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09/09/2012 – Market Update

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Bullish Breakouts

Bullish breakouts of gold, silver, mining stocks, and the Chinese stock market turned precious metals into intermediate-term bullish. The broad stock market should remain bullish until 9/21/2012.


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The Broad Market Remains Bullish

The LWX Indicator in Last Four Weeks (Past)

The LWX Indicator in Next Four Weeks (Forecast)

Last week the European Central Bank’s bond-bailout pledge made the broad market short-term cycle turned to bullish two days early than expected. The Broad Market Instability Index (BIX), measured from over 8000 U.S. stocks, closed at 6 (same from 10 the previous week) which is below the panic threshold level of 45 and indicates that the market is currently bullish. Based on the forecast of the Leading Wave Index (LWX), the broad stock market should be in a short-term bullish time-window until 9/21/2012 (see the second table above). The daily chart of the Wilshire 5000 index below has the price bars color coded with the LWX indicator. The current market status is summarized as follows:

Short-Term Cycle: in upward phase
Next Reversal Date: 9/21/2012
Broad Market Instability Index (BIX): 6, below the panic threshold (bullish)
Momentum Indicator: positive (bullish)



The S&P 500 Index has Formed a 15-Week Rising Wedge

The S&P 500 index has formed a 15-week Rising Wedge pattern. It should remain bullish to make higher highs along the rising wedge but prices could become choppy inside the wedge before prices break out from either boundary. This pattern itself does not give us a breakout direction at this moment.



Chinese Stock Market Bullish Breakout from 5-Month Falling Wedge

After a couple of months struggle at a multi-year lows, the Shanghai Composite Index finally broke to the upside of the 5-month Falling Wedge pattern last Friday. This is a bullish sign for the Chinese market, and an upside price target could be projected at 2250.



Gold is in the “Run” Phase of a Bump-and-Run Reversal Top Pattern

The gold index has been in an intermediate-term Bump-and-Run Reversal Top pattern since I identified this pattern on gold in my article “How Low Can Gold Go on a Correction?” last August. Currently the gold price is below the “Lead-in Trendline” and it is in the “Run” phase. The typical characteristics of the “Run” phase is a downhill run for price movement. If the gold price can manage to move back above the Lead-in Trendline, the Run phase could end.



Gold Bullish Breakout from 12-Month Descending Triangle

The gold index has broken to the upside from the 12-month Descending Triangle pattern. This is an intermediate-term bullish sign for gold, and an upside price target could be projected at the previous high around 1900. There is still a possibility that prices could pull back to re-test the upper boundary of the triangle before marching higher.



Silver Bullish Breakout from 12-Month Descending Triangle

Silver has broken to the upside from the 12-month Descending Triangle pattern. This is an intermediate-term bullish sign for silver, and an upside price target could be projected at the previous high near 50. There is still a possibility that prices could pull back to re-test the upper boundary of the triangle before marching higher.



Gold/Silver Mining Stocks Bullish Breakout from 10-Month Downtrend Channel

After the bullish breakout from both the 10-week Descending Triangle and the 6-month Descending Broadening Wedge, gold/silver mining stocks had a further breakout from 10-month Downtrend Channel last Friday. This is an intermediate-term bullish sign for gold/silver mining stocks. Upside price targets could be projected at the high of the Descending Broadening Wedge, i.e., 204 for XAU and 550 for HUI.



Crude Oil is Forming a 10-Week Rising Wedge

Crude oil is forming a 10-week rising wedge. It should remain bullish to make higher highs along the rising wedge but prices could become choppy inside the wedge before prices break out from either boundary. This pattern itself does not give us a breakout direction at this moment.



US Dollar Broke Down the 12-Month Rising Wedge

The US dollar index broke down from the 12-month Rising Wedge pattern last week. Typically downward breakouts of rising wedges perform poorly if short positions are taken. A downside price target for the dollar is projected at 79.5.



U.S. Treasury Bond is in a Long-Term Bullish Uptrend

As I discussed on 6/4/2012 about “Is this a Sea-Change Signal from U.S. Treasury Bond Breakout?”, a long-term picture shows that the 30-Year US Treasury Bond had a bullish breakout from the warning line and entered into the bump phase of a possible “Bump-and-Run” formation. In the bump phase, sharp price movement could drive prices reach a bump height with at least twice the height of the lead-in uptrend channel. That means the 30-year U.S. treasury bond could reach to 172 in next several months. Fed’s extension of Operation Twist should support the current bullish trend of treasury bonds. We will continue monitoring the bond price against the steep-upward-sloping trendline (the pike line).



Asset Class Performance Ranking with Gold Leading

The following table is the percentage change of each asset class (in ETFs) against the 89-day exponential moving average (EMA89). Currently gold, the U.S. stock market and crude oil are outperforming. the U.S. dollar is underperforming.



Sector Performance Ranking with Biotech Sector Leading

The following table is the percentage change of sectors and major market indexes against the 89-day exponential moving average (EMA89). The Dow Jones Wilshire 5000 index, as an average or a benchmark of the total market, is 4.73% above the EMA89. Outperforming sectors are Biotech (9.58%), Precious Metals (8.36%), and Banks (7.26%). Underperforming sectors are Semiconductors (-0.71%), Utilities (-0.08%), and Consumer Goods (2.88%). The NASDAQ 100 (6.06%) is outperforming the market, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average (2.99%) is underperforming.



BRIC Stock Market Performance Ranking with the Chinese Market Lagging

The table below is the percentage change of the BRIC stock market indexes against the 89-day exponential moving average (EMA89), also in comparison to the US market. Currently the Chinese market is lagging.

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