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Trading Diary
December 19, 2003

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The Dow Industrial Average has surged above the 10000 level, closing at 10278 on higher volume. 
The intermediate trend is up.
The primary trend is up. A fall below support at 9000 will signal reversal.

The Nasdaq Composite closed down at 1951 on higher volume.
The intermediate trend is uncertain. Resistance is at 2000. A fall below 1880 will 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 paused at 1088. Strong volume and a narrow range signal increased selling pressure. 
The intermediate trend is up.
Short-term: Bullish if the S&P500 is above resistance at 1090. Bearish below 1053 (the December 10 low).

The primary trend is up. A fall below 960 will signal reversal.
Intermediate: Bullish above 1090.
Long-term: Bullish above 960.

The Chartcraft NYSE Bullish % Indicator is at a 10-year high of 82.61% (December 19).

Jobless claims fall
New unemployment claims fell to 353,000 last week, while total unemployment is at 5.9%, down from the peak of 6.4%. (more)

Why is money supply growth slowing?
Some economists dismiss the figures as insignificant, while others are concerned. (more)

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are accessible from the free version Securities menu until early 2004.

Treasury yields
The yield on 10-year treasury notes has eased to 4.13%.
The intermediate trend is uncertain.
The primary trend is up.

The yield differential (10-year T-notes compared to 13-week T-bills) is a healthy 3.3%.

New York (13.30): Spot gold eased to $408.70 after reaching 413 mid-week.
The intermediate trend is up.
The primary trend is up. Expect support at 400, resistance at 415 (the 10-year high).

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ASX Australia
The All Ordinaries closed up 9 points at 3238. Normally a consolidation is accompanied by declining volume. High volume and a narrow range signal commitment from both buyers and sellers -- a real tussle is developing.

MACD (26,12,9) is above its signal line; Slow Stochastic (20,3,3) has whipsawed above.
Short-term: Bullish above 3253, Monday's high. Bearish below 3220 (Tuesday's low).

The All Ords is below its long-term trendline, signaling weakness. The primary trend is up but will reverse if there is a fall below 3160 (the October 1 low). A fall below 3160 would also complete a head and shoulders reversal with a target of 3010: 3160-(3310-3160)
Twiggs Money Flow (100) is below its signal line, indicating distribution, after a bearish triple divergence.
Intermediate term: Bullish above 3253. 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 rising)
  • Industrials [XNJ] - stage 2 (RS is rising)
  • Consumer Discretionary [XDJ] - stage 3 (RS is falling)
  • Consumer Staples [XSJ] - stage 1 (RS is level)
  • Health Care [XHJ] - stage 1 (RS is falling)
  • Property Trusts [XPJ] - stage 3 (RS is rising).
  • Financial excl. Property [XXJ] - stage 4** (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 level)

**  Financial-x-Property Trusts [XXJ] formed a narrow line (or trading range) over the past 5 months. The index broke below the 3933 support level at [7], signaling a primary trend reversal, but has subsequently retreated back within the pattern. This is a weak signal. However, Relative Strength (xjo) is falling and I will treat the primary trend as downwards until there is clear evidence to the contrary. The intermediate trend will reverse up if the index rises above the recent high of 4026. A rise above 4136 will signal that the primary trend has turned upwards.

Sector Comparison 
The 6-month sector comparison shows Information Technology [XIJ] retreating after a heady climb. Energy [XEJ] looks promising, while Property [XPJ] is starting to recover.

Sectors: Relative Strength
A stock screen of the ASX 200 using % Price Move (1 month: +5%) recovered to 50 stocks (compared to 131 on April 11, 2003; and 8 on March 14, 2003). Prominent sectors are:
  • Real Estate Investment Trusts (12)
  • Diversified Metals & Mining (4)
  • Oil & Gas Exploration & Production (3)
  • Broadcasting & Cable TV (3).

Daily Trading Diary
Stocks analyzed during the week were:
  • ERG Limited - ERG
  • Foodland - FOA

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Colin Twiggs

For everything there is a season,
And a time for every matter under heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die;
A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
A time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to seek, and a time to lose;
A time to keep, and a time to throw away;
A time to tear, and a time to sew;
A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate,
A time for war, and a time for peace.

- Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

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