Here are the weekly charts for the gold, commodities and the dollar ETFs.
The gold trust ETF tracks the spot price of gold and is said to be backed by gold bars in vaults in London.
SPDR Gold Trust ETF (NYSEARCA:GLD)
The gold ETF ($142.78 on Aug. 16) is up 17.8% year to date and in bull market territory 28.6% above its Aug. 15 low of $111.06. The weekly chart remains positive but overbought with the ETF above its five-week modified moving average at $135.52 and above its 200-week simple moving average or “reversion to the mean” at $120.03. The 12x3x3 weekly slow stochastic reading rose to 89.56 last week, up from 86.84 on Aug. 9. A warning will likely occur this week if this reading rises above 90.00 as such would be an “inflating parabolic bubble.”
Investor Strategy: Buy weakness to its quarterly and semiannual value levels at $129.11 and $128.85, respectively. The monthly pivot for August is $136.94.
The commodity ETF is heavily weighted to energy by about 60%.
iShares S&P GSCI Commodity-Indexed Trust ETF (NYSEARCA:GSG)
The commodities ETF ($14.72 on Aug. 16) is up 5% year to date and up 9% since its Dec. 26 low of $13.50. This ETF is also in bear market territory, 21.7% below its Oct. 3 high of $18.81. The weekly chart is negative with the ETF below its five-week modified moving average at $15.25 and below its 200-week simple moving average or “reversion to the mean” at $15.44. The 12x3x3 weekly slow stochastic reading slipped to 35.59 last week, down from 41.49 on Aug. 9.
Investor Strategy: Reduce holdings on strength to its monthly and quarterly risky levels at $15.80 and $18.23, respectively.
The weekly chart for Nymex crude oil ($54.87 on Aug. 16) has a negative weekly chart with oil below its five-week modified moving average at $56.16 and above its 200-week simple moving average or “reversion to the mean” at $53.17, which has been a magnet. The 12x3x3 weekly stochastic reading slipped to 39.04 last week, down from 40.36 on Aug 9.
The US Dollar ETF is a basket of currencies that includes the Dollar vs. Euro, Japanese Yen, British Pound, Canadian Dollar, Swedish Krona and Swiss Franc.
Invesco DB USD Bullish ETF (NYSEARCA:UUP)
The dollar ETF ($26.66 on Aug. 16) is up 4.8% year to date and up 15.3% since trading as low as $23.12 in early-2018. The weekly chart remains positive with the ETF above its five-week modified average at $26.41 and above its 200-week simple moving average or “reversion to the mean” at $25.15. The 12x3x3 weekly slow stochastic reading rose to 71.65 last week, up from 70.11 on Aug. 9.
Investor Strategy: Buy weakness to its annual value level at $25.47 and to its 200-week SMA at $25.15. Reduce holdings on strength to its five-year high of $26.83 set during the week of Jan. 6, 2017. Quarterly, annual and semiannual pivots are $25.35, $25.47 and $25.65, respectively.
How to use my value levels and risky levels:
Value levels and risky levels are based upon the last nine weekly, monthly, quarterly, semiannual and annual closes. The first set of levels was based upon the closes on Dec. 31. The original annual level remains in play. The weekly level changes each week. The monthly level was changed at the end of each month, the latest on July 31. The quarterly level was changed at the end of June. My theory is that nine years of volatility between closes are enough to assume that all possible bullish or bearish events for the stock are factored in. To capture share price volatility, investors should buy on weakness to a value level and reduce holdings on strength to a risky level. A pivot is a value level or risky level that was violated within its time horizon. Pivots act as magnets that have a high probability of being tested again before its time horizon expires.
How to use 12x3x3 Weekly Slow Stochastic Readings:
My choice of using 12x3x3 weekly slow stochastic readings was based upon back-testing many methods of reading share-price momentum with the objective of finding the combination that resulted in the fewest false signals. I did this following the stock market crash of 1987, so I have been happy with the results for more than 30 years. The stochastic reading covers the last 12 weeks of highs, lows and closes for the stock. There is a raw calculation of the differences between the highest high and lowest low versus the closes. These levels are modified to a fast reading and a slow reading and I found that the slow reading worked the best. The stochastic reading scales between 00.00 and 100.00, with readings above 80.00 considered overbought and readings below 20.00 considered oversold. Recently, I noted that stocks tend to peak and decline 10% to 20% and more shortly after a reading rises above 90.00, so I call that an “inflating parabolic bubble” as a bubble always pops. I also call a reading below 10.00 as being “too cheap to ignore.”
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