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Trading Diary
January 29, 2004

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The Dow Industrial Average recovered to close 0.4% higher at 10510. Higher volume and a strong close signal buying pressure.
The intermediate trend is still up. The strength of the next rally will determine whether the trend reverses.
The primary trend is up. A fall below support at 9600 would signal reversal.


Strong volume and a weak close on the Nasdaq Composite, at 2068, signal buying pressure. The strength of the next rally will indicate whether the intermediate trend reverses. 
The primary trend is up. A fall below support at 1640 would signal reversal.


The S&P 500 displays a similar candle to the Dow: large volume and a strong close signal buying support. The index closed at 1134.
The intermediate trend is still up. The strength of the next rally will determine whether the trend reverses.
Short-term: Bullish if the S&P500 is above the high of 1155. Bearish below 1126 (Wednesday's low).

The primary trend is up. A fall below 960 would signal reversal.
Intermediate: Bullish above 1155.
Long-term: Bullish above 1000.


The Chartcraft NYSE Bullish % Indicator fell more than 1% to 84.95%.

Jobless claims
New unemployment claims is almost unchanged at 342,000 for last week.

Treasury yields
The yield on 10-year treasury notes closed almost unchanged at 4.197%.
The intermediate trend is up and appears headed for a re-test of resistance at 4.4% to 4.5%.
The primary trend is up. A close below 3.93% would signal reversal.

New York (16.43): Spot gold tested support, briefly falling below 400 before rallying to $400.50.
The intermediate trend is down.
The primary trend is up.

The All Ordinaries continues to fall, closing down 21 points at 3271 on large volume. Strong downward (or upward) bars with little or no overlap signal a fast down-trend; it has taken 3 days to retrace to prices last seen a month ago. This can dent buyers confidence. If they fail to rally stocks to the previous high, then we will see a re-test of support at 3160. A short retracement (one or 2 days) will be a strong bear signal. A close below support at 3160 would signal a primary trend reversal.
Twiggs Money Flow (100) is headed for a test of its 3-month support level. 

Short-term: Bullish above 3350. Bearish below 3292.
Intermediate term: Bullish above 3350. Bearish below 3160.
Long-term: Bearish below 3160.

Macquarie Bank Limited [MBL]
Last covered on November 11, 2003
Macquarie has formed a symmetrical triangle after a healthy stage 2 up-trend. Twiggs Money Flow (100) has reversed sharply to near the zero line, but this does not necessarily mean a reversal to a stage 4 down-trend. Symmetrical triangles often appear as mid-point consolidations, resolving into a further rally, roughly equal in magnitude to the first. 
What we should not ignore, however, is the state of the overall market. The direction of the market index has a large influence on the performance of individual stocks, even top performers.

Relative Strength (price ratio: xao) has retreated over recent months. A fall below recent (January) lows would be a bear signal. A trough that finishes above the recent high (-2%) would be a bull signal.

Volume is fairly evenly spaced between recent up and down days on the Equivolume chart.
A fall below 33.40 would be a bear signal. A rise above 34.50 would be bullish.
It would be prudent, however, to wait for a pull-back that fails to cross above 33.40, or below 34.50, respectively.

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Colin Twiggs

A healthy skepticism is seldom out of place in Wall Street,
so far as speculation is concerned. Money is very seldom lost thereby.
People who have had experience covering one or two panics know very well
that the first lesson that has to be learned by the successful speculator
is the avoidance of the disaster always caused by a panic.

~ SA Nelson: The ABC of Stock Speculation.

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