Have Stocks Reached their “Hindenburg Moment”?

hindenburg omenThe Dow Jones dropped over 200 points on Friday. Weeks from now, we may look back on the day as nothing more than a blip on the radar, or perhaps as the beginning of the end. No matter what the case, what left some traders “abuzz” on Friday was the phenomenon that occurred: the “Hindenburg Omen”.

Essentially a signal of intense stock market volatility and potentially a “major market tumble”, the Omen takes place when the same trading day sees a significant number of stocks either hitting annual highs or lows. On Friday there proved to be more than enough stocks that fit the bill, with a staggering 246 on either end of the spectrum (with most hitting new annual lows).

May this “Hindenburg Omen” accurately predict the stock market’s “Hindenburg Moment” of disaster?

The “smart” money isn’t waiting for the Hindenburg Moment – they’re selling now, “even as the dumb money is busy buying.” Consider billionaire investor George Soros, who recently sold about 80% of his financial stocks. Why is he in such a rush to get out? Or look at real estate investor Bruce Rose, who says he sees no incentive in continuing to invest – and that’s at a time when house prices are rising at the fastest pace in seven years! Why would such a savvy investor shun what appears to be so obvious?

The “smart” money sees the Hindenburg Moment coming because they see the paper markets for what they are: a thin house of cards that currently has no connection to reality. Consider the current state of the markets; they’re at astronomic heights. Then consider the current state of the economy: unemployment is barely coming down (and that’s only by some measures), corporate earnings are hardly increasing and manufacturing output is middling along.

In the face of such a grim reality, you have to wonder how much longer the stock market can keep up the charade.

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Precious metals on the move

London Fix PM price at week’s end, and change over previous Friday:

  • Gold: $1,394.50, up 0.3%
  • Silver: $22.57, up 0.8%
  • Platinum: $1,459.00, up 0.3%
  • Palladium: $744.00, up 2.1%

In the news

“Smart” money moving into gold
“Current dynamics… signal that a significant intermediate-term bottom is forming in the gold market. This does not necessarily mean that prices cannot head lower, but it does mean that prices are attracting commercial buying interest – the smart money – at levels not seen since the financial crisis when gold declined from about $1,000 an ounce and hit a critical low at about $700 an ounce.” – Dima Kash, Euro Pacific Canada analyst (link)

Gold to $3,500? If the debt continues to climb, then yes
“As can be seen from this chart, Gold has never stayed below that ‘stairway to hell’ [statutory debt limit] for very long. Given that the debt limit number is going to continue higher, a re-emergence of Gold strength looks inevitable.” – Tom Fitzpatrick, Citi analyst (link)

Where is gold headed? Not the right question
“Gold will continue to go sideways as it has for 5,000 years. Instead, paper currencies will collapse in their race to the bottom.” – Egon von Greyerz (link)

Collapse due for bond market?
“It is inevitable that the bond market collapses; and when it occurs it will be anything but pedestrian and business as usual… For investors, it is vital to own some protection in the form of precious metals for the coming economic storm.” – Michael Pento (link)

Chart of the week

Quantitative Easing and the S&P 500 – the correlation is hard to deny
quantitative easing and sp 500

The week ahead

  • May unemployment report to be released Friday
  • Monday reports include manufacturing, construction and car/truck sales data
  • U.S. international trade deficit to be released Tuesday
  • ECB to meet Thursday; hints to emerge regarding future policy could impact markets
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