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Trading Diary
October 09, 2002

These extracts from my daily trading diary are intended to illustrate the techniques used in short-term trading and should not be interpreted as investment advice. Full terms and conditions can be found at Terms of Use .






USA
The Dow fell through 1998 support levels to close 2.9% down at 7286 on strong volume. The next support level is at 6936 from 1997.
The primary trend is down.

The Nasdaq Composite Index is already below 1997 levels and appears set to test the 1000 support level from 1996. The index closed down 15 points at 1114. The primary trend is down.

The S&P 500 recorded a 2.7% drop to close at 776, still above the 1997 low of 729.
The primary trend is down.

The Chartcraft NYSE Bullish % Indicator reflects a bear confirmed signal at 28% (October 8).



Market sell-off
Investors sell General Electric and auto-makers Ford and GM, on concerns over earnings. Financial stocks are also down as pessimism abounds. (more)

Yahoo!
The internet stock reported a 50% increase in third-quarter revenue compared to last year and earnings per share of 5 cents, ahead of expectations. (more)



Gold
New York: The spot gold price has recovered slightly, up 160 cents at $US 319.70.



ASX Australia
The All Ordinaries tested support at 2867 from September 2001, closing down 31 points at 2870 on average volume. The band of support is at 2867 to 2828. The primary trend is down.





Slow Stochastic (20,3,3) and MACD (26,12,9) are below their signal lines. Twiggs money flow signals distribution.





McGuigan Simeon Wines [MGW]
Last covered on September 18, MGW has formed an ascending triangle (some may interpret the pattern as a symmetrical triangle) after a stage 2 up-trend.





The daily chart shows equal tops at just below 5.00 and I believe that this will the strongest resistance line. Twiggs money flow signals strong accumulation while MACD shows a bullish confirmation.





A break above 5.00 will be a strong bull signal. A tight stop can be placed a few ticks below 5.00 or a wider stop placed below the bottom trendline at 4.75, depending on the trading objective.




Short-term: Short. The Slow Stochastic and MACD are below their respective signal lines.
Medium-term: Wait for the All Ords to signal a reversal.
Long-term: Wait for a bull-trend on the Nasdaq or S&P 500 (primary cycle).

Colin Twiggs


Thought for the Day:

There are three things that you have to believe before you can trade successfully:
  1. You have to believe that it is actually possible to make money trading the markets. 
  2. You have to believe that it is possible for you to make money trading the markets. 
  3. You have to believe that you deserve to make money trading the markets.
Ruth Roosevelt, The Mind Game






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