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Trading Diary
September 20, 2002

These extracts from my daily trading diary are intended to illustrate the techniques used in short-term trading and should not be interpreted as investment advice. Full terms and conditions can be found at Terms of Use .

The Dow closed up 0.5% at 7986 testing resistance at 8000. Triple-witching hour was responsible for the very high volumes - due to the simultaneous expiry of futures and stock options. The next support level is 7500.
The primary cycle trends down.

The Nasdaq Composite Index formed an inside day closing at 1221. The next support level is 1200.
The primary trend is down.

The S&P 500 gained 2 points to close at 845. The next support level is 800.
The primary trend is down.

The Chartcraft NYSE Bullish % Indicator reflected a bear confirmed signal, falling to 40% (September 19).

Fed leaves rates unchanged
The Federal Reserve changes its bias towards "economic weakness" but leaves interest rates unchanged. (more)

New York: The spot gold price eased 50 cents to $US 322.10.

ASX Australia
The All Ordinaries lost a further 17 points to close at 3027 on average volume, below the 3030 support level.
The MACD (26,12,9) and Slow Stochastic (20,3,3) are below their signal lines. Twiggs money flow signals distribution.
The primary trend is down.

Aristocrat Leisure [ALL]
ALL has formed a bearish descending triangle over the past year, with a high of 7.30 and a low of 5.00. The breakout from the triangle pattern has a measured target of 2.70 (5.00*2 - 7.30). Relative strength (price ratio: xao) is falling and MACD is negative.

The daily chart shows ALL breaking below the key 5.00 support level, to complete the long-term descending triangle pattern. Twiggs money flow signals distribution.

Sector Analysis
Stage changes are highlighted in bold.
  • Energy [XEJ] - stage 1 (RS is rising)
  • Materials [XMJ] - stage 4
  • Industrials [XNJ] - stage 4 
  • Consumer Discretionary [XDJ] - stage 4
  • Consumer Staples [XSJ] - stage 1 (RS is rising)
  • Health Care [XHJ] - stage 4
  • Property Trusts [XPJ] - stage 4 (RS is rising)
  • Financial excl. Property Trusts [XXJ] - stage 4 (RS is rising)
  • Information Technology [XIJ] - stage 4
  • Telecom Services [XTJ] - stage 1 (RS is rising)
  • Utilities [XUJ] - stage 2 (RS is rising)
Sectors: Relative Strength
A stock screen of the ASX 200 using % Price Move (1 month: +5%) has fallen to 27 stocks that have gained more than 5% in the last month, compared to 99 on August 23. Notable sectors:
  • Forest Products


Short-term: Short. The Slow Stochastic and MACD are 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

Thought for the Day:

What lies behind us and what lies before us
are tiny matters
compared to what lies within us.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

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