US job growth rebounds

By Colin Twiggs
October 4th, 2014 6:00 p.m. AEST (4:00 a:m EDT)

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Weekly highlights:

  • US job growth rebounds, halting the correction
  • Gold and crude oil are falling
  • European stocks remain bearish
  • Asian stocks are bearish
  • US stocks continue to indicate a bull market

We are at the September quarter-end and stock weakness is likely to continue into October.

From the Wall Street Journal:

U.S. job growth rebounded in September and the jobless rate fell below 6% for the first time since mid-2008, suggesting the labor market is improving faster than previously thought. Nonfarm payrolls grew a seasonally adjusted 248,000 last month, the fastest pace since June, the Labor Department said Friday.

The S&P 500 broke downwards from its broadening wedge formation this week, warning of a correction to 1900. But Thursday's long tail and Friday's rally indicate buying support below 1950. Another test of 2000 is likely. Respect of resistance would warn of further weakness in October, while breakout would suggest a fresh advance; follow-through above 2020 would confirm.

S&P 500

* Target calculation: 2000 + ( 2000 - 1900 ) = 2100

CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) remains below 20, typical of a bull market.

S&P 500 VIX

Dow Jones Euro Stoxx 50 found support at 3100, but this is unlikely to hold. Expect another test of primary support at 3000. Breach would signal a down-trend. Fall of 13-week Twiggs Money Flow below zero would strengthen the bear signal.

Dow Jones Euro Stoxx 50

* Target calculation: 3000 - ( 3300 - 3000 ) = 2700

Dow Jones Asia Index is headed for a test of 2800 on the weekly chart despite continued bullishness on the Shanghai Composite, reflecting strength in the US Dollar. Penetration of the rising trendline would strengthen the bear signal. Reversal of 13-week Twiggs Momentum below zero also signals a primary down-trend.

Dow Jones Asia Index

The ASX 200 found support at 5250. Recovery above 5350 and the descending trendline would suggest that the correction is over. But respect of resistance remains as likely and breach of 5250 would warn of a test of 5000/5050. Recovery of 21-day Twiggs Money Flow above zero would indicate short-term buying pressure.

ASX 200

* Target calculation: 5650 + ( 5650 - 5350 ) = 5950

Gold breaks support

Spot gold broke support at $1200/ounce, warning of a primary down-trend to test $1000*. Follow-through below $1180 would confirm. 13-Week Twiggs Momentum below zero already signals a primary down-trend.

S&P 500 VIX

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

Spot silver has already broken primary support and gold is expected to follow.

S&P 500 VIX

Market turbulence

The quarter-end sell off may depress stock prices for a few more weeks, but it is important to stay in the market if you are investing with a long time horizon. Inexperienced investors tend to sell at the wrong time and buy at the wrong time — buy high and sell low — whereas more experienced hands will treat secondary weakness as a buying opportunity.

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

It is a general rule of human nature that people despise those who treat them well, and look up to those who make no concessions.

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