China Lifts

By Colin Twiggs
August 9, 2010 5:30 a.m. ET (7:30 p.m. AET)

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Global markets remain bearish despite encouraging signs from China, with the Hang Seng starting a new primary up-trend and Shanghai Composite testing 2700. Of the big five markets, however, only the DAX is in a primary up-trend.


Dow Jones Industrial Average

The Dow primary trend remains down, with a long-term target of 9000*. Another Friday long tail and rising Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) indicates a test of the upper border of the broadening wedge formation. Reversal below short-term support at 10350 would warn of a downward breakout. Upward breakout from the wedge is less likely, but would signal an advance to 11700*.

Dow Jones Industrial Average

* Target calculations: 9700 - ( 10700 - 9700 ) = 8700 and 10700 + ( 10700 - 9700 ) = 11700

S&P 500

Twiggs Momentum Oscillator (63-day) holding below zero indicates continuation of the primary down-trend. S&P 500 reversal below its former primary support level at 1050 would confirm.

Standard & Poors 500 chart

* Target calculation: 1050 - ( 1200 - 1050 ) = 900


Bellwether transport stock Fedex remains in a primary down-trend despite its recent rally. But UPS has so far failed to confirm.

UPS & Fedex


The Nasdaq 100 is headed for a test of the upper border of its broadening wedge, with rising Twiggs Money Flow (13-week) indicating medium-term buying pressure. But bearish divergence on the 63-day Momentum Oscillator continues to warn of a primary down-trend; reversal below 1730 would confirm.

Nasdaq 100

Canada: TSX

TSX Composite large bearish divergence on 63-day Twiggs Momentum warns of a down-trend. Reversal below 11400 would confirm.

TSX Daily

United Kingdom: FTSE

The FTSE 100 bearish divergence on Twiggs Money Flow (13-week) warns of continuation of the primary down-trend. Reversal below 5000 would confirm.

FTSE 100 Daily

* Target calculation: 4800 - ( 5400 - 4800 ) = 4200

Germany: DAX

The DAX remains in a primary up-trend, testing resistance at 6350. Upward breakout would signal a primary advance to 7000*, while reversal below the rising trendline would test primary support at 5700. Twiggs Money Flow (13-week) oscillating around the zero line reflects uncertainty, while bearish divergence on the 63-day Twiggs Momentum Oscillator warns of reversal to a primary down-trend.

German DAX

* Target calculation: 6350 + ( 6350 - 5700 ) = 7000

France: CAC-40

The CAC-40 is testing resistance at 3750, but remains in a primary down-trend. Twiggs Money Flow (13-week) and 63-day Twiggs Momentum Oscillator both warn of continuation of the bear market. Reversal below 3350 would offer a target of 2950*. Even if there is an upward breakout, these are notoriously unreliable in a primary down-trend.

France CAC-40

* Target calculation: 3350 - ( 3750 - 3350 ) = 2950

India: Sensex

The Sensex is testing its new support level at 18000. Respect would confirm the breakout and offer a target of 20000*. Declining Twiggs Money Flow (13-week), however, warns of selling pressure. Expect further tests of the new support level.

Sensex India

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


The Straits Times Index retreated below 3000 Monday, warning of another correction. Twiggs Momentum Oscillator (63-day) reversal below zero would strengthen the signal. Failure of short-term support at 2920 would confirm.

Singapore Straits Times Index

Japan: Nikkei

The Nikkei 225 found short-term support at 9500; breakout would test 9200. Twiggs Money Flow (13-week) below zero warns of selling pressure. Failure of support at 9200 would signal continuation of the primary down-trend, with a target of 8200*.

nikkei 225 japan

* Target calculation: 9200 - ( 10200 - 9200 ) = 8200

South Korea

The Seoul Composite closed near 1790 on Monday. Target for the primary advance is 1950*. Declining Twiggs Money Flow (13-week), however, warns of short-term selling pressure: expect retracement to test the new support level at 1750. Reversal below 1750 is unlikely, but would indicate a bull trap.

Seoul Composite Index

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


The Shanghai Composite Index is headed for a test of resistance at 2700. The primary trend remains downward, however, and respect of 2700 would signal another down-swing — confirmed if support at 2350 is broken. Rising Twiggs Money Flow (13-week) indicates short-term buying pressure, but 63-day Twiggs Momentum Oscillator remains well below zero, offering little promise of a reversal.

Shanghai Composite Index China

The Hang Seng Index continues to advance, with rising Twiggs Money Flow (13-week) and 63-day Momentum Oscillator confirming the primary up-trend. Reversal below the rising trendline is unlikely, but would warn of a bear trap.

Hang Seng Index Hongkong

* Target calculations: 21000 + ( 21000 - 20000 ) = 22000

Australia: ASX

The All Ordinaries is headed for a test of 4650. Bear in mind, however, that approximately two-thirds of upward breakouts during a primary down-trend are bull traps — confirmation is required. Twiggs Momentum Oscillator (63-day) rising above zero would be a bullish sign.

ASX All Ordinaries

Twiggs Money Flow (13-week) breakout above its April peak at 20% on the ASX 200 would also signal a new primary advance.

ASX 200

* Target calculation: 4200 - ( 4600 - 4200 ) = 3800

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