GLD, GDX & SLV: Does Nov. '09 Repeat July '10?
Source: John Townsend, TSI Trader (6/28/10)
"Current setup for GLD is nearly identical to that in Nov. 2009"
The best way to understand the big picture is to look at the big picture, so let's do that. What follows is a weekly chart of GLD. I set the timeframe back over a year and use the True Strength Index indicator below the weekly price data.
What you will notice is that the current setup for GLD is practically identical to that which existed in November 2009. Not only can we say that of the price movement, but also the movement of the green-colored True Strength Index (TSI) indicator below price.
I have taken the liberty of hand drawing the green TSI indicator line and its accompanying white 3-week moving average with what I believe may be the likely outcome in July. I have also drawn straight white trend lines under price and attempted to render its possible direction for next month, as well.
One of the things I will be looking for in the upcoming weeks is whether or not the green line fails to continuously make new highs. Any failure to do so will spell likely failure of the potential parabolic pattern.
The other thing I will look for is the relative distance between the green TSI line and its white moving average counterpart. If the green momentum indicator gets too far apart, a pull back in price will occur. For example, one can observe in the GLD chart above that this is precisely what happened during the latter weeks in May.
If the pullback is mild, lasts only a week, maybe two and does not violate the 3-week moving average, the parabolic move can remain intact. And by the way, this price scenario—the red candle pullbacks to the trend line—is when the bull throws off a few of his overly emotional riders. Keep your eye on the bigger picture of the trend line and the TSI and you will ride the bull until he tires.
Next, let's take a look at the miners as represented by the GDX ETF. On this weekly chart I also took the liberty of offering a hand drawn hypothetical outcome for the month of July.
I also offer some indicator measurement details to highlight how sell signals are given when negative divergences between price and the TSI occur.
The sell signal is simply this: when price makes a new high and the TSI concurrently makes a lower high, which is usually when the party is over.
I say usually because there is a scenario, seen in both the upcoming GDX and SLV charts, where a second rally occurs before heading into a painful correction.
The setup required for this to happen occurs when the TSI value is reading much, much higher than ZERO.
Theoretically, the only time the TSI indicator is guaranteed to be correct on price heading south is when the indicator is BELOW zero. With the indicator far above the zero level but falling, there is time on the shot clock for another rally attempt, as the indicator will not fall from a very high reading to the zero line for some time. Rally attempts in this situation are simply doomed to fail. You will notice this occurred in the following GDX chart in the second week of January 2010.
The key I will be eyeing for the next 4–6 weeks is whether the TSI continues to make higher highs. So long as it does, the rally still has legs. Today's reading of .17 surpassed the six-week-ago high TSI reading of .16, and that tells me GDX is still going higher.
Now to SLV. Silver, from my True Strength Index understanding, has got itself in a tricky situation. The problem is that the last high reading was .18 and today's reading is only .12. That means any higher high in price from here on out must be accompanied by a TSI reading in excess of .18, or it will be a negative divergence and create a sell signal.
To avoid this sell signal, either SLV is going to now trade sideways some, allowing the TSI to nudge higher while not scoring a new price high. . .then SLV is going to have to put its foot to the pedal and simply scream higher week after week until the weekly TSI reading exceeds the previous high's reading of .18.
This is the scenario I envision—some sideways movement, then a moon shot higher. But let me be the first to admit that my crystal ball is no better than anyone else's.
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