China goes all-in on the Yuan

China is betting that it can use its more than $3 Trillion of foreign reserves to stare down hedge funds betting on a collapse of the Yuan. Any sign of weakness in the Yuan would fuel further speculation and flight to safety. The caterpillar on the right of the daily chart reflects PBOC efforts to support the Yuan (prevent further appreciation of USDCNY).

USDCNY

But you need plenty of bikkies (chips) to stand firm against the market and China is depleting its foreign reserves to buy up Yuan. IMF figures to September last year show a substantial fall in foreign reserves (excluding gold) but the pace has accelerated and I suspect China must now be close to the $3 Trillion mark (from a high of $4.0T in June 2014).

China Foreign Reserves ex-Gold

China’s sell-off of foreign reserves has had an unusual impact: in the midst of a flight to safety, the Dollar is falling. Sell-off by the PBOC is driving the Dollar Index lower. Good news for US exporters (and manufacturers competing against imports) who would have been crucified by a rising Dollar.

Dollar Index

Flight to safety not only led to a sell-off in the Yuan but has spiked demand for Gold. If you can’t get your capital out of China to buy real estate in Vancouver or Sydney then the next best alternative is to buy gold. Spot metal prices brushed aside expected long-term resistance at $1200/ounce, reaching highs of $1250. Expect some retracement, but gold should find support at $1200. Completion of a higher trough would confirm a primary trend reversal.

Spot Gold

Global stocks

Dow Jones Global Index respected resistance at the former primary support level of 290. Breach of 270 would confirm another decline. 13-Week Twiggs Momentum peaks below zero flag a strong primary down-trend.

Dow Jones Global Index

* Target calculation: 290 – ( 320 – 290 ) = 260

Dow Jones Industrial Average is hammering primary support at 16000 but long tails on weekly candles (and rising 13-week Twiggs Money Flow) highlight committed buying. Expect another bear rally next week, but the weight of the market is on the sell side and is unlikely to change course. Breach of 16000 offers a target of 14000*.

Dow Jones Industrial Average

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

The S&P 500 also rallied Friday and recovery above 1850 suggests another test of 1900/1950. Rising 21-day Twiggs Money Flow reflects medium-term buying pressure. Reversal of the primary trend is unlikely and breach of support at 1850 would confirm a decline to 1700*.

S&P 500 Index

* Target calculation: 1900 – ( 2100 – 1900 ) = 1700

CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) continues to range between 20 and 30, reflecting elevated risk.

S&P 500 VIX

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Canada’s TSX 60 also retraced to test resistance at 750. Respect is likely and breach of 700 would offer a target of 650*. Declining 13-week Twiggs Momentum peaks below zero indicate a strong primary down-trend.

TSX 60 Index

* Target calculation: 700 – ( 750 – 700 ) = 650

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Europe

Dow Jones Europe index continues its primary down-trend. Breach of support at 260 would signal another decline. Declining 13-week Twiggs Momentum below zero confirms a strong down-trend.

Dow Jones Europe

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Germany’s DAX is testing primary support at 9500. Peaks below zero on 13-week Twiggs Momentum warn of a primary down-trend. Follow-through below 9300 would confirm.

DAX

* Target calculation: 9500 – ( 11500 – 9500 ) = 7500

The Footsie retreated below 6000, signaling a primary down-trend. 13-Week Twiggs Momentum peaks below zero further strengthen the signal. Long-term target for a decline is 5000*.

FTSE 100

* Target calculation: 6000 – ( 7000 – 6000 ) = 5000

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Asia

Dow Jones Asia breached support at 2400 confirming another decline. Declining 13-week Twiggs Momentum below zero confirms a strong down-trend.

Dow Jones Asia

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Support has given way on the Shanghai Composite Index, strengthening the primary down-trend signaled last August when 13-week Twiggs Momentum crossed below zero. Target for the decline is 2400*.

Shanghai Composite Index

* Target calculation: 3000 – ( 3600 – 3000 ) = 2400

Japan’s Nikkei 225 Index is testing primary support at 17000. Breach is likely and would confirm the primary down-trend signaled by 13-week Twiggs Momentum below zero.

Nikkei 225 Index

* Target calculation: 94 – ( 106 – 94 ) = 82

Two failed swings on India’s Sensex (failing to reach the upper trend channel) warn of increasing selling pressure. Declining 13-week Twiggs Momentum peaks below zero confirm this. Follow-through below 24000 would offer a target of 22500*.

SENSEX

* Target calculation: 25000 – ( 27500 – 25000 ) = 22500

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Australia

The ASX 200 broke support at 4900 this week, confirming a (primary) decline. There are still buyers hoping for a reversal — illustrated by bullish divergence on 21-day Twiggs Money Flow (indicates medium-term buying pressure) — but the weight of the bear market is against them. Expect a test of support at 4600 in the next few weeks but the long-term target is 4000*.

ASX 200

* Target calculation: 4850 – ( 5050 – 4850 ) = 4650; 5000 – ( 6000 – 5000 ) = 4000

Banks are taking a hammering, breach of 75.00/76.00 signaling a decline to 66.00*. Now is not the time to go bargain-hunting. What looks cheap today may be even cheaper tomorrow.

ASX 300 Banks

* Target calculation: 7600 – ( 8600 – 7600 ) = 6600

The only sound reason for buying a stock is that it is rising in price. If that is happening, no other reason is required. If that is not happening, no other reason is worth considering.

~ Nicholas Darvas