Gold rallies

Spot gold rallied late Friday, breaking the first line of resistance at $1600/ounce. Penetration of the declining trendline suggests that the down-trend is weakening, but 63-day Twiggs Momentum remains firmly below zero. Retracement that respects new support at $1600 would strengthen the bull signal, however, as would recovery of Momentum above zero.

Spot Gold

* Target calculation: 1500 – ( 1800 – 1500 ) = 1200

Spot gold tests $1530

The Dollar Index followed through after last week’s breakout above resistance at 81.50/82.00, confirming the fresh advance signaled by a 63-day Twiggs Momentum trough above zero. Target for the advance is 86.00*.

US Dollar Index

* Target calculation: 82 + ( 82 – 78 ) = 86

On the daily chart, spot gold tests medium-term support at $1530/ounce. Long tails indicate buying support but the rising dollar continues to apply downward pressure. Breach of support and follow-through below $1500 would signal a long-term decline to $1200/ounce*. Declining 63-day Twiggs Momentum (below zero) already indicates a primary down-trend. Recovery above $1600 is less likely but would indicate that the down-trend is weakening.

Spot Gold

* Target calculation: 1500 – ( 1800 – 1500 ) = 1200

Dollar strength continues

The Dollar Index is headed for a test of resistance at 80. The brief dip below zero on 63-day Twiggs Momentum suggests a solid primary up-trend. Breakout above 80 would offer a target of 85*.

US Dollar Index

* Target calculation: 80 + ( 80 – 75 ) = 85

China and Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index is testing medium-term support at 18000; breach would signal another test of 16000*. 13-Week Twiggs Money Flow below zero warns of rising selling pressure.

Hang Seng Index

* Target calculation: 16 – ( 20 − 16 ) = 12

The Shanghai Composite is testing medium-term support at 2400. Failure of primary support at 2300 would offer a medium-term target of 2000*. The long-term trend is edging lower in a controlled descent, so conventional target calculations do not apply. Recovery above 2600 is less likely, but would signal another test of the descending trendline.

Shanghai Composite Index

* Target calculation: 2300 – ( 2600 − 2300 ) = 2000

Brazil: Bovespa trend reversal

The Bovespa Index broke its descending trendline and resistance at 58000 to complete a classic Dow reversal. A higher trough on 13-week Twiggs Money Flow indicates long-term buying support. Consolidation below 60000 has formed a bullish ascending triangle; upward breakout is likely and would confirm a target of 70000.

Bovespa Index

* Target calculation: 60 + ( 60 – 50 ) = 70

DJ Europe warns of selling pressure

Dow Jones Europe Index is testing medium-term support at 230. Bearish divergence on 21-day Twiggs Money Flow warns of selling pressure. Failure of support would test the primary level at 210 — and breach of primary support would signal another decline, with a target of 160*.

Dow Jones Europe Index

* Target calculation: 210 – ( 260 – 210 ) = 160

Japan and South Korea

Dow Jones Japan Index is consolidating between 48 and 52. Breakout will signal future direction. 21-Day Twiggs Money Flow is rising but there is no clear break as yet above the zero line. Monday’s candle indicates continued hesitancy.

Dow Jones Japan Index


Dow Jones South Korea Index also showed hesitancy Monday. Reversal below 400 would warn of another test of primary support at 350, while respect of 400 would indicate a primary advance to 450*. 21-Day Twiggs Money Flow is declining but respect of the zero line would also signal a primary advance.

Dow Jones South Korea Index

* Target calculation: 400 + ( 400 – 350 ) = 450

Europe stumbles onwards

Markets have been fed a steady diet of press releases out of Europe for the past few weeks but very little substance. This is a dangerous strategy as hopes are raised and reaction to any form of disappointment will be strong. No matter how it is dressed up, we are likely to witness a substantial default of Southern European borrowers, requiring recapitalization of French and Northern European banks. With public debt close to danger levels in many of these countries, there are no ready funds available for a bailout. Quantitative easing by the ECB has been touted as a possible solution, but aversion to this is so strong — particularly in Germany — that it would be political suicide for Angela Merkel to support this. So Europe stumbles onwards, searching for a disguised form of QE solution that is palatable to German voters.

Germany’s DAX is testing support at 5600. Breach would test 5000, while respect would signal a primary advance to 7200*. 13-week Twiggs Money Flow is relatively weak and reversal below zero would warn of renewed selling pressure.

DAX Index

* Target calculation: 6400 + ( 6400 – 5600 ) = 7200 OR 5700 + ( 5700 – 5000 ) = 6400

France’s CAC-40 index is testing medium-term support at 3000. Failure would test 2700, while respect (signaled by breakout above 3350) would signal a further advance. 13-week Twiggs Money Flow remains weak and reversal below zero would also warn of renewed selling pressure.

CAC-40 Index

* Target calculation: 2700 – ( 3300 – 2700 ) = 2100

Italy’s FTSE MIB index is similarly testing support at 15000. Again, 13-week Twiggs Money Flow is weak and reversal below zero would warn of renewed selling pressure.

FTSE Italian MIB Index

* Target calculation: 13 – ( 17 – 13 ) = 9

The FTSE 100 index is testing support at 5350. Failure would test primary support at 4800, while respect (signaled by breakout above 5700) would confirm a primary advance to 6100*. Rising 13-week Twiggs Money Flow favors an advance.

FTSE 100 Index

* Target calculation: 5400 + ( 5400 – 4800 ) = 6000

Aussie Dollar

The Aussie Dollar is headed for a test of support at $1.01/$1.00. Recovery above $1.08 would complete an inverted head and shoulders, but there is still some way to go.  Breach of support would warn of another primary decline. In the long-term, failure of support at $0.94 would offer a target of $0.80, while breakout above $1.08 would indicate a target of $1.22.

AUDUSD

* Target calculation: 0.94 – ( 1.08 – 0.94 ) = 0.80

Europe rebounds

The FTSE 100 index is headed for a test of its 2011 high at 6000/6100. Rising 13-week Twiggs Money Flow signals strong buying pressure. Expect retracement to test support at 5400. Respect would confirm a primary up-trend; failure would re-test support at 4800.

FTSE 100 Index

* Target calculation: 5400 + ( 5400 – 4800 ) = 6000

Germany’s DAX is testing resistance at 6500. Retracement would test support at 5600. A 63-day Twiggs Momentum peak that respects the zero line would warn that the bear market will continue.

DAX Index

* Target calculation: 5700 + ( 5700 – 5000 ) = 6400

Italy is the latest canary in the coal mine. The FTSE MIB index rallied to test its secondary descending trendline at 17000. Respect would warn of another test of primary support at 13000, while breakout would offer a target of 19000*. The primary trend remains downward despite 13-week Twiggs Money Flow having crossed above zero.

FTSE Italian MIB Index

* Target calculation: 17 + ( 17 – 15 ) = 19

Dow breaks 12000

Dow Jones Industrial Average broke through resistance at 12000. On the monthly chart we can see the index is headed for a test of its 2011 high at 13000. Breakout would signal an advance to 15000*. Bearish divergence on 63-Day Twiggs Momentum, however, continues to warn of a primary down-trend; and respect of 13000 would indicate another test of primary support at 11000.

Dow Jones Industrial Average

* Target calculation: 13 + ( 13 – 11 ) = 15

Looking at the weekly chart, retracement to test the new support level at 12000 is likely. Respect would confirm the primary advance, while failure would signal another test of primary support at 10500/11000. A 13-week Twiggs Money Flow trough above the zero line would indicate strong buying pressure.

Dow Jones Industrial Average

* Target calculation: 12 + ( 12 – 11 ) = 13

Dollar declines, gold and commodities rise

The Dollar Index retraced to test the new support level at 76.00. Respect would confirm the primary up-trend, while failure would signal trend weakness. A trough above zero on 63-day Twiggs Momentum would strengthen the bull signal.

Dollar Index

* Target calculation: 80 + ( 80 – 76 ) = 84

Gold broke through $1700/ounce in response to dollar weakness. Expect retracement to test the new support level. Respect would signal a primary advance to 1800*. The long-term (primary) trend remains upward.

Spot Gold

* Target calculation: 1700 + ( 1700 – 1600 ) = 1800

The Amex Gold Bugs Index is testing medium-term resistance at 560. Breakout would test the upper border of broadening wedge pattern — around 650 — and support a similar advance for the spot metal.

Amex Gold Bugs Index

Brent crude is also stronger, testing its upper trend channel at $110/barrel. Respect would indicate another test of the lower channel — and the ascending long-term trendline — while breakout would signal an advance to $120*.

IPE Brent Afternoon Markers

* Target calculation: 110 + ( 110 – 100 ) = 120

The broader CRB Commodities Index is also headed for its upper trend channel. The ascending primary trendline remains intact but 63-day Twiggs Momentum respect of the zero line (from below) warns of a strong down-trend.

CRB Commodities Index

Canada TSX 60

The TSX 60 index also shows a small bullish divergence on 13-week Twiggs Money Flow, suggesting secondary buying pressure. Expect a rally to the descending trendline at 720. Respect would signal another test of primary support at 640. Breakout remains unlikely, but would offer a target of 800*.

TSX 60 Index

* Target calculation: 720 + ( 720 – 640 ) = 800

Dow not yet out of the woods

Dow Jones Industrial Average followed through on its breakout above the 10600-11700 trading range but expect some resistance at 12000. The index looks set for a decent rally after narrow consolidation below resistance at 11700. Target for the breakout is 12600*.

Dow Jones Industrial Average

* Target calculation: 11600 + ( 11600 – 10600 ) = 12600

Yields on 10-year Treasury notes also rallied as funds flowed back into stocks, but we are not yet out of the woods.

10-Year Treasury Yield

There is bound to be a relief rally when EU leaders announce details of their rescue package — followed by a pull-back when traders figure out the costs involved. The danger is that Germany and France do an “Ireland” and rescue the banks but put themselves at risk. Both have public debt to GDP ratios close to 80 percent and it would not take much to push them into the danger zone. If they are down-graded then the kids are home alone — there will be no adults left in the room. A down-grade would raise their cost of funding and place their own budgets under pressure.

The S&P 500 is also testing resistance at 1260; breakout would confirm a Dow signal. 13-Week Twiggs Money Flow is rising but no bullish divergence means this could be secondary (medium-term) buying pressure.

S&P 500 Index

* Target calculation: 1120 + ( 1220 – 1120 ) = 1320

Nasdaq 100 index displays an ascending broadening wedge as it approaches resistance at 2400. The ascending wedge is a bearish pattern: Bulkowski maintains that it breaks out downward 73% of the time. Target would be the base of the pattern at 2000. Bullish divergence on 13-Week Twiggs Money Flow, however, indicates strong buying pressure. Breakout above 2450 would signal a primary advance to 2600*.

Nasdaq 100 Index

* Target calculation: 2400 + ( 2400 – 2200 ) = 2600

Commodities long-term trend

Brent crude is edging lower in a wide trend channel. Respect of the long-term ascending trendline (on the weekly chart) would suggest upward breakout from the channel — and a target of $150/barrel*. Recovery of 63-day Twiggs Momentum above zero would strengthen the signal.

Crude Oil

* Target calculation: 125 + ( 125 – 100 ) = 150

The CRB Commodities index is similarly testing its long-term rising trendline at 300. Penetration of the secondary descending trendline would indicate another primary advance on the monthly chart. The 63-day Twiggs Momentum peak below zero [R], however, warns of a primary down-trend. Failure of support at 290 would strengthen the signal.

CRB Commodities Index

* Target calculation: 370 +( 370 – 290 ) = 450

China & HongKong retreat

Dow Jones Shanghai Index fell sharply on Tuesday, signaling a test of the lower trend channel. Declining 63-Day Twiggs Momentum below zero indicates a strong primary down-trend.

Dow Jones Shanghai Index

The Hang Seng Index retreated to 18000 Tuesday. Respect of both resistance at 19000 and the descending trendline warn of another test of primary support at 16000. Declining 13-week Twiggs Money Flow indicates long-term selling pressure. Failure of primary support would offer a target of 13000*.

Hang Seng Index

* Target calculation: 16 – ( 19 – 16 ) = 13

ASX 200 hits ceiling

The ASX 200 index encountered both the declining trendline (from April 2011) and resistance at 4300. Low volume indicates a lack of enthusiasm from buyers. The strong red candle warns of another test of 3850; follow-through below Tuesday’s low would confirm.

ASX 200 Index

* Target calculation: 4000 – ( 4500 – 4000 ) = 3500

Japan & South Korea buying pressure

Japan’s Nikkei 225 Index retreated Tuesday, but has completed a small double bottom, indicating a test of 9000. Bullish divergence on 13-week Twiggs Money Flow flags strong buying pressure. Breakout above 9000 would indicate an advance to 10000.

Nikkei 225 Index

* Target calculation: 9000 + ( 9000 – 8400 ) = 9600

The Seoul Composite Index shows a weaker divergence on 13-week Twiggs Money Flow. Breakout above 1900 would offer a target of 2150, while respect would re-test primary support at 1650.

Seoul Composite Index

* Target calculation: 1900 + ( 1900 – 1650 ) = 2150