Trading Diary
May 7, 2005

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The Dow Industrial Average is testing resistance at 10400. The index faltered at [4], after the down-grading of General Motors and Ford to junk bond status. An inside day on Friday indicates continued uncertainty.

Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) remains below zero, signaling distribution.

If resistance at 10400 holds, we can expect another test of support at 10000. A Dow close below 10000 would trigger a fresh spate of selling; and a fall below 9750 would signal that a test of 7500 (from March 2003) is likely.
If resistance at 10400 fails, we are likely to see a continuation of the top pattern. 

The Nasdaq Composite is testing resistance at 1970 after a small bullish divergence on Twiggs Money Flow (21-day). TMF remains below zero. Expect the index to hold below 2000, followed by a primary down-trend to test support at 1750.

The S&P 500 broke through resistance at 1165 on strong volume at [3]. The rally then faltered, with weak closes and declining volume at [4] and [5]. It appears that the down-trend has slowed and further consolidation is likely. 

Tops are often volatile and take time to resolve into a clear direction.

Twiggs Money Flow (100-day) below the signal line shows continued distribution.

Treasury yields

The yield on 10-year treasury notes appears headed for another test of support at 4.0%.
The yield differential (10-year T-notes minus 13-week T-bills) is declining (currently at 1.5%). Below 1.0% would be a long-term bear signal for equities.


New York: Spot gold fell sharply on Friday to close the week at $425.70. This is a bearish sign, being a lower (intermediate) high than 11 March. Expect support at $420. If that fails, the primary trend is downward. Further support levels are close by, however, at $410 (the February low) and $400 (the round number).

ASX Australia

The All Ordinaries broke through support at 3940 on strong volume at [3]. Strong volume and a long tail the next day signal that there are still plenty of buyers around. Friday [5] tested the new resistance level at 3940; a close above this level would signal that the down-trend is slowing.

Twiggs Money Flow (100-day) continues to signal distribution, with declining peaks below the signal line.

At some point we can expect a bear market rally, with remaining buying energy spent on a test of resistance at 4080 (from the lows of [1] and [2]). That is likely to be followed by a sharp down-trend that tests support at 3450.

A test of support at the 2002 high of 3450 would amount to roughly a 50% retracement of the primary up-trend. If you review the All Ords over the past 25 years, the index has regularly cut back to test support at previous highs during an up-trend.

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Colin Twiggs

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