Monday, August 24, 2009

U.S. Dollar,Stocks,Bernanke and Natural Gas

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The U.S. dollar fell below its breakdown point again on Friday. DXY, the ETF for the trade-weighted dollar, closed at 78.01 and spent much of the day trading in the 77 range. This is the second time the dollar has traded below the key breakdown point of 78.33. Last time it was below this price for 5 days. It's inability to stay above this level is a sign of weakness. Gold of course rallied and was as high as $957 during the day. It is once again trying to get back to the important $1000 breakout level.

As the dollar fell, stocks rallied. This has been a typical pattern since this March. In the larger scheme of things it is unusual however. For the first time since this phase of the rally began in July, volume was noticeably above average (average volume has been declining during the entire rally however). The rally has looked sickly so far because volume started out light and continually fell - a very negative pattern. It seems that if stocks rally, the U.S. dollar has to sell off and vice-a-versa. Something has to give soon.

What fueled the rally on Friday was existing home sales supposedly being up 7% and bullish comments by Ben Bernanke about how the recession is ending. The home sales figures are of course suspicious, but no amount of fantasy has managed to disturb the market rally so far. Bernanke, who has continually been wrong in his pronouncements on the Credit Crisis and recession is also being believed by the market for no apparent reason. Bernanke was incredibly self-congratulatory in his speech, giving the major central bankers full credit for saving the world from global recession. The proof that this has happened is minimal to say the least and exists mostly in manipulated government statistics that lack any credibility. Lost in the coverage was the failure of four more U.S. banks on Friday, including one with $13 billion in assets. So far this year 81 U.S. banks have failed, compared to 3 in 2007.

Natural gas is staying at its impossible price levels. The near-term futures contract fell as low as $2.75 toward the close on Friday. UNG was down 1.4%, while GAZ was up 1.3%. Their price movements should be almost identical and certainly they shouldn't move in opposite directions. But that is only true in reality, something which the market has become completely detached from.

NEXT: Bernanke Reappointed, Court Order and FDIC

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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