Technical Commentary (Asia Edition)– August 30th Monday, Aug 30 2010 

Nikkei – The Nikkei is in trouble across the board. The 9000 level did not hold and the short and long-term charts are all showing bearish signals.

The market is looking for the government to do something regarding the appreciation of the Yen to help exporters.

If something does not happen soon we may see a test of the 2003 lows around 7800 and if that level does not hold 7000. Should economic numbers come in weaker than expected do we see another round of quantitative easing by the government and the Bank of Japan?

South Korea (KOSPI) – The KOSPI has had a very volatile year with prices whipsawing between 1800 and 1525.

In early August the KOSPI broke through an ascending wedge and pulled back to the 1720 area where it appears as though a triple bottom is being formed. The question this week is will the 1720 level hold and if so is this a springboard to new highs on the year or does it become a trading range?

The weekly charts show strong support at the 50 and 200 week moving averages with an uptrending pattern.

If support holds and we see a strong rally then 1900 and 2100 are distinct possibilities.

Bombay Sensex (BSE) – The BSE just broke through an ascending wedge to the downside on Friday. The short-term charts indicate a pullback to the 17500 area which will make the Sensex flat for the year.

The longer-term charts are overbought but have a bullish slant to them. This coming pullback may just be a pause that refreshes the market.

On the weekly chart there is a clear W formation and this pullback may just be the springboard to set the stage for a rally back to the old high in the 21000 area.

India has been one of the better markets this year with strong economic growth and a proactive central bank already into a rate tightening cycle in an attempt to cool off the economy before inflation gets out of control.

US Comment: Friday’s rally was well overdue in this pullback. Since the sell off following the Federal Reserve meeting rallies have been weak and met with selling. This week we need to a follow through with respect to Friday’s move up and get in position to take out resistance at the 50 day moving average and 1100 on the S&P 500.

AAII sentiment numbers are extremely bearish which points to a possible contrarian rally, one that may just catch people off guard.

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Technical Notes – August 1, 2010 Monday, Aug 2 2010 

Hong Kong (Hang Seng Index)

The HSI stands at an important crossroads that will set the stage for a major move within the next two weeks. While the HSI has broken above its June highs, the 200-day moving average is providing ocular resistance while an ascending wedge formation has formed. The HSI looks to be entering overbought territory, a pullback may be coming shortly, and investors should tighten stops and be wary.

Longer-term charts sit at resistance levels and a move above these resistance levels would set the stage for a nice rally higher which may test old highs. If there is a correction, the strength of the pullback will determine the depth. Right now the technical indicators are all over the board and investors should proceed with caution.

Buried within the monthly chart is a pattern of lower highs and lower lows that needs to be reconciled before the market can move higher.

Japan (Tokyo Nikkei Average)

Political changes and continued deflation are causing the Japanese stock market to be a laggard in 2009. If the political waters begin to clear it is likely that the market can make a move higher closing the gap between its Asian peers.

The short-term charts may look like an ugly mess technically but if the 9200 level can hold, the economic slowdown is not too deep, and political indicators improve we may see the index move above the 50 day moving average.

The longer-term charts are sending clearer signals. If the current level holds as support, the stage is being set for a very good rally. One that may surprise and shock most portfolio managers as to the length and size of the potential move.

Should the current support level fail look for a move back to the 2003 lows and if those lows fail the 2008-09 lows.

Thailand (Thailand SET Index)

It has been my experience that whenever the Thai market is outperforming its regional peers, the stage is being set for a larger pullback. Managers have missed most of the run this year choosing to avoid the market waiting on the sidelines for the political waters to clear.

Both the short and long-term charts are in the overbought area signaling a pullback within the coming weeks. The SET Index may make a blowoff move to 900 but if that were the case investors should move to cash and get ready for a significant correction.

While I am bullish long-term on the SET and Thailand, the charts now signal that a correction may be in the cards and this 2010 outperforming market may give back a sizable amount of its gains.

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