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Trading Diary
February 7, 2003

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 has broken out below the recent congestion pattern, closing down 0.8% at 7864 on average volume. 
The index appears headed for a re-test of support at 7500.
The primary trend is down.

The Nasdaq Composite closed down 19 points at 1282; the next major support level is at 1200.
The primary trend is up (the last low was 1108, the last high 1521).

The S&P 500 closed down 9 points at 829.
The index formed a base between 768 and 964 but appears headed for a re-test of the support level.

The Chartcraft NYSE Bullish % Indicator remains at 46% (February 6).

Unemployment falls
The jobless rate fell to 5.7%, from 6.0% in December, but economists ascribe this to seasonal influences. (more)

New York (17.00): Spot gold closed at $US 369.30.

ASX Australia
The All Ordinaries recovered 18 points to close at 2886 on strong volume, above the 2850 support level.

Slow Stochastic (20,3,3) is below its signal line; MACD (26,12,9) is below; Twiggs Money Flow signals distribution.

Croesus Mining NL [CRS]
Croesus started a stage 2 up-trend at [A] but then accelerated into a spike at [B]. There was a secondary reaction to [C] before the stock established a fast trend channel.
Relative Strength (price ratio:xao) is rising; Twiggs Money Flow has signaled accumulation for more than a year; and MACD is positive.

The daily chart shows entry opportunities at [E] and [7], where both volume and range dried up at the supporting trendline. Entries can be taken using a buy-stop above the high of the signal day, with stop-losses below the short-term lows.

CRS now appears to be forming an equal low at [8]; a strong bull signal in an up-trend. There may be further entry points in the days ahead.

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 rising)
  • Consumer Discretionary [XDJ] - stage 2 (RS is rising)
  • Consumer Staples [XSJ] - stage 4 (RS is rising)
  • Health Care [XHJ] - stage 1 (RS is level)
  • Property Trusts [XPJ] - stage 2 (RS is rising)
  • Financial excl. Property Trusts [XXJ] - stage 4 (RS is falling)
  • Information Technology [XIJ] - stage 4 (RS is level)
  • 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 17 stocks (compared to 99, August 23rd and 10 on October 4th).
There were no prevalent sectors.

Market strategy
For further guidance see Understanding the Trading Diary.

Short-term: Short if the All Ords falls below 2864. Slow Stochastic and MACD are below their respective signal lines.
Medium-term: Avoid new entries.
Long-term: Wait for confirmation of the bottom reversal signal.

Colin Twiggs

We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it - and stop there;
 lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove-lid.
 She will never sit down on a hot stove-lid again, and that is well;
 but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore.

- Samuel Clemens
(1835 - 1910)

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