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S&P 500 earnings on the mend

By Colin Twiggs
July 29, 2016 9:30 p.m. EDT (11:30 a.m. AEST)

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Global

Dow Jones Global Index followed through above the October 2015 high of 320, adding further confirmation of the primary up-trend, after the recent breakout. Momentum troughs above zero also signal trend strength.

DJ Global Index

North America

US real gross domestic product increased at a low annual rate of 1.2 percent in the second quarter of 2016, according to the advance estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the first quarter, real GDP increased 0.8 percent (revised down from 1.1 percent).

Nominal GDP (before adjusting for inflation) declined to 2.44 percent, the lowest since 2010. But its surrogate — Total Nonfarm Payrolls x Average Weekly Hours x Average Hourly Earnings — continues to grow at 4.0 percent; so I am not too concerned.

Nominal GDP

As Reported earnings for the S&P 500, second quarter, are predicted to rise to $24.09 (66.4% of companies have reported). This is higher than the $22.80 for the Q2 in 2015 but lower than the $27.14 of 2014. So earnings are on the mend but have not fully recovered.

The S&P 500 has consolidated in a narrow flag/rectangle over the last week. Narrow consolidations are normally a continuation signal but I am wary of retracement to test the new support level (at 2130) before the index advances much further.

S&P 500 Index

* Target calculation: 2100 + ( 2100 - 1800 ) = 2400

Gentle retracement of the Dow Jones Industrial Average suggests that respect of support at 18300 is likely. Respect would confirm the primary up-trend. Rising Money Flow indicates buying pressure.

Dow Jones Industrial Average

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

VIX continues to indicate low market risk, while the longer term St Louis Fed Financial Stress Index — a composite indicator incorporating interest rates and yield spreads — indicates low stress in financial markets. Values below zero are considered a bullish sign.

St Louis Fed Financial Stress Index

Europe

Germany's DAX is heading for a test of resistance at 10500. Breakout would confirm a primary up-trend.

DAX

* Target calculation: 10500 + ( 10500 - 9500 ) = 11500

The Footsie is already in a primary up-trend. Expect retracement to test the new support level at 6500. Respect would confirm the primary trend.

FTSE 100

* Target calculation: 6500 + ( 6500 - 6000 ) = 7000

Asia

The Shanghai Composite Index retreated from resistance at 3100. Reversal below 3000 would warn of another test of primary support.

Shanghai Composite Index

Japan's Nikkei 225 Index has twice respected primary support at 15000. Breakout above 17500 seems would complete a double-bottom reversal.

Nikkei 225 Index

* Target calculation: 15000 - ( 18000 - 15000 ) = 12000

India's Sensex rallied to 28000. Penetration of the rising trendline would warn of a correction. A correction is needed to establish a higher primary support level before the rally becomes over-extended.

SENSEX

Australia

The ASX 200 is headed for a test of the upper trend channel, at 5700*, after breaking resistance at 5400. Subsequent retracement that respects support at 5400 would strengthen the primary up-trend.

ASX 200

* Target calculation: 5400 + ( 5400 - 5100 ) = 5700



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