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Markets Warn Of Correction

By Colin Twiggs
July 13, 3:00 a.m. ET (5:00 p.m. AET)

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USA

The June 30 quarter-end has passed and, with reduced support from investment fund managers, most major markets are signaling a correction — likely to test the lows of March 2009.

Dow Jones Industrial Average

The Dow completed a head and shoulders reversal and is now consolidating in a bearish narrow band below resistance at 8200. Expect a down-swing to test primary support at 6500. Twiggs Money Flow (21-Day) bearish divergence confirms selling pressure.

Dow Jones Industrial Average

S&P 500

The S&P 500 is so far tentative. A fall below 870 or Twiggs Money Flow (21-Day) cross below zero, would confirm the reversal, but a marginal close below support and Twiggs Money Flow (21-Day) holding above the zero line are not convincing. Declining volume over the last six weeks, however, reflects an absence of buyers. The target for a correction would be primary support at 670. Recovery above 950, while most unlikely, would signal a primary up-trend with a target of 1100.

Standard & Poors 500 chart

Transport

Bellwether stock Fedex exhibits a gentle decline over the past 10 weeks. Recovery above $60 would be a bullish sign for the broader market, while breakout below the lower channel border would signal a test of primary support at the March low of $34.

Fedex Chart

Technology

The Nasdaq 100 is testing support at 1400. Breakout would signal a secondary correction, while recovery above 1500 would signal a primary advance to 1600. Twiggs Money Flow (21-Day) crossing below zero would confirm the correction.

Nasdaq 100

Canada: TSX

The TSX Composite is testing support at 9500. Breakout would confirm a secondary correction, especially if accompanied by Twiggs Money Flow (21-Day) crossing to below zero. Recovery above 10500, however, would signal another primary advance.

TSX Daily

United Kingdom: FTSE

FTSE 100 broke through support at 4200, accompanied by a strong bearish divergence on Twiggs Money Flow (21-Day). Expect a test of primary support at 3500. Reversal above 4500 is highly unlikely, but would test primary resistance at 4650.

FTSE 100 Daily

Europe: DAX

The DAX broke through support at 4650, completing a head and shoulders reversal and warning of a test of primary support at 3600. Strong bearish divergence on Twiggs Money Flow (21-Day) confirms the signal.

German DAX

India: Sensex

The Sensex broke through medium-term support at 14000, warning of a secondary correction to test support (from the large gap) at 12000. Bearish divergence on Twiggs Money Flow (21-Day) confirms. Recovery above 15000 is most unlikely, but would indicate another primary advance.

Sensex India

Japan: Nikkei

The Nikkei 225 broke through support at 9500, warning of a secondary correction, while Twiggs Money Flow (21-Day) displays a strong bearish divergence. If support at 9000 fails, expect a test of primary support at 7000. Recovery above 10000 is most unlikely, but would signal a primary advance with a target of 12000.

nikkei 225 japan

China

The Shanghai Composite Index up-trend is accelerating (sometimes referred to as a "runaway trend"). Rising Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) confirms strong buying pressure. The self-reinforcing nature of an accelerating trend leads to steep gains — followed by a sharp fall as it reaches its "blowoff" point.

China faces mounting criticism for the rapid expansion of its money supply, but this will take time to translate into higher inflation — and a slow-down in bank lending — which would impact on the stock market.

Shanghai Composite Index China

The Hang Seng is testing support at 17500. Breakout would warn of a secondary correction. Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) bearish divergence indicates selling pressure, and would confirm the signal if it crosses below zero. Recovery above 19000, however, would signal another primary advance.

Hang Seng Index Hongkong

Australia: ASX

The CRB Commodities Index broke through support at 245, signaling a secondary correction. Failure of support at 230 would test primary support at 200 — a bear signal for resources stocks.

CRB Commodities Index

All Ordinaries breakout below 3700 would confirm a head and shoulders reversal, warning of a secondary correction to test primary support at 3100. Bearish divergence on Twiggs Money Flow (21-Day) would be strengthened if the indicator breaks below -0.05. Reversal above 3950/4000 is most unlikely — but would signal another primary advance.

ASX All Ordinaries

ASX 200 reversal below 3700 [orange] would signal a secondary correction to test primary support at 3150 [red]. Bearish divergence on Twiggs Money Flow (13-Week) would be strengthened if the indicator breaks below 0.1.

ASX 200


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