DAX warns of correction

Germany’s DAX retreated below medium-term support at 9700, warning of a secondary correction. Follow-through below 9600 would confirm. Declining 21-day Twiggs Money Flow, below zero, indicates medium-term selling pressure. Breach of primary support at 8900/9000 is unlikely, but would warn of a primary down-trend. Recovery above 10000 is also unlikely at present, but would indicate an advance to 10500*. Respect of the long-term trendline at 9500 would indicate that momentum and the primary up-trend are intact.

DAX

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

Deutsche Post AG (y_DPW.DE) serves as a bellwether for European markets. Deutsche Post DHL couriers holds a similar position to that of Fedex in US markets. The stock formed a rounding top over the last year and is now testing primary support at 25.00. Breach of support would warn of a slow-down in economic activity.

Deutsche Post AG

The Footsie follows a similar path to the DAX in recent weeks. Reversal below 6700 would warn of a correction; follow-through below 6670 would confirm. Declining 21-day Twiggs Money Flow indicates selling pressure, but respect of the zero line would suggest long-term buying support. Recovery above 6800 is unlikely at present, but would suggest a rally to 6880. Breach of primary support is even less likely, but would signal reversal to a primary down-trend.

FTSE 100

* Target calculation: 6800 + ( 6800 – 6400 ) = 7200

ASX 200 suggests breakout

The ASX 200 again tested resistance at 5550/5560 this morning, as shown on the hourly chart below. The index retreated, but not far, and another attempt is likely provided international markets behave overnight. Breakout above 5560 would suggest a long-term advance to 5800*. Reversal below 5520 is unlikely, but a fall below 5500 would warn of a test of 5375.

ASX 200

* Target calculation: 5400 + ( 5400 – 5000 ) = 5800

Sleeping tigers: Hang Seng and Straits Times threaten breakout

A monthly chart shows Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index headed for a test of long-term resistance at 24000. A 13-week Twiggs Money Flow trough at zero indicates long-term buying pressure. Breakout above 24000 would signal a primary advance with a medium-term target of 27000*. Reversal below 21000 and the rising trendline is unlikely, but would warn of reversal to a primary down-trend.

Hang Seng Index

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

Singapore’s Straits Times Index is testing resistance at 3300. Rising 13-week Twiggs Money Flow indicates medium-term buying pressure. Breakout above 3300 would signal a primary advance to 3600*. Respect of resistance is less likely, but reversal below 3200 would warn of another test of primary support at 3000.

Straits Times Index

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

China’s Shanghai Composite Index remains on an upward path after the PBOC lifted bank credit. Rising 13-week Twiggs Money Flow indicates medium-term buying pressure. Follow-through above 2090/2100 would suggest another test of 2150. Failure of primary support at 1990/2000 is unlikely at present, but would warn of a decline to 1850*.

Shanghai Composite Index

* Target calculation: 2000 – ( 2150 – 2000 ) = 1850

India’s Sensex respected support at 25000. Follow-through above 25700 would signal another test of resistance at 26000/26200. Breakout would offer a target of 27000*. Oscillation of 21-day Twiggs Money Flow around zero warns of hesitancy. Reversal below 25000 is less likely, but would warn of a correction to the primary trendline, around 23000.

Sensex

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

Japan’s Nikkei 225 is finding support at 15000/15200. Declining 21-day Twiggs Money Flow shows medium-term selling pressure typical of a consolidation; respect of zero would suggest another advance. Recovery above 15500 would confirm, offering a target of the December 2013 high at 16300. Reversal below 15000, however, would warn of another test of primary support at 14000.

Nikkei 225

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

S&P 500 pregnant pause

  • S&P 500 advance to 2000 likely.
  • VIX continues to indicate a bull market.
  • ASX 200 finds support.

A Harami candlestick formation on the S&P 500 suggests continuation of the up-trend. Harami means ‘pregnant’ in Japanese. Expect a test of the psychological barrier at 2000. 21-Day Twiggs Money Flow recovery above the descending trendline would confirm that short-term selling pressure has ended. Further resistance is likely at the 2000 level — and at 4000 on the Nasdaq 100. Short retracement or narrow consolidation would suggest another advance. Reversal below 1950 is unlikely, but would warn of a correction to 1900 and the rising trendline.

S&P 500

* Target calculation: 1900 + ( 1900 – 1800 ) = 2000

CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) spiked to 15 on news of the Israeli incursion into Gaza and the downing of Malaysian airlines flight MH17 over Eastern Ukraine, but soon retreated to 12 and remains indicative of a bull market.

S&P 500 VIX

The ASX 200 retreated below support at 5525/5530 on the hourly chart, but long tails at 5500 indicate buying pressure and another attempt at 5550 is likely. An open above 5530 would confirm. Breakout above 5550 would suggest a long-term advance to 5800*. Reversal below 5450 is unlikely, but would signal another test of 5350.

ASX 200

* Target calculation: 5400 + ( 5400 – 5000 ) = 5800

ASX encounters resistance

The ASX 200 gapped up at today’s open, but encountered strong selling at recent highs of 5550 — evidenced by large volume on the hourly chart. The index retreated, but respect of support at 5525/5530 and the rising trendline indicates buyers remain in control. Breakout above 5550 would signal another primary advance, with a long-term target of 5950*.

ASX 200

* Target calculation: 5450 + ( 5450 – 5050 ) = 5950

ASX 200 faces resistance

The ASX 200 is testing resistance at 5540/5560. Oscillation of 21-day Twiggs Money Flow around zero continues to indicate hesitancy. Breakout above 5560 is unlikely, but would offer a target of 5700*. Reversal below 5450 would mean another test of support at 5370.

ASX 200

* Target calculation: 5550 + ( 5550 – 5400 ) = 5700

ASX 200 VIX below 10, however, continues to indicate a bull market.

ASX 200

DAX: No World Cup euphoria

DAX recovered above medium-term support at 9700. This is not just World Cup euphoria as the Footsie displays a similar rise. Follow-through above 9800 would suggest another test of 10000, but declining 21-day Twiggs Money Flow, below zero, indicates medium-term selling pressure. Reversal below 9700 would confirm a correction to the primary trendline at 9500. Breakout above 10000 is unlikely at present, but would indicate an advance to 10500*.

DAX

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

The Footsie shows a similar broadening wedge to the DAX, but Thomas Bulkowski warns they are unreliable continuation patterns. Recovery of 21-day Twiggs Money Flow above the descending trendline would indicate that selling pressure is easing. Reversal below 6700, however, would confirm a correction. Recovery above 6880 is unlikely at present, but would signal an advance to 7200*.

FTSE 100

* Target calculation: 6800 + ( 6800 – 6400 ) = 7200

Nasdaq 100: Expect profit-taking

The Nasdaq 100 is headed for a test of the psychological level of 4000* at roughly the same time the S&P 500 is testing 2000. Expect resistance at these levels, but profit-taking is unlikely to be sufficient to halt the primary up-trend. Rising 13-week Twiggs Money Flow indicates medium-term buying pressure.

Nasdaq 100

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

Dow Jones Industrial Average recovered above 17000, indicating the recent retracement is over. Follow-through above 17100 would offer a target of 17500*. Recovery of 21-day Twiggs Money Flow above the descending trendline indicates selling pressure has ended. Reversal of the index below its (secondary) rising trendline at 16900 is unlikely, but would warn of another correction.

Dow Jones Industrial Average

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

Russell 2000 small caps retreated from resistance at 12.0/12.1. Declining 13-week Twiggs Momentum shows the up-trend is slowing, while reversal below zero would warn of a primary down-trend. Breach of support at 10.8/11.0 would confirm. Recovery above 12.1, however, remains equally likely and would offer a target of 13.0.

Russell 2000

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

Market bullish despite Europe bank worries

  • S&P 500 advance to 2000 likely.
  • Europe warns of correction.
  • China further consolidation expected.
  • ASX 200 hesitant.

US market sentiment remains bullish, while Europe hesitates on Portuguese banking worries. As Shane Oliver observed: “Could there be a correction? Yes. Is it start of new bear mkt? Unlikely. Bull mkts end with euphoria, not lots of caution like there is now…”

The S&P 500 found support between 1950 and 1960, as evidenced by long tails on the last two candles, and is likely to advance to the psychological barrier of 2000. 21-Day Twiggs Money Flow recovery above the descending trendline would confirm that short-term selling pressure has ended. Expect retracement at the 2000 level, but short duration or narrow consolidation would suggest another advance. Reversal below 1950 is unlikely, but would warn of a correction to 1900 and the rising trendline.

S&P 500

* Target calculation: 1900 + ( 1900 – 1800 ) = 2000

CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) remains at low levels indicative of a bull market.

S&P 500 VIX

Dow Jones Euro Stoxx 50 broke support at 3200/3230, warning of a correction to the primary trendline at 3000. Solvency doubts over struggling Portuguese Banco Espirito Santo have roiled European markets. Descent of 21-Day Twiggs Money Flow below zero indicates medium-term selling pressure. Recovery above 3230 is unlikely at present.

Dow Jones Euro Stoxx 50

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

China’s Shanghai Composite Index displays strong medium-term buying pressure, with 21-day Twiggs Money Flow troughs above zero. Follow-through above 2060 would indicate another test of 2090. Breach of primary support is unlikely at present, but would signal a decline to 1850*. Further ranging between 2000 and 2150 is expected — in line with a managed “soft landing”.

Shanghai Composite

* Target calculation: 2000 – ( 2150 – 2000 ) = 1850

The ASX 200 found support at 5450 and appears headed for another test of resistance at 5550. 21-Day Twiggs Money Flow oscillating around zero, however, continues to indicate hesitancy. Reversal below 5450 would signal another test of 5350, while breakout above 5550 would suggest a long-term advance to 5800*.

ASX 200

* Target calculation: 5400 + ( 5400 – 5000 ) = 5800

Banco Espírito Santo roils European markets

Dow Jones Euro Stoxx 50 broke support at 3200/3220, warning of a correction to the primary trendline at 3000. Solvency doubts over struggling Portuguese Banco Espírito Santo have roiled European markets. Recovery above 3200 is unlikely at present.

Dow Jones Euro Stoxx 50

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

ASX 200: Tall blue candles and short red ones

The ASX 200 is once again testing resistance at 5540/5560. Oscillation of 21-day Twiggs Money Flow around zero indicates hesitancy, but tall blue candles followed by short red candles suggests continuation of the rally. Breakout above 5560 would offer a target of 5700*. Reversal below 5450 is unlikely but would mean all bets are off and another test of support at 5370 is on the cards.

ASX 200

* Target calculation: 5550 + ( 5550 – 5400 ) = 5700

ASX 200 VIX close to 10 indicates low risk typical of a bull market.

ASX 200

Asia: India leads but China & Japan improving

China’s Shanghai Composite Index retraced to test the new support level at 2050. A 21-day Twiggs Money Flow trough above zero signals strong medium-term buying pressure. Respect of support is likely and would signal a rally to 2090/2100. Failure is unlikely, but would test primary support at 1990/2000.

Shanghai Composite Index

* Target calculation: 2000 – ( 2150 – 2000 ) = 1850

Divergence on Japan’s Nikkei 225 (21-day Twiggs Money Flow) warns of medium-term selling pressure and another test of support at 15000. Respect of 15000 would confirm a rally to 16000*. Failure is unlikely, but would warn of another test of primary support at 14000.

Nikkei 225

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

India’s Sensex reached its target of 26000. Expect retracement to test the new support level at 25700/26000, but a 21-day Twiggs Money Flow trough above zero signals strong buying pressure. Breach of support is unlikely, but would warn of a correction to 25000. Further advances are likely, with a medium-term target of 27000.

Sensex

* Target calculation: 21000 + ( 21000 – 16000 ) = 26000

Dow breaks 17000

Dow Jones Industrial Average broke medium-term resistance at 17000 — after reaching 16000 in November last year. Expect retracement to test the new support level at 16950/17000. Mild divergence on 21-day Twiggs Money Flow warns of weak selling pressure. Reversal below 16750 is unlikely, but would indicate a correction.

Dow Jones Industrial Average

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

The Nasdaq 100 is on a bit of a tear, with rising 21-day Twiggs Money Flow indicating medium-term buying pressure. Respect of the rising trendline would suggest a rally to 4000*. Penetration of the trendline is unlikely, but would warn of a correction.

Nasdaq 100

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

Europe: Selling pressure

Dow Jones Euro Stoxx 50 is testing support at 3200/3230. Declining 21-day Twiggs Money Flow indicates medium-term selling pressure. Breach of 3200 and the rising trendline would warn of a correction and weakness in the primary up-trend. Recovery above 3300 is less likely, but would suggest another advance.

Dow Jones Euro Stoxx 50

* Target calculation: 3200 + ( 3200 – 3000 ) = 3400

DAX again retreated below the psychological barrier of 10,000. A sharp fall on 21-day Twiggs Money Flow indicates strong medium-term selling pressure. Expect further consolidation between 10000 and 9700. Failure of support would warn of a correction to the primary trendline at 9500. Recovery above 10000 is unlikely at present, but would indicate an advance to 10500*.

DAX

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

The Footsie also shows selling pressure on 21-day Twiggs Money Flow. Expect another test of 6700. Recovery above 6870 is unlikely at present, but would signal an advance to 7200*.

FTSE 100

* Target calculation: 6800 + ( 6800 – 6400 ) = 7200

What a difference a week makes

Summary:

  • S&P 500 advances toward 2000.
  • China respects primary support.
  • ASX 200 rallies.

Market sentiment shifted significantly to the bull side after some solid employment numbers. There are still concerns about low interest rates across the US and other major economies, but these policies are likely to continue — with corporate earnings remaining buoyant — for the foreseeable future. And as Eddy Elfenbein observed: “…market corrections solely due to valuation are fairly rare. If the market’s dropping, earnings usually are too.”

The S&P 500 is advancing towards the psychological barrier of 2000. Weekly (13-week) Twiggs Money Flow recovered above its descending trendline and Daily (21-day) is trending higher, signaling medium-term buying pressure. Expect retracement at the 2000 level, but short duration or narrow consolidation would indicate continued buying pressure and another advance. Reversal below 1950 is unlikely, but would warn of a correction to the rising trendline.

S&P 500

* Target calculation: 1900 + ( 1900 – 1800 ) = 2000

Buoyed by Fed monetary policy, the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) is at extremely low levels, indicative of a bull market.

S&P 500 VIX

The Shanghai Composite Index respected primary support at 1990/2000 and rising Twiggs Money Flow indicates medium-term buying pressure. Follow-through above 2080 would indicate another test of 2150. Further ranging between 2000 and 2150 is expected — in line with a managed “soft landing”. Breach of primary support is unlikely at present, but would signal a decline to 1850*.

Shanghai Composite

* Target calculation: 2000 – ( 2150 – 2000 ) = 1850

The ASX 200 is headed for another test of resistance at 5550 while an up-turn on 13-week Twiggs Money Flow suggests medium-term buying pressure. Twiggs Money Flow has been descending for some time, indicating long-term selling pressure, but failure to breach the zero line suggests buying support and completion of another trough above zero — with a rise above 20% — would confirm the resumption of long-term buying pressure. Breakout above 5550 would offer a long-term target of 5850*. Reversal below support at 5350 is unlikely, but would warn of a down-trend.

ASX 200

* Target calculation: 5400 + ( 5400 – 5000 ) = 5800

Aussie retraces as ASX 200 strengthens

RBA concern over the rising Australian Dollar is increasing, but whether this will motivate governor Glenn Stevens to do more than attempt to talk the market lower remains to be seen. The Aussie retraced to test its new support level, but only a fall below $0.92 would suggest a trend change. Recovery above $0.94 would suggest not, while follow-through above $0.95 would confirm a target of $0.97.

AUDUSD

The ASX 200 broke clear of its descending trendline, suggesting that the correction is over. But 21-day Twiggs Money Flow remains weak and follow-through above 5540/5560 unlikely. Further ranging between 5400 and 5550 seems likely. Reversal below 5380 is now unlikely, but would warn of a test of 5300.

ASX 200

* Target calculation: 5550 + ( 5550 – 5400 ) = 5700

ASX 200 VIX again tracked lower, indicating a bull market.

ASX 200