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Shanghai Correction Unsettles Markets

By Colin Twiggs
August 17, 6:00 a.m. ET (8:00 p.m. AET)

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The Shanghai Composite Index broke through support at 3200, signaling the start of a secondary correction. Runaway trends lack clear support levels and the correction may well exceed the calculated target of 2900* from the double top formation. Twiggs Money Flow (21-Day) reversal below the rising trendline confirms selling pressure.

Shanghai Composite Index China

* Target calculations: 3200 - ( 3500 - 3200 ) = 2900

The CRB Commodities Index, shaken by the prospect of falling demand from China, retreated below short-term support — signaling a bull trap. Bad news for resources stocks. Breakout below 255 would confirm a test of primary support at 230.

CRB Commodities Index

USA

Dow Jones Industrial Average

The Dow is consolidating between 9200 and 9400. Upward breakout would continue the primary advance with a target of 10000*, while reversal below 9200 (and the trend channel) would warn of a secondary correction to test support at 8800. In the longer term, failure of support at 8100 is unlikely, but would signal a new primary down-trend. Any signal on the Dow, however, needs to be confirmed by the S&P500 and Dow Transport Index.

Dow Jones Industrial Average

* Target calculation: 9000 + ( 9000 - 8000 ) = 10000

S&P 500

The S&P 500 is similarly consolidating around the 1000 level. Breakout above 1015 would signal a primary advance with a target of the August 2008 high*. Reversal below 990, however, would warn of a secondary correction. In the long term, failure of support at 880 would signal a new down-trend.

Standard & Poors 500 chart

* Target calculation: 1000 + ( 1000 - 700 ) = 1300

Transport

UPS has so far failed to confirm the Fedex and Dow Transport Average primary up-trend. Breakout from the present narrow consolidation would signal future direction — for the stock and the broader economy.

Dow Jones Transportation Average

Technology

The Nasdaq 100 is consolidating in a narrow band above 1600. Declining Twiggs Money Flow (21-Day) warns of increased selling pressure. Reversal below 1600 would signal a secondary correction to test support at 1500, while breakout above 1640 would continue the primary advance to 1700*.

Nasdaq 100

* Target calculation: 1600 + ( 1600 - 1500 ) = 1700

Canada: TSX

The TSX Composite is testing support at 10600. Reversal above 11050 would continue the primary advance with a target of 11700*. Rising Twiggs Money Flow (21-Day) indicates long-term buying pressure. Failure of 10600 is unlikely, but would warn of a secondary correction.

TSX Daily

* Target calculation: 10700 + ( 10700 - 9700 ) = 11700

United Kingdom: FTSE

The FTSE 100 continues its primary advance with a target of 5000*. Rising Twiggs Money Flow (21-Day) indicates buying pressure. Reversal below 4650, however, would warn of a secondary correction; and failure of support at 4500 would confirm.

FTSE 100 Daily

* Target calculation: 4500 + ( 4500 - 4000 ) = 5000

Europe: DAX

The DAX continues to consolidate between 5300 and 5500. Upward breakout would signal a swing to the upper trend channel, around 5700*. Declining Twiggs Money Flow (21-Day), however, warns of selling pressure. Reversal below 5250 would indicate a secondary correction.

German DAX

* Target calculation: 5100 + ( 5100 - 4500 ) = 5700

India: Sensex

The Sensex respected short-term support at 14800, but has encountered resistance at 15500. Upward breakout would signal a primary advance with a target of 17500*. Declining Twiggs Money Flow (21-Day), however, indicates selling pressure. Failure of support at 15500 would indicate a secondary correction to test 13200.

Sensex India

* Target calculation: 15500 + ( 15500 - 13500 ) = 17500

Japan: Nikkei

The Nikkei 225 respected support at 10500/10400, signaling continuation of the primary advance — with a target of 11000*. Rising Twiggs Money Flow (21-Day) indicates buying pressure. Reversal below 10200 is unlikely, but would signal a secondary correction.

nikkei 225 japan

* Target calculation: 10000 + ( 10000 - 9000 ) = 11000

South Korea

The Seoul Composite Index is consolidating below 1600. Upward breakout would continue the primary advance with a target of 1700*. Declining Twiggs Money Flow (21-day), however, indicates selling pressure. Reversal below 1550 would warn of a secondary correction.

Seoul Composite Index

* Target calculation: 1450 + ( 1450 - 1200 ) = 1700

China

The Hang Seng is consolidating around its previous target of 21000*. Declining Twiggs Money Flow (21-Day) warns of selling pressure. Reversal below 20400 would warn of a secondary correction, while recovery above 21200 would signal a further advance — to the upper trend channel.

Hang Seng Index Hongkong

* Target calculation: 19000 + ( 19000 - 17000 [red] ) = 21000

Australia: ASX

Australian resources stocks are affected by the down-turn in China and the decline in commodity prices. The All Ordinaries, having reached its target of 4400*, is testing the lower trend channel. Breakout would warn of a secondary correction; confirmed if short-term support at 4300 is broken. Reversal above 4500 is less likely, but would signal a further advance. The signal on Twiggs Money Flow (21-Day) cannot be trusted because of unusual volume attributable to a single stock (GPT).

ASX All Ordinaries

* Target calculation: 4050 + ( 4050 - 3700 ) = 4400

The ASX 200 is retreating from the (long-term) upper trend channel. Reversal below 4300 would indicate a secondary correction to test the lower channel border.

ASX 200

A reminder for the next few weeks: This is no blue sky rally. Enjoy it while it lasts. But bear in mind that it could end badly. And keep your stops tight.



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