Financial Markets — Macro Chart Rundown for April (4/26/2021)

By April 27, 2021Bitcoin Business
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Welcome back to BTCM Research. Please subscribe if you are finding these chart updates informative. Today we examine Bitcoin, US Treasuries, crude, stocks, commodities, gold and silver, and the dollar!

I can only speak for myself, but this recent dip has been rough. I was all set for the break out on the next leg of the bull market, everything looked great, but when it came it was sluggish and really FOMO never set in. Price rolled over and then dove by 25%.

The bounces along the way have come at expected times, includeding this most recent one. And so far the bounce looks strong, retracing to the 38.2% Fibonacci line.

There is still a lot of work to do for the bulls, but the last 12 hours have been a much needed sign of life. Of course, the rest of the year promises to be huge for bitcoin, so a little doom before the boom is called for.

Watch out when it breaks back above $58k because this is the level it will really take off in my opinion. For more technical analysis on bitcoin specifically, along with more macro too, subscribe to the Bitcoin Pulse at bitcoinandmarkets.com.

Zoomed out. longer term treasuries are running into some resistance in an obvious area. Comparing yields to the last few months will give you a false understanding of what’s happening out there. Compared to the last 40 years, we are testing resistance at previous lows!

Zoomed in, this is the last 18 months or so. I predicted the red curve as yields pressed into the historic resistance zone. One thing is for sure, after 8–9 months of almost straight up since the August 2020 low yields are still only at, what were previously, historic lows!?!

This ETF is the price of bonds (duration 20 years and longer), so it is the inverse of the above yield charts. As you can see, it has bounced on a support area. There is room to go further down prior to the ultimate bounce, but it does look very healthy, with tons of support should it go any lower.

I’ve written several posts about the oil price going forward. Above $60/bbl US production will continue to climb. There is a natural (temporary) equilibrium around $60-$62 where several large US producers remain hesitant to drill new wells but where smaller outfits can risk it and begin that process. Below $60/bbl there will be less US production but above $62/bbl there will be a large increase in production. Demand is not really an issue in my opinion because the market is operating on so much excess capacity it’s all about supply.

Above you can see that US production is stabilizing in an equilibrium zone. Higher prices will only bring back 3 million bbl/day of production back online.

I’m still bullish US stocks, again, because global capital is looking for a place to go and the US is running a very large trade deficit meaning all that money has to come back here into US assets. The chart has gone a long way up without a significant set back so I wouldn’t be surprised by if there were some bumps on the road in the next couple of months, however, over the next year US stocks should continue up with dips being buying opportunities for sure.

I’m aware this is counter to many pundits out there. Everywhere you look people have been saying that this bull market in stocks will end horribly. It probably will, but not anytime soon. Where will money go today? Into growing a business? Anywhere on the globe? No, the de-globalization depression makes money ultimately go into US stocks, bonds, and bitcoin.

Quick rundown of major stock markets. These are weekly charts to give you a feeling of the last few years on each index.

Germany is looking strong, but more parabolic than US stocks, perhaps meaning the rally is less stable.

Japan same thing as Germany. It had a great rally for the 1st year after the Corona bottom but now has a lower high on the weekly chart. It looks like it wants to breakdown a bit and support is very far away.

Shanghai composite hasn’t had the same move as the other markets. It is at highs but barely and the last few weeks have put in a couple lower highs. Asia in general seems like it wants to kick off a correction actually.

The Goldman Sachs Commodities Index is trying to test 2018 highs. This was the strongest rally in commodities since the 2008 Global Financial Crisis and nothing would surprise me other than a continued rally to significantly higher prices. Prices might fake out above 2018 highs and then dive or perhaps turn around here like it appears treasuries are also doing.

Gold put in a little rally up to just shy of $1800. Although it did break through the resistance around $1750, and has tested that level as support, its performance looks weak. It reminds me of bitcoin’s performance a couple weeks ago when it broke $62k and really did look like the next leg up was starting only to have it roll over and drop 25%.

I don’t think gold or silver are in for that kind of drop but there is a higher likelihood, in my opinion, for this weak breakout to fail and roll back over. Remember, 2008–9 saw a 35% slide in the price during the financial crisis after breaking what was the previous ATH up until that point. A 35% slide would be all the way to $1350. I don’t thing it gets that low but it’s only been 20% so far from the recent ATH. Getting down to $1550 would be a 25% correction and that is still a good range in my mind.

Of course, it’s coming up on a decision point once again, so let’s see what happens.

The long term chart for silver is very boring. It did definitely breakout during 2020, which is nice to see, but it’s currently in a no man’s land. It’s trapped between the topping pattern above and the 5 year consolidation zone below.

If silver can move without gold, I’d like to see a rising wedge form over the next 6 months and breakout higher. That being said, technically it would make sense to test that 5 year range down to $22 at some point in the future. Silver bugs should want that to happen sooner rather than later.

Let’s end it with king dollar. I was surprised by the dollar breaking the shaded support area, and immediately back testing it as resistance and falling further (first chart below, 4hr). I am not expecting a significantly weaker USD anytime soon. If the insanity of monetary policy over the last 12 months can’t even cause it to break the 2018 lows then the bottom is in for now. The next leg is foreign currency weakness.

On the daily chart we have some diagonal support from the trend line connecting the lows, which is inside the outlined box that represents a range the DXY spent a lot of time in the last 6 months, so it should provide tons of support. That is the last line in the sand, 90.3. If it breaks below that level, new cycle lows are likely.

However, when the dollar wants to strengthen, which is where I think the dollar is, it can move very quickly. If it breaks back through the shaded area toward 92, it is likely to rally hard and fast.

Trade-weighted dollar index

This is the broadest dollar measure we have. It is much more broad than the DXY index. It is delayed by 10 days but looks quite similar. Other than this cycle’s low it is quite a bit higher compared to 2018 than the DXY.

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