A Ray Of Sunshine

By Colin Twiggs
March 30, 4:30 a.m. ET (7:30 p.m. AET)

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A ray of sunshine fell on the markets, with secondary rallies testing resistance across a number of exchanges. Of greater significance is the number of bullish divergences on long-term Twiggs Money Flow, suggesting that a primary trend reversal may not be far off. The signs look promising for at least a strong bear market rally.

When markets reach the 50 percent retracement level, they normally rally. Even the Dow in 1930 rallied from 200 to 290 after the falling from its 1929 high of 386. And the Nikkei 225 rallied from 20000 to 27000 in 1991, after the falling from a high of 39000 at the end of '89. All we can learn from history is that, most of the time, if markets fall 50 percent they will rally — but occasionally, if there has been a complete train wreck, this will be a false dawn. The Dow eventually bottomed at 40 in 1932, while the Nikkei continues to trend lower, reaching 7000 two decades later. The current collapse of the financial markets qualifies as a complete train wreck, but whether I am right about the false dawn is too early to tell.


Dow Jones Industrial Average

The Dow encountered short-term resistance at 8000, but declining volume indicates limited interest from sellers. Twiggs Money Flow (21_day) continues to respect the zero line from below; penetration of the rising trendline would warn of another down-swing, while breakout above zero would signal continuation of the rally. Buyers are driving the market and a test of 9000 is not out of the question, but long-term sentiment remains bearish and reversal below 6500 would offer a target of 5000.

Dow Jones Industrial Average

S&P 500

The S&P 500 broke resistance at 800 and is retracing to test the new support level. Respect would signal a rally to 900, while failure would warn of a down-swing to the lower trend channel. In the longer term, breakout above the trend channel would offer a target of 10000. And reversal above 0.1 on Twiggs Money Flow (13-Week) would complete a weak bullish divergence. The primary trend remains down, however, until we see a higher secondary low followed by a new high.

Standard & Poors 500 chart


Nasdaq 100 breakout above resistance at 1300 would complete a wide double bottom reversal, offering a target of 1550 (calculated as 1300 + [ 1300 - 1050]). Low volume, indicating light resistance, increases the chance of a breakout. Exercise caution: wait for confirmation from other major indexes.

Nasdaq 100

Canada: TSX

The TSX Composite is testing resistance at 9000 after breaking out of a descending broadening wedge pattern. Thomas Bulkowski has updated his research, indicating that upward breakouts in a down-trend are reasonably reliable and offer a target of the highest point in the pattern — in this case 10000. Bullish divergence on Twiggs Money Flow (13-Week) supports this. And breakout above 9000 would provide additional confirmation.

TSX Daily

United Kingdom: FTSE

The FTSE 100 consolidating in a narrow range below 4000, and accompanied by falling volume, indicates an advance to 4300. In the long term, however, the primary trend remains down — unless there is a break above 4650, completing a triple bottom reversal.

FTSE 100 Daily

Europe: DAX

The DAX entered another narrow consolidation after breaking out above 4100; the continuation pattern suggesting a target of 4700. Twiggs Money Flow (21-Day) rising sharply confirms buying pressure.

German DAX

In the long term, breakout above 4700 would offer a target of 5300, the highest point of the descending broadening wedge formation. The primary trend remains down, however, with a target of 3000 (calculated as 4000 - [ 5000 - 4000 ]).

German DAX

India: Sensex

The Sensex shows a strong bullish divergence on Twiggs Money Flow (13-Week), indicating reversal to an up-trend. Breakout above 10500 would confirm. Respect of resistance, however, would warn of another test of 8000.

Sensex India

Japan: Nikkei

The Nikkei 225 likewise displays a bullish divergence, Twiggs Money Flow (13-Week) having crossed above the zero line. Breakout above 9500 would confirm the primary trend reversal — and offer a target of 12000. Respect of resistance, however, would warn of another test of 7000.

I find the resilience of the Japanese market surprising, considering their recent sharp drop in exports. Fundamentals point to falling corporate profits. Perhaps repatriation of funds by Japanese investors has increased demand for local equities.

nikkei 225 japan


The Shanghai Composite is testing resistance at the February high of 2400. The short retracement is a bullish sign, but heavy volume indicates selling pressure. Breakout would confirm a strong primary up-trend. Reversal below 2050 is unlikely, but would warn that the primary up-trend has weakened.

Shanghai Composite Index China

The Hang Seng Index broke through 14000 and is headed for a test of 15500 (the highest green line). Expect short-term retracement to test the new support level. Twiggs Money Flow (13-Week) will complete a bullish divergence if it crosses to above zero, indicating reversal to a primary up-trend. Breakout above 15500 would confirm. Respect of resistance, on the other hand, would signal another test of 11000.

Hang Seng Index Hongkong

Australia: ASX

The CRB Commodities Index is retracing to confirm support. Respect of 210 would be a positive sign, while failure of 200 would warn of another down-swing with a target of 180 (calculated as 210 - [ 210 - 180 ]). There are no signs yet of a trend reversal.

CRB Commodities Index

The All Ordinaries is retracing to test support, bearish divergence on Twiggs Money Flow (21-Day) indicating short-term selling pressure. Respect of 3300 would be a bullish sign, while failure of 3100 would test 2700 — the March 2003 low.

ASX All Ordinaries chart

The ASX 200 completed a bullish divergence on Twiggs Money Flow (13-Week), indicating reversal of the primary trend. This would only be confirmed by a higher secondary low followed by a rise above 3800. Expect resistance at 3800; breakout above the trend channel would indicate the primary down-trend is weakening. Until then, the target for the primary down-trend remains the March 2003 low of 2700.

ASX 200 long-term

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