ASX selling pressure

The ASX 200 is falling sharply despite strong performance in China. Breach of the rising trendline (around 5400) would indicate a correction to test the primary trendline around 5000. The support level is indistinct because of frequent back-filling and could establish anywhere between 5300 and 5450. Reversal of 13-week Twiggs Money Flow below zero after a bearish divergence warns of strong selling pressure. Respect of support at the secondary trendline is therefore unlikely.

ASX 200

* Target calculation: 5650 + ( 5650 – 5450 ) = 5850

The ASX 200 VIX is rising, but low levels remain typical of a bull market.

ASX 200

Dow Jones Shanghai Index continues to make strong gains since commencing a primary up-trend, but expect further resistance between 310 and 315, at the 2013 high.

DJSH

Europe uneasy

Weekly highlights:

  • The Dollar is strengthening
  • Treasury yields (long-term) are rising
  • Gold and crude oil are falling
  • European stocks are bearish
  • US stocks remain bullish

The tenuous ceasefire in Eastern Ukraine appears to be holding, but Europe faces another challenge this week, with a Scottish referendum on independence. Predictions of financial mayhem in the event of a “Yes” vote are, I feel, exaggerated in an attempt to influence the outcome. The official position of the UK government is:

“If a majority of those who vote want Scotland to be independent then Scotland would become an independent country after a process of negotiations.”

The “process of negotiations” is likely to be comprehensive and would resolve most outstanding uncertainties in an orderly fashion. There has been much debate over economic issues, but it is no coincidence that the referendum is being held in the same year as the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, when Scots under Robert the Bruce defeated an English army led by Edward II to regain their independence.

Stock markets

Dow Jones Euro Stoxx 50 remains hesitant, retreating from resistance at 3300. Consolidation above 3200 would be a bullish sign, while breach of 3100 would threaten primary support at 3000. Another 13-week Twiggs Money Flow trough above zero would indicate buying pressure, but reversal below zero would warn of a down-trend.

* Target calculation: 3300 + ( 3300 – 3000 ) = 3600

The S&P 500 is edging lower and follow-through below 1980 would indicate another correction. Respect of support at 1950, however, would suggest that the up-trend is intact. Sideways movement on 21-day Twiggs Money Flow, reflects further consolidation.

S&P 500

* Target calculation: 2000 + ( 2000 – 1900 ) = 2100

CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) below 20 is typical of a bull market.

S&P 500 VIX

China’s Shanghai Composite Index breakout above 2250 signals a primary up-trend. The monthly chart, however, reflects further resistance at 2450/2500*. Rising 13-week Twiggs Money Flow indicates accelerating buying pressure. Reversal below 2250 is most unlikely, but would suggest further consolidation between 2000 and 2250.

Shanghai Composite Index

* Target calculation: 2250 + ( 2250 – 2000 ) = 2500

The ASX 200 broke support at 5540/5560, warning of a correction. Bearish divergence on 21-day Twiggs Money Flow indicates medium-term selling pressure. Respect of support at 5440/5460 would indicate that the primary up-trend is intact, while a fall below 5360 would warn of a down-trend.

ASX 200

* Target calculation: 5650 + ( 5650 – 5450 ) = 5850

European resistance

Germany’s DAX found resistance at 9700/9800. Recovery of 13-week Twiggs Money Flow above zero indicates short-term buying pressure, but the long-term signal remains bearish. Reversal below 9300 would warn of another test of primary support at 9000.

DAX

Dow Jones Euro Stoxx 50 is testing resistance at the recent high of 3300. But declining 13-week Twiggs Money Flow again warns of long-term selling pressure. Breakout above 3300 is unlikely but would suggest another advance, while reversal below 3200 — or Twiggs Money Flow below zero — would warn of another correction.

Dow Jones Euro Stoxx 50

The Footsie appears unfazed by threats of Scottish independence, testing long-term resistance at 6850/6900. 13-Week Twiggs Money Flow troughs above zero indicate healthy buying pressure, but there is a major psychological barrier at the 1999 high of 6900/7000. Narrow consolidation below this level would be a bullish sign, while a correction to test primary support at 6500 would suggest further hesitancy.

FTSE 100

* Target calculation: 7000 + ( 7000 – 6000 ) = 8000

Asian stocks pause

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index continues to encounter resistance at 25000, but respect of support at 24000 and rising 13-week Twiggs Money Flow indicate sustained buying pressure. Breakout would offer a target of 27000*.

Hang Seng Index

* Long-term target calculation: 24000 + ( 24000 – 21000 ) = 27000

China’s Shanghai Composite Index is consolidating after breaking resistance at 2250. Rising 13-week Twiggs Money Flow reflects medium-term buying pressure. The primary trend is up, but expect retracement to test the new support level at 2250.

Shanghai Composite Index

* Target calculation: 2250 + ( 2250 – 2000 ) = 2500

India’s Sensex has reached its long-term target of 27000*, shown here on a quarterly chart. Bearish divergence on 13-week Twiggs Money Flow continues to warn of long-term selling pressure. Respect of the zero line appears likely and would suggest a further advance, but a fall below zero would warn of a decline to test the rising trendline.

Sensex

* Target calculation: 21000 + ( 21000 – 15000 ) = 27000

Japan’s Nikkei 225 index continues its advance towards 16300. Rising 13-week Twiggs Money Flow indicates medium-term buying pressure. Reversal below 15500 is unlikely, but would warn of a test of 14800.

Nikkei 225

ASX 200 finds support

The ASX 200 found support above 5560 and is likely to re-test resistance between 5640 and 5680. Breakout would signal an advance with a target of 5850*. Completion of another 21-day Twiggs Money Flow trough above zero would indicate renewed buying pressure. Reversal below 5540, however, would warn of a test of support between 5440 and 5500 (the rising trendline).

ASX 200

* Target calculation: 5650 + ( 5650 – 5450 ) = 5850

Readings for the ASX 200 VIX remain low, typical of a bull market.

ASX 200

US stocks find support

Dow Jones Industrial Average is consolidating in a narrow band above 17000. Sideways drift on 21-day Twiggs Money Flow reflects hesitancy. Breakout above 17150 remains likely, however, and would offer a target of 17500*. Reversal below 16950, while unlikely, would test the rising trendline around 16700.

Dow Jones Industrial Average

* Target calculation: 16500 + ( 16500 – 15500 ) = 17500

I still expect the Nasdaq 100 to retrace to test its new support level at 4000. A 13-week Twiggs Money Flow trough above zero indicates buying pressure. Respect of support is likely and would offer a target of 4250. Reversal below 4000 is unlikely but would warn of a correction.

Nasdaq 100

* Target calculation: 4000 + ( 4000 – 3750 ) = 4250

Russell 2000 small caps is once again headed for a test of resistance at 12.00 on the monthly chart. Completion of a second 13-week Twiggs Momentum trough at the zero line would suggest a healthy up-trend. Breakout above 12.00 would signal an advance to 13.00*. Breach of support at 11.00 is unlikely, but would warn of a down-trend.

Russell 2000

* Target calculation: 12 + ( 12 – 11 ) = 13

ASX 200 retraces to test new support level

The ASX 200 broke resistance at 5650, but is now retracing to test the new support level. Reversal below 5620 would warn of another test of 5450, but respect of support is more likely and follow-through above 5680 would confirm an advance, offering a target of 5850*. Completion of another 21-day Twiggs Money Flow trough above zero would strengthen the signal.

ASX 200

* Target calculation: 5650 + ( 5650 – 5450 ) = 5850

Low readings for the ASX 200 VIX are typical of a bull market.

ASX 200

Asian tiger leap

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index is retracing to test support at 24000. Respect is likely and recovery above 25000 would confirm a primary advance to 27000*. Rising 13-week Twiggs Money Flow signals buying pressure. Failure of support at 24000 is unlikely, but would warn of a correction.

Hang Seng Index

* Long-term target calculation: 24000 + ( 24000 – 21000 ) = 27000

China’s Shanghai Composite Index broke resistance at 2250, confirming a primary up-trend. Rising 13-week Twiggs Money Flow indicates medium-term buying pressure. Expect retracement to test the new support level.

Shanghai Composite Index

* Target calculation: 2250 + ( 2250 – 2000 ) = 2500

India’s Sensex is testing resistance at the target of 27000*. Completion of a 13-week Twiggs Money Flow trough above zero indicates that buyers have taken control. Expect retracement to test the new support level at 26000. Penetration of the secondary trendline is unlikely, but would warn of a correction to the primary trendline.

Sensex

* Target calculation: 21000 + ( 21000 – 15000 ) = 27000

Japan’s Nikkei 225 index followed through above 15500, suggesting a test of resistance at 16000/16300. Declining 13-week Twiggs Money Flow continues to warn of medium-term selling pressure, but respect of the zero line would signal that buyers have taken control. Reversal below 15500 is unlikely, but would warn of a test of 14800.

Nikkei 225

Footsie resilient while Euro, DAX falter

The Euro is in a primary down-trend, having broken support at $1.35. Declining 13-week Twiggs Momentum (below zero) confirms. Expect short-term support at $1.31 on the weekly chart, with long-term support at $1.27/$1.28.

Euro

Germany’s DAX encountered resistance below 9700/9800 and 13-week Twiggs Money Flow below zero warns of selling pressure. Reversal below 9300 would warn of another test of primary support at 9000.

DAX

Dow Jones Euro Stoxx 50 found similar resistance at 3200. A 13-week Twiggs Money Flow trough above zero, however, would indicate buying pressure, while a fall below zero would warn that sellers dominate. Reversal below 3100 would warn of another test of primary support at 3000.

Dow Jones Euro Stoxx 50

The Footsie shows more resilience, testing long-term resistance at 6850/6900. 13-Week Twiggs Money Flow oscillating above zero indicates long-term buying pressure, but there is a major psychological barrier at 6900/7000 (the 1999 high) that has to be overcome. Breach of support at 6500 is unlikely, but would warn of a reversal.

FTSE 100

* Target calculation: 7000 + ( 7000 – 6000 ) = 8000

Dow finds support

Dow Jones Industrial Average retraced to test support at 17000. Respect is likely and would indicate a fresh advance. Follow-through above 17150 would confirm a target of 17500*. Recovery of 21-day Twiggs Money Flow above its July peak would strengthen the signal. Reversal below 16950 is unlikely, but would warn of another correction.

Dow Jones Industrial Average

* Target calculation: 16500 + ( 16500 – 15500 ) = 17500

The S&P 500 is also testing support — at 2000. Respect would offer a target of 2100*. Follow-through above 2005 would confirm. A small trough above zero on 21-day Twiggs Money Flow is encouraging, but reversal below 20% would warn of selling pressure. Failure of short-term support at 1985/1990 is unlikely, but would warn of another correction.

S&P 500

* Target calculation: 2000 + ( 2000 – 1900 ) = 2100

Low CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) readings are typical of a bull market.

VIX Index

Bellwether transport stock Fedex respected support at $144/$145, indicating another advance. Follow-through above $154/$155 would confirm a healthy up-trend — for both the stock and the economy. Likewise, a 13-week Twiggs Money Flow trough above zero would suggest long-term buying pressure and another primary advance. Breach of support is unlikely, but would warn of a correction to primary support at $129/$130.

Fedex

* Target calculation: 145 + ( 145 – 130 ) = 160

S&P 500 E-mini tests support

The S&P 500 (September 2014) E-mini is retracing for another test of support at 2000. Markets were closed Monday for Labor Day. Respect of support is likely and would signal an advance to 2100*. Follow-through above 2004 would strengthen the signal. Breach of support at 2000 is unlikely, but would warn of another correction.

E-mini

* Target calculation: 2000 + ( 2000 – 1900 ) = 2100

War in Europe

Vladimir Putin has escalated the conflict in Eastern Ukraine with new incursions of tanks backed with artillery, anti-aircraft missile systems and up to 15,000 Russian troops. Intent on seizing as much territory as possible, he is banking on the US/European coalition responding with another slap on the wrist. Each weak response has only made Putin bolder. But where he may miscalculate is that the coalition is aware that its “stick-and-carrot” policy has failed and will be looking for a new approach.

Willingness of the Europeans to endure immediate economic pain in the belief that this will avert a long-term calamity is yet to be tested. Success will depend on France, Spain and Italy’s support for their Northern and Central European neighbours, who face a more immediate threat.

A significant step-up in sanctions is likely and the initial response from European markets will be negative. Sanctions are a two-edged sword and likely to hurt Europe almost as much as they do Russia. But NATO rearmament in the medium-term would somewhat offset the initial cost. Never underestimate the stimulus effect of war on local industry — provided the war is fought outside one’s borders

Germany’s DAX is running into stiff resistance as it approaches 9750. And 13-week Twiggs Money Flow below zero warns of selling pressure, threatening a reversal. Retreat below 9250 would strengthen the signal and failure of support at 8900/9000 would confirm a primary down-trend.

DAX

* Target calculation: 9000 – ( 10000 – 9000 ) = 8000

Dow Jones Euro Stoxx 50 reversal below 3100 and 13-week Twiggs Money Flow below zero would add further weight to the (bear) signal.

Dow Jones Euro Stoxx 50

* Target calculation: 3000 – ( 3300 – 3000 ) = 2700

The S&P 500, unfazed by recent developments in Europe, broke resistance at 2000 to signal an advance to 2100*. A 21-Day Twiggs Money Flow trough above zero indicates rising (medium-term) buying pressure. Reversal below 1990 is unlikely, but would warn of another correction.

S&P 500

* Target calculation: 2000 + ( 2000 – 1900 ) = 2100

CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), shown here on a ten-year chart, indicates low risk typical of a bull market.

S&P 500 VIX

Shanghai Composite Index, responding to PBOC stimulus, is testing resistance at 2250. Rising 13-week Twiggs Money Flow indicates medium-term buying pressure. Breakout would confirm a primary up-trend, signaling an advance to 2500*. Respect of resistance is less likely, but would suggest further consolidation.

Shanghai Composite Index

* Target calculation: 2250 + ( 2250 – 2000 ) = 2500

The ASX 200 is testing resistance at 5650. Continued strength in US and Chinese stocks would improve the chance of an ASX 200 breakout, suggesting an advance to 5850*. Bearish divergence on 13-week Twiggs Money Flow — shown here on a monthly chart — continues to warn of long-term selling pressure. But failure to cross below zero would negate this and completion of another trough above zero would indicate that buyers are back in control. Reversal below 5450 is unlikely, but would warn of a test of primary support.

ASX 200

* Target calculation: 5650 + ( 5650 – 5450 ) = 5850

Let’s be clear about this: Russia is invading Ukraine right now | Vox

From Max Fisher:

…There’s more behind this confusion than just careful diplomacy. Russian President Vladimir Putin learned a crucial lesson from Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad last year, when the latter got away with using chemical weapons against his own people.

That lesson is this: the Western world can set all the red lines it wants — don’t use chemical weapons, don’t invade sovereign countries — but if you cross that red line just a little bit at a time, inching across over weeks and months, rather than crossing it all at once, then Western publics and politicians will get red-line fatigue and lose interest by the time you’re across.

Read more at Let's be clear about this: Russia is invading Ukraine right now – Vox.

ASX finds support

The ASX 200 found short-term support at 5630 and continuation of the US rally would see a breakout above resistance at 5650. Follow-through above 5680 would confirm the advance, offering a target of 5850*. Completion of another 21-day Twiggs Money Flow trough above zero would strengthen the signal. Reversal below 5550 is unlikely, but would warn of a test of primary support at 5360/5380.

ASX 200

* Target calculation: 5650 + ( 5650 – 5450 ) = 5850

Retreat of the ASX 200 VIX below 12 indicates low risk typical of a bull market.

ASX 200

Hang Seng leads Asian recovery

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index broke its 2010 high at 25000, confirming a primary advance and offering a target of 27000*. Rising 13-week Twiggs Money Flow signals continued buying pressure. Reversal below 24000 is unlikely, but would warn of a correction to the rising trendline.

Hang Seng Index

* Long-term target calculation: 24000 + ( 24000 – 21000 ) = 27000

China’s Shanghai Composite Index continues to test resistance at 2250. Breakout would confirm a primary up-trend. Rising 13-week Twiggs Money Flow indicates medium-term buying pressure. Reversal below 2150 is unlikely, but would warn of another test of primary support at 1990/2000.

Shanghai Composite Index

* Target calculation: 2250 + ( 2250 – 2000 ) = 2500

India’s Sensex is retracing to test support at 26000. Respect would confirm the target of 27000*. Declining 13-week Twiggs Money Flow continues to warn of selling pressure. Respect of the zero line would indicate that buyers have taken control, while a fall below zero would warn of a correction. Penetration of the secondary trendline is unlikely, but would indicate a correction to the primary trendline.

Sensex

* Target calculation: 21000 + ( 21000 – 15000 ) = 27000

Japan’s Nikkei 225 index recovered above 15500, suggesting continuation of the advance. Expect resistance between 16000 and 16300. Declining 13-week Twiggs Money Flow warns of medium-term selling pressure, but respect of the zero line would indicate that buyers have taken control. Reversal below 14800 is unlikely, but would warn of a test of primary support at 14000.

Nikkei 225

* Target calculation: 16000 + ( 16000 – 14000 ) = 18000

DAX surges

Germany’s DAX surged after a brief test of support at 9250/9300. Recovery of 21-Day Twiggs Money Flow above zero indicates short-term buying pressure. A trough above the zero line would reflect medium-term buying pressure. Expect resistance at 9700/9800.

DAX

* Target calculation: 9750 + ( 9750 – 9000 ) = 10500

Dow Jones Euro Stoxx 50 also surged, indicating a test of 3250 on the weekly chart. Completion of a 13-week Twiggs Money Flow trough above zero would indicate long-term buying pressure. Reversal below 3100 is unlikely, but would warn of another test of primary support.

Dow Jones Euro Stoxx 50

* Target calculation: 3150 + ( 3150 – 3000 ) = 3300

The Footsie faces strong resistance between 6750 and 7000, as illustrated on the quarterly chart. 13-Week Twiggs Money Flow oscillating above zero indicates a healthy up-trend, but this is a major psychological barrier to overcome. Breach of support at 6400/6500 is unlikely, but would warn of a reversal.

FTSE 100

* Target calculation: 700 + ( 7000 – 6000 ) = 8000

Dow signals fresh advance

Dow Jones Industrial Average recovered above 17000, signaling a fresh advance. Follow-through above 17150 would confirm a target of 17500*. Leveling off of 21-day Twiggs Money Flow in recent days, however, indicates (short-term) resistance. Reversal below 16950 is unlikely, but would warn of a test of 16750.

Dow Jones Industrial Average

* Target calculation: 16500 + ( 16500 – 15500 ) = 17500

The S&P 500 is again testing resistance at 2000. Breakout would offer a target of 2250*. Recovery of 13-week Twiggs Money Flow above its recent (July 2014) high would confirm buying pressure. Reversal below 1950 is unlikely, but would warn of another test of (primary) support at 1900.

S&P 500

* Target calculation: 1500 + ( 1500 – 750 ) = 2250

Declining CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) readings suggest continuation of the bull market.

VIX Index

The Nasdaq 100 broke through the psychological level of 4000. Expect retracement to test the new support level. Respect is likely and would confirm another advance. Recovery of 13-week Twiggs Money Flow above its recent (July 2014) high would confirm buying pressure. Reversal below 4000 is unlikely but would warn of a test of support and the rising trendline at 3750.

NASDAQ 100

* Target calculation: 4000 + ( 4000 – 3750 ) = 4250

Euro, Yen plunge against Dollar

The Euro broke support at $1.33, signaling a further decline against the Dollar with a target of $1.30*. Falling 13-week Twiggs Momentum, below zero, warns of a strong down-trend. Recovery above $1.35 is most unlikely, but would suggest that the down-trend is slowing.

Euro/USD

* Target calculation: 1.35 – ( 1.40 – 1.35 ) = 1.30

The recent rally of the Euro against the Russian ruble has faltered. An economic contraction and rising tensions over Eastern Ukraine both contributed. The Euro remains in an up-trend and recovery above RUB 49 would suggest another attempt at the previous high of RUB 51. But failure of support at RUB 46 would signal a primary down-trend. 13-Week Twiggs Momentum oscillating close to zero reflects current uncertainty.

Euro/Rouble

Vladimir Putin is attempting to exploit fault lines in the US/European alliance, targeting the powerful European farming and motor industry lobbies. Unauthorized incursions into Ukrainian territory by his white-painted “aid convoy” are another example, where the infringement is so apparently inoffensive that Angela Merkel will find it difficult to convince her European allies to escalate sanctions further. Failure to react will merely embolden Putin to conduct further minor infringements in defiance of the EU, confident in their response, until the Ukraine suffers “death by a thousand cuts”.

Putin

Only if the US/EU adopt an aggressive escalation, as suggested here on Defence & Freedom, are they likely to contain Russian aggression.

“…a defensive and reactionary game plan makes one predictable. The very existence of a crisis should be understood as a hint that someone used this predictability to predict the outcome of a produced crisis — and arrived at the conclusion that it’s a good idea. Aka failure of deterrence.”

Japan

As with the Euro, the Japanese Yen is also weakening against the Dollar. The Greenback broke resistance at ¥103.50, signaling a rally to test the 2013 high. Follow-through above ¥104 would confirm. Rising 13-week Twiggs Momentum above zero strengthens the signal. Reversal below ¥103 is unlikely, but would warn of another test of primary support at ¥101.

USD/JPY

Australia

The Aussie Dollar, however, is holding its own — ranging between $0.92 and $0.95 against the US Dollar. The narrow band and 13-week Twiggs Momentum holding above zero both suggest continuation of the up-trend. Breakout above $0.95 would suggest a target of $0.97. Reversal below $0.92 is unlikely at present, but would warn of a decline to the band of support between $0.87 and $0.89.

Aussie Dollar

The ASX 200, retracing slightly from resistance at 5650, is also influenced by strong foreign investment flows. Indications are predominantly bullish, including 21-day Twiggs Money Flow forming troughs above zero. Follow-through above 5660 would signal another advance, with a medium-term target of 5850. Reversal above 5550 is unlikely, but would warn of another test of primary support.

ASX 200

* Target calculation: 5650 + ( 5650 – 5450 ) = 5850