By Bryan Rich
January 25, 7:00 pm EST
Yesterday we talked about the commodities bull market and the move underway in natural gas.
That all continued today, thanks in part to a comment by the U.S. Treasury Secretary, saying “obviously a weaker dollar is good for us.” When the dollar goes down, commodities prices tend to go up, since they are largely priced in dollars. As such, commodities were the top performers of the day – beginning to gain more momentum at multi-year highs.
But as we’ve seen from this chart, this recovery in commodities, which has dramatically lagged in the reflation trade, has a long way to go.
While the markets reacted as if Mnuchin, the Treasury Secretary, was talking down the dollar, the dollar is already in a long-term bear market cycle.
Remember, we looked at this chart (below) of the long-term dollar cycles back in June…
And I said, “if we mark the top of the most recent cycle in early January, this bull cycle has matched the longest cycle in duration (at 8.8 years) and comes in just shy of the long-term average performance of the five complete cycles. The most recent bull cycle added 47%. The average change over a long-term cycle has been 56%. This all argues that the dollar bull cycle is over. And a weaker dollar is ahead. That should go over very well with the Trump administration.”
The dollar is down about 8% since then and is breaking down technically now.
The dollar index is now down 14% in this new bear cycle. And these are the early innings. Based on the dollar cycle, it has a long way to go, and should last for another 5 to 7 years.
So, this dollar outlook is further support for the case for a big run in commodities we’ve been discussing. And as we observed yesterday, in the case of Chesapeake Energy (CHK), the second largest producer of natural gas in the country, the commodities stocks are still extremely underpriced if this scenario for commodities plays out.
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