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Trading Diary
September 25, 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 formed an hook reversal above the 7500 support level, closing up more than 2% at 7841 on strong volume.
The primary cycle trends down.

The Nasdaq Composite Index rallied 3.4% to close at 1222.
The primary trend is down.

The S&P 500 gained 20 points to close at 839.
The primary trend is down.

The Chartcraft NYSE Bullish % Indicator reflects a bear confirmed signal, falling to 34% (September 24).

GE lifts Dow
General Electric, the Dow's largest stock, says third-quarter profits may be up by as much as 25% on last year. (more)

New York: The spot gold price weakened, closing down 380 cents at $US 322.30.

ASX Australia
The All Ordinaries dropped 41 points to close at 2947 on higher volume, above support at 2940.
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.

Bendigo Bank [BEN]
BEN is one of the few stocks in the ASX 200 to recently make a new high. As can be expected, relative strength (price ratio: xao) is rising steeply.

MACD and Twiggs money flow signaled bullish divergences [+] in July and are both positive. Price has broken through resistance at 8.21 and 8.34, with increased volume, but now seems to have paused.

Equivolume shows congestion above the 8.21 support level, with significant volume on several days that closed lower. A congestion pattern at a resistance level is a bullish signal, with the stock moving sideways rather than retreating. However, one has to be cautious in the current market: a move above 8.50 will be bullish, but a fall below 8.21 will be a strong bear signal.


Short-term: The US market should have a positive effect on the local market. Avoid short unless the XAO falls below 2940. 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:

It is impossible to tell in advance the length of any primary movement, but the further it goes, the greater the reaction when it comes....

 - SA Nelson 
(after a record bull market in the 90's we should have anticipated the severity of the down-turn).

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