The Dollar and Euro
Last time we spoke April 24th, I was bullish the US Dollar. The chart I posted then had DXY at $90.07. My price target was $95 and it hit $94.97 which happened to correspond to the 200 moving average. With ECB potentially ready to wind down their QE program, the Euro could rally causing USD to pullback. How far is another question and much depends on Draghi not Trump or Powell.
Eurozone inflation jumped to 1.9% in May from 1.6% and since inflation dynamics lag by a good 3-6 months, it makes sense the ECB get in front and manage expectations to avoid surprises – in bond yield, inflation and/or Euro spikes. ECB is slated to do just that at their next meeting.
Given the Euro’s decline this year from $1.25 to $1.17 area, this is not a bad time for the ECB to announce the gradual reduction to removal of the asset purchases program. As long as the US remains on the path of raising interest rates, the euro shouldn’t rise too fast against the USD. Still, I see weakness in the Eurozone continuing since ECB announced in October 2017 it would cut QE by half to September 2018. There has been a series of underwhelming econ data (Eurozone industrial output, U.K. factory output et al ) just as ECB plans its exit. This is a monthly chart with a retest of the breakout area likely this year.
Gold and Miners
Gold side-by-side with (inverted) USD/JPY is foretelling. With that, Gold has yet to ‘take off’ despite the Fed allowing inflation to run towards 2.3-2.5% (it was 1.4% last summer and Fed still raised). Point is: it’s getting close.
Gold Miners. on the other hand, are intonating a big move is coming up – judging from the price compression/squeeze/coiling action in price the past year and a half. Also, contrary to belief, Fed hikes have been bullish Gold Miners.
Make Room for Value
Value stocks in the form of Consumer Staples are oversold and have undergone a massive P/E compression so much so that the relative value of value stocks is back to 2007 levels. When compared to growth stocks, with a winner-take-all environment, value stock returns have been depressing. In a low-rate environment, it makes sense growth outperforms value as investors are willing to ‘pay up’ for future growth. Value vs Growth is at a 28 year low! And down 10% in last month alone. Wait for it…It’s early, but I believe it’s turning now – early 1st inning.
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