S&P 500 hesitates at 2450

The S&P 500 hesitated at 2450, short of its target of 2500*. Bearish divergence on Twiggs Money Flow warns of medium-term selling pressure. Expect stronger resistance at 2500.

S&P 500

Tech stocks are advancing at a rapid pace, with the Nasdaq 100 approaching 6000 after only breaking 5000 in January. Rising troughs on Twiggs Money Flow signal strong buying pressure. No signs of a ‘blow-off’ yet.

Nasdaq 100

Stage III of a bull market can last several years.

S&P 500, Nasdaq, Fedex bull signal

Bellwether transport stock Fedex [FDX] broke resistance at $200, signaling an increase in economic activity.

Fedex

The S&P 500 followed through above 2400, offering an immediate target of 2500. Recovering Twiggs Money Flow signals medium-term buying pressure.

S&P 500

The Nasdaq 100 has gained more than 20% in the last 3 months, since breaking resistance at its Dotcom high of 4800. With Amazon breaking through $1000, I am concerned that tech stocks are over-heating.

Nasdaq 100

Nasdaq buying pressure

The Nasdaq 100 continues its impressive climb, shown here on a monthly chart. Rising troughs on Twiggs Money Flow signal strong buying pressure and a test of 6000 is likely.

Nasdaq 100

Dow Jones Industrial Average continues to test resistance at 21000 after a shallow correction. Elevated troughs on Twiggs Money Flow again signal buying pressure. Breakout is likely and would signal a fresh advance, with an immediate target of 22000.

Dow Jones Industrial Average

Dow warns of a correction

The commentator’s curse. Three days after I posted that Dow Jones Industrial Average was consolidating in a bullish narrow band below resistance at 21000, the Dow breached support at 20800. Downward breakout warns of a correction with support at 20000. Declining 21-day Twiggs Money Flow indicates medium-term selling pressure. Follow-through below 20600 would strengthen the (medium-term) bear signal but the primary trend remains up.

Dow Jones Industrial Average

The false break above 21000 was a hint that all was not well with the trend. Unfortunately we often only see what we expect and miss the subtle clues.

The Dow is in Stage III of a bull market. This is confirmed by a primary up-trend on the Transportation Average, although the current month shows a correction.

Dow Jones Transportation Average

Small Caps indexes like the Russell 2000 also display a strong up-trend, reinforcing the Stage III conclusion.

Russell 2000 Small Caps

Likewise, the Nasdaq 100.

Nasdaq 100

I have not drawn conventional trendlines, on the above charts, through the lowest points in the up-trend. Instead I have dragged a linear regression line down to “touch” the mid-point lows. I find this offers a better fit in many cases where there is an initial (bounce) spurt at the start of the trend.

Dow and Nasdaq: It’s a bull market

The Nasdaq 100 is in blue sky territory, having broken clear of its Dotcom high at 4900. Rising troughs on Twiggs Money Flow signal long-term buying pressure. A correction to test the new support level remains likely but this is unlikely to upset the bull market.

Nasdaq 100

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is also in a bull market, headed for a test of 21000. Twiggs Money Flow troughs above zero again indicate strong buying pressure.

Dow Jones Industrial Average

The Dow Jones Transport Average is also in blue sky territory having respected its new support level at 9000. The up-trend provides bull market confirmation required by classic Dow Theory.

Dow Jones Transport Average

It’s a bull market

Dow Jones Industrial Average successfully tested the new support level at 18000 and has now broken resistance at 19000, confirming the target of 20000*. Rising Twiggs Money Flow indicates selling pressure has ended. Expect a brief retracement to test support at 19000 but respect is likely.

Dow Jones Industrial Average

* Target medium-term: 18000 + ( 18000 – 16000 ) = 20000

Charles Dow, founder of Dow Theory more than a century ago, always waited for confirmation from the Rail Average. Nowadays, railways have diminished in importance and we use the broader Transport Average which currently signals a primary up-trend after a lengthy “line” or narrow consolidation over the last 3 months.

Dow Jones Transport Average

It is also advisable to look for confirmation from the broader S&P 500 and the tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 index.

The S&P 500 broke resistance at 2200, signaling a primary advance with a target of 2300*. Rising Twiggs Money Flow again indicates that selling pressure has ended.

S&P 500 Index

* Target medium-term: 2200 + ( 2200 – 2100 ) = 2300

The Nasdaq 100 recently set an all-time high after breaking resistance at its March 2000 high of 4700. Retracement twice respected the new support level and follow-through above 4900 would confirm another primary advance.

Nasdaq 100

Nasdaq bearish divergence

The S&P 500 found resistance at 2100, indicating a continued lack of enthusiasm. Declining 13-week Twiggs Money Flow flags medium-term selling pressure. Reversal below 2000 would warn of another test of primary support at 1870. Upward breakout now appears less likely, but would signal a fresh advance to 2400*.

S&P 500 Index

* Target calculation: 2130 + ( 2130 – 1870 ) = 2390

Declining CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) below 20 indicates market risk is returning to normal. Some macro indicators remain elevated, however, which is why we maintain reduced exposure.

S&P 500 VIX

The Nasdaq 100 is testing the previous (2000) high of 4800. Breakout would be a bullish sign for the broader market but bearish divergence on 13-week Twiggs Money Flow continues to warn of stubborn resistance.

Nasdaq 100

Canada’s TSX 60 is struggling to break resistance at 800. 13-Week Twiggs Momentum peaks below zero continue to warn of a strong primary down-trend. Recovery above 825 is unlikely, while failure of support at 765 would confirm another decline.

TSX 60 Index

* Target calculation: 775 – ( 825 – 775 ) = 725

Europe

Germany’s DAX is retracing to test its new support level at 11000. Respect is likely and would confirm another test of 12400. Rising 13-week Twiggs Money Flow indicates medium-term buying pressure. Reversal below 11000 is unlikely, but would warn of another test of 10000.

DAX

The Footsie is strengthening, with rising 13-week Twiggs Momentum. Breakout above 6500 would indicate another test of 7000/7100. Reversal below 6000 is unlikely but would signal a primary down-trend.

FTSE 100

Asia

Dow Jones Shanghai Index

The Shanghai Composite Index recovered above support at 3500. I remain wary of China because of the high Debt to GDP ratio, the need to wean itself off investment stimulus, and impending rate rises in the US which could encourage further capital outflows.

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Japan’s Nikkei 225 is testing short-term resistance at 20000. This is unlikely to impede an advance to 21000. Rising 13-week Twiggs Money Flow indicates buying pressure.

Nikkei 225 Index

* Target calculation: 19000 + ( 19000 – 17000 ) = 21000

India’s Sensex is retracing to test the former band of primary support at 26000/26500. Respect would confirm a primary down-trend. Reversal of 13-week Twiggs Money Flow below zero would strengthen the signal. Follow-through below 25000 would offer a target of 22500*. Recovery above the upper trend channel at 27000 is unlikely, but would suggest a rally to 30000.

SENSEX

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

Australia

The ASX 200 encountered short-term resistance at 5300. Declining 13-week Twiggs Money Flow indicates (medium-term) selling pressure; reversal below zero would strengthen the signal. Breach of 5150 would warn of another test of primary support at 5000. Failure of support would signal a primary down-trend.

ASX 200

* Target calculation: 5000 – ( 6000 – 5000 ) = 4000

Watch out for the caboose

Markets remain tentative and we continue to limit our exposure to roughly 50% of portfolio value. The danger is that you avoid the steam engine but get hit by the caboose when you step back on the tracks. It is safer to wait until the anxiety subsides.

North America

The S&P 500 encountered moderate resistance at the previous high of 2130. Retracement is mild and looks promising for the next attempt at 2130. Decline of 21-day Twiggs Money Flow is gradual, indicating light selling pressure. Breakout above 2130 would signal a fresh primary advance. Reversal below 2050 is unlikely, but would warn of another test of primary support at 1870.

S&P 500 Index

* Target calculation: 2130 + ( 2130 – 1870 ) = 2390

CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) indicates market risk is easing.

S&P 500 VIX

NYSE short sales remain subdued.

NYSE Short Sales

A long-term chart shows the Nasdaq 100 testing its March 2000 high of 4800. Bearish divergence on 13-week Twiggs Money Flow continues to indicate selling pressure but the pattern appears secondary in nature and recovery above the declining trendline would suggest a breakout.

Nasdaq 100

Canada’s TSX 60 reversed below 800, warning of another decline. Failure of 775 would strengthen the signal. A 13-week Twiggs Momentum peak at -5% is a strong bear signal.

TSX 60 Index

* Target calculation: 775 – ( 825 – 775 ) = 725

Europe

Germany’s DAX continues to test resistance at 11000. Recovery of 13-week Twiggs Money Flow above zero indicates medium-term buying pressure. Breakout above 11000 and the descending trendline would suggest another test of the previous high at 12400. Respect is less likely, but would warn of another test of primary support.

DAX

The Footsie is weakening, having respected resistance at 6500. A sharp fall on 13-week Twiggs Money Flow indicates medium-term selling pressure. Breach of 6250 would warn of another test of primary support at 6000. Breakout above 6500 is less likely, but would suggest another test of 7000.

FTSE 100

Asia

The Shanghai Composite Index broke resistance at 3500 and rising 13-week Twiggs Money Flow indicates buying pressure. It would be prudent to wait for a higher trough before interpreting this as a reversal.

Dow Jones Shanghai Index

Japan’s Nikkei 225 broke resistance at 19000. Expect retracement to test the new support level; respect would confirm another test of 21000. Rising 13-week Twiggs Money Flow indicates buying pressure.

Nikkei 225 Index

* Target calculation: 19000 + ( 19000 – 17000 ) = 21000

India’s Sensex fell through the former band of primary support at 26000/26500. 13-Week Twiggs Money Flow troughs above zero continue to indicate long-term buying pressure, but failure to recover above 26500 in the short-term would be a strong bear signal. Follow-through below 25000 would confirm a primary down-trend.

SENSEX

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

Australia

The ASX 200 broke medium-term support at 5150, warning of another test of primary support at 5000. Another 13-week Twiggs Money Flow trough above zero would indicate strong support at 5000. Breach of 5000 is unlikely at this stage, but would warn of a (long-term) decline to 4000*.

ASX 200

* Target calculation: 5000 – ( 6000 – 5000 ) = 4000

No fireworks yet

The S&P 500 is testing resistance at the previous high of 2130. Down-turn on 21-day Twiggs Money Flow warns of short-term selling pressure; a fall below zero would indicate strong resistance. Reversal below 2050 is unlikely, but would indicate another test of primary support at 1870.

S&P 500 Index

* Target calculation: 2000 + ( 2000 – 1870 ) = 2130

A declining CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) indicates market risk is easing.

S&P 500 VIX

NYSE short sales remain subdued.

NYSE Short Sales

Nasdaq 100 broke resistance at 4700 and is approaching its previous (March 2000) high of 4816. 13-Week Twiggs Money Flow is rising steeply but expect resistance at 4800. Breakout would be a positive sign for the large cap S&P 500 and Dow Industrial indices.

Nasdaq 100

Canada’s TSX 60 is far more hesitant, testing stubborn resistance at 825. Breakout would signal a fresh advance, but follow-through below 800 would be bearish and failure of 775 would warn of another decline. Recovery of 13-week Twiggs Momentum above -5% would offer some hope, but the index remains tentative.

TSX 60 Index

* Target calculation: 775 – ( 825 – 775 ) = 725

Europe

Germany’s DAX is consolidating below resistance at 11000; a bullish sign. Recovery of 13-week Twiggs Money Flow above zero indicates medium-term buying pressure. Breakout above 11000 and the descending trendline would suggest another test of the previous high at 12400.

DAX

The Footsie is similarly testing resistance at 6500. Breakout would suggest another test of the previous high at 7100. 13-Week Twiggs Money Flow troughs above zero indicate long-term buying pressure. Reversal below 6250 is unlikely, but would warn of another test of primary support at 6000.

FTSE 100

Asia

The Shanghai Composite Index is testing resistance at 3500. Rising 13-week Twiggs Money Flow indicates buying pressure. Breakout would signal an advance to 4000, but I remain wary because of government intervention.

Dow Jones Shanghai Index

Japan’s Nikkei 225 is testing resistance at 19000. Breakout would signal another test of 21000. Respect is less likely, but reversal below 18500 would warn of another test of primary support at 17000.

Nikkei 225 Index

* Target calculation: 19000 + ( 19000 – 17000 ) = 21000

India’s Sensex is testing the former primary support level at 26500 after encountering resistance at 27500. Rising 13-week Twiggs Money Flow troughs above zero indicate long-term buying pressure. Respect of 26500 is likely and would indicate continuation of the rally (to 28500). Failure of support would warn of a primary decline.

SENSEX

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

Australia

The ASX 200 is testing medium-term support at 5150. Reversal of 21-day Twiggs Money Flow below zero indicates medium-term selling pressure. Breach of 5150 is likely and would warn of another test of primary support at 5000. Recovery above 5400 is unlikely at this stage, but would suggest an advance to 6000.

ASX 200

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


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We aren’t born with the ability to make good decisions; we learn it.

~ Ray Dalio, Bridgewater Associates

Greece and Iran party but China lurks in the shadows

From the Wall Street Journal:

Greece’s Parliament passed early Thursday a crucial set of austerity measures required for a eurozone bailout package….The measures were supported by 229 lawmakers in the nation’s 300-seat Parliament.

A Grexit has been avoided for the present, but unless the Greeks are successful in implementing structural reform, reversing many years of cronyism and corruption, we are likely to witness further re-runs in the future.

The nuclear deal with Iran has outraged the Right in Israel and the US. There are many pitfalls along the way but I believe this is a bold step forward. The outcome will be uncertain for many years but presents both sides with a chance to build a new relationship where they can peacefully co-exist. The alternative is another war in the Middle East — with no winners.

Iran

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I was surprised to see the Russians playing a constructive role in the dialogue. I am sure that Vladimir Putin would take personal delight in poking a stick through Obama’s bicycle spokes, but the interests of the state come first. “Follow the green” as one US diplomat described it. The New York Times offers a clue:

Sergey V. Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, lost no time in talking about the accord on Iran’s nuclear program. He was on television minutes after the deal was clinched, and even before the formal news conference had begun, announcing the landmark agreement to the audience back home and emphasizing the many potential benefits, strategic and economic, that it holds for Russia…..Russia possesses some of the world’s foremost expertise in atomic energy, and has helped build and operate atomic reactors in Iran for many years. Rosatom, the Russian state nuclear energy company, helped build and expand the Bushehr nuclear plant and already has contracts to build two more reactors there.

China, on the other hand still lurks in the background. The state managed to stem the flood, suspending trading on more than 50% of stocks and forbidding large stockholders from selling. This is a public acknowledgment that Chinese stock prices are artificial and in no way to be trusted (“What’s new” some cynics would ask). They have destroyed any credibility that their stock markets had. Japan had zombie banks after their 1990 stock market crash, solvent in name only. China seems to be following a similar path with zombie stocks. Banks who have lent money against those stocks are likely to follow.

For a deeper understanding of the situation, read China’s stock market falling off a cliff: Why, and why care? by Alicia Garcia-Herrero at Bruegel.org

Europe

Germany’s DAX recovered above its descending trendline, indicating the end of the correction. Follow-through above 11600 would strengthen the signal, suggesting a fresh advance. Breakout above 12400 would confirm. Recovery of 13-week Twiggs Money Flow above its descending trendline shows that selling pressure has eased.

DAX

* Target calculation: 12500 + ( 12500 – 11000 ) = 14000

The Footsie also recovered above its descending trendline. Follow-through above 6750 would indicate another attempt at 7100. A 13-week Twiggs Money Flow trough at zero flags buying pressure.

FTSE 100

* Target calculation: 7000 + ( 7000 – 6500 ) = 7500

Asia

The Shanghai Composite is testing resistance at 4000. Government efforts to stem the crash are unlikely to restore credibility to stock prices. The large divergence on 13-week Twiggs Money Flow continues to warn of selling pressure.

Shanghai Composite Index

* Target calculation: 4000 – ( 5000 – 4000 ) = 3000

Japan’s Nikkei 225 recovered above 20000, suggesting a fresh advance. Breakout above 21000 would confirm. Recovery of 13-week Twiggs Money Flow above its descending trendline suggests the correction is over.

Nikkei 225 Index

* Target calculation: 21000 + ( 21000 – 19000 ) = 23000

India’s Sensex recovered above 28000, suggesting a fresh advance. A 13-week Twiggs Money Flow recovery above zero indicates medium-term buying pressure. Breach of primary support at 26500 is now unlikely.

SENSEX

* Target calculation: 30000 + ( 30000 – 27000 ) = 33000

North America

The S&P 500 respected medium-term support at 2040. Another 13-week Twiggs Money Flow trough above zero would confirm long-term buying pressure. Breakout above 2120 would offer a target of 2200*.

S&P 500 Index

* Target calculation: 2100 + ( 2100 – 2000 ) = 2200

The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) retreated to low levels typical of a bull market.

S&P 500 VIX

The Nasdaq 100 is approaching its Dotcom-era high of 4800. Breakout above 4550 would signal a test of long-term resistance. 6-Month Twiggs Momentum oscillating above zero reflects a healthy long-term up-trend.

Nasdaq 100

Canada’s TSX 60 recovered above support at 850/855. Breakout above the upper trend channel would indicate the correction is over, suggesting another test of 900. Recovery of 13-week Twiggs Momentum above zero would strengthen the signal. Respect of the upper trend channel is unlikely, but would warn of continuation of the down-trend.

TSX 60 Index

* Target calculation: 900 + ( 900 – 850 ) = 950

Australia

The ASX 200 broke out above its descending trend channel, flagging end of the correction. A 21-day Twiggs Money Flow trough above zero indicates medium-term buying pressure. Follow through above 5700 would signal another test of 6000.

ASX 200


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Markets are constantly in a state of uncertainty and flux and money is made by discounting the obvious and betting on the unexpected.

~ George Soros

Market strength

Apart from China and India, major markets continue to look bullish.

The S&P 500 is retracing to test support at 2080/2100, but respect is likely and would confirm an advance to 2200*. Oscillation of 13-week Twiggs Money Flow high above zero indicates strong long-term buying pressure.

S&P 500 Index

* Target calculation: 2100 + ( 2100 – 2000 ) = 2200

A quarterly chart shows the Nasdaq 100 headed for its Dotcom high of 4800. Expect major resistance at this level. Correction back to 4000 and the primary trendline may provide a long-term buying opportunity.

Nasdaq 100 Index

CBOE Volatility Index at 14 indicates low risk typical of a bull market.

S&P 500 VIX

Europe

Germany’s DAX found resistance at 11500. Expect retracement to test new support at 11000, but respect is likely and would confirm the target of 12000*. Rising 13-week Twiggs Money Flow indicates healthy buying pressure.

DAX

* Target calculation: 11000 + ( 11000 – 10000 ) = 12000

The Footsie is consolidating below its December 1999 high of 6950. 13-Week Twiggs Money Flow oscillating high above zero indicates long-term buying pressure. Breakout would signal a fresh primary advance, with a long-term target of 8000*. Follow-through above 7000 would confirm.

FTSE 100

* Target calculation: 7000 + ( 7000 – 6000 ) = 8000

Asia

China’s Shanghai Composite Index faces resistance at 3400. Declining 13-week Twiggs Money Flow warns of medium-term selling pressure. Reversal below 3050 would warn of a decline to test the primary trendline at 2700. Breakout above 3400 is less likely, but would signal another primary advance.

Shanghai Composite Index

Japan’s Nikkei 225 Index is likely to retrace to test new support at its 2007 high of 18000/18300. Rising 13-week Twiggs Money Flow indicates buying pressure. Respect is likely and would signal an advance to 20000*.

Nikkei 225 Index

* Target calculation: 18000 + ( 18000 – 16000 ) = 20000

India’s Sensex encountered stiff resistance at 30000. Declining 13-week Twiggs Money Flow indicates medium-term selling pressure. Reversal below 28000 would warn of a correction to 26500/27000. Respect of the primary trendline would establish a solid base for further advances, otherwise we may see an extended consolidation below 30000.

SENSEX

Australia

The ASX 200 encountered resistance at 6000, retracing to test support at 5850. 13-Week Twiggs Money Flow continues to reflect healthy buying pressure. Respect of support would indicate continuation of the advance, towards 6150*. Follow-through above 6000 would confirm. Breach of 5850 is less likely, but would warn of a correction back to the rising trendline, around 5650.

ASX 200

* Target calculation: 5650 + ( 5650 – 5150 ) = 6150

The rally continues

Apart from China and India, last week’s broad market rally is going strong, with the S&P 500 and the DAX making new highs.

The S&P 500 broke resistance at 2100. Expect retracement to test the new support level, but respect is likely to confirm an advance to 2200*. Rising 13-week Twiggs Money Flow indicates medium-term buying pressure.

S&P 500 Index

* Target calculation: 2100 + ( 2100 – 2000 ) = 2200

CBOE Volatility Index is declining, indicating low risk typical of a bull market.

S&P 500 VIX

Europe

Germany’s DAX broke resistance at its medium-term target of 11000*. Expect retracement to test the new support level. Respect of support would indicate trend strength and a medium-term target of 11500 (10000-8500). Rising 13-week Twiggs Momentum troughs above zero predict a strong up-trend.

DAX

* Target calculation: 10000 + ( 10000 – 9000 ) = 11000

The Footsie is testing its December 1999 high of 6950. Breakout would signal a fresh primary advance, with a long-term target of 8000*. Follow-through above 7000 would confirm. Momentum is rising, but it will take considerable impetus to make a new high.

FTSE 100

* Target calculation: 7000 + ( 7000 – 6000 ) = 8000

Asia

China’s Shanghai Composite Index faces considerable resistance at 3400. Declining 13-week Twiggs Money Flow warns of medium-term selling pressure. Reversal below 3050 would warn of a decline to test the primary trendline at 2700.

Shanghai Composite Index

Is the Chinese economy a one-trick pony or will economic growth continue when the infrastructure boom ends?

Japan’s Nikkei 225 Index broke resistance at its 2007 high of 18000/18300. Rising 13-week Twiggs Money Flow reflects buying pressure. Expect retracement to test the new support level, but target for the advance is 20000*.

Nikkei 225 Index

* Target calculation: 18000 + ( 18000 – 16000 ) = 20000

India’s Sensex is testing resistance at 30000, but declining 13-week Twiggs Momentum over the last 6 months warns the primary up-trend is weakening. A healthy correction to 26500/27000 (signaled by breach of support at 28000) would re-establish a solid base, otherwise the index may struggle to break 30000.

SENSEX

Australia

The ASX 200 is consolidating between 5850 and 5950. The narrow range is a bullish sign and breakout above 5950 would indicate continuation of the advance to 6150*. Rising 13-week Twiggs Money Flow indicates buying pressure. Reversal below support at 5850 is unlikely, but would warn of a correction.

ASX 200

* Target calculation: 5650 + ( 5650 – 5150 ) = 6150

Alexander Hamilton started the U.S. Treasury with nothing, and that was the closest our country has ever been to being even.

~ Will Rogers

Broad market rally

Major indices across the US, Europe and Japan are displaying strong performance. China and India appear to be encountering stronger resistance, but should also be buoyed by the broad recovery.

Bellwether transport stock Fedex (FDX) is headed for another test of resistance at $182/$184. Breakout would signal a primary advance, with a target of $200*, indicating that economic activity is improving.

Fedex

* Target calculation: 184 + ( 184 – 168 ) = 200

The S&P 500 is testing resistance at 2100. Breakout would offer a medium-term target of 2200*. Rising 13-week Twiggs Money Flow indicates medium-term buying pressure. Respect of 2100 is unlikely, but would suggest another test of primary support at 2000.

S&P 500 Index

* Target calculation: 2100 + ( 2100 – 2000 ) = 2200

The Nasdaq 100 successfully penetrated resistance at 4300/4350, signaling an advance to 4500*. Oscillation of 13-week Twiggs Money Flow high above zero suggests strong buying pressure. Expect retracement to test the new support level, but breach is unlikely and would warn of another correction.

Nasdaq 100 Index

* Target calculation: 4300 + ( 4300 – 4100 ) = 4500

CBOE Volatility Index broke out below the recent triangle, indicating risk has reverted from Moderate to Low.

S&P 500 VIX

Europe

Germany’s DAX is testing resistance at 11000*. Rising 13-week Twiggs Momentum troughs above zero indicate a strong up-trend. Retracement that respects medium-term support at 10600 would strengthen the bull signal.

DAX

* Target calculation: 10000 + ( 10000 – 9000 ) = 11000

The Footsie is also testing long-term resistance at 6900. Breakout would signal a fresh primary advance, with a long-term target of 8000*. Follow-through above 7000 would confirm. Momentum is rising, but it will take considerable impetus to break through the December 1999 high of 6950.

FTSE 100

* Target calculation: 7000 + ( 7000 – 6000 ) = 8000

Asia

China’s Shanghai Composite Index found support at 3050, but declining 13-week Twiggs Money Flow warns of medium-term selling pressure. Respect of resistance at 3400 is likely. Reversal below 3050 would warn of a test of the primary trendline at 2700. The stimulus effect of lower energy prices may cushion the fall but economic activity is declining.

Shanghai Composite Index

Japan’s Nikkei 225 Index continues to test resistance at its 2007 high of 18000. Rising 13-week Twiggs Money Flow reflects medium-term buying pressure. Breakout above 18000 would signal another primary advance, with a target of 20000*.

Nikkei 225 Index

* Target calculation: 18000 + ( 18000 – 16000 ) = 20000

India’s SENSEX found support at 28000 and recovery above 29000 signals another test of 30000. A lower peak on 13-week Twiggs Money Flow reflects medium-term selling pressure. Respect of resistance at 30000 is likely, while breach of support at 28000 would test primary support at 26500.

SENSEX

* Target calculation: 29000 + ( 29000 – 27000 ) = 31000

Australia

The ASX 200 is headed for a test of 6000 after breaking out of the recent flag continuation pattern. Rising 21-day Twiggs Money Flow indicates short-term buying pressure. Reversal below support at 5850 is unlikely, but would warn of a correction.

ASX 200

* Target calculation: 5650 + ( 5650 – 5150 ) = 6150

ASX rebounds

A low inflation outlook is likely to ease pressure on the Fed to raise interest rates. The S&P 500 is testing support at 2000. Breach would warn of another correction, but the primary trend is intact. Respect of the secondary trendline would suggest this is likely to continue. Rising 13-week Twiggs Money Flow indicates long-term buying pressure; decline below the rising trendline would again warn of a secondary correction.

S&P 500 Index

* Target calculation: 2000 + ( 2000 – 1800 ) = 2200

CBOE Volatility Index is making more frequent penetrations of 20%, suggesting moderate risk. VIX ranging between 20% and 30% would warn of increased market stress.

S&P 500 VIX

The Nasdaq 100 is also testing support, at 4100, and breach of this level would warn of a correction. But the primary trend is strong and further 13-week Twiggs Money Flow troughs above zero would reinforce this.

Nasdaq 100 Index

* Target calculation: 4100 + ( 4100 – 3700 ) = 4500

Europe is buoyant after the ECB signaled further monetary easing (QE). Germany’s DAX is heading for 11000* after breaking resistance at 10000. Recovery of 13-week Twiggs Momentum indicates continuation of the up-trend.

DAX

* Target calculation: 10000 + ( 10000 – 9000 ) = 11000

The Footsie has also recovered, testing long-term resistance at 6900/7000. Expect strong resistance at this level. Breakout would signal a fresh primary advance, with a long-term target of 8000*.

FTSE 100

* Target calculation: 7000 + ( 7000 – 6000 ) = 8000

China is benefiting from falling oil prices, with the Shanghai Composite Index again testing resistance at 3400. Breakout would signal a fresh primary advance. Rising 13-week Twiggs Money Flow indicates strong (medium-term) buying pressure. The stimulus effect of lower energy prices may allow the PBOC scope to rein in monetary expansion, which would have a dampening effect on the current stock boom.

Shanghai Composite Index

Discussion of monetary expansion would not be complete without mention of Japan where the BOJ has gone “all in” to curb long-term deflationary pressures. The Nikkei 225 Index is testing resistance at its 2007 high of 18000. Rising 13-week Twiggs Money Flow respecting the zero line suggests long-term buying pressure. Breakout above 18000 would signal another primary advance, with a target of 20000*.

Nikkei 225 Index

* Target calculation: 18000 + ( 18000 – 16000 ) = 20000

Australia’s ASX 200 has suffered from falling commodity prices over the past 12 months, with falling crude adding to the energy sector’s woes in the last quarter. But an up-tick of 13-week Twiggs Money Flow hints at brighter days ahead. Breakout above 5650 would offer a target of 6000*.

ASX 200

* Target calculation: 5600 + ( 5600 – 5200 ) = 6000

The Daily chart shows the index completed a double bottom, breaking resistance at 5550, after twice testing primary support at 5120/5150. A 21-day Twiggs Money Flow trough above zero signals medium-term buying pressure. Follow-through above 5660 would confirm a fresh primary advance.

ASX 200

Dow, Nasdaq advance

Broadening wedges are not patterns on which I place a great deal of reliance, but you can depend on them to generate false signals — in both directions. Dow Jones Industrial Average broke resistance at 17300 and has now penetrated the upper border of the broadening wedge. Follow-through above 17600 would confirm a primary advance with a target of 19000*. Rising 13-week Twiggs Money Flow indicates long-term buying pressure. Reversal below 17000 is unlikely, but would warn of another test of primary support and the rising trendline at 16000.

Dow Jones Industrial Average

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

The Nasdaq 100 offers a target of 4500*, having broken resistance at 4100. 13-Week Twiggs Money Flow drifting sideways reflects a lack of enthusiasm, but recovery above 35% would flag renewed buying pressure. Reversal below 4000 is unlikely.

Nasdaq 100

* Target calculation: 4100 + ( 4100 – 3700 ) = 4500

S&P 500 and Nasdaq retracement

The S&P 500 is likely to retrace to test the new support level at 2000. Respect would confirm a fresh advance with a target of 2150*. Rising 13-week Twiggs Money Flow indicates buying pressure. Reversal below 2000 is unlikely, but would warn of a bull trap (correction).

S&P 500

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

CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) at 14 continues to indicate low risk typical of a bull market.

VIX Index

The Nasdaq 100 is in a similar situation, having broken resistance at 4100. Retracement that respects support at 4000 would confirm a fresh advance, offering a target of 4500*. Recovery of 13-week Twiggs Money Flow above 35% would flag buying pressure.

Nasdaq 100

* Target calculation: 4100 + ( 4100 – 3700 ) = 4500

Dow & Nasdaq buying pressure

Dow Jones Industrial Average penetrated its descending trendline, suggesting that the correction is over. Recovery above 17000 would signal an advance to 18000* — confirmed if follow-through above resistance at 17300. Rising 21-day Twiggs Money Flow indicates medium-term buying pressure. Respect of resistance at 17000 is unlikely, but would warn of another test of 16350.

Dow Jones Industrial Average

* Target calculation: 17000 + ( 17000 – 16000 ) = 18000

The Nasdaq 100 recovered above its descending trendline and resistance at 4000, signaling an advance to 4500*. Follow-through above 4100 would confirm. Recovery of 13-week Twiggs Money Flow above 35% would flag buying pressure. Reversal below 4000 is unlikely, but would warn of a test of another test of the rising trendline.

Nasdaq 100

* Target calculation: 4100 + ( 4100 – 3700 ) = 4500

October correction nearing end

  • DAX and FTSE in a down-trend
  • China and Hong Kong retreat
  • US stocks remain in a bull market
  • ASX ends correction

The new reporting season is under way and fund managers are now looking for opportunities rather than selling off under-performers.

The S&P 500 broke resistance at 1900 and 1925. Penetration of the descending trendline suggests that the October correction is over. Recovery of 21-Day Twiggs Money Flow above zero indicates medium-term buying pressure. Expect a test of resistance at 2000 followed by consolidation or retracement to confirm support at 1925. Narrow consolidation below 2000 would be a bullish sign.

S&P 500 Index

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

CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) at 16 again indicates low risk typical of a bull market.

S&P 500 VIX

The Nasdaq 100 recovered above resistance at 4000, indicating a fresh advance. Penetration of the descending trendline signals that the correction is over. Completion of a 13-week Twiggs Money Flow trough high above zero would indicate long-term buying pressure. Reversal below 4000 is unlikely, but would warn of another test of support.

Nasdaq 100

* Target calculation: 4100 + ( 4100 – 3800 ) = 4400

Dow Jones Euro Stoxx 50 recovered above its former primary support level at 3000, suggesting a bear trap. The primary trend remains downward, but recovery of 13-week Twiggs Money Flow above zero would suggest another test of 3300.

Dow Jones Euro Stoxx 50

* Target calculation: 9000 – ( 10000 – 9000 ) = 8000

China’s Shanghai Composite Index retreated below support at 2340/2350 and the rising trendline, warning of a correction. A 13-week Twiggs Money Flow trough above zero would confirm the primary up-trend, while reversal below zero would warn of a bear market.

Shanghai Composite Index

The ASX 200 recovered above resistance at 5250 and 5350 and the descending trendline, indicating that the correction is over. Breach of resistance at 5450 would signal another test of 5650. Bullish divergence and rising 21-day Twiggs Money Flow (above zero) indicate medium-term buying pressure. Reversal below 5350 is unlikely, but would indicate another test of 5120.

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