“Go to where the puck will be”

I’ve been cautioning about lower commodity prices with mean reversion being the major undertone.

My writings have broadly warned about not chasing prices that have ‘gone parabolic’ amongst the many basis’ and theorems.

In todays trade, commodities are getting smashed again.

Copper is down 5%, Natural Gas is 8% weaker, Platinum and Nickel are lower, Silver is off 2%, Corn and Soybeans have declined 3%, Oats have slumped 12% while Wheat and Cotton have eased 4%, with the latter down 20% for the week.

Many of these prices are the same or below the February 23, 2022 Ukrainian invasion.

Remember all that palaver about Ukraine being the ‘bread basket of Europe’. Well that may be the case, but it matters if you chase things higher and pay the wrong prices.

Now, I’m not saying ‘short’ a host of commodities as it’s too late (while some of the energy complex has yet to start) or at least the margin of safety has diminished.

You want to position for the lows and what opportunities appear in the 2nd and 3rd derivitive.

I’ve attached charts of Cotton and Urea.

June 23, 2022
by Rob Zdravevski
rob@karriasset.com.au

The U.S. Dollar is still ‘it’.

Do you remember all those stories and prescribed theory surrounding all that American money printing and how it will devalue the Dollar.

The vernacular moved “if they keep manufacturing money and its going to be worthless” and when coupled with all of that government debt, the doom seemed excessive.

Keep in mind that the U.S. will never pay off its debt. Its debt is different to our personal debt.

So with that in mind,

In July 2020, I wrote this…


Here is an extract within that article,

“my strategy has been to Sell AUD / Buy USD at 0.68, 0.71 and then 0.75 (if it touches that level) will bode well for investors……………Structurally, I am a US Dollar Bull…….the United States just saved the world with its cross currency swaps and people think this will be its undoing……….The Dollar will remain the centrepiece of our financial architecture within our lifetime.”

Since July 2020, the U.S. Dollar has maintained its strength.

Here is a chart showing that against a basket of currencies.

And here is a chart of the Australian Dollar versus the USD.

The ellipse shows the small amount of time the AUD spent above 75 cents, while there seems to be an omnipresent lid on its value.

Today, my bias is for a lower AUD against the USD.

If it trades below 0.6828, then look for a test of the 0.6580 region.

Failing to hold that support area, then probability of 0.6200 commences to increase.

This general view (and the latest decline in the AUD) is commensurate with my view of lower commodity prices, in the interim.

For now, let’s say 2-8 months.

If this pans out, then the positioning will be summarised as Australia would be ‘on sale’, on a global currency basis. It will be beneficial for businesses which sell products (receive revenue) denominated in USD.

June 21, 2022

by Rob Zdravevski

rob@karriasset.com.au

It’s long-term buying season

Adding to this June 14, 2022 post,

the chart below also shows circles when the S&P 500 last traded low enough to render it Oversold when measured in a Relative Strength Index.

We are a moment of its 9th distinctive occurrence since 1987.

I say ‘distinctive’ because the S&P 500 is about to experience a ‘double dip’ weekly oversold moment within a 6 week period.

As I intimated in a recent post,

https://robzdravevski.com/2022/06/19/cumulative-volume-may-be-enough/

we may not need to see a week or two of massive capitulation volume, where instead that volume of aggressive sellers has been spread over some weeks.

And on the mean reversion topic, the S&P 500 is only 170 points away from ‘kissing’ its 200 week moving average.

While I remind myself that ‘timing is everything’, what is evident is we (unless you think there are structural systemic problems) are in a season of being a buyer and not a seller.

Another way to navigate the current pessimism and ‘noise’ is to look past the next few months and understand what you are invested in, the case for its valuation and why you own it.

If cryptocurrencies implode, it only matters if you own cryptocurrencies.

Filter the noise and those you generate it.

June 21, 2022

by Rob Zdravevski

rob@karriasset.com.au

Cumulative volume may be enough

I exchanged some comments in a recent Linkedin post about the current market.

It was based around ‘markets’ not seeing a surge in selling volume to imply that we are closer to a ‘wash-out’ and trough in capital markets.

And while we haven’t seen a ‘crescendo’ of concentrated volume, it prompted me to ponder that there isn’t a rule or requisite that suggests it must do so.

There are some stocks (and indices such as the ASX 200) seeing a ‘double dip’ visit into Oversold territory over a 6 -7 week timeframe.

So I think that perhaps we have seen enough cumulative volume over that time (from the initial Oversold to the current Oversold) to add to up to a ‘washout’.

When you combine above average volume over a longer period of time, where sellers are the more aggressive in ‘hitting the bid’, coupled with buyers simply ‘pulling their bids’ lower, you’ll see the result of prices easing, easily.

And in the absence of ‘strength’ in the trend, a floor seems nigh.

For example, ANZ Bank fell into oversold territory on a ‘daily’ basis on May 10th, 2022 and again, now, on June 17, 2022.

Since the decline commenced on May 5th (for over 31 days) ANZ Bank has seen 208 million shares traded.

ANZ Bank’s average monthly volume (over the past 12 months) has been ~ 113 million shares.

We have nearly seen twice the amount of volume turned over in the past month.

The 208 million traded over the past 31 days equates to 7.5% of ANZ Bank’s shares outstanding.

Albeit, I haven’t got an almanac to be guided by but my experience tells me that this is a large amount of turnover devoid of material bad news or downgrades.

Its a sign that the holders of the stock are in the process of reverting from weak hands to stronger hands.

June 19, 2022

by Rob Zdravevski

rob@karriasset.com.au

A decline without ‘strength’ may be short lived

The downward trend in many stocks which I either watch or own has been weak.

My medium-term indicators show that the decline has not occurred with ‘strength’.

Thus, it suggests the lower prices seen over the past 4-5 weeks is a ‘spike’, rather than a sustained trend.

So, I’m watching if the ‘strength’ increases.

For now, it hasn’t.

Without ‘strength’, the downward trend may fade.

by Rob Zdravevski

June 19, 2022

rob@karriasset.com.au

Macro Extremes (week ending June 17, 2022)

The following assets (on a weekly timeframe) registered an Overbought or Oversold reading and/or have traded more than 2.5 standard deviations above or below its rolling mean.

Extremes “above” the Mean (at least 2.5 standard deviations)

Chinese 10 year Government Bond Yields

EUR/GBP

Dow Jones Industrial Average

Copenhagen’s OMX 25 Index

Philadelphia Semiconductor (SOX) Index

Singapore’s Strait Times Index

Nasdaq Transports Index

Overbought (RSI > 70)

Australian 2, 3, 5 & 10 year government bond yields

TBT & TBX

U.S. Dollar (DXY) Index

USD/JPY

The Overbought Quinella – Both Overbought and Traded at > 2.5 standard deviations above the weekly mean)

U.S. 2, 5 & 10 year government bond yields

British, Canadian, Swiss, Spanish, French, Greek, Italian & Japanese 10 year government bond year yields

German 2, 5 & 10 year government bond yields

Extremes “below” the Mean (at least 2.5 standard deviations)

Copper/Gold Ratio



Oversold (RSI < 30)

CAD/USD

JPY/USD

KRW/USD

GBP/USD

IDR/USD

TLT & IEF

The Oversold Quinella – Both Overbought and Traded at > 2.5 standard deviations above the weekly mean)

US 10 year minus Australia 10 year government bond yields

Bitcoin and GBTC

Amsterdam’s AEX

S&P Midcap 400

Russell 2000

SMI

S&P 500

ASX 200

Toronto’s TSX

KOSPI

And the S&P 500 Small Cap 600

Notes & Ideas:

This week’s biggest news was seeing government bond yields register my Overbought Quinella of registering a weekly RSI above 70 and trading to 2.5 standard deviations above its weekly mean.

The Japanese 10 year yield surged into what seems like a crescendo of 0.45%. It settled the week at 0.40%.

In fact, we saw many surges intra-week in bond yields. The U.S. 10 year touched a high of 3.50% to then close the week at 3.23%.

A more notable observation in this bond yield surge is that the listed bond ETF’s which represent the long and short of the bond market (they carry the codes of IEF, TLT, TBT and TBX respectively) traded to Monthly Quinella’s of extremes. 

Another group in that category, but on the Oversold side of the ‘extremes’ are a host of equity indices.

BUT, can you believe in a week of carnage amongst equites, the Nasdaq 100 rose 1.2% for the week. Incidentally, the Nasdaq Composite fell 4.7%.

Is there some support and strength in the ‘leaders’?

We also saw outside bearish reversal weeks from assets and securities such as the Bloomberg Commodities Index and WTI Crude Oil. These are some of the names which were Overbought over the past couple weeks.

In price action news, I expect Lean Hogs to trade up to $120 and the S&P Midcap 400 closed on its weekly lows, unlike the U.S. 10 year bond yield.

(i.e. Monday may offer a good opportunity to get set)

The U.S. biotech index closed up 0.06%. Perhaps some rotational resilience for a bludgeoned sector.

And finally, Energy isn’t overbought anymore as Oil and Natural Gas tanked following weeks being Overbought.

Natural Gas has fallen 27% since my “Sell” call 11 days ago at $9.50, where I called it the ‘mother of all peaks’.

It’s now $6.95

While, the other Gas (LNG) spiked 46% for the week.

Readers may find referencing my previous 2-4 editions “Macro Extremes” useful, as comments within are still relevant.

The larger advancers over the past week comprised of; 

Australian Coal 2.5%, Rotterdam Coal 5.5%, Baltic Dry Index 11.1%, Gasoil 1%, Hogs 3%, JKM 46.6%, Lumber 2.5%, Dutch TTF 42.8%, oats 2%, Rice 2.2%, Shanghai Composite 1%, CSI 300 1.7%, Nasdaq 100 1.2%.

The group of decliners included;

Aluminium (6.7%), Bloomberg Commodity Index (6.4%), WTI Crude (10.5), Gold (1.9%), Copper (6.5%), HRC (2.9%), Tin (12.8%), Natural Gas (21.5%), Nickel (6.2%), Palladium (5.7%), Platinum (4.2%), Gasoline (9.1%), Silver (1.6%), CRB Index (5.1%), Brent Crude Oil (7.1%), Uranium (7.4%), Soybeans (7.1%), Wheat (2.2%), Urea (2.8%), Bitcoin (27.5%), Ethereum (30%), AEX (6.8%), KBW Banking Index (4.6%), CAC (4.9%), DAX (4.6%), Dow Jones Industrial Average (5%), DJ Transports (3.7%), MIB (3.4%), HSCEI (3.2%), Hang Seng (3.4%), IBEX (2.9%), Bovespa (5.4%), S&P Midcap 400 (7.8%), Nasdaq Composite (4.6%),  Nikkei (6.7%), Sensex (5.4%), Oslo (3%), Copenhagen (5.8%), Helsinki (3.6%), Stockholm (5.4%), SMI (5.7%), SOX (9%), S&P 500 (6.1%), STI (2.6%), S&P Midcap 600 (7.8%), TAIEX (5%), Nasdaq Transports (6.2%), FTSE 100 (4.1%), TSX (6.6%), Russell 2000 (7.5%), S&P Smallcap 600 (7.9%) and Australia’s ASX 200 fell 6.6% (adding to last week’s 4.2% decline.

As you can see, there wasn’t may many places to hide.

June 18, 2022

by Rob Zdravevski

rob@karriasset.com.au  

South Korea’s KOSPI is giving buy signals

Carrying today’s writing theme of the Trifecta of where prices are seeing a Weekly Oversold reading, touching its 200 week moving average and trading at 2.5 standard deviations below its rolling weekly mean……..

the chart below shows circles where South Korea’s Kospi has done so and bodes well as moments to accumulate, should your investment time horizon be longer than 8 minutes.

Although, this is hardly surprising given that its largest company by market capitalisation is also sending the same signals following its 26% decline over the past 52 weeks.

The ‘window’ to sell can see seen at the opposite end of the pendulum.

This week, we are in an accumulating ‘window’.

And, the South Korean Won is at a 13 year low, making their products much more competitive.

I can’t imagine the United States imposing any onerous import tariffs to combat this, either.

Especially following President Biden’s trade and security visit to South Korea only last month, in May 2022

June 16, 2022

by Rob Zdravevski

rob@karriasset.com.au

The ASX 200 is nearly there too

The trifecta of a Weekly Oversold reading, touching its 200 week moving average and trading at 2.5 standard deviations below its rolling weekly mean…….is near.

A 1% decline in the ASX 200 down to the 6,655 level would see these indicators align.

This is not an exercise of calling an exact low….Jeez !

It’s an illustration to suggest that the probability of a trough is close by.

Whilst this comment is about the whole index, as a stockpicker I think the ‘internals’ of the ASX 200 will see a rotation of monies from commodity related stocks into the unloved stocks within the retail, banking and building materials sectors.

June 16, 2022

by Rob Zdravevski

rob@karriasset.com.au

Identifying moments to Buy, not Sell

Other markets are now venturing towards their lower ‘extreme’.

Switzerland’s SMI equities index is doing that now.

Today’s trading at 10,448 renders it (on a weekly basis) Oversold, touching its 200 week moving average and trading at 2.5 standard deviations below its rolling weekly mean.

Making it more attractive is that the Swissie is trading at the lower end of of its multi-year range.

I’m posturing towards being a buyer, rather than a seller.

Last August and December of 2021 was when you the contemplation of selling should’ve taken place.

June 16, 2022

by Rob Zdravevski

rob@karriasset.com.au

Gold to Oil ratio is telling a different story

The Gold to Oil ratio is at its lowest since November 2014.

That aside, whenever this ratio falls (especially below its long term average) the S&P 500 rises.

It tells us the health of the economy is OK.

Whenever it rises, the S&P 500 is stifled and often declines.

Today, there is anomaly.

The debate I’ll work through in figuring out this distortion is…..we have higher oil prices which may not be due to more demand, but rather less supply and gold isn’t acting in a historical manner when inflation appears.

And then, on the healthy part of the economy side of the ledger, we continue to see solid and rising S&P 500 consensus earnings estimates.

June 14, 2022

by Rob Zdravevski

rob@karriasset.com.au

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