Trading Diary
July 5, 2002

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The Dow rocketed up 3.5% to close at 9379 on very low volumes. If the rally continues, a break above 9435 will complete a double bottom pattern with a target of 10035.
This is a bear market, with primary and secondary cycles trending down.

The Nasdaq Composite rallied almost 5% to 1448.
The primary and secondary cycles are in a down-trend.

The S&P 500 gained 35 points to 989.
Primary and secondary cycles trend downwards.

Tech rally
Technology stocks rallied strongly, with Intel (up 10%) and other chip stocks leading the charge. (more)
ASX Australia
The All Ordinaries see-sawed before closing up 7 points at 3164 on low volume. 
A break above 31.80 would complete a short double-bottom pattern with a target of 32.30.
Primary and secondary cycles are in a bear trend.
Slow Stochastic (20,3,3) has crossed above its signal line. 
Exponentially-smoothed Money Flow shows a slight bullish divergence.


AurionGold rejects bid [AOR]
AurionGold rejected the Placer Dome bid because of a 25% fall in the stock price of the Canadian company. (more)
AOR has made a correction (secondary cycle) back towards the long-term moving average
MACD and Relative Strength (price ratio: xao) are weakening but exponentially-smoothed Money Flow continues to signal accumulation.

PMP has encountered resistance at 93 cents for several months. Exponentially-smoothed Money Flow and Relative Strength (price ratio: xao) are strong but MACD shows a bullish divergence.


Sigma [SIG]
SIG appears to be forming a triangle top after a strong up-trend. The likely direction of the breakout is uncertain but the exponentially-smoothed Money Flow signals strong accumulation. Relative Strength (price ratio: xao) and MACD are improving.

Sector Analysis
Stage changes are highlighted in red.

Energy [XEJ] - stage 1

Materials [XMJ] - stage 4 (RS is rising)

Industrials [XNJ] - stage 4

Consumer Discretionary [XDJ] - stage 4

Consumer Staples [XSJ] - stage 3

Health Care [XHJ] - stage 4

Property Trusts [XPJ] - stage 2

Financial excl. Property Trusts [XXJ] - stage 3

Information Technology [XIJ] - stage 4

Telecom Services [XTJ] - stage 4 (RS is rising)

Utilities [XUJ] - stage 1

The ASX has ceased to provide the old ASX indices.

Sectors: Relative Strength
A stock screen of equities using % Price Move (1 month: +10%, 1 year: +30%) is dominated by Gold Explorers (Producers are notably absent). Oil & Gas Explorers, Mineral Sands and Diversified Media stocks are also evident.


Short-term: No long or short - the Slow Stochastic is above, and MACD below, their respective signal lines.
Medium-term: Wait for the All Ords to signal a reversal.
Long-term: Wait for a bull-trend on the Nasdaq or S&P 500 (primary cycle).

Colin Twiggs


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