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Jeff Saut: Gold Polished for a Breakout?


Maybe - but now is the time to harvest profits, hedge your bets.

Editor's Note: The following article was written by Raymond James Chief Investment Strategist Jeff Saut. It has been reproduced with permission for the benefit of the Minyanville community.

Nine and a half weeks.

This refers not to the movie with Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger, but rather to the current buying stampede - will it eclipse the record upside skein of 41 sessions?

In Last Week of the Selling Stampede?, I wrote:

"I have suggested the lows were likely going to come with either a whimper or a bang. Indeed, on CNBC last Monday, I said the bear case was now completely on the table. Typically, when the bear case is on the table, at least 90% of the stock market's decline is already priced into the various market averages.

The question then becomes, does the decline end with a whimper, or a bang? A bang would be a selling climax, like the one seen at the 1987 lows. A whimper might just be like the pattern seen at the 1974 stock market lows, whereby the DJIA made a selling dry-up low.

Recall the events of the 1974 bottoming sequence. President Nixon resigned in August, and the DJIA declined some 27% into its October low of 584. From there a stutter-step rally ensued that would lift the senior index 15.5% (to 675) before peaking in November. The Dow subsequently declined to a new 12-year low, which undercut the October low of 584, and in the process totally annihilated optimism by registering a new bear market low reading of 577 on substantially reduced volume (read: selling dry-up).

And that was it: The DJIA rallied into the new year, and, on January 27, 1975, a Dow Theory buy signal was rendered; the rest, as they say, is history. Worth mentioning is that the rally off the December 1974 low began as a short covering bear-market rally, but turned into a bear-market bottom that was never breached.

Whether that pattern plays this time remains to be seen, but I think the major market averages are at/close to at least a tradable low - maybe more."

At the time, while every indicator suggested the stock market was going to bottom that week, I had no idea that the equity markets were about to embark on a buying stampede of such proportions. Indeed, it was some 8-10 sessions later that my firm deemed it a buying stampede.

Alas, life can only be understood in retrospect. Nevertheless, today is session 35 in the buying stampede, and I remain cautious. There are 2 things investors should consider: Firstly, I can find no instances whereby the equity markets have gone back down and broken below a major low (like the demonic 666 low recorded by the S&P 500 (SPX) on March 6) in only 6-8 weeks. Three months later, yes, but not after only 6-8 weeks.

Second, everybody's waiting for the worst to happen -- for the second shoe to drop -- but it's already happened. As I've said, "If it gets any worse than it was at the November 2008 'lows,' and the subsequent March 2009 'undercut lows,' they might as well close the NYSE, and I'll retire."
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