E Next Week Decisive For Markets

We are entering a decisive week for the markets. The Fed, with their December ruling, will determine where capital flows for the next several months. Will they hike next week or pause immediately? The collapse in oil eased inflation expectations and gave the Fed some breathing room – I’m not sure what they’ll do.

Frankly, anything can happen next week, and we need to be on our toes. By Friday we should know how and where to be positioned.


It took gold 17-weeks to reach the 50-week EMA from the August $1167 low. The gradual stair-stepping higher is consistent with a bear flag correction and supports another breakdown. At 17 weeks the cycle is suitably mature and could easily top. Note that since last December the intermediate cycle has shifted every 17 to 18 weeks. Next week is the 18th week. So timing wise gold is in the ideal timing window for a top.

From a technical standpoint, the 50-period MA is a frequent target for a price correction…we are there. The 50% retracement level resides at $1269. That too is an area corrective pullbacks often arrest.

The technicals recommend a top in gold either last week or perhaps next week. However, the setup could be void instantly with a principal policy shift from the Fed. Yes – they are going to slow down rate increases but how slow? Will they even hike next week? The Fed watch tool is at 76.6% – that’s not a guarantee. If they pause immediately (no December increase) gold could jump higher. Gold would have to close next week above $1270 to make a run at $1300 – $1310 by year-end.


This looks like an ascending triangle. Most of the time these patterns break higher, on the flat side.


One of the main reasons I remain short-term bearish on commodities is because of the CRB. Every three years or so this index delivers a primary cycle low, often in the first quarter of the year. The head and shoulder measured target supports a drop to approximately 167. Also, every 3-year cycle must break the cycle trendline, that has yet to happen. Consequently, a multitude of factors sponsors additional weakness in commodities into early 2019. That’s when I expect a good setup in oil.

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