The “Tru-ally “Affect - DJIA Breaks 19,000 and Gold Prices Remain Steady

November 22, 2016 - 5:10pm

 by Gary Wagner

Inasmuch as there is true uncertainty as a new US president takes office on January 20, the “Tru-ally” affect (Trump Rally) continues to add short-term optimism to US equities markets.

It is this short-term optimism that has partially fueled this current rally which has resulted in an all-time new record high for both the Dow Jones industrial average as well as the Standard & Poor’s 500.

For the first time in history, the Dow Jones industrial average has traded above 19,000. We continue to see a favorable risk on environment in which market sentiment believes that US equities as a whole will continue to gain value. Favorable economic reports, short-term optimism, and the upcoming presidential inauguration continue to weigh favorably on US equities.

This risk on environment coupled with a stronger US dollar has kept the precious metals in check with only modest gains or modest drawdowns evident in today’s trading. After taking a one day hiatus, the US dollar returned to rally mode trading back above 101 on the dollar index. As of this writing the US dollar index has traded to a high of 101.32, and is currently trading at 101.01, which in essence is unchanged on the day.

As of 5 PM EST Comex gold futures are trading up about $2.20 on the day at 1212 per ounce. We also see futures and spot prices coming into alignment as spot gold is currently trading at 1211.85  but with the net change of down $.25

Silver is currently trading higher on the day. As we have noted over the last couple of weeks, there seems to be a growing disconnection between gold and silver pricing. Comex silver futures are currently trading up about ten cents on the day at 1663.

Crude oil has traded in a tight and defined range with an intraday high at 49.20 and a low of 47.17. Crude oil in essence is trading unchanged at 48.46 as OPEC continues to meet in Vienna. Apparently, OPEC has deferred on any production agreement from Iran or Iraq, which has caused crude oil break from its recent rally and trade under pressure for the first time in a couple of weeks.

As we are quickly approaching the Thanksgiving holiday here in the United States we still have the Fed minutes which will become available tomorrow. Then following the Thanksgiving holiday, we can also look forward to the jobs report numbers which will come out next week.

So inasmuch as there is true uncertainty about our economic and financial outlook going into the next year, there seems to be a steadfast belief of better days ahead.

However, whether this trend will continue through the end of the year is still an unknown.

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Wishing you as always, good trading,

Gary S. Wagner - Executive Producer

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