Trading Diary
May 13, 2002

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The Dow is experiencing huge volatility around the 10000 level - up 1.7% today, to 10109 on normal volume.

The Nasdaq Composite climbed 3.2% to 1652, still in a secondary cycle down-trend.
The S&P 500 returned to the 1070 level, up 1.8% at 1074.
Sears makes cash acquisition
Sears Roebuck acquires specialty catalog retailer, Lands End for $US 1.9 billion cash, sending a positive signal to the market. (more)
ASX Australia
The All Ords dropped sharply to 3252 on lower volume, approaching the target of 3230 to 3240.

Inside information generally available to the public
The market appears to receive news of profit downgrades or upgrades well before the official announcement.

Publishing and Broadcasting Limited [PBL]
Standard and Poors downgraded its rating outlook on PBL - performance depends on "a recovery in advertising demand". (more)
MACD and Chaikin Money Flow both show bearish divergences.

Macquarie Bank [MBL]
The market reflects concerns over MBL annual results, to be released on Thursday. The bank is shifting its long-term emphasis to building reliable annuity income streams. (more
MACD and Chaikin Money Flow show strong distribution over the last year.


Short-term: Avoid long.
Medium-term: Wait for the All Ords to form a base.
Long-term: Wait for the Nasdaq or S&P 500 to form a base.

Colin Twiggs

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