China Advance Continues

By Colin Twiggs
February 16, 2:30 a.m. ET (6:30 p.m. AET)

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Spot gold is in a broadening consolidation below $950 on the hourly chart — a continuation pattern. Expect a breakout above $950 to be followed by a test of $1000. Reversal below the lower border of the pattern is less likely, but would warn of another test of $890.

Spot Gold


Dow Jones Industrial Average

The Dow's Friday close below 7900 signals weakness — following weeks of stubborn support at 7900/8000. But there is no confirmation from the S&P 500, nor Twiggs Money Flow (21-Day) which continues to hold above zero. Confirmation from either, or failure of short-term support at 7700, would signal a test primary support at 7500. Recovery above 8000 is less likely, and would indicate a rally to 8400; possibly 9000.

In the long term, the primary trend is down and breakout below 7500 would offer a target of 6000; calculated as 7500 - ( 9000 - 7500 ). Recovery above 9000 is unlikely in the present circumstances, and would signal a bear market rally with a target of 10000.

Dow Jones Industrial Average long-term chart

S&P 500

The S&P 500 shows similar Twiggs Money Flow (21-Day) buying support above the zero line. Failure of support at 800 would confirm the Dow bear signal, and test 750; while reversal above 880 would test resistance at 950. In the long term, the primary trend is down and failure of primary support at 750 would offer a conservative target of 600; calculated as 750 - ( 900 - 750 ).

Standard & Poors 500 chart


Fedex and the Dow Transport index have commenced another down-swing, signaling further weakness in the economy.

DJ Transport and Fedex Chart


The Nasdaq 100 displays a bullish ascending pattern, with rising lows and equal highs. Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) confirms growing buying pressure with a rise above recent highs at 0.1. Breakout above 1300 is likely, and would offer a target of 1600. Reversal below 1140, while unlikely, would warn of a test of the January low of 1040.

Nasdaq 100

Canada: TSX

The TSX Composite continues to display uncertainty, consolidating between 8500 and 9000 on low volume. Breakout above 9000 would signal a test of 9500, while reversal below 8500 would test support at 7700/8000. In the long term, the primary trend is down and reversal below 8000 would offer a target of 6500; calculated as 8000 - (9500 - 8000). Recovery above 9500 is unlikely in the present circumstances, but would offer a target of 10500.

TSX Daily

United Kingdom: FTSE

The FTSE 100 also shows hesitancy, consolidating between 4000 and 4300. Twiggs Money Flow (13-Week) has turned down after testing the zero line, signaling long-term selling pressure. Breakout below 4000 is likely, and would test primary support at 3800; while reversal above 4300 would reach 4600. In the long term, the primary trend is down and reversal below 3800 would offer a target of 3000; calculated as 3800 - (4600 - 3800). Breakout above 4600 would indicate a primary trend reversal — most unlikely in the present circumstances.

FTSE 100 Daily

Europe: DAX

The DAX retracement failed to respect the new support level at 4500, signaling weakness. Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) reversal below zero would warn of selling pressure, and breakout below short-term support at 4400 would confirm. Recovery above 4550, on the other hand would indicate continuation of the secondary rally. In the longer term, the primary trend is down and reversal below support at 4000 would offer a target of 3000; calculated as 4000 - (5000 - 4000). Breakout above 5000 is unlikely, but would suggest a target of 6000.

German DAX

India: Sensex

The Sensex broke through resistance at 9500, followed by a short-term retracement respecting the new support level. Twiggs Money Flow (21-Day) recovery above zero would confirm that a test of 10500 is likely. In the long term, the primary trend is down and reversal 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 weaker than most other indexes, with Twiggs Money Flow (21-Day) continuing to respect the zero line from below. Expect a breakout below 7500 to test primary support at 7000. In the longer term, the primary trend is down and failure of 7000 would offer a target of 5000; calculated as 7000 - (9000 - 7000).

nikkei 225 japan


The Hang Seng index is testing resistance at 14000, while rising Twiggs Money Flow (21-Day) signals short-term buying pressure. Breakout above 14000 would indicate a test of 16000. Reversal below 12500, while unlikely at present, would test primary support at 11000. In the longer term, the primary trend is down and breakout below 11000 would offer a target of 8500, the 2003 low. Recovery above 16000 is unlikely, but would offer a target of 21000.

Hang Seng index Hongkong

The Shanghai Composite broke through resistance at 2300 after another short retracement — reflecting strong buying pressure. Twiggs Money Flow confirms.

Shanghai Composite Index China

The primary trend reversed upwards in response to easier bank credit and increased infrastructure spending. But it is questionable whether this will be sufficient to overcome a 17.5 percent year-on-year drop in exports, unemployment as high as 20 million, falling housing prices, and declining consumer spending.

Australia: ASX

The Baltic Dry Index reflects an upturn in bulk shipping rates, but the CRB Commodities Index has not responded — bearish consolidation above 200 threatening another down-swing.

CRB Commodities Index

The All Ordinaries continues to test 3500 and Twiggs Money Flow (21-Day) recovered to above zero. Expect a breakout and test of 3700, but negative sentiment from the US could lead to a sharp reversal.

ASX All Ordinaries chart

In the long term, both the All Ords and ASX 200 display broad consolidation in a primary down trend. ASX 200 reversal above 3800 would signal a trend reversal, but continuation of the down-trend is more likely. Breakout below 3300 would target the 2003 low of 2700. Recovery above 3800 would offer a target of 4300; calculated as 3800 + ( 3800 - 3300 ). Twiggs Money Flow (13-Week) reversal above the zero line would warn of an impending upward breakout.

ASX 200 long-term

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