Bear Market Revisited

By Colin Twiggs
July 6, 2010 4:30 a.m. ET (6:30 p.m. AET)

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The week got off to a quiet start because of Independence Day holidays, but four of the big five (US, UK, China & Japan) signal a bear market, with only the DAX holding out. Of secondary markets reviewed, only India and South Korea remain positive. The weight of evidence is clearly in favor of another bear market.

Bellwether transport stock UPS is also headed for a test of primary support. Failure of support would join UPS with Fedex in a bear-trend — signaling a decline in economic activity.

Dow Jones Transportation Average

The Baltic Dry Index is testing long-term support at 2000. Failure would confirm the primary down-trend. Falling shipping rates indicate declining demand for dry-bulk commodities such as iron ore and coal, especially from China.

Baltic Dry Index

The fall is confirmed by the Baltic Panamax Index which is not as over-supplied with new vessels as the larger Capesize category.

Baltic Panamax Index


Dow Jones Industrial Average

Long tails on Thursday and Friday indicate some buying support on the Dow — expect retracement to test the new resistance level at 10000. The index is in a primary down-trend with an initial target of 9000*. Momentum peaking below the zero line strengthens the signal.

Dow Jones Industrial Average

* Target calculation: 10000 - ( 11000 - 10000 ) = 9000

S&P 500

The S&P 500 is likewise in a primary down-trend, having broken through support at 1050. Twiggs Money Flow (13-week) reversal below zero would confirm the bear signal.

Standard & Poors 500 chart


The Nasdaq 100 is testing primary support at 1730. Failure would provide further confirmation of a bear market. Bearish divergence on Twiggs Money Flow (13-week) warns of a primary down-trend.

Nasdaq 100

Canada: TSX

The TSX Composite signaled a primary down-trend with a break below support at 11400. Expect further support at 11000; failure would confirm the bear market. Twiggs Money Flow (13-week) reversal below zero would strengthen the signal.

TSX Daily

* Target calculation: 11400 - ( 12000 - 11400 ) = 10800

United Kingdom: FTSE

The FTSE 100 is in a primary down-trend after reversing below support at 5000. Expect retracement to test the new resistance level at 5000, but Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) below zero indicates selling pressure. Respect of resistance or TMF reversal below -10% would confirm the bear market.

FTSE 100 Daily

Germany: DAX

The DAX is headed for a test of support at 5700. Failure would signal a primary down-trend. Upward breakout from the broad consolidation is unlikely, but would offer a target of 6900*. Twiggs Money Flow (13-week) reversal below -6% would complete a bearish divergence and confirm the primary down-trend.

German DAX

* Target calculation: 6300 + ( 6300 - 5700 ) = 6900

India: Sensex

The Sensex remains more bullish than most other markets and narrow consolidation below resistance at 18000 would indicate an upward breakout with a target of 20000*. A higher trough on Twiggs Money Flow (13-week) would signal buying pressure; reversal below zero appears unlikely but would warn of selling pressure.

Sensex India

* Target calculation: 18000 + ( 18000 - 16000 ) = 20000

Japan: Nikkei

The Nikkei 225 confirmed a primary down-trend after retreating below support at 9900. Declining Twiggs Money Flow (13-week) peaks warn of strong selling pressure. The target for the initial down-swing is 9000*.

nikkei 225 japan

* Target calculation: 10000 - ( 11000 - 10000 ) = 9000

South Korea

The Seoul Composite is more positive than most other markets, with Twiggs Money Flow (13-week) high above zero indicating buying pressure. Having respected short-term support at 1650 on Tuesday, expect another rally to test 1750. Reversal below 1650 would test primary support at 1550, while breakout above 1750 would signal an advance to 1950*.

Seoul Composite Index

* Target calculation: 1750 + ( 1750 - 1550 ) = 1950


The Shanghai Composite Index rallied Tuesday and appears headed for a test of resistance at 2500. Respect would confirm the strong primary down-trend. Twiggs Money Flow (13-week) declining below zero warns of selling pressure. The long-term target for the decline is 2100*.

Shanghai Composite Index China

* Target calculations: 2700 - ( 3300 - 2700 ) = 2100

The Hang Seng Index remains in a primary down-trend, retreating towards primary support at 19000. Failure would signal another down-swing with a target of 17000*. Twiggs Money Flow (13-week) respect of the zero line would indicate a bullish divergence, while reversal below -11% would be bearish.

Hang Seng Index Hongkong

* Target calculations: 19000 - ( 21000 - 19000 ) = 17000

Australia: ASX

The All Ordinaries rallied at the close on Tuesday, indicating another test of resistance at 4500. Twiggs Momentum (21-day) reversing above zero would be a positive sign. The long-term picture is more dismal, however, with the index in a primary down-trend; respect of resistance at 4500 would confirm.

ASX All Ordinaries

Twiggs Money Flow (13-week) continues to fornm a triangle on the ASX 200. Reversal below zero would signal a down-trend, while respect of zero would indicate a reversal.

ASX 200

* Target calculation: 4300 - ( 4600 - 4300 ) = 4000

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