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Commodities Oversold, Eyeing The Dollar.

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    October 26, 2011

    Below are trading range charts for 10 major commodities from the Bespoke Group.  All 10 commodities are currently at or below the bottom of their trading ranges, which would suggest at the moment, a good opportunity to get in at oversold levels for investors looking to gain long-term exposure.

    However, U.S. dollar has been strengthening as investors fled the Euro debt and financial crisis seeking safety in the dollar.  Since most commodities are priced in dollar, dollar movement will have considerable impact on commodity prices.  EconMatters guest author, Frank Holmes at US Global Investors, estimates that a 5% appreciation in the dollar could be associated with a 25% decline in commodity prices, based on the relationship between the CRB Index basket of 19 commodities and the Dollar Index.

    So if the U.S. dollar continues to strengthen, which is quite probable with the burning Athens, and the lack of leadership and clarity in the Euro Zone, it would most likely put downward pressures on commodity prices.

    But on the other hand, the U.S. Federal Reserve has already telegraphed the intention of yet another round of quantitative easing (QE3).  So the effect on the dollar, and thus commodities, would depend on how QE3 is implemented.  We suspect that the Fed now understands how QE2 has artificially jacked up commodity prices as well as inflaiton (although they will never admit it in public), and most likely will strive for a “commodity neutral” QE3.

    However, if QE3 does translate into a similar effect to QE2, then commodities would be artificially inflated even further, which would suggest stagflationand hyperinflation could be expected in most of the developed countries, and developing economies, respectively.

    Chart Source: Bespoke Group, Oct. 20, 2011

    Further Reading – Chart of The Day: The Slippery Slope of Sliver

    From Commodities Snapshot: Oversold For Now, Dollar Holds The Key | EconMatters.

    Images: Flickr (licence attribution)

    About The Author

    Dian L.  Chu picture

    CPSM, C.P.M., Chartered Economist, with an MBA from University of Houston.

    I’m a market economist, bilingual in Mandarin Chinese, with cross-industry experience at Fortune 500 companies.

    Currently based in the U.S., I’m also the founder and editor of a syndicated financial blog at EconMatters, and maintain a finance and energy column at NASDAQ.com, and Houston Chronicle’sFuelFix.
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