Bulls Ignore China

By Colin Twiggs
June 2, 2007 2:00 a.m. EST (4:00 p.m. AEST)

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USA: Dow, Nasdaq and S&P500

Markets have so far shown little ill-effect from the uncertainty in China, with a number of indices displaying bullish breakouts.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average broke through the upper border of the trend channel, while Twiggs Money Flow warns of strong distribution (more than likely a resulting from volatility in China) over the past week. The index has also reached its target of 13600 (12800+[12800-12000]) and a secondary correction is expected soon.

Channel lines on the chart below are not symmetrical: I have dragged the top channel line closer to the linear regression line because in this case data is not evenly distributed around the LR line.

dow jones industrial average medium-term chart

Long Term: The primary up-trend continues, with primary support at 12800 and 12000.

Short Term: Despite some resistance, signaled by higher volume on Thursday, the Dow broke above 13600. Declining activity levels indicate that buyers are increasingly wary.

dow jones industrial average short term chart

The Dow Jones Transportation Average shows a bullish breakout above 5250 - which should test 5500. Fedex broke out above a right-angled broadening formation and is likely to test its 2006/2007 highs. UPS also shows bullish signs, with a breakout above the recent narrow consolidation.

dow jones transport average

The Nasdaq Composite broke upwards from its recent narrow consolidation and is likely to test the upper trend channel. While not at all expected, reversal below 2525 would warn of another secondary correction. Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) continues to respect the zero line, signaling long-term accumulation.

Long Term: The primary trend is up, with support at 2350 and 2000.

nasdaq composite

The S&P 500 broke through to a new all-time high above 1530, but closes are weak and Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) falling sharply warns of profit-taking. Reversal below 1530 would indicate weakness, strengthened if there is a break below the trend channel; while a fall below 1500 would warn of a secondary correction.

Long Term: The primary trend is up, with support levels at 1460 and 1375.

standard and poors 500

LSE: United Kingdom

The FTSE 100 recovered above 6650, and appears set for a test of the upper trend channel and the all-time high of 7000. Twiggs Money Flow recovered rapidly after a sharp fall. Though unlikely, reversal below 6550 would warn of a secondary correction.

Long Term: The primary up-trend continues, with primary support at 6450 and 6000.

ftse 100

Japan: Nikkei

The Nikkei 225 broke above the recent bullish ascending triangle and is headed for the February high. If that is overcome expect a test of the upper border of the trend channel. Though unlikely, a downward breakout below the lower channel border would warn of a test of primary support at 16600. Twiggs Money Flow continues to respect the zero line, signaling accumulation.

Long Term: The primary trend remains up.

nikkei 225

China: Hang Seng & Shanghai indexes

The Hang Seng found support at 20300, with a long tail on Wednesday. Twiggs Money Flow is bearish, however, having respected the zero line from below. A fall below 20000 would warn of a secondary correction, while a rise above 21000 would signal resumption of the up-trend.

Long Term: The primary advance continues.

hang seng index retreating

ASX: Australia

Having reached its target of 6350 (6000+[6000-5650]), the All Ordinaries consolidated in a narrow band for several weeks. Normally a continuation signal, the current rectangle has roughly an even chance of breaking out in either direction. Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) displays a large bearish divergence, warning of significant profit-taking, with stocks changing from strong hands to weak hands.

Long Term: The primary up-trend continues, with support at 6000 and 5650.

all ords medium-term

Short Term: Fluctuating volumes reveal committed buyers and sellers as the index ranges from one border of the rectangle to the other. Tom Bulkowski has done some excellent research on rectangle patterns and found a low 2% failure rate for upside breakouts and an even lower rate for downward breakouts. Premature breakouts (or false breaks as they are often called), when they do occur, often warn of a genuine breakout in the opposite direction.

all ords short-term

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