Asia: Japan rises as gold falls

Japan’s Nikkei 225 index is in a strong primary up-trend as the BOJ commences asset purchases on a massive scale. This is a tectonic shift in the market. Larry Edelson (as quoted by Barry Ritholz) has the most convincing explanation of the sharp fall in gold:

The wicked and aggressive devaluation of the Japanese yen is setting off a massive stampede OUT of gold and into cash and other assets…….Why are the Japanese dumping gold, especially when their currency is being devalued? It’s simple. The fall in the Japanese yen caused the price of gold in yen to spike sharply higher. So Japanese investors are cashing in their profits.

…and buying stocks.

Nikkei 225 Index

* Target calculation: 11500 + ( 11500 – 8500 ) = 14500

India’s Sensex corrected to support at 18000; breakout would warn that momentum is failing and a test of primary support at 16000 likely. Bearish divergence on 13-week Twiggs Money Flow warns of a (primary trend) reversal.

Sensex Index

China’s Shanghai Composite Index is testing medium-term support at 2150. Rising 13-week Twiggs Momentum suggests a bottom is forming, but that does not rule out another test of primary support at 1950/2000. Respect of 2150, however, with breach of the descending trendline, would be a bullish sign suggesting an inverse head-and-shoulders reversal.

Shanghai Composite Index

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