Saving the best for last, behold the Au-SPX ratio and its Cup (3 years in the making) & Handle (conveniently, a Falling Wedge with 5 distinct waves that people who count such things might like to see). A 5th wave could still be in the making down to 1.1, but this is a really bullish structure and I am not afraid to say so.
The Cup & Handle in AU-SPX could be viewed as another take on the Au-TYX ‘gold vs. human hopes for prosperity’ angle noted earlier. Stock market players do not tend to like gold stocks during phases where gold under performs broad equities. Now, that beautiful and bullish looking Wedge has managed to destroy gold stock sentiment and get at least one notable trend following analyst to call US equities over gold. Fine sir, but that looks like a terrible risk vs. reward proposition to me.
Isn’t it funny that a segment titled ‘Transitioning to the Macro’ ends up coming back to the gold stock sector again and again? Here I will remind you that NFTRHis not a gold stock newsletter. What it is is a newsletter with a particular view of the macro economic backdrop from which it extrapolates investment themes. The gold stock sector will eventually benefit from the chronic economic contraction now in progress. But it will do so on the market’s terms and in the market’s time.
While we are snipping, here is another clip from the ‘Wrap Up‘ segment of #185:
Finally, I want to again bring up a point made recently. In the wake of the Euro crisis, a macro picture was painted of the US whereby its short-term interest rates were manipulated to rise in relation to its long-term rates. This was Goldilocks, the best of all worlds with an economic bounce and few signs of inflationary pressure. But we noted that here in an election year as the current administration and its enablers prepare to do what is needed for reelection, the economy may appear firm and stock markets may well remain bullish on balance. But at some point the bullishness could include those items cast out of the initial macro painting; namely precious metals and commodities.
The move in Copper last week could be an indication that a phase is beginning that would see any coming strength in ‘inflationary 2012’ as being more honest, scrapping the Goldilocks fairy tale, with a growing inflationary component.