DAX surges ahead while others retreat

The DAX is headed for its long-term target of 12000 while most markets (other than Japan) undergo a correction.

The S&P 500 broke support at 2080, indicating a correction to test 2000. Breach of primary support is unlikely and another 13-week Twiggs Money Flow trough above zero would signal another advance.

S&P 500 Index

* Target calculation: 2100 + ( 2100 – 2000 ) = 2200

Dow Jones Industrial Average is similarly correcting to test primary support at 17000.

Dow Jones Industrial Average

CBOE Volatility Index continues to indicate low risk typical of a bull market.

S&P 500 VIX

Europe

Germany’s DAX broke resistance at 11500 and is headed for a test of the long-term target at 12000*. Expect further resistance, possibly a correction, at this level. Rising 13-week Twiggs Momentum indicates a strong up-trend.

DAX

* Target calculation: 11000 + ( 11000 – 10000 ) = 12000

The Footsie retreated from a test of its December 1999 high of 6950. 13-Week Twiggs Momentum oscillating around zero indicates further consolidation. Expect a test of support at 6500.

FTSE 100

* Target calculation: 7000 + ( 7000 – 6000 ) = 8000

Asia

China’s Shanghai Composite Index is consolidating between 3050 and 3400. Declining 13-week Twiggs Money Flow warns of medium-term selling pressure. Reversal below 3050 would warn of a decline to test the primary trendline at 2700. Breakout above 3400 is less likely, but would signal another primary advance.

Shanghai Composite Index

Breach of support at 24000 on Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index warns of further weakness in China. Follow-through below 23000 would indicate a primary down-trend — and a stronger bear signal (for China).

Hang Seng Index

Japan’s Nikkei 225 Index is retracing to test new support at its 2007 high of 18000/18300. Rising 13-week Twiggs Momentum indicates a strong up-trend. Respect of support is likely and would signal an advance to 20000* — confirmed by follow-through above 19000.

Nikkei 225 Index

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

India’s Sensex faces stiff resistance at 30000. Bearish divergence on 13-week Twiggs Momentum warns the primary-trend is weakening, but not necessarily a reversal. This could be a mid-point consolidation. Retreat below 29000 indicates a correction. Follow-through below 28000 would test primary support at 26500/27000. Respect of the primary trendline would establish a solid base for further advances.

SENSEX

Australia

The ASX 200 found support at 5750. Recovery above 5850 would suggest the correction is over. Follow-through above 6000 would confirm another advance, with a target of 6250*. Declining 21-day Twiggs Money Flow indicates mild selling pressure. Breach of 5750 is less likely, but would warn of a correction to 5500.

ASX 200

* Target calculation: 6000 + ( 6000 – 5750 ) = 6250


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