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Dow Faces Key Test At 8200

By Colin Twiggs
July 6, 2:15 a.m. ET (4:15 p.m. AET)

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USA

Fund managers are likely to withdraw support for stocks on their balance sheet now that the June 30 quarter-end has passed. This increases the risk of a significant correction across major markets — which would test the lows from March 2009.

Dow Jones Industrial Average

The Dow threatens to complete a head and shoulders reversal if it breaks through support at 8200. The recent trend channel breakout already warns of a down-swing to test primary support at 6500 — reinforced by Twiggs Money Flow (21-Day) bearish divergence and a peak [R] that respects the zero line from below.

Dow Jones Industrial Average

S&P 500

The S&P 500 is similarly headed for a test of support at 880. Breakout would test primary support at 670. Reversal above 950 is now unlikely, but would signal a primary up-trend with a target of 1100. Bearish divergence on Twiggs Money Flow (21-Day) warns of selling pressure, but the longer-term (13-Week) indicator is more evenly balanced: a fall below 0.1 would confirm the down-swing, while a rise above 0.3 would indicate a primary advance.

Standard & Poors 500 chart

Transport

The Dow Transport Index is consolidating above 3000. A down-turn would add weight to the Industrial and S&P 500 signals. Bellwether stocks Fedex and UPS both commenced another down-swing, but the gentle slope of the downward trendline indicates the presence of buyers. Respect of primary support at their March 2009 lows would be a bullish sign.

Fedex Chart

Technology

The Nasdaq 100 encountered resistance at 1500, but remains stronger than the Dow and S&P 500. Breakout above 1500 would signal another primary advance with a target of 1600 — calculated as 1300 + ( 1300 - 1000 ). Reversal below 1340 is unlikely, but would warn of a secondary correction. Twiggs Money Flow (13-Week) rising above 0.25 would confirm a primary advance.

Nasdaq 100

Canada: TSX

TSX Composite breakout below its trend channel warns of a secondary correction, but the bearish divergence on Twiggs Money Flow (21-Day) has weakened. Breakout above 10700 would signal another primary advance, while reversal below 9700 would confirm the secondary correction.

TSX Daily

United Kingdom: FTSE

FTSE 100 broke through support at 4300 — only to form a narrow consolidation above 4200. Downward breakout would confirm a down-swing to test primary support at 3500. Bearish divergence on Twiggs Money Flow (both 21-Day and 13-Week) indicates strong selling pressure. Reversal above 4500 is most unlikely, but would test primary resistance at 4650.

FTSE 100 Daily

Europe: DAX

The DAX threatens a head and shoulders reversal after breakout below its trend channel. Failure of support at 4650 would confirm a down-swing to test primary support at 3600. Bearish divergence on Twiggs Money Flow (both 21-Day and 13-week) warns of strong selling pressure.

German DAX

India: Sensex

The Sensex displays a similar "head and shoulders" pattern following breakout below its trend channel. Failure of support at 14000 would warn of a secondary correction to test support (from the large gap) at 12000. Bearish divergence on Twiggs Money Flow (21-Day), however, failed to cross below zero. Breakout above 15000 is now as likely — and would indicate another primary advance.

Sensex India

Japan: Nikkei

The Nikkei 225 respected resistance at 10000 and Twiggs Money Flow (21-Day) shows a bearish divergence. Failure of support at 9500 would warn of a secondary correction. Reversal above 10000, while less likely, would signal a primary advance with a target of 12000 — calculated as
9500 + ( 9500 - 7000 ).

nikkei 225 japan

China

The Shanghai Composite Index continues in a primary up-trend. Breakout above the trend channel warns that the trend is accelerating — and could lead to a blow-off. Twiggs Money Flow (13-Week) confirms strong buying pressure.

Shanghai Composite Index China

China has come in for criticism recently for the rapid expansion of its money supply — M2 grew by 26 percent in the last 12 months. But this structural instability will take time to translate into higher inflation and a slow-down in bank lending before it impacts on the stock market.

Hang Seng breakout below its trend channel warns of a secondary correction. Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) bearish divergence indicates selling pressure; a fall below zero would strengthen the signal. Reversal below 17500 would confirm a secondary correction, while recovery above 19000 would signal another primary advance.

Hang Seng Index Hongkong

Australia: ASX

The CRB Commodities Index is testing the new support level at 245 [khaki]; respect would signal a strong primary up-trend. Failure of support at 230 [brown], on the other hand, would warn of a bull trap — a bearish signal for resources stocks.

CRB Commodities Index

The All Ordinaries testing support at 3750 threatens a similar head and shoulders reversal to the Dow. Breakout below its trend channel and bearish divergence on Twiggs Money Flow (21-Day) increase the likelihood of a correction. Penetration of support at 3700 would provide further confirmation. The target for a correction would be the March low of 3100. Reversal above 4000 is most unlikely — but would indicate a primary advance.

ASX All Ordinaries

ASX 200 reversal below 3700 [orange] would signal a secondary correction to test primary support at 3150. Bearish divergence on Twiggs Money Flow (21-Day) warns of selling pressure; reversal of the longer-term 13-Week indicator below 0.1 would confirm the bear signal.

ASX 200


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