Bear Feint

By Colin Twiggs
January 26, 1:00 a.m. ET (5:00 p.m. AET)

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If you see an express train coming, step off the tracks. Extending Jesse Livermore's analogy: it is also important not to step back on the tracks until the last coach has passed. Bear market rallies are typically steep and accompanied by large volume. High volumes warn that existing stockholders are taking the opportunity to sell down their remaining positions. Stocks are transferred from strong hands to weak, and the market is likely to fall sharply at the first setback.

Dow Jones Industrial Average

The Dow found support at 12000, completing the first leg of a bear market. There are signs of a bear market rally which could carry as high as 12800/13000, where it is likely to encounter stiff resistance.

dow jones industrial average medium-term chart

Short Term: A close below 12000, or intra-day fall below 11650, would signal the start of a second downward leg.

dow jones industrial average short term chart

S&P 500

Friday's weak close on the S&P 500 and the Dow warns that the bear rally may already be fading. A fall below 1280 would signal the start of another decline. Twiggs Money Flow shows two bear signals where the indicator has peaked at the zero line.

standard and poors 500

Small Caps

The Russell 2000 found support at 650. Penetration of this level would warn of another down-swing.

russell 2000 small caps compared to russell 1000 large caps


The Dow Jones Transportation Average and lead indicators Fedex & UPS have all rallied, but continue in primary down-trends, signaling a broad economic down-turn.

dow jones transport ups and fedex

United Kingdom: FTSE

The FTSE 100 is finding resistance at the former primary support level of 6000. Another decline is likely, signaled by a close below 5500 or an intra-day fall below 5350.

ftse 100

India: Sensex

The Sensex found support at 16000, before rallying to test resistance at 18500. I consider the index to be in a primary down-trend, though it could be argued that 18500 does not qualify as primary support in terms of classic Dow theory: retracement is less than a third of the previous up-swing and the pattern is rather loose to fit the definition of a line.

Expect resistance at 18500 to hold and another test of support at 16000 to follow. Twiggs Money Flow signals strong distribution, holding below its August 2007 low.

sensex india

Japan: Nikkei

The Nikkei 225 rallied but is likely to encounter resistance at 14000. Twiggs Money Flow signals distribution.

nikkei 225 japan

China: Hang Seng & Shanghai

The Hang Seng is testing resistance at 26000, after commencing a primary down-trend. Expect resistance to hold and a test of support at 22000 to follow.

hang seng index hongkong

The Shanghai Composite is testing resistance at 4800 after commencing a primary down-trend. A Twiggs Money Flow fall below 0.04 would confirm the primary trend change.

shanghai composite index china

Australia: ASX

The All Ordinaries rallied steeply in the last 3 days, reversing above 5650. Twiggs Money Flow recovered from its lowest level since 2003. We should however, recognize that we are in the midst of a global bear market and no individual stock market is immune. Talk of low price earnings ratios and stocks being under-valued is irrelevant. The market is ruled by emotion and logic will only feature in the longer term. Expect another down-swing to follow any weakness on the Dow or FTSE 100.

all ords medium-term asx australia

Short Term: Large volumes warn of significant selling into the latest rally. Reversal below 5650 would be bearish and below 5250 would signal another primary down-swing.

all ords short-term asx australia

Markets can remain irrational far longer than you or I can remain solvent.

~ John Maynard Keynes

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