Cautious optimism

By Colin Twiggs
August 13, 2016 12:30 a.m. EDT (2:30 p.m. AEST)

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Dow Jones Global Index respected support (between 316 and 320) at the top of the recent broadening formation, confirming the primary up-trend. Expect an advance to the target of 340*. Momentum troughs above zero indicate trend strength.

DJ Global Index

* Target calculation: 320 + ( 320 - 300 ) = 340

North America

The S&P 500 is layering in a narrow range on top of the recent rectangle. Momentum is low but there is little sign of selling pressure. This seems to reflect cautious optimism. Stocks are highly-priced at present but economic data is encouraging.

S&P 500 Index

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

The Dow Jones Industrial Average respected support at 18300, confirming the primary up-trend. Target for the advance is 19000*.

Dow Jones Industrial Average

* Target medium-term: 18500 + ( 18500 - 18000 ) = 19000; Long-term: 18000 + ( 18000 - 16000 ) = 20000

The Leading Index for the United States maintains a healthy margin of more than 1 percent, suggesting no imminent threat of recession.

Leading Index for the United States

Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, Leading Index for the United States [USSLIND], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

The leading index predicts the six-month growth rate of the coincident index. In addition to the coincident index, the models include other variables that lead the economy: housing permits (1 to 4 units), initial unemployment insurance claims, delivery times from the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) manufacturing survey, and the interest rate spread between the 10-year Treasury bond and the 3-month Treasury bill.

Canada's TSX 60 broke resistance at 850 and is advancing toward 900. I used linear regression to draw the latest trend channel as it seems a far better fit than the conventional method. Rising Momentum troughs above zero indicate trend strength.

TSX 60


Germany's DAX broke resistance at 10500, signaling a primary up-trend. Expect retracement to test the new support level. Recovery of Momentum above zero reinforces the breakout signal.


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

The Footsie is advancing toward 7000/7100*. Expect strong resistance at the all-time high. Correction towards 6500 would establish a new base for further advances.

FTSE 100

* Target calculation: 6500 + ( 6500 - 5900 ) = 7100


The Shanghai Composite Index rallied toward resistance at 3100. Breakout would complete a cup and handle formation, signaling further advances. But expect stubborn resistance. Recovery of Momentum above zero would be a bullish signal.

Shanghai Composite Index

Japan's Nikkei 225 found support at 16000. Follow-through above 17500 is likely. Expect resistance at 17500. Breakout above 17500 would complete a double-bottom reversal.

Nikkei 225 Index

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

A linear regression channel captures the recent advance on India's Sensex. Breakout above resistance at 28000 looks tentative, with two consecutive dragonfly candles. Retracement to establish support at 27000 is likely. Reversal below 27000, however, would warn of a correction.



The ASX 200 is consolidating below resistance at 5600. Retreat below 5500 is likely and would test the lower trend channel at 5350/5400. The Momentum trough above zero indicates a healthy primary up-trend.

ASX 200

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

Major banks continue to weigh on the index but the ASX 300 (not "ASX 30") Banks Index is establishing a base between 7200 and 8000. Breakout would signal a primary up-trend.

ASX 300 Banks Index

A word of caution: Australian Banks are low on capital compared to their US counterparts; increased capital is likely to lower return on equity. Housing is also likely to come under pressure from an over-supply of high-density units.

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