Market Matters Report / Market Matters Weekend Report 7th October 2015

By Market Matters 08 November 15

Market Matters Weekend Report 7th October 2015

Market Matters Weekend Report 7th October 2015

The Melbourne Cup winner was 100-1 !!!!

Welcome to the weekend and apologies for the late report! Some bad traffic on my way back from Berry!!


Last Tuesday the Melbourne Cup was won by Prince of Penzance an incredible 100-1 fairy tale for many beautiful reasons and the town of Ballarat. While the story is an emotional one when compared to the stock market the message is easy........Never underestimate what the market can do!

Last week was disappointing for the ASX200 with the market falling 0.5% to be 15% below the 2015 highs compared to the US S&P500 which is only 1.7% below the years high. Unfortunately, this local under performance is not surprising when we compare both respective economies and individual companies within the respective indexes. To be fair the local index has had to contend with both ANZ and NAB going ex-dividend during the week, and with Macquarie and Westpac going ex-dividend this coming week.

On Friday night the US unemployment numbers were simply excellent significantly increasing the odds of a rate rise in the US in December. Despite this, the market held well, clearly having one eye on higher rates and one on an improving economy.

Turning to the Markets

Market Matters view remains bullish the US stock market over coming months into a potentially significant top in 2016. Hopefully the ASX200 can continue with recent seasonal strength into a high in January.

The $US remains very strong reflecting the improving economy and likely increasing interest rates with the $US Index looking set to make fresh 2015 highs in coming months - see chart 59b.

Market Matters can see this blow off top in the $US coinciding with both a low in the $A, a low in gold and a top in US equities - see charts 59a & 8-13.

If this analysis is correct any further strength in stocks that benefit from $US earnings like Amcor, Ramsay Healthcare, QBE, Resmed and Cochlear may be profit taking opportunities worth considering.

In a week when the index moved very little three scenarios involving major Australian companies caught our eye.
1. Telstra (TLS) remains an under performer for the week, falling 1.7% for the week, while other stocks in the sector continue to perform. Telstra's 5.74% fully franked dividend has clearly lost its lustre as the market perceives the potential impact to profit of the creation of significant new competitors through recent merger activity. The lack of growth from TLS and costs required to make future steps count against this major Telco. Telstra may however be an outperformer after we reach the expected 2016 market highs.

2. BHP Billiton (BHP) had an awful end to the week falling 2.5% on Friday as both Iron and crude oil prices drift plus there were some very unfortunate fatalities at one of its joint venture iron ore projects with Vale in Brazil. On Friday night both stocks were hammered. Vale fell 5.7% to be only 2.9% above the year’s lows and BHP closed on the US ADR market at $21.83, down 3.8% from Fridays close - see charts 24 & 28. BHP is likely to be down well over 30% for the year on Monday's open and a false spike under $21.61 would be very bullish technically - a very similar chart pattern to that exhibited by Santos (STO) and Fortescue (FMG) earlier in the year - see charts 25b and 27.

3. The gold price continues to fall and looks likely to make fresh lows for 2015 in coming weeks. Newcrest Mining (NCM) remains very bearish technically but any significant weakness to the local sector over coming weeks / months may be an excellent buying opportunity, especially to the largely unhedged producers - see chart 31b.

Chart of the week

BHP Billiton $22.70 - Technically a false break under $21.61 would be bullish targeting a ~20% countertrend rally - see chart 24.


Market-wise the US is unfolding exactly as expected and the ASX 200 is now entering the strongest week of the season for the unfolding of the expected Christmas rally.

During the coming week we will be looking for an opportunity to switch from Macquarie to BHP looking for at least a 20% return. Also, for those investors with extra ammo available we would be looking to increase exposure to the banks now that the dividend season is nearly over.

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What Matters this week

The ASX200 looks likely to open up unchanged on Monday after a relatively quiet night overseas.


            Potential Investing opportunities for the coming week

    • Market Matters advocates being fully invested with 7-8% cash for specific opportunities.

             Potential Trading for the coming week

    • Short term we still believe the best trading action is to be a buyer of the ASX200 around 5175.
    • The main trading stock that looks good at present is BHP ~$21-21.50.


Portfolio / Trade Holdings
Market Matters portfolio had an average week just failing to match the weak ASX200 - the ASX200 fell 0.5%.

1. Ansell (ANN) -1.9% - medium term investment.

2. ANZ Bank (ANZ) -4.6% - medium term investment - also went ex-dividend.

3. Bendigo Bank (BEN) +0.6% - medium term investment.

4. Bank of Queensland (BOQ) +0.5% - medium term investment.

5. Commonwealth Bank (CBA) -0.2% - long term investment.

6. Seek (SEK) +5.1% - medium term investment.

7. Suncorp (SUN) -0.8% - medium term investment.

8. Macquarie (MQG) -3.8%- medium term investment.

9. Oil Search (OSH) +0.8% - short / medium term trade.


  • Cash for future purchases ~7.5%.

Australian ASX200

Chart 1 – ASX200 Monthly Chart

Chart 2 – ASX200 Weekly Chart

Chart 3 – ASX200 Daily Chart

Chart 4 - SPI (Share Price Index) Futures 60 mins Chart

Chart 5a ASX200 Banking Index Monthly Chart

Chart 5b ASX200 Financials Index (excl. REIT's) Weekly Chart

Chart 6 Volatility Index VIX Weekly Chart

Chart 7a – The US 10-year Interest Rate Monthly Chart

Chart 7b – The German 10-year Interest Rate Quarterly Chart

American Equities

The American indices experienced our anticipated correction, especially very sharply in August similar to 2011. The S&P500 rallied very quickly and is only 1.7% below its all time high!

  • The Dow exceeded predicted target and now looks very bullish targeting the 19,000 area.
  • The NASDAQ looks very bullish and set for futher fresh 2015 highs.
  • The more followed (by market observers and participants) S&P500 fell 2% short of our technical target during its pullback but has also now also started rallying strongly.

Chart 8 – Dow Jones Index Monthly Chart

Chart 9 – Dow Jones Index Weekly Chart

Chart 10a – US S&P500 Index Monthly Chart

Chart 10b – US S&P500 Index Weekly Chart

Chart 11 – NYSE Composite Index Monthly Chart

Chart 12 – Russell 2000 Index Monthly Chart

Chart 13 – US NASDAQ Index Monthly Chart

Chart 14 – The Canadian Composite Index Monthly Chart

European Indices
Most European Indices appear to have completed a decent correction with the clearest leads recently coming from the UK's FTSE, German DAX and Spanish IBEX.
Chart 15 – Euro Stoxx 50 Index Weekly Chart

Chart 16 – UK FTSE Index Weekly Chart

Chart 17 – Spanish IBEX Index Monthly Chart

Chart 18 – German DAX Index Monthly Chart

Chart 19 – German DAX Index Weekly Chart

Asian & Emerging Markets Indices
Asian indices have been extremely volatile over recent months in sympathy with the uncertainty in Chinese stock market and weakness / devaluation of the Yuan. Last Fridays interest rate cut in China failed to excite the equities this week.
Chart 20a – Hang Seng Weekly Chart

Chart 20b – China Shanghai Composite Index Monthly Chart

Chart 21 – Emerging Markets Index Monthly Chart

Chart 22 – Japanese Nikkei 225 Index Monthly Chart

Australian Stocks

Quality stocks with sustainable yield have been standouts over recent times but some industrial and finally resource stock are now looking better. We remain positive the “yield play” after its +20% correction and looking to invest in growth / overseas earning stocks BUT not resources. However, we're no longer bearish the resources sector from a risk / reward trading perspective and in fact some low risk buying opportunities are close at hand.

Chart 23 – BHP Billiton (US) Monthly Chart

Chart 24 – BHP Billiton (BHP) Daily Chart

Chart 25a – Woodside Petroleum (WPL) Weekly Chart

Chart 25b – Santos (STO) Weekly Chart

Chart 25c – Oil Search (OSH) Weekly Chart

Chart 26 – RIO Tinto Ltd (RIO) Weekly Chart

Chart 27 – Fortescue Metals (FMG) Weekly Chart

Chart 28 – Vale (US) Weekly Chart

Chart 29 – Newcrest Mining (NCM) Monthly Chart

Chart 30a – Regis Resources (RRL) Weekly Chart

Chart 30b – Northern Star Resources (NST) Weekly Chart

Chart 31 – Barrick Gold Corp. (US) Monthly Chart

Chart 31b – Market Vectors Gold ETF Daily Chart

Chart 32a – Commonwealth Bank (CBA) Quarterly Chart

Chart 32b – Commonwealth Bank (CBA) Monthly Chart

Chart 33a – ANZ Bank (ANZ) Monthly Chart

Chart 33b – ANZ Bank (ANZ) Daily Chart

Chart 34 – Westpac Bank (WBC) Weekly Chart

Chart 35 – National Australia Bank (NAB) Weekly Chart

Chart 36 – Macquarie Group (MQG) Monthly Chart

Chart 37a – Bank of Queensland (BOQ) Weekly Chart

Chart 37b – Bendigo & Adelaide Bank (BEN) Monthly Chart

Chart 38 – AMP Ltd (AMP) Weekly Chart

Chart 39 – Challenger Financial (CGF) Monthly Chart

Chart 40 – Suncorp Group (SUN) Monthly Chart

Chart 41 – Insurance Australia (IAG) Monthly Chart

Chart 42 – QBE Insurance (QBE) Monthly Chart

Chart 43 – Wesfarmers Ltd (WES) Weekly Chart

Chart 44 – Woolworths Ltd (WOW) Quarterly Chart

Chart 45 – Seek Ltd (SEK) Monthly Chart

Chart 46 – Telstra Corp. (TLS) Monthly Chart

Chart 47– M2 Group Ltd (MTU) Monthly Chart

Chart 48a – Vocus Communications (VOC) Weekly Chart

Chart 48b – TPG Telecom (TPM) Monthly Chart

Chart 49 – Westfield Corp. (WFD) Monthly Chart

Chart 50– CSL Ltd (CSL) Monthly Chart

Chart 51 Ramsay Healthcare (RHC) Monthly Chart

Chart 52– Resmed (RMD) Weekly Chart

Chart 53 - Ansell (ANN) Monthly Chart

Chart 54 – Amcor Ltd (AMC) Monthly

Chart 55 – Crown Resorts (CWN) Monthly

Chart 56– Myer Holdings (MYR) Weekly

Chart 57– JB Hifi (JBH) Monthly

Chart 58– Harvey Norman (HVN) Monthly

Chart 59a– Australian Dollar (AUD) Monthly Chart
The $A continues to decline with an ultimate technical target now well under 70c BUT a bounce similar to the one in April targets ~75c.

Chart 59b– The $US Index Monthly Chart


Gold is weak at present as it has rejected strongly the $US1200/oz resistance.

Copper remains very negative on a longer term basis which is a very similar chart pattern to Newcrest Mining (NCM) and, unfortunately, we have all seen what happened there.

As anticipated, Crude Oil made fresh 2015 lows in August causing us to watch carefully for buying opportunities within the sector. Technically short term bullish from current levels.

Iron Ore remains mildly positive for a countertrend bounce towards $US65-70/tonne.

Chart 60 – Gold Monthly Chart

Chart 61 – Copper Monthly Chart

Chart 62 – Crude Oil Monthly Chart

Chart 63 – Iron Ore Monthly Chart

Please note this is our personal TECHNICAL opinion of markets and "General Advice" taking no account of individual’s circumstances.
Have a great week,  from Richard and the Market Matters Team

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