Dollar Doldrums Will Soon Be History - Barron's

 |  Includes: APA, BG, FCX, HAL, MOS, SCCO
by: SA Eli Hoffmann

Barron's says the U.S. dollar could gain 15% vs. the euro over the next year.

How so?

While the Fed is more-or-less at the end of its rate-cutting cycle, European central banks are still on the precipice of their credit crisis. As the spread in interest rates begins to narrow -- and as fickle investor sentiment makes an abrupt about face -- the dollar should rise, it says. Commodity stocks and overseas earners like Mosaic (NYSE:MOS) and Halliburton (NYSE:HAL) will likely fall as commodities prices fall and foreign earnings become less lucrative. Other stocks with much to lose from a rebounding dollar include Apache (NYSE:APA), Freeport-McMoran (NYSE:FCX), Southern Copper (PCU) and Bunge (NYSE:BG).

"Negatives about the dollar are more fully discounted compared to the potential positives," Brown Brothers Harriman's Marc Chandler says. 50% of global money managers said in an April survey the dollar is undervalued, while an amazing 71% think the euro has overshot.

Things could still get worse in the short-term, but Barclay's David Woo says one of three things could rekindle the dollar: a commodities crash; a major drop in U.S. stock markets that leads to a global economic slowdown; or a continued rise in long-term interest rates even as the Fed keeps short-term rates low.

Despite concerns about the dollar losing its coveted "global currency" status, the IMF noted that dollar reserves were steady at 64% even after its recent plunge, suggesting central banks are in no rush to dump the dollar.


Barron's has been unwavering in its case for lower commodity prices.

Here's a sampling of some pretty diverse opinions about the dollar and where it's headed:

  • Kathy Lien thinks the amount of reserves held in euros will rival dollar reserves within the next 10 years.
  • Michael Shedlock agrees with Barron's: He anticipates a dollar bounce, but notes traders will have to be flexible.
  • Blogger Seven Days Ahead thinks there's no stopping the euro.
  • Robert Tabloid thinks we've got it all wrong: All fiat currencies will continue to go down in terms of buying power.
  • Bespoke refrains from making any forecast, but takes a hard look what investors can expect in commodities and oil if the dollar were to actually start going up.

Note Seeking Alpha's super-useful Currency ETFs and ETNs and Commodity ETFs and ETNs selectors.