Trading Diary
May 22, 2002

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The Dow recovered 0.5% to 10157 on normal volume. The inside day shows uncertainty.
The primary trend is down, secondary - up and short trend - up.

The Nasdaq Composite opened lower and then rose 0.5% to close at 1673, within yesterday's range.
The primary cycle base is weak with the index starting to trend downwards, the secondary trend is down, while the short trend is up.
The S&P 500 moved up by a similar amount to close at 1086.
Primary cycle base still shows weakness, secondary trend - down and short cycle - up.
The financial services giant is to buy California thrift, Golden State Bancorp, for $US 5.8 billion in stock and cash. (more)
ASX Australia
The All Ords formed an inside day, closing up 12 points at 3341 on normal volume.
The primary trend is up, secondary - down and short trend - up.
Chaikin Money Flow is still below zero, signaling distribution.
Slow Stochastic (20,3,3) is below its signal line.

The dollar breaks above 56 USc
The dollar traded overnight above 56 US cents for the first time since January 2001. (more)
South african gold analysts see a bright future for gold over the next 18 months. (more)
The local index continues to climb, with strong Relative Strength (price ratio: xao) and Chaikin Money Flow. MACD, however, shows a bearish divergence.

Telstra [TLS]
Telstra is signing up broadband internet clients at an unprecedented rate. (more)
Relative Strength (price ratio: xao),  Chaikin Money Flow and MACD all show weakness.


The document handling company is negotiating with a mystery $300 million-plus buyer. (more)
Chaikin Money Flow and MACD show bearish divergences. Relative Strength (price ratio: xao) is steady.


Short-term: Avoid new entries. Maintain tight stop-losses.
Medium-term: The All Ords has not yet formed a base.
Long-term: Wait for a bull-trend on the Nasdaq or S&P 500 (primary cycle).

Colin Twiggs

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