Are Gold, Oil and the SP500 Having a Seasonal Pivot Trading Low?

By: Chris Vermeulen | Sun, Nov 1, 2009
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The last week of October was something else. Heavy fiscal year end selling for mutual funds seemed to put a damper on good news and push stocks and commodities lower. October is historically a tough month on the US market with mutual funds locking in profits on their books.

Below are some charts showing my analysis on gold, silver, oil, natural gas and the S&P 500 index along with a seasonality chart proving that October has more selling pressure than other months.

Gold GLD ETF - Gold Pivot Trading Low - Daily Chart

As you can see from the chart below we appear to be in the middle of a pivot low correction which can make for some great entry points. The trend is up, gold is oversold and it looks like we had a reversal low last week.

Silver SLV ETF - Silver Pivot Trading Low - Weekly Chart

This is a chart I posted a couple months ago and so far silver has traded within the trend lines and support & resistance levels I pointed out in early August. Silver still looks bullish as it is trading at a pivot low.

Gold Miners GDX ETF - Gold Miners Pivot Trading Low - Weekly Chart

Gold mining stocks appear to be trading near the bottom of the trend channel. The odds are still pointing to higher prices.

Crude Oil USO Fund - Oil Pivot Trading Low - Daily Chart

This chart of USO is also from a recent post in early October. USO broke out and is now trading at our support trend lines. There was a nice reversal candle last week but the heavy selling across the entire market pulled oil back down.

Natural Gas UNG Fund - Natural Gas Pivot Trading Low - Daily Chart

Pivot trading low could be close for UNG. The daily chart is telling me we saw the bottom in natural gas back in September as prices collapsed washing out most long (bullish) traders. I figure we will see prices trade between $9-12 for several months as the commodity forms a base.

S&P 500 Index - S&P 500 Pivot Trading Low - Daily Chart

The broad market looks and feels oversold. This chart uses Andrews Pitchfork analysis to show where short term pullbacks to the middle trend line (middle of trading range) have been a buying opportunity. Deeper corrections drop to the bottom support trend channel. These corrections sometimes form a lower low and lower high that scares traders and inestors out of the market before heading higher.

S&P 500 Seasonality Chart - S&P 500 Pivot Trading Low

This chart shows the performance for each month over the past 37 years. Simple analysis shows selling pressure in Sept and Oct as mutual funds sell positions to lock in gains for their books each year. This move is generally compounded because seasoned traders know about this seasonal movement and also sell positions and even short the market to take advantage of this at times.

I think we are inline for a perfect storm going into year end. The market is trading at a pivot low from many different analysis theories. This forms a high probability trading opportunity in the next 2 months if we see prices reverse and start heading higher this month.

Pivot Trading Low Conclusion:

A lot of stocks have taken a real beating this past month as sell orders flooded the trading desks last week. Technology, financials and small cap stocks took is the worst. The sharp drop is not really what we wanted to see but it makes good sense. With those groups posting the largest gains since March it is only normal that money will be coming out of those stocks to lock in gains.

Many traders are starting to panic about another possible market melt down. This negative sentiment is a bullish indicator for higher prices. If everyone is scared and exiting their positions then we must be close to trading a pivot low.

I am still bullish on the market and will be looking for new opportunities if we see prices start to head higher this month.

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