Shanghai breaks primary support

By Colin Twiggs
December 12th, 2011 4:00 a.m. ET (8:00 p.m. AET)

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The Shanghai Composite index broke primary support at 2300 Monday, signaling a decline to 2100*. Follow-through on Tuesday would strengthen the signal. The sharp fall on 13-week Twiggs Money Flow warns of strong selling pressure.

Shanghai Composite Index

* Target calculation: 2300 - ( 2500 - 2300 ) = 2100

Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index held above 18500 Monday, but another test of medium-term support at 17500 is likely.

Hang Seng Index

Dow, Nasdaq diverge

Dow Jones Industrial Average is testing resistance at 12300. Breakout would signal a primary advance to 13400 and an end to the bear market. Rising 63-day Twiggs Momentum is encouraging but will only be significant if retracement respects the zero line.

Dow Jones Industrial Average

* Target calculation: 12300 + ( 12300 - 11200 ) = 13400

The Nasdaq 100, however, displays a large bearish divergence on 13-week Twiggs Money Flow, warning of selling pressure. Reversal below 2040 would confirm a primary down-trend. Breakout above 2400 is less likely, but would suggest an advance to 2800*.

NASDAQ 100 Index

* Target calculation: 2400 + ( 2400 - 2000 ) = 2800

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