Nasdaq fails to dispel fears of a bear market

By Colin Twiggs
November 14th, 2011 7:00 a.m. ET (10:00 p.m. AET)

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The Nasdaq 100 is consolidating in a narrow band below resistance at 2400 on the weekly chart, suggesting an upward breakout. Follow-through above 2450 would confirm the target of 2800*. 13-Week Twiggs Money Flow continues to signal buying pressure after an earlier bullish divergence.

Nasdaq 100 Index

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

The Dow Industrial Average is consolidating below 12300. Rising 21-day Twiggs Money Flow indicates medium-term buying pressure. Breakout above 12300 would offer a target of 12800*. Failure of support at 11600 is less likely, but would mean another test of primary support at 10600.

Dow Jones Industrial Average

* Target calculation: 12200 + ( 12200 - 11600 ) = 12800

The S&P 500 is similarly consolidating between 1220 and 1300. Expect strong resistance at 1350.

S&P 500 Index

Comparing to early 2008, the S&P500 displays a similar pattern, with the index testing resistance at 1400. We are close to a watershed: reversal below medium-term support (1220) would be a strong bear signal, while follow-through above recent highs would dispel fears of another bear market.

S&P 500 Index

Europe consolidates

The FTSE Italian MIB index found support at 15000. Expect an upsurge in response to news that Mario Monti has been asked to form a new government. Breakout above 17000 would signal a rally to 19000. Rising 13-week Twiggs Money Flow indicates consistent buying pressure over the past few weeks.


* Target calculation: 17 + ( 17 - 15 ) = 19

France’s CAC-40 index similarly found support at 3000. Recovery above 3400 would offer a target of 3800, but 63-day Twiggs Momentum, a long way below zero, indicates a primary down-trend.

CAC-40 Index

* Target calculation: 2800 - ( 3400 - 2800 ) = 2200 AND 3400 + ( 3400 - 3000 ) = 3800

The German DAX found support at 5700. Recovery above 6400 would offer a target of 7100, while failure of support would warn of another test of primary support at 5000.

DAX Index

* Target calculation: 6400 + ( 6400 - 5700 ) = 7100

The FTSE 100 is also consolidating above medium-term support — this time at 5350. 13-Week Twiggs Money Flow continues to signal strong buying pressure. Breakout above 5700 would re-test the 2011 highs at 6100. Failure of support is unlikely, but would warn of another test of primary support at 4800.

FTSE 100 Index

* Target calculation: 5700 + ( 5700 - 5300 ) = 6100

We need to remember, however, that this is still a bear market. We have seen one or two favorable news headlines but very little substance. And the European economy faces strong headwinds over the next few years.

Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."

~ Mary Anne Radmacher.

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