US markets pause in anticipation of March sell-off

By Colin Twiggs
March 12th, 2012 5:00 a.m. ET (9:00 p.m. AET)

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US markets are anticipating a quarter-end sell-off in the second half of March, driven by the tax season and Spring-cleaning of fund balance sheets. The S&P 500 Index continues to test resistance at 1370. Breakout would signal the start of another primary advance, with a target of 1450*. Reversal below 1350, however, would warn of a correction, testing support at 1300 and possibly 1250.

S&P 500 Index

* Target calculations: 1300 + ( 1300 - 1150 ) = 1450

The Nasdaq 100 reached its initial target of 2650 and is due for a correction. Bearish divergence on 21-day Twiggs Money Flow indicates medium-term selling pressure. Expect retracement to test support at 2400.

Nasdaq 100

* Target calculations: 2400 + ( 2400 - 2150 ) = 2650

Dow Jones Transport Index has retraced over several weeks to test support at 5000. Respect would signal another attempt at 5600, while failure would indicate that momentum is slowing.

Dow Jones Transport Index

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