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The Dow Hesitates

By Colin Twiggs
May 18, 3:30 a.m. ET (5:30 p.m. AET)

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USA

Dow Jones Industrial Average

The Dow encountered resistance at 8600, signaled by large volumes, and is now consolidating in a narrow range between 8200 and 8400. Low volume and a narrow range indicate hesitation on the part of both buyers and sellers. Upward breakout would indicate a test of 9000, but breakout below 8200 is equally likely and would test 7800. In the longer term, strong resistance is expected at 9000. Breakout is unlikely and reversal of the recent up-trend would test primary support at 6500. A correction that stops short of 6500, however, would signal a trend change if followed by breakout above 9000.

Dow Jones Industrial Average

S&P 500

The S&P 500 retreated from strong resistance at 940 and is similarly consolidating in a narrow range on low volume. Reversal above 900 would signal another test of 940, while breakout below 880 would test 830. In the longer term, the bear rally is expected to fail. Twiggs Money Flow (21-Day) reversal below zero would warn of a correction to test primary support at 675. Penetration of resistance at 940, however, would give a weak (primary) up-trend signal. But readers should beware of a bull trap.

Standard & Poors 500 chart

Technology

The Nasdaq 100 is retracing to test the new support level at 1300, after completing a wide double bottom reversal to a primary up-trend. Respect of support is likely to confirm the up-trend, offering a target of 1550, calculated as 1300 + [ 1300 - 1050]. Failure of the new support level, however, would warn of another test of primary support at 1050.

Nasdaq 100

Canada: TSX

The TSX Composite is in a similar position to the Nasdaq: retracing to test support at 9500 after a wide double bottom reversal. Respect of support is expected and would confirm the target of 11500, calculated as 9500 + [ 9500 - 7500 ]. Twiggs Money Flow (21-Day) reversal below zero, however, would warn of a test of primary support at 7500.

TSX Daily

United Kingdom: FTSE

The FTSE 100 shows similar hesitation to the Dow, consolidating between 4300 and 4400 on low volume. Reversal above 4400 would test primary resistance at 4650, while downward breakout would test 3900. In the longer term, the bear rally is not expected to follow through and reversal of the recent up-trend would test primary support at 3500. Breakout above 4650, however, would offer a weak reversal signal (to a primary up-trend), but readers should beware of a bull trap.

FTSE 100 Daily

Europe: DAX

The DAX respected resistance at 5000 before testing support at 4700 — not surprising after a 3.8 percent quarter/quarter contraction in GDP. Breakout from the trend channel would warn of a down-swing to test primary support at 3600. Twiggs Money Flow (21-Day) reversal below zero would confirm. Respect of support at 4700 is now unlikely, but would signal continuation of the bear rally.

German DAX

India: Sensex

The Sensex is consolidating in a narrow range between 11600 and 12200, signaling continuation of the primary advance. Bearish divergence on Twiggs Money Flow (21-Day), however, warns of retracement to test the new support level at 10500. Reversal below zero would strengthen the signal. Respect of support is likely to confirm the primary up-trend. Failure, however, would signal trend weakness and a possible test of 8000.

Sensex India

Japan: Nikkei

The Nikkei 225 respected primary resistance at 9500 before retracing to find support at 9000. Twiggs Money Flow (21-Day) holding above zero indicates buying pressure. Breakout above 9500 would signal a primary up-trend, with a target of 12000, calculated as 9500 + [ 9500 - 7000 ]. Reversal below 9000, while less likely, would warn of a down-swing to test primary support at 7000.

nikkei 225 japan

China

The Shanghai Composite continues in a strong primary up-trend. The medium term target is 2700, calculated as 2550 + [ 2550 - 2400]. Bearish divergence on Twiggs Money Flow (21-Day) is not cause for concern unless the indicator reverses below 0.1.

Shanghai Composite Index China

The Hang Seng Index is retracing to test the new support level at 15000 after a wide double bottom reversal. Rising Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) indicates buying pressure. Respect of support would confirm the primary up-trend — with a target of 21000, calculated as 16000 + [ 16000 - 11000 ]. Reversal below 14500 remains unlikely, but would test primary support at 11500.

Hang Seng Index Hongkong

Australia: ASX

The All Ordinaries retraced to test the new support level at 3700/3750 after a weak primary trend signal. Bearish divergence on Twiggs Money Flow (21-Day) indicates weakness. Failure of 3700 would warn of a test of primary support at 3100 — confirmed if 3600 is broken. Reversal above 3800, however, would signal continuation of the bear rally.

ASX All Ordinaries

The ASX 200 displays a similar bearish divergence on Twiggs Money Flow (21-Day). Failure of support at 3650 would confirm the down-swing to test primary support at 3150. In the longer term, failure of support at 3150 would offer a target of the 2003 low of 2700 — while respect of support would signal a primary up-trend.

ASX 200


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