S&P 500 Momentum and Economic Outlook

This an example of the monthly updates from the new Research & Investment joint venture between Incredible Charts and Porter Capital.

S&P 500 Momentum – October 2013

Latest Performance

S&P 500 Momentum is based on Porter Capital’s successful ASX200 Prime Momentum strategy which returned +38.43% for the 12 months ended 31st October 2013. Actual historical performance for the S&P 500 is not yet available.

Sectors

The portfolio includes the usual technology, Internet retail and biotechnology sectors but also insurance, airlines, and oil & gas exploration.

Stock Performance

Star performer Netflix (NFLX) climbed from $80 to above $350 over the last year, breaking its 2011 high of $300. Twiggs Money Flow troughs above zero indicate strong buying pressure.

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Stock Selections

Hold

We continue to hold the following stocks:

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New Additions

There are four new additions this month:

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Biotech newcomer Gilead Sciences (GILD) climbed from $20 to above $70 over the last three years. Short corrections indicate buying pressure and respect of support at $64 would signal a fresh advance. Twiggs Money Flow troughs high above zero also suggest strong buying pressure.

GILD

Disposals

Stocks replaced are:

  • REGN (SELL)
  • BSX (SELL)
  • GT (SELL)
  • CELG (SELL)

Regneron Pharmaceuticals (REGN) rose from $30 to $300 over the last three years, but encountered strong resistance at $300/$320 and has fallen outside our top ten ranking. Breach of support at $270 and the rising trendline would warn that the primary trend is weakening. Recovery above $320, however, would most likely see it regain its position in the portfolio.

TRIP

Market Outlook

Market Filters

Our market filters indicate low to moderate risk and we maintain full exposure to equities.

General Outlook

As global growth recovers we expect equity markets to be buoyed by improvements in both earnings and dividends, with strong momentum over the quarter. There is much discussion in the media as to whether various markets are in a “bubble”. Little attention is devoted to the fact that bubbles can last for several years, and sometimes even decades. The main driver of both stock market bubbles and real estate bubbles is debt. Anna Schwartz, co-author with Milton Friedman of A Monetary History of the United States (1963) described the relationship to the Wall Street Journal:

If you investigate individually the manias that the market has so dubbed over the years, in every case, it was expansive monetary policy that generated the boom in an asset. The particular asset varied from one boom to another. But the basic underlying propagator was too-easy monetary policy and too-low interest rates …..

Currently, there is evidence of expansive monetary policy from the Fed, but the overall impact on the financial markets is muted. Most of the QE bond purchases are being parked by banks in interest-bearing, excess reserve deposits at the Fed. The chart below compares Fed balance sheet expansion (QE) to the increase in excess reserve deposits at the Fed.

US Household Debt

A classic placebo effect, the Fed is well aware that the major benefit of their quantitative easing program is psychological: there is little monetary impact on the markets.

Corporate debt (green line below) is expanding rapidly as corporations take advantage of the opportunity to issue new debt at low interest rates, but household debt (red) is still shrinking.

US Household Debt

There are pockets of concern, like the rapid recovery in NYSE margin debt, but risk of a Dotcom-style stock market bubble or a 2002/2007 housing bubble is low while household debt contracts.

Regards,

Colin Twiggs

 

Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.

~ Aristotle

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Research & Investment – New Joint Venture

I am pleased to announce the establishment of Research & Investment, a joint venture between Incredible Charts and Porter Capital.

Research & Investment

Research & Investment offers investors a second alternative to accessing the research and investment strategies developed by Dr Bruce Vanstone and me:

The active strategies are suitable for lower tax vehicles such as self-managed or self-directed superannuation, pension or retirement funds. The strategies may also suit members of large industry or retail superannuation/pension funds that offer Direct Investment options, where members are able to select individual stocks for their portfolio.

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Subscribers receive monthly investment updates offering selections of top-performing S&P 500 and ASX 200 stocks using Twiggs Momentum, plus alerts when market risk is identified as elevated.

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The strategies use Twiggs Momentum to identify top-performing stocks in anticipation of continued outperformance. Since its initial discovery by DeBondt & Thaler in 1985, the momentum effect has been documented and researched in many markets worldwide: stocks which have outperformed in the recent past tend to continue to perform strongly.

Twiggs Momentum is a specialized momentum indicator developed by me and used extensively in my Trading Diary market analysis. Below are the equity curves for historical simulations conducted on the S&P 500 and ASX 200. Further statistics are available at Research & Investment.

S&P 500

Historical simulation of $100,000 invested in S&P 500 stocks since January 1996 using our Twiggs Momentum strategy returned an average of 24.89% p.a. Dark green areas represent the move to cash when market risk is elevated. The blue line represents the benchmark S&P 500 index.


S&P 500 TMO Equity Curve: click to enlarge

ASX 200

Historical simulation of $100,000 invested in ASX 200 stocks since January 2000 using Twiggs Momentum strategy returned an average of 23.77% p.a. Dark green areas represent the move to cash when market risk is elevated. The blue line represents the benchmark ASX 200 Accumulation Index.


ASX 200 TMO Equity Curve: click to enlarge

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It is difficult for equity strategies to produce positive results during market down-turns. We use macroeconomic and volatility filters to help preserve capital during sustained bear markets, moving to cash when risks are identified as elevated.

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Investment Strategy: S&P 500 ASX 200
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Asset Classes: S&P 500 stocks and cash ASX 200 stocks and cash
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I repeat the words from my last newsletter: Results that look too good to be true, normally are. No market filter can provide 100% protection against market down-turns, and simulations carried out on data history are no guarantee of future performance. Diversification, across asset classes, markets and strategies, is important to spread risk, but you must consider your risk profile. Please consult your financial adviser for advice tailored to your specific needs.

Quality is not an act, it is a habit.
~ Aristotle

Disclaimer

Research & Investment Pty Ltd is a Corporate Authorized Representative (AR Number 384 397) of Andika Pty Ltd which holds an Australian Financial Services Licence (AFSL 297069).

The information on this website and in the newsletters is general in nature and does not consider your personal circumstances. Please contact your professional financial adviser for advice tailored to your needs.

Research & Investment Pty Ltd (“R&I”) has made every effort to ensure the reliability of the views and recommendations expressed in the reports published on its websites and newsletters. Our research is based upon information known to us or which was obtained from sources which we believe to be reliable and accurate.

No guarantee as to the capital value of investments, nor future returns are made by R&I. Neither R&I nor its employees make any representation, warranty or guarantee that the information provided is complete, accurate, current or reliable.

You are under no obligation to use these services and should always compare financial services/products to find one which best meets your personal objectives, financial situation or needs.

To the extent permitted by law, R&I and its employees, agents and authorized representatives exclude all liability for any loss or damage (including indirect, special or consequential loss or damage) arising from the use of, or reliance on, any information. If the law prohibits the exclusion of such liability, such liability shall be limited, to the extent permitted by law, to the resupply of the said information or the cost of the said resupply.

Important Warning About Simulated Results

Research & Investment (R&I) specialize in developing, testing and researching investment strategies and systems. Within the R&I web site and newsletters, you will find information about investment strategies and their performance. It is important that you understand that results from R&I research are simulated and not actual results.

No representation is made that any investor will or is likely to achieve profits or losses similar to those shown.

Simulated performance results are generally prepared with the benefit of hindsight and do not involve financial risk. No modelling can completely account for the impact of financial risk in actual investment. Account size, brokerage and slippage may also diverge from simulated results. Numerous other factors related to the markets in general or to the implementation of any specific investment system cannot be fully accounted for in the preparation of simulated performance results and may adversely affect actual investment results.

To the extent permitted by law, R&I and its employees, agents and authorized representatives exclude all liability for any loss or damage (including indirect, special or consequential loss or damage) arising from the use of, or reliance on, any information offered by R&I whether or not caused by any negligent act or omission.

Hong Kong, India and Singapore

Dow Jones Hong Kong Index is headed for primary support at 360. Failure would confirm the primary down-trend signaled by 63-day Twiggs Momentum below zero.

Straits Times Index

India’s Sensex is testing support at 16000/15800. Failure would mean another test of primary support at 15000/15200. Reversal of 13-week Twiggs Money Flow below zero indicates selling pressure. Failure of primary support would offer a target of 12000*.

BSE Sensex Index

* Target calculation: 15 – ( 18 − 15 ) = 12

Dow Jones Singapore Index broke medium-term support at 222, indicating a test of primary support at 208/210. Reversal of 13-week Twiggs Money Flow below zero indicates selling pressure. Failure of primary support would offer a target of 190*.

Straits Times Index

* Target calculation: 210 – ( 230 − 210 ) = 190

India & Singapore

The BSE Sensex found medium-term support at 16000/15800 but reversal of 13-week Twiggs Money Flow below zero warns of further selling pressure. Expect another test of primary support at 15000/15200. Failure would offer a target of 12000*.

BSE Sensex Index

* Target calculation: 15 – ( 18 − 15 ) = 12

With almost half of foreign bank funding sourced from Europe, India is experiencing significant tightening of external finance and hence domestic investment.

Singapore’s Straits Times Index is testing medium-term support at 2750. Failure would test primary support at 2600. Reversal of 63-day Twiggs Momentum below zero warns of a strong primary down-trend. Recovery above 2900 is unlikely but would indicate continuation of the primary up-trend.

Straits Times Index

* Target calculation: 2600 – ( 2900 − 2600 ) = 2300

Singapore SGX: Top Momentum stocks

Yoma (Z59) breakout above 0.50 would signal another advance. Both Twiggs Money Flow and Momentum are bullish.

Yoma Strategic Holdings

I also like the look of Sky Holdings, Interra Resources and Ezion Holdings:

Sky Holdings
Interra Resources
Ezion Holdings

Although Ezion faces some profit-taking at 1.00 that could slow a further advance.

Canada TSX: Top Momentum stocks

Interesting new stocks on my Top Momentum stock screen (Incredible Charts #48894):

Northern Graphite (daily chart)

Northern Graphite

Atna Resources (weekly chart)

Atna Resources

Connacher Oil & Gas (weekly)

Connacher Oil & Gas

Imperial Metals (weekly)

Imperial Metals

Singapore SGX: Potential breakouts

SGX stocks with low 63-day Momentum but strong buying pressure as measured by 21-day Twiggs Money Flow. Illiquid stocks filtered out using $500,000 daily Value/Turnover filter.

Incredible Charts Stock Screen: 21-day Twiggs Money Flow

Singapore SGX: Top Momentum stocks

Top Momentum stocks identified using 63-day Twiggs Momentum and $500,000 daily Value/Turnover filter:

Incredible Charts Stock Screen: 63-day Twiggs Momentum

India NIFTY and Singapore Straits Times Index

India’s NIFTY index continues its primary down-trend, breaking support at 4700 on the weekly chart. 63-Day Twiggs Momentum holding below zero confirms the down-trend. Target for the primary decline is 4000*.

NSE NIFTY Index

* Target calculation: 4700 – (5400 – 4700 ) = 4000

The Straits Times Index also shows 63-day Twiggs Momentum declining below zero, suggesting a primary down-trend. Respect of the descending trendline on the weekly chart strengthens the signal.  Breakout below primary support at 2500 would offer a target of 2100*.

Straits Times Index

* Target calculation: 2500 – ( 2900 – 2500 ) = 2100

S&P 500 and DJ Europe

The S&P 500 index is headed for medium-term support at 1160. 21-Day Twiggs Money Flow warns of (medium-term) selling pressure. If support at 1160 fails, primary support at 1075/1100 is unlikely to hold — offering a target of 900*. Reversal below the rising trendline on 63-day Twiggs Momentum would indicate continuation of the primary down-trend.

S&P 500 Index

* Target calculation: 1100 – ( 1300 – 1100 ) = 900

Dow Jones Europe index is also headed for primary support, at 205. Failure is likely and would offer a target of 160*. Reversal of 13-week Twiggs Money Flow below zero would warn of rising selling pressure.

Dow Jones Europe Index

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

Forex update: Euro breaks support

The euro broke through primary support at $1.32, warning of another primary decline with a target of $1.22*. Declining 63-day Twiggs Momentum indicates a strong primary down-trend.
Euro

* Target calculation: 1.32 – ( 1.42 – 1.32 ) = 1.22

Pound Sterling is testing primary support at $1.54, while 63-day Twiggs Momentum is below zero. Failure of support would signal a primary decline to $1.46.

Pound Sterling

* Target calculation: 1.54 – ( 1.62 – 1.54 ) = 1.46

The Aussie Dollar retreated below parity, indicating another test of medium term support at $0.97. Failure would test primary support at $0.94/$0.95. Respect of the zero line by 63-day Twiggs Momentum indicates a continuing primary down-trend. Weakening commodity prices, especially coal and iron ore, should strengthen the down-trend.

Australian Dollar

* Target calculation: 0.97 – ( 1.03 – 0.97 ) = 0.91

The Canadian Loonie is headed for a test of primary support at $0.94/$0.95. 63-Day Twiggs Momentum holding below zero suggests a continuing primary down-trend.

Canadian Dollar

* Target calculation: 0.95 – ( 1.00 – 0.95 ) = 0.90

A monthly chart of the Greenback against the Yen shows strong bullish divergence on 63-day Twiggs Momentum, suggesting reversal of the primary down-trend. Breakout above ¥80 and the descending trendline would confirm the signal.

Japanese Yen

The US Dollar continues in a strong up-trend against both the South African Rand and Brazilian Real, helped by falling commodity prices. Breakout above R8.60 would signal a further advance to R9.20.

South African Rand and Brazilian Real

* Target calculation: 8.60 + ( 8.60 – 8.00 ) = 9.20

Euro Stoxx 50

Dow Jones Euro Stoxx 50 index hesitated in its rally to resistance at 2500 on the weekly chart, but the trend remains upward. Breakout above 2500 would signal a primary advance to 2900* — and end of the bear market. 63-Day Twiggs Momentum is also rising, but recovery above zero appears some way off.

DJ Euro Stoxx 50 Index

* Target calculation: 2500 + ( 2500 – 2100 ) = 2900

Dow, Nasdaq diverge

Dow Jones Industrial Average is testing resistance at 12300. Breakout would signal a primary advance to 13400 and an end to the bear market. Rising 63-day Twiggs Momentum is encouraging but will only be significant if retracement respects the zero line.

Dow Jones Industrial Average

* Target calculation: 12300 + ( 12300 – 11200 ) = 13400

The Nasdaq 100, however, displays a large bearish divergence on 13-week Twiggs Money Flow, warning of selling pressure. Reversal below 2040 would confirm a primary down-trend. Breakout above 2400 is less likely, but would suggest an advance to 2800*.

Nasdaq 100 Index

* Target calculation: 2400 + ( 2400 – 2000 ) = 2800

Forex update

The euro is likely to re-test primary support at $1.32 against the greenback. Declining 63-day Twiggs Momentum, below zero, warns of continuation of the primary down-trend. Breach of support would indicate a primary decline to $1.22*.

EURUSD

* Target calculation: 1.32 – ( 1.42 – 1.32 ) = 1.22

Sterling rallied off primary support at $1.53/$1.54 against the greenback but 63-day Twiggs Momentum again warns of a primary down-trend. Failure of support would offer a target of $1.46*.

GBPUSD

* Target calculation: 1.53 – ( 1.60 – 1.53 ) = 1.46

Canada’s Loonie is headed for another test of resistance at $1.01 against the greenback. Declining 63-day Twiggs Momentum, however, continues to warn of a primary down-trend. Respect of resistance is likely, and would signal another test of primary support at $0.95. Declining commodity prices also favor a down-trend.

CADUSD

* Target calculation: 0.95 – ( 1.01 – 0.95 ) = 0.89

The Aussie Dollar appears stronger than the Loonie, which is unusual. Both are affected by commodity prices, but the Aussie tends to be more volatile  than its Canadian counterpart. Obviously, higher interest rates in the Southern hemisphere are an attraction. Again, 63-day Twiggs Momentum warns of a primary down-trend. And reversal below parity would warn of another test of primary support at $0.95.

AUDUSD

* Target calculation: 0.95 – ( 1.07 – 0.95 ) = 0.83

The greenback has strengthened sharply against the South African Rand and Brazilian Real. Both volatile, resource-rich currencies are likely to re-test their recent highs: the rand at R8.50 and the real at 1.90 against the dollar.

USDZAR

The greenback shows strong bullish divergence against Japan’s yen on 63-day Twiggs Momentum, warning of a reversal. Breach of the long-term descending trendline would strengthen the signal. Breakout above ¥80 would confirm.

USDJPY

 

Japan & India

Dow Jones Japan Index is headed for a test of the descending trendline but 63-day Twiggs Momentum remains deep below zero, indicating a strong primary down-trend.

Dow Jones Japan Index

Dow Jones India 30 Titans index found support above 150 and is headed for another test of resistance around 170. Bullish divergence on 13-week Twiggs Money Flow favors a primary trend reversal. Breakout above 172 would confirm.

Dow Jones India 30 Titans Index

* Target calculation: 170 + ( 170 – 150 ) = 190

China weakens

Dow Jones Shanghai Index respected resistance at 320 and is now testing support at 285. Failure would offer a target of 260*. 63-Day Twiggs Momentum deep below zero continues to signal a strong primary down-trend.

Dow Jones Shanghai Index

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

DJ Hong Kong index is testing medium-term support at 360. Failure would mean a re-test of the primary level at 320; respect is less likely but would indicate another test of 410. Declining 13-week Twiggs Money Flow below zero warns of selling pressure.

Dow Jones Hong Kong Index

US markets show promise of recovery

We are not out of the woods yet, but the S&P 500 weekly chart is starting to diverge from its mid-2008 pattern. Headed for a test of the descending trendline and resistance at 1300, an index breakout would signal a primary advance to 1450* and the end of the bear market. Recovery of 63-day Twiggs Momentum above zero would support this.

S&P 500 Index

* Target calculation: 1300 + ( 1300 – 1150 ) = 1450

Dow Jones Industrial Average, however, displays short-term resistance between 12000 and 12300 on the daily chart. Reversal of 21-day Twiggs Money Flow below zero would warn of rising selling pressure.

Dow Jones Industrial Average

* Target calculation: 12300 + ( 12300 – 11200 ) = 13400

Nasdaq 100 Index is headed for resistance at 2400. Upward breakout would offer a target of 2750*. Bearish divergence on 13-week Twiggs Money Flow warns of selling pressure, but breakout above the descending trendline would negate this.

Nasdaq 100 Index

* Target calculation: 2400 + ( 2400 – 2050 ) = 2750

Japanese Yen

The two overriding features on the USD/Yen chart are the strong primary down-trend — as indicated by the descending trendline — and a strong bullish divergence on 63-day Twiggs Momentum warning of a reversal. Recovery above resistance at ¥80 would confirm the reversal.

JPYUSD