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

Commodities retrace

The Dow Jones-UBS Commodity Index is retracing to test its new support level at 134. Respect would confirm the primary up-trend, signaled by the earlier breakout and recovery of 13-week Twiggs Momentum above zero. But a falling Shanghai Composite Index warns of weakening demand. Reversal below 134 would suggest a bull trap.

Dow Jones UBS Commodities Index

* Target calculation: 128 + ( 128 – 122 ) = 134

China faces challenges

I have kept Michael Pettis January summary of the four challenges facing China:

  1. China is over-reliant on credit to generate growth;
  2. Attempts to boost consumption will reverse the long-standing subsidy of new investment;
  3. Attempts to resolve excess capacity also slow growth; and
  4. Unrecognized bad debt on bank balance sheets means that growth is overstated.

China’s Shanghai Composite Index is again testing support around 2000. Follow-through below 1990 would signal a primary decline to 1850*. Reversal of 21-day Twiggs Money Flow below zero would warn of medium-term selling pressure. Respect of support is less likely, but would suggest another attempt at 2150/2250.

Shanghai Composite Index

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

China hesitant but Hang Seng bullish

China’s Shanghai Composite Index recovered above 2100, suggesting another test of 2250. 13-Week Twiggs Money Flow oscillating around zero reflects indecision typical of a broad consolidation. Breakout above 2250 would complete a reversal, but breach of 1950 remains as likely and would warn of a decline to the 2008 low of 1700*.

Shanghai Composite Index

* Target calculation: 1950 – ( 2200 – 1950 ) = 1700

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index displays a large bullish ascending triangle on the monthly chart. Breakout above 24000 is more likely and would signal a primary advance, but reversal below the rising trendline would warn of a decline to 20000.

Hang Seng Index

Commodities follow Shanghai Composite

Copper prices, bellwether for the global economy, have been consolidating in a narrow band for almost a year. Breakout above $7500/tonne (and the descending trendline) would indicate a primary up-trend. Reversal below support at $6800/tonne, however, would offer a target of $6000. Narrow oscillation of 13-week Twiggs Momentum around zero reflects the current indecision.

Copper

The monthly chart below illustrates how the Shanghai Composite Index tends to lead broad commodity prices by up to 12 months. The Dow Jones-UBS Commodity Index is testing its descending trendline, but another decline on the Shanghai Index would likely cause further weakness. Recovery above 135 is unlikely at present, but would suggest a primary up-trend.

Dow Jones UBS Commodities Index

Shanghai decline

China’s Shanghai Composite Index found short-term support at 2030 on Tuesday, but another test of the primary level at 1950 appears inevitable. Declining 13-week Twiggs Money Flow warns of selling pressure. Breach of support at 1950 would offer a target of the 2008 low at 1700*.

Shanghai Composite Index

* Target calculation: 1950 – ( 2200 – 1950 ) = 1700