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Trading Diary
December 8, 2003

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The Dow Industrial Average rallied more than 1% to close at 9965, breaking out of the narrow consolidation over the last 4 days. The index is likely to test resistance at 10,000 but low volume indicates that resistance will not be easily overcome.
The intermediate trend is up.
The primary trend is up.


The Nasdaq Composite reversed direction, closing up 11 points at 1948. We are likely to see another test of resistance at 2000, but lower volume signals a lack of real commitment.
The intermediate trend is uncertain.
The primary trend is up. A fall below support at 1640 will signal reversal.


The S&P 500 closed 8 points higher at 1069, still within the consolidation of the past week.
The intermediate trend is uncertain.
Short-term: Bullish if the S&P500 breaks above resistance at 1070. Bearish below support at 1060.

The primary trend is up. A fall below 960 will signal reversal.
Intermediate: Bullish above 1070.
Long-term: Bullish above 960.


The Chartcraft NYSE Bullish % Indicator recovered to 81.84% (December 8).

Dollar low
The dollar sank to a record low of $1.22 to the euro. (more)

Treasury yields
The yield on 10-year treasury notes is ranging between 4.1% and 4.5%, closing up at 4.27%.
The intermediate trend is down.
The primary trend is up.

New York (22.25): Spot gold is level at $406.60.
The intermediate trend is up.
The primary trend is up. Expect support at 400, resistance at 415.

ASX Australia
Late selling forced a weak close on the All Ordinaries, down 6 points at 3226 on higher volume. 
The intermediate up-trend continues.

MACD (26,12,9) and Slow Stochastic (20,3,3) are above their signal lines.
Short-term: Bullish above 3236, Friday's high. Bearish below 3173 (Monday's low).

XAO is below the long-term trendline, signaling weakness. The primary trend is up but will reverse if there is a fall below 3160 (the October 1 low). Twiggs Money Flow (100) signals accumulation, but following a large bearish triple divergence.
Intermediate term: Bullish above 3173. Bearish below 3160.
Long-term: Bearish below 3160.

Alinta [ALN]
Last covered on September 4, 2003.
Alinta has left a gap at [b], between the latest peak and the previous trough [a], after breaking below its long-term trendline. Bill McLaren identifies this as a signal for a fast down-trend.

Relative Strength (xao) is declining. Look for a peak that fails to break above the new resistance level; in a similar fashion to the earlier long entry signal at [e], where both price and RS respect the new support level.

CSL Limited [CSL]
Last covered on October 7, 2003.
CSL is forming a broad base after a strong down-trend. Twiggs Money Flow (100) has crept upwards since June.
The narrow range at the resistance level is bullish.

Relative Strength (xao) shows a similar consolidation pattern. An upward breakout will be a strong bull signal; a downward breakout ..... bearish. Especially if price and RS imitate each other.

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Colin Twiggs

Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.

~ Max Ehrmann: Desiderata (1927)

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