With BRICS happening ahead of Jackson Hole, we thought it would be good to look at the technical charts on both the dollar and the long bonds.
The chart below shows that BRICS vs. G7 as a share of purchasing power has increased since 1995. With the number of countries looking to price goods in some other currency besides the US dollar, the dollar is holding up rather well.
And with “higher for longer” most likely the narrative out of Jackson Hole, the long bonds caught a bid. The lesson this entire year has been to follow price and the technical guidance the charts provide. With that in mind, we look at 3 indicators on both charts.
- Price patterns
- Momentum patterns
- July 6-month calendar range patterns
The long bonds TLT could have made a genuine reversal off the lows, as our Real Motion indicator had a bona fide mean reversion signal. The price also indicates a glass bottom pattern with a reversal off a new low, followed by a strong up day on below-average volume.
TLT is so well below the July 6-month calendar range low that one has to wonder not only can it get back to 98.85, but what the implications are if it does so. The dollar, as far as price, has a lot of resistance between 103.50-103.70. In fact, that resistance lines up perfectly with the July 6-month calendar range high. Above that level, one would have to believe that the dollar will get even stronger. Nonetheless, as we have seen with the calendar ranges in the indices, since none cleared the July 6-month CRH, the selloff was palpable.
Momentum shows resistance at the Bollinger Band that is also working off of a mean reversion sell signal from a few days ago. However, the price is flat.
If you put both charts together, we see the potential for the dollar to drop from here while yields could soften and TLTs could rise. If this occurs, it is not good for equities or risk. But, perhaps, quite good for gold and silver.
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- S&P 500 (SPY): 437 is the July 6-month calendar range low–will look for a return above or a trip to 420.
- Russell 2000 (IWM): 181.94 the low of last week is key; 180.72 the 6-month calendar range low.
- Dow (DIA): 337 key support.
- Nasdaq (QQQ): 363 the July 6 month CRL, BUT held a key weekly MA at 357 with NVDA earnings on tap.
- Regional Banks (KRE): Failed 44.00 on bank downgrades–no bueno.
- Semiconductors (SMH): 145 a weekly MA support level, with 150 pivotal.
- Transportation (IYT): Getting heavy with next big support at 239 if this is to hold.
- Biotechnology (IBB): Compression between 124-130.
- Retail (XRT): 62.80 the July 6-month calendar range low, failed today–consumer is key, and this is also no bueno.
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