Nasdaq & India Signal Up-Trend

By Colin Twiggs
April 14, 6:00 a.m. ET (8:00 p.m. AET)

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Dow Jones Industrial Average

The Dow continues to encounter resistance at 8000, indicated by the spike in volume over the last two days. Reversal below short-term support at 7800 would signal that the rally has ended, while follow-through above 8100 would indicate a test of 9000. The primary trend, however, remains downward and respect of 9000 would warn of another down-swing.

Dow Jones Industrial Average

S&P 500

The S&P 500 broke out above its upper trend channel, offering a target of 10000. Twiggs Money Flow (13-Week) confirms with a weak bullish divergence. The primary trend remains down, however, and a rise above the January peak would be unconvincing. Better to wait for a higher trough followed by a new high.

Standard & Poors 500 chart


The Nasdaq Composite broke through resistance at 1650 to confirm the wide double bottom reversal on the Nasdaq 100. The Nasdaq 100 offers a target of 1550 (calculated as 1300 + [ 1300 - 1050]). The primary trend has reversed, but tech stocks do not trade in isolation and a poor earnings season for the Dow/S&P 500 would drag the Nasdaq down.

Nasdaq 100

Canada: TSX

The TSX Composite breakout above a descending broadening wedge pattern offers a target of 10000 (the highest point in the pattern). Bullish divergence on Twiggs Money Flow (13-Week) provides further confirmation. In addition, a rise above 9500 would complete a wide double bottom reversal, similar to the Nasdaq, with a target of 11500 (calculated as 9500 + [ 9500 - 7500 ]).

TSX Daily

United Kingdom: FTSE

The FTSE 100 found support near the lower trend channel. Reversal above 4000 would signal another swing to the upper channel — and test of resistance at 4300. Twiggs Money Flow (21-Day) troughs above the zero line [V] signal trend strength. In the long term, the primary trend remains down and breakout below the trend channel would signal another test of 3500. Penetration of resistance at 4650 would increase the likelihood of a primary trend reversal, but confirmation would only come from a higher secondary trough followed by a new high.

FTSE 100 Daily

Europe: DAX

The DAX is headed for a test of resistance at 4700. Twiggs Money Flow (21-Day) rising sharply confirms buying pressure. Breakout would offer a target of 5300. The primary trend remains down, however, until there is a higher secondary trough followed by a new high.

German DAX

India: Sensex

The Sensex broke through resistance at 10500, signaling reversal to a primary up-trend. Twiggs Money Flow (13-Week) confirms with a strong bullish divergence. The target is 12500, calculated as 10500 + [ 10500 - 8500 ]. First, expect retracement to test the new support level.

Sensex India

Japan: Nikkei

The Nikkei 225 shows a similar bullish divergence on Twiggs Money Flow (13-Week). Breakout above resistance at 9500 would confirm a wide double bottom reversal and offer a target of 12000 (calculated as 9500 + [ 9500 - 7000 ]). Respect of resistance is less likely, but would warn of another test of 7000.

nikkei 225 japan


The Shanghai Composite broke through its February high of 2400, confirming a healthy primary up-trend. The medium term target is 2750 (calculated as 2400 + [ 2400 - 2050]).

Shanghai Composite Index China

The Hang Seng Index is testing the December/January highs at 15800. Breakout would complete a wide double bottom reversal, offering a target of 21000 (calculated as 16000 + [ 16000 - 11000 ]). Twiggs Money Flow (13-Week) bullish divergence warns of a primary trend reversal.

Hang Seng Index Hongkong

Australia: ASX

The CRB Commodities Index is testing short-term resistance at 230. Breakout is likely, given the ascending pennant formation, and would test primary resistance at 245.

CRB Commodities Index

The All Ordinaries up-trend is slowing below resistance at 3750. Twiggs Money Flow (21-Day) continues to signal buying pressure, however, increasing the chance of a breakout. Be wary of acting on a breakout as a (primary) trend reversal — we may have a new high, but there is no higher low (secondary trough) to confirm the trend change.

ASX All Ordinaries chart

Both the ASX 200 and All Ords, however, display bullish divergences on Twiggs Money Flow (13-Week) — warning of reversal of the primary trend. Breakout above 3800 would signal that the primary down-trend has weakened. Again, wait for a higher trough to confirm the trend change.

ASX 200 long-term

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