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Trading Diary
April 16, 2005

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USA

The Dow Industrial Average completed a primary trend reversal with a fall below support at 10350. 
Monday [1] signaled an absence of sellers with a narrow range and low volume. After testing support, Tuesday attempted a rally but failed to test resistance at 10550 ahead of Wednesday's strong red candle. Thursday [4] closed below primary support on strong volume, signaling a primary trend reversal. Friday continued with massive distribution as the market reacted to the trend change.





Twiggs Money Flow (100-day) is below previous lows, signaling strong distribution.

On the longer term chart we can see that the Dow has completed a double top, with equal highs at [1] and [2]. The false (marginal) break at [2] above the previous high [1] increased the likelihood of a bearish breakout.
Initial support is at the round number of 10000, with stronger support at the October low of 9750. If 9750 should fail then we could face another test of support at 7500 (from March 2003).





After briefly flirting with support at 2000, the Nasdaq Composite fell sharply to confirm the primary down-trend.
Twiggs Money Flow (100-day) signals strong distribution, with peaks below the signal line. 

Support is at 1750. Failure of that level could see the index test 1250.





The S&P 500 has followed the NASDAQ and the Dow into a primary down-trend. The week started quietly with a doji bar [1] on low volume: signaling uncertainty. The attempted rally on Tuesday failed to break resistance at 1190 and the sell-off followed with strong red candles and increasing volumes. Thursday [4] closed below the primary support level of 1165, signaling a trend reversal, and selling reached a crescendo on Friday as the market recognized the trend-change.





Twiggs Money Flow (100-day) signals distribution.
The first line of support is at 1060. If that fails the next support level is the psychological barrier of 1000.










Treasury yields

The yield on 10-year treasury notes has pulled back to 4.30%. Though not as strong as initial indications, so long as support at 4.0% holds, the primary trend is still upwards.
The yield differential (10-year T-notes minus 13-week T-bills) fell to 1.55%. Below 1.0% would be considered a long-term bear signal for equity markets.







Gold

New York: Spot gold continues to consolidate below intermediate resistance at $430, closing at $424.30 on Friday. The longer that the consolidation continues, the less certain we can be about the likely direction of the breakout. A downward breakout (below $420) would  likely test primary support at $410; an upward breakout would test resistance at $445.
A fall below $410 would signal that the primary trend has reversed; while another secondary peak below $450 would also be a strong bear signal.










ASX Australia

The All Ordinaries has completed a primary trend reversal. The week started with a red candle at [1] but on very light volume. Tuesday and Wednesday [3] display narrow ranges with zero net gain despite increased volume; signaling distribution. They are followed by a strong red candle on Thursday, closing below the primary support level at 4080 and signaling a primary trend reversal. Reaction to the trend change set in on Friday [5], with strong selling as traders cleared their positions.





The distribution signal from Twiggs Money Flow (100-day) had forewarned us of the market correction. If anything the signal was too early, with bearish divergences well before the top. This would amount to roughly a 50% retracement of the primary up-trend.






The correction is likely to test support at the 2002 high of 3450. This is based on observation of the All Ords over the past 25 years: the index has regularly cut back to test support at previous highs during an up-trend.




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