Dow Watershed

By Colin Twiggs
January 27, 3:30 a.m. ET (7:30 p.m. AET)

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Spot gold is testing resistance at $900. Twiggs Money Flow (21-Day) respecting the zero line indicates continued buying pressure. Retracement ending in a higher low on the longer-term 13-week indicator would signal another primary up-trend. Upward breakout from the broadening descending wedge formation would offer a long-term target of 1200; calculated 900 + ( 1000 - 700 ). Respect of 900 is less likely — and would indicate another test of $700.

Spot Gold (1/10th ounce)

Interbank Lending

Confidence is low, with yields on 3-month Treasury Bills close to zero. Investors remain wary of higher yields offered by banks and commercial paper.

13-Week Treasury Bill Yields


Dow Jones Industrial Average

The Dow is testing support at 8000. Rising volume indicated buying support, but is now declining with no breakout above 8300 in sight. The narrow consolidation between 8000 and 8300 now looks distinctly bearish. Reversal below 8000 would indicate a test of the 2002 low of 7300. Twiggs Money Flow (13-Week) is approaching a watershed: upward breakout from the trend channel would indicate that the primary down-trend is weakening, while reversal below the shorter-term rising trendline would signal another down-swing. In the long term, penetration of the 2002 low of 7300 would offer a long-term target of 6000; calculated as 7500 - ( 9000 - 7500 ).

Dow Jones Industrial Average long-term chart

S&P 500

The S&P 500 short-term chart shows a similar consolidation between 800 and 850. Twiggs Money Flow (21-Day), however, is holding above zero, signaling buying pressure and another test of resistance at 950. Poor performance of Citigroup [C] is placing a drag on the Dow. S&P reversal below support at 800, especially if accompanied by TMF breakout below zero, is less likely but would test 750. And break of 750 would offer a target of 550.

Standard & Poors 500 chart


Fedex and the Dow Transport index broke through primary support, indicating another down-swing — and a further decline in economic activity.

Fedex chart

Canada: TSX

The TSX Composite is testing support at 8500. Respect would signal another test of 9500, while failure would test 8000. Twiggs Money Flow (21-Day) has been holding well above zero, indicating medium-term buying pressure. The primary trend is down, however, and reversal below 8000 would offer a target of 6500, calculated as 8000 - (9500 - 8000).

TSX Daily

United Kingdom: FTSE

The FTSE 100 continues in a large consolidation between 3800 and 4600. Recovery above 4400 would indicate another test of 4600; reversal below 4000 would suggest another down-swing, with a target of 3000; calculated as 3800 - (4600 - 3800). Twiggs Money Flow (13-Week) ranging at the upper border of the trend chanel signals indecision. The primary trend is down, however, and likely to persist in the medium to long term.

FTSE 100 Daily

Europe: DAX

The DAX is testing support at 4000. Failure would offer a target of 3000; calculated as 4000 - (5000 - 4000). Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) reversal below zero indicates short-term selling pressure, but recovery above 4400 would negate this.

German DAX

India: Sensex

The Sensex is testing support at 8500 for a third time. Declining Twiggs Money Flow (13-Week) indicates long-term selling pressure. The primary trend is down and breakout below 8500 would offer a target of the 2005 low of 6000; calculated as 8500 - ( 11000 - 8500 ).

Sensex India

Japan: Nikkei

The Nikkei 225 is likewise testing support: at 7700. Twiggs Money Flow, far below zero and declining, warns of strong selling pressure. Breakout would offer a target of 4500; this is calculated as 7000 - (9500 - 7000).

nikkei 225 japan


The Hang Seng index is headed for a test of support at 12000 [orange]. Twiggs Money Flow (13-week) in a downward trend channel signals selling pressure. Failure of support would suggest a target of 8500, the 2003 low. Confirmed if support at 10000 [red] is penetrated.

Hang Seng index Hongkong

The Shanghai Composite is testing short-term resistance at 2000 after breaking out of the long-term downward trend channel. A close above resistance would test 2100. Twiggs Money Flow (13-week) whipsawing around the zero line signals uncertainty; upward breakout would signal a secondary retracement to test 2300, downward breakout would warn of another primary down-swing — with a target of 1500.

Shanghai Composite Index China

Australia: ASX

The All Ordinaries has so far respected support at 3300. Weak volume over the past few days warns that support is unlikely to hold.

ASX All Ordinaries long-term chart

Long Term: The primary trend is down. Failure of support at 3300 (the lower of the two red support lines) would offer a target of 2700, the 2003 low. Twiggs Money Flow (13-Week) in a downward trend channel signals continued selling pressure.

ASX Australia All Ords long-term

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