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The Dow Correction In Perspective

By Colin Twiggs
March 3, 2007 1.00 a.m. ET (5:00 p.m. AET)

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USA: Dow, Nasdaq and S&P500

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fall below the recent trend channel and the 100-day moving average warn of a secondary correction. Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) displays a long-term bearish divergence and a fall below zero would add further warning. A healthy secondary correction would test support at the May 2006 high of 11600.

dow jones industrial average medium-term

Long Term: The primary trend is up. A fall below the June 2006 low of 10700 would signal a reversal.

Short Term: The market is consolidating after Tuesday's sharp fall and strong volume. Bargain-buying is evident at the weak closes on [T] and [Th], but investors are nervous and any attempted rally is likely to meet considerable resistance. A fall below Thursday's low is more likely and would be expected to trigger further selling.

dow jones industrial average short term







The Dow Jones Transportation Average again reversed below 5000, signaling weakness. A fall below 4500 would be bearish, while below 4100 would signal a primary down-trend. Though unlikely, respect of the 100-day moving average and reversal above 5000 would signal that the up-trend has recovered.

dow jones transport average

The Nasdaq Composite broke downwards from its recent consolidation and is testing the first line of primary support at the April 2006 high of 2350.

Long Term: The primary trend remains up, but a fall through the July 2007 low of 2000 would signal reversal.

nasdaq composite

The S&P 500 retraced after the extended rally approached its all-time high of 1500. After hugging the upper border of the trend channel, drawn at 2 standard deviations around a linear regression line, the index now appears set for a test of the lower channel line. Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) bearish divergence warns of distribution; a fall below zero would be a further warning.

Long Term: The primary trend is up. A healthy correction would test the first line of support at 1325; a fall below 1220 would signal reversal of the primary trend.

standard and poors 500





LSE: United Kingdom

The FTSE 100 retraced sharply, along with other markets, and appears headed for a test of support at 6000, the lower border of the standard deviation channel. Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) retreated to below zero, the long-term bearish divergence warning of further distribution.

Long Term: The primary trend is up. Respect of support at 6000 would signal a healthy up-trend, while penetration would warn of a test of primary support at 5500.

ftse 100

Nikkei: Japan

The Nikkei 225 retreated below the first line of support at 17600. The up-trend still appears reasonably healthy: above the 100-day moving average; above the long-term trendline; and with Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) well above zero. So let's not yet write off the target of 21000 [ 17600 + ( 17600 - 14200 )].

Long Term: The primary trend is up, with support at the June 2006 low of 14200.

nikkei 225





ASX: Australia

The All Ordinaries has retraced from the psychological barrier of 6000 after an extended rally. Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) has been warning of profit-taking over the last 3 months and this correction is overdue. To put the retracement in perspective, the index is still in the top half of the trend channel (drawn at 2 standard deviations around a linear regression line). The time is not yet right for bargain-hunting: a healthy correction is likely to test the lower border of the trend channel, which coincides with the first line of primary support at the May 2006 high of 5300.

Long Term: A fall below 5300 would signal that the primary trend is losing momentum. However, only a fall below the June 2006 low of 4800 would signal a reversal.

all ords long-term

Short Term: The All Ords consolidated over the last two days after Wednesday's sharp fall and exceptional volume. Investors will be nervous and any attempted rally would encounter considerable resistance as it approached 6000. A fall below Wednesday's low is more likely and would be expected to trigger further selling.

all ords short-term

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