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Consolidation Or Correction?

By Colin Twiggs
November 6, 2009 10:30 p.m. ET (2:30 p.m. AET)

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The Dow rallied above the key 10000 level; the current pattern closer resembles a consolidation rather than a correction. News that US unemployment reached 10.2 percent failed to dampen enthusiasm. Buying pressure driven by monetary expansion rather than sound fundamentals is fueling a new bubble.

USA

Dow Jones Industrial Average

The Dow is consolidating in a narrow band after recovering above 10000. Bearish divergence on Twiggs Money Flow (13-week) continues to warn of a secondary correction, but the shorter-term (21-day) indicator respected the zero line, indicating a resurgence of buyers. Breakout above 10100 would indicate that the correction has ended before it really started, signaling an advance to 10500*; while reversal below 9900 would warn of a correction. In the long term, a primary advance would offer a target of 12000*.

Dow Jones Industrial Average

* Target calculations: 10100 + ( 10100 - 9700 ) = 10500 and 10000 + ( 10000 - 8000 ) = 12000

S&P 500

The S&P 500 shows a similar bearish divergence on Twiggs Money Flow (13-week). Reversal below support at 1020 would indicate a secondary correction, while breakout above 1100 would signal an advance to the upper trend channel.

Standard & Poors 500 chart

Transport

The Dow Transport Average and Fedex display broadening wedge consolidations, a weak continuation pattern. UPS, however, reversed to a primary down-trend — a bearish sign for the economy.

Dow Jones Transportation Average

Technology

The Nasdaq 100 also shows another broadening wedge consolidation (right-angled ascending). Bearish divergence on Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) warns of a secondary correction, but respect of the zero line indicates a (short-term) resurgence of buyers. Failure of support at 1650 would confirm the correction, while breakout above 1780 would indicate a primary advance to 1900*.

Nasdaq 100

* Target calculation: 1780 + ( 1780 - 1660 ) = 1900

Canada: TSX

The TSX Composite shows a (right-angled descending) broadening wedge, another weak continuation pattern. Bearish divergence on Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) warns of a secondary correction, but respect of the zero line indicates a (short-term) resurgence of buyers. Reversal below 10800 would confirm the correction, while recovery above 11600 would signal an advance to 12400*.

TSX Daily

* Target calculation: 11600 + ( 11600 - 10800 ) = 12400

United Kingdom: FTSE

The FTSE 100 formed a (right-angled ascending) broadening wedge. Breakout above 5300 would signal an advance to 5600*, while reversal below 5000 would signal a secondary correction. Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) recovered above zero, indicating a short-term resurgence of buyers, but the longer-term (13-week) indicator continues to warn of a correction.

FTSE 100 Daily

* Target calculation: 5300 + ( 5300 - 5000 ) = 5600

Germany: DAX

The DAX also displays a broadening wedge consolidation, a weak continuation pattern. Reversal below 5300 would signal a secondary correction. Bearish divergences on Twiggs Money Flow (13-week & 21-day) warn of selling pressure. Breakout would offer a target of 4700*.

German DAX

* Target calculation: 5300 -( 5900 - 5300 ) = 4700



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