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Gold and Stock Bulls Are Getting Ready

Now that stocks closed at new all time highs, the correction is officially over. And what little rest stock bulls could claim last week, arrived on Friday. Yet, the bull is strong enough to defend the 3,900 zone, and charge higher the same day.

Who could be surprised, given the modern monetary theory ruling the economic landscape? The Fed amply accomodative, one $1.9T stimulus bill just in, and a $2T infrastructure one in the making. That‘s after the prior Trump stimulus, and who would have forgotten how it all started in April 2020? The old congressional saying „a billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you‘re talking real money“, needs updating.

Stocks are readying another upswing as the volatility index is approaching 20 again, and the put/call ratio shows complacent readings. The sectoral examination supports higher highs as tech has reversed intraday losses, closing half of the opening bearish gap. Value stocks naturally powered to new highs, with industrials, energy and financial performing best. Real estate keeps showing remarkable momentum, and has been among the best performers off correction‘s lows.

These all have happened while long-term Treasury yields have broken to new highs. Are they stopping to be the boogeyman?

As I‘ll show you, inflation expectations are rising – and the bond market is reflecting that. The market‘s discounting mechanism is at work, mirroring the future virtually ascertained CPI rise, if you look carefully into the PPI entrails. This inflation won‘t be as temporary as the Fed proclaims it would – but it still hasn‘t arrived in full force. We‘re merely at the stage of financial assets rising, because that‘s where the newly minted money is chiefly going.

As regards gold, let‘s recall my Thursday‘s words:

(…) At the moment, evaluating the strength and internals of precious metals rebound, is the way to go as we might very well have seen the gold bottom, with the timid $1,670 zone test being all the bears could muster. Time and my dutiful reporting will tell.

Let‘s move right into the charts (all courtesy of www.stockcharts.com).

S&P 500 Outlook

S&P 500

The S&P 500 upswing took a little breath, and at the same time continued unchallenged. The path of least resistance simply remains higher.

Credit Markets

high yield corporate bonds

High yield corporate bonds (HYG ETF) have declined, but don‘t give the impression of readying a breakdown. I understand it as a daily weakness, because the whole bond market was under pressure on Friday, with investment grade corporate bonds (LQD ETF) taking it on the chin as well.

Russell 2000 and Emerging Markets

stocks vs HYG:SHY

Russell 2000 keeps doing better than the 500-strong index, which is natural and expected given the prevailing investment themes doing well, value stocks rising, and euphoric speculation running rampant. Emerging market weakness needs to be viewed through the strains stronger dollar and rising rates cause abroad. That‘s why I am not viewing EEM underperformance as a warning sign for U.S. equity markets.

Inflation Expectations and Yields

inflation expectations

Quite a relentless rise in my favorite metric of forward looking inflation, isn‘t it? Treasury inflation protected securities to long-dated Treasuries (TIP:TLT) have been relentlessly rising off the corona crash lows, and their accent in 2021 has accelerated just as steeply as the nominal rates reflect (see below).

inflation expectations and long-dated Treasuries

Gold Upswing Anatomy

gold and long-term Treasuries

Gold refused the premarket losses, and has rebounded to close almost unchanged on the day. Is that sign of strength or weakness?

gold and miners to gold ratio

The miners to gold ratio provides a clear answer, and it‘s a bullish one to open the week. Finally, the gold market is showing signs of life on a prolonged basis, which I started talking on Tuesday. Regardless of Friday‘s weakness in the yellow metal, it‘s so far so good as the miners keep leading the charge.

silver and silver miners

Silver weakness in the course of the upswing isn‘t a too worrying sign – silver miners outperforming as well, is a more important signal. Smacks of broadening leadership in the unfolding precious metals upswing.


The consolidation of S&P 500 gains was and remains bound to be a short-term affair as the bulls take on new highs and surge well past them in the days and weeks ahead. The top is very far off as this still nascent recovery gets so much stimulus fuel that overheating becomes a very real possibility this year already.

Gold has turned an important corner on Friday, and so have the miners – be they gold or silver ones. The precious metals upswing is unfolding, and decreased sensitivity to rising yields is a pleasant sight for the bulls. Well, that‘s exactly what I had been writing about transitioning to a higher inflation environment exactly one week ago.

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2 thoughts on “Gold and Stock Bulls Are Getting Ready”

  1. Monica, you make stock/metal analysis exciting, almost like a reading a thriller novel. 🙂

    Am I right to say it has been awhile since you adjusted your position sizing in S&P 500?

    Will you be doing something similar when the time comes for commodities too? I am itching to add to my silver and oil positions.

    1. Hello dear Sandra!

      It is a real life thriller where the accuracy of our judgement is being put to test, as we pursue our dreams. Yes, you're right about S&P 500 trades here, and of course I'm doing the same when it comes to silver in principle as well, which I am keeping a record of within Latest Highlights. But you're right that within Latest Highlights, I am not issuing any position sizing parameters, making these equivalent to the Standard Money Management.

      While this has been freely published on the net, and is thus no longer a trade secret that a certain product features also silver and miners calls, I could differentiate mine by providing signals for silver and various mining indices as well, all without going into individual mining companies – while still keeping the name Gold Trading Signals. For the time being, I would be sticking with the current format, and making it clear in the inside text when I would turn superbullish, and again featuring that in Latest Highlights.

      Thank you for the request to turn the publication into and explicitly full fledged precious metals one. In a way, I am doing that already informally – I haven't turned superbullish in the short-term sense of the word on silver through Feb, and first time I banged the bullish drum on the miners (GDX) was the prior Tuesday. I'll keep reflecting these in Latest Highlights for the time being, and later on formalize these within Gold Trading Signals.

      Again for the time being, you won't miss a thing from the precious metals and commodities arena. 🙂 It's broadly known that I am very bullish on copper, platinum and oil. Thank you for the request to launch Oil Trading Signals within the unified array of my publications – I'll happily do that when things settle down some more, and in the meantime will keep an eye on and coverage of black gold the informal way.

      Take care!

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