Still Short Gold . . .

Gold got slapped around pretty good today — down $19.

As I mentioned last week, I am short Gold for a trade. This was strictly a technical
trading call
; I still believe a 10% correction is possible — Gold looked
toppy, and gave several other technical and cyclical sell signals before the crackage.

While I think Gold eventually goes much higher, that is strictly a
product of my macro-economic outlook. This technical break looks significant,
and could see Gold pullback towards support, somewhere between $500-520 (See a
weekly chart for the best view).

A few of you have asked my opinion on how gold stocks might behave relative
to or during a market correction. The short answer is "I don’t know."

The longer answer is that I’ve never analyzed companies relative to the
overall market moves; trying to game the execution of company managements ON TOP
OF tracking the precious metal is too difficult. Its an area where I have no
edge or special feel — and no expertise whatsoever.

 

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DISCLOSURE:  Short GLD

Category: Commodities

Government Budget Number Crunching

I do Larry Kudlow’s show whenever he asks, and while I am certainly not the
political wonk he is, I do keep track of the budget process. I want to see how the deficit is shrinking or growing, what changes to the tax code might be coming, and which sectors of the economy are getting a spending boost from Uncle Sam.

That’s a lot of stuff to watch — Fortunately, there’s a terrific set of charts today via the online WSJ: Crunching the Numbers (click each for larger graphics).

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Gainers and Losers:
 

A broader view of what’s growing and shrinking in Bush’s 2007 proposal, in budgetary authority

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Sources: Office of Management and Budget, AP      
*Includes miscellaneous, undistributed offsetting receipts

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Receipts and Outlays
A look at how the federal government is counting on bringing in revenue, and how it plans to spend it in fiscal 2007. All figures in billions unless noted.

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Did you know that thee Estat Tax weas such a modest slice?

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