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Trading Diary
November 22, 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 .

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The Dow took a breather, forming an inside day and closing down 0.5% at 8804 on lower volume.
The primary trend will reverse (up) if the index rises above 9130.

On the 21st the Nasdaq Composite Index completed a primary trend reversal on strong volume. The index closed almost unchanged today at 1468.

The S&P 500 closed 3 points down at 930.
The primary trend will complete a double bottom reversal if it rises above 965.

The Chartcraft NYSE Bullish % Indicator signals a bull alert at 44% (November 21).

PC outlook
PC makers face a bleak Christmas. (more)

New York: Spot gold is up 340 cents at $US 320.60.

ASX Australia
The All Ordinaries closed up 14 points at 2999 on strong volume.
The primary trend will reverse if the index rises above 3150.
The MACD (26,12,9) and Slow Stochastic (20,3,3) are above their signal lines; Twiggs money flow signals accumulation.

News Corporation [NCP]
Last covered on November 14, 2002.
NCP formed a double bottom reversal, completed at [1]. This was followed by a pull-back to test the new support level and then a second rally.

Twiggs money flow confirmed the double bottom with a bullish divergence and has followed this up with a bullish trough [$] above the zero line.

The pull-back to the support level briefly crossed below 10.92, emphasizing the importance of not placing stops right at the support level. NCP exhibits a large number of gaps, probably because of the overnight trading in NWS, its US counter-part. The gaps are unlikely to be as important as in other stocks and should only influence your decision-making where they are accompanied by strong volume.

The bar at [12] displays a long shadow, signaling weakness, and the stock may well pull back to re-test the 10.92 support level.

Sector Analysis
Changes are highlighted in bold.
  • Energy [XEJ] - stage 4 (RS is level)
  • Materials [XMJ] - stage 2 (RS is rising)
  • Industrials [XNJ] - stage 4 (RS is falling)
  • Consumer Discretionary [XDJ] - stage 2 (RS is rising)
  • Consumer Staples [XSJ] - stage 4 (RS is falling)
  • Health Care [XHJ] - stage 1 (RS is level)
  • Property Trusts [XPJ] - stage 3 (RS is rising)
  • Financial excl. Property Trusts [XXJ] - stage 4 (RS is falling)
  • Information Technology [XIJ] - stage 4 (RS is falling)
  • Telecom Services [XTJ] - stage 4 (RS is falling)
  • Utilities [XUJ] - stage 2 (RS is rising)

Sectors: Relative Strength
A stock screen of the ASX 200 using % Price Move (1 month: +5%) returned 30 stocks (compared to 99, August 23rd and 10 on October 4th). Notable sectors are:
  • Diversified Metals & Mining
  • Construction Materials
  • Casinos & Gaming
  • Highways & Railtracks
  • Gold
  • REITs

Short-term: Long: The Slow Stochastic and MACD are above their respective signal lines.
Medium-term: Long. Use stop losses to protect yourself against a sudden reversal.
Long-term: Wait for confirmation of the bottom reversal signal.

Colin Twiggs

I believe in the sun even when it is not shining.
I believe in love even when I cannot feel it.
I believe in God even when he is silent.

- written on a wall at Auschwitz concentration camp

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