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Trading Diary
May 20, 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 .

After an initial drop, the Dow rallied in afternoon trade to close almost unchanged at 8491 on higher volume.
The intermediate upward trendline has been broken, signaling weakness.
The primary trend is down; a rise above 9076 will signal a reversal.

The S&P 500 closed 1 point lower at 919.
The intermediate upward trendline is broken, signaling weakness.
The primary trend is down; a rise above 954 will signal an up-trend.

The Nasdaq Composite staged a similar late rally, closing 1 point down at 1491.
The intermediate trend is up, but weakening.
The index is in a primary up-trend.

The Chartcraft NYSE Bullish % Indicator is almost unchanged at 61.32% on May 19, following a Bull Correction buy signal on April 3. 

Market Strategy
Short-term: Short if the S&P intermediate trend reverses down (or falls below 898).
Intermediate: Long IF the Dow/S&P primary trend turns 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 April 3 NYSE Bullish % signal. Wait for confirmation from a Dow/S&P primary trend reversal.

The Dollar and the Treasury Secretary
Treasury Secretaries who have come from an industry background tend to favor a weak dollar; to stimulate exports. Those who come from Wall Street favor a strong dollar; to protect the stock and bond markets.

HP beats estimates
Hewlett-Packard, who last year merged with Compaq, reported first quarter earnings of 29 cents a share; two cents above analysts estimates. The PC-maker is still cautious about the sales outlook, but far less so than in the last quarter.

New York (18.09): Spot gold continues to climb; currently at $US 368.20.
On the five-year chart gold has respected the long-term upward trendline.

ASX Australia
The All Ordinaries dropped to below 2900 at the opening but later rallied to close back at the 2909 support level. 
The intermediate trend has reversed downwards but on a weak signal. A false break is often followed by a rally; so traders need to stay alert.
The primary trend is down. A rise above 3062 will signal an up-trend.

MACD (26,12,9) is below its signal line; Slow Stochastic (20,3,3) is below; Twiggs Money Flow (21) is weakening.

Market Strategy
Short-term: Long if the All Ords rises above 2923; short if the XAO falls below 2909.
Intermediate: Long if the primary trend reverses up (XAO above 3062); short if the XAO is below 2909.
Long-term: There is already a bull signal: the March 18 follow through. Wait for confirmation from a primary trend reversal.

MIA Group [MIA]
Last mentioned on April 29, 2003.

It is too early to say that MIA has formed a reversal, but it has broken above its downward trendline and long-term moving average; and Twiggs Money Flow (100-day) has kicked up sharply, reflecting strong accumulation.

Relative Strength (price ratio: xao) does not yet show a major recovery, but MACD shows a strong bullish divergence and Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) signals accumulation.

The first rally off a new low is only suitable for aggressive short-term traders who are prepared to get out at the first sign of trouble -- such as a trendline break.

The equivolume chart shows very high volume at the shakeout at [3].
The false break at [4] failed to close below the previous low and is followed by a fast rally to [5].
Price has encountered resistance at 0.72, the high of [1].
There is also further overhead resistance at 0.80.

I expect that MIA will build a broader base, re-testing support at 0.48, before entering a stage 2 rally.
But a break above 0.72 on strong volume may prove me wrong.

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Colin Twiggs

The art of making your dream a reality
is simply remaining committed long enough
 for reality to catch up to your dream.

- R Fleming.

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