Honest Money Gold and Silver Report: Market Wrap
Week Ending 7/20/07
Those familiar with this report know that I have ranted and raved about derivatives for years now, saying that unfortunately one day they would become a household word, as they spread their destruction across the land. That time appears to be coming closer and closer at hand.
Paper fiat land is a breeding ground for credit and debt instruments and derivatives derived there from.
Both the US dollar and the Japanese Yen are part of this incestuous game of fatal attraction, proffered as enticements by their handlers to lure others thereby. Come on, step right up, try your luck, everybody wins a prize.
The hapless victims are they who accept the unacceptable, the tainted, colored counterfeit means of payment, which in truth are not payment but discharge; as opposed to the untainted and uncolored purity of true payment by that of real substance: Honest Money of Gold & Silver coin.
Warning signs are beginning to pop up daily, a few of this past week are listed below. Heed the warnings, they are not made in jest - they are the proverbial writing on the wall that was on the wall before it was put up.
July 18 - Gretchen Morgenson (New York Times):
"Bear Stearns told clients in its two battered hedge funds that their investments, worth an estimated $1.5 billion at the end of 2006, are almost entirely gone.
In phone calls to anxious investors, Bear Stearns brokers reported yesterday that May and June had been devastating months for the portfolios.
The more conservative fund, the High-Grade Structured Credit Strategies Fund, was down 91% by the end of June, investors were told. The High-Grade Structured Credit Strategies Enhanced Leverage Fund, which used extensive borrowings and assumed more risk, has no investor capital left, the firm said. 'In light of these returns, we will seek an orderly wind-down of the funds over time,' a letter to Bear Stearns clients said."
July 17 - Bloomberg (Hamish Risk):
"Hedge funds are borrowing too much to finance investments in credit derivatives, contracts based on debt, which may magnify volatility in a market downturn, according to a Fitch Ratings survey of 65 banks, insurers and money managers. Hedge funds' influence on credit derivatives and debt markets has continued to grow at a 'dramatic pace,' Fitch said... The funds are responsible for 60% of all trading in credit-default swaps and about 33% of collateralized debt obligations..."
Gold gained $17.40 for the week to close at $684.70 (+2.61%). It was the highest weekly close in 10 weeks.
The next target is $692.50, and once that is taken out then the old high of $730.40 is in play.
Note that a MACD Crossover appears to be looming.
Histograms have receded to zero and seem ready to cross over into positive territory.
A MACD Crossover this coming week would be a major move and very constructive price action on the chart.
The chart below shows gold priced in Euros. Notice the upper falling trend line has been breached.
Gold is advancing not just in dollars but in other major world currencies as well.
Silver had a good week as well, closing up 0.29 cents to $13.40 (+2.23%). It was the highest weekly close in 6 weeks.
As the daily chart below shows, the metal has closed back above its trend line. Other than STO approaching overbought - a good looking chart. MACD and histograms positive and RSI headed up.
The Hui closed up 13.41 points to 370.23 for a gain of 3.76%. It was the highest weekly close since May 5, 2006. The week's price action was most impressive, and suggests there is more to come.
Last week the last ingredient needed was a break above the trend line, which we got this week. All indicators are now in positive territory.
The weekly Hui/Gold chart above shows a break above its upper trend line, which is positive price action.
The daily chart below, which goes back to the start of the bull market, shows more work needs to be done.
The Xau closed up 7.31 points to close at 158.39 or +4.84% - a strong performance after last week's stellar performance.
It was the highest weekly close since May 12, 2006 - once again well over a year ago.
Breaking 150 for the Xau was a big accomplishment, as it has provided stiff overhead resistance for over a year's time. The break above 155 is even more impressive, as that broke a trend line going back to 1996 or 11 years ago. Very nice performance to say the least.
After the last two back to back weekly performances the Xau and Hui have put on, a respite would seem in order, although momentum is momentum and they may just keep moving higher before taking a pause to consolidate and refresh.
The dollar and the stock market may provide the impetus for movement in either direction.
The chart above compares the Xau to the S&P 500. As the chart shows, as good as the S&P has been performing, the Xau wins hands down. This is positive confirmation that the move has substance.
The monthly chart of the Xau/Gold ratio shows the trend line almost being broken above, which will be another large part in the puzzle. MACD looks like its getting ready for a positive crossover.
First let's take a look at the Natural Gas chart. It appears that a bottom has been put in; however, it has not recently been tested. Such a test may or may not occur before the next major move up.
A positive MACD Cross has occurred and histograms have turned positive. RSI turned up from the oversold 30 level and is headed for the 50 mark.
Price is sitting just below the 20 ema. All in all a chart that shows several positive constructs beginning to take form.
The big question is whether there will be another large move down before NG makes a low and starts upon its seasonal rally.
XTO Energy Inc.
The chart below of XTO Energy Inc. looks promising. Most of their profit is from natural gas. The company has continued to perform very well, as reflected in the stock price.
Presently, with natural gas looking like its getting ready to move up, XTO would reap huge benefits if such were to occur.
The chart shows a positive RCI divergence. The price just recently tested its 50 dma, which held solid as support.
Histograms have receded back to zero and a positive MACD Cross over may be looming on the horizon.
The lower trend line support area has been tested several times recently and has held throughout.
There are plenty of positive possibilities - if they play out, the operative word being IF.
First make note that I presently own this stock in my personal portfolio and may be acquiring more. The chart is the next one below.
The stock price proceeds from the lower left hand corner of the chart up to the top right hand corner of the chart: a bullish signature. Not many of the gold stocks are sporting such a chart pattern.
Price is fast approaching a significant overhead resistance area of 25.15 to 26.30. Once those levels are breached there is very little overhead resistance to deal with.
MACD has put in a positive cross and the histograms are positive as well. However, notice the accumulation/distribution ratio highlighted in the upper right hand corner by the yellow shaded area.
It shows that strong accumulation is underway, which should soon play out in price action. Time will tell.
The predominant feature of the global financial system is the excessive creation of credit that is giving birth to asset bubbles as never before seen.
The masters of the temple have truly outdone themselves in what may prove to be their final act upon the stage. They may perhaps have one curtain call left, but the reckoning is fast approaching.
Markets are beginning to sense the approach, although they prefer to ignore the warnings, hoping that they can prevail for one more roll of the dice. Chinese cookie jars come to mind.
Watch the yen as much rests upon its back. When the cost (interest rate) of the cheapest form of credit to ever visit the earth begins to rise in a sustained manner - the horsemen will be close behind.
It would be wise to get your house in order ahead of such events. They say gold withstands the decay wrought by the elements and the ravages of time.
The dollar hangs precariously above the abyss. It is doomed, but now may not be its time. Perhaps some thoughts are in order as to why, if the handlers of the currency are as smart as they so appear to be, would they allow the currency to get into the position it is in?
Cui Bono if the dollar were to collapse? Do things of such import happen by chance? Is there any possible scenario that would occasion anyone to profit by the demise of the dollar?
Gold and the gold stocks have picked up the scent, the sentinel has sounded, the warning has commenced. Both the metals and the stocks are short term extended, but that doesn't mean they can't become even yet more extended. Neither does it mean they can't correct.
I'll be watching the yen the closest of all, the dollar and interest rates will be next in order. I like XTO and Randgold here, but that could change on the drop of a dime.
Below are two beautiful pictures of extremely rare parrot flowers that my good friend Elva was kind enough to send me. Do take a look - they are very extra-ordinary. Thanks also go out to Laura for the book she sent me.
Check out the market indicator table below and the stock portfolio for updates. Also, note that the master gold stock list has been updated. Good trading, good luck, good health, and that's a wrap.
Riddle me this - riddle me that,
what does a deck of playing cards hide out of sight?
The commoners are assembled in rows 1 through 10,
in march the prince, the king and his queen.
But who is the ace that wields such a deadly mace,
the strength of his convictions written across his fair face.
Yet if the jokster chooses to laugh in his face,
even he yields his magnificent space.
A strange game in-deed, perhaps we should heed,
whatever the message carried in its seed.
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