Bears Grow Stronger

By Colin Twiggs
August 23, 2010 5:00 a.m. ET (7:00 p.m. AET)

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Bearish sentiment abounds. The DAX is headed for a test of primary support. Failure of support would mean that the big six markets, US, Japan, China, UK, Germany and France are all in a primary down-trend. Also, keep a weather eye on Transport: a primary down-trend there would complete the trifecta.


October is the most bearish month in the year, with many major recorded crashes (1929, 1987). We are likely to see consolidation until the end of the quarter, followed by a breach of support. The breach, however, may either resolve into a primary down-trend or rally sharply to complete a bear trap. All we can do is remain vigilant and stick to objective signals — avoid being swayed by the mood of the market.


Dow Jones Industrial Average

The Dow encountered resistance at 10400 and is retracing to find support. Reversal below the former primary support level at 9900 would indicate another down-swing, with a target of 8700*. Twiggs Momentum (63-day) reversal below zero signals a continuing down-trend. Failure of the lower border of the broadening wedge formation would confirm.

Dow Jones Industrial Average

* Target calculations: 9700 - ( 10700 - 9700 ) = 8700

S&P 500

S&P 500 reversal below its former primary support level at 1050 would confirm the primary down-trend. Twiggs Money Flow (13-week) crossing to below zero warns of selling pressure.

Standard & Poors 500 chart

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


The Dow Transport Index, and major components Fedex and UPS, are headed for a test of primary support ($DOWT at 3900). Failure would confirm the bear market.

UPS & Fedex


The Nasdaq 100 is testing short-term support at 1800. Failure would indicate a swing to the lower border of the broadening wedge. Penetration of primary support at 1725 would confirm the down-trend. 63-day Momentum Oscillator reversal below zero strengthens the bear signal. Twiggs Money Flow (13-week) falling below zero would also indicate selling pressure.

Nasdaq 100

Canada: TSX

TSX Composite found short-term support at 11500; failure would signal a down-swing to the lower wedge border. 63-day Twiggs Momentum below zero indicates a primary down-trend.

TSX Daily

United Kingdom: FTSE

The FTSE 100 is retracing to test the former primary support level at 5000. Failure would confirm the primary down-trend. Declining Twiggs Money Flow (13-week) below zero warns of strong selling pressure.

FTSE 100 Daily

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

Germany: DAX

Declining Twiggs Money Flow (13-week) below zero again warns of strong selling pressure. Failure of short-term support at 6000 would test primary support at 5700. Bearish divergence on 63-day Twiggs Momentum Oscillator also warns of reversal to a primary down-trend. Penetration of support at 5700 would confirm.

German DAX

* Target calculation: 5700 - ( 6350 - 5700 ) = 5050

France: CAC-40

The CAC-40 is even more bearish than the FTSE 100 and the DAX, with Twiggs Money Flow (13-week) completing peaks below the zero line — signaling a strong down-trend. Expect a test of support at 3350. Failure would offer a target of 2950*.

France CAC-40

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

India: Sensex

The Sensex consolidated in a narrow range above 18400 Monday, signaling continuation of the up-trend. Breakout above 18500 would confirm. The target for the primary advance is 20000*. Reversal below 17400 is unlikely, but would test primary support at 16000.

Sensex India

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


The Straits Times Index is testing short-term support at 2920 Monday. Failure would signal a test of primary support at 2650. Twiggs Momentum Oscillator (63-day) holding above zero, however, is a positive sign — and reversal above 2920 would warn of a bear trap.

Singapore Straits Times Index

Japan: Nikkei 225

The Nikkei 225 index broke medium-term support at 9200. Penetration of 9000 would confirm another primary down-swing, with a target of 8000*. Twiggs Money Flow (13-week) below zero warns of selling pressure.

nikkei 225 japan

* Target calculation: 9000 - ( 10000 - 9000 ) = 8000

South Korea

The Seoul Composite is testing short-term support Monday. Declining Twiggs Money Flow (13-week) indicates medium-term selling pressure. Expect another test of 1720. Failure would warn of a correction to primary support at 1550. Breakout above 1800 is less likely in the current climate, but would signal an advance to 1950*.

Seoul Composite Index

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


The Shanghai Composite respected resistance at 2700. Reversal below the rising trendline would warn that the bear rally is ending. 63-day Twiggs Momentum Oscillator holding below zero indicates continuation of the primary down-trend.

Shanghai Composite Index China

* Target calculations: 2350 - ( 2700 - 2350 ) = 2000

The Hang Seng Index reversed below its new support level at 21000. Respect of resistance at 21000 on the next rally would warn of a bull trap — as would penetration of the rising trendline. Twiggs Money Flow (13-week), however, remains above zero and respect of the zero line would signal another rally. Bullish divergence on 63-day Momentum Oscillator continues to indicate a primary up-trend.

Hang Seng Index Hongkong

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

Australia: ASX

The All Ordinaries encountered short-term resistance at 4500, but remains optimistic, consolidating in a narrow band below the resistance level. Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) above zero is a positive sign. The market will probably remain in limbo until the current political uncertainty is resolved.

ASX All Ordinaries

The longer term picture is bleaker, with 63-day Twiggs Momentum Oscillator below zero warning of continuation of the primary down-trend. Declining Twiggs Money Flow (13-week) also indicates short/medium-term selling pressure. Breakout above 4650 remains less likely than penetration of primary support at 4200, signaling a decline to 3800*.

ASX 200

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

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