December 18, 2004
The Dow Industrial Average posted massive volume after an 11% sell-off in Pfizer. The drug company announced that it would not be withdrawing arthritis drug Celebrex from the market, despite a study suggesting that prolonged use more than doubles the risk of heart attack. Following Merck's recall of a similar painkilling drug, Vioxx, 11 weeks ago, and Pfizer's repeated assurances regarding Celebrex, the findings could not have come at a worse time.
Overall, volumes were generally high and the index closed down after five consecutive day's gains. Expect a test of the new 10600 support level. A successful test would confirm the breakout signal, while a fall below 10600 would signal further consolidation.
The primary trend is up and the breakout above 10600 indicates that 11400 is achievable. First expect a (short- to medium-term) pull-back to test support at the breakout.
A fall below 10000 would be a (long-term) bear signal.
Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) is above zero but has formed a lower high, suggesting short-term distribution.
A breakout above the upper border of the flag pattern (not just a false break), would be a bullish continuation signal.
The primary trend is up. A correction that respects support at 1160 would be a long-term bull signal.
With no major resistance levels overhead we can expect good (long-term) gains.
The yield on 10-year treasury notes rallied slightly, after the latest Fed rate hike, but is still below resistance at 4.25%. Soft long-term yields indicate that the bond market is holding its own (with no major outflows) against equities.
Steady increases in short-term yields have been flattening the yield curve, with the yield differential (10-year T-notes minus 13-week T-bills) declining to 2.0%. A fall below 1.0% would be a long-term bear signal.
New York: Spot gold is edging slowly upwards, closing at $441.40. The flag pattern over the last week suggests that the metal is more likely to test resistance at $450 than to test support at $430.
The All Ordinaries (and ASX 200) displayed a tall blue candle with increased volume on Thursday, indicating strong buying with minimal opposition from sellers. Friday shows a weaker close, below resistance at 4000, with lower volume. There are no significant signs of selling at this level. Expect further gains, though remain vigilant for signs of increased resistance: increased volumes with marginal or no gains.
The primary up-trend is strong. The latest rally is steep and at some stage (perhaps at 4000) increased profit-taking will force a correction.
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