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Trading Diary
December 9, 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 retreated to 9923, on higher volume, and is likely to re-test the new 9900/9850 support band.
The intermediate trend is uncertain. Expect support at 9600 and 9500, resistance at 10000.
The primary trend is up. A fall below support at 9000 will signal reversal.


After gapping up at the open the Nasdaq Composite fell sharply, closing 40 points lower at 1908 on higher volume.
The intermediate trend is uncertain. Expect support at 1880 and 1840, resistance at 2000 to 2080.
The primary trend is up. The supporting trendline has been broken, after a false break (above the previous high) on December 3, both bearish signs. A fall below support at 1880 will be a strong bear signal, while a fall below 1640 will signal reversal.


The S&P 500 lost 9 points to close at 1060 on higher volume, testing support at this level.
The intermediate trend is uncertain. A fall below 1060 would be bearish.
Short-term: Bullish if the S&P500 is above 1070. Bearish below 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 increased to 82.10% (December 9).

Fed holds rates steady
The Fed discounts deflation and recognizes economic improvement but will keep rates low for the foreseeable future. (more)

Treasury yields
The yield on 10-year treasury notes rallied to 4.35%.
The intermediate trend is down.
The primary trend is up.

New York (20.40): Spot gold is up at $407.60.
The intermediate trend is up.
The primary trend is up. Expect support at 400, resistance at 415.

ASX Australia
The All Ordinaries closed 7 points lower at 3219 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 3207, the high of the last peak. Bearish below 3160.
Long-term: Bearish below 3160.

Lion Nathan [LNN]
Last covered on November 4, 2002.
LNN has been in a stage 2 up-trend for more than 3 years, but in 2003 Twiggs Money Flow (100) started to decline showing a strong bearish divergence.

Relative Strength (xao) is declining, with a peak at [c] below the previous support level. This is a shorter time-frame than the Twiggs Money Flow signal. The intermediate trend has turned down, with price at [d] gapping below the previous low.

Volume is low at [d] but price was unable to hold onto gains made the next day. LNN is likely to re-test the primary supporting trendline.

We should not forget the signal from Twiggs Money Flow (100) and be prepared for a trend reversal if price breaks the trendline. If price rallies off the trendline, there may still be opportunities for short/intermediate traders but it would be too late for long-term traders to make fresh entries.

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Colin Twiggs

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