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Trading Diary
April 29, 2003

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The Dow is testing resistance within the bullish ascending triangle, rising 0.4% to close at 8502 on slightly higher volume.
The intermediate trend is down. A rise above 8587 will signal the start of 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 rallied 9 points to close at 1471.
The intermediate trend is up; overhead resistance is at 1521.
The primary trend is up.

The S&P 500 continued the intermediate up-trend, gaining 3 points to close at 917.
The primary trend is down; a rise above 954 will signal a reversal.

The Chartcraft NYSE Bullish % Indicator is at 50.98% (April 28), after completing a Bull Correction buy signal. 

Market Strategy
Short-term: Long if the S&P 500 is above 920; short if the intermediate trend reverses down (or falls below 862).
Intermediate: Long only when the Dow/S&P primary trend reverses upwards; short if the intermediate trend (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.

Consumer confidence
The Conference Board index of consumer confidence leaped to 81.0 in April, from a low of 61.4 in March. (more)

New York (18.24): Spot gold is up slightly at $US 334.20.

ASX Australia
The ASX rallied 36 points to close at 2971 on lower volume, continuing the intermediate up-trend.
The primary trend is down, although the trendline has been broken; a rise above 3062 will signal a reversal.

MACD (26,12,9) is above its signal line; Slow Stochastic (20,3,3) is below; Twiggs Money Flow (21) has crossed below the upward trendline but continues to signal accumulation.

Market Strategy
Short-term: Long if the index is above 2972; short if the intermediate trend reverses down (or XAO falls below 2888).
Intermediate: Long if the primary trend reverses up (XAO above 3062); short if the intermediate trend reverses down.
Long-term: There is already a bull signal: the March 18 follow through. Wait for confirmation from a primary trend reversal.

Health Care
Some Health Care stocks are showing signs of recovery. XHJ is still in stage 4, but sufficient stocks are turning up to warrant close attention. 

The Sector Comparison chart resembles an open can of spaghetti. 
But examine each line closely and you will see that





Sigma and

Sonic Healthcare show reversals to an up-trend: a higher low followed by a new high.

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Colin Twiggs

The difficulty lies, not in the new ideas,
but in escaping the old ones,
which ramify,
for those brought up as most of us have been,
 into every corner of our minds.

- John Maynard Keynes

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