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NASDAQ Composite Index Approaches Major Resistance

Posted in NASDAQ Composite Index (IXIC) on February 20th, 2014 by admin – Be the first to comment

By Jim Donnelly, Olson Global Markets

With the first testimony of new Fed Chair Janet Yellen completed and with an agreement over the debt ceiling already reached, equity prices extended higher last week despite many overbought conditions being observed.  Still, higher levels are possible before running up against major trend line resistance. One such case is the NASDAQ Composite Index (IXIC), which ended the week at 4,244 following seven consecutive daily gains.

Technically, monthly stochastic oscillators and the current reading of the monthly Relative Strength Index (RSI) are at rarefied levels, as is the index itself. That said, major trend line resistance currently sits at 4,505, which is 3.8% higher than the close of Friday. Another factor to consider, is that the afore mentioned trend line is upward sloping which suggests that the exact resistance level will also rise as time goes by.

Nevertheless, a reading above 97 on monthly stochastic studies is a feat not often reached. In addition, the last time monthly RSI reached the 83-to-87 range (where it has been sitting since December 31, 2013) was between December 31, 1999 and February 29, 2000. Such a condition suggests that profit-taking, or at the very least a hedging strategy (using options perhaps) might be in order given the current technical set-up.


Is A Major Rally In Gold & Silver Mining Stocks About To Emerge?

Posted in Philadelphia Gold/Silver Sector Index (XAU) on February 12th, 2014 by admin – Be the first to comment

By Jim Donnelly, Olson Global Markets

When looking at the Philadelphia Gold and Silver Index (XAU), an index comprised of sixteen precious metal mining companies, it appears that a multi-year bottom has likely been made. A test of long-term trend line support at 79.73 was made on December 19 and has resulted in a 15.7% advance to 92.22 by the close of trading last week. That being said the upside potential of this turn-around in mining stocks may have only just begun.

On monthly bar charts, stochastic technical oscillators remain in a deeply oversold condition, with the corresponding Relative Strength Indicator (RSI) just beginning to turn higher from relatively weak readings. Moreover, the upswing since the December low only represents an 8.13% rebound of the steep 232.72-to-79.73 drop that began in December 2010.

With gold and silver holdings clearly out-of-favor at the moment, the formation of two new private equity ventures last week combined with a number of existing buyout groups eying cash-strapped mining companies could trigger a revival in acquisitions or possible partnerships.

To date, a number of large gold and silver companies have already begun the process of selling under-developed projects in order to reduce debt levels and lower maintenance costs since traditional borrowing sources have steered away from this area in recent years. That, of course, was due to the severe drop in precious metals prices that began in September 2011.

Nevertheless, the long-term chart of the XAU suggests that metals and mining stocks are now at bargain prices with basing technical patterns starting to develop on shorter dated time frames. If so, much more upside appears likely for the XAU in the months ahead.