While stocks across the globe are rising, three very important assets have been consolidating. The demand for U.S. (and many international) equities has been incredibly strong for the past 3.5 months. After all, more demand than supply means higher prices. It’s economic law, not opinion, that drives price movement. The media and President Trump can politicize market movements all they want, but the truth is the urgency of buyers surpasses that of sellers. Call it a “Trump Rally” and you’ve got a nice sounding, gimmicky headline that grabs mouse clicks and eyeballs. It’s fake news. Don’t fall for it. Focus on the visual math of price instead. Have you ever met a price chart that lied to you? Exactly. Me neither. Price doesn’t lie. We can rely on it to make investment decisions and manage risk. And right now, the charts (aka visual math) is identifying three significant consolidations taking place in three important assets. When these compressions resolve, it will have an intermarket impact for at least the next few months.
First, let’s start with Oil, the world’s most consumed, and possibly most important, commodity. The price of black gold reverberates throughout economies and markets (keep in mind that a market is not the same as the economy it’s involved with). Nonetheless, the price of oil is important for many people, industries, sectors, and economies across the globe. It makes sense to pay attention to it. Since February 2016, oil has rallied over 100%. It should be noted, however, that this rally took place after a -75% drop dating back to June 2014. Oil would need to rally another 100% from current levels just to get back to June 2014 prices. This factual perspective is a stark reminder that massive drawdowns and losses are an investor’s worst enemy.
Looking at a daily chart of Oil, it’s easy to see price consolidating and compressing above the very important $50 level. Buyers and sellers are battling for the next move. In fact, you can’t go very far online without finding someone referencing the record long positions by institutions and record short positions by commercial traders.
More often than not, commercial traders seem correctly positioned. However, we don’t need to predict. We need to plan. A break upward out of this consolidation would start a race to $75. On the other hand, we want nothing to do with this underneath $50. The line in the price is clear. Above $50, it makes sense to own it. Below that, it can be someone else’s problem.
Another important development is the consolidation of the U.S. Dollar. Just like Oil, the US Dollar broke out above previous resistance in the 4th quarter of 2016. On the daily chart of the U.S. Dollar, we’re compressing between $99 and $101. A break above the upper green trendline would signify a resumption of the uptrend started in 2014. And if price moves below $100, there is no reason to own the greenback. If the Dollar moves down through this important level, we could have a false move on our hands, with selling pressure picking up and providing a major tailwind to the aforementioned important asset, Oil. At the same time, keep in mind that Oil and the Dollar can continue to appreciate together as they’ve been doing since early 2016. Each chart must stand on its’s own merit.
Finally, this trifecta of fun is concluded with a look at the 10-year Treasury Yield. The increase in yields from July, 2016, through the end of the same year was impressive to say the least. However, we need to remember the bigger context. We still remain in a 35-year downtrend in rates. That being said, resolution out of the consolidation annotated in the chart below will determine the next few months of direction for this important bond barometer. Note that the movements in rates have rhymed with the movements in the dollar. It’s likely that both resolve in the same direction. As mentioned before, each chart must stand on it’s own. With record short positions against 10-Year Treasury Bonds, we think the move out of this compression will be violent.
In conclusion, each of the three aforementioned assets are on the verge of picking a direction, up or down, that will have a major impact for the next few months ahead. Keep an eye on these consolidations for evidence to help you get on the right side of the trade. After all, if we’re in the markets to make money, it’s not about being right or wrong. It’s about being on the right side of the trade.
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Disclaimer: Nothing in this article should be construed as investment advice or a solicitation to buy or sell a security. You invest based on your own decisions.