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S&P 500 approaches tipping point

By Colin Twiggs
November 21st, 2011 3:00 a.m. ET (7:00 p.m. AET)

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The S&P 500 index broke downwards from its recent pennant, counter to normal bullish expectations, and is testing medium-term support at 1200. Failure of support would test primary support at 1100. Respect of support is less likely, but would suggest a rally to 1300. A 21-day Twiggs Money Flow cross below the zero line would indicate rising selling pressure.

S&P 500 Index

The weekly chart better illustrates the breakout above 1200 followed by several tests of the new support level. Respect of the zero line by 63-day Twiggs Momentum would be a strong bear signal, warning of continuation of the primary down-trend — as would failure of support at 1200.

S&P 500 Index

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

Comparing to the 2008 weekly chart, there was a similar break below 1400 in January followed by several months of indecision before a false recovery above 1400 in May. Reversal below 1400 precipitated a major sell-off, with the index falling 50% over the next 9 months. If we look (above) at the current chart, there was a similar fall below 1250, several months of indecision before "recovery" above 1200/1250. Reversal below 1200 would provide a similar bear warning to 2008 — as would a 63-day Twiggs Momentum peak below zero.

S&P 500 Index

There is no guarantee that stocks will follow the same path as in 2008, but reversal below 1200 would greatly increase the probability of another primary decline — with a target of 900*.

Europe: breach of medium-term support would signal decline

Italy's MIB index is testing medium-term support at 15000 on the weekly chart. Failure — and respect of the descending trendline — would warn of another decline, with a target of 9000*. Breach of primary support at 13000 would confirm.

FTSE MIB Index

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

France's CAC-40 index is similarly testing support at 3000. Breach of support would warn of another decline — as would reversal of 13-week Twiggs Money Flow below zero. Failure of primary support at 2700 would offer a target of 2000*.

CAC-40 Index

* Target calculation: 2700 - ( 3400 - 2700 ) = 2000

The DAX is also testing medium-term support. Reversal below 5600 would warn of another test of primary support at 5000. Failure of 5000 would offer a target of 3600*.

DAX Index

* Target calculation: 5000 - ( 6400 - 5000 ) = 3600

Even the FTSE 100 index is testing medium-term support. 13-Week Twiggs Money Flow looks stronger than its European neighbors, but reversal below zero would warn of a further decline. Breach of medium-term support at 5350 would warn of a test of primary support at 4800.

FTSE 100 Index

* Target calculation: 4800 - ( 5600 - 4800 ) = 4000



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