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Dow Hesitates at 14000

By Colin Twiggs
July 21, 2007 3:30 a.m. EST (5:30 p.m. AEST)

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USA: Dow, Nasdaq and S&P500

Concerns over the subprime mortgage sector and its impact on the economy drove down bond yields and the dollar. Earnings disappointments from Google, Ericcson and Caterpillar further weakened the stock market.

After briefly flirting with 14000, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is retreating to test support at 13700. Twiggs Money Flow continues to signal accumulation.

dow jones industrial average medium-term chart

Long Term: The primary trend is up, with support at 13200.

Short Term: Friday's strong volume is partly attributable to options expiry. Respect of the new support level at 13700 would be a bullish sign, while reversal below 13500 is not expected and would warn of a bull trap.

dow jones industrial average short term chart





The Dow Jones Transportation Average is retreating to test support at 5300. Respect of support would be a bullish sign, while a fall below 5000 is not expected and would warn of another secondary correction. Both Fedex and UPS remain positive, supporting the index.

dow jones transport average





The Nasdaq Composite retreated to within the ascending broadening wedge pattern, but Twiggs Money Flow continues to signal accumulation. A fall below Wednesday's low would warn of a test of the lower border of the pattern, while reversal above Thursday's high would signal further gains.

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

nasdaq composite

The S&P 500 retreated below the new support level of 1540, warning of a possible bull trap. A fall below Friday's low (1530) would warn of a test of primary support at 1490. Reversal above 1555, on the other hand, would herald another advance.

Long Term: The primary trend continues upwards.

standard and poors 500





LSE: United Kingdom

The FTSE 100 is consolidating between support at 6500 and resistance at 6750. Upward breakout would signal an advance to test the all-time high of 6900/7000; downward breakout would warn of a test of primary support at 6000. A Twiggs Money Flow fall below zero would be bearish, while a break above the downward trendline would be a bullish sign.

Long Term: The primary up-trend continues.

ftse 100

Japan: Nikkei

The Nikkei 225 displays a bullish narrow consolidation below resistance at 18300. Twiggs Money Flow signals short-term distribution but longer term accumulation (by respecting zero). The target for an upward breakout is 20000 (18300+[18300-16600]). A break below the trend channel is not expected; and would warn of a test of primary support at 16600.

Long Term: The primary trend is up.

nikkei 225

China: Hang Seng & Shanghai

The Hang Seng gapped up strongly after a brief retracement to test support at the lower trend channel. Twiggs Money Flow signals strong accumulation. Expect another test of the upper trend channel.

hang seng index

By contrast, the Shanghai Composite index is languishing in a broad consolidation between 3400 and 4350. Volume is recovering and we can expect another test of resistance after Friday's strong breakout from a broadening formation. Interesting that the recent pattern at first resembled a pennant, then a rectangle and finally a broadening formation. Provided it was narrow, the outcome was likely to be bullish.

shanghai composite index





ASX: Australia

The All Ordinaries broke out from its recent consolidation and is likely to test the upper border of the new trend channel. Accelerating trends increase the risk of a blow-off (a sharp rise followed by an equally sharp fall). A Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) rise above 0.2 would confirm the breakout.

Long Term: The primary trend remains up, with support at 6200.

all ords medium-term

Short Term: Monday's low volume [M] signaled weak resistance and a second short retracement indicated that an upward breakout was likely. Expect a test of the new support level, and possibly 6360, after Friday's weak showing in the US. As long as 6360 holds, we remain in bullish territory. A close below 6360, on the other hand, would warn of a test of support at 6200.

all ords short-term



It has often been said that truth is the first casualty in war. To which we should add: money (the currency) is the second.

~ G. Edward Griffin: The Creature From Jekyll Island - A Second Look at the Federal Reserve

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