Chart Advisor: Stocks Stage an Intraday Reversal

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By J.C. Parets & All Star Charts

Wednesday, 25th January, 2023

1/ S&P 500 Challenges Resistance

2/ Record Highs for Argentina

3/ An Unwavering Demand for Gold

4/ The Kiwi Readies for Flight?

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1/ S&P 500 Challenges Resistance

The S&P 500 (SPY) started the year on strong footing, but more recently price is halting at a logical level of overhead supply.

As you can see, the 200-day moving average (MA), the anchored VWAP from all-time highs, and a downward-sloping trendline are all converging in the same area, setting up a powerful confluence of resistance.

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Source: All Star Charts, with data provided by Optuma

As long as we’re below this critical level, the trend could remain lower at the index level. 

However, if and when buyers absorb all the overhead supply and reclaim this level, it could confirm the recent rally and lead to sustained moves higher.

Despite the overwhelming supply for the S&P 500, we operate in a “market of stocks” rather than a “stock market,” with prospects varying among different industry groups and sectors.

2/ Record Highs for Argentina

While the major U.S. averages are stuck below logical levels of supply, international equities are becoming increasingly attractive.

One country fund that stands out is the iShares MSCI Argentina ETF (ARGT) as it breaks out of a five-year base to reach new all-time highs.

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Source: All Star Charts, with data provided by Optuma

We’re seeing more and more countries trending to the upside and making higher highs. This is one more piece of evidence suggesting global equities have taken the lead over U.S. stocks.

The idea of international relative strength might seem foreign to the average U.S. investor, particularly after a decade of outperformance from U.S. equities, but evidence continues to suggest the trend has shifted in favor of ex-U.S. stocks.

3/ An Unwavering Demand for Gold

Buyers are absorbing overhead supply in gold futures. For the past two weeks, precious metals bulls have chipped away at a multi-year resistance level, coinciding with the 2011 peak at approximately $1,924.

This is a critical level for gold as it marks the peak of the last commodity supercycle. The relentless bid at this key resistance level is impressive, especially considering the waning risk appetite across the space.

Here is an overlay chart of gold futures graphed alongside the silver/gold ratio:

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Source: All Star Charts, with data provided by Optuma

The silver/gold ratio depicts risk appetite for precious metals, as silver represents the higher-beta play and the riskier investment. When the line is rising, investors are reaching for risk, and vice versa.

Seeing gold continue to digest supply while the silver/gold ratio turns lower speaks to meaningful demand for the shiny yellow rock.

If gold refuses to roll over while investors reduce risk, imagine what it could do when risk-on sentiment returns to the market.

4/ The Kiwi Readies for Flight?

Earlier in the week, we highlighted the pound (GBP) as it prepares to stage a breakout against the U.S. dollar. But it’s not the only currency pair that appears poised for an advance, as USD weakness persists.

The chart below depicts the New Zealand dollar and its corresponding currency pair, NZD/USD, carving out a bottoming formation similar to that of GBP/USD:

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Source: All Star Charts, with data provided by Optuma

Notice the kiwi holding within a bullish momentum regime after the 14-day RSI briefly exceeded 70 in early December. This is a bullish development, as momentum has a tendency to lead prices.

Also, the abbreviated right shoulder indicates healthy demand as the bulls place a bid on the market.

The bottom line is that the U.S. Dollar Index (DXY) continues to slide lower. As long as that remains the case, we could witness further strength from other global currencies and risk assets such as international stocks and commodities.

Originally posted 25th January, 2022

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