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Trading Diary
September 16, 2003

These extracts from my daily trading diary are for educational purposes and should not be interpreted as investment advice. Full terms and conditions can be found at Terms of Use .

The Dow Industrial Average rallied 1.2% to 9567 on low volume.
The intermediate trend is up. Continued low volume signals weakness.
The primary trend is up.

The Nasdaq Composite jumped 41 points to close at 1887 on higher volume. A rise above 1860 signals resumption of the fast up-trend.
The intermediate trend is up.
The primary trend is up.


The S&P 500 rallied strongly, gaining 14 points to close at 1029 on higher volume.
The intermediate trend is up.
The primary trend is up.

The Chartcraft NYSE Bullish % Indicator is at 80.18% (September 16).

Market Strategy
Short-term: Long if the S&P500 is above 1023.
Intermediate: Long if S&P 500 is above 1023.
Long-term: Long is the index is above 960.

Fed leaves rates alone
The Fed left rates unchanged and appears prepared to keep them low for some time. (more)

Treasury yields
The yield on 10-year treasury notes closed at 4.29%, above support at 4.20%.
The intermediate and primary trends are both up.

New York (21.11): Spot gold eased to $372.90.
The primary trend is up.
Price has broken above a symmetrical triangle formed since the start of the year. If gold rises above resistance at 382, the target is the 10-year high of 420.

ASX Australia
The All Ordinaries closed up 5 points at 3197 on higher volume. The correction appears to be bottoming above support at 3180, signaling trend strength.

The intermediate trend is up but the index has broken its upward trendline.
The primary trend is up. 

MACD (26,12,9) is below its signal line; Slow Stochastic (20,3,3) is below; 
Twiggs Money Flow has crossed back above zero, after a bearish divergence.

Market Strategy
Short-term: Long above 3202.
Intermediate: Long if the index is above 3160.
Long-term: Long if the index is above 2978 .

Crane Group [CRG]
This industrial machinery stock staged a strong rally in 2001/2002 before entering a lengthy consolidation which ended with a breakout at [c]. The dividend ex-dates are shown as [20c], [30c], etc.
Price formed a rectangle at [a] to [b], with equal highs and equal lows, before consolidating just below resistance, between [b] and [c], a bullish sign. Price then broke through resistance at [c], rallying to 9.00.
The stock then went ex on a 30 cent dividend, giving the appearance of a pull-back on the chart. In fact this was a sideways consolidation, another bullish signal, with a breakout at [d].
Twiggs Money Flow (100) has by this stage crossed above zero to add further weight to the bull signal.

CRG rallies sharply after [d] before rolling over, in early May, into a slower, more sustainable up-trend.
Another dividend ex-date on August 25 causes an artificial break of the trendline.
MACD shows a bearish divergence and Relative Strength shows an artificial fall.

Equivolume shows that strong support can be expected at the low of [1] because of heavy volume at this level. After the ex-date, this translates to 9.90/9.80.
In fact, strong support is evident above that, at 10.30/10.00, with very weak closes at [3] and [4].

If price holds above 10.00, this will signal continuation of the up-trend. 
A fall below 10.00 would be bearish.

We had a lengthy discussion on the Chart Forum as to how to treat dividends. There appear to be three camps:
  1. Adjust past price history, the same as you would for any other dilution factor.
    This method is applied by yahoo on their charts.
  2. Add the dividend to the price, as is done with an accumulation index.
  3. Make no adjustment, just disclose the dividend by way of note or caption.
The problem with method 1. is that the sum of past dividends may eventually amount to more than the current price, an obvious distortion on long-term charts, though the method is fairly accurate on a short-term chart. Method 2. requires a separate chart, while method 3. requires a great deal of mental arithmetic. We resolved to offer 1. and 3. as options. 
But first, we have to obtain a reliable source of dividend history.

Understanding the Trading Diary has been expanded to offer further assistance to readers, including directions on how to search the archives.

Colin Twiggs

Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow.
The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.

~ Abraham Lincoln.

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