The real test

By Colin Twiggs
January 17th, 2011 6:00 a.m. ET (10:00 p.m. AEDT)

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The Dow Global index ($DJWO) is advancing towards its target of 280 after breaking resistance at 250. Rising Twiggs Money Flow (13-week) indicates buying pressure. Reversal below 235 is most unlikely, but would warn of a primary down-trend.

Dow Jones Global Index

* Target calculations: 242 + ( 242 - 204 ) = 280

The global economy is recovering, but bear in mind this is a result of massive government intervention — mostly unsustainable — and the real test will come when this support is withdrawn.


Dow Jones Industrial Average

The Dow is advancing to 12000* after breaking resistance at 11450. Rising Twiggs Money Flow (13-week) reflects strong buying pressure. Reversal below 11000 is most unlikely, but would also warn of a primary trend reversal.

Dow Jones Industrial Average

* Target calculation: 11000 + ( 11000 - 10000 ) = 12000

S&P 500

The S&P 500 is likewise in a strong advance, with a target of 1420*. Reversal below 1180 is most unlikely, but would warn of a reversal. Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) breakout above 30 percent signals further buying pressure.

Standard & Poors 500 chart

* Target calculation: 1220 + ( 1220 - 1020 ) = 1420


Dow Jones Transport Index is advancing strongly: a bullish sign for the economy.

Dow Transport Index


The Nasdaq 100 broke through its 2007 high at 2250, signaling a fresh advance. Twiggs Money Flow (13-week) troughs high above zero indicate strong buying pressure.

Nasdaq 100

* Target calculation: 2050 + ( 2050 - 1750 ) = 2350

Canada: TSX

The TSX Composite reached its target of 13400*. Bearish divergence on Twiggs Momentum warns of a correction, most likely to test the rising green trendline.

TSX Daily

* Target calculation: 13000 + ( 13000 - 12600 ) = 13400

United Kingdom

The FTSE 100 respected support at 5900, but bearish divergence on 21-day Twiggs Momentum warns of another correction. The primary up-trend offers a target of the 2007 high at 6750*. Failure of support at 5500 is most unlikely, but would warn of a primary trend reversal.

FTSE 100 Daily

* Target calculation: 5800 + ( 5800 - 4800 ) = 6800


The DAX is testing resistance at 7100. Upward breakout would indicate an advance to 7450*. A 13-week Twiggs Money Flow trough high above zero indicates strong buying pressure. The ascending broadening wedge pattern is bearish, however, and downward breakout would signal retracement to 6550.

German DAX

* Target calculation: 7000 + ( 7000 - 6550 ) = 7450


The CAC-40 is headed for a test of resistance at 4050, rising 13-week Twiggs Money Flow indicating buying pressure. Breakout would offer a long-term target of 4750*.

France CAC-40

* Target calculation: 4050 + ( 4050 - 3350 ) = 4750


The Sensex broke support at 19000, signaling a primary down-trend. Twiggs Money Flow (13-week) reversal below zero confirms strong selling pressure. Expect a decline to 17500*.

Sensex India

* Target calculation: 19000 - ( 20500 - 19000 ) = 17500


The Straits Times Index continues to reflect weak Momentum after breaking the rising trendline. Twiggs Momentum (21-day) reversal below zero would warn of a primary trend reversal. Failure of support at 3120 would confirm.


* Target calculation: 3100 - ( 3300 - 3100 ) = 2900


The Nikkei 225 is edging upwards after the breakout above 10200. Twiggs Money Flow (13-week) oscillating around zero, however, indicates hesitancy. Expect further consolidation above the new support level. Reversal below 10200 would warn of another correction.


South Korea

The Seoul Composite Index crossed above its 2007 high at 2050, signaling a fresh primary advance. Twiggs Money Flow (13-week) troughs high above zero reflect strong buying pressure.

South Korea


The Shanghai Composite index retreated below 2800 and is testing 2700 Monday. Expect a test of 2600*. Declining Twiggs Money Flow (13-week) warns of selling pressure.

Shanghai Composite Index

* Target calculations: 2800 - ( 3100 - 2900 ) = 2600

The Shenzhen Composite Index reversed below 1240, signaling correction to 1100. A sharp fall on Twiggs Money Flow (13-week) indicates strong selling pressure.

Shenzhen Index

* Target calculation: 1250 - ( 1400 - 1250 ) = 1100

The Hang Seng Index, however, is advancing for another test of 25000. Twiggs Money Flow (13-week) respect of the zero line indicates buying pressure.

Hang Seng Index Hongkong

* Target calculation: 25000 + ( 25000 - 22500 ) = 27500


The Bovespa Index is headed for a test of 73000. Breakout would signal an advance to 79000*. Rising Twiggs Money Flow (13-week) indicates buying pressure.

Brazil Bovespa

* Target calculation: 73000 + ( 73000 - 670000 ) = 79000

Australia: ASX

The All Ordinaries encountered strong selling at 4900. Twiggs Momentum displays a bearish divergence, but Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) remains strong. Reversal below the rising trendline would reinforce the declining Momentum; recovery above 4900 is less likely, but would signal an advance to 5150*.

ASX All Ordinaries

* Target calculation: 4900 + ( 4900 - 4650 ) = 5150

The ASX 200 encountered similar resistance, but at 4800. Breakout would test 5000, but declining Twiggs Money Flow (13-week) warns of selling pressure and reversal below 4600 would signal a primary trend reversal.

ASX 200

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