Market Matters Report / Market Matters Weekend Report Sunday 11th December 2016

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Market Matters Weekend Report Sunday 11th December 2016

Market Matters Weekend Report Sunday 11th December 2016


Last week the ASX200 continued with its strong advance since the Trump election victory, gaining another 2.2% led by the banks, resources and insurance stocks. The local market has now gained over 500-points since Donald Trump won Florida on the 9th of November and as we enter the seasonally strongest few weeks for stocks a break to fresh highs for 2016, over 5611, feels inevitable over the coming few days. The current rally is what we have been forecasting for global equities all year and it's now a question of keeping our finger on the pulse to identify the optimum time to lock in some profits. We believe the important and simple points to watch moving forward are below: 

  1. The ASX200 has only traded in a 183-point range so far for December. However the average monthly range for 2016 is 304-points and last December it was 416-points. Hence statistically the ASX200 looks likely to test 5700 before we welcome in 2017.
  2. If we consider the simple daily chart pattern of the ASX200 it looks positioned to either explode towards 5700+ in a "3 of 3" style advance or it will fail early next week which will be confirmed by a break back under 5500.
  3. As mentioned seasonally the second half of December is the strongest time of the year.

Hence overall we remain bullish the AX200 targeting ~5700 this month - a break back under 5500 is currently required to alter this outlook.

ASX200 Daily Chart

As global equities rally we are now asking ourselves how far will the "Trump effect" take stocks before our forecasted end to this 8-year bull market is reached. Technically the S&P500, like most US indices, now appears to be rallying in a clear "3 of 3" explosive style advance - we hope this unfolds as it will make identifying the ultimate top a lot easier. When we look at some major global indices you can see that MM is still expecting some decent gains from equities before its time to get off the train:

  1. US Russell 2000 +5%.
  2. US Russell 3000 +8-11%.
  3. US NYSE Composite +8%.
  4. German DAX +15%.
  5. Hang Seng +10%.
  6. Japans Nikkei +15%.

These numbers imply there remains plenty of fuel in the equities tank short-term but we remain as committed to our 25% pullback call in 2017/8 as we have been to our bullish call for global equities since the US S&P500 formed a major low back in February. It should be remembered that the final phases of this advance are likely to be with much less momentum than stocks are currently enjoying.

US S&P500 Weekly Chart

Russell 2000 Index Quarterly Chart

The local market and its relatively limited number of stocks has unfortunately proven to be far harder to forecast than our global counterparts but we remain comfortable with our short-term bullish outlook for the ASX200, and importantly, our expectation that it will fall substantially if US stocks correct 25%. One stock that we will use as a technical indicator / barometer for the ASX200 is Queensland bank / insurer Suncorp (SUN) which tracks the overall local market pretty well and importantly has an excellent / clear technical picture at present. Last week's strong 4.8% advance feels like the start of the strong move we have been targeting for some time.

We are bullish SUN targeting fresh post GFC highs between $15.50 an d $16 i.e. 15% higher. Hence if this SUN view is correct we can easily envisage the ASX200 challenging 6000 before topping out.

Suncorp (SUN) Monthly Chart

The AFR ran a very interesting piece last week pointing out the Shiller Index was flashing sell signals as it rallied to be over 27 for only the third time in history, the 3 previous times were followed by significant market falls - the 1929 crash, the Dot-Com bubble bursting and the GFC.  We unfortunately believe this will end up being a fourth time but as we saw prior to the GFC the index can stay over 27 for many months before equities roll over. However the point remains that overall this adds weight to our opinion that stocks are slowly moving into a major top.

NB The CAPE Shiller Index is a valuation measure usually applied to the S&P500. It's simply the price divided by the average of 10 years earnings (moving average) adjusted for inflation.

The Cape Shiller PE for the S&P500 Quarterly Chart

"Value investors" have endured another awful week with Sirtex Medical (SRX) getting walloped 41% on Friday. The liver cancer treatment company angered many investors by announcing a huge downgrade only a few weeks after a positive investor update - again you have to ask the question, what were the directors thinking! This is simply yet another example of a popular stock trading on an elevated P/E not delivering and then receiving the wrath of investors in the form of a rapid and savage rerating.

Sirtex Medical (SRX) Weekly Chart

Standout technical chart (s) of the week

The local market is dominated by the financial / banking stocks and today we looked at the global banking index which feels easily capable of rallying 10% after trading in a tight range since mid-2009. US banks have exploded up since Donald Trump's victory and it feels likely that their global friends are likely to also enjoy some of this buying. This bullish picture ties in with our positive view that SUN is set to rally ~15%.

The FTSE Global Banking Index Quarterly Chart


  • Our view remains that US and local stocks will rally over the coming weeks prior to a decline in the first quarter of 2017. We intend to significantly increase our cash holdings towards the end of this month.
  • Our favorite sectors locally into 2017 are the Financials (including banks), $US earners and Healthcare which still has not yet listened to us.


What Matters this week 

The ASX200's is set to open up 20-points on Monday, short-term we can see consolidation around the 5600 area, ideally with a 30-point pullback for a good risk / reward buying opportunity for the traders.

Potential Investing opportunities for the coming week(s)

We are only holding 11% in cash and are wearing our sellers hat, plus we also have bought Vita Group  (VTG) as a more speculative position.

Potential Trading opportunities for the coming week

On the index front we still especially like the Hang Seng, German DAX and Japan's Nikkei over coming weeks.

For the index traders we think the market will again rally into the New Year but be patient looking for a 30-40 point pullback.

* Watch out for trading alerts*

Portfolio / Trade Holdings

The Market Matters Portfolio as of the 9th December is below:

We are currently holding 11% in cash plus a short-term holding in Vita Group (VTG).

Australian ASX200

The ASX200 rallied ~2.2% last week and a break above the year's high of 5611 feels inevitable.

Chart 1 – ASX200 Monthly Chart

Chart 2 – ASX200 Weekly Chart

Chart 3 – ASX200 Daily Chart


Chart 3a – December Share Price Index SPI) 60-mins Chart

Chart 4 ASX200 Banking Index Monthly Chart

Chart 5 US S&P500 Banking Index Monthly Chart

Chart 5b FTSE Global Banking Index Quarterly Chart

Chart 6  Volatility (VIX) Index Weekly Chart


Interest Rates

Short-term interest rates in the US have moved sharply higher since the Trump win, beware we believe this move higher for interest rates has only just commenced. However short-term we can see some consolidation at current levels e.g. Australian 3-year bonds have reached the psychological and technical 2% support area i.e. 98.00 bond price.

Chart 7a – Australian 3-year bonds Weekly Chart

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


Chart 7c – The US 2-year Interest Rate Monthly Chart


American Equities

As we all know the US stocks have surged over 10% since Donald Trump's victory with the Dow, Russell 2000 & Russell 3000 making fresh all-time highs. Eventually we expect all US indices to play catch and achieve fresh highs, once this has occurred we will become more cautious stocks, our best "guess" at present is ~10% higher. Seasonally US indices should rally into 2017 - very similar to the local ASX200.

Chart 8 – Dow Jones Index Monthly Chart


 Chart 9 – Russell 3000 Quarterly Chart

 Chart 10a – US S&P500 Index Monthly Chart


Chart 10b – US S&P500 Index Weekly Chart

Chart 10c – US S&P500 Healthcare Index Quarterly 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

European indices broke out to the upside last week and now look bullish e.g. the DAX is targeting ~13,000 / 16% higher while it holds over 10,800.

Chart 15 – Euro Stoxx 50 Index Monthly Chart


Chart 16 – UK FTSE Index Weekly Chart


Chart 17 – Spanish IBEX Index Monthly Chart


Chart 18 – German DAX Index Monthly Chart 


Asian & Emerging Markets Indices

The Hang Seng index remains very strong looking poised to rally 8-10% while the Nikkei closing over 17,500 is also very bullish targeting ~22,000 i.e. 15% higher after last week's strong performance.

Chart 19 – Hang Seng Weekly Chart


Chart 20 – China Shanghai Composite Index Weekly Chart


 Chart 21a – Emerging Markets MSCI ETF Weekly Chart


Chart 22 – Japanese Nikkei 225 Index Monthly Chart


Australian Stocks

The Australian stock market extended recent gains last week, seasonally we should see another few weeks of strength into 2017.

Chart 23 – BHP Billiton ADR ($US) Monthly Chart


Chart 24 – BHP Billiton (BHP) Weekly Chart


Chart 25a – Woodside Petroleum (WPL) Monthly Chart


Chart 25b – Origin Energy (ORG) Weekly Chart


Chart 25c – Oil Search (OSH) Weekly Chart


Chart 26 – RIO Tinto Ltd (RIO) Weekly Chart


Chart 27 – Fortescue Metals (FMG) Monthly Chart


Chart 27b – Independence Group (IGO) Weekly Chart


Chart 28 – Newcrest Mining (NCM) Monthly Chart


Chart 29 – Regis Resources (RRL) Weekly Chart


Chart 30 – Barrick Gold (US) Monthly Chart


Chart 31 – Market Vectors Gold ETF Monthly Chart

Chart 32a – Commonwealth Bank (CBA) Quarterly Chart


Chart 32b – Commonwealth Bank (CBA) Daily Chart


Chart 33 – ANZ Bank (ANZ) Weekly Chart


Chart 34 – Westpac Bank (WBC) Daily Chart


Chart 35 – National Australia Bank (NAB) Weekly Chart


Chart 36 – Macquarie Group (MQG) Monthly Chart


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


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


Chart 38aAMP Ltd (AMP) Monthly Chart 


Chart 38b – Henderson Group (HGG) Weekly Chart 


Chart 39a – Sydney Airports (SYD) Monthly Chart


Chart 39b – Transurban Group (TCL) Monthly Chart

Chart 39c – Mantra Group (MTR) Daily 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) Weekly Chart


Chart 45a – Seek Ltd (SEK) Monthly Chart


Chart 45b – REA Group (REA) Monthly Chart

Chart 45c – iSentia Group (ISD) Daily Chart

Chart 46 – Telstra Corp. (TLS) Monthly Chart

Chart 47 – Vocus Communications (VOC) Weekly Chart


Chart 48 – TPG Telecom (TPM) Weekly Chart


Chart 49 – Westfield Corp. (WFD) Monthly Chart


Chart 50– CSL Ltd (CSL) Monthly Chart

Chart 51 Ramsay Healthcare (RHC) Monthly Chart


Chart 52– Healthscope (HSO) Weekly Chart


Chart 53 - Ansell (ANN) Monthly Chart 


Chart 53 - Sirtex (SRX) Weekly Chart 

Chart 54 – Amcor Ltd (AMC) Monthly Chart


Chart 55a – Crown Resorts (CWN) Monthly Chart


Chart 55b – Star Entertainment (SGR) Weekly Chart

Chart 56– Bellamys (BAL) Weekly Chart


Chart 56b– Blackmore's (BKL) Monthly Chart

Chart 57– JB Hi-Fi (JBH) Monthly Chart


Chart 58– Harvey Norman (HVN) Monthly Chart


The $A is trickly at present, we are comfortable with our eventual target of the ~65c region, short-term we were 50-50 around ongoing strength towards the 81c area but the Trump victory / $US strength has turned our bias towards a lower $A now.

The $US is looking very strong after Donald Trump's victory as the market adjusts for higher US rates. We are targeting ~105 minimum but surprises are likely to be on the upside short-term.

Chart 59a– Australian Dollar (AUD) Monthly Chart


 Chart 59b– The $US Index Quarterly Chart



  • Large cracks have appeared in gold recently as its fallen hard in anticipation of rising interest rates in the US, our initial target was the $US1200/oz support area which has now been broken. We still think it's best to be an observer for now.
  • Copper remains in a negative downtrend, even after the last few weeks fireworks, on a longer-term basis we are targeting the 150 area.
  • Our target for Crude Oil of +$US60/barrel looks a strong possibility after the OPEC decision, it still needs to decisively punch through $US52/barrel to look good.
  • Iron Ore achieved our initial +$US70/tonne target, technically we now remain neutral / negative after the "abc" target of ~$US80/tonne was achieved this month.

Chart 60 – Gold Monthly Chart


Chart 61 – Copper Monthly Chart


Chart 62 – Crude Oil Monthly Chart


Chart 63 – Iron Ore Monthly Chart

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