Trading Diary
June 18, 2005

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The Dow Industrial Average has broken out of the intermediate consolidation pattern, closing above resistance at [3], then drawing into a narrow range at [4], before further gains at [5]. Volumes were light until Friday [5] which experienced increased selling (signaled by the weak close). Expect a test of resistance at 10900/11000. A pull-back that respects 10550 would add confirmation; while a retreat below 10550 would signal further hesitancy.

The last year has established strong support at 10000/9750. There is also strong resistance at 11000/11500, shown by price action from 1999 to 2001 and by recent highs in 2005. I expect to see a lot more price action between these levels before there is a clear breakout.

Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) signals accumulation, with a strong rise above the zero line. If the indicator rises above the recent high, without crossing below zero, that would be a further bull signal.

Transport indicators have failed to follow through on recent bear signals. Watch for a rally that could take out the recent highs: Fedex above 90.00 and UPS, similarly, above its May high.

The Nasdaq Composite is testing resistance at 2100. A close above this level (the high of the January to March consolidation) would signal resumption of the primary up-trend. Friday showed increased resistance with strong volume and a red candle (weak close); so a fall below 2050 should not be discounted, signaling a test of support at 1900.

The market appears to have more confidence in the (Dow) heavyweights.

The S&P 500 shows even greater confidence than the Dow and is close to testing resistance at the March high of 1225. A close above 1225 would signal resumption of the primary up-trend.

Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) displays a strong bull signal: a pull-back that held above the zero line. A rise to a new 6-month high would confirm.

Treasury yields

The yield on 10-year treasury notes appears headed for another test of support at 4.0%. If the new support level holds, expect a test of resistance at 4.60%. The yield differential (10-year T-notes minus 13-week T-bills) is just over 1.0%; a further decline would be a long-term bear signal for equities.


New York: Spot gold has broken out above a large (6-month) triangle, rallying to close at $437.70 on Friday. A pull-back that respects the April high of $435.70 would be an added bull signal. The target for the breakout is $476 (432 + (454 - 410)), though resistance can be expected at $450.

ASX Australia

The All Ordinaries broke through resistance at the March 2005 high of 4260. Buyers overcame strong resistance at [3] (signaled by the weak close and strong volume) and went on to drive prices through the previous high with light opposition (note the strong close and volume). This leaves us with two likely scenarios:
  • If the index breaks above 4255 and then retreats (below 4225) within a day or two (a false break), that would be a strong bear signal.
  • If the breakout is followed by a pull-back that respects the new support level, we can expect a bull rally with a target of 4620 (4260 + (4260 - 3900)). Judging from the strength of buying in the last two days, we cannot discount this.

We can see on the Twiggs Money Flow (100-day) that accumulation has resumed in earnest. However, the indicator is well below its November 2004 high and a reversal short of this level would be a bearish sign. A test of 3450, amounting to roughly a 50% retracement of the previous up-trend, is not yet out of the picture.

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Colin Twiggs

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