Rising Treasury Yields

By Colin Twiggs
June 9, 2007 1:00 a.m. EST (3:00 p.m. AEST)

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USA: Dow, Nasdaq and S&P500

Rising 10- and 30-year treasury yields signal a weakening of the long-term bear market and sparked a brief equity sell-off. The next week should tell whether the reaction is quickly mopped up by buyers or evolves into a secondary correction.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average retreated from the upper border of the trend channel, warning of a secondary correction that would test primary support at 12800 and possibly 12000. A bearish divergence on Twiggs Money Flow signals distribution.

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.

Short Term: Low volume on Monday signaled that the up-trend was losing momentum. A sharp three day fall followed, ending when strong volume [Th] signaled that buyers had re-entered the market. The break below the trend channel indicates that the primary advance is weakening and a rally that fails to test 13700 would warn of a secondary correction - confirmed if the index reverses below Friday's low of 13250.

dow jones industrial average short term chart

The Dow Jones Transportation Average is testing support at 5000. Respect of support would be a bullish sign, while failure would signal further consolidation (uncertainty). Fedex and UPS both show bullish upward breakouts.

dow jones transport average

The Nasdaq Composite is consolidating near the upper trend channel on the 3 year chart and bearish divergence on Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) warns of distribution. A fall below 2525 would be bearish.

Long Term: The primary trend remains upwards, with support at 2525 and 2340.

nasdaq composite

The S&P 500 retreated below the 2000 high of 1530, while a bearish divergence on Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) warns of distribution. Reversal below Friday's low of 1490 would warn of a secondary correction.

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

standard and poors 500

LSE: United Kingdom

The FTSE 100 broke below the trend channel - signaling trend weakness - after a failed breakout above resistance at 6650. Strong volume and weak closes in the latter part of the week indicate that buyers have re-entered the market. A fall below the first line of primary support at 6450 would warn of a secondary correction, possibly testing primary support at 6000.

Long Term: The primary up-trend continues.

ftse 100

Japan: Nikkei

The Nikkei 225 continues to edge upwards towards resistance at the February 2007 high. A rise above 18215 would signal a test of the upper border of the trend channel, while downward breakout from the trend channel would indicate that the primary trend is weakening. Twiggs Money Flow continues to respect the zero line, signaling accumulation.

Long Term: The primary trend remains up, with primary support at 16600.

nikkei 225

China: Hang Seng

Volumes on the Hang Seng index have trebled over the last 9 months, indicating that the market is overheating. The index continues to consolidate in a narrow band between 21000 and 20300, normally a bullish sign in an up-trend, but Twiggs Money Flow signals strong distribution. The two scenarios appear equally likely: a fall below 20300 would warn of a secondary correction testing primary support at 18700, while a rise above 21000 would signal that the primary advance continues.

hang seng index

ASX: Australia

The All Ordinaries continues to consolidate at the upper border of the trend channel. An upward breakout is less likely - because of the position on the trend channel and Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) testing zero after a large bearish divergence - but would warn of an accelerating up-trend and possible blow-off. Downward breakout would test the first line of primary support at 6000 and possibly the second at 5650.

Long Term: The primary up-trend continues.

all ords medium-term

Short Term: Monday's failed breakout encountered resistance above 6400 - signaled by strong volume at [T] - before retracing to test support on Friday. Weak closes and strong volume at [F] reveal that buyers remain committed. The rectangle pattern has morphed into a broadening top formation; future direction will be signaled by a failed swing (partial rise or decline) or an actual breakout.

all ords short-term

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