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Declining Volume On The Dow

By Colin Twiggs
March 10, 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 is holding below the 100-day moving average, warning of a secondary correction. Expect a test of the long-term (green) trendline -- and support at the May 2006 high of 11600. Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) continues its down-trend; a fall below zero would warn of further distribution.

dow jones industrial average medium-term

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

Short Term: The Dow is consolidating, with weak closes and declining volume signaling buyers' lack of interest over the last 3 days. Breakout above 12350 would signal that the correction is slowing, but a fall below 12050 is more likely and would warn of a test of 11600.

dow jones industrial average short term







The Dow Jones Transportation Average is holding below 5000, signaling weakness. A fall below 4500 would be bearish, while below 4100 would signal that the primary trend has reversed. Respect of the 100-day moving average and recovery above 5000, though unlikely, would signal that the up-trend has resumed.

dow jones transport average

The Nasdaq Composite has so far respected the first line of primary support at the April 2006 high of 2350, but is holding below the 100-day moving average, signaling weakness. Penetration of support would signal a test of the July 2006 low of 2000.

Long Term: The primary trend is up, but a fall below 2000 would signal reversal.

nasdaq composite

The S&P 500 is holding below the 100-Day moving average and appears headed for a test of the lower border of the trend channel, (drawn at 2 standard deviations around a linear regression line). Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) bearish divergence warns of distribution.

Long Term: The primary trend is up. A healthy correction would test the first line of support at 1325 (near the lower channel line), while a fall below 1220 would signal reversal to a down-trend.

standard and poors 500





LSE: United Kingdom

The FTSE 100 respected support at 6000/6100 and Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) recovered sharply. Expect further consolidation between 6000 and 6400. A fall below 6000 remains a possibility, however, and would warn of a test of primary support at 5500.

Long Term: The primary trend remains up.

ftse 100

Nikkei: Japan

The Nikkei 225 retreated below the first line of support at 17600, but respected the long-term (green) trendline). The up-trend appears to have some life left, with Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) holding well above zero, but the real test is whether buyers are sufficiently committed to drive price back above 17600.
The target of 21000 ( 17600 + [ 17600 - 14200 ] ) seems a long way off at present.

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

nikkei 225





ASX: Australia

The All Ordinaries rallied slightly at the center regression line [3] of the trend channel. This is typical of a secondary correction, with earlier examples visible at [1] and [2]. Expect a second downward leg to test the lower border of the trend channel. Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) has so far respected the zero line; a fall below zero would warn of further distribution.

Long Term: A fall below the first line of primary support at the May 2006 high of 5300 would signal that the primary trend is losing momentum. Only a fall below the June 2006 low of 4800, however, would signal a reversal.

all ords long-term

Short Term: The All Ords encountered support at the December high of 5650, signaled by large volume on Monday and Tuesday. The attempted rally, however, ran into resistance, indicated by the hanging man candlestick on Thursday and a weak close with increased volume on Friday. A rise above 5850 is unlikely; and a fall below Tuesday's low would warn of a test of the lower trend channel.

all ords short-term

There is a time for all things, but I didn't know it. And that is precisely what beats so many men in Wall Street who are very far from being in the main sucker class. There is the plain fool, who does the wrong thing at all times everywhere, but there is the Wall Street fool, who thinks he must trade all the time.

~ Jesse Livermore in Reminiscences of a Stock Operator by Edwin Lefevre (1923)


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