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Trading Diary
October 10, 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 a key reversal, rallying 3.4% to 7533 on strong volume. There are 2 levels of resistance overhead at 7600 and 8000. The next major support level is at 6936 from 1997.
The primary trend is down.

The Nasdaq Composite Index rallied strongly, gaining 4.4% to close at 1163. The next major support level is 1000, from 1996. The primary trend is down.

The S&P 500 also formed a key reversal, rising 3.5% to close at 803.
The primary trend is down.

The Chartcraft NYSE Bullish % Indicator reflects a bear confirmed signal at 26% (October 9).

Jobless claims fall
States received 384,000 applications for unemployment benefits last week, down 10% on the week before. (more)

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 296-133, giving President George W. Bush the power to go to war against Iraq. (more)

New York: The spot gold price dropped sharply, down 330 cents at $US 316.40.

ASX Australia
The All Ordinaries broke support at 2867, closing down 15 points at 2855 on higher volume. The bottom of the support band, from September 2001, is at 2828. The primary trend is down.
Slow Stochastic (20,3,3) and MACD (26,12,9) are below their signal lines. Twiggs money flow signals distribution.

Commonwealth Bank [CBA]
Last covered on August 21, CBA has since formed a head and shoulders reversal pattern after a stage 2 up-trend.
Relative strength (price ratio: xao) has broken its upward trend and is falling. MACD shows a bearish divergence.

After equal tops at [3] and [4], CBA appeared to be forming an ascending triangle. But the pattern later developed into a double top with a break below the support level at [5]. Price later broke through support at 29.00 and is testing support at 28.00, to complete the head and shoulders pattern (on the weekly chart above). Twiggs money flow signals strong distribution with a further bear signal at [-], where a TMF peak respects the zero line.

A break below 28.00 will be a strong bear signal. The targeted move from the head and shoulders pattern is 5.36 (34.94 - 29.58) which gives an objective of 22.64 (28.00 - 5.36). 

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:

I never argue with the tape.

 - Edwin Lefevre, Reminiscences of a Stock Operator (1923)

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