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Markets Warn Of A Secondary Correction

By Colin Twiggs
July 28, 2007 5:30 a.m. EST (7:30 p.m. AEST)

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USA: Dow, Nasdaq and S&P500

Markets reflected concern over the impact of the housing down-turn on the rest of the economy, in some cases retreating below the line of accumulation of the past few months. A secondary correction is likely, but reversal of the primary trend is not - we have not yet reached stage 3 of a bull market, where prices have outrun values.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average retreated through 13700 and is now testing support at the base of the recent months consolidation. Breakout below 13250 would warn of a secondary correction. Twiggs Money Flow below zero signals distribution.

dow jones industrial average medium-term chart

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

Short Term: The index is testing support at 13250. Strong volume indicates support, but behavior of the S&P 500 indicates that this is likely to be overrun.

dow jones industrial average short term chart





The Dow Jones Transportation Average retreated below 5300 and is now testing support at the base of the past few months line of accumulation. Breakout below 5000 would warn of a secondary correction. The two major component stocks reflect uncertainty: Fedex penetrated its rising trendline while UPS remains positive.

dow jones transport average





The Nasdaq Composite is testing the lower border of the ascending broadening wedge pattern. Downward breakout would warn of a secondary correction.

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

nasdaq composite

The S&P 500 fell below 1490, the base of the consolidation of recent months, warning of a secondary correction. The index has already fallen to the 50% Fibonacci level, testing support at 1460. If that fails, expect further support at 61.8% followed by primary support at 1375 (100%). Twiggs Money Flow is below zero, signaling distribution.

Long Term: The primary trend remains up.

standard and poors 1500 composite





LSE: United Kingdom

The FTSE 100 is undergoing a secondary correction after breaking through support at 6500. Twiggs Money Flow signals strong distribution, warning that a test of primary support at 6000 is likely.

Long Term: The primary trend remains up.

ftse 100

Japan: Nikkei

The Nikkei 225 broke below the trend channel, warning of a test of primary support at 16600. Twiggs Money Flow crossed below zero, signaling distribution.

Long Term: The primary up-trend continues.

nikkei 225

China: Hang Seng & Shanghai

The Hang Seng gapped below support at 22800 to signal the start of a secondary correction. Twiggs Money Flow signals short-term distribution, but long-term accumulation. Expect a test of 21000.

hang seng index

By contrast, the Shanghai Composite index held steady at 4350. Following bearish sentiment in other markets, we can expect support at 4300 to come under pressure. Failure would warn of a test of support at 3600.

shanghai composite index





ASX: Australia

The All Ordinaries turned down from its consolidation of recent months, warning of a secondary correction. Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) below zero signals distribution.

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

all ords medium-term

Short Term: Wednesday's failed breakout followed by Friday's fall through support at 6200 displays a classic bull trap, signaling the start of a secondary correction.

all ords short-term



A primary movement in the market will generally have a secondary movement in the opposite direction of at least three-eighths of the primary movement...... The law seems to hold good no matter how far the advance goes.

~ Charles Dow, July 20th 1901.

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