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Trading Diary
September 17, 2003

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The Dow Industrial Average eased slightly to 9546 on low volume. The difficulty in breaking the first band of resistance increases the likelihood of further consolidation between 9600 and 9350.
The intermediate trend is up. Continued low volume signals weakness.
The primary trend is up.

The Nasdaq Composite also struggled to break above the previous high, closing down 4 points at 1883 on higher volume.
The intermediate trend is up.
The primary trend is up.


The S&P 500 also appears to be slowing to, what Bill McLaren would call a creeping up-trend. The index fell 3 points to close at 1026 on higher volume.
The intermediate trend is up.
The primary trend is up.

The Chartcraft NYSE Bullish % Indicator has made a new high of 80.40% (September 17).

Market Strategy
Short-term: Long if the S&P500 is above 1032.
Intermediate: Long if S&P 500 is above 1032.
Long-term: Long is the index is above 960.

Deficit continues to grow
The US budget deficit passes $400 billion for the first time. (more)

Treasury yields
The yield on 10-year treasury notes closed down at 4.19%, below support at 4.20%.
There is a further band of support below, at 4.00 to 4.10, so I do not yet expect a re-test of the previous lows.
The intermediate and primary trends are both up.

New York (21.30): Spot gold has rallied to $376.90.
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 rallied 25 points to close at 3222 on average volume. The rally faces a band of resistance from 3238 to 3250. A rise above the band will signal continuation of the strong up-trend; failure to break through the band will signal further consolidation.

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) has crossed to above; 
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 3180.
Long-term: Long if the index is above 2978 .

Coca Cola Amatil [CCL]
CCL formed a narrow inverted head and shoulders reversal at the end of 2002 before rallying to 6.00. Price then corrected back to re-test support (note that support formed at the level of the right shoulder) before again rallying to test 6.00. The stock is now consolidating between 5.60 and 6.00.

Twiggs Money Flow (100) signals accumulation, while the 21-day indicator has crossed above its downward trendline, a bullish sign.
MACD is neutral, crossing above its signal line while below zero. 

Relative Strength (price ratio: xao) shows considerable weakness over the past 6 months, forming new 3-month lows.
The indicator has now crossed back above support. A higher low will be a bullish sign, while a 3-month high will be a stronger signal.

Equivolume shows a band of overhead resistance between 5.90 and 6.00.
Tests of resistance have so far lacked commitment, evidenced by thin volume. The latest gap up is also likely to exhaust momentum.
Heavy volumes confirm the strength of the support level at 5.62/5.65.

A rise above 6.00 will be bullish. 
A fall below 5.62 would be bearish.

An example of how to use the rail tracks
To go long, place a buy-stop just above 6.00, with a stop-loss just below 5.90.
To go short, place a sell-stop below 5.62, with a stop-loss just above 5.65.

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Colin Twiggs

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