I do not make predictions - the market can go up or down at any time. It is only the probability (of each move) that varies: 
  • If a pattern is described as bullish, it means that the market has a higher probability of rising than of falling;
  • If a pattern is described as bearish, it means the opposite.
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Trading Diary
September 22, 2003

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The Dow Industrial Average retreated 1.1% to close at 9535 on low volume.
The intermediate trend is up. Continued low volume signals weakness. A fall below 9381 will be a bear signal.
The primary trend is up.

The Nasdaq Composite gapped down to close 31 points lower at 1875 on average volume.
The intermediate trend is up.
The primary trend is up.


The S&P 500 lost 13 points to close at 1023 on lower volume, headed for a re-test of support at 1008/1015.
The intermediate trend is up.
The primary trend is up.

The Chartcraft NYSE Bullish % Indicator retreated slightly to 80.69% (September 22).

Market Strategy
Short-term: Long if the S&P500 is above 1040. Short below 1008.
Intermediate: Long if S&P 500 is above 1040.
Long-term: Long is the index is above 1008.

Dollar weakens
The US dollar closed lower against the yen after the G7 finance ministers meeting in Dubai. The meeting criticized countries who manipulate exchange rates to protect exports. Japan, particularly, has intervened to prevent the US dollar from weakening. (more)

Treasury yields
The yield on 10-year treasury notes recovered slightly to 4.24%, above support at 4.10% to 4.00%.
The intermediate and primary trends are both up.

New York (18.45): Spot gold has broken through resistance at 382, reaching $386.60
The primary trend is up.
The target for the symmetrical triangle is the 10-year high of 420.

ASX Australia
The All Ordinaries lost 23 points to close at 3200 on strong volume.


The intermediate trend is weak, with the index having broken its intermediate trendline and formed two equal highs. A break below 3180 will signal a reversal.
The primary trend is up. 

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

Market Strategy
Short-term: Long above 3250. Short if below 3180.
Intermediate: Long if the index is above 3250.
Long-term: Long if the index is above 3180.

Billabong [BBG]
Last covered August 23, 2002.
After a lengthy stage 4 down-trend BBG formed a narrow bottom at [b] and [c] before commencing a strong secondary rally.
When Relative Strength started to rise my expectations were that the rally would fail, and re-test support at 5.00, because of the narrow base. Hence my earlier comment about predictions: there are no certainties, only probabilities.
The rally has reached the first major resistance level at 7.50, near the high of [a]. After a short, bullish correction after [d], price broke through resistance at [e].

Twiggs Money Flow (100) has risen above zero, to signal accumulation, after a long period of distribution.

Equivolume shows strong volume on the breakout at [3] and low volume on the pull-back at [4], a bullish sign. But the dangers of a retracement back to 5.00 are not completely past. Only when a pull-back in the intermediate time frame has respected the 7.50 support level, will I forget about the narrow base.

The current, short-term test of support may fall as far as 7.35, the close of [1], without serious disruption of the pattern.
A fall below the low of [2] would be bearish.

Globe International [GLB]
By contrast, this ASX 300 stock has formed a broad, stable base. Relative Strength and Twiggs Money Flow (100) have both given bullish signals prior to the recent breakout. Prudent traders will wait for a pull-back to support at 0.40 before increasing their positions.

There are often two pull-backs: a short-term pull-back, immediately after the breakout, and an intermediate term pull-back which may take several months. Both have to be taken into account in your trading strategy.

Colin Twiggs

Moderate riches will carry you; if you have more, you must carry them.

~ SA Nelson: The ABC of Stock Speculation (1903).

Relative Strength/ Price Ratio

At present the Price Ratio, Price Comparison and Price Differential indicators are calculated using the ratio of closing prices between two securities/indices at the start of the chart. This has confused a number of users because the ratio varies with each chart time-period selected. We are considering changing the formulae, to use the ratio of closing prices at the start of the data: the first day on which both closing prices are quoted.

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