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Trading Diary
January 16, 2004

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The Dow Industrial Average re-tested resistance, closing at 10600. 
Consolidation in a narrow range below resistance at 10600 will be a bullish sign (during an up-trend). A fall below Tuesday's low of 10367 will signal a correction.
Twiggs Money Flow (100) continues to signal strong accumulation. 
The primary trend is up. A fall below support at 9600 will signal reversal.

The Nasdaq Composite broke out above the brief consolidation at 2100 on large volume; a strong bullish sign.
The intermediate trend is up. Support is at 2100 and resistance at 2300. There may be a pull-back to re-test support at 2100.
Twiggs Money Flow (100) continues to signal strong accumulation.
The primary trend is up. A fall below support at 1640 will signal reversal.


The S&P 500 broke through short-term resistance to close at 1139 on strong volume. The recent 3-day counter-trend on lower volume signals a healthy up-trend.
The intermediate trend is up, with resistance at overhead at 1175.
Short-term: Bullish if the S&P500 is above the January 8 high of 1132.

The primary trend is up. A fall below 1000 will signal reversal.
Intermediate: Bullish above 1115 (from January 13).
Long-term: Bullish above 1000.

The Chartcraft NYSE Bullish % Indicator recovered to 85.23% (January 16). 
Almost 86% of stocks on the NYSE are in an up-trend, which is a 10-year high. The next highest level was 76% in August to October 1997, preceding a sharp correction to the 10-year low of 16%, in August 1998.

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Treasury yields
The yield on 10-year treasury notes rallied to 4.014% after encountering support at 4.0%.
The intermediate trend is down.
The primary trend is up. Price has been ranging between 4.0 and 4.5% and a close below the September low of 3.93% will signal reversal.

The yield differential (10-year T-notes compared to 13-week T-bills) is still healthy at 3.15%.

New York (13.00): Spot gold pulled back to $406.40 after reaching a high above 428.
The intermediate trend is up.
The primary trend is up. Support is at 400.


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ASX Australia
The All Ordinaries retreated to 3298 testing support at 3293 on lower volume. The index is consolidating in a narrow range between 3293 and 3320; a bullish sign in an up-trend.
Short-term: Bullish above 3320. Bearish below 3293.

On the 3-year chart, the All Ords is consolidating between 3320 and 3160. A break above 3320 will signal a re-test of the previous highs at 3425 and 3440. 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. A fall below the recent support level would be a strong bear signal.
Intermediate term: Bullish above 3320. 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 2 (RS is level)
  • Health Care [XHJ] - stage 1 (RS is falling)
  • Property Trusts [XPJ] - stage 3 (RS is level).
  • Financial excl. Property [XXJ] - stage 3** (RS is level) 
  • Information Technology [XIJ] - stage 2 (RS is level)
  • Telecom Services [XTJ] - stage 2 (RS is level)
  • Utilities [XUJ] - stage 3 (RS is rising)

**  Financial-x-Property Trusts [XXJ] broke below the 3933 support level but has subsequently retreated; a weak reversal signal. Relative Strength (xjo) has leveled out and the primary trend is uncertain. The index re-tested resistance at 4127. A close above that level will signal that the primary trend has turned upwards.

Sectors: Relative Strength
A stock screen of the ASX 200 using % Price Move (1 month: +5%) eased to 47 stocks (compared to 131 on April 11, 2003; and 8 on March 14, 2003). Prominent sectors are:
  • Oil & Gas Exploration & Production (5)
  • Banks (4)
  • Gas Utilities (3)

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