Trading Diary
May 6, 2006

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The S&P 500 broke out from the recent consolidation, the strong blue candle on Friday [5] signaling resumption of the primary up-trend. Look for a retracement that respects the new 1315/1320 support level -- to confirm the up-trend.

Medium Term: The index is rising towards the top of the standard deviation channel (parallel lines are fitted at 2 standard deviations around a linear regression line). A break above the upper channel would mean that the trend is accelerating, while a close below the center line would signal a secondary correction, testing support at the lower edge of the channel. Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) is trending upwards, signaling accumulation.

Long Term: The index is in a slow primary up-trend, with support at 1180.

The Dow Industrial Average broke out of the narrow consolidation above 11350, the weak close and strong volume signaling resistance at [4], but overcome by a strong blue candle on Friday.

Medium Term: Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) is rising, signaling accumulation. The latest primary up-swing is gaining momentum.

Long Term: The rise of more than 1.0% on Friday should dispel any doubts about the primary up-trend. Dow Theory confirms a bull market with both Industrial and Transport Averages in primary up-trends.

The Dow Jones Transportation Average and lead indicators, Fedex and UPS, have all recovered strongly. The three indicators, all in primary up-trends, remain a long-term bull signal for the economy.

The Nasdaq 100 continues to consolidate between 1630 and 1760. Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) is below zero, signaling distribution -- so watch for a retracement to test the 1630 support level.

Treasury yields

The 10-year treasury yield continues in a strong up-trend, aided by the decline of the dollar and the possibility of central banks diversifying their holdings into euros. 

Medium Term: Chairman Bernanke's testimony before Congress hinted at a pause in future rate hikes. This is supported by lower than expected job growth figures for April. Expect rates to be raised another quarter point to 5.0% at the next Fed meeting, followed by a pause.

Long Term: The yield differential (10-year T-notes minus 13-week T-bills) is trending upwards. A low yield differential poses a significant threat to the economy when short-term interest rates are high.  

Wright Model: Developed recently by Fed economist Jonathan H Wright, the model combines the yield differential and fed funds rate to calculate the probability of recession. Looking ahead at the next four quarters, the probability remains reasonably low at 23%.

The Big Picture: Transport indicators signal increasing economic activity and equity markets are improving. A weakening dollar is likely to drive long-term interest rates upwards, but could also boost export sales, offsetting the impact of higher rates on equity markets. The Wright Model is positive, allaying fears of an economic downturn, and we can expect a growing economy over the next four quarters.


Speculators are driving the gold price higher, aided by the weakening dollar. The Friday New York close is $682.40

Medium Term: An upward spike is identified by strong rallies and short retracements/consolidations lasting only a few days. They are exceedingly volatile, with strong gains followed by sharp retracements.

The Big Picture: The gold-oil ratio is trending upwards -- confirmed if there is a rise above 9.50. Up-turns below 10 normally signal good buying opportunities, while down-turns above 20 indicate selling opportunities. Expect further gains if crude oil remains above $70/barrel.

Data Source: Global Financial Data

Crude Oil

Light Crude retraced to $70.19 to test the new $70 support level. A successful test would be a strong bull signal for gold and oil prices; as would a close above the recent high of $75/barrel. A close below $70 on the other hand would indicate weakness.


The dollar is weakening against major trading partners.

EUR/USD: The euro is in a strong up-trend against the dollar after breaking through resistance at [F].

USD/JPY: The dollar broke through support and has commenced a primary down-trend.

Source: Netdania

United Kingdom

The FTSE 100 respected support at 6000, a strong bull signal.

Medium Term: Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) descended below zero, signaling distribution for most of the week, before recovering on Friday with the strong blue candle [4].

The Big Picture: The FTSE 100 is in a strong primary up-trend.


The Nikkei 225 closed a very short week, so far respecting the 16700/16800 support level.

Medium Term: Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) is rising while above zero, signaling short and long term accumulation. A break above 17500 would signal a test of the 17900 target (16700 + (16700 - 15500)), while a fall below 16700 would mean a secondary correction.

The Big Picture: The primary up-trend continues.

ASX Australia

After several days consolidation, the All Ordinaries broke through support at 5200 with a strong red candle at [4]; increased volume indicates the level of buying support. This turned into a false break, with a retreat above the former 5200 support level on Thursday. A close above 5280 would signal continuation of the primary up-trend, while a reversal below 5200 would be bearish -- and a close below the April 13 low of 5120 would confirm the start of a secondary correction.

Medium Term: The up-trend has accelerated -- indicated by the rise above the upper border of the linear regression channel. Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) is well above zero, signaling long-term trend strength, but the recent divergence demonstrates short/medium-term weakness. Accelerating trends make rapid gains, but often blow-off into a sharp reversal.

The Big Picture: The All Ordinaries remains in a strong primary up-trend.

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