Nasdaq fails to dispel fears of a bear market

The Nasdaq 100 is consolidating in a narrow band below resistance at 2400 on the weekly chart, suggesting an upward breakout. Follow-through above 2450 would confirm the target of 2800*. 13-Week Twiggs Money Flow continues to signal buying pressure after an earlier bullish divergence.

Nasdaq 100 Index

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

The Dow Industrial Average is consolidating below 12300. Rising 21-day Twiggs Money Flow indicates medium-term buying pressure. Breakout above 12300 would offer a target of 12800*. Failure of support at 11600 is less likely, but would mean another test of primary support at 10600.

Dow Jones Industrial Average

* Target calculation: 12200 + ( 12200 – 11600 ) = 12800

The S&P 500 is similarly consolidating between 1220 and 1300. Expect strong resistance at 1350.

S&P500 Index

Comparing to early 2008, the S&P500 displays a similar pattern, with the index testing resistance at 1400. We are close to a watershed: reversal below medium-term support (1220) would be a strong bear signal, while follow-through above recent highs would dispel fears of another bear market.