Dow Breaks Key Support Level

By Colin Twiggs
November 8, 2007 12:00 a.m. ET (4:00 p.m. AET)

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Stock Markets

The Dow closed below support at 13500, signaling another secondary correction. The earlier failed breakout above 14000 is a bearish sign, warning that primary support at 12800 faces a stern test.

dow jones industrial average

The S&P 500 shows an almost identical pattern: breaking through the key 1500 support level and headed for a test of primary support at 1400.


The FTSE 100 earlier closed below support at 6400, warning of a test of primary support at 6000.

ftse 100

While support at 5500 has so far held, the Shanghai Composite is below its trend channel, signaling a loss of momentum, and Twiggs Money Flow warns of distribution.

shanghai composite

The Australian All Ordinaries also warns of a secondary correction after breaking below the trend channel and (intra-day) penetrating support at 6600.

all ords

Financial Markets

The federal funds rate has fallen sharply below the target rate of 4.50%, warning that the Fed may have difficulty avoiding further rate cuts. The wide spread between commercial paper and treaury bills signals investors' continued mistrust of the financial markets.

gdp growth by sector

The Yield Curve

Ten year treasury yields have broken through support at 4.50%, signaling that the super-cycle down-trend in long bond yields is intact.

The yield differential is above zero, but for all the wrong reasons: low short-term yields are due the flight from financial markets.

10 year treasury yields and yield differential with 3 month treasury bills

Jonathan Wright's recession prediction model indicates the probability of a recession in the next four quaters has fallen to a low 17 percent. The model is based on the nominal level of the fed funds rate and the yield differential between 10-year and 3-month treasuries. As such it fairly accurately predicts a decline in the availability of credit caused by a narrowing of bank interest margins. However, it will not reflect a decline in availability of credit caused by other factors, such as a collapse of the commercial paper market. Not all recessions are atypical, as I pointed out earlier. While the model remains a useful tool, I believe that it underestimates the risk of recession in the present environment.

wright's recession prediction model

Bank Credit & Consumer Credit

A sharp fall in consumer credit growth would be the final nail in the coffin (#1 and #2 indicate previous occurrences where this signal has failed), but CC has been growing at a relatively low level of 5.0% for some time.

consumer credit growth

Consumer credit growth may have been low, but most of us are aware of what has been happening with real estate lending. Even the consistent 10 per cent growth in overall bank credit over the last two years does not tell the full story.

bank credit growth

If we take commercial paper into account, annual credit growth was closer to 12 per cent throughout 2006. We can see the start of a down-trend in mid-2007 and further falls would indicate that the housing market contagion is spreading to other parts of the economy.

bank and cp credit growth

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and never will be.

~ Thomas Jefferson

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