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Trading Diary
April 25, 2003

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The Dow retreated 1.6% to close at 8306 on lower volume. The bullish ascending triangle continues.
The intermediate trend is down. A rise above 8587 will signal reversal to an up-trend; a fall below 8109 will signal continuation.
March 17th's follow through remains valid (as long as the index holds above 7763).
The primary trend is down; a rise above 9076 will signal a reversal.

The Nasdaq Composite retreated 23 points to close at 1434.
The intermediate trend is up.
The primary trend is up.

The S&P 500 lost 13 points to close at 898.
The intermediate trend is up.
The primary trend is down; a rise above 954 will signal a reversal.

The Chartcraft NYSE Bullish % Indicator is at 50.27% (April 24), after completing a Bull Correction buy signal. 

Market Strategy
Short-term: Long if the S&P 500 rises above 911 (today's high); short if the intermediate trend reverses down.
Intermediate: Long only when the Dow/S&P primary trend reverses upwards; short if the intermediate trend (Dow or S&P) reverses down.
Long-term: There are already two bull signals: the March 17 follow through day and the NYSE Bullish % signal. Wait for confirmation from a Dow/S&P primary trend reversal.

GDP edges up
First-quarter GDP grew at 1.6%, barely up on the sluggish fourth-quarter of last year and below expectations. (more)

Consumer sentiment recovers
With the war in Iraq coming to an end, the University of Michigan's index of consumer confidence recovered to 86.0 in April, after a March low of 77.6. (more)

New York (15.00): Spot gold closed the week at $US 333.00.

ASX Australia
The ASX was closed for ANZAC Day.

Market Strategy
Short-term: Long if the index rises above 2966; short if the intermediate trend reverses.
Intermediate: Long if the primary trend reverses up (XAO above 3062); short if the intermediate trend reverses.
Long-term: There is already a bull signal: the March 18 follow through day. Wait for confirmation from a primary trend reversal.

Sector Analysis
Changes are highlighted in bold.
  • Energy [XEJ] - stage 4 (RS is level)
  • Materials [XMJ] - stage 1 (RS is falling)
  • Industrials [XNJ] - stage 4 (RS is falling)
  • Consumer Discretionary [XDJ] - stage 1 (RS is level)
  • Consumer Staples [XSJ] - stage 1 (RS is rising).
  • Health Care [XHJ] - stage 4 (RS is falling)
  • Property Trusts [XPJ] - stage 3 (RS is level)
  • Financial excl. Property Trusts [XXJ] - stage 1 (RS is rising)
  • Information Technology [XIJ] - stage 4 (RS is falling)
  • Telecom Services [XTJ] - stage 4 (RS is falling)
  • Utilities [XUJ] - stage 2 (RS is rising)
The 6-month Sector Comparison Chart shows that


Financials (excl. Property),

Consumer Staples and

Consumer Discretionary are recovering.


Health Care and

Telecom are bottoming, while

IT remains weak.

Sectors: Relative Strength
A stock screen of the ASX 200 using % Price Move (1 month: +5%) returned 96 stocks (compared to 131 on April 11, 2003; and 8 on March 14, 2003). The Financial sector is most prominent:
  • Banks (7)
  • Diversified Financial (7)
  • Agricultural Products (4)
  • Broadcasting & Cable TV (4)

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Colin Twiggs

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unless he be vigilant in its preservation.

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