ASX 200: Miners versus Banks

Direction of the ASX 200 is generally dictated by the two largest sectors: banks and miners.

The ASX 300 Metals & Mining index rallied off its long-term rising trendline this week. Breakout above 3600 would signal that the correction is over and a new advance is to be expected.

ASX 300 Banks

But the big four banks dominate index weightings and the ASX 300 Banks index respected resistance at 8000, confirming a primary decline. Trend Index peaks below zero warn of strong selling pressure. Target for the decline is the 2016 low at 7100.

ASX 300 Banks

The ASX 200 index recovered above primary support level at 5800 but its hold looks precarious. Bearish divergence on Twiggs Money Flow warns of long-term selling pressure (the Trend Index is even more bearish). Retreat below 5800 is likely and would confirm the primary down-trend. Breach of mid-2017 lows at 5650 would strengthen the bear signal, offering a target of 5050 (the June and November 2016 lows).

ASX 200

Banks lead ASX 200 lower

The ASX 300 Banks index is retracing to test the primary support level at 8000 breached 3 weeks ago. Trend Index peaks below zero warn of selling pressure. Respect of resistance at 8000 is likely and would warn of a primary decline to the 2016 low at 7100.

ASX 300 Banks

The Royal Commission on banking is having a two-fold effect on the market. First, airing of banks’ dirty laundry in public has increased investor concerns, leading to a sell-off in banking stocks. But the second effect may be more significant. Banks are expected to tighten lending standards as a result of the commission, which will slow credit growth. Slower credit growth would result in falling house prices as new buyers struggle to obtain finance, except at lower LVRs and higher interest rates. Falling house prices in turn would encourage banks to further tighten lending standards. Slower lending growth and higher default rates would both impact on bank earnings….. and stock prices.

Adding to ASX misery, the Resources sector is undergoing a correction, now in its third month, with the ASX 300 Metals & Mining index heading for a test of support at 3250.

ASX 300 Banks

The ASX 200 index is retracing to test its former primary support level at 5800. Bearish divergence on Twiggs Money Flow warns of selling pressure. Respect of resistance is likely and would confirm a primary down-trend. Breach of the mid-2017 lows at 5650 would strengthen the bear signal, offering a target of the June and November 2016 lows at 5050.

ASX 200

ASX slipping over the edge

The ASX 300 Banks index followed through after breaching primary support (at 8000) last week. Bearish divergence on the Trend Index confirms strong selling pressure. Expect a primary decline to target the 2016 low at 7100.

ASX 300 Banks

The ASX 200 index slipped below primary support at 5800 this morning, warning of a primary down-trend. A close below 5800 this afternoon would strengthen the signal. Bearish divergence on Twiggs Trend Index signals selling pressure. Expect a test of the June to September low at 5650. Breach of 5650 would confirm a primary decline and target the June and November 2016 lows at 5050.

ASX 200

Crunch time for the ASX

The ASX 300 Banks index breached primary support at 8000, signaling renewal of the primary down-trend. Bearish divergence on the Trend Index has been warning of strong selling pressure for some months, reinforced by the Trend Index holding below zero for almost a year. A primary decline is expected to target the 2016 low at 7100.

ASX 300 Banks

Decline of its largest sector is likely to weigh heavily on the ASX 200 index. Bearish divergence on Twiggs Trend Index warns of selling pressure. Breach of primary support at 5800 is likely and would present a short-term target at 5650. Follow-through below 5650 would confirm a primary decline and a target of the June and November 2016 lows at 5050.

ASX 200

ASX 200 meets stubborn resistance

A long-term, monthly chart filters out most short-term market ‘noise’. The ASX 200 has found stubborn resistance at 6000, while bearish divergence on the Trend Index warns of selling pressure. Follow-through below 5900 would warn of a test of primary support at 5600/5650. A primary down-turn on ASX banks would strengthen the bear signal.

ASX 200

The ASX 300 Metals & Mining index continues in a primary up-trend. Respect of the rising trendline remains likely and would suggest another primary advance.

ASX 300 Metals & Mining

The ASX 300 Banks index rallied strongly in 2016/2017 but bearish divergence on the Trend Index now warns of strong selling pressure. Breach of primary support at 8000 would signal renewal of the primary down-trend, with a target of 7000. A down-trend in its largest sector would weigh on the entire ASX 200 index.

ASX 300 Banks

ASX 200: Miners & banks spoil the party

Miners are undergoing a correction. Breach of the rising trendline and support at 3500 on the ASX 300 Metals & Mining index would warn that the up-trend is losing momentum.

ASX 300 Metals & Mining

Banks continue their bearish down-trend, respect of the declining trendline warns of another test of primary support at 8000. Breach would signal a primary decline.

ASX 300 Banks

The ASX 200 will follow if banks and miners, the two biggest sectors, fall. Bearish divergence on the Trend Index continues to warn of long-term selling pressure. Breach of support at 5800 would signal a primary down-trend.

ASX 200

ASX 200 back from the brink

A positive week for the ASX 200 index as Australian banks came back from the brink, recovering above primary support at 8100. Expect a rally to test the declining LT trendline around 8350 but selling pressure continues, with the Trend index below zero, and another test of primary support, this time at 8000, is likely.

ASX 300 Banks

Miners continue their up-trend. Although this week’s bearish hanging man candle warns of a correction.

ASX 300 Metals & Mining

The ASX 200 will lift for as long as the bank rally lasts but ASX 300 Banks long-term trend is downward. Bearish divergence on the Trend Index continues to warn of long-term selling pressure.

ASX 200

ASX 200 selling pressure, banks weaken

The ASX 300 Banks index fell sharply, testing primary support at 8100. Continuing Trend Index troughs below zero warn of long-term selling pressure. Breach of primary support would signal a decline to the 2016 low at 7200.

ASX 300 Banks

Miners also retreated, testing medium-term support at 3500, though primary support at 3300 is expected to hold.

ASX 300 Metals & Mining

The ASX 200 tested medium-term support at 5800. Bearish divergence on Twiggs Money Flow warns of long-term selling pressure. Test of primary support at 5650 is likely.

ASX 200

ASX rally faces strong resistance

The ASX 200 found strong support at 6000, rallying strongly to test resistance at the recent high of 6150.

ASX 200

The recovery was assisted by banks, with the ASX 300 Banks index rallying to test resistance at 8500. Shallow Trend Index troughs below zero reflect improved buyer sentiment (still bearish but only just).

ASX 300 Banks

Miners are correcting as iron ore continues to lose ground.

ASX 300 Metals & Mining

Sentiment has been buoyed in recent weeks by global bullishness towards equities. But Friday’s US reaction to rising wage rates warns that the market is growing increasingly anxious about high stock valuations. Expect strong resistance for the ASX 300 Banks Index at 8500 and the ASX 200 at 6150.

ASX retreats

The ASX 300 Metals & Mining index is undergoing a correction which is likely to test medium-term support at 3500.

ASX 300 Metals & Mining

Banks continue to weaken, with the ASX 300 Banks index testing medium-term support at 8300. Breach is likely and would signal a test of primary support at 8100. Trend Index peaks below zero continue to warn of selling pressure.

ASX 300 Banks

With both miners and banks in retreat, the ASX 200 is correcting for a second test of medium-term support at 5900. Respect would confirm the primary up-trend. But bearish divergence on the Trend Index warns of selling pressure and a test of 5800 is likely.

ASX 200

Target for the ASX 200 is the 2007 high of 6800 but a lot will depend on the relative strength of banks and miners.

ASX 200 retreats

The ASX 200 retraced to test its new support level at 6050. Falling 21-day Twiggs Money Flow indicates medium-term selling pressure. Breach of 6050 would warn of a test of 5900.

ASX 200

The current advance is fueled by rising commodity prices, with the ASX 300 Metals & Mining index advancing strongly.

ASX 300 Metals & Mining

But the ASX 300 Banks index is pulling in the opposite direction, respecting resistance at 6500 while the Trend Index continues to warn of moderate selling pressure. Breach of 8300 is likely and would warn of a test of primary support at 8000/8100.

ASX 300 Banks

Target for the ASX 200 is the 2007 high of 6800 but a lot will depend on the relative strength of banks v. miners.

ASX struggles with resistance

Bulls were baited with a third ASX 200 breakout above resistance at 6000, only to see the index retreat yet again. Declining Money Flow warns of commitment from sellers. Breach of support at 5920 would confirm a correction already signaled by Money Flow (21-day) crossing to below zero.

ASX 200

The ASX 300 Retailing Index is weak, anticipating a poor Christmas.

ASX 300 Retailing

But Food & Staples Retailing is strengthening.

ASX 300 Food & Staples Retailing

ASX 200 direction, however, is largely determined by Banks and Miners.

The bear-trend on iron ore is weak, with the bulk commodity continuing its test of resistance at 70. Respect would warn of another decline, while breakout above 80 would signal a primary up-trend.

Iron Ore

The ASX 300 Metals & Mining Index, however, shows signs of selling pressure, with Money Flow (21-day) declining to zero. Breach of support at 3300 would warn of a correction.

ASX 300 Metals & Mining

Banks continue to disappoint, with the ASX 300 Banks index headed for a test of short-term support at 8250. Twiggs Trend Index peaks below zero indicate continued selling pressure. Breach of 8250 is likely and would warn of a test of primary support between 8000 and 8100.

ASX 300 Banks

ASX still hesitant

The ASX 200 index is running up against resistance at 6000. Reversal below support at 5920 would signal a correction. As would Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) crossing to below zero.

ASX 200

Iron ore is testing resistance at 70. Respect would warn of another (primary) decline. Breakout above 80 would signal a primary up-trend but that is unlikely if China continues to crack down on bank lending.

Iron Ore

The ASX 300 Metals & Mining Index is testing support at 3300. Decline of the Trend Index below zero warns of medium-term selling pressure. Breach of 3300 would warn of a correction.

ASX 300 Metals & Mining

The ASX 300 Banks index found short-term support at 8300. Recovery above 8500 would be a bullish sign but respect is more likely and would warn of a test of primary support between 8000 and 8100.

ASX 300 Banks

ASX still tentative

The ASX 300 Metals & Mining Index retraced to test support at 3300. Breach is still unlikely but would warn of a correction.

ASX 300 Metals & Mining

Iron ore strengthened to test the declining trendline but respect of resistance at 70 would warn of a continued down-trend. Breakout above 80 would signal reversal to a primary up-trend but that is unlikely if China continues to rein in bank and shadow bank lending.

Iron Ore

The ASX 300 Banks index broke support at 8500 and is expected to test primary support between 8000 and 8100. The sector faces headwinds from slowing development and falling prices, especially in high-density apartments. Recent Trend Index peaks at/below zero warn of long-term selling pressure.

ASX 300 Banks

Banks are the biggest sector in the broad ASX 200 index which retreated below resistance at 6000. Failure of short-term support at 5920 would signal a correction. The ASX 200 exhibits a tentative up-trend but bearish divergence on the Trend Index warns of long-term selling pressure.

ASX 200

ASX 200 faces resistance at 6000

The ASX 200 faces resistance at the key 6000 level. Money Flow is forming troughs above zero, indicating buying pressure. Recovery above 6000 would signal another advance. Failure of support at 5900 is less likely but would warn of a strong correction.

ASX 200

Iron ore prices are strengthening and likely to test the descending trendline at 70. Breakout above 80 would signal reversal to a primary up-trend but that still seems a long way off.

Iron Ore

Miners responded with another rally, the ASX 300 Metals & Mining Index respecting support at 3300.

ASX 300 Metals & Mining

So why the hesitancy? Banks are the largest sector in the ASX 200, with Financials representing 37.2% of the broad index. The ASX 300 Banks index is retreating and expected to test the band of support between 8000 and 8100. Trend Index peaks below zero warn of long-term selling pressure.

ASX 300 Banks

The outlook for banks is not that rosy. Household debt is growing faster than disposable incomes, placing finances in an increasingly precarious position. Interest payments are still manageable at 8% of disposable income but that could change if interest rates rise.

Australia: Household Debt/Disposable Income

The housing cycle appears to have peaked, with growth now falling. A function of tighter controls by APRA over investor lending and a Chinese crackdown on capital outflows.

Australia: House Prices

Building approvals for detached houses remain steady but approvals for higher-density housing are falling.

Australia: Building Approvals

A boom in construction of high-density housing has provided a strong tailwind to the economy over recent years, illustrated by the sharp spike in total residential construction compared to new houses in the chart below.

Australia: Value of Work Done

But the downturn in apartment prices and falling building approvals is likely to turn that tailwind into a headwind as apartment construction falls. This would affect not only the construction sector but the entire economy.

Political uncertainty over the continuation of favorable tax treatment for housing investors could also impact on new housing investment and strengthen the headwinds facing the economy.

ASX 200 tests support at 5900

Australia is headed for a period of political uncertainty, while tighter Chinese monetary policy and a crackdown on capital outflows will slow the local real estate boom. Employment is strong but low wage growth suggests under-employment.

Wage Index

Reliance on mining and real estate as the backbone of the economy is bound to disappoint. What the economy needs is a vibrant manufacturing and tech sector but this is shrinking rather than growing, with investment in machinery and equipment falling from 8% to almost 4% of GDP over the last decade.

Wage Index

Stocks are rising but we need to temper our enthusiasm with a hint of caution. The ASX 200 is testing medium-term support at 5900. The tall shadow on Friday’s candle indicates continued selling pressure. Breach of 5900 would warn of a strong correction to test primary support at 5650, while respect (indicated by recovery above 6000) would confirm an advance to 6250 (5950 + 300).

ASX 200

* Target calculation: 5950 + ( 5950 – 5650 ) = 6250

I remain wary of the banks because of their low capital base and high mortgage exposure. Reversal below the medium-term trendline warns of a correction to test the band of primary support between 8000 and 8100. Recovery above 8800 is less likely.

ASX 300 Banks

Miners are more bullish despite the low iron ore price. The ASX 300 Metals & Mining index is testing medium-term support at 3300. Respect is likely and would signal another advance.

ASX 300 Metals and Mining

ASX 200 confirms breakout

The ASX 200 closed above its 2015 high of 6000, confirming an earlier breakout by the All Ords. The immediate target for an advance is 6250 (5950 + 300) but the long-term target is the 2007 high of 6800.

ASX 200

I remain wary of the banks, with the ASX 300 Banks index facing resistance at 8800. Reversal below the medium-term trendline at 8600 would warn of another test of primary support (8000). Recovery above 8800 is as likely. I remain concerned over their low capital base and high mortgage exposure.

ASX 300 Banks

Miners are more bullish despite the falling iron ore price. The ASX 300 Metals & Mining index reached its target of 3500 but is now retracing to test the new support level. Respect would signal another advance.

ASX 300 Metals and Mining

Australia seems headed for a period of political instability, while tighter Chinese monetary policy and a crackdown on capital outflows could also impact on the Australian economy. There is a lot that could go wrong but the market is taking this in its stride. Just temper your optimism with a measure of caution.

All Ords breaks 6000

The All Ordinaries Index broke resistance at 6000, signaling a primary advance. Long-term target for the advance is 7000, but wait for retracement to respect the new support level.

ASX All Ordinaries Index

The ASX 200 closed above 5950 but below its 2015 high of 6000, indicating that small caps are advancing slightly faster than large caps.

ASX 200

The ASX 300 Banks index faces stubborn resistance at 8800. Reversal below the medium-term trendline at 8600 would warn of another test of primary support at 8000. With low capital leverage ratios and Sydney house prices now falling, the sector may be headed for testing times.

ASX 300 Banks

The ASX 300 Metals & Mining index is more bullish, breaking resistance at its three-year high of 3300 to signal another primary advance. I remain cautious because of iron ore weakness and rising Chinese interest rates but retracement that respects the new support level would confirm the advance.

ASX 300 Metals and Mining

The Australian Dollar is falling, iron ore is weak and banks face headwinds but the overall outlook remains (surprisingly) bullish.