Market Matters Report / Market Matters Weekend Report Sunday 17th April 2016

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Market Matters Weekend Report Sunday 17th April 2016

Market Matters Weekend Report


Last week felt all about Australia playing massive catch up to major world markets, especially the US. The ASX200 rallied a very impressive 4.5% with gains across the board, including a noticeable +19% surge by BHP. Conversely the US S&P500 only managed to advance 1.6%, into the 2100 resistance area as we expected BUT the local explosion caught most people by surprise including ourselves.
In hindsight it feels like that the fund managers / traders that have not embraced the recent rally by world equities were looking for somewhere "cheap" to allocate some of their cash and Australia came up on the radar especially with the $A now showing some backbone.
We received a number of enquiries from trading subscribers asking if it was time to go short but zero from people looking to buy....a definite sign!

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More importantly, moving on, let's keep focused on what we believe comes next:
Short term.

Our preferred scenario for the US stock market is  a~3% correction early next week prior to further gains towards all time highs. The result of this weekend's oil producers meeting in Doha is likely to have a significant influence on optimism surrounding equities early in the week.
The local ASX200 rallied every day last week without a pullback as asset allocation / short covering scrambled over each other to buy stocks, statistically that is unlikely to be repeated. We are now keen buyers of the S&P500 around 2030 and the ASX200 around 5100 for the short term.
Medium term.

We remain committed to our long term view that US equities, led by the S&P500, will make fresh 2016 highs in coming weeks / months. However for the S&P500 that target is only 2.6% higher, the question is how far do we believe it will go.....lets firstly look at other major US indices and how far they need to rally to make fresh all time highs:
NASDAQ +4.3%, Dow Jones 2.5%, Russell 3000 4.2%, Russell 2000 14.6% and the NYSE Composite Index 8.7%.
While we are not convinced that all the US Indices will make new all time highs we are keeping a close eye on the S&P500 and NASDAQ. Our ideal target for the NASDAQ is around the 5000 area ~10% higher prior to our forecasted +25% correction.
We are trying to make  a couple of important points here:
1.       Blow off tops (if we are correct) often go further than people expect....another 5% for the S&P500 looks likely.

2.       Getting short (traders) before major corrections can be extremely tough as markets often remain strong for longer than anticipated, refer to 2015 before the 14% correction.

3.       In today's market remember how many people are short / underweight equities...their logic we understand BUT the recipe is in place for a solid "squeeze".

4.       However slowly increasing cash / selling equities into an anticipated top is far easier and we believe a better plan for most investors.

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Recently the US stock markets price action has been far clearer than our domestic market, that's dominated by 4 banks, but Australia is where we focus so let's revert back to Australia, see below.
Standout technical chart of the week
Last week's explosive move by local stocks now targets 5250 this month and potentially 5350 in May. Our recommended portfolio cash position is higher than is ideal after last week's rally, standing at over 30%. We are now on the lookout for stocks with at least 10% upside in coming weeks / month.
Note we have not changed our medium / long term view that unfortunately targets another test of the 4000 area.
It's simple higher before lower......we now see another 45% higher in equities prior to a decent correction.

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What Matters this week
The ASX200 looks likely to open basically unchanged on Monday after a sideways night on Wall Street.

Potential Investing opportunities for the coming week

We are very wary of insurance stocks and QBE in particular but technically the stock looks excellent with stops under $10.85.

Westfield has consolidated for more than 12 months and looks poised for a sharp rally up towards the $11 area.

Potential Trading opportunities for the coming week

We are buyers of any 5060 point pullback for the ASX200, ideally early in week.

Portfolio / Trade Holdings
The Market Matters
Cash position now down to ~34% after Bellamys investment but still higher than ideal for the current market position.

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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 10year Interest Rate Monthly Chart

Chart 7b – The German 2year Interest Rate Monthly Chart

American Equities

The American indices remain bullish targeting fresh all time highs in 2016, a break under this month's lows is required to turn this view negative / neutral.

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Chart 8 – Dow Jones Index Monthly Chart

Chart 9 – Russell 3000 Weekly Chart

 Chart 10a – US S&P500 Index Monthly Chart

Chart 10b – US S&P500 Index Daily 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 are far trickier and less bullish than their American counterparts.....perhaps the potential exit of the UK from Europe is causing understandable concern but strangely the FTSE looks the best index!

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

Asian & Emerging Markets Indices

Asian indices have regained some stability and the recent strength of other world indices. However, the Emerging Markets Index has reached our target area and looks poised to pullback.

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Chart 19 – Hang Seng Weekly Chart

Chart 20 – China Shanghai Composite Index Monthly Chart

Chart 21a – Emerging Markets MSCI ETF Weekly Chart

Chart 22 – Japanese Nikkei 225 Index Monthly Chart

Australian Stocks

Resource stocks continue to enjoy the strong countertrend rally that we anticipated. Banks rallied strongly last week as investors went searching for "cheap" stocks, this has improved our short term outlook for local equities.

Chart 23 – BHP Billiton (US) Monthly Chart

Chart 24 – BHP Billiton (BHP) Weekly Chart

Chart 25a – Woodside Petroleum (WPL) Monthly 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 – Newcrest Mining (NCM) Monthly Chart

Chart 29 – Regis Resources (RRL) Weekly Chart

Chart 30 – Northern Star Resources (NST) Weekly Chart

Chart 31 – Market Vectors Gold ETF Daily Chart

Chart 32a – Commonwealth Bank (CBA) Quarterly Chart

Chart 32b – Commonwealth Bank (CBA) Monthly Chart

Chart 33 – ANZ Bank (ANZ) Monthly Chart

Chart 34 – Westpac Bank (WBC) Weekly Chart

Chart 35 – National Australia Bank (NAB) Weekly Char


Chart 36 – Macquarie Group (MQG) Monthly Chart

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

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

Chart 38a – AMP Ltd (AMP) Weekly Chart 

Chart 38b – Henderson Group (HGG) Daily 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 45a – Seek Ltd (SEK) Monthly Chart

Chart 45b – REA Group Quarterly Chart

Chart 46 – Telstra Corp. (TLS) Monthly Chart

Chart 47 – Vocus Communications (VOC) Weekly Chart

Chart 48 – 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– Healthscope (HSO) Weekly Chart

Chart 53 Ansell (ANN) Monthly Chart 


Chart 54 – Amcor Ltd (AMC) Monthly Chart

Chart 55 – Crown Resorts (CWN) Monthly Chart

Chart 56– Bellamys (BAL) Weekly Chart

Chart 57– JB Hifi (JBH) Monthly Chart

Chart 58– Harvey Norman (HVN) Monthly Chart

Chart 59a– Australian Dollar (AUD) Monthly Chart

 The $A bounce may easily reach the 80c area prior likely further weakness.

Chart 59b– The $US Index Monthly Chart


Gold has recently rallied very well from multi year lows but may need poor news from equities to kick much higher as the recent weakness in the $US has had limited impact which should be a concern for the bulls.

Copper remains in a downtrend 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.

Crude Oil has rallied very strongly from panic sell off in January but short term its now in the $US40/barrel resistance area.

Iron Ore exploded last week achieving our $US60/tonne target, we are now neutral.

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Chart 60 – Gold Monthly Chart

Chart 61 – Copper Monthly Chart

Chart 62 – Crude Oil Monthly Chart

Chart 63 – Iron Ore Monthly Chart



This report contains factual information and does not constitute financial advice. The information is not intended to imply any recommendation or opinion about any financial product.

The Market Matters Team
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