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Trading Diary
May 21, 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 made a weak opening but then rallied to test resistance at 8523, forming an inside day on strong volume. The index closed up 0.3% at 8516.
The intermediate upward trendline has been broken. A fall below 8394 will signal a reversal.
The primary trend is down; a rise above 9076 will signal a reversal.

The S&P 500 also formed an inside day, closing 4 points higher at 923.
The intermediate upward trend is weakening. A fall below 912 will signal reversal.
The primary trend is down; a rise above 954 will signal an up-trend.

The Nasdaq Composite closed 2 points down at 1489.
The intermediate trend is weakening. A fall below 1478 will signal a down-trend.
The index is in a primary up-trend.

The Chartcraft NYSE Bullish % Indicator retreated slightly to 61.17% on May 20, following a Bull Correction buy signal on April 3. 

Market Strategy
Short-term: Short if the S&P intermediate trend falls below 912.
Intermediate: Long if the Dow/S&P primary trend turns upwards; go 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.

Alan Greenspan
The Fed chairman says that production and employment are weak but stronger financial markets and productivity gains point the way to recovery.

New York (18.57): Spot gold has reached $US 371.10.
On the five-year chart gold has respected the long-term upward trendline.

ASX Australia
The All Ordinaries again tested support, reaching 2908 at the opening before rallying to close at 2915. 
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 rising.

Market Strategy
Short-term: Long if the All Ords rises above 2918; short if the XAO falls below 2908.
Intermediate: Long if the primary trend reverses up (XAO above 3062); short if the XAO is below 2908.
Long-term: There is already a bull signal: the March 18 follow through. Wait for confirmation from a primary trend reversal.

SIMS Metal [SMS]
I projected a long-term target of 9.75 on January 2, 2003 on the Chart Forum .

The stock has made healthy gains since then, but now shows signs of weakness. Price made a High at [a] after several weeks of strong volume; and the subsequent correction was accompanied by a dry-up of volume. The next rally to [b] was on lower volume and failed to match the previous High. Another high at [c], on even lower volume, formed a small double top.

A lower double top (after a new high) in an up-trend is a bear signal.

Relative Strength (price ratio: xao) appears to be turning downwards and MACD is bearish but Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) still signals accumulation.

On the daily chart you can see the lower double top completed by a break below the intervening trough at [d].

SMS is likely to re-test support at 8.00 and possibly return to the long-term trendline.

Intermediate traders should not trade against the primary trend, but look to take profits after rallies off the primary trend line (primary trend movements) and re-enter after corrections. Short-term traders are able to place tight stops, above the most recent high at 8.65, and trade the secondary correction back to the long-term trendline.

A break above the high of [c] would be a bull signal.

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Colin Twiggs

Absorb what is useful,
reject what is useless,
and add what is specifically your own.

- Bruce Lee 
(not exactly intended for traders, but useful advice nonetheless)

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