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Dow Hesitant, Nikkei Marches On

By Colin Twiggs
June 30, 2007 4:00 a.m. EST (6:00 p.m. AEST)

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USA: Dow, Nasdaq and S&P500

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is consolidating at the upper border of its 3-year trend channel while Twiggs Money Flow fell to below zero, signaling distribution.

dow jones industrial average medium-term chart

Long Term: The primary trend is up, with support at 12000 and 12800.

Short Term: Downward breakout below 13250 would warn of a secondary correction. On the other hand, a rise above 13700 would signal another primary advance - which could accelerate into a blow-off.

dow jones industrial average short term chart

Both UPS and Fedex are edging upwards, but the Dow Jones Transportation Average is retreating toward another test of support at 5000. Twiggs Money Flow signals distribution and a (DJTA) close below 5000 would signal weakness.

dow jones transport average

The Nasdaq Composite is consolidating in an ascending broadening wedge; a failed up-swing would warn of a downward breakout and secondary correction.

Long Term: The primary trend remains upwards, with support at 2340 and 2500 (from 2525).

nasdaq composite

The S&P 500 shows similar consolidation to the Dow, with Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) signaling distribution. Breakout below 1490 would warn of a secondary correction; while a rise above 1540, though unlikely in the present circumstances, would signal a further primary advance.

Long Term: The primary trend remains up, with support levels at 1460 and 1375.

standard and poors 500

LSE: United Kingdom

The FTSE 100 appears stronger than US markets, rallying off the lower border of an ascending broadening wedge, while Twiggs Money Flow is recovering. Expect a swing to test the upper border of the formation. Breakout from the wedge, or a failed swing, will indicate future direction.

Long Term: The primary up-trend continues, with support at 6000 and 6450.

ftse 100

Japan: Nikkei

The Nikkei 225 is testing resistance at the February 2007 high of 18215, while Twiggs Money Flow signals accumulation. The medium-term target for an upward breakout is 19800 (18200+[18200-16600]).

Long Term: The primary trend remains up, with primary support at 16600. The long-term target is 21000 (17500+[17500-14000]).

nikkei 225

China: Hang Seng

The Hang Seng is consolidating below resistance at 22000, while Twiggs Money Flow signals short-term distribution. The calculated target for an upward breakout is 23300 (21000+[21000-18700]). Downward breakout is less likely and would signal a test of the new support level at 21000; reversal below 21000 is not expected.

hang seng index

ASX: Australia

The All Ordinaries is consolidating at the upper border of the trend channel. Downward breakout would warn of a secondary correction, while upward breakout would signal a further primary advance. Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) displays a short-term bull, but long-term bear signal.

Long Term: The primary trend remains up, with support at 5650 and 6000.

all ords medium-term

Short Term: The index continues in a broadening top formation. Look for a failed swing or breakout to indicate future direction. Respect of 6200 would be a bullish sign. Large volume on Friday is most likely attributable to profit-taking (or loss-taking) at the tax year-end, so we should not read too much into this.

all ords short-term

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~ Epictetus

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