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  • Dow, Gold & Oil are Breaking Out or Bouncing

    Sunday June 20, 2010
    Over the years we have seen the stock market make some pretty exciting moves for share holders. This year alone there have been some interesting events unfold causing wild market swings which most of us did not think could happen. Things like countries going bankrupt and the May flash crash. Also the BP Oil well leak which looks as though its about to kill not only businesses around the world but a large population of animals and fish which our planet will never be able to get back… It’s been a crazy year!

    It sure would be nice if the financial situations between all he countries could be resolved, and if we could have some proper regulations on banks and the financial system to minimize fraud and manipulation. From the looks of everything we have a few years still before things get sorted out, fixed and some what stabilized.

    Below are some charts showing where the Dow, Gold and Oil are currently trading and my thoughts on them.

    DIA – Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF – Daily Chart

    The past 12 years we have seen the DJIA go through some large bull and bear markets providing those with trading experience to generate large profits in both the bull and bear markets.

    Recently we have seen the DJIA pullback and test the key pivot point and has started to bounce. Although this price action is positive I have my doubts about another bull market rally because of how the chart looks. I focus most of my analysis on chart patterns, volume and market internals. These allow me to monitor the overall heath of the market on a daily, week and monthly basis. Using these techniques I am able to pull money from the market consistently.

    This year we saw some extremely heavy selling in May which could have been strong enough to shift the trend from an up trend to a down trend. I call these large volume candles Get Ready Spikes. If they are green then we are looking for higher prices but when they are red it means distribution is starting and lower prices could start to form in the coming months.

    The DIA chart below looks to be forming a very large head and shoulders pattern which is currently trading near the top of the right shoulder. This pattern is very bearish and points to much lower prices in the next couple years if the major support level (neckline) is broken.

    GLD – Gold Exchange Traded Fund – Daily Chart

    The chart of gold shows the same cup and handle pattern which I have been talking about for a while now. Last week the price of gold made a new high breaking out of this pattern. We could see the price of gold start to work its way up to the $1400-1500 level over the next 3-6 months which calculates to $140-150 on the GLD etf.

    USO – Crude Oil Fund – Daily Chart

    USO oil fund has been trend down for a couple months and recently put in a nice bounce from the May low. I feel as though oil is forming a bear flag and could head lower in the coming weeks. Until it breaks the key resistance level traders must be cautious if they have any long trades right now.

    Weekend Dow, Gold and Oil Trading Conclusion:

    In short, I’m bullish on stocks for the short term and think we could retest the April high in the next month or two. But after that the market could roll over and from there we could see much lower prices. Or we could see the indexes breakout and start another leg higher… During volatile times like we are in now… we must trade with caution until the overall health of the market clearly indicates the direction of stocks. Until then focusing on low risk setups and taking profits quickly is the safest trading strategy.

    Gold looks to be setup for a strong move higher. I am hoping for another dip to shake out some investors before it continues its march upwards. Oil on the other hand is trading near a key resistance level. Only time will tell if it can break through and start a rally. If not then we will see the market struggle.

    If you would like to receive my ETF Trading Signals take a look at my website: www.TheGoldAndOilGuy.com

    Chris Vermeulen



    Disclosure: I currently do not own these ETFs
    Jun 22 7:40 AM | Link | Comment!
  • A Colorful View on SPX, Gold & Oil

    June 16, 2010 It’s been a bright week so far for stocks and commodities. It appears that the down trend could have ended as of yesterday (Tuesday June 15th). In this mid-week report I figured I would bring back the 80’s colors to see if I can spice things up!

    Below are some charts I did showing my current views on the market. You may want to put on your hyper color shirt, sunglasses and zinc when viewing them in order to get into the zone… lol

    SPX – S&P500 Index Exchange Traded Fund – Daily Chart

    I’ll keep this short and sweet here are the main points.

    Moving Averages crossed over this week and when we see this a trend reversal generally occurs. That being said it is best to wait for the moving averages to cluster which means we need a pullback or sideways movement for a few days. I feel this is very likely to happen.

    NYSE Buying Spikes have returned! We saw these during the previous bottom back in February. As the market continues to trend higher and mature these volume spikes tend to increase also.

    Long Term Cycle has bottomed and should start to rise this week. As we can see from the February bottom the cycle was also bottoming which is very bullish for the index.

    We Are Here shows where I think we are currently trading. The market is over bought right now and I feel a quick pullback or sideways move is needed before we see a continued move up.

    Here is my Pre-Market Trading Video & Squawk Box Recording for today if you want to see my charts as of this morning: http://www.futurestradingsignals.com/trading-education/june-16th-market-reports/

    Gold Futures – Daily Chart

    Gold is trading in a tight wedge at the moment. The long term picture is pointing to higher prices but I feel there is a good change of one last drop which should shake out a bunch of traders before rocketing upwards. August and September are good months for gold to move up and if you have been following the market as long as I have then you know patterns and prices can drag out much longer than we anticipate. So as much as the chart of gold looks like an imminent breakout is about to occur, it could still be a few months way. And to be honest that’s how the market works…. If it doesn’t shake you out, it will wear you out!

    Crude Oil Futures – Daily Chart

    Oil is trading a key pivot point and also looks to have formed a possible bear flag. At the moment I am neutral on oil, it’s a 50/50 guess as to which way it will go, so I am just watching for now… But I have pointed out some key resistance and support levels for those with oil positions… This small chart makes it look like I put a ling at ever $2 but if you look closer some are above and below those even numbers.

    Mid-Week Stock and Commodity Wrap Up:

    In short, I think the market is on the verge of another rally which is very exciting since we cashed out in late April before the market had the big sell off. It will be nice to put some long term plays to work so we are not so dependent on the short intraday plays which last 1-2 days because of the extreme volatility in the market.

    I figure we will see stocks and gold move up together but I’m not really sure about oil at this point… If oil does not move up then the market will have limited up side and instead of a new bull market rally to new 2010 highs we could just see move up to test near the April high. Then it could roll over and start heading back down triggering much larger sell off as we enter another bear market. All that being said… it looks to be a couple months away still and a lot can happen in that time. As a market technician I take each chart one day at a time.

    If you would like to learn my intraday and swing trades along with my trading signals checkout my website: www.FuturesTradingSignals.com C

    hris Vermeulen



    Disclosure: I currently do not own these commodities or indexes
    Jun 16 11:09 PM | Link | Comment!
  • Gold, Oil & SPX Trading at Key Pivot Points

    Last week we saw the financial market including commodities move higher which was great to see. But the recent run up has brought both equities and commodities to their key resistance levels. With Gold, Oil and the SP500 trading near key resistance points we will most likely have some sharp movements this week so buckle up tight!

    Gold – Daily Chart

    Gold Future Prices continue to form the large cup and handle pattern and is trading near resistance. This week I figure we will see gold make a move up or break the dotted support trend line and drop towards the blue support level. I continue to wait for a low risk setup for gold.

    Crude Oil – Daily Chart

    Crude oil has been trending down for a couple months and recently rebounded to test its resistance level. It looks as though oil is forming a bear flag which generally means we should see lower prices in the near future. But another $1-2 move up could trigger a surge of buyers if this resistance level is broken which is why this week should be volatile… it’s a 50/50 chance for commodities to either rally or sell off.

    SP500 – Daily Chart

    The SP500 has posted some decent gains the past couple days but it’s still no in the clear just yet… Most technicians are looking for a move above 1100-1110 area with heavy volume before they start to commit serious money to the long side.

    It looks and feels as though the market could drop or rally very sharply from here and if you are caught on the wrong side of the move then it’s going to really hurt the trading account. During times like this when the market is at a critical pivot point with increased volatility levels along with mixed market internals I tend to stay on the side lines until some dust settles.

    Weekend Gold, Oil and SPX Trading Conclusion:

    In short, everything is trading near key pivot points giving mixed signals for prices to rally or drop. My analysis is pointing to a small move up Monday morning to break Fridays high followed by some selling late Monday or Tuesday. How much of a move down I don’t know for sure but there is potential for a 3-4% move. On the flip side if buyers step in pushing the price above 1100 then we could see a surge higher of 3-4%…

    Very dicey times right now to be trying to pick a direction, which is why it’s best to wait for the risk level to diminish before getting involved or at least trade a small position with a protective stop if you feel confident in a direct.

    If you would like to receive my Low Risk ETF Trading Signals be sure to checkout my service at: www.TheGoldAndOilGuy.com

    Chris Vermeulen



    Disclosure: I currently do not own these commodities or indexes.
    Tags: GLD, SLV, USO, SPY, SSO, SDS, metals, energy, index, etfs
    Jun 13 2:45 PM | Link | Comment!
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