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MARKET NOTES: The interest rate cycle in the US continues to turn across maturities

MARKET NOTES:  The interest rate cycle in the US continues to turn across maturities.




The big move under way in the markets is the reversal in the interest rate cycle after a bull market of 30 years in bonds.  It has caught seasoned investors like PIMCO & Bill Gross on the wrong foot.  This week we look at the yield on 5 year Treasury Notes that is poised at a critical level of 1.080%.  A cyclical turn in the interest rate cycle is much like turning a giant super tanker.  It is a process that takes time.  There are reports of significant outflows from bond funds in the US.  Rather difficult to say where this flood of money will head but a bit of it is sure to head towards equities and perhaps gold.  Smart money will be looking at the falling commodity prices!  [Remember I said it first!].  While commodities will undoubtedly correct a bit more, smart money will look to buy the lows for a counter-trend rally in commodities of the sort we see in gold.



The US Dollar hasn’t finished its run up and the price correction may be over.  Expect a rally in DXY to finally precipitate the bottoms in commodities.  The time-cycles point to a final denouement in Mid-August.  EURUSD could surprise by rallying even as DXY rallies!  Will Yen take that much of a fall to sustain a simultaneous rally in DXY & the Euro?  It’s happened before though not for very long.



Equities have clearly finished their current corrections and are all set to resume their bids for new highs.  The structure of the rallies that unfold will determine if they make new highs or not.  There is scope for new highs.  But recall my warning last week.  The ensuing rally could be the last before we see an intermediate correction spanning months that could take 20 to 30% off equity indices.



So tread and trade with extreme caution and tight creeping stop loss limits.









080613 Gold



Gold continued its uptrend as expected, making a high of $1423.30 before closing the week at $1383.  While there will be sharp corrections, the uptrend should continue for a target of about $1500 in the next 6 to 8 weeks.  However, long term gold continues to be very bearish.





080613 Silver




Silver closed below the $22 support for the first time after 2010 and confirms my view that the bottom in Silver lies much below current levels.  Silver closed at $21.64.  We are approaching a collapse in Silver prices over the next 2 to 4 weeks.  I would be surprised if the $20 floor held up in the next fall.


HG Copper:


080613 HG Copper



Copper closed the week at 3.2685, just below its 50 DMA.  Copper could retest its floor at 3.00 over the next few weeks as all commodity markets correct in sync.



WTI Crude:


080613 WTI Crude



WTI Crude closed the week at $96.03 after making a low of $91.26 during the week.  Crude appears to have bounced off its 200 DMA at $91.50 which would normally be considered bullish.  But I think the reactive move up is deceptive and crude is more likely to fall than rise.  Expect the fall towards $90 level to resume early next week.  Bearish.



US Dollar Index:


080613 DXY



DXY bounced off its support from 81, which is also its 200 DMA, to close the week at 81.66.  Barring a few more sessions of sideways movement, the correction in DXY is complete and we could see a sharp move up towards 83 levels over the next week.  Remain bullish on DXY for a target of 87/88 by October end.





080613 EURUSD




EURUSD closed the week 1.3220 after making a high of 1.3304 during the week.  The movement confirms my view that EURUSD is in an intermediate [but reactive] uptrend to test 1.35 levels.  However the movement will be jagged & marked by sharp corrections.  Expect EURUSD to retest support at its 50/200 DMs in the 1.30 region before moving up again.






080613 USDJPY



USDJPY closed the week at 97.53 after making a low of 95.02 Yen during the week.  USDJPY has strong support at 94 followed by more robust support at 91, which is also its 200 DMA.  I don’t think the Dollar rally in the Yen market is over and we will see new highs.  Expect some base building at 91/94 levels before the rally resumes.






080613 USDINR



USDINR finally disclosed its true intentions after much deception.  It closed the week at 57.05.  Much more deception lies ahead and I don’t think the INR 57.30 top will be taken out in a hurry.  Indeed we must expect the Dollar to build a base over 56 [possibly 55] before making a serious attempt to take out INR 57.30.



Yield on 5 year USTs:


080613 5 Year USTs



US interest rate cycle continues to turn up across the maturity spectrum slowly but sure.  The yield on 5-year Treasury notes is poised at a critical resistance level of 1.085%.  I expect the level to be pierced to the upside after a few days of consolidation just below the level.  The move will further accentuate the flight of money from short end of the bond funds.  Where the money will go remains moot!





080613 DAX


DAX closed the week at 8254.68 after bouncing up its 50 DMA at 8040.  With the bounce from 8040, the correction in DAX from the top of 8530 is essentially over.  After a few days of sideways consolidation, expect DAX to reach for the previous top.  The nature & structure of the rally from here will tell us if DAX will make a new high.





080613 NEKKEI 225



Nikkei closed the week at 12,887.53 after making a low of 12548.20, which was my anticipated support for this correction.  With this the price correction in Nikkei is over barring a few days of sideways consolidation above 12600.  We can expect Nikkei to resume its bid for a new top 16000 after such consolidation.



Shanghai Composite:


080613 Shanghai


As expected, Shanghai turned down last week and closed the week at 2210 well below its 200 and 50 DMAs.  At the minimum, we can expect Shanghai to retest its first support 2140 over the next week.  Shanghai is in a critical region in terms of price & time.  A price collapse & a new low are both possible over the 3 to 4 weeks.  Bearish.





080613 Nasdaq 100



NASDAQ 100 closed the week at 2950.30 after bouncing off its 50 DMA at 2900.  With this, the correction in NASDAQ from the top of 2999 is complete.  Expect the NASDAQ resume its bid for a new high after a day or two of sideways consolidation.  Whether we make a new high or not will depend on the structure of the next rally.





080613 SPX



SPX bounced smartly from its support at 1598, which is also its 50 DMA to close the week at 1643.38.  With this the correction from top of 1687.18 is over and we can expect a determined bid for a new top from SPX.  I will stick my neck out & say that SPX will likely make a new high by mid-August.  A lot of things converge on that time frame.





080613 NSE NIFTY



NIFTY closed the week at 5881, just above its 50 DMA and close to the anticipated support for this correction at 5850.  NIFTY could test 5800 early next week but is likely to rally towards 6300 after that.  I would not be surprised to see 6300 pierced to the upside but not by very much.  Mid-August deadline doesn’t exactly apply to NIFTY but I would not bet on NIFTY resisting the world equity trends long after that date.




NB: These notes are just personal musings on the world market trends as a sort of reminder to me on what I thought of them at a particular point in time. They are not predictions and none should rely on them for any investment decisions.








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