Due to turbulence in the market the past week I am sure many people were stopped out of their stock trades last week and it appeared as though stocks could be forming a DCL but stocks never really dropped enough to cleanse sentiment like they normally would in DCL's. Cycles do not work well in run away kinds of moves. You don't always get half cycle lows. I think stocks are either in a run away move or they are about to drop the hammer into a recognizable DCL. Assuming the stock cycles are still intact, they are now in day 38 of the cycle. Stock cycles normally last 35-45 days, so at day 38 stocks are in their timing band for a DCL.
A drop down to the 3550 area on the S&P would be scary and would do much to relieve stocks of much of the bullish sentiment. For those who entered or weren't stopped out of stock positions, we suggest tightening up stops. Stocks are only on week 13 of the intermediate cycle, so we still have 2-3 months before we should expect an ICL.
The situation surrounding the metals looks more favorable. Gold is on day 18 and week 3 of what I suspect is a new intermediate cycle. The previous IC was extremely long at 37 weeks. Once price closes above the intermediate cycle trend line we will have confirmation of a new intermediate cycle.
It is not unusual for the first daily cycle of a new intermediate cycle to exceed the previous Intermediate cycle top, meaning it is not out of the question that gold could hit 2889 this daily cycle. We don't feel the need to put the metals stops as tight as stock stops because we are early in the cycle but we will tighten them up just a tad.
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On December first, we recommended buying gold and Silver. It is clear now that this was day 1 of a new daily, intermediate and yearly cycle. The recommendation was to buy gold at 1800 which was 33 points off the low. We have since moved the stop to 1845 and will continue to advance our stops softly behind the 10 dma. It is way to early use tight stops. Today is only day 15 of the cycle.
I had mentioned before that gold usually leads cycles early but silver actually looks to be leading this go around. My expectation is that silver will outpace gold this cycle. On the buy recommendation, we said silver should at least make it to the 26-27 mark and silver has already reached 26.35. We have advanced our stops to $24.75. Silver has made it to the top of this long consolidation zone we have been trading in since September 18 and has slightly exceeded it. It took silver only 3 weeks to to move 4 points from the bottom of the trading zone to top of the zone. Another 4 points to go and we will be at the top of the next consolidation zone, probably by the second week of January.
Cycle Analyst Gary Savage from the Smart Money Tracker has posted a video which does a good job explaining how this process could unfold.
No confirmation yet but the weakness in stocks and metals likely coincides with a bounce in the dollar. At this point we are not far from breaking the daily cycle trend line. The dollar is on day 34, so the dollar is in the timing band for a daily cycle low. I think the dollar bottomed on day 31. We have a swing low but price needs to move above the daily cycle trend line for confirmation.
If this is true, what does it mean for stocks and metals? I think it means some choppiness near term but that should be about it. The dollar is only on week 14 of the intermediate cycle and should still have another 2-9 weeks before the intermediate cycle bottoms. My expectation is that the dollar should breach the daily cycle trendline by the end of the week then resume lower. We could see some chop with the metals, and we could finally get that highly anticipated half cycle low on stocks. We are still bullish stocks and metals and bearish the dollar, but short term anything can happen.
In real time, it is impossible to tell you exactly what to do. We expect to have days such as this, but what if it turns into something more? These kinds of days are unavoidable. The question becomes what if this turns into something bigger? We really have no way to know.
Personally, I have a strong hand now. I have done well enough since the election that I can withstand the draw down and ride it out a bit longer. That is what you can do when you buy at the very bottom of a cycle. Some of you added positions late and the decision becomes more difficult for you.
Every trader we have has a different situation. Let us know if you need some personal advice with your account.
The big picture is right here with the gold chart. There will be scary dips along the way like we had this morning, but our overall position on all the metals will be bullish on this new Intermediate Cycle which will be for at least the next 3-4 months. It is still not too late to take a position.
Gold has formed a weekly swing low.
Silver is poised to explode higher. Silver is trading into a bull flag and so far the price is being supported by the 50 DMA. The 10 and 50 day moving averages have turned higher.
While Gold made a lower low into a daily cycle low and likely an ICL and YCL, Silver remained above the previous cycle low. Silver usually magnifies moves by gold. It looks like a shift may be taking place and Silver could be the leader in this new intermediate cycle.
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