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Intermarket Analysis With Canadian Stocks And Gold

07/10/08 02:37:10 PM
by Mike Carr, CMT

The Canadian benchmark index is showing signs of weakness, and potential weakness for gold.

Security:   TSX & Gold
Position:   Sell

The Canadian Toronto TSX 300 has shown signs of topping in recent days and has fallen slightly more than 10% over the past month before recovering somewhat. The market has been led lower by the metal and mining sub index, the largest sector in the market.

The monthly chart (Figure 1) shows the strong correlation between the TSX and the price of gold. Both have moved higher in lockstep over the past five years. The recent downward move in the stock index has been matched by an equally sharp move in the price of gold. In the bottom of Figure 1 we can see that volatility, as measured by the Bollinger bandwidth is at historic low levels. This means that volatility is likely to increase, and other indicators tell us that prices are more likely to decline than rise in the coming move.

FIGURE 1: TSX, MONTHLY. The close correlation between the price of gold and Canadian stocks is easy to see in this chart. The cyclical nature of volatility is also evident in the bottom clip.
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The daily chart (Figure 2) supports the bearish case. Prices have completed a triple-top pattern and the stochastic has failed to confirm the recent highs. This bearish divergence in momentum was confirmed by the price break that occurred in the past few weeks. The current price is at a long-term support level and a move lower is likely to go to the 12,500 level.

FIGURE 2: TSX, DAILY. The daily chart shows that the 20-day moving average has rolled over and prices have decisively moved into a downtrend.
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With Canadian stocks heading lower, gold is likely to follow. This is an example of intermarket analysis using nontraditional markets like Canadian stocks to develop an opinion on the larger trends. In this case, traders should be prepared for commodities to head lower, led by gold.

Mike Carr, CMT

Mike Carr, CMT, is a member of the Market Technicians Association, and editor of the MTA's newsletter, Technically Speaking. He is also the author of "Smarter Investing in Any Economy: The Definitive Guide to Relative Strength Investing," and "Conquering the Divide: How to Use Economic Indicators to Catch Stock Market Trends."

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