Trading Diary
July 30, 2005

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The week started slowly for the S&P 500, with a false break [1] above the short-term high from last week, followed by a weak close and increased volume signaling strong selling on day [2]. Selling pressure abated, resulting in a new high after solid blue candles with good volume on days [3] and [4]. An early retracement on day [5] signals continued uncertainty. Expect a test of support at 1225/1220. 

Failure of support would be an (intermediate) bear signal.

The primary trend is upwards and Twiggs Money Flow (100-day) signals accumulation. Primary support is at 1150. Resistance is at 1250: the upper border of the rising wedge pattern.

Volatility is at historically low levels, with 63-day Volatility stalling below 2%, confirming that the market is consolidating. Consolidations are normally followed by strong trend moves; the challenge is to determine when the consolidation ends and the trend begins. 

The Dow Industrial Average is lagging behind the S&P 500 and has consolidated over the last two weeks in a narrow range between 10550 and 10700. Low volumes experienced this week are typical of consolidations. 

In the longer term, the index is ranging between 10000 and 11000. A recent higher low on Twiggs Money Flow (100-day) is a positive sign but expect heavy overhead resistance between 11000 and 11500. Primary support is at 10000 and the most likely scenario is that the Dow continues to range for some time, which may restrain the S&P 500 and NASDAQ indices.

Failure of the 10000 support level, while unlikely at present, would be a strong bear signal for the entire market.

Having completed a double bottom, the Dow Jones Transportation Average is in a primary up-trend and appears headed for a test of resistance at 3900, the target from the recent double bottom: 3650 + (3650 - 3400). 
Twiggs Money Flow
(21-day) is bullish with successive higher lows.
UPS has consolidated after equal lows; while Fedex remains in a down-trend.

The Nasdaq Composite completed a marginal new high but has turned back below 2200. Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) has formed a bearish divergence. A breakout above 2200 would be bullish, following the S&P 500 into a primary up-trend, while a down-turn would confirm that the index is in a bearish rising wedge, and not an ascending triangle, with long-term implications.

Treasury yields

The yield on 10-year treasury notes continues to climb in sync with 13-week T-bills, while the yield differential (10-year T-notes minus 13-week T-bills) remains at 1%. 
Be aware that China's revaluation may have a negative effect on US bond yields. By shifting to a trade-weighted basket of currencies, China will need to diversify its holdings of US dollars into other currencies. This may drive up bond yields and drive down the US dollar. Higher long-term rates would cool the over-heated property market, while a lower dollar would boost exports; so the impact on equity markets is uncertain.


New York: Spot gold rallied to close at $429.50 on Friday and may be headed for a test of resistance at $440. The large symmetrical triangle continues: a breakout above $440 would be a strong bull signal.

United Kingdom

The FTSE 100 started the week with low volume [1], signaling a lack of enthusiasm from buyers. The index then encountered resistance at 5280/5300, with strong volume at [3] and weak closes through the rest of the week. A close above 5300 would signal that resistance has failed and another upward surge is to be expected. A close below the low of [1] would signal a test of support at 5180 and possibly 5040.


The Nikkei 225 displays a bullish consolidation in a narrow band below resistance at 12000. Expect a strong rally if there is a breakout above 12000. A pull-back that respects the long-term (100-day) MA would be a further bull signal.

ASX Australia

The All Ordinaries has consolidated below resistance at 4350 over the last week. The narrow rectangle is a continuation signal and high volume at [5] may precede an upward breakout. 
Intermediate support is at 4260/4250.

The index is in a primary up-trend. However, Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) shows a bearish divergence; so we need to be cautious. Failure of support at 4250 would be a bearish sign.

The S&P 500 has a major influence over the behavior of the All Ords and should be watched closely in the week ahead.

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Colin Twiggs

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