Weekly Update – 21 July 2019 – LS Trader

Stocks

Both the Nasdaq 100 and the S&P 500 made new all-time highs this week, but both corrected lower to end the week down.

The RSI has dipped below the 60 level but remains very much in the bull range, and the long-term trend remains up. However, the close below the April high, which should have held firm due to change of polarity, does put a question mark against the current trend.

Commodities

Gold broke out to the upside from the triangle to print its highest price in 6 years. Silver also had a strong week, rallying to its highest level in over a year.

Palladium, which has been the strongest of the metals of late, and the only one to hit new all-time highs this year, had a corrective week and saw prices break below short-term support.

Currencies

The dollar has had a mixed week. The Dollar Index ended the week slightly higher but remains within a trading range. Some of the majors have shown some strength against the dollar, with both the Australian and New Zealand dollars reaching their highest levels since April.

Meanwhile, at the other end of the scale, the British Pound fell to its lowest level since April 2017 before posting a mild recovery. As with the Pound, the Euro remains in a long-term downtrend but is currently in a trading range.

Interest rate futures

The trend for interest rate futures remains up, and some strength has been seen this week. The current technical picture suggests that the rally is not done and that we will see new highs above the highs printed at the start of the month.

Weekly Update – 14 July 2019 – LS Trader

Stocks

Both the S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 made new all-time highs this week, as well as all-time high weekly closes. The bull market remains intact, and the long-term trend is indisputably up. The RSI remains in the bull range. As expected during this time of year, volume has declined as the rally has persisted, and volatility is waning. If these markets can hold above the breakout levels on a closing basis, that may form a platform for considerable further rally.

Commodities

Palladium made new all-time highs again this week but did come off slightly by Friday’s close. Gold continues to consolidate above support. The energy markets have continued to rally.

Coffee had shown signs that a new bull market may have been starting, but that has stalled. The market has tested support multiple times this week, which so far has held firm.

Currencies

The dollar has seen weakness this week across the board. The long-term trend continues to favour the dollar overall but is weakest and in a downtrend against the Canadian dollar.

The British Pound fell to its lowest level since December during mid-week but has put in a decent bounce since. The trend, for now, remains down.

Interest rate futures

From last week: “Interest rate futures made new highs on Friday but made a key reversal day. Price action on the 10 Year T-Note engulfed the real bodies of the last 11 days, which suggests that further weakness lies ahead and that support will be broken on both the 5 & 10 Year Notes this week.”

Interest rate futures saw the expected weakness this week, and we exited both the 5 & 10 Year T-note long positions for decent profits. Weakness has been seen across the board in the sector, with only the UK Long Gilt in a current long position. Gilts will likely at least test support this week.

Weekly Update – 7 July 2019 – LS Trader

Stocks

From last week: “The S&P 500 is leading the way to the upside but failed to clear the prior week’s high and is grappling with a clear resistance zone. A decisive breakout above this resistance would be bullish.”

This week saw the decisive breakout and a new all-time high weekly close on the S&P 500. The Nasdaq 100 also made a slight new all-time high intraday but closed lower back below prior resistance.

The Dax gapped higher at the start of the week and rallied to its highest level since August last year. Only the Nikkei is currently in a long-term downtrend. All the other stock indices are in a bull market.

Commodities

Gold has seen some wild daily price swings this week but continues to hold above support, and the trend remains up. The trend is also up for Palladium, which made an all-time high weekly close.

Currencies

The Dollar had a strong week, which held off the potential change of trend to down and remains in a long-term uptrend. The British Pound fell to its lowest level since the 1st week of the year. UK Gilt prices are indicating rate cuts on the horizon, which is putting pressure on the Pound.

Interest rate futures

From last week: “However, there has been a bearish divergence between price and RSI, as mentioned last week, as well as volatility contraction, and declining volume. The trend remains up, but weakness towards a test of support looks likely.”

Interest rate futures made new highs on Friday but made a key reversal day. Price action on the 10 Year T-Note engulfed the real bodies of the last 11 days, which suggests that further weakness lies ahead and that support will be broken on both the 5 & 10 Year Notes this week.