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Trading Diary
February 11, 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 lost 1% to close at 7843 on average volume, creeping towards the 7500 support level.
The primary trend is down.

The Nasdaq Composite closed 1 point down at 1295. 
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 eased 6 points to close at 829.
The index has formed a base between 768 and 964 but appears headed for a re-test of the support level.

The Chartcraft NYSE Bullish % Indicator dropped to 44% (February 10).

Qatar-based Al-Jazeera network aired an audiotape purporting to be from Osama bin Laden. (more)

Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan stresses the need for budget discipline and says that tax cuts should only be passed if other revenue is found to replace it. (more)

New York (16.00): Spot gold is up 120 cents at $US 363.50.

ASX Australia
The All Ordinaries closed down a further 10 points at 2860 on average volume.
The index is fast approaching a major support level, with a strong band of support between 2850 and 2779.

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

Challenger International [CLI]
Many stocks in the Diversified Financials industry group have been punished by the market over the last two years and CLI was not spared. The stock completed a double top at [A] and [B] followed by a stage 4 down-trend. At the end of last year CLI made a sharp reversal, forming a double bottom at [F] and [G] completed with a strong gap above the resistance level.

Twiggs Money Flow signals accumulation; MACD and Relative Strength (price ratio: xao) are rising.

However, the base is narrow and we should be alert to possible failure.

The daily chart shows the double bottom at [F] and [G] (note how volume has dried up at [G]). The breakaway gap at [3] is accompanied by strong volume and the pull-back [4] held above the 1.90 support level, both bullish signals. But strong volume at [4] signals profit-taking by sellers. Volume proceeded to dry up and the new high at [5] showed no real commitment. Volume on the subsequent pull-back has dried up even further, a bullish sign.

CLI appears to be having difficulty breaking above the long-term trendline.

The breakout is weak. Wait for further confirmation before going long. For example: price respecting the long-term trendline and/or the 1.90 support level, from above.

Market strategy
For further guidance see Understanding the Trading Diary.

Short-term: Avoid new entries. Slow Stochastic and MACD are on opposite sides of their respective signal lines.
Medium-term: Avoid new entries.
Long-term: Wait for confirmation of the bottom reversal signal.

Colin Twiggs

Do not be desirous of having things done quickly.
Do not look at small advantages.
Desire to have things done quickly prevents their being done thoroughly.
 Looking at small advantages prevents great affairs from being accomplished.

The Analects of Confucius

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