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Trading Diary
January 6, 2004

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 closed almost unchanged at 10538 after testing support within yesterday's strong upward candle. The small doji above a strong upward candle is a bullish pattern, signaling that the market does not want to give up yesterday's gains. A rise above today's high will confirm this, while a fall below the low will signal failure.
The intermediate trend is up. The index is likely to encounter resistance at the March 2002 high of 10600 and either pull back to the long-term trendline or consolidate below the resistance level (a bullish sign).
The primary trend is up. A fall below support at 9600 will signal reversal.


The Nasdaq Composite put in another good rally, closing up 10 points at 2057 on strong volume.
The intermediate trend is up. The index faces resistance at 2060 to 2100.
The primary trend is up. A fall below support at 1640 will signal reversal.


The S&P 500 closed up slightly at 1123 after testing support within the range of yesterday's strong upward candle; a similar bullish pattern to the DJIAA. 
The intermediate trend is up. The next resistance level is at 1175.
Short-term: Bullish if the S&P500 is above the high of 1124 (today's high). Bearish below 1118 (today's low).

The primary trend is up. A fall below 960 will signal reversal.
Intermediate: Bullish above 1124.
Long-term: Bullish above 960.


The Chartcraft NYSE Bullish % Indicator increased slightly to 85.12% (January 6).

Treasury yields
The yield on 10-year treasury notes gapped down to 4.27%.
The intermediate trend is uncertain.
The primary trend is up.

New York (23.47): Spot gold is at $421.60.
The intermediate trend is up.
The primary trend is up. Expect support at 415.

ASX Australia
The All Ordinaries broke through resistance at 3317, closing at 3325 on higher volume. If the short-term pull-back respects the new 3310 support level, we may see a strong surge as institutional buyers return from their holidays. January is, historically, a bullish month.

MACD (26,12,9) is above its signal line; Slow Stochastic (20,3,3) is below.
Short-term: Bullish above 3317.

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). Twiggs Money Flow (100) has leveled out but is still bearish after a large divergence.
Intermediate term: Bullish above 3317. Bearish below 3160.
Long-term: Bearish below 3160.

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Colin Twiggs

I count him braver who overcomes his desires
than him who conquers his enemies;
for the hardest victory is over self.

~ Aristotle.

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