Hang Seng Shines

By Colin Twiggs
August 28, 3:00 a.m. ET (5:00 p.m. AET)

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I will be away this weekend and have combined the normal yields & spreads (Thursday) and stock markets (Saturday) newsletters into one.


Crude oil respected support at $110 and is headed for another test of resistance between $120 and $122 per barrel. Failure of support (and breakout from the trend channel) would warn of a primary down-trend — confirmed if key psycholgical support at $100 is penetrated. Breakout above $122 remains less likely — and would signal another test of $150.

Brent Crude Oil

With the Shanghai index having fallen more than 60 percent from its 2007 peak, the probability of a slow-down of Chinese consumption is increasing — which would cause a primary down-trend in crude oil prices.

Shanghai Composite Index China

The spike in crude oil prices over the last year hurt the Transport and Automotive industries, but the biggest impact on the stock market has been the collapse of the housing market, damaging the Financial sector and Construction. The latest Case Schiller index shows housing prices continue to fall.

Housing Prices and Affordability

Housing affordability, measured by dividing the housing index by per capita disposable income, is rapidly improving — approaching its 1998 lows. But there are two factors that will delay a housing bottom:

Home Mortgage Rates and Treasury Bond Spread
  1. The spread between home mortgage rates and long-term treasury bonds is widening as banks and agencies attempt to repair their balance sheets — forcing mortgage rates higher and deterring home buyers.
  2. Expectations of further falls in the housing index will cause potential purchasers to delay buying until there are clear signs of a bottom. This becomes a self-fulfilling expectation — in the same way that rising prices attracted buyers like moths to a flame.


Dow Jones Industrial Average

The Dow found support at 11300. Failure would indicate a test of primary support at 11000, while recovery above 11600 would signal continuation of the secondary rally. Volumes are typically low in the last week in August (thank you Kate for pointing this out), but this year have declined more than usual. Expect the consolidation to continue or edge slowly higher — before a sharp fall.

Dow Jones Industrial Average short-term chart

Long Term: Twiggs Money Flow holding above the zero line signals short/medium-term buying pressure, typical of a secondary rally. But the primary trend remains downward and the rally is unlikely to break resistance at 12000.

Dow Jones Industrial Average long-term chart

S&P 500

The S&P 500 shows similar short/medium-term buying pressure on Twiggs Money Flow, with the index headed for a test of 1300. The primary trend, however, remains downward.

Standard & Poors 500 chart

Yields & Rates

Ten-year treasury yields have broken below support at 3.80 percent, signaling a test of primary support at 3.30 percent. Falling treasury yields indicate investors seeking security, rather than a decline in inflation expectations.

Ten-Year Treasure Note Yields and Differential with Three-Month Bills

The Producer Price Index is leading and the Consumer Price Index is likely to follow.

Consumer and Producer Price Indexes

The differential between the fed funds rate and 3-month T-bills is relatively low, projecting a stable market. But spreads between 3-month LIBOR and treasury bills remain elevated. Inter-bank lending continues to demand a substantial premium over treasury rates, indicating concerns over bank failure remain high.

LIBOR Spreads

Canada: TSX

Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) broke above the zero line, indicating buying pressure. Expect a secondary rally to test resistance at 14000.

TSX Composite

United Kingdom: FTSE

The FTSE 100 is testing medium-term support at 5550. Rising Twiggs Money Flow indicates that a breakout is likely. Expect a secondary rally to test 6000. But the primary trend remains downward.

FTSE 100

Germany: Dax

The Dax consolidated between 6350 and 6200 over the past week. Failure of 6200 would test primary support at 6000, while breakout above 6350 would signal another test of 6600.

German DAX

India: Sensex

The Sensex continues to test 14000. Failure of support would mean another test of 12500. Twiggs Money Flow signals short-term buying but long-term selling pressure. The primary trend remains down and failure of 12500 would warn of another primary decline. Recovery above 15000 (and breakout from the trend channel), on the other hand, would indicate that the down-trend is weakening.

Sensex India

Japan: Nikkei

The Nikkei 225 is headed for a test of primary support at 12000. Twiggs Money Flow holding below zero signals selling pressure. In the long term, failure of support at 12000 would offer a target of 10000.

nikkei 225 japan


The Hang Seng shows greater resilience than the Shanghai index. After a failed break below 21000, the index recovered and is headed for a test of 22000. Breakout above 22000 would confirm the bear trap — signaling a test of 26000. Twiggs Money Flow crossing above zero would signal (short-term) buying pressure and a rise above its July high would confirm the up-trend.

Hang Seng Index Hongkong

Australia: ASX

The All Ordinaries broke through resistance at 5100, signaling a secondary rally. Twiggs Money Flow, rising strongly above zero, confirms. Reversal below 4900 is now unlikely.

ASX All Ordinaries

Long Term: The primary trend, however, remains down.

ASX Australia All Ords long-term

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