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Technical Tuesday - August 17, 2018
publication date: Aug 17, 2018
Technical Tuesday Update
Volume 2, Issue 28
August 17, 2018
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- The Nasdaq Composite has started to lose upside momentum and about to test important intermediat-term support. The S&P and Dow Transports continue to hold above support while the MDY and Russell 2000 remain very firm in there uptrends. With crude backing off in recent weeks, the S&P Exploration & Prod. ETF (XOP) has pulled back to an initial support zone that needs to hold. Downside momentum in the SMH is accelerating and we remain cautious this group. HealthCare remains our favored sector globally and our model scores continue to improve. We are once again highlighting our equal weighted index of U.S. pharma, med tech and biotech which continues to look very bullish.
- We remain cautious the European markets. The CAC, DAX and Italy’s FTSE MIB are gaining downside momentum and Spain looks poised to break a level which will trigger another leg lower. Using the iShares Europe ETF (IEV), we have a clear break of support with bearish money flow units in place.
- Japan’s Nikkei continues to hold support and the Hang Seng remains on target for more weakness.
- China’s Shanghai Composite is getting close to our MFU-2 target which typically gives a pause or slight rally. The overall pattern is weak and a monthly close below 2600 opens the downside to another leg lower. The Kospi 100 had its pause phase at the MFU-2 target and has now broken below it. Another leg lower has started. India’s Nifty 50 is at the upper end of its long-term channel and a spot to expect some profit taking.
- WTI Crude Oil is now testing important support while gold broke below our tactical buy level of $1200.
- Both the U.S. Dollar and the EURO have broken out of their tight trading ranges and the GBP has achieved its MFU-3 target. We would cover shorts in GBP.