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October correction nearing end

By Colin Twiggs
October 25th, 2014 8:00 p.m. AEDT (5:00 a.m. EDT)

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  • 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.

ASX 200

Treasury yields fall and the Dollar finds support

The yield on ten-year Treasury Notes is in a primary down-trend (since breaking support at 2.50%). Expect retracement to test resistance at 2.30%. Respect is likely and would indicate another test of primary support at 2.00%*. A 13-week Twiggs Momentum peak below zero signals bear strength. Recovery above 2.30 is unlikely, but would test the descending trendline and resistance at 2.50%.

10-Year Treasury Yields

* Target calculation: 2.30 - ( 2.60 - 2.30 ) = 2.00

Inflation expectations are falling, with the 5-year inflation breakeven rate (5-year treasury yields minus the 5-year TIPS rate) now close to 1.4%.

5-Year Inflation Breakeven Rate

The Dollar Index respected its new support level at 84.50. Recovery above 86.5 would confirm a primary advance and a target of 89*. Rising 13-week Twiggs Momentum suggests a healthy (primary) up-trend. Failure of support at 84.50 is unlikely, but would warn of a correction to the primary trendline.

Dollar Index

* Target calculation: 84 + ( 84 - 79 ) = 89.00

Gold Bugs and Silver warn of further weakness

Low interest rates strengthen demand for gold as they reduce the carrying cost. A rising dollar, however, would reduce demand.

Gold encountered stubborn resistance at $1250/ounce. Respect would confirm the primary down-trend. Another 13-week Twiggs Momentum peak below zero would strengthen the signal. Breach of primary support at $1180 would offer a long-term target of $1000*. Recovery above $1250 is unlikely, but would test the descending trendline around $1300.

Spot Gold

* Target calculation: 1200 - ( 1400 - 1200 ) = 1000

Gold Bugs Index, representing un-hedged gold stocks, broke long-term support at 190, signaling another primary decline. Gold is likely to follow.

Gold Bugs Index

Silver failed to rally in concert with gold, instead consolidating in a narrow range which suggests further weakness. Another bearish sign for gold.

Silver

Crude oil threatens support

Brent crude [pink] has already broken long-term support at $90/barrel and Nymex Light Crude [blue] is testing similar support at $78 to $80/barrel. Breach would confirm a primary down-trend and a long-term target of $50*.

Nymex WTI Crude

* Target calculation: 80 - ( 110 - 80 ) = 50

That's all from me for today. Take care.



No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true.

~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

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