Research & Investment | One swallow does not a summer make

By Colin Twiggs
February 18th, 2016 8:00 p.m. AEDT (4:00 a.m. EST)

Advice herein is provided for the general information of readers and does not have regard to any particular person’s investment objectives, financial situation or needs. Accordingly, no reader should act on the basis of any information contained herein without first having consulted a suitably qualified financial advisor.

“One swallow does not a summer make, nor one fine day; similarly one day or brief time of happiness does not make a person entirely happy.”

~ Aristotle (384 BC – 322 BC)

Similarly, one brief rally does not make a bull market.

Dow Jones Global Index found support at 270 and is rallying to test resistance at the former primary support level of 290. 13-Week Twiggs Momentum peaks below zero flag a strong primary down-trend. Breach of 270 would confirm another decline. Recovery above 290, on the other hand, would indicate a more gradual down-trend rather than a reversal; respect of the descending trendline at 300 would confirm.

Dow Jones Global Index

* Target calculation: 290 – ( 320 – 290 ) = 260

Dow Jones Industrial Average recovered above primary support at 16000, long tails on weekly candles reflected committed buying. Rising 13-week Twiggs Money Flow indicates medium-term buying pressure. Breakout above 16500 would signal a test of 17000. But respect of 17000 is likely and would warn of continuation of the primary down-trend. Breach of 16000 would confirm the signal, offering a target of 14000*.

Dow Jones Industrial Average

* Target calculation: 16000 – ( 18000 – 16000 ) = 14000

The S&P 500 is similarly headed for a test of 1950. Rising 13-week Twiggs Money Flow again reflects medium-term buying pressure. Reversal of the primary trend is unlikely and breach of support at 1850 would confirm a decline to 1700*.

S&P 500 Index

* Target calculation: 1900 – ( 2100 – 1900 ) = 1700

CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) is headed for another test of support at 20. Respect is likely and would confirm that risk remains elevated.

S&P 500 VIX

Canada’s TSX 60 broke resistance at 750. Rising 13-week Twiggs Momentum suggests that a bottom may be forming, but only another test of 700 would confirm this.

TSX 60 Index

* Target calculation: 700 – ( 750 – 700 ) = 650


Bellwether transport stock Fedex (FDX) found support at $120. Recovery above $140 would signal a test of $150 and the descending trendline. But the primary down-trend remains intact.



Germany’s DAX is testing resistance at 9500. The rally may well follow-through to 10000 but buying pressure on 13-week Twiggs Momentum appears secondary and the primary down-trend is intact.


* Target calculation: 9500 – ( 11500 – 9500 ) = 7500

Deutsche Post AG (DPW.DE), Europe’s bellwether equivalent of Fedex, found support at € 20. A rally that respects resistance at € 23 would confirm a strong primary down-trend, while respect of € 25 and the descending trendline would indicate a more gradual decline. 13-Week Twiggs Money Flow declining below zero signals long-term selling pressure.

Deutsche Post AG

The Footsie recovered to 6000, but expect strong resistance at this level (and the declining trendline). 13-Week Twiggs Momentum oscillating below zero flags a primary down-trend. Long-term target for a decline remains 5000*.

FTSE 100

* Target calculation: 6000 – ( 7000 – 6000 ) = 5000


The Shanghai Composite Index found support at 2700. Expect a test of resistance at 3000, but the primary trend is clearly down and likely to remain so for some time.

Shanghai Composite Index

* Target calculation: 3000 – ( 3600 – 3000 ) = 2400

Japan’s Nikkei 225 Index is retracing to test the new resistance level after breaking primary support at 17000. Respect is likely and would confirm the primary down-trend. Decline of 13-week Twiggs Money Flow below zero strengthens the bear signal.

Nikkei 225 Index

* Target calculation: 17 – ( 20 – 17 ) = 14

India’s Sensex broke the bottom border of its trend channel, testing support at 23000. The primary down-trend is accelerating. Respect of resistance at 24000 is likely and would warn of a test of 22000. Respect of resistance at 25000, on the other hand, would suggest a more gradual descent.


* Target calculation: 25000 – ( 27500 – 25000 ) = 22500


The ASX 200 retraced to test resistance at 5000 and the descending trendline. Respect of the latter is likely and would confirm the primary down-trend. Bullish divergence on 13-week Twiggs Money Flow indicates medium-term (secondary) buying pressure. The weight of the market remains on the sell (bear) side. Respect would indicate a test of support at 4600, but the long-term target remains 4000*.

ASX 200

* Target calculation: 4850 – ( 5050 – 4850 ) = 4650; 5000 – ( 6000 – 5000 ) = 4000

Banks are taking a hammering, with the Finance sector ($XFJ) in a clear down-trend. Retracement to test resistance at 5700 is secondary. A rally that respects the descending trendline would suggest a decline to 5100*. Declining 13-week Twiggs Money Flow reflects long-term selling pressure.

ASX 200 Financials

* Target calculation: 5400 – ( 5700 – 5400 ) = 5100



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