During the course of the five year bull market that appears to have ended last October, the technology and commodities sectors have been two areas where a considerable amount of speculative money has flowed in search of extraordinary returns.
Since October, money has flowed out of technology, as indicated by the action in IGM, a popular technology ETF. Conversely, speculative money has been flowing in large quantities into commodities, as the action in gold, agriculture, oil, natural gas and other commodities can attest to. While there are a number of commodities indices and ETFs out there, many of them (notably the CRB Index, but also the GSCI) have such a heavy weighting in oil and gas as to make them de facto energy indices and not a good proxy for a broader representation of industrial metals, precious metals, agricultural commodities and the like. For this reason, I have chosen to highlight the iPath Dow Jones AIG Commmodity Index (DJP) as my broad-based commodities benchmark (the Rogers International Commodity Index, ticker RJI, is also broadly diversified, but is only it its fifth month of operation.)
Looking at a ratio of the IGM and DJP ETFs or stacking them on top of each other, as I have done below, you can see the flow of speculative money out of technology and in to commodities. For those seeking a strong upward trend in the current downturn, commodities represent an excellent opportunity. Conversely, when speculative money starts flowing out of commodities and back in to technology, expect to see the NASDAQ and other broad indices stage a more sustained move to the upside.