Gold, mini Flash-Crash

10:23 a.m., EST

Livermore:

‘Surprises are in the direction of trend’

The following quote is from this past Saturday’s update:

“It’s no secret, price action in GLD and the miners (GDX, GDXJ), has been analyzed for months as bearish.

The weekly chart shows GLD, right at the edge of a terminating wedge; about to break lower:”

Then, we can also add this quote from the GDX Short Sell, Set-Up:

“This site’s not part of the hyperinflation crowd. It’s too easy to jump on the bandwagon, get the clicks and then say it’s all ‘manipulated’ when price action does not follow the narrative.”

A firm foundation has already been laid; a bearish case for gold (the miners and silver) that includes the inverse correlation of a bullish dollar.

Both moves are currently underway.

Steven Van Metre, followed-on; highlighting the bearish gold set-up in his ‘Sunday Night Charts‘ update.

As is typical, there’s a small cadre that can see what’s happening. They are somehow able to ignore the constant media hype; positioning accordingly.

The original weekly chart of GLD below, is followed by today’s update:

Updated chart:

Typical market behavior is to break through the trend (for however long) and then come back for an underside test.

It seems that anything related to the gold (silver) markets is an overcrowded trade. There are too many rabid bullish fanatics.

We’ll stand on the sidelines for this one (not advice, not a recommendation).

Stay Tuned

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After the ‘plug is pulled …’

Updated, 12/18/21, with notes in blue text.

Jerimiah Babe:

‘The real money’s going to be made, after the plug is pulled’

Well, that’s close.

Actually, the real money’s made on the way down … when the plug is pulled … not after.

‘After’, is when you take the huge gains from the short side and then allocate that to areas which stand to recover … or at least have a good chance of recovery.

It’s a two-step process:

Nobody demonstrated that better than Livermore himself during the panic of 1907.

It’s probably no surprise that panic was potentially a fabricated event (sound familiar?).

It laid the groundwork for the Federal Reserve act of 1913.

Operating in parallel, we have the following:

Titanic engineering design approval: July of 1908.

Construction begins: March 1909.

Sea trials: Early April, 1912

Titanic ‘sinks’: April 15, 1912.

April 15th, is tax day … coincidence … no.

Whether or not there really is a ship (or which one is) at the bottom of the Atlantic, is immaterial.

What’s important, was that it all may have been a controlled demolition of the financial system so that it cold be ‘reset’ to allow fractional reserve banking.

The fly in the ointment? Unexpectedly, Livermore owned the market at the bottom. He could have single handedly destroyed the financial system by executing more short selling.

That’s when J.P. Morgan (possibly chief cook and bottle washer for the ‘reset’) called him in to appeal to Livermore’s ‘patriotism’; to not destroy the market. You can’t make this stuff up.

So, it’s time to reset the system every hundred years or so.

Just like it’s time to have a medical ‘incident’ and reduce the population every hundred years or so:

2019: ‘The Speck’

1918: ‘Espana’ Flu

1817: ‘Cholera’

1718: ‘Plague’

How does this relate to the markets? For this update, the preamble above, brings us to gold (GLD):

Gold (GLD) Analysis:

It’s no secret, price action in GLD and the miners (GDX, GDXJ), has been analyzed for months as bearish.

The weekly chart shows GLD, right at the edge of a terminating wedge; about to break lower:

The measured move … to around GLD ~ 120, is exactly at the Fibonacci 161.8%, projection (not shown).

If there’s a wedge breakdown, we have two separate measurement techniques targeting the same area.

Gold (GLD) did break lower but has not progressed to the measured move. Latest update is here and here.

The next chess move, is probably not going to be dollar destruction.

No. The next move is likely to be as stated before, supply chain shut-down with the objective of ‘starve them out’.

Correct but not the way the media plays it.

They attempt to tie it to ‘climate change‘. Yes, the climate is changing but the earth is getting colder, not warmer. Crop failures are the result.

Couple that with intentional weather modification (weaponization), controlled demolition of the supply chain and voila! Food becomes scarce or more expensive or both.

In a prior update, when that statement was made, it may have sounded extreme. Now, we have this interview and time stamp (8:11), where we get the exact same thing.

Take Action:

This article, just out on ZeroHege is a good one-stop shop to start or continue being out in front of ‘events’.

Here’s a brief video of one man’s action, in action:

Four hens, a rooster, in an urban setting (houses on three sides).

The rooster was not part of the plan. If you look closely, you can see his ‘No Crow‘ collar … it works most of the time.

He was unexpected but is now seen as an asset.

He keeps the hens under control (otherwise, they fight) and gets them all back in the coop at night.

Is it a hassle: Yes.

Is it messy: Yes.

Will the neighbors not care about the crowing, be clamoring (and paying with cash, gold, silver) for eggs and chicks three months from now, if/when food shipments are cut off? Probably, yes

Mass recognition of potential famine to come in the spring when the farmers do not have enough ‘inputs’ (seed, fertilizer) for a viable crop.

Don’t forget about no spare parts for farm equipment.

Scaboo

The rooster, “Scaboo” was such a happy camper that he was crowing all day.

He was moved outside of town to a more rural location.

We still have access to him if needed for fertilized eggs.

Here is, all grown up and strutting his stuff

Stay Tuned

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Livermore, Wyckoff, & Loeb

Buffett’s not on the list

After thirty-four years of researching the markets, focus has narrowed to three masters from the early 1900s; providing a solid framework for addressing the markets of today.

More detail on these masters can be found at this link.

Summarizing their knowledge as follows:

Strategy, Tactics, & Focus

This update demonstrates how those tenets are being implemented.

Strategy:

In Livermore’s fictional autobiography (Reminiscences), he muddled around for years before identifying his niche.

That is:

‘What’s going to (or what’s likely to) happen in a big way.’

That insight has been used to identify the biotech sector as ripe for complete (and well deserved) implosion; more so than any other sector in the market.

For many months, the case continues to build for collapse.

Here’s just one more brick in the wall; providing even more support for implosion.

Tactics:

Wyckoff committed his entire professional life to decoding the market and its moves.

He is (as far as available data shows) the father of technical analysis.

Terms like ‘support’, ‘resistance’, ‘accumulation’, ‘distribution’, did not exist before is treatise, “Studies In Tape Reading”, published in 1910.

His bottom line:

Price is moved by a force of its own; having nothing to do (in a causal way) with fundamentals:

‘What is the market saying about itself.’

The biotech sector SPBIO, is tag-teaming with gold miners GDX (and GDXJ), for downside leadership.

SPBIO finished the week down -27.5%, from its February 9th (2021) high; running a close second to GDX, which finished the week down – 27.6%, from its August 5th (2020) high.

From a speed-of-decline standpoint, biotech’s in the lead.

Focus:

Loeb’s brutal admonition was: ‘The naïve, lazy, mediocre, ignorant and the incompetent “diversify”.

His follow-on corollary was: ‘Real market opportunities are few. If one is discovered, it must be used to its maximum extent.’

Loeb’s assessment of those in the market, is not much different from Wyckoff’s:

“The average man never makes a success of Tape Reading.

Right you are! The average man seldom makes a success of anything.” (emphasis is Wyckoff’s).

From the above list, ignorance can be fixed through determination, study, tenacity and the never-ending search for (market) truth.

The others, not so much.

Using Loeb’s tenet, that is, ‘focus’, we’ve taken it and have gone short and continue to go short (not advice, not a recommendation), the biotech sector via LABD.

Summary:

There’s no guarantee the short trade will work out; yielding a significant gain.

Any number of things can happen:

Internet outage, power outage, terrorist attack, supply chain and transportation shut-downs … literally, anything.

However, being short (from a personal standpoint) is better than wringing one’s hands, cowering in fear, looking to the (bought and paid for) financial media to provide direction on what to do in this unstable environment.

Epilogue:

By using the life’s work of Livermore, Wyckoff & Loeb, its been determined, being short biotech (and possibly the mining sector) is the appropriate market stance.

With the caveat that even now, one might need to exit the trade; it still appears at this juncture, the on-going short (not advice, not a recommendation) is the most focused profit opportunity given the current environment.

Stay Tuned

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Dollar Divergence

9:51 a.m., EST

Everyone loves to hate the dollar.

That sentiment extreme is a set-up … for the bulls.

If the UUP dollar index ETF, manages to push below the 24.00 – level, it presents the opportunity for a significant bullish divergence.

As Van Metre has stated many times over the past few months, the market’s not expecting, and not in position for a dollar rally.

How can it be … with the rabid gold bulls thrashing about with each upward blip in GLD, GDX and GDXJ.

From this site’s perspective, we’re staying away from that (gold) market and have focused on biotech … where things are really getting underway; but now, back to the dollar.

The weekly chart of UUP, shows the potential set-up.

If somehow we get a (narrow range) push below the 24-level, it would set up a clear bullish divergence on the MACD.

At this point, anything can happen.

Saying that gold will crash if the dollar launches upward is certainly possible. However, in today’s world, the opposite could happen as well.

Just one more reason to say away and focus on shorting an index that’s decisively moving lower: Biotech (not advice, not a recommendation).

Side Note:

The whole ‘divorce’ thing, you know what I’m talking about, could be a signal in disguise.

The ‘higher ups’ may have decided our cardigan wearing benefactor has reached the end of usefulness.

If so, how many biotech rats are now going to jump ship (before the paddy wagon arrives) knowing the jig is up?

Could that be why SPBIO, posted new lows in five time-frames; Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly and Yearly, last week?

Stay Tuned

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Inflation Reaches Peak Narrative

11:32 a.m., EST:

Just like ‘peak oil’ back in the summer of 2008, now it looks like we’ve reached ‘peak narrative’ for inflation.

‘Narrative’, because the markets are a game of manipulation.

If you don’t know who’s being manipulated, then that person is you (slightly changing a Buffett quote).

Bolstering the assessment, is this report from ZeroHedge.

Looks like everybody’s on board and reporting higher prices. Just like they were on board last year with: “We’re all in this together”.

The exact same tag-line for every major U.S. corporation … with ready made (like they knew ahead of time) banners to boot.

The problem is, the markets are not following along.

Reported two days ago, senior gold miners are testing their reversal.

Yesterday, was an upward push that wound up being an ‘out-side-down’ bar (GLD, GDXJ, SLV) … a reversal in itself.

That’s not in the script. Or, is it?

At this point, the public’s literally redirected, manipulated, at will. It’s a sick game being played by all who control the media.

From a personal standpoint, I’d rather make some popcorn, take my red wagon full of fiat, go camp down around $800/oz., and wait.

The gold ice cream man may never show up. If he does, great.

If not, there’re other opportunities; at least I’ll not be one of the manipulated masses screaming inflation hyperbole if/as/when gold ratchets all the way down.

Stay Tuned

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Bitcoin to Replace Gold?

That’s according to this episode from the Keiser Report.

Before we address that ‘report’, first this:

The video at this link (until it gets removed) is only 3:37 minutes long … but it explains everything.

It’s a well orchestrated script. 

How else would every single major corporation have exactly the same advertisements? 

Exactly the same; Literally, word-for-word.

So, bitcoin to replace gold? … it’s not even necessary to waste time with an answer. The deeper question is, what’s really going on with gold?

Gold is part of the script as well:

Gold is subdividing lower at this juncture. 

One target level from this update puts it around the $1,300-area.  By that time and if it gets there, the objective is met. 

There will be few-to-none of the original bulls left to buy in … their money gone; used to pay bills, buy food or worse … bitcoin … right in time for a major solar flare to knock out the entire electronic grid.

Listen to the “Report” and how the big names are bandied about.  They have the big bucks … you don’t.  So, listen to them.  They are the elite.

No, they are part of (and always have been) the coordinated effort to subjugate the masses.

It’s just now, there are enough ‘asleep’ with huge numbers of the population flu-shotted, vaccinated, fluoridated, medicated into complete stupidity; or just too afraid of the truth. 

It’s not necessary to hide the message. What are you going to do … “elect” someone to change it? Got that one covered.

If you have read this far … yours is a different story.  Welcome to reality.

One part of that reality is the markets are a wealth-transfer process which is now in overdrive. 

Looking at the daily newsfeeds, it’s obvious (or should be) to the old-timers, the lies and miss-direction have gone to a whole new level.

Wyckoff’s admonition about listening to the news is more true now than a century ago.

Ignoring those news-feeds and focusing on price action, the initial analysis of gold and the miners from late October, was spot on. 

The beginning trade in this series was a short position (via JDST) entered on Friday November 6th, when gold was at intermediate highs.

That short was held over a tense weekend.

Going against hundreds of thousands if not millions (on the other side of the trade) is difficult indeed.

Robert Prechter in his writings has detailed how hard it is to override the limbic (herd) system of the brain and operate separate from the crowd; nearly impossible.

By late Sunday – early Monday, gold futures (GCZ20) had collapsed.

The trade was closed out on November 9th, with a solid 13.22% gain.

Recognizing that JDST had more downward bias error than DUST, the next short position was initiated on the senior index (not advice, not a recommendation).

The GDX chart below (expandable version here) shows it’s following Fibonacci projections lower. 

It would be nice from a profit stand-point for GDX to reach all the way to the 16-area (blue oval).

Even Steven Van Metre has indicated several times in his reports, this area is his target as well.

After all, who is going to listen to some guy whose wife made his “Like” and “Subscribe” flash-cards from cardboard and sticks?

Stay Tuned

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Miners (GDXJ): What’s Next?

It’s possible during the last session gold (GLD) received a final mortal wound to the hyperinflation argument.

Price action in the December contract (GCZ20) dropped over 100 points in a matter of hours.

A retrace is expected … it’s just part of market behavior. 

However, even as gold edges higher, the Junior Miner’s, don’t seem too eager to follow suit. 

Price action in GDXJ has risen just slightly with JDST down 0.50% in pre-market.

The dollar (UUP) has reversed as expected.  It’s got a long way to go higher for any kind of test on wide, high volume action.  Dollar higher, gold typically, lower.

The short position in the Dow (DXD) has retraced somewhat in the early hours. 

As it stands now, the retrace is about 1/3rd of the overall gain thus far; perfectly acceptable.

The focus for the firm’s trading at this point is on the Dow and related markets.  If the position is increased at these levels (and the analysis proves to be incorrect), it could be stopped out the same day.

So we’ll wait to add … for now.

Separately, it should be noted that every single market assessment in the previous update was correct:

GDXJ in up-thrust reversal condition … check

GDXJ finished at high on Friday, Monday’s typically down … check

Gold retraced to 50%, lower price action expected … check

Dollar in its own reversal set-up … check

Dollar up, gold down … check

All that list means, is at this juncture the markets are being correctly interpreted. 

Those interpretations are being done intuitively and without indicators.

Intuition can be skewed by events unrelated to the markets.  For now, it’s operating correctly and we’re going to focus on the Dow.

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Market Top?

Was that it?.  Did we see the all time high in the markets, Monday?

The short answer of course, it’s not known. 

The longer answer is, to go short the market at this point (Monday’s session) was a low risk entry; not advice, not a recommendation.

The inverse chart of the Dow, DXD (above) shows our initial entry.  We’re green at the end of the day and have hard stop, GTC, at 13.32.

Tomorrow’s open could be a gap-lower for the Dow, that spends the rest of the session attempting to retrace higher.  If so and depending on the behavior of that price action, it may provide an opportunity to add to the position.

Separately, the gold and related GDXJ, JDST had such sharp moves during Monday’s session that JDST was exited completely and yielded a gain of about 12%.

Gold is likely to retrace higher and possibly offer another low risk (short) position in the miners via JDST.

The trading actions are being directed by the market. It would be nice to have a slower more well behaved situation. However, that’s not the case and the trading response matches the market (price action) dictates.

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Hyperinflation: Hit Hard

The regular session is still thirty minutes away and already gold’s had it’s largest down-swing since August 11th.

Bulls must be stunned.  It’s not supposed to be this way.

Of course, the financial press has to come up with some kind of ‘reason’, so there’re off plying their trade. 

At this juncture, before the open, December gold is down about 4%. 

The dollar is slightly higher as forecast but bonds … TLT, down a whopping 2% in pre-market. 

How can bonds be down (rates up) with the dollar higher and gold lower?

The question itself, is an error.

It’s not ‘why’ that’s important, it’s ‘what’.  Asking why keeps one searching for the wrong answer.  It’s exactly what the media and those manipulating the markets want.

The trail of why goes on forever and leads nowhere.  The why is constantly changing second by second, minute by minute. 

Asking ‘what’ is a different story; what is the gold market doing?  Now, that’s a question.

The gold market is down hard; Very hard.  Shocked bulls, married to their ‘hyperinflation’ narrative, will have to see it as a buying opportunity.

Expect gold to retrace somewhat during this session.  However, the damage has been done. Gold (GLD) is below well established support levels … now resistance areas.

In related markets, the Junior Mining Index, GDXJ is down -5.75% in the pre-market session.  Correspondingly, the inverse fund JDST, is up a stiff 11.5%.

As stated in this update (not advice, not a recommendation), the position in JDST was re-established during Friday’s session. 

Obviously, we’re keeping that position for now and will monitor price action to determine a new stop location.

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Dollar Collapse, Now?

If the dollar is going to collapse, this is the place.

Both weekly and daily price action (UUP) closed at new lows.  Gold and silver have moved up in counter action.

However, if the dollar’s going to rally, this is the place as well.

The current uncertainty in the U.S. is all part of the equation.  The emotions of the populace are being tossed about at will. 

The plan is to (always, no exceptions) get the herd pointed in one direction so that a small fraction of speculators can establish their positions cheaply and with low risk.

When it comes to gold and silver it’s obvious where the herd is positioned.  They are ‘all-in’, waiting for the precious metals rally to continue.

The dollar, UUP is at the danger point. A small move in either direction may be the deciding factor.

Looking back at the historical literature available, it was Livermore that coined the term ‘danger point’. It was Wyckoff that published the interview with Livermore where he used the term.

The take-away is, markets do not change.  The same (similar) price action can be observed on charts that are a century old as compared to charts today.

Considering the UUP weekly trading range shown, it’s at the extreme low. 

There’s been no significant upward testing of the wide range.  Markets like to test.  That’s what they do.

Based on empirical and technical factors in prior updates, we’re anticipating a dollar rally and in turn, are short the Junior Miner’s, via JDST (not advice, not a recommendation).

Futures markets open in a few hours.  We’ll see if the current position will need to be exited at tomorrow’s open or if we’ve analyzed probabilities correctly.

As Livermore said, ‘you don’t know until you bet’.

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