S&P 500 recovery

The S&P 500 recovered above 1850, suggesting an advance to 1950. Breakout above 1900 would confirm. Recovery of 21-day Twiggs Money Flow above its descending trendline indicates that selling pressure is easing. Reversal below 1840 is less likely, but would warn of a test of primary support at 1750.

S&P 500

* Target calculation: 1850 + ( 1850 – 1750 ) = 1950

CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) retreated to 14, indicating low risk typical of a bull market.

VIX Index

The Nasdaq 100 found strong support at 3400 on the weekly chart. Recovery above 3600 would suggest an advance. Breakout above 3700 would confirm, offering a target of 4000*. Recovery of 13-week Twiggs Money Flow above zero would be a bullish sign. Respect of resistance at 3600 would be bearish.

Nasdaq 100

* Target calculation: 3700 + ( 3700 – 3400 ) = 4000

The primary trend continues upward and none of our market filters indicate elevated risk.

Europe hesitant

The Euro is retracing to test support at $1.37 on the monthly chart. Bearish divergence on 13-week Twiggs Momentum continues to warn of medium-term weakness, and penetration of the rising trendline/support at $1.35 would warn of a bull trap. Follow-through above $1.40 is unlikely at present, but would signal an advance to $1.46*.

Euro

* Target calculation: 1.37 + ( 1.37 – 1.28 ) = 1.46

Dow Jones Euro Stoxx 50 found support at 3100. Recovery above 3180 would signal another advance, but bearish divergence on 13-week Twiggs Momentum suggests weakness. Failure of 3100 would warn of a correction to test 2900/3000.

Dow Jones Euro Stoxx 50

The DAX found support at 9200 and recovery above 9400 would suggest another test of 9800. Breakout above 9800 is unlikely, but would offer a target of 10600*. Bearish divergence on 13-week Twiggs Money Flow continues to indicate medium-term selling pressure, until the descending trendline is broken. Further consolidation between 9000 and 9800 is the most likely outcome. Breach of primary support at 9000 is unlikely, but would signal reversal to a primary down-trend.

DAX

DAX Volatility is rising, but continues to indicate low risk typical of a bull market.

DAX

The Footsie similarly found support at 6500. Recovery above 6750 would signal another attempt at 6850. 13-Week Twiggs Money Flow oscillating above zero continues to indicate healthy (long-term) buying pressure. Reversal below 6400 (and the rising trendline) is unlikely, but would signal a primary reversal. Breakout above 6850 is also unlikely at this stage, so again further consolidation is the most likely outcome.

FTSE 100

India, China strengthen while Japan falters

Japan’s Nikkei 225 is testing primary support at 14000, while a large bearish divergence on 13-week Twiggs Money Flow warns of long-term selling pressure. Follow-through below 14000 would confirm a primary down-trend. Recovery above 15000 and the descending trendline is unlikely, but would indicate an advance to 16000*.

Nikkei 225

* Target calculation: 15000 + ( 15000 – 14000 ) = 16000

Bullish divergence (13-week Twiggs Money Flow) on the Shanghai Composite Index signals medium-term buying pressure. Breakout above 2180 would complete a double bottom reversal. Breach of primary support at 1980 is unlikely, but would offer a target of 1750*.

Shanghai Composite Index

* Long-term target calculation: 2000 – ( 2250 – 2000 ) = 1750

Indian exchanges were closed Monday. A long-term view of the Sensex displays a healthy up-trend, with 13-week Twiggs Money Flow trough above zero indicating buying pressure. Target for the latest advance is 23000*, but reversal below 22000 would warn of a correction to test the new support level at 21000.

Sensex

* Target calculation: 21500 + ( 21500 – 20000 ) = 23000

Aussie strong despite ASX

The ASX 200 broke its rising trendline and short-term support to signal a correction. Declining 21-day Twiggs Money Flow indicates short-term selling pressure (a trough that respects zero would be a bullish sign). Breach of 5290/5300 would warn of a test of primary support at 5050. Failure of primary support is unlikely, but would signal a down-trend. Recovery above 5460 is also unlikely at present, but would signal a fresh advance.

ASX 200

* Target calculation: 5450 + ( 5450 – 5300 ) = 5600

ASX 200 VIX is rising, but continues to indicate low risk typical of a bull market.

ASX 200

The Aussie Dollar remains strong, consolidating at $0.94 despite ASX weakness. Bullish divergence on 13-week Twiggs Momentum signals a primary up-trend, but we may see the RBA intervene to prevent this. The RBA may need to follow the RBNZ, with macro-prudential controls, to take the steam out of the housing market (setting a maximum LVR percentage, for example) if further rate cuts become necessary.

Aussie Dollar

* Target calculation: 0.93 + ( 0.93 – 0.91 ) = 0.95

Crude and commodities rising

Nymex Light Crude is headed for a test of resistance at $105/barrel*. Recovery of 13-week Momentum above zero indicates a primary up-trend. Breakout above $105 would confirm, offering a target of $112*. Brent crude, however, continues to range between $104 and $112/barrel.

Brent Crude and Nymex Crude

* Target calculation: 105 + ( 105 – 98 ) = 112

The Dow Jones-UBS Commodity Index respected its new support level at 134, confirming a primary up-trend. The signal reinforces earlier recovery of 13-week Twiggs Momentum above zero. Target for the advance is 143. Reversal below 134 is now unlikely, but would warn of a bull trap.

Dow Jones UBS Commodities Index

* Target calculation: 134 + ( 134 – 125 ) = 143

Gold and inflation

Inflation expectations are falling, as suggested by a weaker gold price and treasury yields. The Dollar, however, is also weakening in response to low interest rates and should provide some support for precious metal prices.

Interest Rates and the Dollar

The yield on ten-year Treasury Notes is falling, reflecting a dovish outlook on inflation, and testing the base of the recent consolidation at 2.60 percent. Breach of primary support at 2.50 percent would signal a primary down-trend, with an immediate target of 2.00 percent*. Reversal of 13-week Twiggs Momentum below zero also warns of weakness. Recovery above 2.80 is less likely, but would suggest another advance.

10-Year Treasury Yields

* Target calculation: 2.50 – ( 3.00 – 2.50 ) = 2.00

The Dollar Index is heading for a test of primary support at 79.00. Peaks below the zero line on 13-week Twiggs Momentum suggest a primary down-trend. Breach of primary support at 79.00 would confirm, offering a target of 76.50*.

Dollar Index

* Target calculation: 79.0 – ( 81.5 – 79.0 ) = 76.5

Gold and Silver

Spot gold found support at $1280/ounce, but narrow candles for the last two weeks indicate an absence of buying pressure. Reversal below $1280 would test primary support at $1200. Completion of a 13-week Twiggs Momentum trough above zero would be a bullish sign, although breakout above $1400 remains unlikely.

Spot Gold

Silver is more bearish and failure of primary support at $19/ounce would signal continuation of the primary down-trend, offering a target of $16. Bullish divergence on 13-week Twiggs Momentum, however, points to an up-trend and breakout above $22 would confirm. Behavior of silver is likely to be mimicked by gold (and vice versa). This is a tough one to call and the outcome may well be further consolidation.

Spot Silver