I have uploaded a February 3rd market update. Click here to go to the show archives page to listen or you can listen on the link below.
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-Housing analysis; Are we beginning to see a shift toward some sort of longer-term equilibrium? Time will tell as we are still in a deficit, but things may eventually change. New Homes sales are slowly rising and the average and median prices have fallen. Residential construction rose, after a drop in September and October.
-December’s data has been delayed, because of the government “shutdown, but home builders may be adjusting. Build more units and use cheaper-grade materials. They need to adjust to higher mortgage rates.
-I am concerned that traders may begin to speculate on how genuine the Fed is with its dovish stance. The latest Fed balance sheet data indicate a further asset unwind.
-I am turning neutral on gold this week; We have been bullish on gold since mid-August at 1190-1200. The COT report from way back in late December indicates a large shift in sentiment. The Commercials added tons of shorts at a much lower price and while the numbers back then were still reasonable, I am sure the trend intensified over the next five weeks. We are up $130 since our bull call.
-I am neutral on oil and the 10-year UST. Though the COT report is more bullish for oil, I have to think that after a test of the 100 day mva (59.25 currently, but dropping fast) we will rest. Moreover, we need to see the XOP pop above 31 resistance to 33-34, before I am convinced higher prices will prevail.
-The gold and 10-year COT reports show how well a trader can do when he or she trades against the large specs when they are overly stretched.
-Still bearish on BTC; One descending triangle after another. Is the latest floor in the low 3,000’s about to break? There have been several descending triangles over the past year; all within one huge year-long descending triangle. There is a lot of blood in the crypto realm and many of the gurus are now broke and need to liquidate. Lethal overconfidence on display as things wipe out.