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

China dousing the flames with gasoline

The PBOC is dousing the flames with gasoline, adding further credit to prevent a slow-down. The longer this goes on, the more precarious their situation will become.

Shanghai Composite Index lifted above 2060/2065, indicating continuation of the rally to 2090. Rising 21-day Twiggs Money Flow troughs above zero signal strong medium-term buying pressure. Breakout above 2090/2100 would suggest another test of 2150. Failure of primary support at 1990/2000 is unlikely, but would warn of a decline to 1850*.

Shanghai Composite Index

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

India’s Sensex retraced to test support at 25000 after reaching its target of 26000. Respect would signal continuation of the advance, but 21-day Twiggs Money Flow below zero warns of selling pressure. Breach of support would warn of a correction to the primary trendline, around 23000.

Sensex

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

The weekly chart of Japan’s Nikkei 225 (21-day Twiggs Money Flow) shows the index consolidating below 15500. 13-Week Twiggs Money Flow holding above zero signals long-term buying pressure. Breakout above 15500 would test the December 2013 high at 16300. Reversal below 15000 is less likely, but would warn of another test of primary support at 14000.

Nikkei 225

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

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

Commodities weak except for crude

  • Chinese stocks test long-term support
  • Commodities weaken
  • Crude oil remains high

China’s Shanghai Composite Index continues to test long-term support. 13-Week Twiggs Momentum holding below zero suggests continuation of the primary down-trend.

Shanghai Composite Index

Commodity prices are weakening, with Dow Jones-UBS Commodity Index breaking support at 133 to warn of another test of long-term support at 122/124. Reversal of 13-week Twiggs Momentum below zero would strengthen the signal.

Dow Jones UBS Commodities Index

Crude oil remains strong. The chart below plots WTI Light Crude over the consumer price index. The ratio is well above the historical average and is acting as a significant hand-brake on the post-GFC recovery.

Nymex WTI Crude

Considering the holes made in GDP (the green line) by crude oil spikes over the last 40 years, you can understand why Janet Yellen is reluctant to raise interest rates despite falling unemployment.

Nymex WTI Crude

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

Enough to make Gazputin grin

  • Chinese stocks drift lower
  • Crude oil rising
  • Other commodities weak

China’s Shanghai Composite Index continues to drift lower on the long-term, monthly chart.

Shanghai Composite Index

Apart from crude oil, commodity prices have fared little better. But crude plays such a dominant role in most commodity indices that they appear more buoyant. Dow Jones-UBS Commodity Index rallied to 140 before retracing for another test of primary support. Oscillation of 13-week Twiggs Momentum around zero, however, does not suggest a significant trend.

Dow Jones UBS Commodities Index

Crude oil is doing a lot better, heading for another test of $110/barrel on the back of supply threats from geo-political tensions. The ascending triangle is very large, but breakout would suggest a long-term target of the 2008 high at $145*.

Brent Crude and Nymex Crude

* Target calculation: 110 + ( 110 – 75 ) = 145

…Enough to make even Gazputin grin.

Vladimir Putin

Read more at Bloomberg, June 2013: Gazprom’s Demise Could Topple Putin

A good week for the S&P 500 but not the ASX

Summary:

  • Good week for US markets.
  • China continues to threaten further down-side.
  • The ASX 200, pulled in opposite directions, is range bound for the present.
  • Momentum strategies require persistence.

The S&P 500 broke through 1950 and is expected to test the next resistance level at 2000*. Rising 21-day Twiggs Money Flow signals medium-term buying pressure. Reversal below 1925 is unlikely at present but would warn of a correction.

S&P 500

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

The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) continues its downward path, indicating low risk typical of a bull market.

S&P 500 VIX

The Shanghai Composite Index rebounded Friday after a tough week and continues to test primary support at 1990/2000. Breach of support would signal a decline to 1850*. 21-Day Twiggs Money Flow oscillating above zero indicates buying support; a fall below zero would suggest selling pressure. The primary trend is expected to continue its downward path, but this is a managed descent and an abrupt fall seems unlikely.

Shanghai Composite

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

After a strong surge on Thursday the ASX 200 retreated below 5450 on Friday, suggesting another test of support at 5400. Reversal of 21-day Twiggs Money Flow below zero indicates medium-term selling pressure. Breach of support is likely and would indicate a correction to 5300. Recovery above 5500 is unlikely at present, but the long-term trend remains upward.

ASX 200

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

Resist the urge to avoid discomfort

Momentum stocks have suffered a fair degree of turbulence since April, after a strong first quarter. Investors unfortunately have to endure periods like this, when the market appears hesitant or lacks direction, in much the same the same way as travelers can expect turbulence during an air flight. It is important is to resist the urge to avoid discomfort by exiting positions. Enduring uncomfortable parts of the journey are necessary if you want to reach your intended destination. Our research on both the ASX and S&P 500 has shown that attempting to time secondary movements in the markets does not enhance but erodes performance: the average (re-)entry price is higher than the average exit price after accounting for brokerage.

A basic rule of thumb in investing is that investors need to endure higher volatility in order to achieve higher returns. If your investment time frame is long-term, it is important to focus on the end result and not be overly concerned by weekly fluctuations.

Asian stocks revive

India’s Sensex is retracing to test the new support level at 25000. Respect would confirm an advance to 26000*. The primary trend is up and rising 21-day Twiggs Money Flow suggests buying pressure. Breach of 25000 is unlikely, but would warn of a test of 24000.

Sensex

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

China’s Shanghai Composite Index is headed for another test of 2150 after breaking resistance at 2050. A 21-day Twiggs Money Flow trough at zero signals medium-term buying pressure. Breakout above 2150 is unlikely, but would complete a triple-bottom reversal. Reversal below primary support at 1990/2000 also appears unlikely at present, but would signal a decline to 1850*.

Shanghai Composite Index

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

Japan’s Nikkei 225 found resistance at 15000/15200 on the weekly chart. A 13-week Twiggs Money Flow trough above zero signals long-term buying pressure. Breakout above 15200 would target 16000. Reversal below 14800 is unlikely, but would signal a test of primary support at 14000.

Nikkei 225

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

Hang Seng Index

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

Asia: India bullish but China weak

India’s Sensex found support at 24000. Recovery above 25000 would signal a fresh advance to 26000*. Breach of support is unlikely, but would warn of further correction. The primary trend is up and bearish divergence on 13-week Twiggs Money Flow indicates nothing more than medium-term selling pressure from the present correction.

Sensex

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

China’s Shanghai Composite Index continues to test primary support at 2000. Follow-through below 1990 would signal a decline to 1850*. Reversal of 13-week Twiggs Money Flow below zero signals medium-term selling pressure. Recovery above 2150 is unlikely, but would complete a triple-bottom reversal.

Shanghai Composite Index

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

Japan’s Nikkei 225 rebounded off primary support and is testing resistance at 15000. Follow-through above 15200 would signal another test of 16000. Recovery of 13-week Twiggs Money Flow above 20% would confirm long-term buying pressure. Reversal below 14000 is unlikely, but would signal a primary down-trend.

Nikkei 225

China Japan threaten further decline

China’s Shanghai Composite Index is testing primary support at 2000. Follow-through below 1990 would signal a decline to 1850*. Reversal of 21-day Twiggs Money Flow below zero would signal medium-term selling pressure. Respect of primary support at 2000, however, would suggest another rally to 2150.

Shanghai Composite Index

* Long-term target calculation: 2000 – ( 2150 – 2000 ) = 1850

Japan’s Nikkei 225 is testing primary support at 14000. 21-Day Twiggs Money Flow below zero indicates medium-term selling pressure. Follow-through below 13900 would confirm a primary down-trend. Respect of primary support is unlikely, but would indicate a rally to 15000.

Nikkei 225

* Target calculation: 14000 – ( 15000 – 14000 ) = 13000

India bullish while China, Japan remain weak

Sometimes monthly charts provide a clearer view of market direction by eliminating short-term noise.

India’s Sensex displays a primary advance, since breaking resistance at 21000, offering a long-term target of 26000*. Rising 13-week Twiggs Money Flow troughs above zero indicate strong buying pressure. Correction to test the rising trendline and support at 22000 should not be ruled out, but the primary trend is upward.

Sensex

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

The Shanghai Composite Index continues its gradual descent to a carefully managed soft-landing. Declining 13-week Twiggs Money Flow indicates selling pressure. Breach of primary support at 1980 would offer a target of 1750*.

Shanghai Composite Index

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

Japan’s Nikkei 225 is testing primary support at 14000, while a large bearish divergence on 13-week Twiggs Money Flow warns of selling pressure. Breach of 14000 would confirm a primary down-trend. Recovery above 15000 and the descending trendline, however, would indicate another test of 16000*.

Nikkei 225

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

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

Are we in a bull market?

A simple reflection of the weekly trend on major markets using Ichimoku Cloud. Candles above the cloud indicate an up-trend, below the cloud indicates a down-trend, while in the cloud reflects uncertainty. From West to East:
S&P 500
S&P 500
Footsie
FTSE 100
DAX
DAX
ASX 200
ASX 200
Nikkei 225 is testing primary support at 14000 and looks a bit weaker
Nikkei 225
While China is holding above primary support at 1950/2000 but shows no clear trend
Shanghai Composite

Overall, there is a strong case for a bull market.

China: Shanghai falters

China’s Shanghai Composite Index encountered resistance at 2100 last week. Reversal below long-term support at 1950 would signal a decline to the 2009 low of 1650*. 13-week Twiggs Money Flow below zero indicates selling pressure. Recovery above 2180 is unlikely, but would complete a double-bottom reversal.

Shanghai Composite Index

* Target calculation: 1950 – ( 2250 – 1950 ) = 1650

China rebound boosts ASX

China’s Shanghai Composite Index found strong support at 1990/2000. Breakout above 2080 would suggest a rally to 2150. Rising 21-day Twiggs Money Flow indicates medium-term buying pressure. Breach of 1990 is now unlikely, but would warn of a decline to 1850.

Shanghai Composite Index

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

The ASX 200 responded with buying support, signaled by two long tails, at 5290. Recovery above 5380 would suggest another advance (confirmed by breakout above 5460), while failure of 5290 would signal continuation of the correction towards primary support at 5050.

ASX 200

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

ASX 200 VIX below 13 indicates low market risk.

Shanghai threatens primary support

China’s Shanghai Composite Index is again testing primary support at 1990/2000. The triangle formation on 21-day Twiggs Money Flow indicates uncertainty. Breach of 1990 would warn of a primary decline to 1850. Respect is less likely, but would suggest a (bear) rally to 2080.

Shanghai Composite Index

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

China threatens decline

China’s Shanghai Composite Index is testing primary support at 2000. Breach would warn of a decline to 1850*. Follow-through below 1990 would confirm. Reversal of 21-day Twiggs Money Flow below zero would also warn of a primary down-trend. Recovery above 2080 is unlikely, but would indicate another test of 2150.

Shanghai Composite Index

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