Trading Diary
August 27, 2005

These extracts from my daily trading diary are for educational purposes and should not be interpreted as investment advice. Full terms and conditions can be found at Terms of Use.


The S&P 500 is headed for a test of secondary support at 1190, and possibly primary support at 1140, after breaking below 1220. The tall shadow on Monday [1] indicates that sellers dominate; while the tall shadow and higher volume on Wednesday [3] shows how sellers snuffed out an attempted rally. Friday's [5] strong red candle confirms that sellers remain in control.

The big picture is bearish at present. The primary trend is up, with unusually high (weekly) volumes, but Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) has fallen sharply below the zero line, signaling distribution. The index is headed for a test of the lower border of the bearish rising wedge pattern; a downside breakout would be a strong bear signal. Volatility (63-day) remains low, warning that a strong move may be imminent, but the direction remains uncertain.

Primary support is at 1140; resistance at 1500.

The Dow Industrial Average closed below 10500, signaling a test of support at 10250. Failure of the intermediate support level would result in a test primary support at 10000. Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) has fallen sharply, signaling distribution.

Expect strong support at 10000. The most likely scenario is for the Dow to range between 10000 and 11000 for some time.

The Dow Jones Transportation Average is undergoing a secondary correction, while Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) has fallen sharply below zero, signaling distribution. A fall below 3400 would signal a primary trend reversal.

Both UPS and Fedex are in primary down-trends, with Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) signaling strong distribution: a bearish sign for the index.

The Nasdaq Composite is headed for a test of intermediate support at 2100/2050. Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) has fallen sharply, signaling distribution, after crossing below the zero line. An up-turn above 2100 would be a bullish sign. A fall below 2050 would be bearish, while a fall below the lower border of the bearish rising wedge pattern, or primary support at 1900, would be a strong bear signal. The long-term picture remains neutral until then.

Treasury yields

The yield on 10-year treasury notes has so far held above support at 4.15% (the neckline from the recent double bottom), signaling that yields are still in positive territory. The yield differential (10-year T-notes minus 13-week T-bills) is below 1% and declining rapidly, squeezing bank margins. A flat yield curve (when the differential approaches zero) is detrimental to the profitability of banks, who pay mostly short-term rates to depositors while charging long-term rates to borrowers, and a long-term bear signal for the entire equity market.


Spot gold is consolidating in a narrow range between $435 and $440, closing at $436.80 on Friday. A breakout above the high is likely to test resistance at $450 to $454; a fall through the low is likely to test support at $420.

In the longer term, the metal is trending upwards and a break through resistance at $450/$454 would favor another primary trend move. The target for the breakout from the recent large symmetrical triangle is $484: 440 + (454 - 410).

United Kingdom

The FTSE 100 commenced a secondary correction, with a new low following a lower high on Monday. Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) has fallen sharply below zero, signaling distribution.

A correction that respects initial support at 5050/5040 (the February 2005 high) would confirm that the primary trend is strong; while failure of primary support at 4800 would signal a reversal.


The Nikkei 225 broke upwards from a narrow consolidation last week, but a bearish divergence on Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) warns that a pull-back may be imminent. A retracement that respects 12000, or a false break below the new support level, would both signal continuation of the primary up-trend.

The long-term target for the breakout is 16400: 12000 + ( 12000 - 7600 <the April 2003 low>).

ASX Australia

After an initial breakout at [1] the All Ordinaries was dragged down by bearish sentiment in the US, testing support at 4400. Buying is evident on days [3] and [4], with long tails and strong volume. A further tail and strong close on Friday [5] signal accumulation from buyers. This would normally start another primary trend move but we need to be cautious because of the continued decline on the S&P 500. A close above the high of [1] would confirm a primary trend move; a close below 4400 would signal the start of a secondary correction.

The index is in a primary up-trend and Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) signals strong accumulation, well above the zero line. The target for the present rally is 4600: 4250 + (4250 - 3900) but this is unlikely to be achieved if the US markets continue to decline.

For further assistance, read About the Trading Diary.

Colin Twiggs

I don't know the key to success,
but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.

~ Bill Cosby

Back Issues
Access the Trading Diary Archives.