February 17, 2022 (Investorideas.com Newswire) Thanks to Fed minutes, the S&P 500 closed modestly up, but could have taken the stronger credit markets cue. Instead, the upswing was sold into – the selling pressure is there, and neither value nor tech took the opportunity to rise, even against the backdrop of a weakening dollar. That’s quite telling – the stock market correction hasn’t run its course yet, and whatever progress the bulls make, is being countered convincingly.
Precious metals adored the combo of yields and dollar turning down – and reacted with the miners’ outperformance. The silver to copper ratio is basing, and the white metal looks to have better short-term prospects than the red one. Still in the headline sensitive environment we’re in, gold would be stronger than silver until inflation is recognized for what it is.
If there’s one thing that the aftermath of Fed minutes showed, it’s that the commodities superbull is alive and well, and that precious metals likewise are acting very positively in this tightening cycle. Suffice to say that gold has a track record of turning up once the rate hikes finally start…
Excellent, the portfolio is positioned accordingly.
Let’s move right into the charts (all courtesy of www.stockcharts.com).
S&P 500 and Nasdaq Outlook
S&P 500 rebound is getting suspect, and should stocks close on a weak note today, it’s clear that today’s wobbling Philly Fed Manufacturing Index won’t be balanced out by the succession of Fed speakers – the signs of real economy headwinds are here.
HYG upswing could have had broader repercussions, and it’s quite telling it didn’t. The risk-on turn would likely be sold into, with consequences.
Gold, Silver and Miners
Precious metals suffered a temporary setback only indeed – I’m looking for the gains to continue as the miners outperformance just can’t be overlooked.
Crude oil dipped some more, and the dip was again bought. Given the late session wavering, I’m looking for some more sideways and volatile trading ahead before the upswing reasserts itself.
Copper continues trading sideways, but with bullish undertones. More consolidation before another upswing attempt is probable.
Bitcoin and Ethereum
Cryptos are turning down, but still haven’t broken either way out of the current range. Both Bitcoin and Ethereum are sending a message of caution.
S&P 500 bulls’ opportunity seems increasingly slipping away given that the buyers couldn’t defend gains after Fed minutes release. The upturn in credit markets is likely to prove of fleeting shelf life, and would exert downward pressure upon stocks. As I wrote yesterday (and talked extensively within today’s article chart captions), the commodities bull is likely to carry on with little interference – and so would the precious metals bull as the yield curve keeps compressing, and the beginning of rate hikes would mark further headwinds for the real economy at a time of persistent inflation that could be perhaps brought down to 4-5% official rate late this year (which would leave the mainstream wondering why it just isn’t transitory somewhat more – what an irony). The Fed’s tools to be employed are simply insufficient to break the inflation’s back, that’s it.
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