Short TSLA, Long XLE – The New FOMO Trade?

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Everyone knows that S&P 500 and Dow Jones price action has been as pristine as it’s been boring … and there’s a trace of that’s ‘too good to be true’ in the hair.

I wanted to find out how the most recent rally stacks up to others in the past and if that calm turned out to be the calm before the storm. Here is what I found.

I personally don’t like chasing an over-bought market (although that’s not been a great mantra to live by) and prefer lower-risk setups … like this one discussed in the April 11 Profit Radar Report (chart includes original annotations but updated price):

There’s been a fierce battle between value and growth – risk on vs risk off sectors. XLE (SPDR Energy ETF) appears to offer one of the more attractive entry levels near current price. XLE is testing the trend channel (48) with next support around 46.80 (blue circle).

The chart includes a potential Elliott Wave Theory count, which makes an eventual rally into the 55.65 zone likely. Wave 4 (or IV) corrections can be complex and drawn out, but buying XLE around current price or after a quickly reversed dip below the trend channel looks attractive. More aggressive investors may buy XLE around current price, but we’ll look at buying XLE after a successful test of the 47.20 zone.”

Who would have thought that short TSLA is the new S&P or Nasdaq FOMO (fear of missing out) trade?

But there was a solid setup to short TSLA, as discussed in Monday’s special Profit Radar Report update (chart includes original annotations but updated price):

TSLA closed at 762 today. According to Elliott Wave Theory (EWT), the decline from the January high to March low traced out 5 waves. The bounce from the March low looks like 3 waves. The 78.6% Fibonacci retracement is at 762.53 and wave c = wave a at 769.37.

The TSLA bounce could finish in the 762 – 769 zone. Additional resistance is around 795 (trend channel) and 823 – 838 (78.6% retracement and C = 1.382 x A).

EWT has been essentially useless for the major indexes and excess liquidity may also void this signal, but it’s been rare to get such a clear read and confluence of resistance levels like seen here.

As mentioned, TSLA is a fast-moving stock not for the faint of heart . We will initiate a small short position at tomorrow’s (Wednesday) open.

TSLA opened at 770.70 on Wednesday and quickly fell to 730. There is a small chance that TSLA will still reach the 823 – 838 range (breakout of the purple triangle) but with a stop-loss at breakeven we can wait if TSLA finds support around 700 – 710 or not.

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Is Boring Grind Higher the Calm Before Storm?


S&P 500 and Dow Jones price action has been remarkable in many ways. I wanted to find out just how remarkable when viewed in the context of history. Here is how the recent price action stacks up (information below was published in Tuesday’s Profit Radar Report):

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Last Friday, the S&P 500: closed at an all-time high, which was 13.4% above its 200-day SMA, which was confirmed by the cumulative NY Composite advance/decline lines (a measure of liquidity). The same may happen again today. The yellow lines in the first chart below show other times that’s happened. Never (aside from the most recent cluster).

We can’t learn much from a sample size of 1, so let’s loosen our filter to see how big of a sample size we get. 

The next chart highlights periods when the S&P 500 closed more than 13% above its 200-day SMA.

Now we have too big of a sample size. If we restrict the criteria to catch only those times when the S&P 500 traded >10% above its 200-day SMA while at an all-time high (confirmed by the cum NYC a/d) we get the following hits.

In an attempt to identify breadth readings and price action comparable to current, we’ll now adjust the parameters to show times when the S&P 500 traded >13% above its 200-day SMA while the cum NYC a/d line was at an all-time high. There are only 3 other clusters in the past half century. The first of the most recent signal cluster triggered on 11/16/20.

Tuesday’s Profit Radar Report shows exactly how the S&P 500 did after the first signal date of each cluster (see above chart). This performance tracker details the S&P 500 forward performance after the signal date via graphs and tables (detailed returns for the next 1, 2, 3, 6, 9, 12 months along with odds of positive returns).

Of course there are other parameters that could be used to assess and compare the current market. Monday’s Profit Radar Report, for example, identified other times when more than 90% of stocks trade above both their 50-and 200-day SMA while more than 7% of stocks trade at a 52-week high.

Obviously history does not repeat itself, but it provides insight on how price (which is a reflection of investors, which is based on crowd behavior) reacts in certain situations. Examining historic precedents often reveals recurring patterns useful in assessing what’s next.

Continuous updates along with the performance tracker of similar precedents are available via the Profit Radar Report.

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Commodity Inflation is Hitting Speed Bump


Inflation has become a popular buzzword (and concern for investors), and the broad commodity rally is a big part of the inflation narrative. 

The headlines below reflect how the media sees the commodity/inflation development:

  • Commodity prices drive WPI inflation to 27-month high – Economic Times
  • Commodities hit highest since 2013 amid inflation concern – Bloomberg
  • Strategists pick commodities as a favorite way to play reflation – Bloomberg
  • Surging commodities feed concern over inflation – Business Insider
  • Investors should be prepared for biggest inflation scare since 1980s – Business Standard

Interestingly, whenever a rally has been strong enough to become a main story is also about the time when the rally tends to pause.

The March 14, 2021 Profit Radar Report included the following analysis regarding the commodity rally:

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The long-term CRB Reuters/Jeffries Commodity Index chart shows that the commodity complex is approaching a significant resistance cluster.

The short-term chart of the Invesco Commodity Index ETF (DBC), the corresponding ETF, outlines short-term support/resistance. According to Elliott Wave Theory, it’s possible to count the rally from the March 2020 low as 5 waves with an extended fifth wave. The RSI-35 divergence would fit. 

As mentioned previously, we expect the trend of rising commodities, due to shortages, to continue. A wave 2 pullback (once this smaller degree wave 5 is completed) would offer a welcome opportunity to buy. It may even be worth to short DBC as it moves closer to 18 (and if it maintains the bearish RSI-35 divergence). There are no good short commodity ETFs. DB Agriculture Short ETN (ADZ) captures agricultural commodities but is thinly traded.

Since the above analysis was published in the March 14 Profit Radar Report, DBC has already fallen as much as 6%.

Continuous updates are available via the Profit Radar Report.

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10-year Treasury Yield (TNX) and 30-year Treasury Bond (TLT) Update

0-year Treasury yields have been the ‘talk of the town’ lately. Many market commentators consider 10-year rates the linchpin for continued equity gains and scapegoat for lack thereof. 

Here is the near-term outlook for 10-year Treasury yields and 30-year Treasury Bonds as published in Sunday’s Profit Radar Report (charts have not been updated, but price has moved in the expected direction).

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30-year Treasury Bonds (TLT) Outlook

The daily chart (end of day prices only) pegs 30-year Treasury Futures at a general support zone (extending slightly above and below the green trend line) and just below trend channel support. There is a bullish RSI-35 divergence with RSI-2 nearly over-sold.

The wave structure since the March 2020 high is not without dispute, but the persistence of the latest decline suggests this is a wave 3 (or C) decline. A bounce (either wave 4 or something more sustainable) could start from around the current support range.

The structure for the iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT) looks similar.

A detailed long-term outlook for 30 year Treasury bonds was published in the March 21, 2021 Profit Radar Report.

10-year Treasury Yield Index (TNX) Outlook

TNX (10-yr Treasury Yield Index) closed right at double resistance last week. RSI-2 is nearly over-bought and RSI-35 shows a bearish divergence. Up side momentum has been strong and betting on a reversal takes perfect timing, but the odds for a (temporary) reversal (perhaps wave 4) are higher than at any other point over the past few months.

Below is a list of ETFs linked to 10-year Treasury bonds. Keep in mind that there is an inverse relationship between bond prices and yields. Anyone betting on lower 10-year yields would want to be long 10-year Treasuries while anyone betting on a continued rise in yields would want to own an inverse 10-year Treasury ETF (like TBX, PST, TYO).

iShares 7-10 Year Treasury Bond ETF (IEF)

ProShares Short 7-10 Year Treasury ETF (TBX)

ProShares Ultra 7-10 Year Treasury ETF (UST)

UltraShort Barclays 7-10 Year Treasury ETF (PST

Direxion Daily 7-10 Year Treasury Bull 3X (TYD)

Direxion Daily 7-10 Year Treasury Bear 3X (TYO)

Continuous updates are available via the Profit Radar Report.

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S&P 500, Nasdaq, DJIA, Gold, Treasuries, TSLA Update

Even though every major index is marching to the beat of its own drum, it’s possible to see a common stock market theme. To help investors understand what’s going on, I’ve published below the entire February 28, Profit Radar Report update (which also includes analysis on gold, Treasuries and TSLA). Please notice how the summary section offers a cohesive forecast despite the market’s fragmented nature.

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Profit Radar Report, February 28, 2021 (5:45pm PST)

Thursday and Friday delivered a whippy conclusion to the week. DJIA spent Thursday above trend line resistance but relapsed back below it Friday and painted a weekly reversal candle against the trend line. 

Nasdaq-100: Wednesday’s PRR showed the potential for a 5-wave decline (with wave 4 invalidation level). As the side-by-side comparison below shows, the Nasdaq-100 Futures did set a new low for a legitimate 5-wave decline. The Nasdaq-100 Cash Index however, did not.

The daily chart shows a break below trend line support. A backtest of the previously broken support (now resistance around 13,300) is quite common. A close back above the resistance cluster (blue oval) will pause any pullback and possibly rejuvenate this rally. 

S&P 500 Futures almost tagged the rising trend line from the March low (3,780) on Friday. The blue oval highlights a support cluster at 3,720 – 3,780. The decline from the high looks either like 3 waves (which suggests the pullback is already or nearly over) or a 1, 2 setup (which would point towards down side acceleration once this bounce is complete).

Summary: Every index is marching to the beat of its own drum, and there’s even discord between the same index’ cash and futures chart (Nasdaq). DJIA painted an ugly looking weekly reversal. Nasdaq Futures declined in 5 waves but Nasdaq-100 Cash only in 3 waves (Elliott Wave Theory explains the significance of 3 vs 5-wave moves). S&P 500 (cash and futures) looks like a 3-wave decline and the S&P 500 Futures decline paused at important trend line support. 

S&P 500 Futures support at 3,780 held and first-of-the-month liquidity inflows tend to buoy markets, so odds of a bounce to start the week are high. We would prefer for selling to resume after this bounce exhausts (ideally Monday or Tuesday), but a move above 31,600 for DJIA, 13,300 for Nasdaq-100 and 3,900 for S&P 500 could embolden buyers again and rejuvenate the rally.

Gold couldn’t make it above the 1,830 resistance cluster (blue circle, daily chart) last week and continued lower. 

The weekly chart shows strong support in the 1,700 area, which is where the 2020 melt up started. A dip into that zone, if it occurs, would likely spark a bounce. How strong of a bounce is to be seen.

Wednesday’s PRR mentioned that TLT is likely to bounce from the 134 – 140 zone. From Thursday’s low at 136.61, TLT bounced already 2% with futures action suggesting more follow through Monday morning. Initial resistance will be at 143.60 – 146, but the selloff was strong enough to cause an even stronger bounce.

TSLA: The January 10 PRR included the chart and commentary below: 

The next chart shows the most likely Elliott Wave Theory labels. Wave 5 doesn’t have to be over yet, in fact a smaller wave 4 and 5 seems necessary to finish the bigger wave 5. Based on the log scale chart, there is resistance around 900. Will lightning strike twice and TSLA suffer two post-bowl collapses? My gut feeling says no, at least not initially, but perhaps after a brief violation of bowl support and subsequent rally continuation.”

The January 24 PRR followed up with this chart and commentary: 

TSLA paused at 884 and started carving out another triangle, which could be a smaller wave 4 before the last spike into a quickly reversed all-time high (possible resistance in the high 900s, depending on timing).”

The updates TSLA chart shows a 31% drop from the January 25 high at 900.40, which was a bit lower then expected. Thus far, price has stayed above trend channel support. A break below 607 could lock in a 5-wave decline along with the corresponding implications (counter trend rally followed by eventual new lows), but as long as price stays above, TSLA can still recover.

Continuous updates are available via the Profit Radar Report.

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Has the Great Unravel Started?


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Last week’s Market Outlook showed a mature 5-wave S&P 500 rally with the implication that risk is rising. We’ve also been keeping track of the 2021 similarity with 2020. Below is an updated year-to-date 2021/2020 S&P 500 performance chart.

Of course I’m not naive enough to expect an exact repeat of 2021, but since investor sentiment is even more over-heated in 2021 than it was the same time last year, the down side risk is elevated and should not be ignored.

Up until late January, I was looking for more up side, but that has changed. I explained why in the February 14, 2021 Profit Radar Report:

I spent hours analyzing the studies compiled and evaluated since February 1, and 11 of them project risk for the next month, only 2 favored reward. It’s a buying frenzy out there and rational analysis can be trumped by irrational behavior. A blow-off melt up before a return to normal jolts investors back into reality is possible. However, such a melt up is something an analyst allows for but doesn’t bet on.”

In addition to red hot enthusiasm a number of breadth studies even flashed a ‘too much of a good thing’ warning. Below are two of those studies published in the December 16, 2020 and January 17, 2021 Profit Radar Reports. Notice how forward returns of past precedents project weakness for Q1 2021 (red lines, bars).

Shorter-term, the DJIA is still close to the support/resistance trend line highlighted last week. If the Nasdaq-100 falls below 12,982 before rising above 13,476, the decline from the February 16 high will look like 5 waves and likely indicate a trend reversal. The short-term S&P 500 pattern is up to interpretation, but down side risk of the above studies looms over all major indexes.

If you are wondering what’s going on with 30-year Treasuries and TLT, you may find my analysis from the March 15, 2020 Profit Radar Report of interest:

Distrust in government is a global mega trend, with various government bond markets (especially Europe and Japan) being mainly supported by governments buying their own bonds. The US Treasury market may just have carved out a key reversal and perhaps major market top (which of course maybe postponed by today’s announcement to essentially resurrect QE and buy $700 billion worth of assets). In the land of the blind, the one-eyed person is king. The US equity markets may be the global ‘one-eyed’ go-to option.”

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Can The ‘Reddit Rebels’ Overthrow Established Silver Forces?


– “Reddit traders are targeting silver now” – USA Today
– “Silver surges as Reddit traders find new target” – New York Post

– “Silver spikes amid Reddit-fueled frenzy” – Bloomberg

The Reddit rebels movement has all the ingredients for a Hollywood blockbuster. An underdog shows the rest of the world that you can go up against the despised establishment and stick it to them. 

In the case of GameStop (GME), a cast of young novice traders band together to show Wall Street Fat Cats (hedge funds) they are not invincible. Aptly, most of those traders probably use Robinhood (another Hollywood favorite with a similar playbook); take money from the rich (hedge funds) and distribute it among the poor (rookie traders).

Will the same script work in their latest mission to run up silver prices?

Silver soared 13.5% from 1/28/21 – 2/1/21, so the Reddit rebels no doubt felt good about their chances.

Here is what I wrote about silver and gold in Sunday’s (1/31/21) Profit Radar Report, with my conclusion in bold font (the daily silver chart has been updated to reflect current price action):

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Silver shot up as much as 8% in Sunday’s session, that’s in addition to its 4%+ rally on Friday, while gold continues to grind sideways. This imbalance has brought the gold/silver ratio to the lowest level since 2014. The charts below plot gold and silver against the gold/silver ratio.

The dashed blue lines highlight gold/silver ratio tops and bottoms. The dashed green and red lines indicate when ratio extremes marked a turning point for gold or silver. Of course, it’s easy to identify extremes in hindsight, and we don’t know if the current extreme will become more extreme, but here are two takeaways:

  • Gold/silver ratio extremes tend to mark turning points for silver more often than gold.
  • Gold/silver ratio lows tend to mark silver highs.

The daily silver chart shows RSI-2 over-bought with RSI-35 at resistance. There is chatter about silver being targeted by the reddit crew (like GameStop), but based on the above analysis, now is not the time to buy silver. Quite to the contrary, aggressive traders may find legging into a short position more rewarding.”

Allegedly GameStop prices shot up because hedge fund shorts were squeezed out. The Commitment of Traders (COT) report categorizes hedge funds as ’non-commercial,’ which is often dubbed ‘dumb money.’

The green graph in the chart below shows that non-commercial traders (including hedge funds) are long silver (32.44% of open interest) not short. The GameStop playbook of squeezing hedge fund shorts into submission does not apply to silver.

Commercial hedgers, often dubbed ‘smart money,’ on the other hand are net short silver futures (73,412 contracts – red graph). Hedgers position is not extreme and doesn’t prevent further gains, nevertheless Reddit rebels are kind of betting against the ‘smart money’ not hedge funds.

Summary

There are thousands of publicly traded stocks in the US. And there is a general trading frenzy fueled by Federal Reserve liquidity and a brand new Robinhood crowd. 

Like rogue (or freak) waves in the open ocean, there are freak events on Wall Street. The Reddit rebels may have fueled an existing trend, but I would not give them exclusive credit and doubt they can pull that stunt with silver.

This does not mean silver won’t eventually rally again, but not because of a trade group squeezing out shorts

Below is a list of gold and silver ETFs:

– SPDR Gold Shares (GLD)
– iShares Gold Trust (IAU)
iShares Silver Trust (SLV)

– ProShares UltraShort Silver (ZSL) 

– ProShares UltraShort Gold (GLL)

Continuous updates are available via the Profit Radar Report.

S&P 500 Update: Will Excess Hopium Spark 2020 Replay?


Different year, same path. Below is a S&P 500 comparison between the first 18 trading days of 2020 and 2021.

It’s probably no coincidence that both years started with an epic tug-of-war. The tug-of-war leading into January 2020 was described here and the tug-of-war leading into 2021 was described here.

This seems like a crazy question, but based on the eery January similarity, one worth asking:

What are the odds of 2021 being a 2020 replay?

There are different ways of looking at this. 1) Based on historical precedents and 2) Based on the most recent developments.

Historical Precedents

Shown below is the S&P 500 performance of the years that most closely resemble the path of 2020. No doubt 2020 was more extreme than any other year, but the general trajectory of 1980, 1997, 2003, 2009 was pretty darn close that that of 2020.

Here is where it gets interesting: The next chart shows the performance of the years that followed: 1981, 1998, 2004, 2010. Here are two key takeaways:

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  • There was no repeat of the prior year’s path
  • Any gains were given up by August

Most Recent Developments

Sunday’s (January 24) Profit Radar Report featured the chart below and warned that: “The S&P 500 is at double trend channel resistance and the 138.2% projection level mentioned in the 2021 S&P 500 Forecast. There are RSI-35 divergences at multiple degrees and the cumulative NY Composite a/d line did not confirm Thursday’s all-time high. Stocks are near an inflection zone that could spark a pullback. For the S&P 500, that inflection/resistance zone is 3,850 – 3,880.”

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One swallow doesn’t make a summer, and one down day doesn’t make a bear market. Tuesday was a big down down day, one that ‘came just in time’ and erased 3 weeks of gains for the S&P 500, but it wasn’t more then that. Not yet.

Based on the sentiment extremes seen in December and January, the down side potential is much greater, but it will take a break below the two purple wedge lines to do some actual chart damage. 

Yesterday’s Profit Radar Report stated that: “Today’s drop pulled the S&P 500 into a key support zone. RSI-2 is almost over-sold, so a bounce is possible. The weight of evidence, however, suggests more risk ahead, with or without bounce. A break below 3,725 – 3,650 is needed for bears to gain the upper hand.

Summary

Historically, a replay of the 2020 path in 2021 is very unlikely. But the extreme hopium building up in recent weeks makes a bigger correction likely, and the positive breadth readings throughout 2020 suggest a cameback after a correction.

In short, a full 2020 replay is unlikely, but a drop below purple wedge support could spark a nasty drop and subsequent snap back rally, which is the ‘mini-me’ version of what happened in 2020.

Continuous updates are available via the Profit Radar Report.

Simon Maierhofer is the founder of iSPYETF and the publisher of the Profit Radar Report. Barron’s rated iSPYETF as a “trader with a good track record” (click here for Barron’s evaluation of the Profit Radar Report). The Profit Radar Report presents complex market analysis (S&P 500, Dow Jones, gold, silver, euro and bonds) in an easy format. Technical analysis, sentiment indicators, seasonal patterns and common sense are all wrapped up into two or more easy-to-read weekly updates. 

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2021 S&P 500 Forecast, Bitcoin, Gold


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Here’s your ‘broken record’ moment of the day: The tug-of-war between extreme sentiment and breadth continues as stocks grind higher (2 steps forward, 1 step back).

If you’re not yet familiar with this epic, never before seen tug-of-war, it was explained here on December 1 with the following conclusion:

Normally the combination of historic investor optimism while stocks are pressing against long-term resistance is a recipe for disaster. But, as the above studies show, strong stock market internals are likely to over-power other risk factors.

Our approach has been, and continues to be: Higher prices are likely as long as support holds.

But, extreme euphoria brings risk of a nasty pullback, so I’m also trying to discern where that risk potential might turn into reality.

The dashed trend channel center line could be a ‘pressure point’ for the iShares Russell 2000 ETF (IWM).

The detailed 2021 S&P 500 Forecast includes an actual S&P 500 price projection for 2021 based on the following factors:

  • Breadth & liquidity
  • Technical analysis (support/resistance & Elliott Wave Theory)
  • Investor sentiment
  • Seasonality & cycles
  • Valuations
  • Risk/Reward Heat Map

The latest gold analysis is available here.

The January 6 Profit Radar Report included the Bitcoin chart below along with this warning:

Bitcoin has gone parabolic, and Bitcoin futures jumped another 16.7% on Sunday afternoon. If Sunday’s pop holds, price will open above the blue trend channel on Monday, which will then act as support (around 33,000). The rally has taken the shape of a bowl (green line) and I don’t recall a ‘bowl-shaped’ rally that didn’t end badly. Based on Elliott Wave Theory, any upcoming pullback could be ‘only’ a wave 4 and not as strong as in 2018, but nevertheless, any remaining gains come with the risk of a quick 20-40% pullback.”

Bitcoin Futures are down some 30% and price is threatening to fall below the blue channel. While there is more down side risk, there’s a good chance Bitcoin will recover to new highs once this correction is over.

Continued updates and the new 2021 S&P 500 Forecast are available via the Profit Radar Report

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Gold Forecast

After quite a rollercoaster ride, gold prices are exactly where they were six months ago. More interesting than the 6-month trip to nowhere is that gold has given up all the (blow off top?) July/August 2020 gains (red box). 

Does that mean gold is ready to rally once again?

I did not expect to see gold surge over 250 points into the August 6 2020 high, but wan’t surprised to see the subsequent losses. 

I published the NYSE Gold Miners Index chart below in the July 29, 2020 Profit Radar Report along with the red resistance line and times when 90% of gold miner index stocks were above their 50-and 200-day SMAs with more than 50% of them at a 52-week high (dashed red lines). 2 months later, the Gold Miners Index was down 75% of the time.

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The August 19, 2020 Profit Radar Report compared the latest gold rally with the 10 most closely correlated gold rallies. The chart below plotted the corresponding forward returns. As the performance tracker (bottom bar) shows, 2 month later gold was up only 10% of the time, 3 and 6 month later only 30% of the time.

Past performance is no guarantee of future performance, but the correlation study has proven to be very insightful and accurate. 

Long-term, gold could be forming the handle (blue box) of a bullish cup and handle formation (like 1980 – 2009) as illustrated in this chart (published in the August 16, 2020 Profit Radar Report).

Mid-term, gold fell below the April 14, 2020 high, which invalidates a bullish 5-wave Elliott Wave Theory pattern from the March 16, 2020 low. 

While another bounce is likely once this leg lower is complete, confidence in a new all-time high within the first half of 2021 is sub-par.

Continuous updates are available via the Profit Radar Report.

Simon Maierhofer is the founder of iSPYETF and the publisher of the Profit Radar Report. Barron’s rated iSPYETF as a “trader with a good track record” (click here for Barron’s evaluation of the Profit Radar Report). The Profit Radar Report presents complex market analysis (S&P 500, Dow Jones, gold, silver, euro and bonds) in an easy format. Technical analysis, sentiment indicators, seasonal patterns and common sense are all wrapped up into two or more easy-to-read weekly updates.

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