All-time highs in major stock markets supporting global expansion

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New highs in so many markets are not the stuff of economic collapses but rather these are indicators that are confirming the continuing current global expansion that I consider will develop into a major long term economic boom.  The past couple of months are bringing daylight into this very sunny outlook.

Thanks first of all to the many readers who have generously offered favourable comments on what Dawes Points has tried to achieve.  Your words are greatly appreciated.

Through many years watching markets the observation that turning points almost always occur at extremes of sentiment, whether bullish or bearish, still holds very true.

What has been different this time is that the violence in the market, since the last highs in April 2011, has been accompanied by such vehemence in negative sentiment that a new terminology in bearish views is probably required –  hyperbearic?  Blanket bearishness over China, Europe and the US here and in North America as well has even brought a new local pessimism over the Australian economy into 2014.  Hence, the extreme pessimism results in a build up of cash and then when the change in perception occurs the market trend responses can be surprising.  Let’s hope so and let’s hope it is up.

Nevertheless, keep in mind that it is the performances of the markets that matter not what some economist, former bureaucrat or failed politician thinks he would like to see.

So far many market indices around the world are giving new alltime highs or at least post-GFC highs and rather than looking over-extended are only now breaking out from very long term bases that technically suggest very much higher prices over the next SEVERAL years.

Let’s look at results to date in the major indices and also note the changes since the June 20013 lows and the gentle pullbacks into mid October.  The gains since Dec 2011 are also included.

As at 28 Oct 2013 Current Dec-11 June low Oct low % gain % gain % gain

Dec-11

Jun-13

Oct-13

Russell 2000

1118

741

943

1038

51%

18.6%

7.8%

Wilshire 5000

18794

13190

16442

17563

42%

14.3%

7.0%

NASDAQ

3943

2605

3295

3650

51%

19.7%

8.0%

S&P 500

1760

1258

1560

1647

40%

12.8%

6.8%

Dow Industrials

15570

12217

14511

14719

27%

7.3%

5.8%

Dow Transports

7009

5019

5952

6401

40%

17.8%

9.5%

German DAX

8986

5898

7656

8490

52%

17.4%

5.8%

UK FTSE

6721

5572

6023

6317

21%

11.6%

6.4%

HK Hang Seng

22698

18434

19914

22744

23%

14.0%

-0.2%

Taiwan TW Dow

199

167

183

194

19%

8.9%

2.3%

Sth Korea Kospi

2034

1826

1771

1981

11%

14.9%

2.7%

Shanghai

2133

2199

1850

2123

-3%

15.3%

0.5%

India

20684

19906

18487

19265

4%

11.9%

7.4%

Japan

14088

8455

12415

13749

67%

13.5%

2.5%

ASX 300

5395

4052

4589

5076

33%

17.6%

6.3%

All these gains suggest global confidence is growing and forecasting rising earnings.  Rising earnings encourage investment and investment encourages raw materials demand.  Resources might be lagging but they won’t be too far behind.

The leaders have to date been US small caps but other markets and sectors are actually catching up.

The strength of these markets is remarkable, too, in that the performers are from many different sectors and it may be that the real driving force is innovation.  Innovation in technology, yes, but technology is not just Facebook or Apple. The human spirit is again coming to the fore in so many sectors. Visionaries want to rise up and people everywhere just want to grow and raise their living standards

Innovation is also occurring everywhere in resources from the XRH on-site assaying tool and airborne drones in exploration to searches for greater energy efficiencies for remote sites, LNG Ltd’s new 50% lower capital cost OSMR LNG technology, new studies in communition ( ore grinding!) as well as the ground-breaking Whittle Consulting NPV Mining concept.  Downhole tools in oil and gas and experimentation in fraccing for vertical and horizontal borehole drilling.  Improving efficiencies and cutting costs. Expect much more from Australia’s most dynamic R&D companies in the resources sector!

In my recent discussions with clients and in presentations at conferences my introductory comments have been focussing on the emergence of Social Media as not just a chance for people to chat or exchange photos but as a very powerful New Age global platform for commerce that is open to everyone from the largest corporations to any individual anywhere in the world who has access to the internet.

This will mean a matching up of like-minded people as clients, customers, investors and shareholders.  It will be very significant for all of us.

This New Age technology is not a short maturity cycle for a new widget but rather a rapidly evolving global platform for commerce.  And not just advertising.  It is millions of producers connecting with billions of users and consumers. Each can search out the other for the best quality, newest technology, lowest cost, nearest contact or something else special.   Google Inc is the leader but Facebook with a billion global users will surely initially gain $1 per user, then $10 then $20 then who knows?   At very large margins.  Then there is the commercialisation of Twitter.  Are you connected? Follow me on @DawesPoints.

Tesla electric motor vehicles, 3D printing, Priceline as the US Wotif, Netflix to get movies online to your TV at very competitive pricing,  Amazon is just great and everywhere just like its river namesake, YY a new mobile communications platform (have you heard of WeChat with well over 300m smart phone users in China?) and the list is growing.

Look at some of the recent market performances from a few of these New Age companies.

As at 28 Oct 2013 Current Dec-11 June low Oct low % gain % gain % gain

Dec-11

Jun-13

Oct-13

Google GOOG

1015.00

645.90

847.22

842.98

57%

19.8%

20.4%

Facebook FB

51.95

29.60

22.67

45.26

76%

129.2%

14.8%

Amazon AMZN

363.39

173.10

262.95

296.50

110%

38.2%

22.6%

Yahoo YHOO

32.25

16.37

23.82

31.79

97%

35.4%

1.4%

Apple AAPL

525.96

405.00

388.87

478.28

30%

35.3%

10.0%

Microsoft MSFT

35.73

25.96

32.57

32.80

38%

9.7%

8.9%

Netflix NFLX

328.03

69.29

205.75

282.80

373%

59.4%

16.0%

Tesla TSLA

169.66

26.03

88.25

160.15

552%

92.2%

5.9%

YY YY

46.22

14.17

23.06

41.28

226%

100.4%

12.0%

Priceline PCLN

1070.85

467.71

787.00

972.40

129%

36.1%

10.1%

3D Systems DDD

58.64

9.60

41.05

47.33

511%

42.9%

23.9%

Those sorts of impressive performances make you think that the resources industry is for dinosaurs!!

Well of course that is not the case at all.  Just some stocks are ahead of us at present.

So let’s go back to resources companies.

Over the last several months Dawes Points has focussed on the remarkable weakness in the resources sector despite a background of quite strong demand for commodities and clearly improving global economic growth prospects.  The weak and volatile price of gold has had a lot to do with sentiment but there has almost never been a good case to be put forward for much lower iron ore prices.  Or for almost any resources commodity that would justify the current depressed share price levels of producers or near-producers.

Note that the world’s largest commodity, oil (just over 4,000mtpa), is leading the commodities upward and after the slight weakness of recent weeks seems ready to move higher again.  Iron ore is doing well in this new race and copper looks to be next in line. Zinc, tin, lead, tungsten and uranium should soon be following.

Markets are regaining confidence as things like continuing strong Chinese crude steel production (795mtpa again in September), record import levels of iron ore into China and declining LME metals inventories for copper, zinc and tin.  And the oft-chanted `falling Chinese growth’ has been met by a rise in September and a raspberry for the bears.

LME inventories are declining for some important metals and less than 2 weeks consumption inventory is just not enough.

28 Oct 000 tonnes Index Dec 2011 =100 Dec 2012 June 2013 Oct 2013 Weeks consumption
Copper 480 100 86 180 130 1.2
Zinc 1040 100 147 129 109 4.6
Lead 231 100 91 56 65 1.0
Tin 13 100 99 127 108 1.9
Nickel 235 100 155 208 261 7.7
Aluminium 5397 100 105 109 109 9.5

Nickel and aluminium do have large inventories but the rest are quite tight and zinc will have a large supply crunch not too far out.

So bringing together the `the not-the-end-of-the-world’ scenario we get a rather a very exciting outlook for the resources sector.

Now whilst my `Shanghai 1994 analogue’ of 14 October 2013 raised a few eyebrows (and probably more guffaws!) let’s just look at this more dispassionately.

Firstly, we did get that `strangely stronger’ move in the gold sector on the next day and gold itself jumped higher.

So now look at some of the moves out of those `End Of Financial Year Sales’ June lows and where we might be by the end of December.

Probably at least another 30% from the June lows.

Start with the big stocks because the leaders lead.  North American big cap stocks seem to be leading the leaders.

Stock Code Current$ Dec-11 June low Oct low % gain % gain % gain
As at 28 Oct 2013

Dec-11

Jun-13

Oct-13

Newmont NEM

27.83

60.01

27.07

25.33

-54%

2.8%

9.9%

Barrick Gold ABX

20.14

45.25

14.67

17.13

-55%

37.3%

17.6%

Freeport Copper FCX

37.44

36.79

26.38

32.34

2%

41.9%

15.8%

Alcoa AA

9.24

8.65

7.70

7.82

7%

20.0%

18.2%

Vale Vale

16.08

21.45

12.73

14.90

-25%

26.3%

7.9%

BHP BHP

37.41

34.42

30.43

34.35

9%

22.9%

8.9%

Cliffs Resources CLFV

24.99

62.35

15.50

19.88

-60%

61.2%

25.7%

US Steel X

23.49

26.46

16.12

20.44

-11%

45.8%

14.9%

Fortescue FMG

5.21

4.27

2.87

4.61

22%

81.5%

13.0%

Iluka ILU

9.98

15.50

9.34

9.73

-36%

6.9%

2.6%

Santos STO

14.76

12.24

12.02

14.48

21%

22.8%

1.9%

Woodside WPL

38.45

30.13

33.31

36.95

28%

15.4%

4.1%

Oil Search OSH

8.43

6.25

7.51

8.20

35%

12.3%

2.8%

S&P E&P index XOP

71.44

51.65

55.89

64.97

38%

27.8%

10.0%

Newcrest NCM

10.99

29.60

9.06

10.01

-63%

21.3%

9.8%

Ozminerals OZL

3.73

9.42

3.90

3.70

-60%

-4.4%

0.8%

Pan Aust PNA

2.06

3.20

1.76

1.86

-36%

17.0%

10.8%

ASX Mets and Mins XMM

3370

3722

2653

3094

-9%

27.0%

8.9%

Good recoveries have been made from the June lows but some very strong moves have been made from the October lows with the big US stocks leading.  Alcoa, Freeport, Cliffs and US Steel seem to be saying lots about the future.  ASX stocks have improved but have been lagging.

Catch up time I think.

And look at some of the gains in the second liners.

I know where I want to be.  This is my patch and there is much fun to be had.  Join me for the ride and make sure you have provisions and enough capital because it will be quite a long ride before we need to get off again.

Stock Code Current $ Dec-11 June low Oct low % gain % gain % gain
As at 28 Oct 2013

Dec-11

Jun-13

Oct-13

Drillsearch DLS

1.18

0.80

0.91

1.10

48%

29.7%

7.3%

Senex SXY

0.78

0.62

0.55

0.72

26%

41.8%

9.1%

Buru BRU

1.67

2.40

1.18

1.49

-30%

41.5%

12.1%

Armour Energy AJQ

0.28

0.50

0.19

0.28

-44%

51.4%

1.8%

Beach BPT

1.35

1.21

1.09

1.28

12%

23.9%

5.5%

LNG LNG

0.34

0.27

0.12

0.18

26%

179.2%

91.4%

Silver Lake SLR

0.81

0.64

0.51

0.64

27%

57.8%

26.8%

Kingsgate KCN

1.53

5.70

1.24

1.38

-73%

23.4%

10.9%

Resolute RSG

0.67

1.59

0.56

0.51

-58%

19.1%

32.1%

St Barbra SBM

0.53

1.94

0.37

0.43

-73%

43.8%

22.1%

Medusa MML

2.16

4.45

1.26

1.85

-51%

71.4%

16.8%

Regis Resources RRL

3.62

3.38

2.87

3.41

7%

26.1%

6.2%

Sovereign Gold SOC

0.22

0.28

0.10

0.19

-21%

120.0%

15.8%

ASX Gold Index XGD

2507

6034

1984

2262

-58%

26.3%

10.8%

And then a collection of some smaller stocks:-

Stock Code Current $ Dec-11 June low Oct low % gain % gain % gain
As at 28 Oct 2013

Dec-11

Jun-13

Oct-13

Orecobre ORE

2.43

1.27

1.32

2.15

91%

84.1%

13.0%

Cudeco CDU

2.15

3.70

3.84

1.76

-42%

-44.0%

22.2%

Lamboo LMB

0.09

0.16

0.08

0.06

-41%

25.3%

51.6%

Kings Range Cop KRC

0.11

0.16

0.02

0.06

-29%

358.3%

74.6%

Carbine Tungsten CNQ

0.05

0.11

0.05

0.05

-51%

0.0%

0.0%

Gas2Gird GGX

0.02

0.05

0.02

0.02

-53%

-12.5%

10.5%

Alligator Energy AGE

0.08

0.10

0.02

0.06

-23%

221.9%

31.6%

Ironbark IBG

0.06

0.20

0.04

0.05

-73%

41.0%

17.0%

ASX Small Res XSR

2432

4682

1892

2215

-48%

28.6%

9.8%

So let’s just go back to basics.

The world economy is OK.  SWIFT Nowcasts confirm that and the markets are anticipating it.

The US$ isn’t needed as the safe haven anymore so it and its bond market will just see sellers for quite while now.  You can get all excited about the debt and that gold should zoom etc but the US is a great economy that is having its own renaissance through technology and in manufacturing. Lower wages and the benefits of lower energy costs through shale gas are coming through steadily. Just let the US$ weaken and the stock market rally and we will all be OK.

The US$ wasn’t able to break through the channel so it has to go lower.

http://stockcharts.com/c-sc/sc?s=$USD&p=M&st=1980-07-13&en=(today)&i=p52458081222&a=305083431&r=1382959154040

It is still possible to be very bullish on gold as emerging nations, particularly China and India, just absorb any physical gold and tighten the markets.  A much higher gold price will act as a brake on politicians spending proclivities with other peoples’ money sooner rather than later so it just might be a virtuous circle.  Higher gold means less budget deficits and less debt. We hope anyway.

Gold stocks were `strangely stronger’ on cue.  And gold stocks are EXTREMELY oversold against gold.

So a rally in XAU to 140 (+70% from the June low) and then 180 (up 120%) is fine but a rise from 0.074 on the stocks:gold ratio towards the long term 0.25 says something bigger.

 

XAU   Philadelphia Gold Index    XAU against US$ gold price
http://stockcharts.com/c-sc/sc?s=$XAU&p=D&yr=1&mn=6&dy=0&i=p92731593672&a=318608303&r=1382959253213 http://stockcharts.com/c-sc/sc?s=$XAU:$GOLD&p=M&st=1980-01-03&en=(today)&i=p79093628381&a=295490354&r=1382959394677

I still think that this chart below just might be a good analogue for the next 3-6 months.  Clearly we are in uncharted waters and this is the nearest thing I have seen for a navigation map in these circumstances.  But what will be, will be, but fore-warned is fore-armed.

http://stockcharts.com/c-sc/sc?s=$SSEC&p=W&st=1990-10-14&en=1997-06-02&i=p26606246706&a=319383275&r=1382959646932

If these market moves actually come to pass in direction, if not magnitude, I will feel more inclined to comment on sectors and individual stocks.

I am itching to talk up the wonderful work of our geoscientific explorers over the past few years in copper and other base metals as well as the exotics of rare earths, technology elements like tungsten and graphite and the excitement of Australia’s stealth onshore oil boom.  And of the numerous developments awaiting finance in coal, gold, iron ore and hydrocarbons.

After sitting in on over 150 in-office presentations plus numerous others at conferences I consider that the many extraordinary efforts by our resources managers will result in extraordinary gains for those who participate now.

I hope you are on board.

In keeping with the New Age I have been tweeting some daily comments on markets and stocks so if you are so equipped you can follow me on Twitter @DawesPoints.

28 October 2013
Barry Dawes
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