26 May 2011

US Dollar running into some selling

The US Dollar has been able to keep its footing above the 50 day moving average on its daily price chart which is technically bullish but it does seem to be running into plenty of willing sellers between 76.50 - 76.00.

While the Daily chart is much improved its weekly chart still shows it in a definite downtrend.

If the Dollar is going to extend its rally from current levels, it is going to need to take out 76.50 for starters and hold that level going into the close of the trading week.

While gold has been pretty much ignoring what the Dollar has been doing of late, the Dollar still is exerting an influence on the overall commodity sector. Its recent weakness of the past three trading sessions, which I believe is tied to dovish talk coming out of the Fed, has enabled the fund money flows to come back into the commodity sector in general. This has pushed the CCI back above the 640 level, a level which I believe is indicative of the appetite of the hedge fund community for risk. Above 640, they love risk; below 640, they hate risk. Wax on; Wax off.

If the Dollar does rally through 76.50, it is doubtful that the CCI will be able to hold above the 640 level. If the Dollar falls further down towards the 50 day moving average near 75.25, the CCI will continue to push higher.

Since silver is perhaps the strongest recipient of the risk trade, the weaker the Dollar, the more likely we will see silver back up near $40.

What is happening right now is that the same weakness in economic data releases from the US showing an economy that is in danger of stalling, data which had initially worked to throw the risk trades off the table, now seems to be working in the opposite with traders/investors viewing the dovish comments from certain Fed officials as a sign that the Fed is not going to change an accomodative monetary policy. In other words, interest rates will stay at extremely low levels for at least another 12 months. Some are thinking a step further will be some form of stimulus coming from the Fed as well.

If this thinking is for real and begins to take hold, the Fed will be extremely hesitant to cross the market since the reaction would be a huge sell off in equities and a smashing of the commodity markets by hedge funds running out of risk trades. That would instill fears of deflation once again, somethign which the Bernanke-led Fed will not permit.

For now, the commodity complex is signaling that the market has baked into the cake the end of QE2 but not the end of low interest rates with some expecting further stimulus. The more the expectation of additional Fed stimulus grows, the weaker the Dollar will become and the stronger gold will be.

We will have to watch the Dollar's price action to get some sort of clue to what the consensus of the investor community is in this regards.

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