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Trading Diary
December 11, 2003

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The Dow Industrial Average closed at 10008, above the key 10000 resistance level. Low volume raises doubt over whether the index can hold above this level.
The intermediate trend has turned up. If the index is able to hold, with the pull-back respecting the new support level, this will be a strong bull signal. 
The primary trend is up. A fall below support at 9000 will signal reversal.


The Nasdaq Composite rallied strongly to close 38 points up at 1942 on lower volume.
The intermediate trend is uncertain. Expect support at 1880 and 1840, with resistance at 2000. A fall below 1880 would complete a double top reversal, with a target of 1760: 1880-(2000-1880).
The primary trend is up. A fall below support at 1640 will signal reversal.


The S&P 500 rallied to close at 1071 on average volume. The break above the recent consolidation is a bullish signal.
The intermediate trend has turned up.
Short-term: Bullish if the S&P500 is above the high of 1070. Bearish below 1059 (Thursday's low).

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 81.49% (December 11).

Treasury yields
The yield on 10-year treasury notes closed down at 4.23%.
The intermediate trend is down.
The primary trend is up.

New York (20.41): Spot gold eased to $405.20.
The intermediate trend is up.
The primary trend is up. Expect support at 400, resistance at 415.

ASX Australia
The All Ordinaries broke through the initial 3212 support level, closing 19 points lower at 3193 on higher volume. 
The intermediate up-trend is weakening.

MACD (26,12,9) is above its signal line; Slow Stochastic (20,3,3) is below.
Short-term: Bullish above 3212, today's high. Bearish below 3173 (December 1st 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) is below its signal line, following a large bearish triple divergence.
Intermediate term: Bullish above 3212. Bearish below 3160.
Long-term: Bearish below 3160.

Wattyl [WYL]
Last covered on November 24, 2003.
Wattyl has been in a stage 2 up-trend for over 2 years. Recently the stock completed a double top reversal after a fast intermediate up-trend.
Twiggs Money Flow (100) is declining after crossing below its signal line.

Relative Strength (xao) fell after the double top and is now consolidating below the previous support level; a bearish sign.

The double top pattern at [a] and [b] was completed by a fall, on strong volume, below the 3.80 support level in early November. The target is 3.30: 3.80-(4.30 - 3.80).
Price then retreated back above the support level and has since consolidated in a narrow range around 3.80; a bearish sign unless the latest pull-back breaks above 3.90. Volume dried up during the consolidation but has picked up today, so we cannot completely write off an upward breakout.

Cochlear [COH]
Last covered November 27, 2003.
Need I say more? The chart says it all.
COH has broken below support from a huge descending triangle, while Twiggs Money Flow has been falling for the last 6 months, signaling strong distribution.

Relative Strength (xao) has fallen below the RS support level, with a recent peak failing to reach the former support level, a strong bear signal.

The primary trend reversed down at [a], with a fall below the previous low after a lower high. This was followed by a cathartic sell-off on huge volume which halted at the 30.00 support level. The attempted rally lacked volume and ended with a correction below support at [c]. Price has now broken below the low of [d]; after the pull-back at [e] failed to reach the new 30.00 resistance level, signaling a fast down-trend.

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