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Stock-Markets / Financial Markets 2010 Jun 20, 2010 - 11:50 AM GMT

By: Nadeem_Walayat


Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAn early Monday stocks rally to just above Dow 10,300 concluded in a downtrend into the close to 10,200. The Dow opened up Tuesday, with the trend continuing higher into the end of the week with the Dow closing up 239 at 10,450 (10,211), which built on the preceding weeks 279 points advance.

Last week-ends analysis (13 Jun 2010 - Stock Market Bulls Watch for a Higher High Whilst Bears Growl For New Lows ) concluded with an early Monday peak at around 10,300, to target a minor downtrend to 10,000 by Wednesday, with the Dow breaking above 10,300 by the end of the week.

The overall trend continues inline with the big picture as detailed in the last in depth analysis and forecast - (16 May 2010 - Stocks Bull Market Hits Eurozone Debt Crisis Brick Wall, Forecast Into July 2010)

Which itself is inline with the even bigger picture as detailed in the Inflation Mega-trend Ebook over 4 months ago (FREE DOWNLOAD).

DOW Stock Market Forecast 2010

The overall trend pattern continues inline with the expectations for a corrective trading range that seeks to correct the preceding 13 month bull market into at least Mid July by which time I will have a clearer picture as to when the market is likely to break to new highs or if it will put in a further lower low i.e. to generate a large ABC pattern as the market enters the seasonally weakest part of the year for a low to be followed by a continuation of the stocks stealth bull market towards a late 2010 Dow target of between Dow 12,000 and 12,500.

The current trend continues to firm that the stock market has entered its up swing phase that targets 10,700+ by early July.

Range Producing Bearish Confusion

Its confusing to gauge where the bears stand, as a quick review shows a mixed picture of extreme vagueness, for instance Marc Faber, is now luke warm bullish on the stock market into September 2010 as his recent CNBC video illustrates.

Other prominent bears remain stuck in the view that April was the top, with the crash is coming crowd revising the crash is always imminent mantra virtually every other day, as if something written during the past 12 months with the word crash in the content is evidence that they called an eventual crash.

Bears Put Hopes on Low Volume Rally

Low volume rally mantra is again one of the driving forces behind bearish conclusions that stocks must head lower. However the obvious failure here is to recognise that the whole bull market has been on LOW volume which is indicative of a STEALTH bull market that RISES on low volume precisely because it is NOT being bought into by the majority of investors (both big and small), as I have repeatedly voiced over the past year i.e. - (02 Nov 2009 - Stocks Bull Market Forecast Update Into Year End )

VOLUME - Volume has been WEAK during the rally, which contrary to much bearish commentary implies that this rally has NOT been bought into. So all of the talk of hyper bullishness is basically rubbish as there is no sign of such irrational exuberance in the volume, which remains heavier on the declines than the rallies and thus suggestive of selling rather than buying into the rally. Which is good behaviour for a stealth bull market.


Sentiment wise it is mixed picture, which is how one would expect by now of an obvious trading range that is becoming more established in the psyche of market participants and hence much of the commentary out there in the blogosfear, a marked difference to when the Dow was bottoming out when the perma bears such as Nouriel Roubini were publically salivating on CNBC despite the fact that they are basically repeating virtually the same that is brought out towards the end of every correction since the stock market bottomed in March 2009 as illustrated in the article (23 May 2010 - Nouriel Roubini Stock Market 20% Drop Forecast, Time to Buy?)

Technical Picture

The Dow has put in a double bottom at about 9,800 that targeted a break above 10,300. The break above 10,300 to 10,480 targets a trend to 10,700+, probably at 10,900. However near term the breakout to 10,300 may require a retest i.e. stocks early next week revisiting 10,300 before continuing higher. This to me suggests a wide trading range for the week with an upward bias, i.e. early week decline before the Dow trend higher to above 10,500, how high ? there's not much resistance between the current price and Dow 10,700.

On the negative side a break below 10,300 could suck the Dow back into the 10,300 - 9,800 trading range, though last weeks price action suggests this is not going to happen, in fact suggests 10,300 is going to act as a strong support level.


Early week weakness is expected to be supported at Dow 10,300 for a trend higher into the end of the week which could include the Dow trading above 10,700, targeting a close in the region of 10,550 to 10,600, up 100 to 150 points on the week. The risk to this scenario is if 10,300 support folded with the Dow being sucked back into the vortex of the 10,300 - 9,800 trading range.

Big Picture- Sideways corrective trading range continues with current trend in the UPSWING Phase that Targets 10,700+ by early July.

Gold Brief

Gold hit a new all time high this week, my long standing target of $1,333 is now not so far away. I am repeatedly asked when to buy ? Well you accumulate into bull markets on corrections as I have indicated several times during the past few weeks when Gold was trading at $1,175. Look buying Gold at $1,250 or $1,150 makes little difference in profit terms if Gold gets to $2,000 (as I expect it to) and probably a lot higher.

Obama $20 Billion Shakedown of BP

Obama gangster style put a gun to BP and said to cough up $20 billion instantly or else. Perhaps the Indian government should likewise threaten Union Carbide to pay up $20 billion for the 5,000+ Bhopal indian deaths or else?

Congress barbequed the CEO of BP. However what BP needs to do is to kill that damn oil well, then they can let the lawyers let rip to determine how much of the blame and ultimately the costs lie with Haliburton, Transocean, Anadarko Petroleum, Regulators and BP. I especially noted Anadarko Petroleum who own 25% of the well, and hence are liable to 25% of the costs were squirming to offload 100% of the blame on to BP, probably because Anadarko Petroleum could not survive being hit with anything like 25% of the liabilities (BP owns 65% of the well hence legally is only responsible upto a maximums of 65% of the eventual costs unless U.S. Law just exists for publicity purposes).

Deepwater Oil Spill, Peak Oil and the Inflation Mega-Trend

The Deepwater spill is the first of many more similar spills or rather ocean oil well blowouts to come because virtually all of the cheap easy to get at oil has gone, the only oil left to get is the expensive high risk difficult to get at deep water sources. This means higher oil prices which means higher inflation.

Don't be confused by oil being just another commodity, it is not, it is the life blood of our way of life as we exist in the oil age. The impact of higher oil prices, and we are talking about $200+ are highly inflationary because basically ALL currencies at the end of the day are priced in how much oil they can buy, so I can imagine there will come a day when goods are priced in terms of how many gallons of crude oil its taken to produce them. Which means the measure of wealth will shift to those that have oil resources from those that have paper wealth, which is a manifestation of the inflation trend as paper wealth goes up in smoke therefore people need to change their mindset when they view their wealth, they need to view it in terms of how much is held in scarce resources with oil at its pinnacle, because nothing can be resourced, grown or and supplied without oil as opposed to cash sat in the bank on pittance sub CPI interest rates as UK savers are having to currently suffer, as its value is being effectively stolen by the government via the inflation stealth tax.

World Cup

England players are complaining that the fans are booing them on the pitch, well then the players should stop playing crap!

Your peak oil inflation mega-trend investing analyst.

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21 Jun 10, 02:50
Euro USD

Hi Nadeem

What do you think about the USD Euro currency pair? Jim Rogers said that he expected a bounce and was buying the Euro. It still looks shaky to me in light of Spain. Do you have any thoughts on it?



21 Jun 10, 07:27

The Euro is rallying because it was deeply oversold, probability favours at least a retest or two below 120.

Jim Sikes
22 Jun 10, 09:16
Dow 4000

Boy!!! Have you guys ( girls ) got a real surprise coming your way ... and very soon.

Get ready for a 4,000 Dow. Also watch as gold drops and the Dollar soars!


Jim Sikes

22 Jun 10, 22:09
Long Term Forecast

Hi Nadeem,

I've been following your analysis for a few months and I'm really impressed with your predictions. Do you have a forecast that extends beyond 2010? What type of correction do you anticipate after a 5-wave rally to your Dow target of 12500.


Gerry H
25 Jun 10, 02:59
perma-bears bashing

hello Nadeem,

Great site!

One thing that confuses me; you love to degrade the "perma bears" as you call them (personal grudge?). I'm not a perma-bear, I'd love to see a stock market that only went up. But looking around the world, what do I see? A monstrous, monstrous mess! A complete disaster in every way, from all the debt and failed financial system to the declining environment and everything in between. Peak oil by itself is a world-wide disaster happening in slow motion.

I don't understand why you see everything as so rosy. Stock market going up? Are you saying the market can completely ignore reality, or more likely, all the printed money will push the market up and nothing else actually matters?

I do not believe the US and others can continually paper over their problems. Eventually they will be forced to start serious cutting (Medicare, social security, etc.), but it is now too late to fix the problem without serious economic upheaval.



Victoria, BC, Canada

25 Jun 10, 06:03
perma bears
When I picture perma bears I have the likes of Roubini in mind that appear in the mainstream press to pronounce the end of the rally mantra. The reason I frequently bash perma bears is because one day they will be right, but what will not be reported in the mainstream press, as is the case every time is -

25 Jun 10, 09:02
Roubini Indicator

Nice chart! This is by far the best indicator I have seen to mark the end of corrections. If you add the Prechter calls in there I think you will never miss another bottom. lol

25 Jun 10, 10:47

Martin, I like your very shrewd observation and conclusion in your last sentence. LOL nonstop......

02 Jul 10, 20:19
economy is in doldrums...that's reality

actually.....i think the only way stocks rise is politico's gettin in shape for election season....puttin the pressure on the fed and treasury ....and gettin some sort of added support and stimulus

housing is toilet bound again and jobs are not adding at a pace to keep up with new entrance nor do i see a reason they would.

03 Jul 10, 01:44

Roubini calls economic direction and then off the cuff calls market. The economic direction he's right on usually. Eventually his market direction comes as well ,but like most people he can't call the timing precisely. I include Nadeem in that as well so he shouldn't assune such self righteousness. His up up and away call seems to have gone the same way has Roubinis down call. That isn't a criticism. It's simply that these markets can move a hell of a lot faster than anyone's ability to make prcise timing calls. Indeed that is why it simply stupid to try. Sensible call is to determine appropriate asset allocation at the varying parts of the market cycle. That's what akes the money.

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