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Trading Diary
March 10, 2003

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The Dow fell 2.2% to close at 7568 on lower volume.
The intermediate cycle is down; the next support level is at 7500.
The primary trend is down.

Ignoring the reversal signal from Friday, the Nasdaq Composite closed 2.0% lower at 1278.
The intermediate trend is down, with the next support level at 1200.
The primary trend is up; a fall below 1108 will signal a reversal.

The S&P 500 lost 21 points to close at 807.
The intermediate trend is down.
The primary trend is down; the next support level is at 768.

The Chartcraft NYSE Bullish % Indicator fell to 38% (March 7).

Iraq resolution
The market awaits the vote on the UN security council resolution proposed by the US, Britain and Spain. France and Russia threaten to exercise their veto. (more)

New York (18.30): Spot gold is up 440 cents at $US 354.50.

ASX Australia
The All Ordinaries closed down 4 points at 2711 on low volume. Volume drying up signals that selling pressure is abating, but buyers are notable by their absence. The next support level is just below 2400.
MACD (26,12,9) and Slow Stochastic (20,3,3) are below their signal lines; Twiggs Money Flow signals distribution.

Challenger International [CLI]
Last covered on February 11, 2003.
CLI formed a double bottom at [F] and [G] after a lengthy down-trend. The base appeared too narrow to support a strong rally and we now observe a bearish divergence on MACD and Twiggs Money Flow.

Relative Strength (price ratio: xao) is negative and the Financial sector is weak.

The double bottom at [F] and [G] was completed by a strong gap up at [1]. CLI then signaled accumulation with an over-square bar at [2], followed by strong volume on the rally at [3]. Weak volume on the pull-back to support at 2.00 showed further strength and the stock rallied to a high above 2.30. The weak close at [6] signaled a reversal but volume dried up on the following days, until the strong drop at [7].

The lack of supporting volume is bearish and, unless we witness over-square bars between 1.90 and 2.00, expect a re-test of support at 1.55.

Market strategy
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Short-term: Short. 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

Don't try to buy at the bottom and sell at the top.
It can't be done except by liars.

- Bernard Baruch

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