2012 Will Begin with Several Candidate Trades for the Commodity Crash Playbook

This is an excerpt from an article I originally published on Seeking Alpha on December 28, 2011. Click here to read the entire piece.) The Federal Reserve’s second phase of quantitative easing (QE2) is slowly becoming a distant memory…{snip} The stark contrast between winning and losing stocks (S&P 500 index versus many commodity stocks) leaves … Read more

A Review of the Commodities Crash Playbook As Another Phase of Selling Ends

This is an excerpt from an article I originally published on Seeking Alpha. Click here to read the entire piece.) Commodities across the board have suffered mightily during the stock market’s recent correction. In the first phase of the sell-off (from late July to early August), a few commodity-related stocks triggered buys by erasing all … Read more

Chart Review: Google Hits Resistance, Freeport Mcmoran Makes New 2011 Lows

Many technology stocks have rebounded sharply off their August lows. Stocks like Amazon (AMZN) and Apple (AAPL) have even managed to register fresh all-time highs in the past week. On the other hand, Google (GOOG) has gone nowhere in about two years and now faces overhead resistance yet again. In today’s trading, GOOG was turned … Read more

Genesee and Wyoming Further Diversifies By Hauling Copper

(Hat tip to a friend of mine who passed along this news to me and highlighted its significance). On Thursday, Sept 1, Genesee and Wyoming Inc (GWR), finalized its acquisition of Arizona Eastern Railway (AZER) from Iowa Pacific Holdings, LLC of Chicago, IL. GWR paid $90.1M in cash. GWR is a diversified railroad company operating … Read more

Profiting from Physical Assets in a Resource-Constrained World – Rules and Picks (Part 2 of 2)

(This is an excerpt from an article I originally published on Seeking Alpha. Click here to read the entire piece.) {snip} This piece is a follow-up post to “Preparing for Profits in a Resource-Constrained World” (Part 1) in which I discussed the implications of Jeremy Grantham’s fundamental thesis of a new world where resources are … Read more

Copper Prices Hold Firm

In mid-May, I warily eyed copper as it looked ready to lead the correction in commodity prices into a complete breakdown (see “Silver Fails Resistance; All Eyes on Copper’s Support“). However, over the past six weeks, copper prices have held firm by clinging to the 200-day moving average (DMA) line of support. Source: Stockcharts.com This … Read more

Silver Fails Resistance, All Eyes On Copper’s Support

(This is an excerpt from an article I published on Seeking Alpha. Click here to read the entire piece.) Silver failed at its 50-day moving average (DMA) resistance in spectacular fashion. Silver dropped 9% and gave up almost its entire gain from the previous three-day relief rally. Source: stockcharts.com As I mentioned in my previous … Read more

Overbought Matters for At Least A Day

For one day at least, sellers converged with stock market technicals to deliver a large one-day drop in the S&P 500. As it turned out, the three-month highs in T2108, the percentage of stocks trading above their 40-day moving averages (DMAs), did matter after all. T2108 plunged along with the stock market for its worst … Read more