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Europe stumbles onwards

By Colin Twiggs
November 7th, 2011 4:00 a.m. ET (7:00 p.m. AET)

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Markets have been fed a steady diet of press releases out of Europe for the past few weeks but very little substance. This is a dangerous strategy as hopes are raised and reaction to any form of disappointment will be strong. No matter how it is dressed up, we are likely to witness a substantial default of Southern European borrowers, requiring recapitalization of French and Northern European banks. With public debt close to danger levels in many of these countries, there are no ready funds available for a bailout. Quantitative easing by the ECB has been touted as a possible solution, but aversion to this is so strong — particularly in Germany — that it would be political suicide for Angela Merkel to support this. So Europe stumbles onwards, searching for a disguised form of QE solution that is palatable to German voters.

Germany's DAX is testing support at 5600. Breach would test 5000, while respect would signal a primary advance to 7200*. 13-week Twiggs Money Flow is relatively weak and reversal below zero would warn of renewed selling pressure.

DAX Index

* Target calculation: 6400 + ( 6400 - 5600 ) = 7200 OR 5700 + ( 5700 - 5000 ) = 6400

France's CAC-40 index is testing medium-term support at 3000. Failure would test 2700, while respect (signaled by breakout above 3350) would signal a further advance. 13-week Twiggs Money Flow remains weak and reversal below zero would also warn of renewed selling pressure.

CAC-40 Index

* Target calculation: 2700 - ( 3300 - 2700 ) = 2100

Italy's FTSE MIB index is similarly testing support at 15000. Again, 13-week Twiggs Money Flow is weak and reversal below zero would warn of renewed selling pressure.

FTSE MIB Index

* Target calculation: 13 - ( 17 - 13 ) = 9

The FTSE 100 index is testing support at 5350. Failure would test primary support at 4800, while respect (signaled by breakout above 5700) would confirm a primary advance to 6100*. Rising 13-week Twiggs Money Flow favors an advance.

FTSE 100 Index

* Target calculation: 5400 + ( 5400 - 4800 ) = 6000

Nasdaq threatens breakout

The Dow is testing medium-term support at 11600. Failure would mean another test of primary support at 10600, while respect of support (with breakout above 12300) would confirm the primary advance to 12800*. Rising 21-day Twiggs Money Flow continues to indicate buying pressure, favoring an advance.

Dow Jones Industrial Average

* Target calculation: 11600 + ( 11600 - 10400 ) = 12800

The S&P 500 is also testing medium-term support, this time at 1220. Respect would signal an advance to the 2011 high, while failure would re-test 1100. In the long-term, breach of 1100 would offer a target of 900* and breakout above 1350 would signal an advance to 1600.

S&P 500 Index

* Target calculation: 1100 - ( 1300 - 1100 ) = 900

Bullish divergence on the Nasdaq 100 indicates strong buying pressure and a likely reversal. Breakout above 2440 would signal an advance to 2800*. Reversal below 2300 is less likely, but would warn of another test of primary support at 2000.

Nasdaq 100 Index

* Target calculation: 2400 + ( 2400 - 2000 ) = 2800

Canada TSX 60

The TSX 60 is testing the band of resistance from 720 to 730 and the descending trendline. Upward breakout would indicate that the primary down-trend is weakening, while respect would warn of another test of primary support. The sharp rise on 13-week Twiggs Money Flow indicates buying pressure, but there is no sign yet of a reversal.

TSX 60 Index

* Target calculation: 650 - ( 720 - 650 ) = 580



Wholesale dealers in securities, manipulators, pools and individuals resort to various devices to aid them in disposing of their surplus holdings at the best possible prices. The circulation of bullish items by the newspapers and tickers is the most pernicious of all.

~ Jesse Livermore in Reminiscences of a Stock Operator by Edwin Lefevre.

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