Here are the weekly charts for the gold, commodities and the dollar ETFs.
The gold 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 ($140.46 on Oct. 18) is up 15.8% year to date and in bull market territory 26.5% above its Aug. 15, 2018 low of $111.06. The weekly chart is negative with the ETF below its five-week modified moving average at $140.50 and above its 200-week simple moving average or “reversion to the mean” at $121.70. The 12x3x3 weekly slow stochastic reading slipped to 65.78 last week, down from 69.35 on Oct. 11.
Investor Strategy: Buy weakness to its monthly, quarterly and semiannual value levels at $137.12, $130.65 and $128.85, respectively. The Sept. 9, 2011 high remains at $185.85.
The commodity ETF is heavily weighted to energy by about 60%.
iShares S&P GSCI Commodity-Indexed Trust ETF (NYSEARCA:GSG)
The commodities ETF ($15.16 on Oct. 18) is up 8.1% year to date and up 12.3% since its Dec. 26 low of $13.50. This ETF is 9.9% below its 2019 high of $16.83 set on April 22. The weekly chart is neutral with the ETF above its five-week modified moving average at $15.15. The ETF is still below its 200-week simple moving average or “reversion to the mean” at $15.41. The 12x3x3 weekly slow stochastic reading slipped to 41.19 last week, down from 41.84 on Oct. 11.
Investor Strategy: Reduce holdings on strength to its monthly and quarterly risky levels at $15.75 and $17.25, respectively.
The weekly chart for Nymex crude oil ($53.79 on Oct. 11) remains negative with oil below its five-week modified moving average at $54.98 and just below its 200-week simple moving average or “reversion to the mean” at $53.79. The 12x3x3 weekly stochastic reading slipped to 34.94 last week, down from 39.79 on Oct. 11. Its semiannual and annual value levels are $47.93 and $38.76, respectively, with monthly and quarterly risky levels at $60.03 and $69.66, respectively.
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 ($26.55 on Oct. 18) is up 4.3% year to date and up 14.8% since trading as low as $23.12 in early-2018. A multiyear intraday high of $27.17 was set on Oct. 1 and was below the October monthly risky level at $27.48. The weekly chart is negative with the ETF below its five-week modified average at $26.73 and above its 200-week simple moving average or “reversion to the mean” at $25.20. The 12x3x3 weekly slow stochastic reading slipped to 71.28 last week, down from 80.55 on Oct. 11 and falling below the overbought threshold of 80.00.
Investor Strategy: Buy weakness to its semiannual and annual value levels at $25.65 and $25.47, respectively, and reduce holdings on strength to its quarterly pivot at $26.82.
How to use my value levels and risky levels:
Value levels and risky levels are based upon the last nine 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 mid-year close established the second half semiannual level.
The monthly level changes at the end of each month, the latest on Sept. 30. The quarterly level was also changed at the end of September.
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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