Beware of the Bear

This time it’s not the Russian bear but stock market bears that we need to beware of. Signals across global markets warn of a major down-turn.

North America

The S&P 500 respected resistance at 2000, the false break warning of a bull trap. A 21-day Twiggs Money Flow peak just above zero indicates (medium-term) selling pressure. Recovery above 2000 is unlikely, but would signal a relieving rally. Breach of support at 1870 would confirm the primary down-trend.

S&P 500 Index

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

The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) is holding above 20, indicating elevated market risk.

S&P 500 VIX

NYSE short sales spiked up close to 1.2 billion on Friday, September 18th.

NYSE Short Sales

13-Week Twiggs Money Flow crossed below zero on the (S&P 500) weekly chart, warning of a primary down-trend.

S&P 500 Index

Dow Jones Industrial Average is testing support at 16000. Decline of 13-week Twiggs Money Flow below zero warns of a primary down-trend. Breach of 16000 would confirm the signal.

Dow Jones Industrial Average

Canada’s TSX 60 retreated below 790, confirming a primary down-trend. Declining 13-week Twiggs Momentum below zero strengthens the signal.

TSX 60 Index

* Target calculation: 800 – ( 900 – 800 ) = 700

Europe

Germany’s DAX retreated below support at 10000. Decline of 13-week Twiggs Money Flow below zero again warns of a primary down-trend.

DAX

The Footsie is in a similar position, with 13-week Twiggs Money Flow below zero. Breach of support at 6000 would confirm a primary down-trend.

FTSE 100

Asia

The Shanghai Composite Index continues to test (government-backed) support at 3000. Recovery above 3500 is most unlikely. Breach of 3000 would warn of a sharp sell-off.

Dow Jones Shanghai Index

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index bear rally failed and the index is again testing support at 21000. Breach would confirm the primary down-trend signaled by 13-week Twiggs Money Flow.

Hang Seng Index

Japan’s Nikkei 225 is having difficulty breaking resistance at 19000. Gradual decline on 13-week Twiggs Money Flow suggests medium-term selling pressure, but reversal of 13-week Momentum below zero warns of a primary down-trend.

Nikkei 225 Index

* Target calculation: 17500 – ( 19000 – 17500 ) = 16000

India’s Sensex respected resistance at 26500. Reversal below 25000 would confirm a primary down-trend. 13-Week Twiggs Money Flow holding above zero indicates medium-term buying pressure.

SENSEX

But 13-week Twiggs Momentum below zero warns of a primary down-trend.

SENSEX

* Target calculation: 25000 – ( 26500 – 25000 ) = 23500

Australia

The ASX 200 also displays medium-term buying pressure, with rising 21-Day Twiggs Money Flow. But this is unlikely to withstand global bearish forces. Breach of 5000 would confirm a primary down-trend. Recovery above 5300 is most unlikely, but would indicate a bear rally.

ASX 200

* Target calculation: 5000 – ( 5400 – 5000 ) = 4600


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Deleveragings go on for about 15 years. The process of raising debt relative to incomes goes on for 30 or 40 years, typically. There’s a last big surge, which we had in the two years from 2005 to 2007 and from 1927 to 1929, and in Japan from 1988 to 1990, when the pace becomes manic. That’s the classic bubble. And then it takes about 15 years to adjust.

~ Ray Dalio, Bridgewater Associates