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Markets Undergo A Secondary Correction

By Colin Twiggs
August 4, 2007 1:30 a.m. EST (3:30 p.m. AEST)

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USA: Dow, Nasdaq and S&P500

The subprime mortgage crisis has reminded lenders and investors of the dangers of under-pricing risk. Equity markets seem to be anticipating a lower rate of credit expansion - and lower earnings growth - in the year ahead.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell through support from the consolidation of recent months, warning 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: Wednesday's blue candle and strong volume indicated support, but the rally soon faded. Friday's close below 13200 warns of a down-swing to test 12800.

dow jones industrial average short term chart





The Dow Jones Transportation Average retreated below 5000, the base of the past few months accumulation. The secondary correction is likely to test primary support at 4700. Fedex is retreating to test primary support while UPS is holding above its rising trendline. Reversal of these two stocks below their 2007 lows, though not yet expected, would be a strong bear signal.

dow jones transport average





The Nasdaq Composite is undergoing a secondary correction after breaking out of the recent ascending broadening wedge pattern. Penetration of support at 2500 would warn of a test of primary support at 2340.

Long Term: The primary trend remains up.

nasdaq composite

The S&P 500 closed sharply lower, below Wednesday's low and the 61.8% Fibonacci level. Expect a test of primary support at 1375. A Twiggs Money Flow fall below Wednesday's low would signal further distribution.

Long Term: The primary trend remains up.

standard and poors 500





LSE: United Kingdom

The FTSE 100 is consolidating between 6200 and 6350. A downward breakout is likely and would signal a test of primary support at 6000. Twiggs Money Flow signals strong distribution.

Long Term: The primary trend remains up, however.

ftse 100

Japan: Nikkei

The Nikkei 225 is headed for a test of primary support at 16600. Twiggs Money Flow whipsawing around zero indicates uncertainty.

Long Term: The primary up-trend continues.

nikkei 225

China: Hang Seng & Shanghai

The Hang Seng is consolidating between 22200 and 23200. Long tails on the last 3 candles reflect significant support. Future direction will be indicated by an upward/downward breakout. A Twiggs Money Flow fall below 0.1 would signal that a test of support at 21000 is more likely.

hang seng index

The Shanghai Composite index stands out from the crowd, reflecting strong bullish sentiment. After respecting support at 4300, despite negative news from Western markets, the index rallied to above 4500. The target remains at 5000 (4300+[4300-3600]), although we may see further short retracements before then.

shanghai composite index





ASX: Australia

The All Ordinaries is undergoing a secondary correction, testing support at 6000. Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) whipsawing around zero indicates uncertainty.

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

all ords medium-term

Short Term: Friday's doji with low volume signals indecision. Breakout below 6000 would warn of a test of the lower trend channel (on the long term chart) and possibly primary support at 5650. Further consolidation on low volume (a "dull market" as per today's quote) would be a positive sign, while reversal above 6100 would be premature and prone to failure.

all ords short-term



One of Wall Street's oldest maxims was "Never sell a dull market." Rallies in a bear market are sharp , but experienced traders wisely put out their shorts again when the market becomes dull after a recovery. Exactly the converse is true in a bull market, where traders buy stocks if the market becomes dull following a reaction.

~ William Peter Hamilton, December 30th 1921.

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