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Weak Reversal

By Colin Twiggs
June 08, 11:50 p.m. ET (1:50 p.m. AET)

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In Dow Theory, the start of a bull trend is normally signaled by a higher secondary trough [HL] followed by a new high.

Dow Trend Start

However, we occasionally encounter a large correction, where a lower secondary trough [LL] is followed by a break above the preceding high. The pattern is more prone to failure and there is some dispute as to whether it qualifies as a valid trend start. Large corrections have been particularly prevalent in recent weeks where I have referred to them as a weak reversal signal.

Dow Trend Large Correction

USA

Dow Jones Industrial Average

The Dow broke through resistance at 8600 before consolidating in a narrow range on low volume. Normally a continuation pattern, we can expect a test of 9000. Reversal below 8600 is unlikely, but would signal the end of the bear market rally. In the longer term, strong resistance is expected at 9000 — followed by a secondary correction to test primary support at 6500. Breakout above 9000 would offer a weak reversal (large correction) signal: to a primary up-trend.

Dow Jones Industrial Average

S&P 500

The S&P 500 also threatens a large correction with breakout above 940. Rising Twiggs Money Flow (21-Day) indicates buying pressure and continuation of the rally to test 1000. Reversal below 880 is not expected, but would signal the end of the bear market rally.

Standard & Poors 500 chart

Transport

Bellwether stock Fedex broke out of its trend channel of recent months. Reversal below 52.00 would signal a down-swing to test primary support at 34.00. Fedex is a useful lead indicator of the broader economy.

DJ Transport and Fedex Chart

Technology

The Nasdaq 100 continues its primary advance towards a target of 1550, calculated as
1300 + [ 1300 - 1050]. Rising Twiggs Money Flow (21-Day) confirms buying pressure.

Nasdaq 100

Canada: TSX

The TSX Composite likewise continues its primary advance, with a target of 11500 — calculated as 9500 + [ 9500 - 7500 ]. Rising Twiggs Money Flow (21-Day) confirms buying pressure. Breakout from the rising trend channel is unlikely, but would warn of a secondary correction.

TSX Daily

United Kingdom: FTSE

The FTSE 100 continues to consolidate between 4300 and 4500. Declining Twiggs Money Flow (21-Day) indicates selling pressure — and a cross below zero would indicate the end of the recent bear rally. Reversal below 4300 would warn of another test of primary support at 3500. Breakout above 4500 would test primary resistance at 4650. In the longer term, breakout above 4650 would offer a weak reversal signal to a primary up-trend; while failure of support at 3500 would signal continuation of the primary down-trend.

FTSE 100 Daily

Europe: DAX

The DAX broke through 5000 to give a weak reversal signal to a primary up-trend. But bearish divergence on Twiggs Money Flow (21-Day) warns of a bull trap and a cross below zero would indicate that the bear rally has ended. Breakout below 4800 would confirm the bull trap and indicate a test of primary support at 3600. Respect of support, while less likely, would signal continuation of the bear market rally.

German DAX

India: Sensex

The Sensex offers a warning, with a marginal break above the previous high at 15000 followed by a strong red candle. Follow-through below 14500 would test support at 12000, while respect of 14500 would confirm the primary trend target of 16500. Bearish divergence on Twiggs Money Flow (21-Day) confirms selling pressure.

Sensex India

Japan: Nikkei

The Nikkei 225 respected the new support level at 9500 and continues in a primary up-trend — accompanied by rising Twiggs Money Flow (21-Day). The target for the primary advance is 12000, calculated as 9500 + [ 9500 - 7000 ]. Reversal below 9000 is unlikely, but would warn of a bull trap.

nikkei 225 japan

China

The Shanghai Composite continues its primary up-trend. Having reached its medium term target of 2700, it is due for a test of the lower trend channel. Twiggs Money Flow (21-Day) holding above 0.1 confirms buying pressure.

Shanghai Composite Index China

The Hang Seng Index is in a similar primary up-trend, with rising Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) signaling buying pressure. The target for the primary up-trend is 21000, calculated as
16000 + [ 16000 - 11000 ]. Reversal below the trend channel is unlikely, but would warn of a secondary correction.

Hang Seng Index Hongkong

Australia: ASX

The All Ordinaries is encountering strong resistance at 4000, indicated by unusually high volume. Expect a test of the lower trend channel. Reversal below 3700 would signal the end of the bear market rally and a test of primary support at 3100. Breakout above 4000, however, would indicate continuation of the rally. This is a dangerous time for traders to enter the rally, with clear signs of profit-taking on the last two advances.

ASX All Ordinaries

The ASX 200 encountered similar resistance at 4000. Twiggs Money Flow (13-week) confirms the weak reversal signal, but reversal below 3700 would warn of a secondary correction to test primary support at 3150.

ASX 200


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