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Trading Diary
February 12, 2004

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The Dow Industrial Average consolidated, with a narrow range and low volume, after the strong gains of the previous day.
The intermediate trend is up.
The primary trend is up. A fall below support at 9600 will signal reversal.


The Nasdaq Composite showed more hesitancy, retracing most of the previous day's gains on reasonable volume. 
The intermediate trend is uncertain.
The primary trend is up. A fall below support at 1640 will signal reversal.


The S&P 500 formed an inside day, retracing about half of the previous day's strong gains. 
The intermediate trend is up. The next resistance level is at 1175. A fall below the recent low of 1122 would be bearish.

The primary trend is up. A fall below 960 will signal reversal.
Intermediate: Bullish above 1122.
Long-term: Bullish above 1000.


Jobless claims rise
New unemployment claims rose to 363,000 from 357,000 the previous week.

Treasury yields
The yield on 10-year treasury notes retraced about half the previous day's fall, closing at 4.058%.
The intermediate trend is down.
The primary trend is up. A close below 3.93% will signal reversal.

New York (16.43): Spot gold rallied to $412.60.
The intermediate trend is uncertain. We may still see another test of support at 400.
The primary trend is up.

ASX Australia
The All Ordinaries broke through resistance at 3320, with a strong close at 3340. Large volume signals commitment from buyers.
The intermediate trend is uncertain. A rise above resistance at 3350 would be bullish; as would a retracement that respects the 3320 support level. A fall below 3266 would signal the start of a down-trend.

Twiggs Money Flow (100) has risen above its 3-month support level.
The primary trend is up. A fall below 3160 (the October 1 low) would signal reversal.
Intermediate term: Bullish above 3350. Bearish below 3160.
Long-term: Bearish below 3160.

Ansell [ANN] 
ANN has been trending upwards since testing support at 5.00 in early 2003. Twiggs Money Flow has again turned up above zero, signaling accumulation, while price is now approaching resistance at 7.00.

Relative Strength (price ratio: xao) has penetrated the first resistance level at -15%.

It is still too early for the RS signal to be reliable. If we look at the earlier trough in 2001, we can see two RS entry signals at [a] and [b]. The first signal occurred when RS rose above the resistance level at [a] before consolidating at this level, without significant penetration below the line. The second signal is far clearer, with RS retracement well above the new support level. Watch for a dry up of volume and volatility on the pull-back; these signal that selling pressure is easing.
Both of the above signals occurred with Twiggs Money Flow above its signal line, a further bullish sign.

Back to the present with the daily volume chart.
We can see a healthy shake-out at [1] with strong downward bars and big volume. A trick I learned from Bill McLaren is to draw an arbitrary line on the volume chart to separate large volume from regular volume - it helps one focus on unusual activity. Note the lower volume on the lows at [2] and [3], signaling fading selling pressure, and the real dry-up in volume and volatility before the gap up at [4]. Strong upward bars, gaps and large volume at [4] signals buyers "climbing over each other to get in". Be careful, this kind of activity can exhaust buyers energy and is often observed in blow-off spikes. Expect a pull-back or consolidation at resistance at 7.00.

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