Trading Diary
November 21, 2003

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The Dow Industrial Average closed almost unchanged at 9629 on low volume, having broken below the primary trendline. 
The intermediate trend is down. Expect support at 9500 and 9230.
The primary trend is up. A fall below support at 9000 will signal reversal.

The Nasdaq Composite is consolidating after having broken the primary trendline, closing up 12 points at 1894 on lower volume.
The intermediate trend is down. Expect support at 1840 and 1780.
The primary trend is up. A fall below support at 1640 will signal reversal.


The S&P 500 consolidated, closing 1 point up at 1035 on lower volume. 
The intermediate trend is down. Expect a test of the primary trendline, with further support at 990.
Short-term: Bullish if the S&P500 is above the high of 1062. Bearish below 1034 (Tuesday's low).

The primary trend is up. A fall below 960 will signal reversal.
Intermediate: Bullish above 1062.
Long-term: Bullish above 960.

The Chartcraft NYSE Bullish % Indicator fell to 79.71% (November 21).
Dorsey maintains that a fall below 70 ( and not a 3-box reversal) signals a bear alert.

Catch 22
A weak dollar will make US exports more competitive in overseas markets. But a fall in the dollar will hurt US bond and stock markets, placing upward pressure on interest rates, with a negative impact on the economy. (more)

Treasury yields
The yield on 10-year treasury notes closed down at 4.15%.
The intermediate trend has turned down after bearish equal highs at [2] and [3] below a higher peak at [1].
The primary trend is up.

The yield differential is healthy at 3.2% (10-year T-notes compared to 13-week T-bills). 

New York (13.30): Spot gold consolidated just below resistance at 400, a bullish sign, closing the week at $395.80.
The intermediate trend is up.
The primary trend is up. Expect resistance at 400 to 415.

ASX Australia
The All Ordinaries fell 18 points to close at 3175 on lower volume.

The intermediate trend is down and the index appears headed for a test of support at 3160.
MACD (26,12,9) is below its signal line; Slow Stochastic (20,3,3) has whipsawed above.
Short-term: Bullish if the All Ords crosses back above resistance at 3250. Bearish below 3189 (Thursday's low).

XAO has now broken below the long-term trendline, signaling weakness. The primary trend is up but will reverse if there is a fall below 3160 (October 1 low).
Twiggs Money Flow (100) signals distribution after a bearish triple divergence.
Intermediate term: Bullish above 3250. Bearish below 3160.
Long-term: Bearish below 3160.

Sector Analysis
The 11 sectors (10 + Property) are in various market stages. Relative Strength (xjo) measures the performance of each sector relative to the overall index.
  • Energy [XEJ] - stage 2 (RS is rising)
  • Materials [XMJ] - stage 2 (RS is falling)
  • Industrials [XNJ] - stage 2 (RS is rising)
  • Consumer Discretionary [XDJ] - stage 2 (RS is level)
  • Consumer Staples [XSJ] - stage 1 (RS is falling)
  • Health Care [XHJ] - stage 2 (RS is level)
  • Property Trusts [XPJ] - stage 3 (RS is level).
  • Financial excl. Property [XXJ] - stage 3 (RS is falling) 
  • Information Technology [XIJ] - stage 2 (RS is rising)
  • Telecom Services [XTJ] - stage 2 (RS is falling)
  • Utilities [XUJ] - stage 3 (RS is falling)

Property [XXJ] has rallied off support at 1400. A fall below this level will signal the start of stage 4. Relative Strength (xjo) leveled out after a steep fall.

Financial-x-Property [XXJ] is consolidating between 3995 and 3934; a bearish sign, especially if accompanied by declining Relative Strength (xjo).

Sectors: Relative Strength
A stock screen of the ASX 200 using % Price Move (1 month: +5%) continues to fall, reaching 15 stocks (compared to 131 on April 11, 2003; and 8 on March 14, 2003). There are no prominent sectors.

Daily Trading Diary
Stocks analyzed during the week were:
  • Ventracor - VCR
  • Ansell - ANN
  • Billabong - BBG
  • Peptech - PTD
  • Hardman Resources - HDR

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Colin Twiggs

It is always wise to look ahead,
but difficult to look further than you can see.

~ Winston Churchill.

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