Friday, June 12, 2009

Gold, Oil, Dollar and Market Update

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Gold and silver had sharp sell offs this morning, while the dollar rallied. If you believe the press reports (and in general, you shouldn't), gold and silver sold off because the dollar was rallying. The dollar was supposedly rallying because of bad figures on Eurozone industrial production. Are they likely to be worse than the U.S. production figures after GM's bankruptcy (production is being closed down during the summer)? Probably not. If you look, you will see despite the screaming headlines the dollar was not up that much. As of now, the trade-weighted dollar is trading at 80.07, up from yesterday's close of 79.36. The breakdown point is 78.33.

The drop in gold and silver is more than overdone. Gold closed strongly yesterday at $962. Optimism for the U.S. dollar is also being fueled because the treasury auction went well this week and there was supposedly heavy demand for long-term U.S. treasuries from foreign buyers (I had difficulty not laughing as I wrote that last statement). What outrageous claims will the government make next? For those not paying attention, interest rates on the 10-year bond hit 4% yesterday, double the low of 2%. Not exactly and indication that these bonds are experiencing increasing demand relative to supply (interest rates would be falling if this was true, looks to me like they doubled).

Oil was over 73 yesterday and I began taking some profits in ERX and to a lesser extent DXO. The oil rally has been going on four months now and seems to be losing steam as we approach major resistance around 77. Stocks are likely to get into trouble when the S&P gets to 1000. Resistance is very strong at that point. When you have large profits, its always a good idea to take some money off the table.

For those who don't want to hold U.S. dollars, there are a lot more options in ETFs than there used to be. While we have mentioned FXA and FXC (the Australian and Canadian dollar ETFs) previously, you can now buy New Zealand (BNZ) dollars as well. You can even buy emerging market currencies such as the Brazilian Real (BZF). For a more complex trade, you can consider DBV. This ETF is double long the three G20 currencies with the highest interest rate and simultaneously short the three currencies with the lowest interest rate.

NEXT: G8 Hot Air Inflates Dollar

Daryl Montgomery
Organizer,New York Investing meetup

This posting is editorial opinion. Like all other postings for this blog, there is no intention to endorse the purchase or sale of any security.

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