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Trading Diary
May 16, 2003

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 formed an inside day, closing down 0.4% at 8678 on higher volume; continuing the small pennant pattern.
The intermediate trend is up.
The primary trend is down; a rise above 9076 will signal a reversal.

The S&P 500 closed 2 points lower at 944, consolidating below resistance at 950.
The intermediate up-trend continues.
The primary trend is down; a rise above 954 will signal an up-trend.





The Nasdaq Composite eased 0.8%, closing at 1538.
The intermediate trend is up.
The index is in a primary up-trend.

The Chartcraft NYSE Bullish % Indicator increased to 60.51% on May 15, following a Bull Correction buy signal on April 3. 

Market Strategy
Short-term: Long if the S&P 500 is above 948; short if the S&P intermediate trend reverses down (or falls below 898).
Intermediate: Long if the Dow/S&P primary trend turns upwards; short if the intermediate trend (S&P) reverses down.
Long-term: There are already two bull signals: the March 17 follow through day and the April 3 NYSE Bullish % signal. Wait for confirmation from a Dow/S&P primary trend reversal.




Gold
New York (15.30): Spot gold finished strongly, closing at $US 354.20.
On the five-year chart gold has respected the long-term upward trendline.



ASX Australia
The All Ordinaries lost a further 7 points to close at 2924. Lighter volume signals that the index may still hold above the 2909 support level.
The intermediate trend is up; a close below 2909 will signal a reversal.
The primary trend is down. A rise above 3062 will signal an up-trend.

MACD (26,12,9) is below its signal line; Slow Stochastic (20,3,3) has crossed back below; Twiggs Money Flow (21) is weakening.





Market Strategy
Short-term: Long if the All Ords rises above 2934; short if the XAO falls below 2909.
Intermediate: Long if the primary trend reverses up (XAO above 3062); short if the intermediate trend reverses down (falls below 2909).
Long-term: There is already a bull signal: the March 18 follow through. Wait for confirmation from a primary trend reversal.


Sector Analysis
Changes are highlighted in bold.
  • Energy [XEJ] - stage 1 (RS is level)
  • Materials [XMJ] - stage 3 (RS is falling)
  • Industrials [XNJ] - stage 4 (RS is falling)
  • Consumer Discretionary [XDJ] - stage 1 (RS is level)
  • Consumer Staples [XSJ] - stage 1 (RS is rising)
  • Health Care [XHJ] - stage 4 (RS is level)
  • Property Trusts [XPJ] - stage 3 (RS is rising)
  • Financial excl. Property Trusts [XXJ] - stage 1 (RS is rising)
  • Information Technology [XIJ] - stage 4 (RS is falling)
  • Telecom Services [XTJ] - stage 4 (RS is falling)
  • Utilities [XUJ] - stage 2 (RS is rising)


Sectors: Relative Strength
A stock screen of the ASX 200 using % Price Move (1 month: +5%) held at 65 stocks (compared to 131 on April 11, 2003; and 8 on March 14, 2003).
  • Diversified Financial (4)
  • Banks (4)
  • Gold (4)
  • Health Care Facilities (3)
  • Data Processing (3)
  • Broadcasting and Cable TV (3)


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