Sunday, September 20, 2009

Selamat Hari Raya - Salam Aidilfitri.

May this year celebrating will be the Best Of All.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Gold Futures Advance on Inflation-Hedge Demand; Silver Gains

Sept. 15 (Bloomberg) -- Gold rose, closing above $1,000 an ounce for the third straight session, as commodities climbed on demand for a hedge against inflation. Silver also gained.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke said the worst U.S. recession since the 1930s has probably ended, while warning that growth may not be strong enough to reduce unemployment quickly. The Fed has kept its benchmark lending rate as low as zero since December. It authorized $1.45 trillion in purchases of mortgage-backed securities and other housing debt this year.

“The market believes that the Fed is not going to be able to withdraw the funds fast enough and that would cause inflation,” said Leonard Kaplan, the president of Prospector Asset Management in Evanston, Illinois. “I don’t believe that for a minute, but this is what the market believes.”

Gold futures for December delivery gained $5.20, or 0.5 percent, to $1,006.30 an ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Sept. 11, the metal reached a record closing price of $1,006.40.

The price for immediate delivery gained $6.63, or 0.7 percent, to $1,006.93 at 2:54 p.m. New York time. Eighteen of 19 raw materials in the Reuters/Jefferies CRB Index rose today, led by a record surge in corn.

“The debate on gold’s price prospects remains alive and well among both fundamentals-followers and technicians poring over charts,” Jon Nadler, a Kitco Inc. senior analyst in Montreal, said in a note.

The dollar fell against a basket of six major currencies, extending a slide to the lowest in 11 months. Gold futures have rallied 28 percent since the demise of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. a year ago as investors bought precious metals to protect their wealth amid the first global recession since World War II.

Possible ‘Reversal’

“Charts indicate that if the $1,050 level is not attained during the current ‘break-out’ or if a double or triple top is confirmed under that same level, then gold could signal a reversal such as the ones that occur on average about every six years,” Nadler said.

Futures reached an 18-month high of $1,013.70 on Sept. 11. Gold may climb to as high as $1,100 in the next six months, researcher GFMS Ltd. said yesterday.

Sales at U.S. retailers in August surged 2.7 percent, the most in three years, from July, government data showed today.

“Gold is continuing to knock on the $1,000 door without making a concerted effort either way to test resistance or support,” GoldCore Ltd., a brokerage in Dublin, said in a note. “Gold needs to push above $1,012 in the short term and $1,020 in the longer term for the upward momentum to be regained.”

Net Longs

Hedge-fund managers and other large speculators increased their bets on rising New York gold futures to a record in the week ended Sept. 8, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission said last week. Net-long positions jumped 22 percent to a 224,676 contracts, the biggest increase this year.

Silver futures for December delivery in New York rose 37.7 cents, or 2.3 percent, to $17 an ounce. The price has gained 51 percent this year.

Platinum futures for October delivery was little changed at $1,320.30 an ounce on the Nymex. Palladium futures for December delivery gained 0.2 percent to $296.25 an ounce.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Stocks Bull Market Signals September Opportunity for the Bears

Dear Reader

The Stocks bull market continued to forge ahead with the Dow closing at 9544, after hitting a high of 9630 during the week, which is a stones throw from the target of 9,750, having advanced 3,280 points and more than 50% in less than 6 months, now it will be interesting to see how the market behaves as it enters the target zone for the termination of this phase of the bull run of between 9750 to 10,000, as my analysis of 5 weeks ago (updated this week) called for a more significant correction to follow than that which transpired during June to July, perhaps just about the time when many of the public bears throw in the towel and the not so smart money starts to pile in as greed replaces fear?

The perma bears having missed the whole bull market as each minor dip was THE end of the mistakenly labeled "bear market rally" for the rules are clear, pick up any reputable technical analysis book and you will read that a bull market is confirmed when an stock indices rallies by 20%, similarly a bear market is confirmed when an indices falls by 20% from a high, therefore regardless of the perma views of this being a bear market rally, whilst under the basis of technical analysis this rally has long since been confirmed as a bull market more than 30% ago! So much for the claims of following the basic tenants of Dow theory!

The stock market's powerful advance of 50%+ may soon give an opportunity for the perma bears to crow loudly as the market heads into the seasonally weakest period of the year i.e. Sept to October, especially as an technically overbought rally is well primed to achieve the anticipated 'significant' correction, perhaps even a crashette, where readers need to remember that the bull market would still remain intact as long as the Dow does not fall by more than 20% from the peak.

Rules exist for a reason, and that is to arrive at a FIRM TRADEABLE CONCLUSION, rather the deluded fixation that is indicative of a perma attitude that are perpetually fixated to one side regardless of the actual price action i.e. the whole rally has been supported by the crash is coming mantra for the past 6 months! A totally useless repetitive statement when it comes to the monetizing of analysis. There is no point in catching a say 15% drop if one fought against the 50% rally, as the net position is still for a 35% LOSS!

The target for the rally from 6470 has been for a move to 9750 to 10,000, at this point in time I continue to favour a price slightly north of 10,000 which would be enough to sucker early bears into losing positions, and as I voiced in this weeks update, the market's strong advance now points to an earlier peak.

Meanwhile the US Dollar continued to play out a double bottom pattern which is potentially bearish for gold, which in itself has traded in a tightening range that is likely to resolve soon, which again perma gold bugs hope will be to the upside though as my dollar analysis suggests it is more probably likely to be to the down side. I will cover Gold's probable trend in an in depth analysis next week as the existing analysis / forecast of January 2009 has expired.

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By Nadeem Walayat