. Its reaction down to "lower prior highs" at 144-22 also held. Closing beyond either end of that range is likely to extend in that direction.

Crude Oil Apr Contract (CL, ETF: (USO, USL) (UWTI-long, DWTI-short))
Confirming Tuesday's breakout Wednesday now requires at least an eventual third higher close. Meanwhile, testing 65.00 created potential for reacting down. The 64.25 pullback limit was tested, with room down to 62.70 before undermining the near-term likelihood of resuming the rally to 66.85.

Natural Gas May Contract (NG, ETF: (UNG, UNL))
Wednesday's reversal extended down slightly deeper Thursday. The behavior can't yet be considered "ineffectual optimism" for approaching its 2.62 target with such a slow pace, but it doesn't contradict the ongoing likelihood for breaking through it by at least a dime.

About the Author

Rod David develops analytical techniques that are designed to efficiently identify targets and turning points for any liquid stock or market in any time frame. He primarily analyzes S&Ps, generating several round-turn candidates daily. Rod publishes "Trading Plan" and more each session at the blog http://IfThenSignals.com


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A Nightmare Scenario for OPEC

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Posted by OilPrice.com

on Monday, 12 March 2018 07:54

The International Energy Agency (IEA) sees demand for OPEC oil actually declining in absolute terms over the next few years as it is edged out of the market by an explosion of shale output in the US  - Robert Zurrer for Money Talks


The US will supply much of the world’s additional oil for the next few years, according to a new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Over the next three years, the US will cover 80 percent of the world’s demand growth, the IEA says in its newly-released Oil 2018 annual report. Canada, Brazil, and Norway will cover the remainder, leaving no room for more OPEC supply.

The irony is that the substantial gains in output from shale will only be possible because of the OPEC cuts, which has tightened the market and boosted prices. This fact is not lost on OPEC producers. "If you are a shale oil producer, who brought you back? It was OPEC," the UAE’s oil minister Suhail Al Mazrouei, said at a recent industry conference, according to Bloomberg. "Without OPEC there’d be chaos in the market."



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How Global Growth and Infrastructure Are Driving Commodities

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Posted by Financial Sense

on Thursday, 01 March 2018 06:09

"For the first time in a decade, we are looking at across the board global growth in both developed and developing economies, setting up tremendous demand for commodities". In another on the theme of on incoming bull market in commodities (see Jack Crooks brilliant forecast), that comment above is proven with argument and facts by Richard Mills in this article. Another well worth ingesting - Robert Zurrer For Money Talks

The global economy is booming again after years in the doldrums, commodities are back in a big way, and metals prices are for the most part, way up.

In our last article showing how commodities are the place to be in 2018, we looked at five drivers: inflation, the low dollar, economic growth, the relative undervalue of commodities versus other sectors, and tightness of supply. This article expands on the economic growth argument and explains how commodity prices are being moved by a bevy of infrastructure projects around the world – all demanding “yuge”, as Donald Trump would say, amounts of metals.

But we'll also talk about how insecurity of supply has created a climate of uncertainty around commodities, fuelled by increasing trade tensions that could lead to tariffs and quotas, driving up the prices of some imported metals – further exacerbating supply-demand imbalances. The US is finally starting to get that it must reduce its reliance on foreign metal suppliers, which is great for domestic exploration and mining. But first, let's talk about global growth and what it means for commodities.

Three-Quarters of the World Is Growing

A year ago the global economy was stagnant following the recession of 2007-09, an overhang from the debt crisis in Europe, and slowing Chinese growth which had seen double-digit GDP numbers throughout the 2000s. According to the International Monetary Fund, 75% of the world is now enjoying a full recovery. The IMF predicts global growth to hit 3.7% this year, the fastest rate since 2010.

The World Bank says it’s the first year since the financial crisis that the global economy will operate at or near capacity. Emerging markets will see the lion’s share of growth, 4.5%, while advanced economies including the US, Japan, and the EU will grow at 2.2%. China is expected to grow between 6 and 7%. India, Ghana, Ethiopia and the Philippines will grow more than China, and eight of the 10 fastest-growing countries this year are likely to be in Africa, according to consulting firm PwC.

Goldman Sachs was quoted saying that “rising commodity prices will create a virtuous circle, improving the balance sheets of producers and lenders, and expanding credit in emerging markets that will, in turn, reinforce global economic growth.”

At the end of 2017 the Bloomberg Commodity Index, which measures returns on 22 raw materials, had the longest rally on record dating back 27 years to 1991.



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Jack Crooks: Shorting Oil: A trade!

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Posted by Jack Crooks - Currency Currents

on Wednesday, 21 February 2018 13:22

For those bullish oil, Jack Crooks sees an immediate temporary decline of $5-$6 to the mid-fifties. Setting up a great opportunity to get long, or for those not willing to suffer a decline a chance to get out now - Robert Zurrer for Money Talks


We continue to be long-term bulls on oil; but we went short this afternoon for a trade. We are targeting down to the mid-50's for oil on this EW chart setup.  We have overlaid the US dollar index (inverted in blue) so you can see the correlation.  (I.E. because the dollar index is inverted, when the blue line goes down it means the US dollar is actually increasing in value.  Thus, oil and the dollar are actually negatively correlated, as you likely know.)  The dollar staged a strong reversal rally this afternoon and looks as if it has more to run, even if this is not the major move we are expecting at some time.  Either way, we think oil short here is a good trade idea.  



 go to http://www.blackswantrading.com or http://www.blackswantrading.com/blog/ for his free Currency Currents where this article appeared today.



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Shattered XLE Collapses Into Seasonal Low

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Posted by Chartworks - Institutional Advisors

on Friday, 16 February 2018 06:59

The smashed Stock Market, an $8 drop in Oil combined with a seasonality situation has created an exceptional opportunity. One look at the chart of the XLE Energy Select Sector Fund and you can see you'll be buying low! Whether its a new bull market or not, Institutional Advisors sees an 8 week rally from a severly oversold situation. Take a look - Robert Zurrer for Money Talks:

We reported on the upside Exhaustion Alert in the big cap oils (XLE) on January 11th, anticipating a pullback into the normal seasonal low in February with the possibility of two legs to the downside. Prices continued higher for another ten days, but with bearish divergences in the money flow oscillators. Needless to say, the break has been more than normal. Downside Capitulation Alerts have been generated as of Friday. These follow a daily Sequential 9 Buy Setup. A 40% to 50% retracement of the decline, back to the 50-day moving averages within three to six weeks would be the normal action. 


Seasonally, the XLE tends to bottom around the 20th of February and rally for eight weeks (profitable 14 of the 18 years). The most reliable moves have been when the price has been oversold in the preceding weeks. This year clearly offers that set of circumstances. 

Opinions in this report are solely those of the author. The information herein was obtained from various sources; however, we do not guarantee its accuracy or completeness. This research report is prepared for general circulation and is circulated for general information only. It does not have regard to the specific investment objectives, financial situation and the particular needs regarding the appropriateness of investing in any securities or investment strategies discussed or recommended in this report and should understand that statements regarding future prospects may not be realized.

Investors should note that income from such securities, if any, may fluctuate and that each security’s price or value may rise or fall. Accordingly, investors may receive back less than originally invested. Past performance is not necessarily a guide to future performance. Neither the information nor any opinion expressed constitutes an offer to buy or sell any securities or options or futures contracts. Foreign currency rates of exchange may adversely affect the value, price or income of any security or related investment mentioned in this report. In addition, investors in securities such as ADRs, whose values are influenced by the currency of the underlying security, effectively assume currency risk. Moreover, from time to time, members of the Institutional Advisors team may be long or short positions discussed in our publications.



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